14 meal gifts for everyone on your list

Each year, our staff and contributors round out theirs best gift ideas for cooks, eaters and kitchen inquisitive minds. Read on for the best food gifts that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

Giving is a minefield. Many times I’ve given someone a book they’ve already read or a piece of clothing that is “…cute.” Thank you.” But food gifts? No one will ever say, “Do you have a gift receipt? I just have too much chocolate.” Read on for the best food gift ideas for everyone on your list.

If you live in Taiwan and can eat tropical fruits ripe and out of hand, you’re in luck. For the rest of us, the staff’s obsession is the next best thing – Yun Hai’s delicious bags of dried green and Irwin mango, guava, wax apple, and pineapple.


A foolproof gifting tactic: Give them something they like, but in jumbo size. (See: 3-pound Maldon sea salt tub, giant chocolate pig.) Putting a one-gallon paint bucket to shame, this XL tin of Spanish potato chips can be used for storage — or to house a potted plant — once it’s gone from its salty , crispy content is emptied .

Bonilla a la Vista Patatas Fritas


It’s a great year for large format Spanish snacks. Presented on a ham stand and served with a Magnum Cava, this whole leg of Serrano ham is the centerpiece of a Christmas party that I’d love to be invited to. Cradled in my lap and paired with sherry, a spicy Opinel and Netflix, it’s the solo New Year’s Eve of my dreams.


Trading partners with 60 reputable roasters across the country, from Sightglass in San Francisco to Joe Coffee in New York, which means each month they will send your lucky recipient a bag of beans tailored to their specific wants and needs. They have light roasts and dark roasts, single origins and blends, coffee for espresso esmes and pour-over panchos. Trade is like a diner where there are 300 things on the menu, but all of them are oddly good.

If Trade is the Greek diner of coffee subscriptions, Yes Plz is the soup Nazi. Every week they release a new limited edition blend – and you get that whether you like it or not. But chances are you will like it. The founders’ resumes read like a who’s who of the West Coast craft coffee world, so you’re in good hands. Get this subscription box for the coffee lover who likes to be a little bullied.

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Yes Plz Coffee Subscription


A selection of gifts for coffee lovers: a Moccamaster, Boon Boona beans, ceramic mugs and a Flair espresso machine
23 High Caffeine Gifts For Coffee Lovers

Beans, coffee grinders, mugs and everything else you need for the perfect brew.


These bright, juicy vinegars from Kosterina shook me out of my salad dressing breed (the crushed tangerine goes particularly well with a spritz of Dijon), but they’re so vibrant you might use them to spike your seltzer. Get the three-bottle sampler and pair it with some extra virgin olive oil for a gift set that’s easy to add to salad.

Crushed fruit vinegar trio


For the home cook who sometimes needs a shortcut (well…all of us), Omsom Seasoning Packs provide the essential flavors for classic Asian dishes like Korean bulgogi and Thai larb. Give the gift of easy weeknight dinners with their bestselling set, ideal for stressed parents, weary students and anyone else who values ​​maximum flavor with minimum fuss.


Gin and mayo is a great combo when you think about it; Name a better 11pm dinner than a martini and fries with aioli. Even though this mayo from Amsterdam only contains 2% gin, that’s enough to add a noticeable flavor. Like Zaanse Mayo, a popular Dutch brand, it comes in an attractive tube; Keep it in your purse for mayo emergencies.


A Midwinter Night’s Dram is a holiday season release from Utah’s High West Distillery, featuring their signature rye aged in port casks. But if you’re not a whiskey fan, just know that it tastes like plum pudding drizzled with caramel. A real treat.

High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram Rye


Holly Ong, co-founder of Sibeiho, told me her mother was a little mortified by her company’s name, which roughly translates to “damn good” in Hokkien. Holly’s mother, allow me to say that the name is correct. Caramelized shallots, lime juice and a touch of shrimp paste soften the heat in the Boomz sambal, while the AF Chili Chunka sambal is a little more garlicky and tangy.


andSons, a second-generation California chocolate shop, has hired Sandy Tran, the former pastry chef at French Laundry. Her flavors are dynamite; I tried the fall collection, which featured a cider caramel candy and a Pan de Muerto-inspired milk chocolate truffle with orange blossom and fennel pollen. Your Christmas gift boxes come in graphic packaging from BA favorite Dusen Dusen.

Holiday Pop Collection, 12 pieces


This steak seasoning in a jar is like those striped sand art sculptures I made in second grade art class, except, you know, delicious. The impressively named Hell’s Backbone Grill sits amidst the geological wonders of southern Utah, and the earthy layers of chili, spice and herbs reflect the landscape. When ready to cook, mix them all together and apply liberally to the piece of your choice.


Brooklyn Delhi can’t go wrong; We are big fans of their garlic and tomato achaars. Their sweet mango chutney is great too, but this year they’ve upped the ante and released a fiery version with Kashmiri chilies from popular spice company Burlap & Barrel. Your cheeseboards will never be the same.

Brooklyn Delhi Spicy Mango Chutney


With the changing climate, Tess Bryant and Nic Coturri make exciting things using only local fruits from the San Juan Islands, including quinces, blackberries and plums. The photographic labels and bold hues remind me of the ’90s Jones sodas I craved as a kid, but these complex ciders and wines are pure adult juices.

Piquenique Wines ‘Blue Moon Cuvee 2’ 2020

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