Whether shopping for a dedicated home chef or someone who's more practical, food gifts are a thoughtful way to stock their pantry or fridge with specialty items that show your affection. Plus, nothing goes to waste when you opt for an edible gift.
“The best gourmet gifts are those that show care regarding the recipient's tastes and preferences,” says Elisa Lyew, the chef and owner of Elisa's Love Bites, a gluten-free bakery in NYC. “Do they love cheese? Are they vegan? Do they love a particular merchant? Do they have any food allergies? This should be the starting point when giving a personalized, thoughtful edible gift.”
To find the best food gifts, we researched eclectic options to suit any craving. In addition to Lyew, we also spoke with Sarah Bridenstine, a professional baker and chef who runs the blog Baking Kneads, for her expert insight on finding the best food gifts. From dessert sauces that can satiate a bonafide sweet tooth to herb starter kits that can last for years, we collected a range of unique food gifts so you can skip the search and start shopping.