Is there somebody in your life who just loves all things food- and drink-related? If so, check out this post. In it, we run through 8 of the best gift ideas for foodies.
The Best Gift Ideas for Foodies
Food Basics Guides
Foodies don’t want recipe books necessarily (though that’s not a bad food idea either). Instead, they want manuals that they can consult that will help them understand the basics of food. Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is a good example of this. It gives chefs the basic flavour understanding that they need to whip up any dish they want from scratch so they can actually start building their own creations.
Poor quality pepper grinders are the bane of any chef’s life. Plastic grinding surfaces wear down and become hopelessly loose after a couple of uses.
Here’s an idea: get your foodie friend a high-quality pepper mill with stainless steel grinding components. This way, the mill itself will never wear out, since steel is much harder than peppercorns.
Foodies tend to be into their coffee too. They love chugging back their morning brew.
However, for many of them, their morning cup of Joe leaves a lot to be desired. Somehow, it feels a little “flat.”
That’s where gift sets for coffee lovers can really help. These include many of the items that they need to create the perfect coffee, including beans sourced from reputable farms.
Many foodies will insist on making their own pastes. But if yours is a little more liberal, you might want to get them a collection.
The cool thing about pastes is that they make meal prep so much more convenient. So foodies are able to whip up weeknight meals in less time, avoiding the need to order takeout.
Chef Steel Stone
Chef stones are all the rage right now because of their versatility. You can use them for pretty much anything – chopping, rolling and bunging them in the oven. Traditional baking stones are made of stone (it figures). But many chefs now recommend that people use steel. That’s because it’s virtually indestructible and it has great thermal qualities, making it ideal for pizzas.
Ancient Grain Collection
Do you know what amaranth and teff are? Don’t worry if you’re clueless. Most people are. They’re actually just ancient grains that people used to farm in the past. They’re not such a big part of the modern diet today. But they’re still incredibly popular in certain parts of the world. What’s more, foodies love them because they’re so weird.
Hand-Held Sous Vide
Foodies love their sous vides. But buying a full-size bath is both expensive and impractical. Fortunately, these days, you can get app-connected devices that you just dump in the pan to control the water temperature. (They look a bit like handheld blenders).
Ceramic Crock Pot
Lastly, you might want to invest your pennies in a ceramic crock pot. These are fast becoming a cooking staple for foodies who want to make delicious curries and casseroles.