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November is now upon us, which means it’s time to start your holiday shopping (or at least start writing up your list in the first place, even if you’re not quite up to checking it off).

Whether you’re looking for that perfect present for your best friend, favorite family member, co-worker, good neighbor, or mere acquaintance, food is often a fantastic choice, because who doesn’t like to eat—and drink? From fabulous individual food and drink gift ideas to ongoing food and beverage subscriptions and even tools to help your foodie friends and fam make great meals at home, we’ve got suggestions for the best presents for all sorts of palates, personalities, and situations.

Check out all of our gourmet food and drink gift guides below—and check back often, as we’ll be updating the list regularly and adding new options for this year. Click a link below to jump to a specific category or just keep scrolling to see them all!

Gourmet Food Gifts

Edible Advent Calendars for 2019

Harry and David 12 Days of Christmas gift tower

Harry and David

Get ready to count down the days til Christmas with a parade of edible (or drinkable) treats. See our picks for the Best Food and Drink Advent Calendars for 2019.

Oprah’s Favorite Things on Amazon for 2019

Oprah's favorite things on Amazon 2019


She’s back, and she’s picked some amazing products as usual, including plenty of food gifts, kitchenware, and home items! Yes, there are some splurges, but many of these are totally affordable. Check out Oprah’s Favorite Things on Amazon for 2019.

Secret Santa Food Gifts (That You Can Eat)

Jacobsen salt gift set


These delicious gifts are great for present swaps at the office, but also perfect for lots of other people on your list. See our favorite Secret Santa food gifts, from chocolate to hot sauce.

Great Gifts for Acquaintances

bamboo hors d'oeuvres plates with wine holder


Shopping for your close friends and family can be a trial, but picking a gift for someone you only sort of know is even harder. That’s why we collected some things practically anyone would love. See our picks for best gifts for neighbors, friends of friends, and acquaintances.

Hot Gifts for Spice Fiends

Truff hot sauce from Oprah's Favorite Things on Amazon


Have a hot head on your list? These gifts are *fire emoji* (aka, perfect for them). See our picks for the Best Gifts for Hot Sauce Lovers.

Gourmet Stocking Stuffers Under $10


Looking for a little something? These stocking stuffers are all under $10 (most under $5), and sure to please any food or wine fan. See our Favorite Stocking Stuffers Under $10.

Better-Than-Homemade Goodies You Can Order Online

Harry and David deep dish pumpkin pie

Harry and David

Whether you need dessert for your own holiday table or want to show someone love via baked goods, these cakes, cookies, pies, and more can be delivered nationwide. See the Chowhound Gift Guide 2019: Best Mail Order Cookies, Cakes, Pies, and Treats to Order Online.

Best Gifts for Healthy Eaters

Sakara meal delivery review


Got a friend who loves to eat, but puts a premium on healthy habits? See our Chowhound Gift Guide 2019: Best Gifts for Food Lovers Who Are Also Health Nuts.

Great Gift Ideas for Cheese Lovers

Harry and David cheese gift

Harry and David

Curd nerds, cheddar heads, and brie fiends will all melt for these delightfully cheesy gifts. See our Chowhound Gift Guide 2019: Best Gifts for Cheese Lovers.

Unique Food and Drink Experiences

safari experience

The Safari Collection

From cooking classes and culinary cruises to fun food museum tickets, these gifts are great for every type of food lover on your list, and the memories will last forever. See the Chowhound Gift Guide to Best Food and Drink Experiences.

Related Reading: Our Favorite Eatwith Food Experiences Around the World

Star Gifts for “The Great British Baking Show” Fans


Even those who still aren’t over losing Mary, Mel, and Sue will cheer up when they unwrap these showstoppers. See our Chowhound Gift Guide 2019: Gifts for Fans of “The Great British Baking Show”.

Gourmet Drink Gifts

Best Beer Clubs and Beer Subscription Box Gift Ideas

types of beer glass

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If you want to treat the suds lover in your life to an ongoing subscription, they’ll love you for it. See our Best Beer Clubs and Subscription Boxes guide.

Best Wine Subscriptions to Give as Gifts

best wine subscription boxes and best wine clubs


A nice bottle by itself is a great gift, but a wine subscription is the ultimate present for your favorite oenophile. See CNET’s Best Wine Subscriptions guide.

Accessories That Make Drinking Wine Even More Fun

wine decanter set


Whether you give one of these in conjunction with the wine itself or not, there’s something here to delight every type of vino devotee. See some of our favorite Gifts for Wine Lovers.

Chic Bar Cart Gifts Under $100

best bar cart gifts 2019


From lots of fun and thoughtful little extras to a couple of affordable bar carts themselves, these gifts are perfect for your favorite cocktail fan (with some picks for wine lovers and mocktail mixologists too). And there’s something for every budget, with nothing topping $100. See our Best Home Bar Gifts.

The Best Coffee Subscriptions to Gift Your Favorite Java Fiend

best coffe clubs and coffee subscriptions to give

Trade Coffee

Whether your favorite coffee fanatic is into fair trade, trendy drinks, maximum efficiency, or just good old espresso, there’s an ideal coffee subscription to give them (even one for dog lovers!). Check out our picks for Best Coffee Subscriptions.

Kitchen Gadgets & Tools

The Best Big-Ticket Kitchen Gadgets & Cookware to Give

Mealthy CrispLid


These kitchen tools, gadgets, and appliances are great gifts for anyone just starting to outfit a kitchen or in need of an upgrade (and anyone who’s been dreaming of an Instant Pot or air fryer but hasn’t gotten one yet). See our picks for the best cookware and kitchen appliances to give.

Tools That Make a Cook’s Life Easier

silicone splatter screen

Sur la Table

These kitchen tools are on a smaller scale but will still prove infinitely useful to any cook. Check out our favorite kitchen gadgets and tools to give.

The Best Dutch Ovens for Every Type of Cook

Le Creuset round Dutch oven

Sur la Table

Everyone needs a Dutch oven—they can do so much, and they look so good. These are our 10 favorite Dutch ovens of the year; they’ll hold up forever and make their new owner happy for a lifetime. See the best Dutch ovens of 2019.

Sizzling Skillets to Wrap Up This Year

All-Clad nonstick skillets

Sur la Table

A skillet is an absolute kitchen essential, and if you know someone who could use a new, high-quality pan, these are our favorites in every price range. See our picks for the best skillets of 2019.

Cookware Sets for Every Budget

All-Clad cookware set


If you’re feeling generous and want to outfit a lucky cook with the works, we also picked out the best cookware sets for a range of budgets and preferences. See our collection of the best cookware sets of 2019.

The Best Direct-to-Consumer Cookware Brands to Buy

best direc to consumer cookware brands

Made In

In a whole other category, direct-to-consumer cookware brands offer great quality, often-stunning looks, and competitive prices as well; the only caveat is that you have to buy them online—but most of us already do that anyway. Browse the best direct-to-consumer cookware brands and pieces of 2019.


The Best New Cookbooks for 2019

best new cookbooks fall 2019

There’s a slew of new cookbooks that have come out this fall (with a few more on the way) that are perfect for gift-giving season, whether your recipient’s a baker, a keto devotee, or a “Star Wars” fan. See our Favorite New Cookbooks for 2019.

The Best Holiday Cookbooks for a Truly Happy Season

“Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season” by Elisabet de Nederlanden


These titles, both new and classic, will help you celebrate in style—with less stress—from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Check out The Best Holiday Cookbooks.

Related Video: Insta-Infusions Are an Ingenious DIY Holiday Gift

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Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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