Everyone likes food, it is necessary for our survival and brings joy when done right, but we all know someone who really LOVES food. They take pleasure in preparing, eating, and critiquing food. They go out of their way to try new things, especially when it is the latest food trend, and they always want to share what they thought about it. When it comes time to shop for your foodie friend or family member, we have you covered with some of the best gift ideas below.
Many people think of edible or functional gifts when buying for their favorite foodie. Few people consider that a love of food can translate to art very easily. Next time you are stuck for a unique gift idea, buy a piece of art inspired by food.
Gourmet Infused Salt
One of the most common ingredients in food is salt. Why not encourage a little diversity with some gourmet infused salt samplers? If you look hard enough, you can find almost any variety of salt infused with flavors from the basic lemon-pepper to the more adventurous saffron-fennel.
Wine and Rose Club
Most serious foodies take their beverages just as seriously as their meal, if not more. There is often an attempt to pair or compliment a meal with wine. If you have a friend who appreciates a good glass of red as much as they appreciate a perfect cut of beef, treat them to a monthly wine or rose membership. This will not only give them the opportunity to try new things but they will always have a great bottle of vino on hand.
This may seem like a cop out but think about how nice it is to enjoy a good meal on someone else’s dime. Due to the lack of effort that this gift requires it is also the easiest option. I always enjoy receiving a gift card, it feels like free money. You can choose a specific restaurant, maybe their favorite date night spot, or even go for a gift card to a store where they can buy tools or ingredients. If you don’t want to limit their options you can get an American Express gift card and let them decide where to treat themselves.
Classic Knife Set
There is nothing worse than a dull or poorly made knife when you are trying to chop vegetables or slice through a thick cut of meat. Make your foodie friend’s life easier with a well-made highly recommended set of cutlery. There are plenty of reviews online if you aren’t sure where to start. No matter how impersonal a classic set of knives may seem, they will be used over and over again, and those are always the best gifts.
One of the latest food trends involves turning your favorite fruits and vegetables into fun little curly-q’s. One of the leading motivations behind this recent movement are a new dish called zoodles, which are basically spaghetti style noodles made of zucchini. These tools are handy when you want to make curly fries or create diverse salad toppings. Fried, baked, sautéed or raw this tool will encourage creativity in the kitchen and help integrate healthy foods into traditional recipes.