50+ Gift Ideas for Foodies

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Last Updated on December 2, 2020 by Lisa Johnson

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Did you even start? I have not started yet, but I did manage to put together this awesome 50+ Gift Ideas for Foodies collection for those of you still stumped on what to buy for your food loving friends and family. This collection has everything from stocking stuffers to blow their mind dream gifts.

A collage pin with a set of cookware, plastic cutting mats, KitchenAid mixer, instant pot and pink ice cream scoop.

You might want to grab some coffee before you begin, this is HUGE list! These are my personal favorites that I actually use in my own kitchen, so you know they have to be worthy!

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50+ Gift Ideas for Foodies

Let’s start with the smaller items:

These are the things that would be perfect as stocking stuffers or grouped together in a gift basket.

Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher

Garlic Rocker

I broke my green plastic rocker, so I highly recommend buying the stainless steel version! I love this thing!!

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set

Garlic Press

I was sent this garlic press set to review last year, and I love it. It’s easy to squeeze and easy to clean.

OXO Good Grips Soap Dispensing Palm Brush

Scrub Brush

This brush makes cleaning out those little garlic press holes super easy!

Kuhn Rikon Kitchen Shears

Kuhn Rikon Kitchen Shears

These shears are only used in my kitchen for herbs, dough, etc. The blades come apart, so they are easy to clean.

Magnetic Knife Bar

Magnetic Knife Bar

I give these as gifts all the time, everyone loves them.

Kuhn Rikon Chef’s Knife

Kuhn Rikon Chef Knife

Speaking of knives…I have the green chef’s knife but they come in lots of different colors and work great.

I do not own expensive knives. I buy cheaper ones and sharpen as needed. 😉

2 Stage Knife Sharpener

Knife Sharpener

Most people don’t even think about sharpening their knives.

Kuhn Rikon Paring Knives

Kuhn Rikon Pairing Knives

These knives are crazy sharp and perfect for small jobs.

Kuhn Rikon Safety Lid Can Opener

Kuhn Rikon Safety Can Opener

This can opener is simple to use AND it cuts the top of the lid off of the can, so there’s no sharp edge or rim to deal with. My son was fascinated by it on Thanksgiving, so he’s getting one for Christmas. 😉

Joseph Joseph Expanding Trivet

Joseph Joseph Expanding Trivet

This trivet doesn’t take up a lot of space in the drawer, and expands to whatever size you need.

Microplane Zester/Grater

Microplane Zester Grater

I could not survive without this tool, and it comes in lots of different colors!!

French Wire Whisk

French Wire Whisk

I like this whisk because it is narrower and gets into the corners of the pan better.

Immersion Blender

Cuisinart Stick Blender

Perfect for blending soups right in the pot.

Classic Meat Thermometer

Meat Thermometer

Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer

Candy Deep Fry Thermometer

Pyrex Measuring Cups

Pyrux Measuring Cups

The gold standard for liquid measuring.

Measuring Spoon Set

Measuring Spoon Set

Narrow enough to fit into most spice jars.

Measuring Cup Set

Measuring Cup Set

The BEST measuring cups that I have ever owned!

Command Wire Hooks

Command Wire Hooks

These are the greatest invention EVER!! I use them to hang my measuring cups, dish drying rack, and strainers on the inside of my cabinet doors.

Joseph Joseph Large Square Colander 

Square Colander

The handle hangs over the center bar in the sink for hands free draining…and it comes in lots pretty colors. 😉

Measure Magnet

Measure Magnet

Cooking requires math, this magnet makes life easier.

Conversion Chart

Kitchen Conversion Chart

Perfect for those of us that do not speak metric. 😉

Flexible Food Cutting Mats

Flexible Food Cutting Mats

I always use these when cutting raw meat!

Epicurean Cutting Board

Epicurean Cutting Board

I was fortunate enough to have won this board in a baking contest a few years ago, and I absolutely love it! It won’t crack like the bamboo/wood boards do.

Flour Sack Towels

Flour Sack Towels

Skip the tissue paper and wrap your gifts in some cute kitchen towels. 🙂

For the Baker/Dessert Lover

Half Sheet Baking Pans

Half Sheet Pan

Commercial quality that will last forever!

Wire Cooling Racks

12 x 17 Cooling Rack

Heavy duty so they don’t warp or bend.

Silpat Baking Mat

Silpat Baking Mat

These mats are awesome!

Cookie Scoops

3 Scoops

Cookie scoops in multiple sizes that are also perfect for muffins and meatballs.

5- Speed Hand Mixer

KitchenAid Hand Mixer

This is my go-to mixer.

Classic Bundt Pan

Bundt Pan

I love the shape of bundt cakes, that’s why all of my cocktail cakes are made in bundt pans.

Spiral Bundt Pan

Swirl Bundt Pan

A unique shape to give to a unique friend. 😉

Springform Pan

Kaiser Springform Pan

This springform pan is awesome and does not leak!

Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer

Apple Peeler Corer Slicer

Make pies and crisps in a flash with this handy dandy little toy.

Chef’s Torch

Chef Torch

Perfect gift for your Crème brûlée loving friends. I do not have this exact torch, I grabbed mine out of a tool box the garage. 😉

Ice Cream Maker

Ice Cream Maker

This is the updated version of my favorite ice cream maker.

Ice Cream Scoop

Ice Cream Scoop

The best ice cream scoop ever!

Ice Cream Tub

Tovolo Ice Cream Tub

The perfect way to store your homemade ice cream.

Bench Knife

Bench Knife

Use to divide pizza/sweet roll dough, or to pick up chopped foods and move them around.

For Pizza Lovers

Bread Machine

I have been using bread machines for over 23 years to make pizza dough, hamburger buns, and dough for sweet rolls. Yes, it does also bake awesome bread.

15-inch Pizza Stone

15 inch Pizza Stone

I love, love, love my pizza stones!

Wooden Pizza Peel

Wooden Pizza Peel

The easiest way to transport pizza, just don’t ever cut on it!

For Wine Lovers


Image of an OXO Corkscrew.

The easiest way to open a bottle of wine…every time!

Wine Bottle Stoppers

Wine Bottle Stoppers

So simple, and they don’t break if you drop them. 😉

Champagne Sealer

Champagne Sealer

If you’re anything like me, you always end up with leftover champagne or sparkling wine. I am dying to give these a try!

For Stir Fry Lovers

Classic Wok


My wok {with darker handles} is over 30 years old and still going strong.

Bamboo Spatulas

Bamboo Spatulas

They also work great for tossing stuffing together and pulling the turkey off the grill. 😉

Spider Strainer

Spider Strainer

I think this was actually my mom’s strainer that moved out with me 30 years ago. I use it to remove pasta, potatoes, and boiled eggs from boiling water.

Dream Gifts

Updated to add the #1 requested gift for the last two years!!

Instant Pot 6 Qt Duo

Instant Pot

I have three of these and I absolutely love them!! Main in one, side in the other, and dessert in the third one. 😉

If you  have a large family, you may want to go with the 8 Qt!

If you need recipes for your new toy, check out the Instant Pot Recipes page. There are over 60 recipes to choose from!

Calphalon Tri-Ply Cookware Set

Calphalon Tri Ply Set

Best Christmas gift ever!

Saute Pan with Cover

Calphalon Saute Pan

You probably recognize this pan, I use it almost daily. 😉

Bar Pot Racks

Bar Pot Racks

So sturdy and strong! I have two of them holding all of my pans on the wall.

12-inch Cast Iron Skillet

12 inch Cast Iron Skillet

Hash browns, deep-dish pizzas, peach cobbler…awesome!

Le Creuset 7 1/4 Quart Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Love, love, love this pan! It was a Christmas present to myself a few years ago. 🙂

Food Processor

Food Processor

Second best gift ever!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchebAid Stand Mixer

I tried to put together a collection of gift ideas that would be perfect for college students or newlyweds, all the way up to gifts for people that are looking to expand their cooking skills.

You would be surprised how many of my friends love some of the simplest items in my kitchen, but can’t justify buying a cool “gadget”. That to me is the perfect gift; something they love, that they won’t buy for themselves!!

What’s on your wish list?

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  1. Hey Lisa, great list! I was searching for gadgets that I need but didn’t know it. 🙂 For me, the magnetic strip is high on the list…and I need a new immersion blender.

  2. Great list of kitchen tools. I’ve got some of them but still a long list of items left to get.

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