The holidays are coming, meaning it’s time to start buying people stuff. Lots of stuff. And what better strategy is there for gift-giving than leaning into the one thing pretty much everyone loves: food.
Of course, not everyone loves food the same way. This year, Eater is catering to a few recognizable people in your life: the enterprising home chef or baker, the beverage snob, the perpetual host with the most Instagrammable home, and the restaurant obsessive.
In every category, we’ve drawn from the sources we know best: chefs and restaurants. In the spirit of our weekly shopping column, Buy This Thing, we asked the pros for their favorite items — Preeti Mistry’s preferred immersion blender, an olive oil cruet beloved by Anthony Mangieri — as well as items you might have spied (and coveted) at actual restaurants, like the gold scissors from Di An Di in New York or the enamel trays used at Houston’s Better Luck Tomorrow. These standout recommendations are sprinkled throughout the guide, along with great picks from Eater editors, at a variety of price levels.
Not finding what you’re looking for? Explore Eater’s city-by-city recommendations for gift givers (or receivers) in New York, Charleston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Denver, Detroit, Austin, and the Twin Cities. Dive even deeper into cookbooks with our spring, summer, and fall guides from this year; or nerd out over more kitchen gadgets with the comprehensive gadget guide for the adventurous home chef.
When it comes to gift giving, as with everything this season, the more the merrier.
For the Home Cook
For the person who hoards cookbooks, meal-preps like a pro, and was the first person you knew to own their own sous vide, we’ve got cooking and baking products (including cookbooks!) galore.
For the Drink Lover
For the beverage snob in your life — the one who’ll only drink single-origin beans roasted before their very eyes, or who prefers to whisk their own matcha lattes, or who can identify not one, not two, but three different fruit notes in their wine — check out these drink-related gifts.
For the Home Entertainer
For the person whose Instagrams are less about the food and more about the beautiful ceramic plates underneath, or for the perpetual host with the perfectly set table, we’ve got gorgeous picks for the home.
For the Restaurant Obsessive
For the dining-out enthusiasts who rarely prepare their own food but spend all their time bookmarking new hotspots to try and planning trips around the restaurants, we’ve got some ideas.
Editor: Ellie Krupnick
Art direction: Brittany Holloway-Brown
Writers and market editors: Patty Diez, Daniela Galarza, Sonia Chopra, Monica Burton
Photography and prop styling: Heidi’s Bridge
Special thanks: Esra Erol, Milly McGuinness, James Park, Jackie Goldstein, Adam Moussa, Terri Ciccone, Emma Alpern
See past Eater gift guides: 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014
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