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Gift Ideas for the Foodie in Your Life

Gift Ideas for the Foodie in Your Life

Oct 26, 2022

Janette dArgy

Are you searching for spectacular foodie gift ideas? Something that will make your loved one’s belly happy? Well, look no further…  

Here are some sweet, salty, and spicy food gift ideas that are sure to wow your loved ones and dazzle their taste buds. But, of course, there is nothing more lovely than a happy belly. Gifts for foodies can bring out your creative side for sure. Let’s dive into some ideas for unique food gifts. 

So, cooking is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy creating tasty magic in the comfort of their own home, you might want to consider giving them the gift of spices/ingredients. 

How about the gift of spices/ingredients for making a delicious soup? 

It is officially sweater weather, and the only thing that makes getting snuggly in some comfy clothes is enjoying a bowl of liquid gold. Before we dive into the ingredients that could make up a fantastic soup-making basket, a non-food side note idea is to include some warm jammies as part of your gift. Comfy + cozy + a happy belly full of food = a fantastic gift. 

For this gift, first, you should choose a delicious dish you know they love or a worldwide classic like chicken noodle soup. Then, you could put together a basket filled with these spices: 

  • Garlic powder. 
  • Fresh thyme leaves. 
  • Bay leaves. 
  • Turmeric. 
  • Onion powder. 
  • Fresh parsley. 
  • Salt and pepper. 

These are just the basics, but if you want to get really crazy with your gift, you can include the rest of the goodness that makes up this scrumptious soup, such as: 

  • Chicken breasts or thighs. 
  • Carrots. 
  • Celery. 
  • Chicken or vegetable broth. 
  • Egg noodles. 
  • Fresh lemon. 
  • Butter.

If you know that your foodie friend is picky about what they eat, perhaps they prefer certain brands of food, or maybe they only eat organic… easy, you can get them a gift card to their local grocery store so they can pick out their favorite ingredients. 

You could also put together a gift basket filled with obscure things they will enjoy on their own or throw in a Monday night dinner dish. You know, things like: 

  • A jar of olives. 
  • A jar of capers. 
  • A jar of pickled jalapenos (for spice lovers). 
  • Panko bread crumbs. 
  • Ground mustard. 
  • Tomato paste. 
  • Balsamic vinegar. 
  • Gourmet olive oil. 

Granted, if they are likely to cook often, they will likely have the cooking staples, but you never know. Your foodie friend may think a basket of basics is a thoughtful and useful gift. 

Now you have the perfect gift basket for a foodie friend that enjoys cooking. Hopefully, you’ll be invited over to enjoy a bowl of this yummy concoction. But if you enjoy giving the gift of your home cooking, here are a few ideas you can make and give to those you love. 

  • Homemade pickles. 
  • A jar of homemade salsa. 
  • A jar of delicious jelly or jam. 
  • Cookies, brownies, or muffins. 
  • Or get crazy and make them your Mom’s lasagna. 

For your friends who like to cook but don’t have the time to gather all the ingredients, perhaps you can give them the gift of a meal subscription, such as Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, or Home Chef? This gift will deliver all the goods straight to your foodie friend’s home. 

The possibilities are endless when you genuinely enjoy sharing your cooking concoctions with others. 

If you are looking for a gift that leans on the spicier side of life, here are some taste bud-tingling, fire-in-your-mouth-starting, super spicy items that will be the perfect gift for a hot tamale friend. 

First, let’s start with some spicy additions (mostly hot sauce) that will be an excellent gift for your fiery friend. How about a variety pack of gourmet hot sauce? A bushel of in-season peppers? Or a gift card to their favorite Indian restaurant? 

Next, we are going to take a closer look at the really good stuff – sweets. But first, we will give the spicy part of this gift-giving guide a shout-out to candy that brings on the heat. 

  • Skittles and Starburst’ Sweet Heat’ flavors. 
  • 3-alarm Hot Tamales.
  • Cinnamon Bears. 
  • Atomic Fireballs. 
  • A$$ Kickin’ Ghost Pepper Jelly Beans. 

Sounds fiery hot, right? Well, now we can look at some fantastic gift ideas that cater specifically to those who love love love sugary-infused goodness. First, we recommend having a casual conversation with your bestie to find out what their favorite sweet treats are. If they are chocolate fans, a Christmas tin filled with homemade toffee or fudge could be delightful, or a Christmas bag filled with candy, such as Snickers, Hershey Kisses, or a montage of M&Ms could hit the spot. 

If they are lovers of the sweet and salty, some mini caramel-coated popcorn balls, chocolate-covered pretzels, or candied nuts would be the way to go. 

If your gift needs to take the route of sugary-sweet without the involvement of chocolate, we’ve got some unique ideas for you! How about a jumble of some of these sweets?

  • All things gummy. Gummy worms, gummy sharks, and gummy bears. 
  • Skittles, Starbursts, and Now and Laters. 
  • Big Hunks and Werther’s Original.
  • Saltwater taffy. 

Those are just the basics in the world of sweets, but now for the real sugar sorcery… take all those confectionery delights and freeze-dry them. Yep… that’s right, freeze dried candy will change how you allow your mouth to indulge in the finer (candy-related) things in life. 

What does freeze dried candy taste like, you may ask? 

The process of freeze drying candy does not give the candy a significantly different taste from its original form, but it does concentrate the flavors and makes it more intense. That AND it turns it into a pillowy, light, fluffy morsel that melts in your mouth. Giving someone the gift of freeze dried candy will make you the talk of the town. 

Contact Candy Jan today for information about the different types of freeze dried candy available to add to your spectacular-foodie gift.