Living The Essentials:

The Ultimate Food Lover’s Gift Guide

Photo by Nicole Franzen
Photo by Nicole Franzen

There’s nothing I love more than being in the kitchen this time of year. The smell of holiday spices, pie crust, and cookies baking in the oven while I sip on mulled wine is definitely my idea of heaven. And I know I’m not alone—clearly, you arrived here because you feel the same way, too.

There’s something really meditative about cooking and I crave those moments away from technology when it’s just me, a recipe book, and ingredients spread across the counter. You are forced to be in the present, especially when you’re baking something that requires a level of concentration to pull it off. 

So, if this sounds like you, too, or you know someone who is, then you’ll love our curation of gifts for the foodie lover in all of us. I know this year looks different and we’ll all be preparing a more intimate celebration, but that doesn’t mean it can be any less beautiful or enjoyable. So, let’s cherish the moment! 

Photo by Nicole Franzen. 
Photo by Nicole Franzen. 
Crate & Barrel Helena Dark Natural Linen Dinner Napkin

This lightweight 100% linen napkin is a classic in this natural hue. Wash it before use for that quintessential crinkled linen style.

Brightland Arise Olive Oil

Harvested by a master miller in a certified organic mill, you can rest assured this handmade olive oil is a foodie lover's dream. It's smooth, herbaceous, warm, and peppery, with hints of clove and undertones of mint and anise. In short, yum!

10” Atlas Brass Pepper Mill

Bring the restaurant home and elevate your everyday dining ritual with this hand-made bronze pepper mill crafted to maximize flavor and aroma.

Crate & Barrel a Leanne Ford Uplifter Cream Pitcher

Created by the queen of neutral layering, Leanne Ford didn't skimp on the curves when designing this perfectly creamy pitcher. Finished by hand, use this piece for pouring water, iced tea, or wine into glasses at the table. It also doubles as a vase when not in use.

Crate & Barrel x Leanne Ford Range Oval Platter

The organic shape paired with the contrasting white and black glaze makes this platter the perfect complement to any tablescape.

CB2 Axel Light Pink Mug

This minimal and modern stoneware piece will never go out of style. We recommend sipping hot cocoa out of it by the fire or as you binge-watch holiday movies.

cook beautiful

It's on every foodies wish list for a reason. This James Beard-award winning recipe features over 100 recipes for every season that taste just as good as they look.

Terrain Ruffled Marble Bowl

Who doesn't love a marble moment? The elegantly ruffled edge of this marble bowl will add dramatic appeal to any space. Your fruit bowl is about to get an upgrade.

Hay Toaster

Cook your toast in style with this minimal toaster design by the stylish Danes at Hay. It's a classic.

Fiskars Norden Bread Knife

Featuring a sharp steel blade and a sturdy handle coated with wood, this top-quality bread knife brings the Finnish knife-making heritage to life.

Ferm Living Ripple Glass, Set of 4

It's quite possibly the most Instagrammed glass of 2020 thanks to its beautiful textured surface and classic design. We also love the matching carafe.

Hario V60 Buono Drip Kettle

Sought-after by baristas and design enthusiasts alike, your foodie friend will appreciate this Japanese kettle'ss elegant form that's fused with function.

Ferm Living Hale Tea Towel

The muted tones of this natural linen and cotton tea towel will suit every design style.

Terrain Petrified Wood Serving Board

Spark conversation with this one-of-a-kind board that can be used as a cheese platter, a pot holder, or to serve sliced caked or bread for brunch.

Staub Graphite 12

Every foodie, both the experienced and the novice, needs to have a Staub pan in their kitchen. This is my go-to for its superior heat retention and oven-to-table good looks.

Pottery Barn Olive Wood Salt Cellar

These beautiful salt cellars are handcrafted in a family-owned woodshop in the small town of Sfax, Tunisia using sustainably sourced wood from olive trees. This is a piece that will only get better with age.

CB2 Eve Coupe Cocktail Glass

'Tis the season for celebration so pour a cocktail in these beautiful coupe glasses.

CB2 White Square Slate Cheeseboard

It's not a holiday party without a charcuterie brimming with your favorite cheese and gourmet treats. I love the minimal look and textured feel of this slate board.

CB2 Porter Gold Salad Servers

Elevate your salads with these stainless steel servers in a beautiful modern shape. Even the most basic essentials can feel luxe with a fresh take on material and design.

Williams Sonoma Gold Measuring Cups, Set of 8

If there's one thing I love most during the holiday season, it's baking. These beautiful gold measuring cups are the ideal gift for every friend who loves to whip up scones for a last-minute visitor or make cookies as gifts.

Sir Madam Marble Egg Cup

This may be my Aussie heritage coming through but soft-boiled eggs are a favorite of mine (even better when served with toast "soldiers"). This is such a special gift for someone who loves them too or needs to be introduced to this experience.

Gentner Design Brass Oil Decanter

Now, this is a splurge but we couldn't resist the sleek design of this oil decanter. It is the perfect gift for the foodie who has everything.

Epicurean XL Matte Black Natural Fiber Cutting Boards

We can never resist a matte black wooden board. This one is multipurpose too. You can use it for cutting and chopping up veggies, cheeses, and meats—it’s even dishwasher safe!

Canyon Coffee Raro Boda Coffee Beans

We love supporting small business owners, especially now! If your friend or loved one is a coffee connoisseur, then gift them a bag of the Canyon Coffee beans. We love their decaf too!

Williams Sonoma Bay Stripe Apron in Drizzle Grey

And last, but certainly not least, every foodie should own a stylish apron. This classic striped-cotton coverup is just the perfect thing to save your outfit from the messy splashes and spills when you're in the kitchen—because that's what it's all about, after all!

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