Can you believe it? Christmas is NEXT WEEK!! 🎄 Have you sent Santa your wish list? Did you brave the holiday traffic to go to the stores? If you have been procrastinating your holiday shopping, or if you have no clue what to ask for this year, I got you. This is my ultimate list of foodie Christmas gift ideas. And the best part is that you can save this list for future reference for any occasion! Birthdays, anniversaries, Eid, you name it! Let’s dive in! 🎁
Before I got married this summer, my auntie threw me a bridal shower! 👰 My mom suggested the idea of having everyone bring a recipe they cherish and the cookbook, utensil, pan or spice that is used in their recipe. Which is seriously the best idea everrrrr! These gifts are so thoughtful & useful for any foodie in your life. I wanted to share them with you as inspiration for gifts to give others, or to put on your own wish list. 😉
Disclaimer before we get into it: This post contains affiliate links. Which basically means that if you click on a link to a product and buy it, I make some moneyz. All the opinions I express are my own. 😉
1. Oat and Pecan Brittle Cookies from Dessert Person
My cousin Amy went to pastry school and literally bakes the best cakes and pastries ever. She gifted me this amazing cookbook Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz. The author of this cookbook is a contributing editor at Bon Appetit and her recipes bring classics to a whole 👏 new 👏 level. 👏 Take these cookies for example. These are not your run-of-the-mill oatmeal cookies. No, no. First, make homemade pecan brittle. Then brown a ton of butter. After that, make the batter, but don’t bake it yet! Chill the cookie dough in the fridge for up to two days and then pop those bad boyz in the oven. The end result is literally the richest, most complex-flavored cookies I have ever tasted. 🍪
If you have a special someone who loves experimenting with new methods and has the time to invest in innovative recipes, I’d recommend the Dessert Person cookbook for them.
2. Tagine + Roasted Cherry Tomato Tagine with Feta & Preserved Lemon from The Modern Tagine Cookbook
My mom’s cousin Tammy gifted us a gorgeous tagine, which is a genius Moroccan kitchen invention. And I’ll be honest, I had no clue what to do with a tagine. So I’m extremely grateful that she also gifted us a cookbook full of recipes to make in this ingenious device. A tagine is oven-safe and its cone-shaped top helps keep your food moist while it’s baking. All the moisture from the food rises up the sides to the top and falls back onto the food so it doesn’t dry out. She also gave us a wide array of spices included garam marsala, zatar, saffron and a jar of Moroccan preserved lemons, which I used in this recipe! 🍋🍅
If you know someone who loves trying new flavors from around the world, a fun new kitchen addition like a tagine as well as a cookbook and spices that go along with it will surely excite them!
3. Heathman Hotel Salmon Hash from secret recipe archives
My Aunt Emily has two famous dishes at family gatherings. One is her cranberry Jell-O mold, which is reserved for Thanksgiving dinner. Get out of the way when this is brought out for dessert, or else you might catch an elbow in the eye. The second is her salmon hash, which comes out at Easter brunch and sometimes at birthday parties. And let me tell you, the flavor is out of this world! My dad actually made a call to Aunt Emily to ensure she gave me the recipe for this salmon hash. 🤣 Then he promptly asked me to send a copy to him too. The recipe is supposedly from the salmon hash that the Heathman Hotel here in Portland serves.
If you or another family member has a special family dish, sharing that recipe with a fellow foodie can be a heartful gift that means more than anything else wrapped in a box or a bag. 🎁
Bonus Tip: Aunt Emily laminated the recipes she gave me. Then I could use them in the kitchen without worries of splattering on the pages!
4. Soy Maple Glazed Tofu with Maple Syrup from a family-run small business
My Aunt Mary’s husband owns and operates a maple syrup company in Vermont called Macintosh Hill Maple Works. He makes the BEST EVER maple syrup from his 1,600 sugar maple trees. He works super hard outdoors, and I’ve seen videos of him checking his trees with his frozen mustache covered in icicles! ⛄ Therefore I was beyond ecstatic when Aunt Mary gifted us some of their maple syrup as well as several recipes to make with it! I love maple syrup drizzled on top of pancakes, French toast and oatmeal. But now I have even more ways to enjoy it, like this delicious tofu with a glaze made from maple syrup, soy sauce, rice vinegar and ginger.
Family or local small business are great places to buy gifts from. You are supporting families instead of corporations, and your loved ones receive gifts that are produced and packaged with care, instead of manufactured industrially.
5. Cheesecake from Tartine + Springform Pan
My Aunt Christine is the best pie baker in our family. She is always in charge of the apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie at Thanksgiving. And I am so grateful for the gorgeous dessert/baking cookbook she got me called Tartine: A Classic Revisited! I slightly altered one of the recipes from this book for a cheesecake to be dairy free. That way, I didn’t have to pop a Lactaid to eat every single slice. 🍰😝 The recipe I followed to make this deliciously creamy and thick dairy free cheesecake is here.
If your loved one is a major baker and is looking to master recipes like croissants and cheesecake, Tartine is the cookbook for them! This book is for the more advanced bakers in your life, as it contains some of the most complex recipes in this Foodie Christmas Gift Ideas list.
6. Family Recipes in a Blank Recipe Book
My Aunt Alicia gifted me one of the most useful gifts – a spiral bound journal in which to write all the amazing recipes I was receiving from family! The book included a few of her favorite recipes that she had handwritten, including sweet potato bisque, the best chex mix, and banana bread. Her recipe for banana bread inspired me to bake this gooey chocolate zucchini banana bread.
If you have a collection of coveted recipes, consider sharing a few in a cute recipe notebook with someone! Or you can write the recipes on 3×5 cards and gift them along with a stack of blank recipe cards in a cute recipe box. They’ll cherish this gift forever!
7. Homemade Sourdough Bread from New World Sourdough
My cousin Deanna who officiated our wedding this past August gifted me a gift that keeps on giving – a book on sourdough bread! I had attempted sourdough back in 2020 when it was all the rage, but I didn’t have the guidance of a reliable book like Bryan Ford’s New World Sourdough. After creating my starter with this book’s helpful instructions, I dived right into baking something new almost every week. We don’t even buy bread at the store anymore! From pretzel buns to olive oil sandwich loaves, this sourdough book has it all. It’s one of my favorite books from this foodie Christmas gift ideas list, for anyone looking to be more adventurous and self-sufficient in the kitchen.
8. Handmade DIY Christmas Ornaments
If your friend or family member isn’t a big reader, you could gift them food-themed ornaments as adorable stocking stuffers! From tacos and pizza, to pop tarts and pie, polymer clay ornaments are so fun and simple! Read my tutorial here on how you can make them! These are so fun to hang on a Christmas tree. Or you can make them as little trinkets for someone’s desk or shelf!
That’s it! 🎁 What’s on your Christmas list this year? Save this Foodie Christmas Gift Ideas list for all kinds of future holidays and events for the food-lovers in your life! 💚