19 Holiday Gifts for Foodies
Feast your eyes on gift ideas for global gourmands.
Sugarfina Bento Box
Filled with the candy boutique’s most popular flavors, Sugarfina’s bento box ($65) offers a sugar rush from confections like robin’s egg caramels and dark chocolate toffee almonds to boozy treats like Champagne gummy bears. The sweetest part: a portion of all sales benefit non-profit organizations. And the whole thing comes wrapped in a Tiffany-blue box. How’s that for eye candy?
Bee Raw Cheesemonger’s Honey Flight
Bee Raw’s four-piece flight ($48) will keep food lovers buzzing long after the holidays. Made in the USA, each hand-corked vial is filled with a different flavor of liquid gold, including Maine Blueberry, Washington Buckwheat, and Colorado Sweet Yellow Clover. Just BYO cheese.
Dean & Deluca Viva Italia
The only thing better than a culinary tour through Italy is a basket ($125) brimming with gourmet delicacies from the country. Starring savory bites like Parmigiano Reggiano, grilled antipasti, rustic artichokes, and Casalingo salami, this gift gives gastronomes the boot (no passport required).
The NoMad Cookbook
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the dream team behind NYC’s Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, penned a new cookbook ($100). Stocked with photography that’s pretty enough to eat, the tome dishes mouthwatering recipes from the popular restaurant (think chicken with black truffle stuffing). And the surprise cocktail recipe manual in the back makes for a happy ending.
Shopping for a wine lover this year? Give the gift of whites and reds with Firstleaf ($60), a subscription service that delivers bottles straight to your door.
Keep one for yourself and gift the rest to your cross-country pals. Crafted with Baltic birch, these laser-engraved, moisture-resistant home accessories ($32) will keep the friendly best-coast debate alive (and the coffee table stain-free).
Don’t just a book by its cover—or in this case, a briefcase. What looks like a vintage carrier on the outside is in fact a stainless-steel barbecue ($375). The Barcelona-made case comes with easy-to-assemble trays and a leather handle, so you can whisk it to the park—or on a road trip.
Gin and Tonic Carry-On Cocktail Kit
Shake things up above the clouds with this in-flight cocktail kit ($24). It comes with everything you need to mix two servings (tonic syrup, stainless steel jigger, mini bar spoon, and recipe card). Get the booze on board.
Prestat Advent Calendar
'Twas the month before the holidays and you were fresh out of gift ideas—until Prestat’s edible advent calendar ($65) came around. The London chocolatier, which is known to sate the Queen of England’s sweet tooth, developed the original recipe for the chocolate truffle in 1896. Festive flavors range from Earl Grey, pistachio, and hazelnut praline to red velvet, sea salt caramel, and tropical cinnamon. How sweet it is.
Mobile Foodie Survival Kit
More than a dozen certified organic herbs and spices (rosemary, cayenne, basil, garlic, to name a few) rescue even the most under-seasoned airplane dinner tray or bland can of beans in the great outdoors. The recyclable containers come in one-tablespoon servings and stack on top of each other for a movable feast ($26).
Kauniste Muilla Mailla Apron
Designed by Finnish textile designer Hannele Aijala, this apron ($49) is the missing ingredient for your host’s kitchen. The name Muilla Mailla, which literally translates to foreign land, caters to a passion for travel, while the colorful, screen-printed design makes every foodie feel like a top chef.
Dana’s Bakery Macaron Making Kit
Introduce both novice and seasoned pastry chefs to the joie de vivre of French baking with a macaron kit ($24). Pick from three flavors—fruity cereal, red velvet or molten chocolate—follow the simple instructions included and voila: 20 two-inch confections are ready to be devoured.
Timbuk2 x Blue Bottle Coffee Travel Kit
Gone are the days of watered-down hotel lobby coffee, gas station brews during road trips and stale camping trip cups of Joe. Perk up: California-based bag company Timbuk2 and coffee purveyor Blue Bottle have teamed up for the ultimate portable coffee kit ($349). The waxed-canvas case fits two tumblers with custom felt sleeves, Blue Bottle coffee beans, a dripper, hand-grinder, Tuski Usagi kettle and Hario scale, so you can get your caffeine fix anywhere, anytime.
Bretton Bar Tools
‘Tis the season for holiday parties galore. But a well-stocked bar is nothing without the proper tools. This handmade, stainless steel and acaia wood set comes with a strainer, jigger, and spoon ($68). Cheers!
Try The World
The Try The World subscription service ($39) gives gourmands a taste of the globe—from the comfort of their own kitchen. Delivered every two months, each treasure box is dedicated to a different country and comes with exotic delicacies curated by chefs, recipes, and fun cultural items like tips on what to do in each destination. Unwrap cookies from France, candies from Japan, dulce de leche from Argentina, truffles from Italy and more. Tastes like vacation.
Salts of the World Test Tube Set
Discover a whole new world of flavor with this six-piece salt set ($40). A medley of colors, textures and flavors, the corked test tube collection includes red salt from Hawaii, smoked salt from Denmark, pink salts from Pakistan and Australia, white salt from El Salvador, black salt from Cyprus, and a label with how to use each.
A Year In Cheese
Brought you by the brothers behind famed fromagerie Androuet, this coffee table cookbook ($30) highlights recipes using easy-to-find seasonal varieties (think roast butternut squash with vintage gouda) so cheesemongers can up the ante on their routine pairing plate.
Pointy Snout Caviar
Upgrade a traditional holiday meal with a spoonful or two of Pointy Snout's delightfully light caviar ossetra nouveau ($95).
Foodskin Flexible Lunchbox
Ditch flimsy foil wrappers. The elastic silicone case ($30) is sturdy enough to keep sandwiches in tip-top shape on hikes, picnics in the park, and long-haul flights. Bonus: it flattens when empty, making it a tabletop for noshing on bumpy rides.
—By Alisha Prakash
For more travel gift ideas, head to the main Travel + Leisure Holiday Gift Guide.