10 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas (2013)

Foodie Christmas Gift Ideas

This is the second installment of my gift guides for the holiday season. Last week I shared with you tons of bestselling cookbooks and kitchen toys, and this week I am sharing some “off the beaten path” foodie gift ideas. They aren’t bestsellers on Amazon, and they aren’t your typical go-to gifts like stand mixers, spatulas or flavored dipping oils. They’re unique, a little quirky and definitely fun. I hope you enjoy browsing them as much as I enjoyed putting the list together for you!

1. Anthropologie

Anthropologie is one of my latest and greatest retail loves. They have extremely unique home decor and kitchen items, and most times I wish I could buy the entire store! From hand-painted measuring cups to cute measuring spoons, owl cookie jars and colorful fruit baskets, there is no shortage of ideas for the people in your life that love to spend time in the kitchen.

2. City Dining Cards

City Dining Cards

If you know someone who loves to go out to eat, try new places, and shies away from chain restaurants, this is an excellent gift idea. City Dining Cards are available for 13 different cities in the U.S. and London, and each deck has 50 $10 discount cards to locally owned restaurants. You can also buy Drink Decks, which includes buy-one, get-one drink cards to locally owned bars. In addition, the company donates 5% of all sales to local food banks.

3. DavidsTea

Do you know someone who always asks for tea after dinner, instead of coffee? If so, you have to check out DAVIDsTEA; they have an huge variety of loose leaf teas, which you can purchase individually or in gift collections. I bought an infuser mug and a set of tea for my mom last year, and she LOVED it; she’s been talking about it all year. If you’re interested in a variety, definitely check out The Winter Tea Collection, which includes teas like Alpine Punch, Chocolate Oolong, Coffee Cake, Spiced Fig, and White Chocolate Frost. Yum!

4. Harry & David

Harry & David

I absolutely adore Harry & David, and they have some wonderful gift options. Along with some beautiful gift baskets of food, you could also purchase someone a Monthly Fruit Club, which includes options like Fruit of the Month Club, Favorites Club or Plants Club. You can buy these in 3-month, 6-month, 9-month or 12-month options, so the recipient will get a basket of Harry & David goodies each month. Since my grandparents don’t have the Internet, I can tell you that my Chief Culinary Consultant and I, along with my mom and sister, got my grandparents the 12-month Favorites Club this year. There will be some fruit for my grandma, some chocolate for my grandpap, and other snacks they can share together throughout the year 🙂

5. Laser-Engraved Cutting Board with Recipe

Laser-Engraved Cutting Board

I am in such love with this idea! I first stumbled upon this on Pinterest, and have since seen it in multiple places. While I haven’t done it yet, I would love to get a recipe of my grandma’s engraved on a cutting board to display in my kitchen. I’ve seen a few different places on Etsy where you can get this done; I can’t think of a better way to showcase the cherished recipe of a loved one!

6. Lindt Chocolate

Lindt Gift Baskets

My Chief Culinary Consultant has completely spoiled me when it comes to chocolate. From a very first date, he has gifted me often with Lindt chocolate and truffles, which I happily savor. I’ve been on the receiving end of truffle assortments and gift baskets, and can tell you that it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. Lindt has a wonderful selection of flavors that are sure to please any chocolate-lover on your list.

7. MistoBox Coffee Subscription

A fabulous coffee-of-the-month club for your favorite coffee drinker. Much like a wine-of-the-month club, each month the gift recipient will receive hand-selected coffees from four unique artisan coffee roasters from across the country. Also included are coffee tasting tips and roaster bios. You can purchase the subscription on a monthly, 6-month or yearly basis. I got this for my sister last year; she’s a huge coffee drinker and she really enjoyed getting to sample different types of coffee from all over. If you decide to buy full-size products after receiving your box, you get some great discounts!

8. Nudo Italia Adopt an Olive Tree

I have shared this gift idea in previous gift guides, but I love it so much I keep having to throw it out there. Nudo, an olive grove in Italy, allows customers to “adopt” a tree in the grove (you can even pick out which section), and then receive a year’s supply of olive oil from the tree you selected. My Chief Culinary Consultant did this for his parents a couple of years ago, and they loved it (we all loved the olive oil). Along with the Adopt-an-Olive-Tree program, Nudo also has a large selection of Italian goods and gifts available for purchase on their website.

9. Taste Trunk

Taste Trunk - Gourmet Trunk

Taste Trunk is a subscription service that delivers a trunk of curated items according to your selected theme each month. You can choose from Gourmet, Sweet, Health, and BBQ, and you can switch your theme at any time. Each trunk includes 5 to 10 products, coupons, backgrounds on the companies whose items have been featured, and recipe ideas using the products.

10. Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools Kitchen Stand For Tablets

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Stand for Tablets

If you’re like me, then you have no less than a smartphone and laptop with you when you’re cooking or baking in the kitchen. I have a pretty durable cover on my phone, but it makes me nervous to have my laptop out sometimes, so I’ve been intending to use my iPad more often. This tablet stand is perfect for keeping your tablet  both safe and upright so it’s easy to scroll through your favorite recipes. Williams-Sonoma also makes entire sets that include screen protectors and Bluetooth speakers so you can blast your favorite music while you bake.

*Bonus Gift Idea! BarkBox (for your favorite four-legged friend)

I saw this last year and had to include it in the gift guide for those of you that buy gifts for your own dogs, or maybe for the dog of a family member. With BarkBox, you choose the dog’s size and the subscription length (from monthly to 6-months), and once a month your dog will receive a box in the mail with at least four hand-selected presents. It could be anything from bones and treats to leashes, shampoos and new gadgets. The best part is that at least 10% of all proceeds go to a local shelter or rescue. Maybe if Santa thinks that two certain Golden Retrievers made the “nice” list, they’ll get some monthly goodies this year 🙂

What’s on your wish list this year?

Have you come across any new and unique items while shopping? 


31 Responses to “10 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas (2013)”

  1. Marla on December 16, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I love these gift ideas. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Pieliekamais on December 16, 2013 at 2:49 am

    “two certain Golden Retrievers” 🙂 I think they definitely made Santa’s “nice” list 🙂


  3. Ellen on December 16, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Oooh, the coffee of the month sounds lovely.


  4. Donna Ingalls on December 16, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I love the William Sanoma Smart Tools Tablet Holder and just put that on my list. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Emily @ Life on Food on December 16, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I haven’t heard of the city dining cards before. Going to check those out now. Sound pretty cool to me.


  6. Dana on December 16, 2013 at 7:27 am

    It’s so funny you have Harry & David on your list…I JUST finished ordering a Wolferman’s English muffin gift pack from them for my widowed father-in-law! I also sent one to my grandpa. I think English muffins are an easy item to pop in the toaster for a quick meal, and theirs are huge and super hearty. Plus, they freeze. I’m really intrigued by the David’s Tea, so I’ll have to check them out. That might be a great gift for my mom’s upcoming birthday. Love all the ideas!


  7. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 16, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I love the Bark Box! I have to look that one up!!! I haven’t found anything crazy unique this year!!


  8. Kirsten on December 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I love the Bark Box! Thanks for the ideas!


  9. Diane White on December 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

    If you have a foodie guy in your life, consider getting them a crate (or a few) from Mantry (The Modern Man’s Pantry) at mantry.com. It’s a food-of-the-month club that sends out American artisan food along with recipes and uses. You can order 1, 3 or 6 months worth of crates. They have about 5-6 coordinating food items per box. Really unique gift idea.


    • Michelle on December 16th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      What a great idea, I hadn’t heard of this. Thank you for sharing!


  10. Kelly Methey on December 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for these, there are some great ideas!


  11. Andrea on December 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I saw the tea, used the link and purchased immediately for my mother-in-law. Here’s praying it gets here before Christmas! Thanks for the gift idea!!!


  12. Nancy Phillips on December 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    The William Sonoma Smart Tools Tablet Holder looks great.


  13. Sarah on December 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Yes! Thank you for including David’s Tea!!! It’s one of my absolutely favorite stores.


  14. Natalie @ Paper & Birch on December 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Love this list. I have the Anthropology fruit baskets and love them. And who doesn’t love Harry & David?? Great post!


  15. Christine on December 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for posting all those links. I ordered David’s tea of the month for my daughter and now have some great ideas.


  16. Judith M. on December 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Going to try David’s tea.


  17. Jenna on December 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I love the spices from ChristopherMohs.com! I’ve given them as a few gifts, and of course bought some for myself :). I also have the Crumble Spice candle, and it is such a cozy sent for the holidays! I HIGHLY recommend!



  18. Rita on December 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I just love Anthropologie. Where else can you get a gorgeous sweater and goodies for the kitchen?!


  19. Kate on December 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I started my dog’s subscription to the BarkBox about 5 months ago and it’s so much fun! It’s so nice to get treats that are grain free, high-quality ingredients sourced from the US and Canada. You also get to choose your dog’s size, so toys/treats are appropriate. Sophie gets SO excited when it comes in the mail each month that I can hardly get it open before she’s snuffling her way through the box’s contents. I would highly recommend it for Einstein and Duke!


  20. carole on December 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    like coffee of the month!!!!!!


  21. Anna on December 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I love BarkBox! My dogs go crazy when the box comes each month. I asked my husband if it was bad to put the items from this month’s box in the dogs’ stockings. He laughed at me and I was like, “Wow – I’m THAT person!”


  22. Shikha @ Shikha la mode on December 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Love those Anthropologie goods!!


  23. Jisun Chun on December 17, 2013 at 12:17 am



  24. Vadigor on December 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I’ve seen you plug the Nudo Adopt-an-Olive-Tree program before and am actually considering ordering a shipment of it this year. That said it’s not the tree-hugging aspect that appeals to me so much as the idea of getting quality olive oil directly from the grove. Would you say that the oil your family received was of such a quality that it (nearly) justified the price tag? I haven’t really found any reviews that discuss the oil itself and since I don’t live far from Italy I’m already used to something better than your regular supermarket olive oil. :]


    • Michelle on December 17th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Vadigor, I preface this with saying that everyone’s taste buds are different, so what might be great to one person might not be so much to another… but, we thought that the olive oil was fantastic! I hope that helps!


  25. Elizabeth Halle on December 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Sign me up for Taste Trunk. YES PLEASE. So cool.




  26. Laura on December 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Word of caution on the Nudo adoption. I did this for my mom’s birthday, but apparently missed the cutoff for her to receive the spring olive oil from her tree, so all she got was a certificate. Nothing else. I had to contact customer service to get this info. She will get the oil this year after the spring pressing, but I was not impressed with the customer service. I had no idea that I had missed this cut-off and you would think the adoption materials would have included this information. I loved the idea, but probably won’t do this again.


  27. Linda on December 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I ordered the taste trunk! They have a.deal right now that you can get one free. The only thing is that the.customer service hasn’t responded to my questions. I’m also still waiting for shipping info.


  28. Patti Z on December 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Great list, BEB! I enjoy your blog so much – it’s one of the first one’s I go to! Thanks for the chances to win those great giveaways the past few days. Keep on entertaining, enlightening and informing – I’m a big fan! And I think you should call him your “husband” not CCC – I’d get tired of typing that! 🙂


  29. Sarah Sui on November 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    These are great foodie gift ideas! For foodies who love spices, I would also highly recommend RawSpiceBar’s spice of the month club. They create small batch spice blends from a different region of the world every month- it’s really fun and a unique gift idea as well!



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