We all have that friend or family member who loves going out to eat every day, trying new restaurants, and venturing to faraway places in search of the perfect meal. If they’re always trying new snacks or desserts, unafraid of the unknown, they’re definitely a foodie. Some foodies even like to create new dishes for themselves as they attempt to master the art of cooking. If you want to get your favorite food lover a gift that will touch their heart, you will have to go through their stomach first.
Here are the top five gifts to buy for the foodie in your life:
Food Fun Accessories
Because the food lover is obsessed with food, he or she may want to wear it too. Kate Spade turned Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding container into a cross-body bag, so you can carry around the iconic New York bakery treat with you everywhere you go. On Etsy.com, you can buy jewelry such as rings, earrings and necklaces with tacos, cupcakes or bagels on them. Food T-shirts or pajamas are always a food lover’s dream and can be found at Amazon.com.
While foodies love to eat out for most of their meals, some like to take a crack at making their own creations in the kitchen. You could make this kit from home or buy it online. You can create a cupcake baking box filled with cupcake liners, some measuring spoons or cups, icing bags and tips, a box of cupcake mix and a tub of icing. Or you can head to Global Grub at www.globalgrub.com and pick out a sushi roll kit complete with sushi rice and a rolling mat or a ravioli kit which includes the ingredients to make fresh ravioli dough and a ravioli stamp.
Subscription boxes are becoming increasingly popular because people love to open up a present every month to find out what new product is inside. Food subscription boxes are perfect for the daring foodie in your life who loves to try new snacks. There are numerous companies that offer exotic foods every month, such as a Try the World box in which your favorite foodie will receive seven to eight products from around the globe for as many months as you wish to buy at www.trytheworld.com.
If your foodie has a sweet tooth, you might want to try Treatsie, a monthly box that offers artisan sweets from the best small-batch sweets makers in the country and can be found at www.treatsie.com. Mouth is a monthly gift box company that offers 18 tasty boxes, from bacon boxes to cookie boxes at www.mouth.com.
Learning how to cook new dishes is always on a foodie’s mind. Buy your foodie a gift card for a cooking class for two. This is great for a date night or a friend’s night out. Sur la Table in Manhasset offers a variety of cooking classes each day ranging from classes that work on knife skills to classes that teach you how to cook three-course meals. Sur La Table is located at 1468 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset. For more information, call 516-365-3297 or visit www.surlatable.com.
A La Carte in Lynbrook offers a Latin cooking course that comes with a salsa dancing lesson along with a variety of other classes teaching everything from appetizer dishes to pizza pies. A La Carte is located at 32 Atlantic Ave. in Lynbrook. Call 516-599-2922 or visit www.alacartecs.com for more information.
Get a gift certificate for your foodie to take a walking food tour in New York City. Your foodie friend will thank you after they’ve bitten through most of the Big Apple. Foods of New York Tours offers a variety of tours to choose from in Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market, Chinatown, NoHo and Brooklyn. For more information about Food Tours of New York, visit www.foodsofny.com.
If your foodie has a sweet tooth, they might want a gift certificate to Sugartooth Tours, where they will be able to experience the best desserts New York City has to offer. For Sugartooth Tours, visit www.sugartoothtours.com for more information.