Gifting season is here, and we’ve got limited time left before the shipping and delivery windows close (not to stress you out). You’ve made a list and have checked it twice—and yet!—you’ve forgotten about your favorite foodie. Somehow, your go-to home chef or aspiring Great British baker has slipped through the cracks, leaving you to go back to the gifting drawing board.
While you’d probably love to surprise them with a new cooking gadget or artisan piece of cookware (hello, Le Creuset…), gifts for foodies can be a bit on the pricey side. Good news is, they don’t have to be. If you’re in a pinch for an inexpensive food-inspired present, fear not—below are 13 last-minute, affordable gifts that make gifting for foodies a piece of cake.
13 inexpensive gifts for foodies you can buy last-minute
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Acid League, Toasted Thai Coconut Vinaigrette — $6.00
Skip the balsamic and snag this beachy vinaigrette instead. Made by Acid League, this Toasted Thai Coconut dressing blends together the perfect amount of spicy, sweet, and savory, with a tropical twist of course. If your foodie friend doesn’t like coconut, there’s also pink peppercorn yuzu, strawberry rose, and manjo jalapeno cilantro flavorings to choose from.
Uncommon Goods, Brown Butter Truffle Honey — $18.00
For the friend who’s always got the cheeseboard down pat, this delicious truffle honey will elevate their charcuterie game to new heights. Each batch is made with real, mouth-watering truffles and dreamy brown butter that goes well with just about anything.
Zulay Kitchen, Silicone Utensil Rest with Drip Pad — $12.00
Next time your favorite home chef whips up their favorite dish, they can skip the spills and drips and cook as clean as they possibly can. This nifty silicone utensil test holds spatulas, wooden spoons, whisks, and more, neatly keeping them off your countertops until you’re finished cooking. When you’re done, just pop it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
Kosterina, Organic Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil — $20.00
Olive oil is underrated—any good cook knows that decadent EVOO is liquid gold. This batch by Kosterina is made with 100 percent organic Koroneiki olives grown in Peloponese, meaning it’s the good stuff. The flavor is slightly fruity but mild enough for everyday use, making it a functional gift your foodie is sure to love. The brand just dropped a lip balm and face oil too, so if there’s a beauty buff on your list, Kosterina has you covered.
Joseph & Joseph, GoEat Salt & Pepper Shaker — $8.00
For the friend or family member who can’t get enough salt. Whether it’s a camping trip, an overnight flight, or a picnic in the park, this compact salt-and-pepper shaker is small enough to toss in a bag and go (without worrying about spills, of course). Pull them apart to sit each shaker upright, and twist off the lid to refill them as needed.
Blk & Bold, Hibiscus Citrus Loose Leaf Herbal Tea — $12.00
Come winter, you can’t go wrong with a hot cup of tea. This loose leaf blend from Blk & Bold tastes great hot or cold (though when the temps drop, we recommend steaming it up.) Expect flavors of tropical hibiscus, florals, and citrus stirred together for the perfect cup.
The Container Store, Peak Popcorn Popper — $20.00
You know what else is nice come winter? Movie nights. And you know what movie nights call for? Hot, buttery popcorn. That’s why you should toss this popcorn popping bowl into your stocking. Just throw in some kernels, put it in the microwave, and presto—you (or your friend) will have a delicious snack in seconds.
Uncommon Goods, Kabob Grilling Baskets — $20.00
Come grill season, your pit pro will appreciate this set of kabob baskets. There’s no skewer necessary—instead, just layer veggies, meat, and more, then shut the basket and put on the grill. The rosewood handle allows you to turn for an even cook, so no more burnt fingers or charred skewers come BBQ time.
Target, Earthenware Mixing Bowl Set — $10.00
We all have that friend who gets waaay into holiday baking. If they’re on your list, get them this inexpensive 3-piece mixing bowl set, which is perfect for whisking cake batter, stirring cookie dough, and mixing icing. Each set comes with a rubber spatula and a whisk, too, giving them everything they need to get a jumpstart on next year’s holiday treats.
Hank Sauce, Witches Brew — $12.00
This hot sauce lives up to its name—it’s wickedly good. It’s made with a ton of spicy goodness, including jalapeno peppers, cilantro, garlic, and more. Your hot sauce-loving friend will love it, and if this isn’t their flavor, the brand has a ton of other options to peruse.
Herb & Lou’s, Cucumber Watermelon Cocktail Cubes — $20.00
Get a jump start on the NYE planning with these convenient cocktail cubes. Each “cube” is actually a pre-packaged portion of mixer, perfectly blended to compliment whatever drink you’re mixing up. All you have to do is add liquor (or seltzer and juice for mocktails.) Otherwise, sit back and sip, no bartending school necessary.
Target, Zip Top Reusable Snack Bag (Set of 2) — $13.00
Lastly, eco-friendly foodies will love these reusable silicone baggies that are perfect for stashing leftovers, snacks, and more. Unlike traditional plastic bags, these are designed to be used over and over again, nixing waste while making food storage cute. They’re dishwasher-safe, too, making them that much more convenient.
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