Our Food Editors’ Favorite Gifts to Give This Holiday Season
Check out our perfectly present-able kitchen tools and edible treats to inspire some delicious holiday shopping
Hot Chocolate Bombs
These spherical chocolate candies melt when you pour hot liquid on them to reveal a marshmallow center, making for a revolutionary hot cocoa experience that's been all the rage on TikTok this season.
Buy it! Bombombs Hot Chocolate Bombs; $19.99, amazon.com
Dolly Parton Pre-Built Log Cabin
No assembly required! Inspired by the one-bedroom, Tennessee mountain home where Dolly Parton grew up, this pre-built cabin —which is part of the country star's first holiday collection with Williams-Sonoma—is made with classic vanilla shortbread and royal icing, and topped with gumdrops, pretzels, sprinkles and a fortune cookie roof. For an added treat or extra-thoughtful gift, the 18" x 14" x 10" edible house can also be personalized.
Buy It! $130, williams-sonoma.com
Co-founders Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power first introduced their Avaline white and rosé wines in July, but have now expanded their popular organic, vegan-friendly line to include a new red and sparkling. Whether you send one bottle or the entire set as a gift, "Avaline wines are meant to be everyday wines, no matter the season," says Diaz.
Williams-Sonoma x Greenpan Nonstick Pans
Okay, maybe skillets are not the flashiest of holiday gifts, but they are extremely useful for anyone who likes to cook! These ones are so smooth and glossy, and unlike most other nonstick pans we've tested, they last a long time and stand up to infinite uses without so much as a blemish.
Buy It! GreenPan Prestige Set; $69.95, williams-sonoma.com
Bread Basket NYC
It's been a hard year. Let them eat bread—but make sure it's the good stuff. Go online and pick a favorite basket, filled with an assortment of different sourdoughs, brioche buns, cookies, craft breads, loaf cakes and other treats—and a box of fresh-from-the-oven goodies from some of New York's most beloved bakeries will arrive at their doorstep. They even offer gluten-free and lighter "feel good" collections so everyone can join in on the holiday carb-loading.
Buy It! One-time basket for $45 or a subscription for $40 per week; breadbasket.nyc
Mickey Mouse Kitchen Cart
This is for the Disney fans who want to add a subtle hint of Mickey Mouse flair to their kitchen or living room. Use it as a bar cart or simply as a place to display your favorite dishware or homemade pastries.
Buy It! $499, potterybarn.com
Goldbelly Gourmet Foods
Traveling for the holidays may not be possible this year, but you can still send friends and family a real taste of home. Goldbelly offers a curated market of some of the country's best and most iconic dishes, including Primanti Bros. french fry-stuffed sandwiches, David Chang's Momofuku pork buns and Kelly Fields' Willa Jean chocolate chip cookies—and packs and ships it directly to your favorite foodies. You can also gift someone a live virtual cooking class with all the supplies, including a cake decorating tutorial with Cake Boss Buddy Valastro or a "cook around the world" demo with former Top Chef champion Stephanie Izard.
Buy It! $10 and up; goldbelly.com
Great Jones Bakeware
La Bodega Chocolate Rum Cake
Pastry Chef Paola Velez, a native of The Bronx in New York City, opened La Bodega Bakery in Washington, D.C. to honor and highlights the flavors she grew up eating. Her chocolate rum cake—a rich Dominican chocolate cake liberally soaked in Appleton Estate Butter Rum and sprinkled with sea salt and edible flowers—is sweet, boozy, moist and truly special.
Buy It! $45, eatlabodega.com
Pursued by Bear Wine Holiday Gift Set
Calling all Twin Peaks fans who love wine! The show's star Kyle MacLachlan is selling a variety of gorgeous gift sets with his highly-rated wines. The Signature Series includes his 2017 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon, along with his 2016 Baby Bear Syrah, plus a bag of Pursed by Bear coffee signed by MacLachlan!
Buy It! $160, pursuedbybearwines.com
Levain Bakery Cookies
Fact: There's no cookie quite like a Levain Bakery cookie. If you're not close enough to snag one of their crave-worthy treats at their New York City or Washington, D.C. locations, the bakery ships the gigantic, crisp-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside cookies nationwide. Try the signature collection, which includes Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip and Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Need to satisfy a cookie fix asap? Sold in grocery stores, Levain Bakery Frozen Cookies are 2 ounce, fully-baked versions of the bakery's classic baseball-sized cookies. Simply take them out the freezer, warm them up for a minute, and then devour immediately.
Chicken Parm Beanie
Know someone who is passionate about chicken parmesan? Of course you do. This cheeky hat was created by model Elsie Hewitt (who also has a food Instagram @elsieeats) so you can display your love for the comfort food all season long. It also comes as a sweatshirt and sweatpants if want a full outfit. And best of all, each item purchased provides a meal to someone in need through Feeding America.
Buy It! $35, elsieeats.com
Top It Cake Shield
Give the gift of germ-free celebrations! The Cake Shield is a hard plastic covering with groves on top for holding candles — so the guest of honor can blow them out without actually blowing on the dessert itself. So simple, yet so genius. The different shapes work on round cakes, sheet cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts or even individual slices of cake.
Buy It! from $5, topitcakeshield.com
This coffee alternative was created by founder Shane Heath after he began looking for a morning ritual that didn’t come with jitters and dependency. The Masala Chai blend has less caffeine than a cup of joe, but more ingredients that are said to have positive benefits, like lion’s mane mushroom to improve mental performance and turmeric to reduce inflammation. Plus, it tastes delicious.
Buy It! MUD\WTR Starter Kit, $40 (with auto-ship), mudwtr.com
The sleek bottle alone is a statement piece, but the smooth spirit inside will quickly become a favorite for tequila connoisseurs. Carefully crafted in small batches, each bottle is aged 24-28 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels which results in sweet tasting notes of maple, dark chocolate, and butterscotch.
Buy It! Cincoro Añejo, from $130, cincoro.com
Spice House Best Sellers Set
Even someone who never wants to see their kitchen again after eight straight months of cooking could be convinced to rekindle the flame with this set of four bestselling spices from the Illinois-based experts in all things flavors and seasonings.
Buy It! Spice House Best Sellers collection, $38, thespicehouse.com
Croissant Bread Lamp
This cute little lamp is made from real bread — seriously! Relax in the subtle glow of the classic French pastry, just be sure not to eat it. Each croissant is freshly baked, hollowed out and replaced with an LED light, then sealed and coated with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal to ensure the carby lamp lasts for years to come.
Buy It! Croissant Bread Lamp, $67, pampshade.com
Whole Foods "12 Days of Cheese"
Need a last-minute gift and don't have time for it to be shipped? From Dec. 12 to 23, Whole Foods stores are offering 12 delicious, expertly-picked, artisanal cheeses for 50 percent off. There's a cheese here for everyone on your list, from Klare Melk Truffle Gouda to Emmi Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère to Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese. Check out the sale schedule, throw in a bottle of wine and a sleeve crackers, and you've created a one-of-a-kind gift in minutes.
Buy It! Prices vary; at Whole Foods Markets locations
Hot Ones Truth or Dab Game
Turn up the heat with this card game that is based on the First We Feast's internet series Hot Ones, where host Sean Evans interviews celebrities while they eat a series of wings that get progressively hotter. The game comes with 250 trivia and Truth or Dare-style cards, and a mini bottle of the sweat-inducing Last Dab sauce.
Buy It! Hot Ones Truth or Dab The Game, $35, amazon.com
"Hungry Games" by Kate Heddings
This stocking-stuffer book makes it even more fun to play with your food. Along with food-themed crossword puzzles and word searches, there are sneaky “mistakes” inserted into each recipe—which readers have to find and fix. And when they do, they'll get a second gift: delicious, can't-mess-up recipes for dishes like Rich and Creamy Potato Gratin and Apple Crumble Pie.
Buy It! $12; amazon.com
Slate Chocolate Milk
We were skeptical when we saw this new chocolate milk brand touted as “healthy.” But turns out after a few minutes of research, it’s true. This wellness-driven version of everyone's favorite childhood drink has way less sugar, packs way more protein and is offered in three delicious flavors — classic, dark and espresso. It's also 100% natural, packaged in aluminum cans and does not require refrigeration, in case you want to grab a few for stocking stuffers. And if you want to make the holiday season even more festive – it’s even good spiked!
Buy It! $36 (for a 12 pack), amazon.com
evian x Cooluli Mini Fridge
This stylish mini refrigerator would be a welcome addition to any home office. Use it to store up to five water bottles so you can stay hydrated all day long, or easily switch it to the warming option if you'd rather extend the life of your morning cup of coffee.
Buy It! $90, cooluli.com