One problem with gift shopping for the amateur chef or food fanatic in your life is that they probably already have whatever you’re thinking of getting. My mother—one of the best cooks I know—has four different whisks and cabinets brimming with exotic sea salts, oils, and spices from lands far and wide.
Solution: Surprise and delight with a special collectible or limited edition food item they probably didn’t even know existed. From antiques to limited releases, we scoured the retail universe and secondary markets to bring you fun collector food items for everyone on your Christmas list!
For the Hello Kitty Kook: Hello Kitty Special Edition Kikkoman Soy Sauce
For the Satanist: Satan’s Blood Hot Sauce
I’ll begin this with a warning: Satan’s Blood hot sauce is packing 800,000 Scoville units of pepper extract, which if you don’t know, is a whole lot. It was also “conceived” on a Friday the 13th in October of 2000, during a full moon, so yeah, just be careful with this one.See It
For the Rebel Rocker: Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Suntory Whiskey
For the Superhero: Marvel Mini Coke Can Set
Coca-Cola is one of the most beloved and collected food brands on the planet. Recently they teamed up with Marvel to release these sleek mini cans with likenesses to some of their biggest Marvel superheroes and villains. The complete set of six will run you $39.99 on eBay.See It
For the Elvis Fan: Elvis Pez Dispenser Trio
People who are serious about Elvis are VERY serious about Elvis. If you know one and they don’t already have this three-pack of classic Pez Dispensers paying homage to The King, they will “love you tender” forever when they open it on Christmas morning.
And of course you’ll need Pez candy, so why not spring for this cool vintage tin with 54 rolls inside. Pez in Vintage Tin
For the Sci-Fi freak: “Stranger Things” Eggos
For the Bourbon Snob: Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Reserve
For the Sports Fan: Original Michael Jordan Wheaties Box
Perhaps the most iconic cereal box ever featuring the most iconic basketball player ever. This unopened box of Wheaties, featuring his Air-ness soaring through the sky en route to a dunk, is a true sports collectors item. It will run you $149.99 on eBay.See It
For the Believer in Santa: Peanuts Cookies and Commemorative Plate
For the Kid at Heart: Sinclair Antique Gumball Machine
What could be more fun than watching gum balls roll out of your own personal machine. The vintage Sinclair-inspired paint job make it a fun throwback/conversation piece, perfect for any funky den or playroom.See It
For the Wannabe Royal: Walkers Queen Elizabeth Shortbread in Keepsake Tin
For the Pop Art Lover: Campbell’s Limited Edition Andy Warhol Soup Can
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