If the person you’re shopping for loves to cook or bake, you’ll find something perfect for them in this holiday gift guide for foodies. A collection of some of my favorite items and those that deserve a spot in the kitchen of every home cook or baker, there is a wide variety of items at many different price points. 

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Alright! Thanksgiving is behind us, so I’m guessing that you might have holiday shopping on your brain at this point, yes?

I admit that I keep a spreadsheet for Christmas and track what we’ve bought people each year, and keep a running list of ideas. Some years I am woefully behind on everything, and others I feel seriously ahead of the game. I’m smack dab in the middle this year; I’d say we’re about halfway done with our Christmas shopping. Where are you at in the process?

If you need a present for someone who loves to cook or bake (or looking to add something to your own wish list), you’ll find lots of great ideas here at a variety of price points.

Happy browsing and good luck shopping!

The 2020 Foodie Gift Guide

Vollrath Half Sheet Pans – These may not be the flashiest of gifts, but they are an absolute staple! I’ve had non-stick ones, thin ones that warp, stone ones, and these Vollrath aluminum are the best I’ve ever used. I have four in my kitchen and am actually thinking of getting a couple more. Bonus! The Silpats (see below) and my favorite wire cooling racks fit perfectly inside!

Baking Stone – I have owned this baking stone for nearly 10 years and it’s perfect for making pizzas and breads – they bake up with perfectly crisp crusts. If you like homemade pizza, a pizza stone is a must!

Breville Waffle Maker – Another small appliance that I’ve owned for quite a long time and absolutely LOVE. I make waffles less often than I make pancakes, but this makes the absolute BEST waffles! I used to have one of those round Belgian waffle makers that you flip upside down, and this one beats it, hands-down.

All-Clad Saucepans – A couple of years ago, I upgraded my old saucepans and bought new 2-quart and 4-quart saucepans, and have been absolutely smitten. They heat so evenly and clean up wonderfully!

Lodge Cast Iron Skillets – I don’t think I’ve picked up a stainless steel skillet in years, to be quite honest. We have a 10-inch and two 12-inch cast iron skillets and they are used every single day in our house. At some point, there is always one on the stove! They are a very inexpensive investment, and I believe every kitchen needs at least one!

Graeter’s Ice Cream – If someone on your list is an ice cream junkie, consider sending some amazing ice cream straight to their doorstep. There are a lot of services and monthly clubs out there, but I’m partial to Graeters. They allow you to put together a 6-pack or 12-pack of different flavors, plus it’s my very favorite ice cream in general!

Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop – The absolute best ice cream scoop I’ve ever owned, it’s a dream.

Cookie Scoops – I own at least six cookie scoops, and I highly recommend at least one of each of the smaller sizes if you’re a big cookie baker. I also use mine for portioning out muffin and cupcake batter; makes it so easy! These are the sizes I own: 1.5 tablespoon / 2 tablespoons¼ cup / ⅓ cup (perfect for pancakes!) / ½ cup (perfect for waffles!)

Breville Smart Oven – I hadn’t ever used a toaster oven before my husband and I moved in together, and now I have no idea how I ever survived without one! We use it multiple times a day, for everything from plain old toast, to reheating leftover pizza, broiling hoagies, and everything in between. The Breville has been our workhorse for years now and we LOVE it.

KitchenAid Hand Mixer – I love my stand mixer, but I use my hand mixer wayyyyy more often than my stand mixer. Most jobs don’t require a stand mixer, and this KitchenAid hand mixer makes easy work of virtually any cookie dough or cake batter.

Thermapen – This instant-read digital thermometer has been a staple in my kitchen for years… I couldn’t imagine cooking or baking without it! I use it for taking the temperature of everything from whole chickens, deep-fried turkeys, caramel sauce, candy, baked bread, burgers on the grill, and everything in between. While it’s on the pricey side, it’s one of the best kitchen investments you’ll ever make!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer – The ultimate kitchen essential for anyone who loves to bake, the Kitchen Aid stand mixer is a classic, timeless addition to your kitchen.

Breville Precision Brewer Coffee Maker – We had been using a Keurig for years, but my husband (the primary coffee drinker at our house) was starting to want a more traditional coffee maker so we weren’t blowing through pods. We had the opportunity to try this one out and it is fantastic! There are many brewing options (including cold brews and single cups) and tons of tweaking you can do to create a totally custom cup of coffee. My husband said the coffee is infinitely better, especially since we’re now using freshly ground coffee beans.

Wolf Gourmet Electric Griddle – I replaced an old griddle whose finish was chipping off with this one last year and my pancake game has never been stronger, ha! Seriously, this makes amazing pancakes, and it’s great for griddled sandwiches like Reubens, too. Love, love, love it.

Laguiole Jean Dubost Stainless-Steel Steak Knives – We bought these a couple of years ago to replace the old steak knives we had. We had a mix of a couple of sets, half of them couldn’t go in the dishwasher, wood-handled ones always smelled kind of musty… so I went Googling and researching and this French brand came up time and again as the best of the best. I found this stainless steel set at Williams-Sonoma that are dishwasher safe and slice like a DREAM. Highly recommend if you’re in the market for knives (or know anyone getting married!).

David’s Tea – I actually don’t drink tea, but my mom loves it, and I bought her a gift set from David’s Tea well over five years ago now and she totally fell in love with it. I now gift her new flavors each year!

OXO Kitchen Scale – I am such a proponent of weighing ingredients when you bake, so a kitchen scale is an absolute must in my book, and this is the one I use in my kitchen. It can hold up to 22 pounds, so it’s incredibly versatile.

Wolf Gourmet Blender – My all-time favorite blender! I’ve used a budget-friendly KitchenAid as well as a Vitamix, and this Wolf Gourmet blender was the best in my book. Nothing gets stuck in the bottom and it makes super quick work of smoothie ingredients, frozen fruit, etc.

Instant Pot – Everyone I know LOVES their InstantPot, I just haven’t gotten into the craze yet. Can’t beat the convenience for the price!

Le Creuset Dutch Oven – This is a pricy investment, but absolutely worth every penny. I have had the 7.25-quart version for nearly 10 years and I use it multiple times a week… spaghetti sauce, soups, stews, chili, braising, no-knead bread… you name it and you can make it in a quality Dutch oven!

Scrub Daddy – My aunt turned me on to these a couple of years ago, and I’ve admittedly never been a sponge person, but they’ve converted me and I’ve used them ever since. You need very little soap, they rinse super clean and dry quickly. I love these!

Wusthof 7-Piece Knife Set – Good knives are one of my top three kitchen essentials, and perhaps THE biggest difference-maker in your cooking or baking prep. There are so many different brands, but Wusthof is my absolute favorite and this set contains all of the basics.

Breville Sous Chef Food Processor – I’ve owned this food processor for over five years, and while it’s definitely an investment, I’ve yet to use a better food processor. It is an absolute dream, and I love that it has a digital counter so you can easily see how long it’s been running (perfect for recipes that indicate a specific processing time).

Goldbelly Gift Card – My husband discovered Goldbelly back in the spring and ordered some dinners and dessert for my birthday since we were in lockdown, and we’ve ordered a few times since. You get famous meals from places all over the country! Think Shake Shack burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, Chicago deep dish pizza, Primanti Brothers sandwiches, New York bagels, etc. Such fun to try new things from all over!

TELL ME! What would you add to this list? I’m always looking for new ideas!


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