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35 Gifts That'll Make Their Food Taste Better

Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day. Gift them these and you'll feed them delicious food for a lifetime.

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1. A jar of Za'atar a deliciously complex Middle Eastern spice blend they'll finish way too quickly — that's how good it is. This specific mix is made with thyme, toasted sesame seeds, and sumac, and will make a mouthwatering addition to meats, bread, olive oil, yogurt, and more.

2. Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning to sprinkle on everything, and I mean that everything. It's great dusted on top of avocado toast, eggs, bagels, chicken, fish, veggies, and the list goes on.

3. And speaking of Trader Joe's, their Everything But The Elote Seasoning so they can add the flavor of Mexican street corn to their favorite foods. This flavorful mixture of salt, chili pepper, cheese, chipotle, and cumin makes plain corn a treat, but it's also a tasty topping on popcorn, veggies, meat, eggs, and nuts — and that list barely scratches the surface.

4. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey for anyone who enjoys the sweet and spicy side of life. Drizzle it on pizza, ice cream, waffles, wings, cheeseboards, and even in cocktails to create something un-bee-lievably delicious.

5. *Or*, a bottle of Truff hot sauce because it's a sophisticated condiment made with chilis, agave nectar, spices, and, of course, black truffle. It'll transform any meal into a gourmet experience. *chef's kiss* Oh, and Oprah likes it.

Truff hot sauce on popcorn

6. A 5-in-1 wine stopper if you want to make your gifted bottle of two-buck chuck taste so much more expensive. While this tool will mainly make their wine taste better, it aerates the vino, which can enhance the flavor of their meal.

The wine stopper on a bottle

7. A veggie dicer that'll save them time and uniformly chop their veggies so they don't ruin a recipe because they messily hand-chopped their onion and the smaller pieces burned while the larger pieces are under-cooked.

Four plates full of veggies that have been chopped with the dicer

8. A panini press to help them achieve perfect grill marks and a delicious char on their sandwiches, burritos, and quesadillas. It's time to take their cold sammies up a notch! Plus, the top plate locks so they can also use it to toast pizza or bruschetta.

Reviewer photo of two quesadillas with grill marks

9. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot so even the person who would burn a salad can chow down on tender beans, melt-in-your-mouth meats, and perfect rice every time.

The Instant Pot

10. A set of produce storage containers for extending the life of their favorite fruits and veggies. Their food will taste better because they're cooking with produce that's still at peak freshness instead of soggy and overripe.

11. A soil-free AeroGarden Harvest because fresh herbs are an easy way to make their meals even more appetizing — and this'll help them grow herbs without ever having to step foot outside.

The AeroGarden

12. A garlic press if the hassle of chopping garlic has put them off this tangy bulb vegetable. There aren't many dishes that won't benefit from the addition of garlic and this press removes all the inconveniences of mincing it so they really have no excuse to *not* toss some garlic into the pan. Their tastebuds will thank them!

13. A starter set of spices from Spice Tribe that'll help them enjoy flavors from all over the world from the comfort of their kitchen.

14. A tabletop wine cooler to help them chill drinks in a matter of minutes. Bottles stay chilled for up to four hours — no ice or water needed.

A bottle of wine in the cooler

15. A truly ~egg-cellent~ rapid egg cooker so they never have to suffer through a plate of rubbery scrambled eggs. This lil' guy can whip them up an omelet (or a soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled egg as well as poached eggies) without them ever having to dirty a pan.

Reviewer photo of poached eggs on an English muffin

16. A jar of Momofuku Chili Crunch for fans of both Asian and Mexican flavors. Inspired by both Chinese chili crisp sauce (like Lao Gan Ma) and Mexican salsas, this condiment tastes just as good slathered on eggs as it does swallowed straight from the jar.

The jar

17. An infusion machine because they've been really missing out on more complex flavor by not infusing their butter and oil. They can customize the flavors and even use it to make their own herbal soap.

The machine dispensing oil with text on the image describing how to use the appliance

18. An air fryer if they love the crunch of fried foods but could do without all the grease. They can make all their restaurant faves — like chicken wings, crispy breaded eggplant, charred veggies, and even donuts — with this magical appliance. It's even great for reheating foods that usually get soggy in the microwave, like pizza!

19. A food processor that'll convince them to stop buying inferior shelf-stable ingredients because they hate the work involved with preparing and cooking them. All cheese is good cheese, but mac 'n' cheese with freshly grated cheese is *chef's kiss*.

The food processor, which has a large feed chute that can fit an entire block of cheese

20. A meat tenderizer to make their $10 steak taste like it cost 10 times that.

The tenderizer, which looks like a stamp and has teeth that tenderize the meat

21. A sweet pepper chowchow from Wanda's Cooking so they can take their cooking to the next level. Insert Emeril Lagasse's "Bam!" Treat them to a jar of this deliciously sweet and tangy blend of sweet peppers, vinegar, and onion and they'll never eat another boring meal.

The jar

22. A fruit-infused water bottle for anyone who hates drinking plain water. They can add their choice of fruit and actually enjoy every sip.

The water bottle with strawberries and blackberries in it

23. A practical, do-it-all roasting pan and rack because it's a kitchen must-have they'll use for years to come. Its aluminum core means even heating and cooking, and the flared design leads to the perfect crispiness.

24. A 3-in-1 burger press if they'd be perfectly happy to never eat another store-bought frozen burger patty again. They can make sliders, as well as regular-size burgers *and* stuffed burgers.

25. A soft-serve maker that'll somehow make the fruits they put in taste even more luscious.

The machine

26. The sauce collection from EssieSpice to add some zing and zest to their kitchen. Think of yourself as the Remy to their Linguine; you're helping them be their best chef selves!

The collection of four jars

27. A handheld milk foamer so they'll enjoy a luxurious latte at home — for free!

28. A fiery larb starter pack from Omsom for a taste of Southeast Asian flavors that isn't pad thai (no shade — pad thai is delicious!). If they like spicy, sweet, salty, and tart, they'll love this.

29. An aesthetically pleasing ratchet mill because it'll look beautiful on their counter *and* help them season their food to perfection. They can adjust the grind thickness to enjoy finely or coarsely ground salt, pepper, and spices.

30. A handy dandy microplane if your friend enjoys a side of pasta with their cheese. This is obviously why you bonded in the first place.

Hand using the microplane to grate a block of cheese on pasta

31. A classic pie bird from Le Creuset that'll prevent soggy bottoms (get your mind out of the gutter). You don't know why the heck this stoneware bird is important, but the baker in your life will appreciate that it'll keep their pie filling from erupting through the crust.

The pie bird sticking out of the middle of a cooked pie

32. A literary cocktail book to help them find a drink inspired by their favorite novel. Friends don't let friends order Fireball shots anymore, OK?

The cover

33. Or a high-tech Instant Pot sous vide so their store-bought ingredients taste like restaurant-quality meals. The best part about the sous vide method is that they can set it in their pot and forget it.

The sous vide immersion circulator in a pot with a bag of meat

34. An egg slicer for livening up their boring salad and making them actually look forward to lunchtime. Reviewers say it's also strong enough to slice soft fruits and foods.

The egg slicer

35. A fermentation kit because sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles are deliciously tangy and objectively better versions (don't @ me) of cabbage and cucumbers. Each kit comes with a vacuum pump to ensure your food won't mold as it ferments, as well as special lids so you won't have to burp your jars.

Three jars holding different foods, including pickles

You after they open their gifts:

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