Food Gifts
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Food Gifts
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caravel sea salt sampler
Amazon

Specialty Salt

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Price: $19 from Amazon
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This useful holiday gift of small-batch artisan salts adds a brilliant pop of flavor to gourmet and everyday dishes. Sea salts are blended with herbs and spices to create varieties such as Hawaiian Bamboo Jade and Garlic Medley.

Tellicherry Peppercorns
Amazon

Tellicherry Peppercorns

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Price: $10 from Amazon
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What's salt without pepper? Tellicherry black peppercorns deliver a deep, complex flavor with a bite. A pound should last about a year. Alternatively, divide the haul into four stocking stuffers — a little jar of peppercorns bedecked with a ribbon promises to spice up any meal.

Cave Tools Meat Claws
Amazon

Meat Claws

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Price: $12 from Amazon
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Unleash the barbecue beast within and give the gift of meat claws. Strong enough to shred slow-cooked, grilled, or smoked meat, the claws can also be used to pick up food and carve large pieces of meat without slippage. Nearly 1,400 reviewers award the claws an exceptional 4.5 stars.

Related: 25 Grilling Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

Pure Mountain White Truffle Oil
Amazon

Truffle Oil

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Price: $15 from Amazon
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Truffle flavor is incorporated everywhere from pasta and pizza to fries and even high-end sushi. Truffle mushrooms are expensive, because they must be sniffed out by trained hogs or dogs, but truffle oil is a cheaper alternative.

Guanciale - Cured Hog Jowl
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Guanciale

Price: $6 to $30 from Olio&Olive
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Bacon now enhances a wide array of foods, from cupcakes to beer. Cooks often use pancetta, pork belly, or the standard smoked variety, but guanciale — cured meat from the jowl of a pig — makes a singular Christmas gift for a pork-loving foodie. Popular in central Italy but little known on this side of the pond, guanciale is leaner and boasts a more pronounced flavor than bacon.

RSVP International Onion Goggles
Amazon

Onion Goggles

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Price: $19 from Amazon
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Teary-eyed cooks will happily don RSVP International's onion goggles. The handy accessory comes in different colors and has won hundreds of enthusiastic (and grateful) reviews online.

Oster Cordless Rechargeable Electric Wine Bottle Opener
Amazon

Electric Wine Opener

Price: $18 from Amazon
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Save loved ones from wrestling with stubborn wine corks. The Oster electric wine opener has won over thousands of consumers and averages 4 stars from more than 7,300 reviewers on Amazon. The opener is cordless and comes with a charging base. One charge opens up to 30 bottles. Looking to pair the gift with some vino? Be sure to check out 21 Affordable Wine Clubs That Will Satisfy Even the Snobs.

Jumbo Silicone Ice Trays
Amazon

Jumbo Silicone Ice Trays

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Price: $8 from Amazon
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Inexpensive silicone ice trays, like a jumbo cube version, make a thoughtful gift to enhance the quality of drinks all year round. Given the price, consider giving a couple of sets.

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Dough and Bowl Scrapers
Amazon

Dough and Bowl Scrapers

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Price: $9 from Amazon
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These simple and cheap tools for baking enthusiasts are some of the handiest gadgets in the kitchen. Scrapers make an easy stocking stuffer or part of a culinary-focused gift basket. These tools save time and reduce waste in the kitchen.

Joseph Joseph Handi-Grate 2-in-1 Mini Grater and Slicer
Amazon

Mini Grater and Slicer

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Price: $6 from Amazon
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This two-in-one tool is a space saver and multitasker for cooks. The handheld device grates everything from cheese to citrus zest and also slices small fruits and veggies (similar to a mandoline but on a smaller scale). The flat design makes it easy to store or take along for gourmet picnics that call for freshly grated cheese.

Recipe Binder
Amazon

Recipe Binder

Price: $18 from Amazon
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Although most people keep their recipes in digital form, there's still something special about a handheld recipe book. It can inspire culinary-minded loved ones to start a tangible collection to be passed on for generations.

Slate Cheese Board
Crate & Barrel

Slate Cheese Board

Price: $10 from Crate & Barrel
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This specialty item adds class and sophistication to any spread. Surprisingly inexpensive, the slate cheese board is cheap enough to give a set of two. Complete the gift with some chalk for labeling the cheese on the board.

apron christmas gift
Amazon

Apron

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Price:$9 from Amazon
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Novelty aprons may have gone out of style, but a clean and modern style is a thoughtful gift for those who love to cook without ruining their clothes. This pocketed apron will provide protection through years of messy cooking and baking.

Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher
Target

Fruit-Infusion Pitcher

Buy on Target  $19.99

Price: $20 from Target
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This gift is a surefire way to inspire a foodie to dream up an endless variety of thirst-quenching creations. In addition to inspiring creativity, a fruit infusion pitcher will encourage the recipient to drink plenty of water and save money (and the environment) by cutting down on plastic water bottles.

Escuminac maple syrup
Amazon

Pure Maple Syrup

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Price: $24 from Amazon
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A bottle of pure maple syrup from Canada makes a wonderful holiday gift. This can be used on pancakes, waffles and in drinks, and foodies will appreciate its delicate velvety taste.

Twinings Holiday Tea Sampler
Amazon

Holiday Tea Sampler

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Price: $15 from Amazon
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An inexpensive indulgence during the cold of winter, this tea gift set has a complete lineup of seasonal favorites such as Christmas Tea and Holiday Berry to last through the holidays. A tea lover will appreciate the variety of flavors and superior quality of the brand.

Angostura Bitters
Target

Aromatic Bitters

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Price: $9 from Target
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Mostly known as a cocktail flavor enhancer in the United States, aromatic bitters are actually considered a food flavoring in most of the world. Recommended uses on the classic Angostura label include adding a few dashes to soups and sauces or morning coffee. A secret blend of botanicals gives it a unique flavor and it makes a low-cost option for foodies. They're a handy gift for someone who likes to keep a well-stocked bar.

Wood + Copper Salt Cellar
West Elm

Salt Cellar

Price: $12 from West Elm
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A wood and copper salt cellar is a chic countertop accent, with elegance a standard salt shaker can't match.

'Ove' Glove
Amazon

Oven Glove

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Price: $15 from Amazon
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Make cooking and serving more fun and safer with a heat-resistant ‘Ove’ Glove — an affordable stocking stuffer for cooks young and old. Cooks will enjoy the extra flexibility and dexterity the glove provides, which an oven mitt doesn’t.

Jacques Torres' Wicked Hot Chocolate Mix
Jacques Torres Chocolate

Gourmet Chocolate

Price: $22.50 from Jacques Torres
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Chocolate aficionados will delight in "bean-to-bar" artisanal chocolate. This Wicked Hot Chocolate mix contains enough cinnamon, allspice, and chili to rouse the taste buds of the most jaded palate.

Molinillo
Amazon

Molinillo

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Price: $11 from Amazon
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This handy, traditional tool is used to mix up a batch of frothy Mexican hot chocolate. Crafted out of beautiful wood, it is one of the oldest symbols of Mexican gastronomy

OXO Spiralizer
Amazon

Spiralizer

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Price: $22 from Amazon
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Every kitchen lover should have a spiralizer that turns vegetables into noodles of different shapes and sizes. While the larger versions cost closer to $35, handheld versions such as this OXO offer a high-quality handheld introduction to the world of spiralizing.

Immersion Blender
Amazon

Immersion Blender

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Price: $18 from Amazon
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Handheld blenders are especially useful for cooks who love to save time cooking and minimize cleanup. As with most home appliances there are a lot of options for price points, but good quality option start surprisingly low.

Cookbook
Amazon

Cook Book

Price: Various from Amazon
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There’s something to having an actual book, complete with beautiful images and high-quality recipes, that is special, even in this age of Internet recipes galore. Go for something trendy, such as pressure cooking recipes, or alternative diet recipes, that will inspire new meals.

Mortar and Pestle
Amazon

Mortar and Pestle

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Price: $13 from Amazon
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One of the oldest and most widely used culinary tools, this ancient form of grinding and combining ingredients taps into a primal sense. Most cooks love getting involved with their ingredients, and some even have multiple mortars and pestles for different applications. A basic one in dignified gray marble is a good place to start.