We all have that one foodie friend in our lives and on our gift-giving list who's tasted everything, knows the names of rare mushrooms, and understands intuitively how long to cook things without burning them. They're like fantastical creatures who make no sense to those of us who can barely scramble an egg without messing something up. They're so evolved in the kitchen that they make us wonder if the ability to make anything but fires and messes in the kitchen is found only in certain strands of lucky DNA. We follow them on Instagram with grumbling stomachs, we rely on them for restaurant recommendations, we text them frantically when things go wrong in our own cooking attempts, and we look forward to any invitation to eat at their home because we know it's going to be good. Yes, we love the foodies in our lives, but getting them food-related gifts that they don't already have or think are garbage is a difficult task.
That's why I've put together this list of rare, special, and new gift ideas that are sure to surprise that seasoned foodie friend of yours. And surprising something with a gift that they actually like is the ultimate gift.
The Taartwork Pies Cookbook
You've never had a pie like a Taartwork pie, and that's because it was a secret family recipe — until now. The recipe is revealed for the first time in this gorgeous book, which serves both as a coffee table centerpiece and guide to becoming a low-key Dutch baking master. It will keep you busy in the kitchen and popular at the dessert table.
This classic apron is functional in the kitchen, but also pretty fashionable. And if your friend is a real foodie, they'll be happy to have a fresh apron that's not covered in dried ingredients.
For the foodie who is all about that quirky and twee kitchen. These are funny and functional.
Cheese Making Kit
Yeah, that's a thing. You can make cheese. This is the perfect gift for the foodie who loves a good DIY.
Oil Dipping Spice Kit
For that fancy foodie who knows their spices, this gift will be a real treat.
This salted honey is a true delicacy. It's a great dipping sauce, cheese parter, and marinade. Your foodie friend will have a lot of fun with this.
Cheese Tool Set
Every cheese lover needs an array of tools, an this set is chic enough to leave on display as well.
This adorable mug is also educational. Learn about mushrooms while you drink your morning coffee, or keep it on display.
Bon Appetit Linens
These stylish and functional kitchen linens make the perfect low-key napkins and table settings.
Mini Waffle Maker
It's so cute that it looks like a toy. But it's actually a fully functioning waffle maker that takes up no counter top space at all.
This is a great gift for yourself if you're a foodie. You can make your friends personalized cookies for the holidays super easily with this tool.
Neon Pizza Sign
If you're looking for a big gift for a big pizza lover, look no further this sign is everything. What better home decor is there for a lover of the classic slice?
Lipgloss Fidget Spinner
It's lip gloss! It's a fidget spinner! It's fruit! It's everything in one and it's the perfect stocking stuffer.
If millennials spent all of their money on avocado socks in stead of avocado toast, maybe they'd be able to afford to buy homes. Food for thought.
French Fry Ornament
This will easily become the best feature of any Christmas tree. It's foodie friendly, but also just adorable.
Ice Cream Cone Pin
This cute lil' thing will brighten up any shirt or jacket collar. Plus, it's made with rose quartz, which makes it kind of chic.