If there’s one thing that brings all serious food lovers together — whether we love to cook or just to eat — it’s a never-ending desire for more. Whether it’s wanting to try every jar of deliciousness at the specialty food store, collecting every knife made by that Japanese knife-maker who hand carves one knife a year, or searching until we find the farm with the absolute sweetest wild blueberries the land has to offer, we cannot help ourselves. We’re insatiably passionate. And if you want to spoil us this holiday season, here are some ideas for how you might do that.
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All the American Spoon goodies
You can easily put together your own gift box at American Spoon, or choose from their many gift options organized by themes like entertaining (products perfect for assembling a fantastic cheese plate), baking (everything you need for fantastic holiday cookie baking), and brunch. But if you want to seriously spoil your favorite cook or eater, treat them to the Buy the Store gift box, which includes 18 greatest-hit products from preserves and jams to their to-die-for salsas and granolas. ($250, American Spoon)
Handmade Dutch Leather Apron
These gorgeous, buttery soft leather aprons are handmade in Holland and come in two styles: one with a low pocket only and one with a low pocket and a chest pocket that you can get with or without a zipper. Even more tempting than the styles are the colors. Choices, choices. ($195, Food52)
Indie States of America Food Subscription
If your favorite foodie is all about exploring new flavors, help them discover regional American foods with the Indie States of America gift club subscription at Mouth. Every month, your gift recipient will get four to five goodies that focus on a different region of the Unites States, from the southwest to Vermont, Oregon to California. You can choose to prepay for 3, 6, or 12 months. ($54-60/month, Mouth)
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Bellocchi Pig Casserole
This handmade, oven-to-table vessel produced by a family of artisans in the Marche, close to the Umbrian border in Italy is perfect for the passionate home cook who fancies him or herself someone who should summer in Italian countryside. Crafted from terracotta, the Bellocchi Pig Casserole heats very evenly, making it perfect for preparing and serving slow cooked meals, including roasts, stews, and soups. And it’s just too damn charming. ($375, Shed)
The Full Moon Dust Collection
If your favorite cook is a millennial (ha!) or very into herbs, adaptogens, and other natural edible remedies, they’ll love experimenting with this full collection of Moon Dusts, which can get a little pricey when you want them all. These custom blends of adaptogenic superherbs and supermushrooms are said to help combat the effects of stress to nourish body, beauty, and consciousness from the inside out. Hey, sounds like something we’d love to try… if given to us as a gift. ($190 for the full set, Moon Juice; individual dusts available for less)
Copper Vitamix Pro 750
Sorry, we’re not over it: we still love copper for the kitchen. Last year it was the copper KitchenAid stand mixer (which still makes us weak at the knees) and this year it’s the Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage blender. Gorgeous. And so, so powerful. This will make your favorite home cook happy forever — because that’s how long it will last. It’s a splurge, for sure, but nearly $150 less than suggested retail, which is something maybe? ($599.95, Williams-Sonoma)
Beauty and the Beast Le Creuset Soup Pot
We’re not normally ones for cutesy kitchen gear unless, of course, it’s for the kids, but this limited quantity Beauty and the Beast Le Creuset soup pot is just too good. If there’s a cook in your life who would agree, this would certainly delight them, especially if the blue or yellow soup pot — an excellent piece to have in any collection — will go with their existing color(s). ($280, Le Creuset)
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Mountain Rose Apples
If your foodie is addicted to Instagram like us, they’ll know — and be thrilled to get their hands on — the very limitedly available Mountain Rose Apples at Mikuni Wild Harvest. These gorgeous pink hued apples from Oregon were all the rage on social media and will surely be again… when they are in season next year. But, yes, that’s the catch. If you’re giving them as a gift, your recipient will have to wait until next fall. We’re guessing they’ll want to, but if you’re not so sure, give them a gift certificate to Mikuni Wild Harvest. It’s one of our absolute favorite shops. We PROMISE any foodie, whether they love to cook or not, will find something spectacular here. ($28.95 for the apples, Mikuni Wild Harvest)
Italian Olive Oil of the Month Club
Every avid home cook knows that great olive oil is essential for finishing so many dishes from salads to soups, pastas to stews. And even just for drizzling over crusty toast or a hard boiled egg in the morning. Give the gift of award-winning, small batch olive oil from Italy month after month via Gourmet Cooking and Living with their Italian Olive Oil of the Month Club. You can choose from one, two, or three bottles in each shipment and between various shipment frequencies. (prices vary, Gourmet Cooking and Living)