49 Best Food Gifts for Anyone Who Likes to Cook (or Eat!)

updated Feb 25, 2023
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This feature is part of The Kitchn’s Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas for every occasion. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides.

Here at Kitchn, we believe that the best gifts are the ones you can eat. Of course, kitchen gifts are great for home cooks, and baking gifts will keep any confection or bread-lover busy, but you simply can’t go wrong with food gifts. After all, how can your loved ones resist a bottle of gourmet olive oil or an entire month’s worth of cheese? That’s why we’ve rounded up the very best edible gifts that basically anyone on your list will appreciate, regardless of their palate.

These food-related gift ideas are experiences in themselves, from grocery subscriptions they can use to make a delicious dinner or enhance their morning coffee, to editor-loved ingredients and condiments to curate the pantry of their dreams. The best part? You can order all of these gifts online! Whether you’re planning ahead for the holidays, looking for a way to celebrate your favorite person’s birthday, or on the hunt for a last-minute host gift, we have you covered.

Meal Kits & Subscriptions

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Trade Street Jam Co.

With this breakfast-themed kit from editor-favorite brand Trade Street Jam Co., your giftee can easily whip up sweet potato biscuits, Belgian waffles with caramel syrup, and cold-brew vanilla honey coffee. And, they don't have to enjoy it in the morning — we're big fans of breakfast-for-dinner over here at Kitchn!

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With Wildgrain, a bread delivery service, you can gift anyone a box of baked-from-frozen loaves, pastries, pasta, biscuits, and more. Because everything arrives frozen, you don't have to worry about anything going bad, so it's perfect no matter the size of their household. Our executive lifestyle director, Lisa, was shocked when she tried it out, starting with a sourdough loaf. "The crust had crisped up nicely and the inside was fluffy and pillowy and chewy. Still warm, this bread tasted like something you’d get in a bread basket at a restaurant," she said.

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Kitchn readers went wild for this incredible gluten-free pasta after our contributor, Stella, raved about it. Unlike many gluten-free pasta varieties that can taste off when it comes to texture, ZENB uses yellow peas for their noodles, which results in a very pasta-like texture. It also happens to be packed with protein so you're actually full after your meal, too. Gift any gluten-free (or gluten-loving!) foodie this variety pack to make their next pasta night delicious and nutritious.

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Bean Box

Bean Box has been an editor- and reader-favorite ever since we tried the coffee subscription service a couple of years ago. Each month, you receive gourmet coffees right to your doorstep from handpicked small-batch roasters. With this World Coffee Tour Box, you can give the gift of tasting coffees from around the world, with chocolate-forward Latin American roasts, fruity African flavors, and more. The box includes 16 coffees with included tasting notes and brewing tips so they can truly immerse themselves in the experience. You can also choose from ground or whole bean depending on their preference. It's one of the best coffee gifts you can give in our opinion!

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Murray's Cheese

Traveling to France is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but enjoying the cuisine doesn't have to be. This collection of cheese and charcuteries is the next best thing. With four kinds of cheese, Jambon, bright olives, and more, this board-in-a-box is a treat for six to eight lucky people. Or just one, if the recipient decides not to share.

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Catch Sitka

This bundle of fresh wild Alaskan salmon is so fresh that Kitchn contributor and private chef Meredith instantly threw an at-home sushi night when it arrived. "I was amazed at how beautifully the filets were butchered into perfect portions, just like in restaurants," Meredith said. Catch Sitka’s fish is sustainable, hook-in-line caught in Alaska by local fishermen and then immediately vacuum-sealed and blasted frozen dockside, so it arrives fresh and ready to defrost or be stocked in your freezer. It'll be the ultimate foodie gift for the seafood lover in your life!

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Sips By
was $59.97

Tea-drinkers love to try new flavors, but committing to a whole box or tin can be a big investment. Enter: Sips By, a tea subscription box that lets recipients try four new teas a month (four bags each) from premium brands around the world. The receiver just answers a few quiz questions and gets a box personalized to their likes, so you don’t have to worry about picking the wrong flavor.

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The perfect gift for any pasta lover! This subscription will score the recipient a signature box of organic pasta from a beloved brand, along with super-seasonal offerings (we’re talking ramp and fennel flavors) that are only available to club members.

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This collection is made with Paleo devotees in mind, but anyone who loves seafood will surely appreciate this generous assortment. Packed with two portions each of Alaskan sockeye salmon, halibut, Atlantic cod, Gulf shrimp, sea scallops, and haddock, there is more than enough to fill someone’s plate night after night.

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New Yorkers know to expect a LONG (really long) line at Ess-a-Bagel’s flagship store. Luckily, you can skip that (and the airfare) and send a fresh dozen to your favorite carb-loving friend or relative. You’ll get to pick from 10 different flavors when ordering. We recommend everything and sesame bagels, but you can’t go wrong with whatever you pick to send.

Pantry Ingredients

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Burlap & Barrel
was $57.94

If you have a home cook on your list who loves dishes that pop with flavor, they'll be thrilled to receive the Chef's Collection Set from Burlap & Barrel, a Kitchn-favorite brand of spices sourced from small farms. This six-jar set includes unexpected finds to create great-tasting meals. Your giftee will receive Wild Mountain Cumin, Black Urfa Chili, Ground Black Lime, Sun-Dried Tomato Powder, Cloud Forest Cardamom, and Caribbean Bay Leaves.

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Stonewall Kitchen

The jam-making experts at Stonewall Kitchen put together this gift set of three of their most popular varieties: Wile Maine Blueberry, Strawberry, and Black Raspberry. Each jar holds 12.5 ounces of fruity deliciousness, and it all comes in a custom-made wooden crate tied up with a lovely ribbon.

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This spice solution is equal parts form and function, with a standout aesthetic that makes it a showpiece on your recipient's countertop. Instead of mismatched jars floating around unfettered in the cabinet, Evermill takes everything countertop, with a streamlined collection of amber glass jars and gilded labels that keep things looking sleek and sophisticated.

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Acid League

Know a condiment lover always on the lookout for new pantry essentials? We highly suggest this saffron "secret sauce" from Acid League that our contributor, Stella, fell in love with at first taste. "This saffron-tinted sauce is not just a hot sauce. Sure, it has a kick due to the habanero and escabeche peppers in its ingredient list, but it’s the most complex and layered condiment I have in my kitchen," she said. It's delicious on roasted veggies, eggs, wings, salads — the list goes on. It'll be a thoughtful and funky gift that they're guaranteed to use to the very last drop.

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Gifts for grillers can easily become repetitive with tools and rubs — until you meet this flavor-forward (and award-winning!) Japanese BBQ sauce. Our contributor, Meredith, picked it up because of its handy squeeze bottle style and minimal ingredient list and was delighted after trying it with rice, the TikTok-famous salmon bowl, stir-fry, chicken thighs, and even morning eggs. "The sweet and salty sauce is an umami-lover’s delight, with notes of ginger, green onion, sesame oil, mirin (a sweet cooking wine), rice vinegar, and soy sauce," she said. And without any thickening agents, it remains thin and perfect for drizzling so it's easily used as a marinade or go-to sauce.

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Good salt can take any dish to the next level. And, with this 3.1-pound bucket of chef-favorite Maldon Sea Salt — your food-lover can take EVERY dish to the next level, possibly for a year or more.

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No offense to the nut butter you get in a grocery store — they have their place, too. But once you try flavors including Chai Spice Peanut and Almond Butter and Maple Cinnamon Peanut and Pecan Butter, it’s going to be hard to go back to topping your oatmeal with anything else. Try some for yourself and then get your favorite flavor for everyone on your gift list.

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Crafted on a family-run farm on California’s central coast, this oil and vinegar set is sure to be a real treat for the food-lover in your life. Two extra virgin olive oils, each with their own unique flavor profile, as well as Champagne and balsamic vinegar make sure there’s a companion to whatever your pal is whipping up in the kitchen.

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Know someone whose spice collection could use a serious refresh? This starter pack is filled with all the essentials including cumin seed, chili powder, and paprika—as well as a few your loved one may not have, like fennel seed, Moroccan coriander seed, and yellow mustard powder. It’s a great way to encourage someone to experiment with new flavors.

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Fly by Jing

Chili crisp has an intense flavor but isn’t too hot to enjoy. This stuff can be used on all sorts of things, but we especially enjoy it on eggs, vegetables, sandwiches, and rice bowls. Even your friend who doesn't like spice will love this.

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Runamok Maple

Skip the bottle of wine the next time you show up at a party and throw your host a sweet curveball instead: maple syrup. This Grade A amber syrup from Vermont comes in an attractive bottle that’s perfect for gifting.

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was $16.55

This pretty little jar has some very big flavors inside of it. Made with a mix of chili peppers, paprika, rose petals, garlic, and other species, this harissa is a great way to kick up a soup, marinate meat, or mix into a grain salad.

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was $70.00

Omsom launched during the pandemic, when we couldn't have been more desperate for a delicious dinner shortcut. Each kit has all the (sometimes hard-to-find) sauces, aromatics, and seasonings you need for specific Asian recipes such as Japanese Yuzu Misoyaki and Chinese Mala Salad. This mega sampler is filled with 16 starters, which is enough to make more than 40 Asian favorites. Cooks just need to mix in protein and veggies on the stovetop and dinner is ready in about 30 minutes. (And right now, get 20-percent off at checkout!)

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Give someone a crash course in all the pantry essentials they’ll need to create flavorful East Asain dishes at home with this collection of 14 items. They’ll get the expected items like sesame oil and Chinese five spice as well as a few likely-new-to-them ingredients such as Yamaki Shirodashi.

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Zach & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm

No offense to the honey bears hanging out on grocery store shelves, but there are lots of other options out there. This pick is made from bees that feed on the nectar and pollen from wildflowers, which provides more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, than single varietal honey. And it tastes pretty darn delicious, too.

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Pineapple Collaborative

This elevated apple cider vinegar is made from a variety of hand-harvested Gravenstein, Red Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, and Pink Pearl apples. It’s got a vibrant kick that goes a long way in marinades and dressings. If you gave someone a bottle of olive oil last year, consider this for 2021.

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Help someone kick it up a notch with a fancy new hot sauce collection. Yeah, we said fancy. Because these are made with truffles! This three-pack offers a variety of flavors and intensity levels, so the lucky recipient is sure to find one that’s just right for whatever they’re topping, mixing, or basting.

Snacks & Sweets

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There’s nothing vanilla about Malai ice cream, which is influenced by the warm and aromatic South Asian flavors and spices that founder Pooja Bavishi grew up eating. You can choose from a variety of Malai standards like Orange Fennel, Masala Chai, and Rose with Cinnamon Roasted Almonds as well as seasonal offerings like Golden Turmeric and Saffron Pistachio.

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Greyston Bakery

If you've ever tried Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream, Maple Blondie ice cream, or a handful of other mix-in flavors, then you're already familiar with how utterly delectable Greyston products are. Gift your loved one this Double Delish! bundle, which includes two pieces of each of six core flavors: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Double Chocolate Chip Blondie, Snickerdoodle Blondie, Vegan Fudge Brownie, Vegan Cinammon Roll Blondie, and Vegan Birthday Shortcake Blondie.

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Know someone who can't get enough popcorn? If so, then this is the gift for them. Wrapped in a "Made with Love" mailer and packaged in tissue paper, the Best Sellers Set from Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn offers a sampling of some of the brand's most creative flavors: Asheville Mix, Salted Caramel, Cinnamon Bourbon Pecan, and Pimento Cheese.

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Studio Null

Okay, so this gift pack of non-alcoholic wines from Null Wines isn't exactly a snack or a sweet, but it will go pretty darned well with both. An editor-favorite find, the brand's Second Release features two premium non-alcoholic wines — a single-varietal red and a sparkling white —sourced from Spanish vineyards. Even better? No next-day hangover.

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Headquartered in Philly's famed Reading Terminal Market, Bassett's Ice Cream has been churning out mouthwatering treats since 1861. With this DIY-ice-cream-sandwich kit from Goldbelly, your giftee will enjoy a taste of the City of Brotherly Love. It includes three flavors (you pick) and 16 ready-to-bake portions of chocolate chip cookie dough from Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, which just happens to be located steps from Bassett's.

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Milk Bar

Give your loved one the scrumptious goodness of Christina Tosi's famous cookies from Milk Bar. This tin includes all the classics: Compost, Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow, Confetti, Chocolate Confetti, Blueberry & Cream, and Corn. Choose from a six-pack (one of each) or a 12-pack (two of each).

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Magnolia Bakery

The famous New York City bakery can now be enjoyed anywhere across the country, starting with this incredible sampler pack. It includes two large classic banana pudding cups and two cupcakes, perfect for anyone who is already a huge Magnolia Bakery fan or who has never tried it before. You'll get bonus points if they're "Sex and the City" fans, too!

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See's Candies

Several editors are head-over-heels in love with California-based See's Candies (Kitchn contributor and pastry chef, Stella, firmly believes See's has the best boxes of chocolate out there!). This assorted truffles pack includes 12 pieces in various gourmet flavors like blueberry, lemon, and café au lait that any chocolate lover will devour as soon as they open the box.

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Hu Kitchen

Chocolate purists (and really anyone with taste buds) will appreciate the paired-down ingredient list in Hu chocolates. With no dairy, emulsifiers, or refined sugar, all you taste is pure cocoa bliss. This generous 8-pack includes favorite flavors like Crunchy Mint and Hazelnut Butter. Give the set as a gift or break the bars up and pass them out like, well, candy.

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We’ll admit it: We’re suckers for good packaging. And why shouldn’t we be — especially when it comes to gifts worth giving? This cute burlap bag is stuffed to the brim with one pound of crunchy peanuts — more than enough to satisfy someone’s salt tooth.

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Andre's Confiserie Suisse

The Swiss sure do know chocolate! Handmade by the same family that immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s, the sweets from André's are melt-in-your-mouth good. These orange peels are a favorite, probably because they’re coated in luscious dark chocolate three times before they’re boxed up and shipped to a lucky recipient.

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This Turmeric latte mix couldn't be easier to make: just add milk or water. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for someone on your list who deserves a bit of me time.

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The Spice House

Treat the movie aficionado in your life with some seasonings to take their next batch of popcorn to the next level. With flavors like Cheddar, Maple Garlic, Garlic & Herb, and Fire Salt, your loved one might want to double up the popping.

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When you get someone Jeni's ice cream, you're already getting them one of the richest, most satisfying, and most beloved ice creams. So, getting their top sellers collection is truly the best of the best. The five fan-approved favorites include: brambleberry crisp, brown butter almond brittle, darkest chocolate, salted peanut butter with chocolate flecks, and salty caramel.

Baking Ingredients

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Uncommon Goods

Designed by renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel, these ingenious silicone molds turn cookie dough into edible glasses. A fun family project, you can fill them with milk, chocolate mousse, or anything your favorite baker can dream up!

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Williams Sonoma

They'll never run out of ideas with this delicious subscription to Williams Sonoma's tastiest baking mixes. From a shareable chocolate chunk skillet cookie to the at-home version of the iconic cupcakes from D.C.’s Georgetown Cupcake, they'll enjoy six months of sweet treats.

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Williams Sonoma

New York City’s Flour Shop is known for its whimsical, fun confections, and this kit can help the adventurous baker in your life try their hand at an Insta-popular sprinkle explosion cake. Packaged in a cute paint can, this kit includes cake mix, food coloring, frosting mix, and all the sprinkles required to recreate the viral, colorful dessert.

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There’s a lot to love about this gift box, which contains a duo of charming jars packed with ingredients for two delicious fan-favorite cookie recipes from Kerber's Farm in Huntington, NY. Each includes everything your recipient needs to whip up a batch without the hassle of a recipe — well, almost — except for the eggs and butter. Gift this box solo, or bundle it with a cute apron and spatula for a present any at-home baker would love.

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Williams Sonoma

True bakers know that a good vanilla extract can make all the difference in their creations. Nielsen-Massey makes some of the best, so gifting this threesome of vanillas from different regions will allow the baker in your life to find the one that’s just right for whatever they plan to whip up.

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was $17.99

Help the baker you love find their new favorite secret ingredient. This cute tin contains 10 sample sizes of premium spices including chai masala, green cardamom powder, and apple pie spice.

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Sprinkles are one food that's actually gotten better since your childhood. That's because this vegan-friendly dessert topping is made with only a few simple ingredients and no artificial dyes. Plus, these have fun dinosaur shapes!

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Williams Sonoma

For anyone who doesn't venture beyond plain ol' sea salt, this well-rounded set is an eye-opening introduction to the wide world of salt. And, for experienced tasters, it's a wonderful trip around that same flavorful world. Enjoy the Himalayas, Hawaii, or Trapani, Italy (without leaving your kitchen).