15 Christmas Gift Ideas For Foodies
Look, I'm not the biggest fan of the term foodie either, but food lover sounds weird.
Christmas is coming, as are many other holidays. So I compiled a list of some of my favourite things.
My (incomplete) list of some unique Christmas Gift Ideas For Foodies. Everything on here is something I have found truly indispensable in the kitchen.
I'm not a fan of fluff or trends or one-trick-pony gadgets. These are truly useful, high quality, and thoughtful gifts for the passionate foodies and cooks (and food bloggers) in your life.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Foodies
A Traeger Woodfired Grill. You Can Grill, Bake, Smoke, Roast, Braise & BBQ With Traeger Wood Pellet Grills.
1. Traeger Grill
My favourite thing ever. I have a number of recipes for the Traeger you can find here.
It smokes, grills, roasts, it does everything, while giving your food an authentic woodfired taste that can range from subtle to intense.
Their quality is amazing and their customer service is too as I recently discovered after something minor went wrong with my grill and a new part was promptly shipped out.
I cannot recommend them enough.
2. Subscription Boxes
I'm not generally a fan of subscription boxes. A box full of plastic packaging for products I neither need nor want that will languish somewhere in my home before being tossed and making it into a landfill.
But these are different.
Give a foodie the gift of a big ole box of meat. One that supports small local farmers raising meat right.
Butcher Box works with local farmers to provide their customers with locally sourced, naturally raised, chemical-free, 100% grass-fed, 100% grass-finished beef, premium pork, free-run poultry raised without and hormones or steroids and wild seafood.
If you live in Ontario, Alberta, or British Columbia Canada, TruLocal is another monthly meat subscription service box
They focus on local farmers doing things right, raising animals on pasture eating their natural diet. If you have had trouble sourcing high-quality natural meats and wild seafood, look at TruLocal.
The world’s first subscription service featuring premium cured meats delivered to your door. Every month Carnivore Club features a new artisan. Each of them blending passion and craftsmanship to create some of the finest cured meats in the world. Every artisan is different. Every box is unique.
Crowd Cow lets you healthy, high-quality meat from independent farms. You get the exact cuts and quantity you want, delivered straight to your door. Claim a share, rally your friends, tip the cow and become a steak holder.
This is a long, long list.
I have several hundred books about food and cooking.
If you want to browse through my incomplete-but-still-awesome ist, go here:
4. Fair Trade Whole Bean Coffee
The topic of coffee growing is a complicated one beyond the scope of this list. Any time we import foods from countries with volatile governments and politics and unstable economies, we run into risks and controversies. But there are so many smaller producers looking to tackle this issue by paying fair wages to farmers for exceptional quality coffee beans.
If you wish to read more about this topic, I recommend the book: Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival by author Daniel Jaffee who is a fierce proponent of fair trade principles while keeping a critical eye on fair trad in practice.
Here are some fair trade whole bean coffee brands:
- The Ethical Bean
- Peach Coffee Roasters
- Fresh Roasted Coffee, Organic Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee
- Bean There Fair Trade Coffee
- Leiva's Coffee - Espresso Blend | Fair Trade | Organically Grown | Low Acidity | Single Origin | Hand-Roasted | Farmer Direct
- Doma Coffee "The Chronic - Organic" Medium Roasted Fair Trade Organic
- The Chosen Bean Premium Artisan Cold Brew Whole Coffee Beans, Small Batch Roasted, Organic and Fair Trade Roasters
- Organic Maryland, Certified Fair Trade Organic Coffee
- Level Ground Coffee, Fair Trade, Colombia Dark Roast
- Ubora Coffee - Rwanda Abakundakawa
Every coffee lover wants a high-quality coffee grinder, and the Rancilio Rocky Espresso Coffee Grinder is the one I use.
I have had this grinder for years and I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation. This is an incredibly high-quality grinder that goes from the finest espresso grind to coarse easily.
6. Bodum French Press Coffee Maker
I have one in copper, and even after years it still looks like brand new. Bodum is a very popular brand of French Press Coffee makers and in my opinion, one of the best ways to make a cup coffee.
7. A Handforged Chef Knife
Even if someone already has a set of beautiful, high-quality knives, a single work of art like the knife pictured will never go to waste in the kitchen of someone who truly appreciates such beautiful artisan work.
And honestly, you can always use another chef knife. I recommend 8-10 inches.
8. Handmade Ceramic Coffee & Tea Mugs
If you have a local ceramics shop focusing on promoting independent artists — visit them and support your local small artists!
My favourite mugs have been purchased this way.
Here a few online independent artists selling beautiful work:
Click on each image to go to their Etsy shop!
9. Handmade Ceramic Dinnerware, Bowls, & Platters
Beautiful handmade ceramic dinnerware is a forever gift.
Here are some beautiful examples you can buy from Etsy from independent artists.
10. Matcha Tea
This is the highest quality matcha tea I've seen at this price, and the flavour is absolutely wonderful.
Single-estate origin, ceremonial grade, triple-certified organic, tested for heavy metal poisoning etc.
11. Rare & Exclusive Teas
From puerh to oolong to incredible green tea blends, the Tao of Tea has everything for even the discerning collector.
Their collection of traditional handmade clay teapots is also very beautiful.
I have been a customer of Tao Of Tea for a long time and I highly recommend their teas for quality, sourcing, and taste.
12. Online Specialty Classes
An annual subscription to Bluprint is 50% off right now for a WHOLE YEAR, making it only $50!
In exchange, your gift recipient gets access to thousands of hours of classes run by industry professionals.
Learn everything from cake decorating to baking and cooking, with comprehensive class instruction you have access to from the comfort of your own home.
Even better, if your foodie gift recipient is crafty — Bluprint offers classes on sewing, dressmaking, knitting, spinning — the list honestly goes on.
I've been a member for a long time now and they are constantly coming out with new content and classes.
13. Meat Grinders
Grind your own beef, pork, and game meats and even make your own sausages with an attachment.
A meat grinder is a must-have in any kitchen.
This is the inexpensive electric meat grinder I currently own and use by Cuisinart, it came with 3 grinding plates and a sausage attachment. It has never given me any problems after several years of regular use:
I would recommend this without hesitation.
With that said, I do plan to upgrade to a larger and more powerful meat grinder once this one (finally) dies.
14. Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Cook like a professional chef. The Anova Precision Cooker Nano allows anyone to cook a restaurant-quality meal at home. The sous vide circulator is the perfect kitchen appliance for hands-off cooking of vegetables, meat and much more with consistent control and precision.
A kitchen scale is a must. This is the one I have, use almost daily, and recommend without a second thought — the OXO Good Grips 11 Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
That's it! My (incomplete) list of some unique Christmas gift ideas for foodies. Everything on here is something I have found truly indispensable in the kitchen.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Foodies