Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

chocolate turtle graham bars

It’s my favorite time of the year!

I love the holidays because I get to spend a lot of quality time with family and friends, and there are presents and cookies involved. I like thinking of the perfect gift and I keep a list of ideas on my phone which I update all year long. And there’s usually a lot of food-related items in that list.

I make and bake a lot of food gifts, but I also like supplementing with other things. Today I want to share some of my favorite gift ideas for the foodies in your life.

Homemade Treats like these Salted Chocolate Graham Bars – if you like baking, I always recommend making something at home and wrapping it up in a pretty package. I think some of the best gifts are simple, easy-to-make treats (that do not stress out the baker!) These bars are incredibly easy to make, and have some pretty luxurious ingredients like salted caramel, smooth creamy chocolate, flaky sea salt, and pecans, but it’s grounded by store-bought graham crackers. They’re perfect.

Other ideas: Dulce de Leche Brownies, Pecan and Cranberry Cookies, and these Brigadeiros or Brazilian Truffles

baileys and patron xo

Ingredients for their favorite cocktail – maybe your gift recipient is a dessert fiend like me and likes sweeter (and very strong) cocktails and shooters? I suggest giving them the makings of a Baby Guinness Shota shot of Patron XO Cafe (coffee flavored tequila), topped with a layer of Bailey’s Irish cream. There’s no actual beer in the shot, but it looks like a little tiny Guinness because of the dark coffee tequila on the bottom, and the cream floating on top. It’s so good.

Other ideas: St-Germain and sparkling wine, bubbly and a fruity mixer, tequila and grapefruit soda (to make Palomas)

carnivore club

_______ of the Month – whether it’s wine, cheese, artisan ingredients, or meats, your gift recipient will appreciate having something delivered to their doorstep each month (or every 3 months, or even just once…) I recently received a box from the Carnivore Club for Charcuterie of the Month. It’s a great for meat enthusiasts, hard-to-shop for folks, and holiday entertaining.

william sonoma wooden spoon stuffed-cover

Wooden Spoon + Cookbook – I love tying a wooden spoon with a shiny ribbon around a cookbook. My friend Dan from The Food in my Beard has an incredible cookbook, Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook  filled with his crazy delicious recipes. I also like giving these other cookbooks: Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe and Seriously Delish from How Sweet Eats.

anthropologie rolling pins anthropologie pot holders

Cute kitchen and baking supplies – like these rolling pins and potholders from Anthropologie. For me, baking and cooking seem even more enjoyable when I use aesthetically-pleasing kitchen ware. If rustic and girly isn’t the style of your foodie gift recipient, you can find more sleek and modern designs from stores like William Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Sur La Table, and the exclusive sales from Gilt and Ruelala.


Cooking Class – I’ve taken a handful of cooking classes and always thoroughly enjoy them. Find one in your city and sign up with your favorite foodie! And as a shameless plug, Dan and I are teaching another cooking class at the Boston Center for Adult Education this Thursday 12/3. This past summer we taught an “Entertain Like a Food Blogger” class and made a cocktail, appetizers (like the ceviche pictured above), and a dessert. We’re teaching the same class, Holiday Edition! If you’re in the Boston area, we still have a few tickets left. And you can use this class code to get a 15% discount: HoliBlog.

What’s on your holiday gift list? Please share in the comment section!


8 Responses to “Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies”

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health posted November 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

    i love the idea of a cooking class..and recently i did come across something called try the world box, that might be interesting to try as well :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Monthly boxes are so fun, and I think everyone likes getting the “surprises” in the mail. Thanks Dixya!

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    grace posted December 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    these are great ideas! i always prefer to give homemade gifts, but i also need ideas to give my family for our secret santa extravaganza–nice list!

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    Daisy posted December 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    such good ideas! my mom, sister and I are always giving each other kitchen stuff

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    Meghan posted December 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I love food gifts! Restaurant gift cards are always a favorite for an after holidays treat. This year I will be buying some specialty food items from my client, The Olive Connection, for stocking stuffers.

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    All That I'm Eating posted December 8, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Love reading posts like this, so many lovely gift ideas…maybe some for me too!

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    Jackson posted December 24, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Thanks for sharing Janice, we’re glad you liked the recipe! We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that your friends and family enjoy these as well. I will be trying these! Can I just say I LOVE your blog. Everything I have made is always so delicious! You have the best recipes!

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    rahana posted January 12, 2016 at 1:02 am

    i love the idea of a cooking class,called try the world box, that might be interesting to try as well.

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