25 Gifts for People Who Love Food but Hate to Cook

published Nov 12, 2019
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Not everyone who likes food also likes to cook. Some folks out there are better at eating the food than they are at making it. Which means they probably don’t need to get a great chef’s knife or the coolest new air fryer this Christmas. What to get them instead? Something from this totally quirky and thoughtful list. Everything on here either looks like food, gives a not-so-subtle nod to food, or speaks to your pal’s love of food. We have no reservations about these gifts. (Get it?)

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1. Life of the Party Puzzle

Whoever finishes this 1,000-piece puzzle can say they “made a cake,” but let’s face it, it’ll probably take longer than if they had actually baked one from scratch.

Buy: Life of the Party Puzzle, $36 at Piecework

2. Avocado Ring

Yes, guacamole is extra. And so is your friend who always agree to the extra fee. She’s sure to get a kick out of this cute ring.

Buy: Avocado Ring, $25 at Yellow Owl Workshop

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3. Futomaki Socks

When stored properly, these socks look like pieces of a special sushi roll. Which means, they could very well inspire your boyfriend to finally organize his drawer of undies. And to order a spicy salmon roll for dinner.

Buy: Futomaki Socks, $13 at Paper Source

4. Oyster with Pearl Ornament

Anthro really kills it with the food-themed ornaments every year, and this year is no exception. We’re partial to this gilded oyster for the pearl in your life.

Buy: Oyster with Pearl Ornament, $16 at Anthropologie

5. Fruit Shaped Plate

Get this plate for anyone who thinks yellow candies could be for bananas and NOT lemons.

Buy: Fruit Shaped Plate, $7 at Urban Outfitters

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6. Cheesy Pizza Sidewalk Chalk

For parents, kids, or anyone who’s young at heart, this set comes with two yellow chalks and two orange chalks — and all four slices have a cool glitter crust.

Buy: Cheesy Pizza Sidewalk Chalk, $20 at Etsy

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7. Food Pennant

Everyone is Team Food, right?

Buy: Food Pennant, $24 at Etsy

8. Macaron Pillow

Technically this pillow is meant for a kid’s room, but we can see it blending in nicely on a pink couch with a mustard-colored throw.

Buy: Macaron Pillow, $25 at Pottery Barn Kids

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9. Hoodie

Even if your friend isn’t super honest, at least her sweatshirt can be.

Buy: Hoodie, $27 at Etsy

10. Pizza Saver Bags

Whether you know someone who is always ordering in a pie or just wishes she had pizza with her at all times, these bags will come in handy. If you want to be a super-good friend, you could even fill these bags before you gift them.

Buy: Pizza Saver Bag, $8 for 12 bags at Urban Outfitters

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11. Taco Yoga Mat

Get this for your sister-in-law who will gladly meet you for yoga … as long as you promise to go out to eat afterwards.

Buy: Taco Yoga Mat, $39 at Society6

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12. Big Mouth Donut Snow Tube

If your friend spent all summer floating on a donut inner tube, she’ll appreciate this winter version.

Buy: Big Mouth Donut Snow Tube, $28

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13. Easy, Tiger Enamel Bookmark Set

We can’t think of anything more perfect for your bookworm friend who likes to read while she eats dinner.

Buy: Easy, Tiger Enamel Bookmark Set, $25

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14. Ho Ho Hold My Cookies Dog Toy

Dogs probably shouldn’t eat Santa’s cookies, so this toy is a nice alternative. The “cookies” get hidden in his beard and Fido has to dig them out. Because dogs deserve presents this time of year, too!

Buy: Ho Ho Hold My Cookies Dog Toy, $14 at Bark

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15. Pasta Line Art

We all have ONE friend who can name every single pasta shape on this print. Get this for that friend.

Buy: Pasta Line Art, $20 at Etsy

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16. Pizza or Wine Doormat

You can totally customize this to change pizza or wine to anything else your loved one happens to be obsessed with. Maybe the seller could make it say “Cheese or more cheese“?

Buy: Pizza or Wine Doormat, $45 at Etsy

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17. Are You Gonna Eat Those Fries Key Tag

You know she’s thinking it anyway …

Buy: Are You Gonna Eat Those Fries Key Tag, $8 at Etsy

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18. Show me the Bagels iPhone Case

That’s how the famous movie line goes, right?

Buy: Show me the Bagels iPhone Case, $36 at Society6

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19. Funny Cross Stitch

If you’re crafty at all, consider making this for your friend who isn’t at all chef-y. For the $5, you get a download-able PDF, which will guide your stitches.

Buy: Funny Cross Stitch, $5 at Etsy

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20. Brunch Lady Tray

As long as she’s a card-carrying brunch fanatic, she can use this tray. Who cares if she can’t actually poach an egg at home?

Buy: Brunch Lady Tray, $30

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21. Take Out Serving Bowl

Takeout fried rice will taste just a little better when eaten out of this ceramic serving bowl.

Buy: Take Out Serving Bowl, $8 at CB2

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22. LaCroix Planter

This cement planter even comes with the air plant!

Buy: LaCroix Planter, $55 at Etsy

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23. Eat Well, Travel Often Tote Bag

Seems like a pretty good motto to live by!

Buy: Eat Well, Travel Often Tote Bag, $22 at Etsy

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24. Pineapple Light

This LED light has a great, warm glow to it and we love it as a hostess gift or even a housewarming present this time of year. Fun fact: The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality and luxury!

Buy: Pineapple Light, $13

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25. The Book of Eating

A slight departure from the other sort of gifts on this list, Adam Platt’s memoir came out TODAY and covers his early years and gives a behind-the-scenes look at real life as a restaurant critic.

Buy: The Book of Eating, $28

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to do some gift shopping! We’re sharing our favorite picks for anyone on your list — check out all of our gift guides here!