As holiday shopping season advances, it’s getting colder—but these gifts for hot sauce lovers and spice fiends are on fire.
We all have that one friend or family member who is genetically blessed with furnace-like qualities, and an encompassing love of all things spicy.
You know the one I’m talking about. The one who can count on one hand the number of days in the last decade where they didn’t ingest some sort of hot pepper product. The person who always takes the bait for an extreme heat eating challenge. The family member who casually hinted that they miiiight actually enjoy a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos turkey at Thanksgiving, and claims through watering eyes that “no, this spicy margarita is still not spicy enough.”
You know them, and you love them, so in honor of the hot pepper-obsessed among us we’ve rounded up an inferno of gift ideas from the mild to the wild and even a few that are off-the-Scoville-chart to delight all levels of heat seekers in your life.
Budget, space, and time-friendly, for just a dash of heat.
You’ll always be on fire with a gift of a new or cleverly named hot sauce. Here we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite gift sets.
When the spice girl or boy in your life can’t be bothered with mild or medium options, try this sampler which includes extremely hot, seventh-circle-of-hell, and are-you-trying-to-kill-me selections, featuring the world’s hottest peppers.Buy Now
Adorably packaged and internationally themed, this sampler isn’t only about the heat, but also about the flavor, with sauces such as Garlic Herb and Smoky Bourbon. Try it for the firemouth whose taste buds are still remarkably intact.Buy Now
Dazed and Infused
Because spicy things need love, too. Despite the heat, hot peppers play quite nicely with a variety of other flavors and textures, and we have the gifts to prove it.
Spicy meets sweet in this hot honey—a metaphor for your relationship, perhaps?Buy Now
Espelette is a chili native to the Basque region of Spain and lends a subtle heat to this good olive oil. Use it for dressings and sauces or simply drizzle on a plate and sop it up with some good crusty bread.Buy Now
Because your loved one is more than just a one-dimensional firecracker. They too can appreciate their heat with some nuance, umami, and luxury. (There’s also a limited edition white truffle hot sauce for 2019, which made Oprah’s Favorite Things on Amazon list.)Buy Now
Hot For Teacher
If your fiery friend or relative is the type whose passion for peppers extends beyond the mere sensory, and into the cerebral, here are a few gift ideas to stoke their brain flames.
The definitive guide for understanding how this addiction to flavor-pain came to be.Buy Now
Feel The Burn
Gifts for the spicy-savvy who can appreciate the delayed gratification of a DIY experience where you might just have to earn the sweat.
Along with the national craze for hot sauce comes the inevitable hot sauce sommelier. If your city hosts a hot sauce shop with tastings or classes, such as Brooklyn’s Heatonist, make it a day of fun/pain with a gift card.Buy Now
Just make sure to keep the windows cracked when you dive into a do-it-yourself hot sauce making kit, where the fun isn’t only in the sauce, but also in coming up with a fire-branded name for your bespoke concoction.Buy Now
Make roasted and stuffed jalapeños for your next party and blow a few minds (and tongues). The easy corer makes prep a breeze and the roasting rack ensures those gorgeous peppers cook evenly and without dumping over.Buy Now
The Ultimate Pain
For more great gift ideas, see our Gourmet Food and Drink Gift Guide, and our Best Kitchen Gadgets, Tools, and Appliances Gift Guide.
Related Video: How to Soothe The Burn of a Hot Pepper
Header image courtesy of Williams Sonoma.