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Still looking for gifts for the foodies on your list? We have some fun and unique gifts for foodies of all kinds and a variety of price points.
Hey all, it’s that time of year for our foodie gift guide!
We’ve been dreaming up some fun things to add to this foodie gift guide and I think we hit on some great ideas.
There is something in here for just about every kind of foodie, plus we’ve featured gifts in a variety of price points so whether you want to spend a little or a lot, you can find foodie gift ideas that fit your budget.
Gifts for foodies
Here are our top picks for foodie gifts this year!
La Panza olive oil
If you love robust and flavorful olive oil, La Panza extra virgin olive oil from California makes an awesome gift for foodies!
The La Panza Ranch in California had gone through several owners over the years, and was purchased by the Leprino family in 2003 where they spent years cultivating olives to create the La Panza Olive Oil company.
The historic La Panza Ranch was also a hideout in the 1860’s for the outlaw brothers Jesse and Frank James while Jesse James recovered from bullet wounds sustained during a bank robbery.
La Panza sent me a set of their 3 olive oil varieties in their Pantry Pouches. The Pantry Pouches are designed to keep out light and oxygen, both of which wreck good extra virgin olive oil over time. These will keep your olive oil fresher longer!
There are 3 varieties of La Panza olive oil:
Chef’s Blend (my favorite, this is milder and perfect for cooking and recipes)
Estate Blend , silver medal winner at the 2020 New York International Olive Oil Competition (more robust, great for drizzling and dipping)
Outlaw Blend, 2-time silver medal winner at the 2018 and 2020 New York International Olive Oil Competition (strongest flavor for those who like a peppery kick!)
The La Panza olive oils make a great gift alone or as part of a culinary gift basket with herbs for creating a dipping oil for your favorite bread.
Olive wood kitchen boards
If you’re looking for a unique gift that you can customize, Forest Decor makes beautiful olive wood cutting boards and charcuterie boards!
Their boards are available in a variety of different sizes and styles, and they offer customization for several of their boards, so you can have the name of your giftee stylishly engraved into their board.
Forest Decor sells more than just boards, too. They also sell olive wood bowls, spoons, utensil holders, rolling pins, and more.
Our meal planner kit
If you love to plan ahead, schedule, and write things down, we created a beautiful printable meal planner for sale on Etsy!
It’s easy to make our meal planner pages reusable, or if you prefer to keep things digital, these pages will work on your tablet or computer as well.
We’re going to work on making a compact version that is smaller sized for fitting on your fridge easier or in small binders!
Our Etsy shop also has some great reusable shopping bags and tote bags that are perfect for your friends who want to avoid plastic.
Since our favorite local coffee shop has shut down their lobby off an on during this year and the drive through lines can get long, I’ve been hunting for a mid-range espresso machine to make our own dairy free lattes and cappuccinos at home.
We usually only get coffee-shop coffee once a week as a family treat since it can get pretty expensive if we did that daily, so this would be a nice way to make our own lattes whenever we want.
I ended up getting this Brim espresso machine and have used it almost daily (and sometimes twice daily) for the past year! It has worked great so far and I’ve had no complaints with the machine or the components. It has been heavily used in our house and it’s still running great.
All things KitchenAid
If your friends or family are in the market for a new mixer or attachments for the KitchenAid that they already have, KitchenAid has some pretty dope machines and attachments, as well as cold brew coffee makers, blenders, and cookware.
KitchenAid also regularly has sales, and since we’re an affiliate for KitchenAid we add their sales as they happen to our Discounts page!
Here are some of the fun attachments you can get for a KitchenAid if your creative foodie friend or family member already has a machine:
We bought a refurbished bowl-lift KitchenAid not too long ago and we’re going to get a food grinder attachment next year for our wild game hunting since we usually process everything ourselves at home.
We love flavored sea salts, particularly smoked salts and truffle salt (my husband likes the truffle salt more than I do). You might have seen some of our recipes that call for smoked salt and I can tell you, smoked salt adds a wonderful dimension of flavor to just about any dish, even brownies or chocolates!
Lapsang souchong (Zhengshan xiaozhong) is a delicious and strong black tea made by smoking black tea leaves over a pine wood fire. The result is a bold and smoky black tea that I absolutely love. It tastes great made hot with a splash of oat milk.
Black garlic is garlic that has been aged until it turns black. Black garlic originated in Korea originally as a health food, but it has a sweet, mild, umami flavor profile that pairs well with many foods.
My family has fallen in love with the Mandalorian series, and my daughter loves all things “baby yoda” (the Child).
I’m not a big fan of TV series in general (some of them drag on way too long and get weird…), but I’ve really enjoyed the Mandalorian series. I saw The Child Green Tea from Republic of Tea and thought I had to include it in this gift guide.
If you live in a smaller landlocked town (like me), you don't always get to try some of these rare treats. You can order some great rare and tropical fruits from Miami Fruit, like sprouted coconuts (we've had these and love them!), pink pineapples, black sapote, sugar apples, and more.
These are all dependent on growing season, so some items may be available only during certain seasons. The prices are high, but they often have discounts and free shipping offers.
Melissa's also has tropical and unique fruits that you can order online as well for a slightly better price point than Miami Fruit (though I'm not sure how the shipping compares either since Miami Fruit shipping is high too).
Alcohol free spirits and drinks are gaining in popularity as more people choose a sober lifestyle for various reasons (or simply choose to reduce their alcohol consumption). We've tried all of the Ritual Zero Proof alcohol alternatives and love them! The gin alternative and the rum alternative are my favorites.
These are created to be completely alcohol free, so they are not just alcohol removed, but have been crafted without fermenting or distilling from the beginning. Which is great for people like me who might have histamine intolerance!
If you're not sure what to get your friends or family who have food allergies, check out the Siete hot sauce variety pack. These are all Whole30 approved, so they don't have added sugars or preservatives.
Apparently avocado leaves are great for tea! The ancient Mayans and Aztecs have made tea from avocado leaves for centuries. Avocado leaf tea is herbal and caffeine free, and it has a smooth, earthy, and delicate taste.
If you happen to live in a city where the Gastro Obscura vending machine pops up you can stop in to grab some unusual items to gift to friends and family. Their website and social channels usually post where they will have pop-up locations for their vending machine, but you can find things in the machine like black garlic, umeboshi, pu-erh tea, and more.
Butterfly pea flower powder is the powdered blue flowers if the butterfly pea flower. It's natural blue color is a great natural blue food coloring for foods, but it's really cool feature is that it changes color with depending on the pH. Adding an acid (like lemon juice) can turn the blue color to purple! This makes fun (and natural) great color-changing drinks.
Grown in West Africa and related to cardamom, Grains of Paradise can be ground in a pepper mill and used to add unique flavor to recipes. The flavor is often described as spicy, peppery, citrusy, woody, and floral.
The LARQ UV light bottle is self cleaning and looks really nice (we shared this in our wellness gift guide as well and wanted to share it here since it's so cool!). You can use it to help sanitize water as well!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist