Kitchen Gift Guide: The Foodie

PBS Food has created this guide as suggested gifts ideas. We do not endorse any specific product listed here. We recommend comparison shopping and reading expert and customer reviews to make educated decisions.

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Joule Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

If you’ve watched any of the ChefSteps videos we feature on this site, you see the advantages of cooking sous vide. But it has always seemed out of reach for the at-home cook, even the biggest foodies. Until now. ChefSteps has announced Joule, a small, powerful sous vide immersion circulator that can help you find the precision, ease and reliability of sous vide cooking in your own kitchen.

Joule Sous Vide Immersion Circulator at ChefSteps.com


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Chocolate Shaver

There’s nothing more elegant than a very thinly-shaved piece of chocolate. You can accomplish this look and put the perfect finishing touch on a dessert with a combination truffle slicer/chocolate shaver.

Truffle Slicer/Chocolate Shaver at Sur La Table


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Food Mill

A food mill makes a huge difference when creating sauces and other purees. This particular model can also serve as a strainer, and is dishwasher-safe. Your foodie will love it.

Food Mill at Sur La Table


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Wooden Salad Servers

There’s something extra satisfying about eating salad using a handmade wooden set. We especially love to find uniquely-shaped serving tools. These sculptural tools are beautiful, and made from environmentally-friendly Acacia wood. You’ll feel extra green as you eat your greens.

Ironwood Gourmet Acacia Wood Large Salad Utensils at Amazon.com


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Colorful Cast Iron Cookware

Yes, your foodie will have a big grin while opening this collection of colorful cast iron cookware. While we love that this set is specifically designed for the slow-cooking process by evenly distributing the heat, we also love that it comes in different bright colors.

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-Piece Cookware Set, Cherry at Amazon.com


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Mortar & Pestle

Its a classic kitchen tool that you can’t actually find in enough kitchens: A stone mortar and pestle. We recommend going for an authentic molcajete set, like this one from RSVP Endurance. We promise you’ll love your guacamole even more when its made from scratch in a mortar made from Mexican volcanic rock.

RSVP Endurance Authentic Mexican Molcajete at Amazon.com


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Mastering the Art of French Cooking

The perfect gift for any follower of Julia Child–and any lover of French food. This boxed set brings together Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and its sequel, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two, published in 1970.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Box Set at


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Spice Collection

Is there a more fun gift to give a foodie than a collection of fun spices? We don’t think so. Nothing provides more kitchen inspiration than new spices and flavors! Luckily, we are finding more and more boutique spice shops offering products online. One of our favorites is La Boite, which has a physical store in Manhattan, but also offers to ship spices via its website.

La Boite Biscuits and Spices at La Boite


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Assortment of Artisan Salts

Put together a collection of artisan salts for your favorite foodie. To add a special touch, put the salts into a homemade basket or spice box. The Artisan Salt Company has a wide selection of salts.

Artisan Salt Company Collection at Amazon.com


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Homemade Apron

Looking for a fun gift that is both stylish and useful? Send your favorite foodie an elegant homemade apron. Etsy is full of different shops offering all kinds of styles and colors perfect for whatever personality fits. We love these gorgeous retro aprons from CreativeChics.

Creative Chics Aprons at CreativeChics (Etsy)


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Knife Sharpener

Did you know that sharp knives are actually safer than dull ones? In fact, nothing is more critical in the kitchen than maintaining your knives. To keep those knives in tip-top shape, we recommend a classic knife sharpener, like this one by J.A. Henckels.

J.A. Henckels 9-Inch Poly Sharpening Steel at Amazon.com