Gift Edit 2023

The 13 Top Gifts for People with a Sweet Tooth

published Oct 2, 2023
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This feature is part of The Kitchn’s Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

The thing about sweets that makes them so great for gifting is that it doesn’t matter if you know the recipient well or not — simply put, there are few people out there who wouldn’t love to receive a gourmet chocolate bar or a cookie sampler, even if everyone does have their preferred flavors. Really, all you have to keep in mind are your giftee’s food allergies — perhaps they have a gluten intolerance or they can’t eat nuts. But, beyond that, there are so many delicious desserts to choose from that are sure to bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces. We rounded up a few of our top picks below, as well as some dishware finds that are nothing short of luxurious. Get your bestie a candy box and some stylish candy jars in which to store their treats! Many of these picks are also editor favorites, so you can trust that they’ll hit the (sweet) spot.

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Know someone who loves white chocolate? Snag them this gourmet $10 strawberry cheesecake bar. Its milky sweetness is complemented by tart strawberry cheesecake, with sandy graham cracker crumbs providing buttery sweet flavor and a surprise of texture. It's certainly an elevated alternative to your basic Hershey's bar.

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Uncommon Goods

With this pint-sized insulated canteen, your giftee can bring their favorite flavor along on every trip. Plus, they don’t have to use it only for ice cream! They can also use the container to hold any small treat they want to keep cold, be it fruit, yogurt, or an icy drink. The canteen's double-walled construction keeps the contents cool for hours at a time.

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This e-gift from Sugarwish is like the virtual version of letting a kid go wild in a candy store. They can fill up their cart with six different varieties of sweets, so it's very customized, but with very little heavy lifting on your end. Frankly, we like this system because we’d find it way too hard to choose an assortment from more than 70 candy varieties on Sugarwish's site.

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How stunning are these glass apothecary-style containers? Certainly more stylish than your average candy jar, that's for sure. Gift this set of three, which looks way more expensive than its $30 price tag. Your giftee will have a blast filling each container with their favorite candies and other non-perishable sweets of choice.

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Help your BFF make all of their breakfasts taste sweet with this jam sampler box. It comes with four jars of homemade jam from a farm in Huntington, New York, all quaintly packaged in a wooden crate. The flavors depend on the season, but some past favorites have included fig, cherry, apricot, and strawberry-rhubarb.

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Stellar Eats

You can't forget about your gluten-free friends when gifting sweets. There are actually a lot of great GF dessert options out there, including the editor-favorite baking mixes from Stellar Eats. Their coffee cake mix is so easy to prepare and perfect for snacking on throughout the day, and you can find even more options, including brownies and carrot cake, on the brand's website.

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Uncommon Goods

If you have a message to share with your BFF, say it with these yummy shortbread cookies. The cookies are so adorable that your giftee might not want to eat them, but they’re too delicious not to. Whether you mail them or bring them over during your next visit, the cookies are sure to bring a smile to their recipient's face.

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Stonewall Kitchen

Whether your loved one is indulging in ice cream, waffles, or a slice of cake, they'll be reaching to top it off with one of the gourmet dessert sauces from this Stonewall Kitchen set. It comes with four beloved flavors, two of them chocolate, that'll instantly take any dessert to the next level. The sauces are a must-have in any pantry.

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Eating dessert is luxurious, which means your giftee needs an equally fancy vessel to enjoy it in. These retro-looking dessert bowls will look gorgeous on their shelves when not in use. They're handcrafted in Tuscany by master glassmakers and come in a variety of beautiful shades depending on your friends' style. Enjoy them with gelato, ice cream, or snacks while lounging on the couch to feel a little bit luxe.

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With this brilliant Dash gadget, your friend can make cold and delicious ice cream at home without the hassle it would normally entail. The compact, editor-loved tool can make a whole pint at a time, and it churns all on its own! What's more, you get to customize the flavors and add as many mix-ins as you want. And as great as the ice cream is after you let it firm up in the freezer, there’s also something delightful about eating a few spoonfuls of the freshly churned mixture when it’s still semi-soft.

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See's Candies

With this gift box from See's Candies, you're not just getting any old lollypops. Instead, the sampler comes with an assortment of gourmet, carefully packaged treats made with mouthwatering ingredients such as butterscotch, heavy cream, Colombian coffee, and real vanilla. Your order comes with about 30 lollypops for under $30, so you know it's a great deal.

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If the person in question is already all stocked up on cookies, cakes, and candies, gift them a set of these adorable dessert plates. They come in a set of four and are available in four different colors, as well as an assorted mix. We love their scalloped rims and slightly floral aesthetic. The plates are also great for the friend who likes to host get-togethers.

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Milk Bar

NYC-based Milk Bar is famous for its unique and playful takes on dessert classics (if you haven't tried their Birthday Cake, you need to ASAP). Now you can gift it to your loved ones no matter where they live with the brand's sampler pack. It's chock-full of legendary picks like birthday truffles, chocolate birthday truffles, a slice of Milk Bar Pie, and six assorted cookies for the most delicious sugar high ever.