Looking for that perfect gift for the favorite cook in your life? This list of 22 Unique Gifts for the Foodie, Chef, or Baker highlights just that—from tools to make the job easier to some fun and uncommon finds.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
All of that hot chocolate. Freshly baked cookies. The carved turkey and the Hot Toddies. And the pie!
Oh, I only named edible things. Sorry not sorry?
I’m a chef and a foodie at heart, always—95% of my wish list is usually cookbooks, kitchen goodies, and anything food-related. If you know someone like me, then you’ve come to the right place.
Here we’ll highlight 22 unique and amazing gifts for the foodie, chef, baker, home-cook, hostess, or cookie-maker in your life. I teamed up with UncommonGoods to bring you this post, one of my favorite places to shop for holiday gifts. They really offer the most uncommon and unique gifts around. I love that the B Corp company focuses heavily on sustainability and supports smaller businesses and artisans. My favorite part is reading about the artist who created the product, and exactly where it comes from. If you don’t find something you like here, make sure to check out their stocking stuffer gift ideas, some awesome gifts for your BFF, or thoughtful personalized gift ideas.
We hope you find some perfect gifts for the foodie on your list!
22 Unique Gifts for the Foodie, Chef, or Baker in Your Life
Uncommon, fun, thoughtful, functional, and/or personalized gifts for the foodie or cook on your wish list. This post contains affiliate links.
Salt is a cook’s best friend. It’s the most essential seasoning in any chef’s kitchen. This Flavors of America Salt Collection adds a fun and delicious addition to your pantry. Each salt is inspired by a unique terrain and part of the US. Think: Merlot-infused salt from California, spicy chipotle New Mexico salt, Hawaiian black lava salt, and Carolinian smoked hickory salt. The set includes an attractive, handcrafted wooden display box and a guide on how to use each salt.
BUY: Flavors of America Salt Collection, $60
Have someone on your list whose favorite day of the week is Taco Tuesday? This all-in-one taco serving kit comes in a handsome birch storage box and includes six serving bowls and four taco holders. Perhaps the best thing about the box? The vibrant, color-rimmed glass bowls that are hand-blown in Mexico.
BUY: Taco Serving Kit and Storage Box, $85
Why gift one vanilla extract when you can give three? This sweet trio is made from single-origin vanilla beans that have been hand-split and cold-infused. Mexican vanilla beans are rich, smoky, and infused in Kentucky bourbon. Sweet Madagascar beans are steeped in cane rum, and Indonesian vanilla is extracted in ginger vodka for an earthy note. These vanilla extracts can go way beyond your go-to cupcake or whipped cream. They work wonders in cocktails, flavored syrups, vinaigrettes, or even a Vanilla Balsamic Roasted Chicken.
BUY: Trio of Exotic Vanilla Extracts, $33
Gifting someone a fun, food-themed DIY is always a good idea. Especially this Chocolate Truffles Making Kit, because who doesn’t love chocolate? These truffles can be completely customized—add cream if you’re a fan of milk chocolate, or even coconut milk to make these vegan. Use the included goodies to flavor or coat your truffles, from peppermint to Himalayan sea salt.
BUY: Chocolate Truffles Making Kit, $34.95
A handcrafted piece is more than welcome on any cook’s counter. This gorgeous serving platter is handmade by artists in Thailand using sustainable mango wood. Each piece is unique, beautifully rustic, and finished with a food-safe mineral oil seal. You could even pair it with the stunning matching serving bowl.
BUY: Rustic Mango Wood Serving Platter, $36
Know a baker with a great sense of humor? These nerdy pie plates are just perfect. The clever written equation translates to “I ate some pie.” And don’t worry, there’s matching plates, too, if you want the complete set.
BUY: I Eight Sum Pi Dish, $38
Why make the trip to the ice cream shop when you have this set at home? This whimsical Parlor Ice Cream Mixing Set makes a fun gift for any ice cream lover or family. The high-quality set includes a bamboo tray, marble slab, ceramic dishes, and stainless steel mixing utensils, perfect for creating your own delicious frozen concoctions in the comfort of your home.
BUY: Parlor Ice Cream Mixing Set, $69.95
We think these sweet dessert bowls would be particularly adorable when combined with the Parlor Ice Cream Mixing Set above, although they can surely stand up to a standalone gift. These fun bowls are hand-crafted in Philadelphia using a process of ceramics and candy-colored pastel glaze that takes a month to form its drippy effect.
BUY: Confetti and Sweet Peach Dessert Bowls, $28
A personal touch is always a nice thought when it comes to gifts. Handmade in the US, this personalized cutting board is crafted from rich, sturdy maple wood and can be customized with your recipient’s last name, initials, or anything you’d like really (up to 12 characters). It can double as an attractive serving tray, and there’s a personalized lazy susan version, too.
BUY: Personalized Cutting Board, $159
Handcrafted in India, this cookbook and tablet stand is both gorgeous and functional. It keeps your favorite book or your tablet clean, off-the-counter-top, and propped for easy reading. The salvaged mango wood and antique brass accents ensure this stand is a lovely display when not in use. With adjustable angles, holes for tablet charging cords, and flat, fold-away storage capability, this rustic stand is high on the list of my best gifts for the foodie and cook.
BUY: Salvaged Wood Cookbook and Tablet Stand, $60
Sushi night is a favorite in our house. It’s even more fun making it yourself. Gift this Sushi Making Kit, handmade in California, complete with an authentic bamboo rolling mat. The kit gives you everything you need to make sushi at home: sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori, sesame seeds, wasabi powder, and gluten-free soy sauce. With recipes, cooking instructions, and even drink pairing suggestions, you only need your favorite sushi fillings and you’re ready to roll!
BUY: Sushi Making Kit, $22
Every baker knows the importance of proper measuring cups when it comes to baking. But who says they can’t be cute, too? These mason jar measuring cups are attractive enough to display full-time on your counter-tops, and the stackable design ensures you never lose one. (I couldn’t tell you how often I can’t find my 1/3 cup measuring cup, even though I have about 12. What’s up with that?) These cream-colored ceramic cups make a lovely, vintage-inspired gift.
BUY: Stackable Mason Jar Measuring Cups, $14.95
French Press and pour-overs, move aside. No longer do we need multiple machines taking up our valuable counter space. This coffeemaker’s smart design allows for both pour-over and French press preparation. Complete with a double-walled insulated pitcher, it’s perfect for keeping your coffee thoroughly chilled or hot for up to an hour. The sleek and modern design is complemented by cork, wood, steel, and porcelain fixtures.
BUY: Manual Three-in-One Coffeemaker, $130
When something encourages us to “play with your food,” we love it already! This set of dice is a fun and unique choice when it comes to gifts for the foodie. Roll for your combination and see what’s for dinner. There’s over 185,000 different seasonal variations. Made in the US, this creative set of Foodie Dice features laser-engraved birch wood dice and an attractive drawstring pouch, ready for gifting.
BUY: Foodie Dice, $24
Sometimes the best gift is a functional one. Take this 3-in-1 produce chopper, for example. It quickly, evenly, and safely chops and dices your fresh produce. No more teary-eyes from chopping onions or stinky garlic fingers! Attached blades come in three sizes for chopping, dicing, and finely mincing. The attached bin keeps things neatly in one place, and the chopper is dishwasher safe to boot.
BUY: 3-in-1 Produce Chopper, $49.99
Know that perfect host? Gift them this Entertainer’s Gift Box. This goodie box includes everything you need for an epic party, just add cheese and wine! Complete with Marcona almonds, pepper jelly, orange-fig spread, mango chutney, gourmet crackers, and an olive wood serving bowl, this set is the perfect gift for those who appreciate a great charcuterie spread.
BUY: Entertainer’s Gift Box, $60
Every cook can use another multi-purpose napkin or dish towel, trust me. But that doesn’t mean they need to be of your typical plaid or gingham variety. Gift these personalized “Mapkins” for something special and unique. You can choose any coordinate you’d like. From their hometown, wedding location, or a spot that means something significant to the two of you, these napkins make a thoughtful gift.
BUY: Personalized Mapkins, $59.95
Being a chef requires a ton of tools. So much so that I ran out of drawer space years ago. This handy, pocket-sized Chef’s Portable Multi-Tool makes for a fun and useful gift. You wouldn’t guess it, but this little guy has a whopping 12 tools. From a cheese grater to a bottle opener to a peeler, each tool is crafted from durable, rust-resistant stainless steel.
BUY: The Chef’s Portable Multi-Tool, $32
Is cooking a part of your family’s genes? If so, the My Family Cookbook would make the perfect gift. This fully customizeable cookbook has space for 80 recipes, photo galleries, and instructions. Fill out the book with your siblings to gift to your mom, or gift a blank book and have fun filling it out together as you go.
BUY: My Family Cookbook, $35
When thinking of wearable gifts for the foodie, sometimes the options can be a bit cheesy (no pun intended). Not these cute foodie jewelry pieces, though. Both of these whimsical pieces are handcrafted by an artisan jewelry maker in Washington, D.C. The popsicle studs are crafted from sterling silver, while the pizza pendant features brass and a 14k gold-filled chain.
Maybe your gift recipient is a huge fan of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, or they just haven’t stopped talking about El Bulli since they ate there ten years ago. Either way, this Molecular Gastronomy Kit is a great gift for your more experimental chef friend. This kit comes with an instructional DVD and everything you need to make creations that would make Ferran Adrià proud.
BUY: Molecular Gastronomy Kit, $65
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list of 22 Unique Gifts for the Foodie, Chef, or Baker in Your Life! What was your favorite find from the list above? Let us know in the comments below!