Foodie Gifts: Ideas for Chefs, Gourmets and Foodies

Foodie Gifts have come a long way and are more sophisticated than ever. Also more whimsical (if that’s your style). The foodie gourmet factor has exploded over the years. In fact, foodie gifts are one of the highest-rated online gift categories today. And who doesn’t love to get something to cook with, something to eat or even a killer cookbook? They’re practical but you can go as high-end as you want (see the 100-year old balsamic below). Or just pick a single, unusual, or hard-to-find chef’s tool for your gift. Your foodie friend will thank you.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?Foodie Gifts

These seed pops make amazing foodie gifts, but don’t unwrap them and start licking them! Each pop is a collection of organic seeds embedded in a clay disc. To create three tasty cuisines, simply unwrap and plant in the ground or a container. And the wooden stick serves as a plant marker! This collection includes Mama Mia Pizza, Super Greens, and Stir Fry. Get growing and cooking!

Foodie Gifts: Mushroom Grow

This grow your own Oyster Mushroom Log Kit is for series foodies. The oyster mushroom has a  sweet, mild flavor and velvety texture and they are the easiest and most forgiving variety of mushroom to grow. Put a smile on the face of a mushroom lover — or someone who loves to cook Chinese — with a really homegrown foodie gift.

Foodie Gift Ideas: Fresh Wild Strawberries

This grow your own wild strawberries kit has everything you need except the sunny windowsill. It’s the perfect choice in the sea of foodie gifts online. Who doesn’t love the sweet, juicy taste of wild strawberries? You can sprout inside and then plant outside and as a perennial – it will yield a sweet strawberry harvest for years. And every time it does, your foodie friend will think of you.

Salsa Grow Kit

Then, there’s our Salsa Grow Kit — perfect for foodies with a flair for Mexican cooking. This grow-your-own kit includes six seed packets for Roma tomatoes, jalapenos, tomatillos verde (green tomatoes), cilantro, scallions, and beefsteak tomatoes – and they get their tasty starts in the included recycled egg carton. Perfect for foodie gardeners!


Foodie Gifts: Tools & Gadgets

Sauce press

Homemade Sauce is a snap with this sauce press and it makes smoother, silkier tomato and apple sauce than even the most expensive food processor. Why? Because the top is a small, stainless steel food mill, a device used for nearly 100 years by top chefs and home cooks. The top of the line for foodie gifts – especially for those hands-on chef friends.

DIY Foodie Gifts

Baking Salts Sweet and Salty

These unique Dessert and Baking Salts are an unexpected combination of sweet and salty. Featuring intriguing flavors like Vanilla Lavender, Lemon Ginger, and Espresso, this gift box of spiced salts kicks your desserts up a notch. For your favorite foodie baker.


Foodie Grow Lights

There is nothing nicer than access to fresh herbs for cooking gourmet dishes. In fact, it’s mandatory. This Smart Grow Light will create a no-fail indoor herb garden with its full-spectrum LED grow light.

Foodie Gifts: Bagels

This bagel and cream cheese-making kit is sure to attract adventurous cooks (there’s nothing simple about making bagels). Rope, loop, and boil a dozen doughy bagels from scratch and follow up with a healthy helping of tangy cultured cream cheese. One of the more complicated foodie gifts, but sure to be appreciated.

Tortilla Kit

This homemade tortilla kit is a foodie gift that will ensure you never go back to store-bought corn tortillas. Chewy in the middle, crispy on the edges, with a delicious, corn taste, homemade tortillas will totally elevate your Mexican-themed dinners. This authentic cast-iron tortilla press provides even pressure, so even beginners can turn out perfect, round, thin tortillas. Wheat tortillas follow the same process but use a different recipe. Ole!

Foodie Gifts: Tacos

This Taco Kit is the all-in-one serving and storage solution. With four taco holders to prevent spilling fillings, this set also includes six handmade Mexican ceramic bowls. Serving components are important to the ambiance, and these ceramic bowls are made in Mexico for authenticity.

Molcajete from Obakki

This incredible molcajete (the mortar and pestle) is made of volcanic rock and comes to us from the ethical soucing company, Obakki. They are helping Mexican artisans find global markets and this molcajete is one of the nicest we’ve ever seen.

They also have a great post in their Journal called: Molcajete Magic: The Mexican Mortar & Pestle – and it is full of great info such as how to use a molcajete,  and How to clean a mocajete and more. They also explain how these items are handmade using traditions and techniques handed down for centuries. Worth a read. This company does good work.

Sourghdough Bread Foodie Gift

Who doesn’t love sourdough bread? This DIY Sourdough Bread Kit requires no kneading, and once the dough has risen, it’s baked and ready to serve in 15 minutes. There are no artificial colors or flavors, and everything except the bakeware and flour is included. One of our favorite foodie gifts.


Foodie Gifts: Ready to Eat (or Drink)

Now that you’ve made that sourdough, let’s try it out with some flavored oil dips.

Foodie Gifts: Oil Dipping Kit

This gourmet oil spice dipping kit is ready to serve the flavors of the world – just add oil and bread. Start your journey in France with herbs de Provence, tour Italy with oregano and crushed red pepper flakes, dash over to Spain with a pinch of smoked paprika, then zip to the Levant with za’atar. The perfect gift for foodie travelers!

Hot Sauce Trio

Habanero Hot Sauce is presented in three flavors. Start mild with tangy Garlic n’ Pepperoncini. Kick it up a notch with medium Beet n’ Fresno. Or go full fire with Sweet Potato n’ Habanero. These foodie gifts are … hot.

Sugar cubes for mimosas

The Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio is like a drop in a magic. Poof! Instant mimosas (or bellinis) as the champagne dissolves the cubes. Choose between Citrus Trio (orange, grapefruit, and lemon) or Peaches & Berries Trio (strawberry, raspberry, and peach).


Baskets and Collections:

Foodie Gifts: Curated Boxes

The Wedge Fund by Mouth is a carefully curated box of cheeses and charcuterie items, featuring standout cheese wedges, artisan salami, tasty crackers and savory spreads, all carefully crafted by small American entrepreneurs. Yum!



This Small Batch S’mores kit is s’more than normal. Think S’mores with real ingredients – this kit features the top-tier ingredients we appreciate as grown-ups. Essentially, it’s the perfect kit for anyone with an artisanal aesthetic and a nostalgic streak — along with a sophisticated palate.

Foodie Gift: Pickle Box
Got a pickle-loving friend? This Offbeat Pickle Box is just the thing. Peter Piper, eat your heart out. When a charcuterie board, sandwich or salad needs a bright kick in the pants, the pairing possibilities for these game-changing pickled goodies with other ingredients are truly endless. This kit includes asparagus, string beans, watermelon, tomatoes, to name a few.


Foodie Gift Fortrum & Mason

A classic hamper – the Fortmason Hamper – from the iconic foodie gift store, Fortrum & Mason. This hamper brings together all of our favourites for a Fortnum’s feast – from scrumptious biscuits, delightful tipples and savoury pleasures, to melt-in-the-mouth shortbread and chutneys and marmalades bursting with flavour. Classic, iconic, appreciated.


Then, there’s the Captain’s Feast Gift Basket from the SeaBear Smoke House -loaded with treats. From wild Sockey Salmon to Clam Chowder, this seafood basket is ready to feast on.

Foodie Gifts - Seriously Aged Vinegar

And what I think is the ultimate find if you’re searching for sophisticated foodie gifts. In fact, I’ve never seen anything like this bottle (or this price). Gift the foodie who has everything this Aged Balsamic Vinegar — aged for 100 years! Can you believe that?


Just for Fun:

Foodie Gifs: Baguette Lamp

This really looks like a baguette, a roll and a croissant — until you notice the cord and plug.

Baguette Lamp

Rodin worked in clay. Michelangelo dabbled in marble. Maker Yukiko Morita uses flour, salt, and yeast. That’s right – she makes her lamps out of actual bread. This Baguette Bread ambiance lamp (or the smaller roll and croissant) looks just like bread – until you plug it in. I think this might be one of the best non-food foodie gifts ever!

Written by Beverley Wood

Beverley Wood has lived on boats in Toronto and Vancouver and in an old hacienda in Mexico. She knows funky when she sees it. She's been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen and has never shied away from the unusual or the whimsical. Her love of the unique (and sometimes bizarre) led her to Captivatist.