Gifts for the Home Cook and Food Enthusiast in Your Life
We all know finding the perfect gift for friends and family during the holidays can be tough, especially if you’re shopping for a foodie. The good thing for you is that we are self proclaimed foodies and know the way to one’s heart. As they say, it’s typically through their stomach!
We live deep in the world of food. Not only because we have been in the food industry for the last 90+ years, but also because we live in one of the most amazing food cities in the world. Are we biased? Maybe. Are we proud? Definitely.
Either way, we know a thing or two about food. We’ve put our passion to the test to create this gift guide for food lovers. The list below ranges from inexpensive fun gifts for a friend to more involved gifts for the obsessed home cook. Keep reading for our favorite selection of gifts for the foodie!
Gesshin Stainless 210mm Wa-Gyuto
If you want to elevate your home cooking game, you need the right tools. The most vital and versatile tool in the kitchen is undeniably the chef’s knife. Queue the Gesshin Stainless 210mm Wa-Gyuto.
This knife is the perfect gift for someone who is getting down and dirty in the kitchen on a daily basis. Made by Jonathan at Japanese Knife Imports in Beverly Hills, CA in collaboration with a partner based in Japan, The blade is made with AUS-8 Steel, which means it is durable and sharpens easily, making it perfect and versatile for home cooks and chefs alike.
Toiro Kitchen: Classic-Style All-Purpose Donabe
The donabe is one of Japan’s oldest cooking vessels, and also one of the most aesthetically pleasing kitchen tools we’ve seen! Donabe means “Clay Pot” in Japanese, and is typically used in Japanese households for making hot pot or “nabe.”
This classic-style all-purpose donabe from Toiro Kitchen is perfect for everyday cooking. This donabe is made out of highly heat-resistant clay and features a porous body with incredible heat-retention ability. Your foodie friend will be able to cook up a beautiful braised dinner, and then not be ashamed to leave this beautiful piece on the countertop!
Anova Precision® Vacuum Sealer Pro
If you are a foodie, you understand the true power of a solid vacuum sealer. To the layman, you may be reminded of old food saver infomercials where there was only one use for these sealers: keep food fresh for longer periods of time. Not any longer!
Now, home cooks are using vacuum sealers to marinate, sous-vide, ferment, and preserve. We love the Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro because it offers a double seal to make handling vacuum sealing liquids clean and easy! It also features built in bag storage and a built in bag cutter. This thing is sleek!
Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven
Yea, we put a pizza oven on the list, and we have good reason to. Imagine getting your friend or family member a pizza oven for a gift. They’d be forced to cook you pizza for eternity. You have the ultimate guilt trip to a lifetime supply of homemade pizza. You’re welcome!
Okay, seriously though...the Ooni Koda pizza oven is awesome. This small, countertop oven is extremely portable and only requires a propane tank to be fired up. Within 15 minutes, this oven is hot enough (932°F) to pump pizzas out in 60 seconds per pie.
Whitebark Workwear Hemp Bakers Couche
The Covid quarantine sparked an incredible increase in the trend of baking bread at home, and we’re assuming your foodie friend was a part of that wave. While we do have plenty of keto-friendly jerky options, we still love our bread.
That’s why we threw Whitebark Workwear’s Hemp Baker Couche on our list. Baker's couche is flax linen used to support dough, typically used for shaping baguettes. Whitebark Workwear’s Baker Couche is made out of sustainable and durable hemp. The couche is antimicrobial (prevents mold on fabric) and is made right here in Los Angeles, California.
Now Serving Los Angeles Gift Card
Now Serving is the most amazing hidden gem in Los Angeles. This is a bookstore focused solely on selling cookbooks, food magazines, and cooking accessories. Ken Concepcion and Michelle Mungcal opened Now Serving in 2017 and have now amassed 1,500 titles and a cult following from local chefs, home cooks, and food enthusiasts.
Now, we know that it may still be tough to find your foodie friend or family member the perfect book, magazine, or accessory. Maybe you don’t know what cuisine they are into, or what they want to learn more about...either way, we got a solution. The Now Serving Gift Card. Name a price and send it on over to your giftee. Trust us, they will be thanking you.
Brightland Olive Oils & Vinegars
Is there any other liquid in the kitchen as essential as oil and vinegar? We don’t think so. Together, these precious liquids play a key role in balancing out a dish. This is why we recommend the Brightland Mini Essentials Gift Box.
Brightland is an amazing organic olive oil and vinegar company based in California. The Mini Essentials gift box features their best selling vinegars and olive oils, packed in petite bottles, and wrapped in one box. Plus, they are including a complimentary, custom-designed blank holiday card with every order!
ChefSteps Studio Pass
If you want to give the gift of knowledge that will level up someone's cooking, this is the gift you are looking for. ChefSteps is technically a smart kitchen product company, but they also sell this thing called the Studio Pass.
The Studio Pass gives you access to incredible food science focused recipes and guides. In the food world, knowledge truly is power. Once you understand how cooking works, you demystify the experience, and learn how to improvise using food science. You are no longer stuck mindlessly following recipes. You will be gifting culinary freedom!
Stone Classic Hardcover Notebook
The kitchen is sorta like the classroom, but cooler. Meaning, you’re not going to get anywhere if you aren’t taking notes! It might sound odd to some, but note taking in the kitchen is quite fun, especially when you nail the recipe you have been working on for the last month!
This Stone Classic Hardcover Notebook is the perfect place to keep those recipes, notes, and drawings. The notebook is made with water and greaseproof paper, and bound by vegan leather. It is perfect for writing while cooking as it features a lay-flat design and comes equipped with all the conversions you’ll ever need in the back of the book!
Sightglass Coffee Winter Solstice Blend
Coffee may not be a food, but food nerds like us tend to geek out over coffee quite a bit. We have found some particularly awesome coffee coming from Sightglass Coffee. Sightglass Coffee is an independent, sibling-owned coffee company based in San Francisco, California.
They released a seasonal Winter Solstice Blend of coffee, just in time for the holidays! This blend combines superlative peaberry coffees from Africa and South America to invoke flavors of cranberry, mulling spices, and candied pecan.
Las Jaras Wines 2019 Glou Glou MAGNUM
Las Jaras Wines has quickly become a power player in the booming natural wine market. This company is the culmination of Eric Warheim (of Tim and Eric) and Joel Burt, and is based out of Sebastopol, CA.
This 2019 Glou Glou Magnum is a big bottle (1.5 Liters) of sparkling light red wine. This wine is incredibly refreshing with intense berry notes and enough acidity to pair with your favorite pasta. It is definitely recommended for any of the wine lovers in your life!
The Chef’s Press
This is the perfect gift for that friend that loves to cook up a steak.
The Chef’s Press may not be the most exciting gift on the list, but it is one of the most effective tools in the kitchen. This 13 oz press is perfect for burgers and duck breast, but can be stacked to press thick cut steaks, pork chops, and cauliflower steaks. The press can also be used to weigh down ingredients when marinating, and keep bags submerged while cooking sous vide!
Compound Butter Magazine Subscription
Compound Butter is an LA based, biannual publication encompassing food, art, and everything in between.
Each issue features a new exciting theme which the amazing artwork, excerpts, photos, and articles revolve around. Feel free to browse a few issues online. This will help you understand that this is not your typical food mag. Personally, we recommend gifting the four issue subscription.
Spam Brand Air Freshener
This is arguably the best stocking stuffer on any list this year.
Simply a Spam brand air freshener. Does anybody really need it? No. But it’s hard to pass up at just $2.50. While the freshener does feature a can of Spam, it doesn’t actually smell like any pork product, so it’s still fully functional!
People’s Choice Tasting Kitchen Beef Jerky
A list of gifts for a foodie wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate foodie snack. Beef jerky of course. The foodie in your life will love our top-selling collection of gourmet beef jerky, straight from our Tasting Kitchen.
One of the more delicious parts of our job is the recipe testing that goes on in our beef jerky test kitchen. The benefit of crafting artisanal jerky in small batches is that we can experiment and explore a diversity of flavors from spicy jerky to sweet jerky, Teriyaki jerky, and hot beef jerky.
Our goal is to deliver a sophisticated snacking experience that celebrates new ingredients while remaining true to our handmade tradition. This is the type of jerky that is sure to stoke out your foodie friend or family member!Shop gourmet beef jerky perfect for the foodie today!