Whether you want to spend $10 or $200, get your food-loving friends and family gifts they’ll actually use in the new year. This list makes it easy to pass over the clever tea towels and space-hogging multi-tools, and instead opt for gear and gadgets they’ll really love.
$1 Taco T-Shirt ($34): The friend whose week revolves around Taco Tuesday will want to live in this super-soft T-shirt from Public Market Goods. Sustainably made in the US from a tri-blend fabric, the slim vintage fit will perfectly show off that beautiful burrito belly.
John McLeod Angus Carving Board ($150): This workhorse of a carving board is a must-have for anyone who regularly cooks large pieces of meat. It’s big enough for a pork shoulder or a 20-pound turkey, and the textured top holds even the greasiest meat in place while the well keeps those amazing, flavorful juices from escaping all over the table or counter.
Anova Precision Cooker ($199): The friend who nerds out over perfectly cooked steak and 63-degree eggs will freak out over the Anova. This digital device puts sous vide technology—once reserved for fancy French chefs in commercial kitchens—in the hands of home cooks. With Bluetooth and WiFi, it’s compatible with smartphones and tablets, and the Anova app features hundreds of user-submitted recipes.
Lucky Peach Subscription ($28): This quarterly food publication is both a food magazine and a gritty literary journal. And it’s a necessity for any foodie with a penchant for booze, offal and curse words. Each issue has a pretty specific theme, which have previously ranged from destinations (Los Angeles) to meals (breakfast) and even broader subjects like gender.
Techie Apron ($25): This is not just another apron. In addition to looking pretty snazzy, it has plenty of tall pockets for spoons, spatulas and the like. But the best pocket is the clear plastic one made especially for cell phones (and it will hold up to an iPhone 6 Plus). The cover is swipe-friendly, which makes it easy to reference a recipe without getting salmonella or salmon guts all over that fancy gadget.
Bacon Me Crazy DIY Bacon Curing Kit ($25): For bacon aficionados who like a good project, consider a DIY curing kit. This one from Urban Accents includes everything necessary for homemade bacon—curing salt, maple-sage seasoning, a pop-up thermometer and a bag—except the pork belly. If you’re feeling extra generous, throw in a gift card for a local butcher.
Grubhub Gift Card ($10 and up): You may think your food-forward friends subsist solely on organic, free-range chicken and perfectly roasted root vegetables, but no one can survive without takeout at least once or twice a month. Give the gift of convenience (and maybe an excuse for a good burger or bad lo mein) with a Grubhub gift card.