5 Very Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Foodies

If you’re at a loss for what to get this Christmas for the foodie in your life, look no further. Below you’ll find some great (very) last-minute gift ideas for foodies – approved by me, certified food and wine lover. Waited too long to order your loved ones Christmas gifts? Blame late gifts on the USPS delays.

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Gift Ideas for Foodies Are Easy

Deep breath, my very late shopper! If you’re searching for a gift for a food and wine lover, you’ll be relieved to know that we are exceptionally easy to shop for. Food and wine in general are always an excellent gift that will be sure to please. If you want to get a little more creative, show your loved ones that you care (despite your procrastination to shop!) with one of the delightful presents below.

For Your Resident Wine Snob:

Whether they are spending the holidays with family or alone this year, any wine fanatic will get a kick out of this Bepuzzled “Foul Play & Cabernet” Mystery Puzzle. I received this as a gift last year and it served me well during the first quarantine in March.

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Bepuzzled “Foul Play & Cabernet”, $17.99

The kicker with this puzzle is that you don’t know what the image is – you have to feel it out and just put the pieces together without a clue. But it’s not over once you finished the puzzle. You’ll also read a (hilariously cheesy) mystery that tells a short story about the scene in the puzzle. Using the puzzle image you have to solve the mystery.

For the Friend Who Has Their Favorite Restaurant on Speed Dial:

The easiest gift idea for foodies is to get them a gift card to their favorite take-out spot. Especially during this pandemic, any true food lover is ordering food at least a few times a week to help support their local restaurants. Find out what your loved one’s favorite take-out joint is and treat them to their next order. You can support local businesses while also supporting your friend’s take-out habit.

For the Quarantine Chef:

We all know someone who became a chef during all of this extra free-time we’ve had this year. Naturally, receiving a nice piece of cookware for Christmas would light them up. I suggest something like this Rosle Kitchen Blow Torch from Crate & Barrel.

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Rosle Kitchen Torch, $49.95

You might think this tool is a little extra, but then you might not be an avid experimenter in the kitchen like your foodie friend. A torch can be used for more than just crème brûlée. You can brûlée grapefruit for a fun brunch side or brie for an elevated cheeseboard. A kitchen torch is a perfect gift because it’s something that feels too unnecessary to buy for themselves and yet once they have one, they’ll be making crème brûlée on the reg (and ideally, making it for you).

For the Foodie Who Shares Everything They Eat on Instagram:

Know someone who likes to eat with their eyes? You know, the one who makes you wait to eat so they can take a picture of the food first? Get them something edible AND beautiful for Christmas. Casa Bosques Chocolate is an Insta-worthy gift they’ll appreciate.

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Casa Bosques “Hoja Santa” Chocolate Bar, $22.00

This artsy chocolatier, Rafael Prieto, focuses on a single-origin, bean-to-bar approach to making his absolutely beautiful Casa Bosques chocolates. Maybe even buy them a wine to pair with it.

For the Health Guru Participating in Dry January:

It remains to be seen if Dry January will be as popular this year as it has been in the past, but for the friend who won’t stop talking about their New Year Cleanse – get something they can enjoy while the rest of us sip our definitely-greater-than-zero-proof drinks. Dhos Spirits, Ghia, and Töst are all great places to start.

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Ghia Aperitif, $33.00

Dhos Spirits offers a variety of aromatics and flavors for creating amazing mocktails. Ghia has a one-size-fits all product that you can use for many different recipes. Töst caters to wine lovers who want that celebratory glass of Champagne without the buzz. Dry January will be a lot more fun for your friend with a bottle of any of these alternatives.

Before you get lost in exploring all of your open tabs, ORDER THOSE GIFTS! The clock is ticking. No more procrastinating. The countdown to Christmas is drawing to a close. I hope you enjoy your holidays, whether alone or with family!

Sydney Isaacs
Sydney Isaacs

Sydney is a 29-year old American living between France and Italy. She has a WSET Level 2 certification in wine, along with a degree in environmental engineering and an MBA. She loves exploring local farmer’s markets, haunting her favorite wine bar, and discovering new restaurants.

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