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Gourmet Gifts Ideas for Foodies

Updated on October 2, 2013

Celebrate with Foodies

There are tons of great gourmet gifts that are perfect for foodies. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, graduations and other celebrations are a great chance to give the person you care about a gift that they will truly love. However, if you are like me, shopping for a friend or relative can be tough. I find that it helps to focus on one of their interests and look for something fun. If you are buying a gift for a foodie, there are many fun possibilities that you may have never considered.

A new kitchen tool or a custom-made gift basket full of gourmet ingredients is sure to make them smile. For a bigger occasion, there are many fun small appliances, like a KitchenAid mixer or new crock pot. Your average woman may not love getting kitchen appliances for her birthday, but many food lovers would appreciate a beautiful new mixer. Read on for more ideas on items to buy or how to put together a special gift basket for your favorite home cook.

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Most Used Kitchen Tools

What items can't you live without? Is there something special in your kitchen that every foodie should have? Feel free to add to this list or vote for an item that you think would make a great gourmet gift.

Cookbooks For Home Chefs

Is your favorite foodie in need of a new cookbook? A new collection of recipes may be the perfect thing to get the creative juices flowing. Check out one of these options!

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Not quite a cookbook, but a book on food that every epicurean needs to have in their collection!

picnic basket
picnic basket

Creating Your Own Gift Basket

Buying a pre-packaged gift basket is certainly a quick option, but it won't be personalized for your loved one. You may even be able to save money by making your own. All you need to begin is a basket, tissue paper, and plastic wrap to surround the finish product (if you desire). Then you can go to town with your own selections. Some stores, such as Cost Plus World Market, will even have all the items you need to amke a gift basket ready to go. Then you can explore the shelves for the best gourmet gifts.

Or, you can purchase a picnic basket and create a collection of items for a gourmet outing.

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How to Make a Gift Basket

Are you looking for a video to show you how to put your gift basket together? Check this out for step-by-step directions on how to make the perfect basket once you have assembled some great gourmet ingredients.

Gourmet Ingredients As Gifts

Want to give your favorite chef something that they will definitely use? Skip the fancy gadgets and go for high quality ingredients. When money is tight, many foodies skip purchasing their favorite gourmet items. Finishing salts and beautiful bottles of olive oil or balsamic vinegar can be the foundation for a custom-made gift basket. While these items may seem basic, you know they will be put to great use! A good home chef knows that buying the best ingredients will make any dish taste better.

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

Many foodies also happen to love new kitchen gadgets. While a regular home cook probably has many of the basics, there is often room for upgrade or fun new toys! These items all make great gourmet gift ideas because they would be useful in any kitchen. I've recently replaced many of my pot holders with silicone versions and they are fantastic. Choppers and scrapers can help reduce the workload, while Asian-style spiders are great for removing food from boiling water or hot oil. Your favorite cook would love receiving any of these items!

Buying Gourmet Gifts on eBay

If you have a gift in mind, try looking at auction sites to see if you can get a good price. Many eBay sellers offer new items at a significant discount over what you might find in stores.

What are your favorite gourmet gifts for foodie friends? - Have a comment? Post here!

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    • whiteskyline lm profile image

      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Dulce de Leche Cheesecake from the Cjeesecake Factory :)

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Special chocolates go over well for most of them. Only a few are choco-phobic!

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      I like to make a gift baskets full of various goodies.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I love gourmet gifts. Nice selection and ideas.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Great and creative gourmet gift ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would enjoy getting one of these, though I'm not sure I'm all that gourmet. A good cookbook is never a bad gift.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Making a gift basket is a great idea and so much fun to receive!

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      gold3 5 years ago

      Now I want to add a world market gift card to my wish list!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I love World Market too! I've put together food gift baskets before and they are always a hit! Enjoyed this.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      World Market is a great place to find gourmet food items! I love the idea of putting together your own gift basket.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i prefer pumpkin seed oil in bottlles and jars of exquisite marmalade.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      My son is a foodie. I got him a subscription to Food Network magazine which he really enjoys, but I like the idea you have of gifting gourmet food ingredients. Great suggestions!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A good bottle of Olive oil, and balsamic vinegar :)

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      These are great ideas! I would accept any of these :)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great ideas! Awesome lens!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      That is really an brilliant idea for a chef. Gourmet gifts is always the best gift for a foodies person.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Being a seasoned chef and foodie, I really like getting monthly baskets of goodies! Mom did the Omaha Steaks for Christmas. That was nice.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Excellent ideas! I love cooking, and would love to have a pulldown kitchen faucet - it would make my life much easier! :)

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas! =)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      There are a few very special things I will transfer from your list to my wishlist!

    • Rangoon House profile image

      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      There are a few very special things I will transfer from your list to my wishlist!

    • Rangoon House profile image

      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      There are a few very special things I will transfer from your list to my wishlist!