Gifts for Foodies: Best Food Gifts for Friends and Family with Demanding Palettes


Looking for gifts for the sweet tooth in your life? Easier said than done. Because even if you drink any open wine, your dad watched every episode of Sum on Netflix and has strong opinions on what goes best with this Christmas ham. And although you might think you have adventurous tastes, your constantly backpacking college roommate’s kitchen cabinet is bursting with the spice characteristic of every country they’ve been to. Then there are the people who have very strong opinions about pasta shapes. (Macaroni on the elbow? Don’t even think about it.)

So on that note, Vogue decided to collect the best gifts for the people in your life with demanding palettes. For those who love to DIY and dine, opt for a mole kit from Los Angeles’ beloved Guelaguetza, or maybe a do-it-yourself hot sauce set from Brooklyn Brew. Meanwhile, a plant-based charcuterie board from Plantbelly makes a perfect gift for your vegan or vegetarian friend. Fancy something chic and culinary, but not perishable, to put under the tree? Opt for a silk scarf from the fashion cult grocer, Alimentari Flâneur, or a cookbook from Michelin-starred restaurant, Don Angie.

Below are our favorite gifts for foodies.

For trendy gourmets

From Dolce & Gabbana chocolates to Vogue Italy very clean Panettone, the perfect gift for your friends who are very hungry.

Dolce & Gabbana and Baci Perugina Chocolates Dolce Vita Limited Edition

Panettone Apricot Vogue Italia

Alimentari Flaneur silk scarf

Good Hair Day spaghetti and olive oil gift set

Nice drinks

For your friend always with a hand-heated cup of coffee.

Packet of Lady Falcon Assorted Whole Bean Coffee

Set of 5 Boxes of Mash Tea


Our favorite chocolates and cookies.

Thomas Keller K&M Holiday Chocolate Gift Set

Shortbread Floral By Season Gift Box

For the wine lover

We love the wines and wine guides from Parcelle, New York’s coolest wine store.

How to drink wine: the book

Pack of 3 wines for the holiday dinner

For the home cook

For cooking enthusiasts, consider a baguette maker or maybe a do-it-yourself hot sauce kit.

Emile Henry Baguette Maker

Brightland Oil & Vinegar Essentials Set

Brooklyn Brew Shop Hot Sauce Kit

Guelaguetza Mole Starter Kit

For the artist

Help them make their dream of the perfect cheese board come true.

Vegetable charcuterie board gift box

Bouquet of Salami Provisions Olympia

For the pasta obsessive

From a Zia Pia kit – which includes spaghetti, San Marzano tomatoes and chocolate coated nuts – to Don Angie’s new Michelin-starred cookbook.

Italian-American: red sauce classics and new essentials

Zia Pia San Marzano Lovers Box

For Resy Refreshment

This is what you get your friend who always has a reservation in the best restaurants.

Empellón Taqueria Chips and Salsa Sampler

Russ & Daughters Brunch in New York

Xi’an Famous Foods: Western Chinese Cuisine from NYC’s Favorite Noodle Shop

Gray buttermilk cookies


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