Gifts for the Food-Obsessed
12 reasonably-priced picks for the holidays
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the foodies in your life, look no more — Broken Palate has come up with a list of unique, fun, and affordable gifts for everyone on your list.
Coconut Cartel x Coquito NYC Coquito Kit
For Puerto Rican families, Christmas doesn’t exist without coquito. The drink is made with sweetened condensed milk, coconut, spices, and plenty of rum. If you don’t have an abuela who makes batches of this creamy elixir, order the Coconut Cartel x Coquito NYC kit ($94). This beautifully packaged box comes with a bottle of Coconut Cartel rum, and ingredients and spices to make four servings of coquito. You just add fresh eggs and pop everything in the blender. The kit even comes with four festive bottles and candy cane straws so you can gift your coquito to friends. Order at coconutcartel.com.
If your foodie friend is obsessed with trying to figure out how to grind their white pepper in a peppermill, Finamill ($39) is the solution. This grinder has snap-in pods that allow you to grind and store all different herbs and spices. The Finamill’s design also makes it look as though it should be on display at the MET, making it a welcome gift — even if your friend only uses it to add salt to their takeout fries. Order at finamill.com or Amazon.
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Flavour Gallery Shirts and Hats
This quippy shirt company might just be your one-stop-shopping site for everyone on your list. Your cocktail enthusiast friend will love the “Drinks Well With Others” shirt, while the bacon fan in your life will swoon for the “I Dig Pig” shirt. Our current favorite is the “Christmas Spirit” cropped hoodie ($55), featuring Santa celebrating with a much-needed cocktail after a long day of supervising elves and cleaning up after reindeer. Order at flavourgallery.com.
Little Goat Spices
Top Chef alum, Stephanie Izard, offers several spice blends directly from her Little Goat Diner in Chicago. The five blends, each deliver an instant pick-me-up to everything from stews and soups to eggs and leftovers. The blends are Cuba (chiles, citrus, and garlic), Grilleville (tomato, onion, garlic, rosemary, and a hint of heat), Belize (citrus, garlic, onion, smoky paprika, and chiles), Morocco (coriander, hibiscus, citrus, and a hint of spiciness), and India (spicy chiles, cumin, cinnamon, and cloves). All five cost $35 at thislittlegoat.com.
Miller High Life String Lights
Yes, the rumors of a Miller High Life gingerbread dive bar kit were true. Unfortunately, the limited edition set sold out almost immediately. If you have a fan of the “Champagne of Beers,” why not get them a set of Miller High Life string lights? Decorate the tree with these babies and you’ll turn your entire living room into the dive bar of your dreams. $35 at shop.millerhighlife.com.
Pasolivo Olive Oil
California’s Central Coast might not be as famous as Napa or Sonoma, but its rolling hills are home to some of the best boutique winemakers around. The town of Paso Robles is also home to passionate olive growers. Pasolivo California Extra Virgin olive oil has a gorgeous green hue with peppery, grassy notes. It’s perfect to finish vegetables, proteins, or just dip your favorite bread into. $47.95 at pasolivo.com.
Planta Pizza Party
This Toronto-based restaurant that offers plant-based treats will ship a four-pack of delicious plant-based pizzas through its Planta at Home online store. Choose any four pizzas including the “Frenchie,” the “Sweet Tempeh-Tations,” “the Italian Job,” and a classic margherita. Pizzas arrive flash-frozen — just pop them in a preheated oven fr ten minutes and enjoy. $60 for a four-pack, with free shipping at plantanationwide.com.
Russ and Daughters Brunch
If you have a transplanted New Yorker on your list, send them a bit of home with the Russ and Daughters Brunch Kit. This delicious box feeds six people and comes complete with bagels, smoked salmon nova, cream cheese, chocolate babka, a bag of coffee, and a Russ & Daughters mug. This makes for a stress-free Christmas morning brunch or the perfect New Year’s Day hangover cure. $189 via goldbelly.com.
Slomoo Institute x Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Slime
Kids and adults alike will love this collaboration between iconic New York City ice cream parlor, Serendipity 3, and interactive slime museum, Slomoo Institute. The Frrrozen hot chocolate slime is a coco-scented slime topped with a fluffy dollop of marshmallow-scented slime and play chocolate crumbles. Order a cup of ready-made slime ($21) or grab a kit and make your own fresh batch of sweet-scented slime ($35). Order online at slomooinstitute.com.
Jing Fong x Made In Chinatown Mug
Celebrate the return of Jing Fong every time you use this mug ($17.99), a collaboration in conjunction with the nonprofit advocacy group that debuted during the pandemic with a mission to support this vibrant NYC neighborhood and its essential businesses. From Made In Chinatown.
Sylvia’s Soul Food Soulful Fish Dinner Variety Pack
Keep the flavor of an icon in your home kitchen with Sylvia’s soulful fish dinner variety pack, which includes Soulful Seasoned Salt, Secret Seasoning, Fish Fry Mix, Golden Cornbread and Muffin Mix, Peach Cobbler Mix, Triple Strength Hot Sauce, and Sweet Cookin Dippin Moppin Sauce Available through Sylvia’s Soul Food Brand ($34.99).