The 20 Best Holiday Gifts for Foodies Under $20
We’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty
When it comes to buying holiday gifts, we’re always thankful to have a few foodies on our list. Between the kitchen gadgets and gizmos, the cookbooks and the artisanal ingredients, there are just so many delicious options. The only trick is to get through your list without taking out a second mortgage (sorry, Aunt Edna, that means no Le Creuset this year). Here are 20 of our favorite foodie finds, all for $20 or less.
Recchiuti Cacao Nib & Fleur de Sel Mendiants ($15)
These sophisticated little salty-sweet disks pair perfectly with tea. Or, better yet, Champagne.
Raw Spice Bar’s Monthly Spice Box (From $8 per month)
Like a wine club, but with freshly ground custom spice blends (everything from Indian curries to German gingerbread mixes). Each comes with a set of recipe cards, with more featured on the website.
Marble Rolling Pin with Stand ($20)
Professional bakers swear by marble surfaces for rolling out breads and pastries. But if a kitchen upgrade isn’t in the cards (we’re trying to make dough, not spend it), we recommend this rolling pin instead.
Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookie Mix ($17)
The trendy New York bakery is famous for its addictive Compost Cookie, which packs together chocolate, butterscotch, graham cracker crumbs, pretzels, potato chips and coffee grinds (the name is no joke). Just add butter and an egg to make them at home.
Mother in Law’s DIY Kimchi Kit ($20)
Korean flavors are hot right now, especially kimchi—a funky, fermented pickle that finds its way into nearly every dish. This kit helps you DIY it, with traditional ingredients and foolproof instructions.
Hot Chocolate on a Stick ($18)
Turns out, making the world’s best hot chocolate is easy. You warm up some milk and then dunk in a big square of rich chocolate. We like the extra-sinful French truffle flavor.
“Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food” Cookbook ($20)
It’s rare to find a cookbook that captures the charm of a restaurant and features recipes that are totally doable in a home kitchen—without a million fussy ingredients. Jody Williams’s celebration of French bistro fare manages to do it all.
Zingerman’s Pecan Praline Banana Bread ($20)
We have some surprising news: The best deli in the world is actually not in New York. It’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Luckily, they do a bustling mail-order business. Pretty much anything would make a great gift, but we’re especially partial to this sticky, crunchy, totally irresistible take on banana bread.
Jacobsen Salt Tins ($5)
Perfect little pocket-size tins of pure flaky sea salt, because you never know when a seasoning emergency might hit.
Mike’s Hot Honey ($10)
Brooklyn pizzeria Paulie Gee’s made this condiment famous, but it turns out plenty of things could use a little sweet heat (we recommend brussels sprouts).
West Elm Core Kitchen Tea Towels ($12)
We love everything about cooking….except cleaning up. These punny little dish towels make all that scrubbing a little more fun.
Rogue Creamery’s Blue Cheese Powder ($17)
You haven’t lived until you’ve sprinkled this onto your popcorn. Also great for calorie counters who can’t quite give up their dairy fix.
Tovolo Silicone Pastry Mat ($20)
Making a picture-perfect pie requires a little bit of a road map. That’s where this nonstick silicone mat comes in. With measurements for every size pie and tart pan, it keeps all potential Pinterest fails at bay.
Salty Road Salt Water Taffy ($7)
It may be just the beginning of winter, but we’re already dreaming of summer days on the boardwalk. This classic candy comes in some gussied-up flavors like sea-salt caramel and salty caramel apple.
Lumatong Illuminated Barbecue Tongs ($12)
For your favorite grill master, these illuminated barbecue tongs make it possible to grill at night, without burning off any fingertips in the process.
Sur La Table’s DIY Bacon Kit ($20)
Homemade bacon! Do we really need to say more?
ZIA ROASTED 2016 HARVEST New Mexico Hatch Red Chile ($10)
New Mexico pretty much has a monopoly on the country’s best peppers. Here, the mild red chiles are roasted and diced into a super-flavorful salsa. We love it on eggs and tacos (but if a chile cheeseburger should find its way onto your plate, so be it).
Heilala Vanilla Bean Powder ($20)
Made from dried vanilla beans, this powder is a flavorful alternative to extract for everything from shortbreads to cocktails.
Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice ($7)
If you’re from the South, you know that you can’t ring in the New Year without hoppin’ John,made with rice and field peas. The one catch: It has to be made with great heritage rice, like this perfect Anson Mills blend.
Mason Jar Measuring Sets ($15)
We know, we know, the mason jar thing is getting a little out of hand. Still, we can’t resist these stackable ceramic measuring cups, which work for both liquids and solids.