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Tasty Treats and Trusty Tools

Finding a gift for the serious food lover who uses only the best cookware and knows where to find amazing under-the-radar restaurants can be intimidating. But a frugal shopper can delight an epicure for $25 or less. A dash of budget-savvy imagination can lead holiday shoppers to gourmet ingredients and essential kitchen gear. 


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Electric Wine Opener
Amazon

Electric Wine Opener

$25 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 4.6 stars from more than 33,000 reviewers on Amazon. The opener is cordless and comes with a charging base. One charge opens up to 30 bottles.


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Blooming Lollipops
Uncommon Goods

Blooming Lollipops

$20 from Uncommon Goods
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Tickle their taste buds with this collection of lollipops, each with a unique flavor such as strawberry-rhubarb and lemon-thyme. Once done, plant the stick and watch an herb or flower grow within three months.


Related: The Best Gifts for Plant Lovers and Green Thumbs

Immersion Blender
Amazon

Immersion Blender

$19 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.

'Ove' Glove
Amazon

Oven Glove

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


Related: 25 Gift Ideas for Guys Under $25

Molinillo
Amazon

Molinillo

$14 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.

Mortar and Pestle
Amazon

Mortar and Pestle

$12 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.

Recipe Binder
Amazon
Onion Goggles
Amazon

Onion Goggles

$21 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.

Gianna Dishes With Lid
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caravel sea salt sampler
Amazon

Specialty Salt

$20 from Amazon
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This useful 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.

Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories
Amazon
Joseph Joseph Handi-Grate 2-in-1 Mini Grater and Slicer
Amazon

Mini Grater and Slicer

$14 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 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.

Guanciale - Cured Hog Jowl
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Guanciale

$8 and up 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 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.


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apron christmas gift
Amazon
Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate
Jacques Torres

Gourmet Chocolate

$23 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.


Related: 25 Candymakers With Treats Almost Too Pretty to Eat

Truffle Oil
Amazon

Truffle Oil

$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.

Cave Tools Meat Claws
Amazon
Spiralizer
Amazon

Spiralizer

$15 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.

Dough and Bowl Scrapers
Amazon
Love With Food
Love With Food

Give the Gift of Snack Delivery

$8.50 and up from Love With Food
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Have a friend who likes to nibble? Try gifting snack box delivery subscriptions such as Nature Box, Urthbox, and Snakku. A regular snack delivery ensures that special someone thinks of you whenever they grab a bag. Love With Food, however, not only offers subscriptions with different price points, but it donates meals to families in need with every purchase. 


Related: 25 Snack Box Subscriptions for Every Type of Eater

Jumbo Silicone Ice Trays
Amazon

Jumbo Silicone Ice Trays

$8 from Amazon
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Inexpensive silicone ice trays, such as 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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Amazon

Libbey Vina Stemless Wine Glasses

$16 from Amazon
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These four stemless 17-ounce wine glasses have a narrow rim and slender bowl, which preserve the aromas and flavors of a favorite white wines — and a generous capacity that avoids the need for constant refills. They're also dishwasher-safe.

Tellicherry Peppercorns
Amazon

Tellicherry Peppercorns

$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.

Real Cooking Chocolate Pen
Amazon
Slate Cheese Board
Crate & Barrel

Slate Cheese Board

$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.

Easy Chef Chocolate Bar Maker
Amazon
Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher
Target
Escuminac maple syrup
Amazon
Angostura Bitters
Target

Aromatic Bitters

$11 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.


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