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Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

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We all know someone who wouldn’t mind a bit of coal in their stocking—as long as it’s charcoal, at least. Give your favorite foodie a leg up in the kitchen with our favorite cooking starter pack of gifts.


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With a cooking show on every channel and a vibrant plate on every Instagram feed, being a “foodie” isn’t just eating-for-hipsters anymore, it’s a way of life where every meal you learn to make (and make right!) is a badge of honor. But with so many different kinds of techniques, flavors and dishes from all over the world, it can be intimidating to start. These gifts are a great way to help encourage anyone who’s starting their never-ending foodie journey—that friend who can’t stop recommending restaurants, that spouse always experimenting in the kitchen or even the kids who just left home—as well as make sure you get invited to dinner!

Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

1. Oster rice cooker | Starting at $18.99

Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

Yes, it’s a function included on other devices, but to easily create full meals (while keeping the stovetop free) it’s important to have a dedicated rice cooker. Experimenting with broths, seasonings and other grains encouraged!

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2. Black+Blum’s 'Box Appetit' Containers | Starting at $19.95

Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

A true foodie knows that we’re in the middle of a leftovers renaissance. With a couple of Box Appetit containers, spending a few hours on Sunday doing “meal prep” really means that you get to show off at work all week.

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3. Electric Knife Sharpener | $99

Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

They’re going to need a knife sharpener, but a manual sharpener might feel like a curse by the time you’ve finished sawing it back and forth. Go for an electric one to make sure your foodie feels appreciated instead of exhausted.

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4. Yamazaki Ladle and Lid Stand | Starting at $19.99

Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

This gift may seem boring, and it may seem simple, but trust us, it’s the little annoyances and clutter in the kitchen that can be the most frustrating. With one of these, you’ll wonder how you ever got anything done without a proper place for your lids and large utensils.

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5. TimeStack Multi-Timer | $59

Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

Make sure you tell your emerging foodie to start slow with this one so they don’t panic, but as they graduate into more complex dishes they’re going to need to be timing multiple things at once. At a certain point, just using the stove timer and the microwave timer won’t cut it.

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6. Instant Pot | Starting at $79

Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

Instant Pots became famous for a reason. Slow cooking, pressure cooking, sous vide; it’s not just about opening up new dimensions of cooking, it’s also about making sure you have a reliable way to make chili.

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7. Hello Fresh Subscription | Starting at $7.87

Gifts for the Emerging Foodie in Your Life

For the complete newbie, Hello Fresh is hands-on training in reading recipes, preparing ingredients and cooking techniques. The meals aren’t as over the top as some other services, which means that even if it comes time to cancel they’ll have a small arsenal of everyday recipe cards that they actually want to use.

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