Everyone knows the holidays are pretty much synonymous with food. But, the foodie in your life doesn't need an excuse to appreciate good eats—they're doing it 365 days a year. That's why it can be so tough to impress them with a unique gift that reflects their gastronomical love for all things gourmet.
Your first order of business is to embrace the gift shopping season right now. I know, I know. It's early, but if something (perishable) happens to catch your eye and impress you, add it to your cart and keep it on hand for later! Just imagine how happy you'll feel when you don't have to resort to picking up a random present on the way to the family or office holiday party.
The food lover in your life will be drooling over these gifts they never knew they needed. Whether they're a bonafide chef, Great British Baking Show wannabe contestant, self-proclaimed restaurant critic, or just really, really love to chow down, there's truly something for every type of gourmand on this list.
Keep reading for the 45 best food gifts you can buy online in 2021. Happy eating!
You've seen air fryers everywhere lately, and they can be quite the investment. That's why you could gift your food-obsessed friend this mini air fryer, since it's a lot more affordable than a bigger one, and allows them to test out the gadget before splurging on a full size.
The perfect mix of all things sweet and salty, this gift basket is packed with all kinds of movie night-ready goodies. They'll get tons of caramel-y popcorn, chocolate-covered pretzels, Ghirardelli squares, peanut brittle, and more.
With four different flavors of 24 cookies total, this Mrs. Fields gift box is literally the perfect gift for your foodie friend who can't resist a sweet treat. It comes in an adorable gift-ready flower-shaped tin, too.
Everyone adores Ree Drummond's down to earth family and recipes on her show, The Pioneer Woman. If you know someone who's been craving more Ree, consider gifting them this cookbook with 120 of her easiest (and most delicious) recipes.
If your foodie is up early every morning to make sure they've got a full three-course sit-down meal for breakfast, this sweatshirt's right down they're alley. It makes the perfect add-on if you want to bulk up any of the other gifts on this list.
This box of artisanal jams is perfect for the foodie who can't go a day without their toast and jelly for breakfast. These preserves will technically go with everything, too: sandwiches, cheese boards, toast—you name it.
Your coffee snob friend who's obsessed with talking about how they're too good for [insert coffee chain here] will love this slim, space-saving coffee and espresso machine by Nespresso. Italian-style cappuccinos are just a click away.
Tea stans know the value of a good kettle, and it doesn't get much better than an electric gooseneck one that allows for neat precision as they pour hot water over the leaves (or coffee beans) of their choice. This super stylish one by Fellow is just begging for a spot in your bougie friend's kitchen.
With more than 100 recipes for breads, cakes, biscuits, pies, and more, this baking-focused cookbook will make the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. (Bonus if they love The Great British Baking Show, as the author was a winning contestant.)
Spoiler Alert: Major nostalgia vibes coming at you. From mini Oreos to Pringles, Famous Amos cookies, Cheez-Its, and everything in between, this care package has legit every kind of snack you used to pull out of your lunch box in the '90s. Your nostalgia-obsessed friend will appreciate the gesture (and, hopefully share with you, too).
So the food lover in your life has been watching way too much Cake Boss and they've now convinced themselves they're ready to take on some serious decorating feats. Jumpstart their dreams by buying them this huge decorating kit with all the bells and whistles.
For just $40, get your charcuterie lover an entire board set to amp up their crackers and cheese game. With items like mini knives, mini chalkboard signs, jam/sauce holders, a drawer, layered platforms, and more, happy hour never looked so good.
Health conscious foodies are all about gourmet nuts and dried fruits. With this designer box of dried fruits, dates, and nuts, they'll get sweet treats that look like they've come out of a fancy French patisserie.
You might become their new favorite person once you place this box of Godiva goodies in the hands of your favorite sugar addict. Trust that this luxurious box of chocolate-covered shortbread cookies will put you at the top of their nice list.
If your friend's always coming back from their travels with fun, new spices to test out, they'll love this set of electric spice grinders that'll help keep their fave seasonings fresh till it's time to mill them out. These even come outfitted with LED lights to make sure they can see exactly how much spice they're adding.
If you need to buy a gift for someone who loves a good latte, consider grabbing them this superfood latte set. Complete with two blends for a chai latte and golden latte along with a tiny handheld blender, all they need is a bit of hot water to have some of the tastiest adaptogen-packed drinks that have ever come out of their kitchen.
Waffles for breakfast may be a special occasion thing because they can take a lot of effort to make, but this mini electric waffle maker is affordable (only $15), easy to clean, and will satisfy their craving for something sweet when they wake up. And, hey—since it's mini, it's perfect for snack time, too.
Avocados, while delicious, can be difficult to open, cut, and store. This three-in-one set opens avocados mess-free and with ease, and then it's up to them if they want straight slices for toast or diced pieces for a salad. If there are leftovers, they'll easily store in the avo-shaped container—it's a great stocking stuffer.
ICYMI, Goldbelly is a platform that allows you to order food from top restaurants all over the country, so you'll want to plan to order this about a week or so in advance. Gupshup's NYC-loved three-course Indian meal can be delivered straight to your (or their) door, made in their kitchen then delivered frozen on ice anywhere in the country.
So you know someone who legit loves hot sauce and all things spicy. This make-your-own hot sauce kit will be the perfect gift, since it'll allow them to experiment with different flavors and hotness levels.
Home chefs are *very* particular about the oils and vinegars they use. This gift-ready box is packed with Brightland's high-quality essentials, all of which come in gorgeous artist-designed glass bottles. They'll love showing these off as decor on their kitchen counter.
Foodies who don't take themselves too seriously in the kitchen are really going to appreciate this adorable apron for the cute design, but they'll also love the easy-to-wash canvas fabric along with the two handy pockets.
This portable picnic set is everything. It comes with a bottle opener, small charcuterie board, and knife, so all they need to do is pack this with their favorite wines and cheeses, and boom—it's a romantic day-cation in a bag.
Food Network fans will already recognize this as chef Christina Tosi's brand. And ICYMI, Milk Bar is an iconic bakery that aims to bring high-level flavors to the masses with more approachable prices and packaging. This sampler tin features all the brand's bestsellers, so your giftee will get cookies, truffles, and even a slice of pie.
Hey, there are some of us who will never be stepping foot in a movie theater ever again after experiencing the benefits of being able to watch a flick at home in our PJs with free popcorn. This theater-style popcorn machine was made for that person. And, don't worry—at just about a foot-wide, it won't take up too much space.
If your food lover enjoys a fancy cocktail, try gifting them this old fashioned cocktail kit. It's tiny at about the size of your palm, so it's a great stocking stuffer for the frequently flying traveler in your life.
Nobody throws a memorable wedding bash like the foodies in your life—and while the cake is a big deal at any wedding, it could quite possibly be the highlight for food-loving couples. If they're engaged, this engraved cake-cutting set will totally make the biggest moment of their day even more special.
The super fancy foodie in your life might be hard to impress with actual food, but you can guarantee they've never seen food-themed candles like these. Scrumptious Wicks' bundle of food-themed candles features a ginger and saffron, lemongrass, and mango lassi scent they'll love lighting in every room in the house.
You know that person who's always showing everyone up at potlucks with the most extravagantly-decorated cakes and pastries? Help them up their game with these food decoration pens (featuring edible ink, of course!). They make a great stocking stuffer, but pair with this decorating kit for a full present.
So, a lot of foodie gifts can be quite serious, but if you're looking for a white elephant gift or something more lighthearted (perhaps for the junior chef in your life!), snag them this sushi blanket. Just imagine how cute they'll look wrapped up in the center of their own roll.
Ok, I'm calling it—the Nutr plant-based milk-making machine is going to be the next air fryer. The fancy kitchen gadget can make oat, hazelnut, or almond milk with the press of a button, and it even has an option to make it hot or cold. Their morning PSLs just got a serious upgrade.
Every cook needs a great apron, and this bright, vibrant one comes with two traditional latin spice mixes: adobo and sazón. They'll feel inspired to add more global fare to their recipes with this nifty apron and seasoning set.
Farm-to-table foodies will seriously appreciate this indoor window garden kit. For just $25, you're gifting them nine different herbs, from basics like basil and cilantro to more unique ones they'll love playing around with, like mustard and chives.
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Hey—fast food is food, too! Plan a whole night with them by ordering in some Taco Bell and playing this themed card game—don't be surprised if this becomes a monthly thing, and pair with a gift card if you want to go the extra mile.
Stock this mini fridge up with their fave mini bottles of champers and cheese for an adorable, unique present. They'll love keeping this in their home office. Bonus: It also has a warming setting, so they can keep their coffee fresh in it if they'd like, too.