15 Gift Ideas for Foodies

Assortment of holiday gift ideas for foodies

The holidays are right around the corner! To help you prepare, we’ve compiled our top gift ideas for the foodies in your life (or yourself). These are items that we use in our kitchen and love!

Always Pan in spice color for a holiday gift

Always Pan – A nontoxic, nonstick pan boasting multiple cooking functions. It also happens to be incredibly beautiful, making it total kitchen eye candy!

Our favorite salad spinner

Salad Spinner – A must-have for the health enthusiasts in your life! It removes excess moisture from greens to keep them from getting soggy.

OXO brand garlic press for making pressed garlic

Garlic Press – The ultimate kitchen shortcut for garlic lovers! Using a garlic press to crush garlic is so much faster than chopping.

Small cookie scoop

Cookie Scoop – The one kitchen tool I can’t do without when it comes to baking! Perfect for getting consistent cookiesprotein balls, and scooping out bite-size pieces of melon.

Gray Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven – An absolute favorite! Perfect for making large quantities of soupsstews, and curries. And although we haven’t tried it, apparently it bakes amazing bread.

Our favorite fancier white saucepan

White Saucepan – The prettiest saucepan! Perfect for making applesauce, rice, chai, and more!

Our favorite large cast iron skillet

Cast Iron Skillet – Our go-to for cooking eggspancakespotatoesshredded chicken, and basically everything! Plus, easy to clean and naturally non-stick. Lodge is our favorite brand! Find our guide to cast iron here!

Vitamin blender and Vitamix base with Classic Tamper for processing thick mixtures

Vitamix Blender – An absolute essential in the kitchen for super creamy smoothies, sauces, vegan quesocheesecake filling, and more!

Our favorite spice grinder

Spice Grinder – This multi-purpose grinder works with both dry and wet ingredients. It’s perfect for grinding spices for incredible freshness and also for blending small quantities of sauces.

Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking

Minimalist Baker Everyday Cooking Cookbook – Our entirely plant-based, mostly gluten-free cookbook featuring easy and delicious recipes!

Amy Chaplin Whole Food Cooking Everyday for our gift guide for foodies

Amy Chaplin’s Whole Food Cooking Every Day Cookbook – James Beard Award-winning cookbook filled with colorful, creative vegetarian recipes made without gluten, dairy, or refined sugar.

Andrew Weil M.D.’s Fast Food Good Food Cookbook – Quick, easy, and delicious recipes focused on anti-inflammatory foods. Largely vegetarian and gluten-free.

Meera Sodha’s Fresh India Cookbook – Flavorful Indian recipes that are vegetarian and quick and easy to prepare. Plenty of vegan options.

Jenné Claiborne’s Sweet Potato Soul Cookbook – Incredibly delicious vegan soul food focusing on fresh, local ingredients.

Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan Cookbook – Vegan recipes and food history inspired by a blend of African, Caribbean, and Southern cuisines.

Happy holidays, friends!

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  1. Melinda ke says

    Hi Dana!

    Don’t forget to add a good chef’s knife to the list! I finally just bought a Shun knife and wow, what a huge difference it makes! It cuts through carrots and potatoes like butter. I’m so glad I finally upgraded, it is one of the most important tools in the kitchen. Love your blog, keep up the good work! 😉

  2. Kelley Switzer says

    Hi! Could you possibly give me a sneak peek or any idea of the types of recipes that are in Andrew Weil M.D.’s Fast Food Good Food Cookbook ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kelley! It’s mostly vegetarian, very simple, minimalist, vibrant, and the meat that is included is minimal and very thoughtfully sourced. Very health focused and delicious! I’ve loved everything I’ve made so far.

  3. Lauren says

    Thank you for this! I’ve been wanting to switch out my old non-stick cookware and this was the push I needed to finally get the Always Pan ($50 off right now!) and a cast iron skillet. I’ll consider it my Christmas gift to myself :)

  4. Charlotte says

    Love this list!! Am definitely looking for things for my family. I was wondering if you have a good recommendation for some nice pie plates? My older brother has just got into making pies and quiches, so I’d love to surprise him with a nice set beyond his $5 pyrex. Would love your input.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Interestingly I just purchased some but I can’t say I love them. Mine are ceramic and I later read you’re supposed to use glass so you can see how brown the crust is getting?

  5. Sumitra says

    Thank you so much! I have been wanting a dry/wet spice grinder for so long! Also wanted to ask if you really LOVE the Always Pan.
    Thank you for all that you do and share so generously with us. This is the first year that I’ve actually succeeded in making flax eggs work and muffins have become a regular in our home – all (and so much more) thanks to you!
    Stay well!
    Love and blessings,