Julia Child once famously said, "People who love to
eat are always the best people." You've got that right, Julia. And, those people are also the most fun to shop for when the holiday season arrives. Foodies are so much more
than snobby gluttons — they’re creatives! And they love creative, thoughtful
gifts that invite them to roll up their sleeves in the kitchen or indulge at the dinner table.
There are a ton of great cookbooks coming out just in time for the holidays this year, but why not think outside the cookbook box? Think DIY cheese-making sets and bundles of artisanal bacon. Here are our 11 favorite food-centric gifts for your own best people.
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Adopt an Olive Tree
For $69, you can adopt an olive tree and Nudo will send
you the oil that that tree produces. It's just like buying somebody a star, except FOOD.
Olive Tree, $69, Nudo Italia
Gourmet Coffee Subscription
Do you have a coffee lover on your list? Check out Tonx'
subscription-based gift pack, which will deliver freshly roasted coffee beans
straight to your loved-one's doorstep. Why Tonx? According to the website, "great coffee is delicate, ephemeral, and very
of-the-moment," and Tonx embraces that.
Coffee Subscription, from $24, Tonx
'Oh Kale Yeah' Bag
Do you have a loved one that's crazy for the green stuff? This year, give
them this 'Oh Kale Yeah' tote from West Elm. They can, like, put kale
in it. So meta.
Market Tote Bag, $18, West Elm
Kombucha Starter Kit
Kombucha is all the rage — and for good reason. This
probiotic elixir is delicious and good for your bod. Set your loved ones up
with this kombucha starter kit so they can brew the 'buch at home.
Basic Home Brew Kit, $45, Kombucha Brooklyn
Gourmet Salt Set
A real foodie knows that salt is more than just salt. Gift
this gourmet salt set from Scout Mob to the most discerning of salt-snobs on
your list this year.
Gourmet Salt Gift Set, $35, ScoutMob Shoppe
Sourdough Starter and Crock
For the baker in your life, purchase this sourdough starter
and crock from King Arthur Flour. It will provide bread for generations!
Sourdough and Crock Set, $27.95, King Arthur Flour
Fair Trade Chocolate Gift Set
What's better than chocolate? (No, not that.) Fair trade
chocolate! Show your food-loving friend you care about them — and global artisans — by gifting this sweet set from Equal Exchange.
Chocolate Bar Collection Box, $30, Equal Exchange
DIY Cheese Kit
Give the gift of cheese this year. This deluxe cheese-making kit from Urban Cheesecraft is good for 30 batches! Your giftee will enjoy
mozzarella, ricotta, goat cheese, paneer, and queso blanco. BONUS: Maybe they
will share with you.
Deluxe DIY Cheese Kit, $50, Urban Cheesecraft
Reuben Sandwich Kit
Zingerman's Deli, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, serves up meaty, delicious sandwiches on-site and myriad options for food-related holiday gifts online. Combining the best of the two is this killer kit for making Reuben sandwiches at home.
Reuben Sandwich Kits, from $135, Zingerman's
Beer Brewing Kit
If there's a craft beer connoisseur on your list, it's only natural to get her a kit for making her own at home. Northern Brewer has starter kits, deluxe sets, and recipe packages for everything from a cream ale to a bourbon barrel-aged Porter.
One Gallon Small Batch Starter Kit, $49.99, Northern Brewer