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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., Amazon

Promising review: "This za'atar is the best quality I have found. I've also found that the balance of sumac and thyme to be just right. This instantly spices up my boring meal prep food and I put it on my chicken, meats, salads, yogurt, or just in olive oil — basically it makes everything taste so much better. I highly recommend it!" —TC

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

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.

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My colleague swears by this simple mixture of sea salt, onion, and garlic. Check out her Everything But The Bagel Seasoning review for more deets.

Promising review: "Wow! Buy this. Just stop reading reviews and buy it now. Makes any dish better. I bought this over a week ago and have since used it on avocado toast, roasted veggies, crisped chickpeas, potato soup, grilled fish...just about everything!!! So delicious and no chemicals — just pure seasoning. Six stars!" —agora1031

Get it from Amazon for $7.12.

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.

Trader Joe's

Promising review: "You have to try this if you’re a fan of Mexican street corn. Oh dear god it is everything. I have tried it on scrambled eggs, sautéed vegetables and deviled eggs. Yum. The smoky buttery cheesy flavor is amazing." —ALEspo

Get it from Amazon for $3.90.

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.


Promising review: "This tastes good on everything! Obsessed! Putting this on warm biscuits has been my favorite so far! It makes everything better! I also put some in my coffee, which was amazing. High quality packaging and nice presentation as well." —Chicken Shack

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

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

There's also a white truffle version as well as a hotter version of the classic black truffle hot sauce. Check out my colleague's Truff hot sauce review for more mouthwatering inspiration.

Promising review: "Purchased this because it was on Oprah’s favorite things. This is what you get if truffle and Sriracha had a baby but 10x better. I highly recommend because it helps my boring food taste better." —Linzy nguyen

Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

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

Promising review: "I wouldn't consider myself a 'wine connoisseur' by any means, but I typically have a bottle or so float through my house each week. This wine corker takes the hassle out of pulling the original cork out, it is easy to clean, makes the wine taste better, and hello it's cheap! Would make a GREAT cheap gift for a wine drinker. At the moment, I only have the one, but I'm planning to grab a few more to keep on hand." —JasonKim Lebeda

Get it from Amazon for $7.19.

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

Promising review: "Use often. Works well. Love that I can quickly chop up vegetables to same size so they cook more evenly. Especially love if I’m doing a lot of onions for food prep. Note: does not work on tomatoes for those wondering. I give a quick rinse with hot water to clean up and air dry." —lte

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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

Promising review: "My wife and I love this! It's big enough to do both our sandwiches at the same time or two quesadillas if it's a tortilla folded in half. It heats up quickly and cleans up easily. The food we make using this tastes so much better than if you use a pan, and it's done so much faster. Overall it's just great! I would recommend this to family and friends. We use it several times a week on average and it has performed perfectly. When we're done it tucks away neatly." —Dominic B

Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two colors).

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

This do-it-all kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer.

Promising review: "Love love love my Instant Pot! I've had it for about four weeks and I use it about four to five times a week. I look online for different recipes and ideas how to use it. A lot of people say that it seems very overwhelming, but it's not bad at all. Just read the manual, look up recipes and ideas online, and try something simple like beans or rice for your first try. You'll get use to how it works. It's an awesome toy! I've made beans, rice, soups, roasts, whole chickens, cheese cakes, chili, homemade mac 'n' cheese, bone broth, etc. Everything tastes so much better in the Instant Pot!" —honeybee08

Get it from Amazon for $79 for the six-quart Instant Pot (originally $99.95; also available in three sizes and three styles).

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.

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Read my colleague's in-depth review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers to see why she loves them.

Promising review: "When my wife found these at Walmart at a higher price, she was even more impressed. Veggies last longer and therefore taste better." —Lyle D. Reiss

Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $26.99.

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

It also comes with six seed pods: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint. My colleague's AeroGarden review goes into more detail so check it out!

Promising review: "Love how easy it is to take care of! Fresh herbs make everything taste better!!" —Nancy Scott

Get it from Amazon for $99.43+ (available in three colors).

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!


Promising review: "Fresh garlic tastes so much better than powdered garlic and is so much healthier for you. Garlic press works great. It has a high-quality design and is easy to clean up." —Truebeliever

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

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.

spicetribe / Via, Spice Tribe

My colleague Heather Braga loves these. Here's what she has to say:

"My husband and I have been cooking at home now more than ever, so we figured it was time to branch out a bit and try out some new ways to improve our meals. We recently picked up a set of spices from Spice Tribe, a company that works directly with small farms around the world to procure their spices. The flavors are *unreal* and their website offers a ton of recipes designed to go with each spice!"

Get a starter set from Spice Tribe for $24.99.

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

Promising review: "What I learned about wine chillers: Some are electric and noisy, not good for us. Then there are the ones that you have to add water and ice, not what I want to get into to have a glass of wine. Now this little gem hit the sweet spot for us. All you do is place the ice pack in your freezer until you need it. When it is time to have a glass of wine you unscrew the bottom of the chiller, place the frozen ice pack inside, screw on the bottom and you're ready to chill the bottle. Easy as 1-2-3." —Honest Reviewer

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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

Promising review: "I tried it at my mom's house and had to buy one. I love it! I didn't know that steamed eggs taste better than the typical boiled eggs. They're soft and fluffy by being steamed." —Jack Frost

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

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

Promising review: "This is the best condiment ever — and by best condiment I mean the type of condiment you just eat out of the jar with a spoon. Perfectly spicy, crunchy, slightly salty, garlicky (thank you for NOT backing off on the garlic). I put it on everything, my favorite being eggs on toast in the morning. It is a new necessity for my kitchen. 10 out of 10 stars!!!" —Linda D.

Get it from Momofuku for $10.

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

Get it from LEVO for $249.99 (available in five colors).

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!

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Check out my colleague's Instant Pot Air Fryer review and I can basically guarantee you'll want one before you even finish the article.

Promising review: "After listening to dozens of clients and friends talk about their air fryers, I decided it was time to bite the bullet so to speak. Consumer Reports' rave reviews led me to the Instant Vortex Plus. I LOVE LOVE LOVE ❤️ IT! Everything seems to taste better cooked in an air fryer. Even salmon is more moist and flavorful. Plus food cooks more quickly than traditional oven or fryer methods. The Vortex is large capacity so it’s easy to cook two or more types of food at the same time. Do won’t regret it!" —Rosanne Heideman

Get it from Amazon for $89+ (available in two styles).

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

Promising review: "I can't believe I have lived this long without a food processor! This makes cooking so much easier. I love grating cheese fresh, I think it tastes better and I like knowing it doesn't have the added cellulose. This shreds a cheese block in seconds. I used to use a hand grater. I use this to shred chicken, dice veggies, make many uses. Cleanup is a breeze too: I throw all the top attachments on the top rack in dishwasher." —Missy K

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

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

Promising review: "This thing really works great. Takes only seconds to tenderize any kind of meat. I've used on pork, beef, and chicken and the results are these meats cook and taste so much better after being tenderized with this. Many people ask about dishwasher-safe. I have used it for a while and always put it in the dishwasher and it's fine. It's plastic and stainless steel so I don't think the dishwasher can hurt it." —5280

Get it from Amazon for $19.89+ (available in four colors).

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
Wanda's Cooking

Wanda's Cooking is a Black-owned business helmed by chef Wanda Blake.

Get it from Wanda's Cooking for $10 (also available in three other styles).

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

Promising review: "Easy, stylish, and makes water taste better!" —LRP

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (also available in multipacks).

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.


Get it from Food52 for $149.

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.


Promising review: "Really well-made product. It is sturdy and works great, I foresee this lasting for quite some time. It is very easy to use and can make stuffed burgers as well as regular burgers. I also bought the paper sheets recommended because then I can buy ground beef on sale and shape and freeze my own hamburger patties. It saves quite a bit of money to do it this way as opposed to buying already made ground beef patties, not to mention the taste is sooooo much better!" —deborah

Get it from Amazon for $9.34.

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

The machine

All the parts are dishwasher safe, too!

Promising review: "I give this item 5 stars. It is everything I thought it would be and more. It performed just like it was advertised and better yet, the fruit that you put in tastes better when it comes out in your bowl or cup. I recommend this to everyone as a good purchase. Also, it cleans very easily." —Trusting

Get it from Amazon for $44.94+ (available in three styles).

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

EssieSpice is a Black-owned spice biz started by Essie Bartels and inspired by watching her mother cook when Essie was a little girl in Ghana.

Get the set from EssieSpice for $42 (or buy the jars individually for $10/each).

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


Promising review: "I bought this to whip my milk and creamer for my coffee and I LOVE IT! Oddly my coffee tastes BETTER! And I used it for whisking eggs and other small things and it works like a charm! I might buy another to keep by the stovetop. Great price!" —Dea

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in five colors).

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.


Promising review: "Great larb at home! The kit was super easy and yummy!!! Really authentic! I like it it kind of spicy so I added a little Thai roasted chili paste! Will order these again!!!" —DEIRDRE E.

Get a three-pack from Omsom for $12.

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.

Sur La Table

Now they can feel fancy and start off every meal by saying "can I top you off with some freshly ground black pepper?" even if it's to themselves.

Promising review: "I don't submit reviews very often but this ratchet mill, which we have for salt AND pepper is amazing! It is so much easier than twisting a handle and delivers a nice even shower of flavor. The only problem is over seasoning because you will have so much using them!" —Karen S.

Get it from Sur La Table for $19.95 (available in four colors).

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

Promising review: "This new grater technology has changed the way I grate. Ginger, lemons, limes, oranges, Parmesan, and more taste better with a microplane. No more cheap graters in this household!" —Jake Volkman

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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

This pie bird is safe for the freezer, microwave, oven, broiler, and dishwasher!

Promising review: "Amazing what difference this bird can make to your pie! I definitely made the best apple pie I've ever made with this little device. For the first time ever, my pie did not spill out juices onto the pan below or into the stove, and the crust was flaky and crisper than it has ever been. I really cannot speak highly enough of how well this pie bird worked. If you make pies, you need one of these!" —Happylakedreamer

Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in five colors).

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

Promising review: "Clever cocktails that are equally as delicious. I've mixed about half of them since buying this and have yet to be disappointed. The materials are good quality, and the cover design is aesthetically pleasing. I leave it visible when company comes because it has been such an effective conversation starter." —Emily Jones

Get it from Amazon for $7.39, Bookshop for $13.80 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

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

Promising review: "I was not sure we would like this but it has been great. First the quality is great, second it has spot-on temperature control, and third it is the only way to make top quality foods with lower budget cuts of meat. We've made moist great-tasting chicken and roast beef lunch meat better than at the deli and for about a third of the cost. There is a learning curve for cooking times and temps but with a little perseverance you will be eating the best-tasting with no added chemicals food you could ever want." —steve's view

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

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

Promising review: "This thing make eggs pretty and pretty eggs taste better. I bought this to cut eggs for Cobb salads and it works perfectly." —EOLUSH

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

Glass jars are *not* included in this kit, so we recommend you pick up a pack on Amazon, like this four-pack for $16.99.

Promising review: "Made a few batches of kraut in mason jars without these 'easy fermenter' lids, but it was hard to protect against mold/bacteria. Tried these lids and wife and I have been cranking out a nonstop supply of delicious homemade kraut that is even better tasting than the expensive store-bought kind. The primary advantage to this system is obviously the pump, which allows a bigger batch of kraut to stay anaerobic during the consumption phase. An unexpected benefit was the purchase allowed you to join an online community of kraut fans for very helpful pointers and recipes." —jason jones

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in three styles).

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