It's time to start checking your list, because the holiday shopping season is now in full force. Looking for the perfect gift for a home cook who enjoys the finer things in life? Or are you looking to treat someone special to a luxurious new addition to their kitchen?
Whether you're able to spend a lot, or trying to stick to a budget — there's a gourmet gift on this list for everyone. From deluxe kitchen appliances to gourmet goodies, spoil your loved ones this year. Here are the best gourmet holiday gifts to give foodies in 2020.
The KitchenAid stand mixer continues to be the industry standard, and the artisan version is the upgrade every baker needs. The 5-qt capacity gives you the freedom to cook large batches. Plus, it's available in dozens of colors for a personal touch. Treat the bakers in your life to this luxurious countertop companion.
Buy it: KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, $300; Crate and Barrel
Spoil your cheese-loving friends and family with the finest cheeses straight from Southern Wisconsin. This gift box from Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville also contains rye crackers, artisan salamis, preserves, and spiced pecans all packaged in a traditional wooden box. Be sure to give the cheese an hour to come to temperature — it's worth the wait for every melt-in-your-mouth spoonful.
Buy it: Uplands Cheese Everything & More Cheese Gift Box, $110; Uplands Cheese
This French-made glazed pizza stone is designed to be used in the oven or on a grill, making it perfect for both movie nights and outdoor entertaining. Emile Henry's micro-crazed glaze helps you reach a well-baked crust every time.
Buy it: Emile Henry Made in France Flame Top Pizza Stone, $50; Williams-Sonoma
Everybody knows Rose Gold is the new black, and these luxe appliances from SMEG prove just that. These 1950s inspired breakfast appliances include an electric kettle and a 2-slice toaster. Add a little dazzle to any kitchen and get the perfect breakfast every time.
This knife gets its name from the Japanese word Kanren, which means "connection," referring in this case to the union of German engineering with Japanese craftsmanship. Any cook knows the value of a chef's knife — it's the ultimate kitchen workhorse. Gift the home cook in your life with the best knife for all their kitchen tasks.
Buy it: Zwilling Kanren 8-Inch Chef's Knife, $250; Zwilling
The name Jacobson is synonymous with gourmet sea salt. Their salt is hand harvested from the waters of the Oregon Coast for the freshest flavor possible. It has been nationally recognized as America's leading salt maker, but it's not just for professional chefs. Their starter kit is the perfect giftable introduction to all things salt.
Buy it: The Starter Kit, $110; Jacobsen Salt Co.
The A3500 blender is known as the "powerhouse of the Vitamix blender family." With five smart program settings that automatically adjust times and speeds based on the size of your container, there isn't any blender task this Vitamix can't handle.
Buy it: Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender, $525; Williams-Sonoma
Savannah Bee Company is one of the most iconic artisan honey producers of the South, and anyone who's tasted their Tupelo Honey will agree. Their award-winning, limited-edition Tupelo Gold Reserve was harvested with pristine environmental conditions, honeybee health, and nectar flow. Packaged with a beeswax seal and a Canadian Birch box, it makes for a gift that's truly gourmet.
Buy it: Savannah Bee Company Tupelo Honey Gold Reserve, $99; Savannah Bee Company
For anyone looking to expand their kitchen arsenal or replace old pots and pans, this cookware set from All-Clad is as luxurious as they come. With highly polished stainless steel and superior stick resistance, this set is the gift that keeps on giving.
Buy it: All-Clad d5 Stainless Steel Cookware Set, 5-Piece, $500; Williams-Sonoma
What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than outdoor grilling? This carbon-steel pan from Made In allows you to grill directly from your fire pit. The perforated surface allow the flames to make direct contact with your food, so you can get that charred, smoky flavor from the comfort of your own backyard.
Buy it: Made In Grill Frying Pan, $75; Made In
Give the gift of luxury chocolate to everyone on your list. This box of chocolates is available in a number of sizes, ranging from 8 pieces to 140 pieces. Plus with the gorgeous gold box and customizable silk ribbon, you don't even have to do any wrapping.
Buy it: Godiva Assorted Chocolate Gold Gift Box, 19 pc., $30; Godiva
Every gourmet chef is going to need a high-quality bottle of balsamic vinegar on hand for salad dressings, omelettes, and meat. This versatile vinegar has been aged in barrels at the famous Giusti cask deposit, creating the perfect blend of sweet and sour.
Buy it: Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegar, Two Gold Medals, 8.5 oz., $29; Sur La Table
Staub specializes in high-quality, French-made cocottes, perfect for simmering soups, braising meat, baking, and more. This 4-quart size is ideal for a family of four or fewer, and comes in a variety of colors that any gourmet home cook would treasure.
Buy it: Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte, 4 qt, $300; Staub
Created by world-champion bartender Charles Joly, this smoking box allows you to craft professional-level cocktails at home. The stainless steel frame, glass sides, and walnut base come together to make a sophisticated addition to any home bar.
Buy it: Crafthouse by Fortessa Cocktail Smoking Box, $250; Williams-Sonoma
This blend trio from Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters features their signature blends: Hair Bender, Holler Mountain, and House Blend. Whether you're gifting it to a coffee novice or an expert, it's the perfect gift for anyone looking to hone their palate.
Buy it: Stumptown Blend Trio, $35; Stumptown Coffee Roasters
This breakfast pan from Staub is made of enameled cast iron with a glossy, vibrant glaze. It's large black-matte surface evenly distributes heat for many kitchen tasks — whether it's frying up eight eggs at once, toasting quesadillas, or searing fish. It's a versatile pan that any home cook will put to good use.
Buy it: Staub Breakfast Pan, 12", $100; Sur La Table
This Sous Vide from Chefsteps provides tender and flavorful results every time by connecting to your smartphone. The "Visual Doneness" feature allows you to see exactly how your food will turn out before you even start cooking, while the Bluetooth and WiFi compatibility allows you to control your Sous Vide remotely. It's the future!
Buy it: ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide, $249; Amazon
There's something about freshly ground salt and pepper that takes any dish to the next level. This top-rated model from Cole & Mason uses a two-stage grinding process to both crack and shave peppercorn, helping to optimize flavor and prevent any jams. You can even adjust your own coarseness settings. This is a gift that anyone will get years of use out of.
Buy it: Cole & Mason Derwent Pepper Grinder, $48; Amazon
The Coravin Wine Preservation System allows wine enthusiasts to pour any amount of wine without removing the cork, giving you the freedom to drink more than just what you have open. Complete with two Coravin capsules, this patented technology keeps argon gas from escaping, leaving your wine tasting fresh years later.
Buy it: Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System, $210; Amazon
This polished stainless steel stick blender fits easily into deep pots and pitchers for pureed soup, blended smoothies, and more. The convenient cordless design has the power of a plug-in model with five speeds and a quick charge base that doubles as upright storage.
Buy it: All-Clad Cordless Rechargeable Immersion Blender, $200; Williams-Sonoma
Give the gift of authentic Italian cuisine with this Italian Pantry set from Mad Rose Specialty Foods. Complete with Armato pitted olives, sun-dried tomatoes, peperoncino flakes, oregano, and Armato U Re extra virgin olive oil, it's the next best thing to a trip to Italy.
Buy it: Mad Rose Specialty Foods The Italian Pantry, $90; Mad Rose Specialty Foods
Before now, Made In was known only for its professional-grade cookware that's beloved by chefs and home cooks alike. But earlier this year they released a new line of chef-grade plateware and flatware that can be used for prep, cooking, serving, and plating. Use Made In's "Build Your Own Set" feature to give your loved ones a personalized collection of plateware that will get a lifetime of use.
Buy it: Made In Tabletop Set, 4 Place Settings, $479; Made In
This highly-rated electric pressure cooker/multi-cooker from Breville earned the "Best Foodie Buy" superlative in our electric pressure cooker testing. With almost 20 presets, this multi-cooker gives you full control from start to finish. It's the ideal gift for fans of the Instant Pot who are looking to take their pressure cooking to the next level.
Buy it: Breville Fast Slow Pro Multi Cooker, $250; Amazon
Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain's earliest chocolatiers. Founded in 1875, the brand even holds a Chocolate Manufacturer Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen. This truffle set comes in two sizes, and each truffle has a milk chocolate, butter, and Marc de Champagne centre that is finished off with a dusting of icing sugar.
Buy it: Charbonnel Et Walker Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles, $28; Sur La Table
Be your own barista with this single-serve coffee and espresso machine from none other than Nespresso. This machine allows you to brew coffee, espresso, and even make your own lattes with the attached milk frother. Give this one to the person on your list who's always at the coffee shop.
Buy it: Breville-Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee Espresso Machine, $569; Amazon
Rao's Homemade pasta sauce is a favorite among the staffers here at Allrecipes, and for good reason — each sauce is made in small batches with fresh ingredients like Italian tomatoes and pure olive oil. This set features six of their signature jarred sauces, four different types of pasta, and a jar opener.
Buy it: Pasta and Sauce Sampler, $80; Rao's Homemade
A good apron is an underrated but important part of any kitchen arsenal. This apron from Sur La Table was designed to handle use in a restaurant kitchen, which is evident by it's heavy-duty raw black denim and brass hardware. It features two large front pockets for stashing all your utensils and recipe cards. This is one apron that can handle even the messiest of cooks.
Buy it: The Chef Signature Apron, $60; Sur La Table
Give the gift of Enzo's award-winning extra-virgin oil and their signature balsamic vinegar. Their motto is "Italian heritage, California soil." It's luxury with each pour.
Buy it: Enzo's Table Olive Oil and Vinegar Gift Set, $20; Williams-Sonoma
Soda makers are all the rage at the moment — they allow you to make bubbling seltzer waters for cocktails and sodas, and they'll save you money in the long run. This top-of-the-line model from Aarke won best in show in our soda maker testing. Its sleek, modern style will be a welcome addition to any kitchen.
Buy it: Aarke Carbanator II, $219; Amazon
This ain't your mama's hot sauce. TRUFF's signature Black Truffle sauce was the first sauce to be named to Oprah's Favorite Things in 2018. Infused with black truffle, the "black diamond", chili peppers, and organic agave nectar, TRUFF is truly a whole new hot sauce experience.
Buy it: TRUFF Black-Truffle Infused Hot Sauce, $18; TRUFF
If you know a home cook who needs to cook for a crowd, this roomy, enameled cast-iron Dutch oven is the missing piece to their kitchen puzzle. Thanks to the cast iron design, it's excellent at retaining heat and can move effortlessly from stove to oven to table. But it's also easy to clean thanks to the enamel finish. In fact, this one won the "Best Oval Dutch Oven" superlative in our dutch oven testing. The stylish finish is available in seven different colors.
Buy it: Great Jones The Dutchess, $155; Great Jones
Treat your loved ones to steakhouse-quality chops and steaks that can be prepared in the comfort of their own home. This gift set comes with a combination of Northwest beef steaks and Kurobuta pork, plus a jar of Jacobsen Salt Co. black pepper salt.
Buy it: Snake River Farms Steaks and Chops, $160; Snake River Farms