2023 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies
Whether your shopping for a friend, roommate, family member, girlfriend, boyfriend or yourself… Here is the ultimate list of thoughtful gifts for foodies, home cooks, food-lovers this holiday season 2023.
Besides the obvious option (aka food), below is a list of thoughtful and practical gift ideas for people who love food and/or cooking.
Shop everything from cookbooks and crockery to DIY edible gifts & cool kitchen gadgets they will actually use and love!
Giving people food as a gift shows how much you care about them by knowing what foods they like or dislike. It proves to them that you listen and engage because you know their favourite foods they enjoy and how it brings them happiness. Homemade edible gifts show the effort you’re willing put in to express how much you truly appreciate them.
Easy snacks like bliss balls, truffles, cookies and granola are amazing healthy homemade edible food gifts to make in advance as they will keep well at room temperature. They are also easy to package up in a gift hamper, box, tin, reusable container or mason jar with decorations.
Homemade gifts in a jar recipes with printable tags are another creative & cheap Christmas present idea for anyone.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to make recipe in a jar gifts
- Add ingredients into jar
Layer the non-perishable ingredients of a recipe such as this Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes recipe into a clean jar.
- Create recipe tag
Write or print the recipe onto a tag including the method and remaining ingredients needed to make the recipe.
- Attach tag
Punch a hole into the corner of the recipe tag, thread through a piece of string and tie around the middle or like of the jar.
These vegan Chocolate Peppermint cookies, 3 Ingredient Brownies and Chocolate Chip Muffins are the perfect easy homemade baked Christmas gifts to make and send to your friends and family!
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Best Gifts for Foodies & Cooks
Cookbooks & Recipe E-Books
You can never have too many cookbooks and they are a gift that keeps on giving: Send your foodie friend a copy of the new Easy Vegan Eats ebook to inspire them in the kitchen and/or help make their lives easier with finding simple delicious plant based recipes to enjoy!
How to gift an e-book: In the checkout process, use the email of the person you want to send the digital cookbook to. Then they will receive the e-book straight to their email inbox as a surprise gift!
Help your foodie friend take their Instagram to the next level with some Coconut bowls to serve their breakfast or any meal/snacks in, transporting them to tropical paradise.
(Add discount code: GEE10 for 10% off your order at coconutbowls.com)
Uber Eats Gift card
Know someone who loves treating themselves to ordering in meals? Maybe they LOVE FOOD but just don’t enjoy cooking or have a fast-paced, busy lifestyle where they deserve a night-off from cooking. An Uber Eats gift card sounds like the perfect practical gift idea for them!
Eco-friendly produce bags
Reusable produce bags are a must when shopping for fresh fruit, veggies and package free ingredients in a plastic-free way that also helps keep food fresh being stored in the fridge!
(Use discount code: GEE10 for 10% off your order here)
Mug cake/dessert mixes
Looking for the perfect gift for a healthy snack or sweet tooth dessert-lover? Grab these new Choc Chip Cookie Dough Mug Cake or Double Choc Fudge Mug Cake mixes they can make in a minute! Not only are they delicious a quick and easy dessert, they are also vegan, refined sugar free and high in protein!
(Use discount code: GEE10 for 10% off your order at botanikablends.com.au)
Reusable baking mat
A Non-stick silicone baking mat saves you from having to continuously buy single-use baking/parchment paper. This makes it a perfect environmentally and budget-friendly gift idea for people who love to cook and bake a lot.
Mini portable blender
This portable blender is a practical gadget that allows you to easily make homemade dressings, dips, sauces, shakes and smoothies from anywhere with the touch of a button.
So if you need a useful gift for a traveller, gym junkie, health conscious or busy person always on the go, then you can’t go wrong with the portable blender!
Reusable cupcake liners
Just like the previous gift idea above, your friend/family member will never need to purchase single-use cupcake patty pans again if you give them some reusable cupcake liners, (which are much better for the planet and they wallet in the long run!)
Cafe Gift Voucher
Grab them a voucher to their favourite local cafe/restaurant, a new place they have never eaten at before, or a cafe they have always wanted to visit.
Chances are your foodie friend may already have an Air Fryer because who doesn’t?! They are the pretty much an essential kitchen tool for cooking healthy recipes with less/without oil, that turn out just as crispy and delicious as if they were deep fried or roasted for hours on end!
A cake tester skewer is a handy and affordable kitchen essential tool gift that every baker needs for checking if their baked goods are cooked properly. These would make a great, small cheap Christmas stocking stuffer idea!
Cooking Class / Demo
Book a fun cooking class or demo for them to learn new skills and create some delicious food with other food-enthusiasts. If there are no in-person classes accessible, you can always find an online cooking class or digital course that they may have been wanting to try!
High Speed Blender
Give the gift of perfectly smooth smoothies and smoothie bowls, soups, nicecream, brownie batter and protein pancakes with this affordable high speed blender from the Award-winning “No. 1 Best Blender Brand in Australia” – Froothie. This really is the ultimate versatile and useful gift for home cooks, healthy foodies and bakers.
DIY homemade gifts for foodies to make
- Chocolate Protein Balls
- Sea Salt Chocolate Granola
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- 3 Ingredient Vegan Brownies
- Muesli or a fancy trail mix with vegan chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, coffee beans etc. Get creative with their favourite ingredients!
- DIY cake/cookies in a jar: See “How to make recipes in a jar gifts”
- Homemade nut butters and jam
- Edible cookie dough! (recipe in the Easy Vegan Eats ebook)
- Hummus, basil or Sun-dried tomato pesto (Get these recipes in the Easy Vegan Eats ebook)
Reusable produce bags
One can never have too many reusable shopping bags, tote bags and trendy net market bags for those quick trips to the grocery store or farmers market for ingredients.
(Get 10% off all bags & products with the discount code: GEE10)
A simple yet versatile Food processor like this Magimix (which also comes in white for an even more aesthetic look) is the perfect addition to any kitchen and will provide ease and endless possibilities when it comes to their cooking and baking endeavours.
Good quality knife/knife set
Not only are good quality chef knives safer to use, they will be the gift that keeps on giving and last them a lifetime of cooking!
Sustainable Cooking Utensils
Beautiful hand-crafted wooden spoons, tongs, spatula, salad servers are the perfect practical gifts for foodies who love to host a dinner party or two. These essential kitchen utensils are made by repurposing the trunk of old coconut trees making them the perfect sustainable tools for serving salads, flipping pancakes or scooping smoothie bowls!
(Use discount code: GEE10 for 10% off here)
Table Serve ware
Every chef needs beautiful dishes to serve up their delicious salads in, especially ones as beautiful as these coconut bowls!
If your foodie friend is anything like me who loves photographing food as much as they do cooking it, then there’s nothing more exciting than receiving new plates to play with for food photography and serving homemade food creations on!
These glass can tumbler cups are definitely the trendiest glasses right now perfect for coffee, tea, alcoholic and or ice cold beverages.
If you’re shopping for a coffee or latte love then these aesthetic double-wall insulated glasses are where it’s at.
CHOPPING BOARDS & SERVING PLATTERS
Whether it’s charcuterie boards, grazing platters or a sturdy surface for chopping ingredients, you can never go wrong with gifting a nice serving board or chopping board.
Herb/micro-greens growing garden kit
We all want a herb garden right? Fresh herbs are game-changing when it comes to adding flavour, colour and texture to a dish. Make their home-grown herb gardening dreams come true no matter their living situation with a Windowsill planter box perfect for growing herbs and micro greens.
Sprouting jar kit
Sprouted vegetables and seeds have recently been deemed the true ‘super-food’ since they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet! If your friend loves eating healthy as much as they love cooking then a sprouting kit is the perfect gift idea for healthy foodies!
Everyone can rely on a good ‘old-fashioned’ Recipe Box to store their favourite recipes and record their written recipe developments.
Non-stick Frying pan
A good quality, non-stick frying pan is every cooks best friend (especially if you know someone who enjoys cooking healthy meals with less or no oil.) Why not be the one to treat someone to a new frying pan so they can cook with ease.
Whether you know a busy mum or lazy cook that still loves coming home to a home-cooked meal, an Instant pot will be a life-saver for enabling them to prepare meals ahead of time or in an instant.
Food Storage Containers
Gift them some reusable food storage containers to store their leftovers, meal prep or pantry ingredients. These are a great plastic free alternative to regular containers which can help them live a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce food waste.
Make their pantry organisation goals come to life with some aesthetic yet eco-friendly pantry storage containers.
Reusable silicone food storage bags
Reusable ‘Stasher’ bags are the perfect gift idea for anyone and everyone to help keep their food fresh as a reusable alternative to single-use plastic ziplock food bags. These resealable bags are made from non-toxic silicone and are microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher safe!
Acai Bowl Voucher
I mean every health ‘foodie’ is obsessed with açai bowls and Instagram-worthy cafes right? Treat them to a voucher for the ultimate açai bowl cafe or make your own DIY voucher that entitles them to an açai date with you.
Reusable straws and cutlery set
Personalised Cooking Apron
Celebrate your favourite home cook or baker with their very own personal (yet practical) custom apron! Go that extra mile to make them smile with a funny quote or add their name to let them show off who the real chef, cook or baking master is!
Custom Domain Name / Website to start a food blog
Know someone wanting to create a website for their side-hustle, new business or start a blog?
Help them get started on pursuing their dreams by offering to pay for their domain name or hosting platform subscription.
A more advanced or professional cook will definitely appreciate their own kitchen blow torch for quickly caramelizing their brûlées and browning their meringues.
Mortar and Pestle Set
There’s nothing quite like grinding fresh herbs and spices to bring a fresh hit of flavour crushing garlic and ginger. A lot of people think that anything an old-fashioned mortar and pestle can do, a modern appliance (like a food processor or blender) can do better. However if you’re serious about authentic pesto or homemade curry paste thet a hefty mortar and pestle can often yield them an even better result.
Reusable Dish Wash Scouring Pads
These dish scrubbing cloths work like pure magic for making that pesky stuck on food come right off without scratching your precious non-stick cookware! These make great Christmas stocking stuffers for foodies and anyone you need small useful gift ideas for.
Mushroom Growing Kit
These Mushroom Growing Kits are definitely the gift for that mushroom-lover in your life. Plus who doesn’t love harvesting their own food to cook with!
These delicious ‘cheesy’ Vegan Seasoning Blends take any savoury meal from just average to absolutely drool worthy… You’ll want to sprinkle this stuff on everything! From pasta, salad and vegetables, to dips, burgers and bakes you name it!
(The best part is, these are completely free from msg, anti-caking agents, refined sugars and all the typical cheap fillers in regular store-bought seasonings.)
(Take 10% off your order with the code: GEE10)
Bread Slicing guide and Knife Set
Help your fellow baker slice their homemade bread loaves & sourdough with precision and ease with this handy bread slicer.
If you need gifts for foodies or health nuts that love living a healthy lifestyle then a spiralizer is the way to go! This handy kitchen gadget allows you to turn vegetables like zucchini, carrot and sweet potato into noodles for a healthy gluten free pasta alternative.
Get the recipe for my favourite Sweet potato spaghetti with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto inside the Easy Vegan Eats ebook!
Glass spice jars
Everyone wants their pantry to look like it came from Pinterest right? Go on, make that dream Pinterest pantry come true with the ultimate spice storage setup.
- Matcha is a type of powdered green tea which is very high in antioxidants, and has numerous health benefits for your body and brain. This is one of the perfect gifts for coffee-lovers trying to reduce their coffee intake whilst getting a caffeine fix in and of course Matcha is a great gift for tea drinkers too!
Modern Matcha Starter Set
Traditional Matcha Set
Reusable Takeaway Coffee Cup / Travel Mug
These days most people have made the switch to using a reusable coffee cup and own at least one. However, it’s also easy to forget to bring it with you when you’re out and about.
Wouldn’t hurt to have a second (or third) travel cup to keep in the car, bag etc. so there’s always one handy nearby when you’re feeling parched!
A Dutch oven is every cooks dream cookware item that they tend to never invest in for themselves. From baking and roasting to braising and broiling, simple one-pot dinner recipes for busy weeknights are made even easier with a dutch oven or multi-function hot pot.
Reusable Silicone Stretch Lids for bowls
These stretchable bowl lid covers are amazing sustainable gifts for foodies are a reusable alternative to plastic cling film. If you know an eco-warrior then these would be the perfect gift to help them reduce food waste by sealing up those tasty leftovers or meal prep food without having to create extra dishes or plastic waste.
Know a university/college student, colleague or class mate who always packs a homemade lunch to work/school? Treat them to a lunchbox upgrade with a beautiful new eco-friendly bento box.
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Kat - The Hobbit Hold
Great ideas! As a foodie I’d love to get cooking classes as a gift! Thanks for sharing!
Many thanks Kat! Wouldn’t it so practical and fun, hopefully someone gifts you a cooking class next time!
Deanna | Life By Deanna
So many great things here!! Saving this post 🙂
Thankyou for the lovely feedback Deanna! So glad you find the post helpful <3 I'll continue updating the list with new ideas for you to utilise as time goes on 🙂 Hope your future gift-receivers (and yourself) enjoy the things listed here!
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady
There are some really great gift ideas that I would absolutely LOVE. Sharing your post with my hubby and kids LOL.
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady
Omg what an awesome list of gift ideas. I’d love every single one. Sharing your post with my hubby ?
There are so many gifts here I would love. Cooking classes, that cute matcha tea set…. totally sending this post to my hubby!
These are great ideas!
Jenna from Heavenly Spiced
I love everything about this list! I love the golf touches on the air fryer. And that e-book is a must!!!
This is a great comprehensive list for any foodie on your gift list! I love the coconut bowls!
I need to add these to my wish list!!
these are some really good gift ideas
Great Christmas gift list. I loved receiving food gifts and giving them.