The 20 Best Gifts to Give Your Food-Loving Grads

Make sure their kitchen is stocked!

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April 29, 2021
By: Allison Russo
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Graduation season is (almost) here! In addition to drive-through graduation celebrations and commencement speeches, celebrate your foodie grad with a delicious gift. Whether you're celebrating your own child, a grandchild, niece or nephew, give them something they'll savor ... or something useful for their first post-grad apartment.

If your grad loves dining out, give them a DIY dinner from one of New York's most-loved sushi restaurants. This kit has everything you need to make four-to-five rolls with hand-selected fresh fish along with a bamboo sushi mat and all the fixings (wasabi, spicy mayo, soy sauce and pickled ginger).

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For a gift that doesn't require getting your hands dirty, check out these cheese tasting boxes from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT. Choose from a variety of boxes that include assorted cheeses, jams, nuts, crackers, pickles and more.

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If the new graduate in your life has a sweet tooth, go for something chocolatey (and festive) like a dozen dipped strawberries. They will get an assortment of 12 fresh berries dipped in milk chocolate then decorated with '2021' in white chocolate.

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We love the idea of a housewarming and graduation gift combo — and this one is pretty sweet. The 'Let's Toast' candle by Homesick has a citrus scent that anyone will love, and the champagne-infused gummy bears from Sugarfina are sure to be a hit.

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Give the ultimate gift to your ice cream-loving grad with Jeni's Pint Club. Each month, they'll receive a curated selection of four flavors of ice creams, sorbets and frozen yogurts (often, before they hit stores!).

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High-quality olive oil is a necessity for any aspiring home cook, and Brightland's beautiful bottles double as chic countertop decor. Plus, the glass bottles are UV-powder coated to protect the EVOO from damaging light, meaning it stays fresher, longer.

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Upgrade your grad from a manual corkscrew to an electric one, like this model from Rabbit. A built-in foil cutter adds convenience, and this corkscrew can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge.

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It's time to say goodbye to dorm room coffee, so give your grad's caffeine habit a serious boost with an espresso machine. We love this one from Nespresso because it can brew regular coffee or a shot of espresso at just one touch.

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A Le Creuset oven is a kitchen workhorse and an iconic addition to any cookware collection, especially one in a small apartment. We love this 3 1/2-quart size for browning smaller cuts of meats, whipping up heartier side dishes or meal prepping for the week ahead. And right now, it's more than $100 off.

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The Always Pan is another kitchen must-have. It works as a frying pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula and spoon rest. Plus, it's in stock in seven colors right now (new shades sell out quickly!) and is on sale. Snag an Always Pan for just $115 with code 'GOODTASTE30.'

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If you want to gift your grad a full set of cookware, go for a nonstick option for easy care and cleanup. This set comes with two covered saucepans, a covered sauté pan, covered stockpot and two skillets ... so it has everything they need to hone their cooking skills at home.

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This budget-friendly skillet is a must-have in any home kitchen, and it's currently on Rollback at Walmart for less than $30. Pair it with a grocery store gift card or food-forward care package to create a perfect graduation gift.

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Give your grad one of the hottest kitchen electrics right now in a size that's perfect for solo, small-space cooking. The Instant Pot Duo Mini does everything it's larger counterparts do (pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sauté and more) and takes up a fraction of the space.

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Available in a rainbow of colors, this versatile hand mixer makes a great less-than-$50 housewarming gift. From shredding chicken for buffalo chicken dip to mixing batter for birthday cake, your grad will be happy to have a hand mixer in their cookware arsenal.

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If your grad loves to bake, take their patisserie game to the next level with a complete bakeware set — we love this nonstick option for (nearly) mess-free baking. Complete with a large cookie sheet, baking sheet, two round cake pans, rectangular cake and brownie pans, a loaf pan, muffin tin, cooling rack and fitted lid, this set truly has everything they need. Plus, each piece is dishwasher-safe and backed by Calphalon's lifetime warranty.

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Don't take up too much of your graduate's countertop space with multiple appliances. Instead, give them a multitasker like this 3-in-1 gadget from Cuisinart that works as a blender, juicer and food processor.

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Chances are your grad's new apartment won't have much outdoor space, so give them a grill they can use indoors. Whether they're grilling burgers or pressing a panini, the Ninja Foodi Smart Grill is great for indoor barbecues and healthy cooking. They can also use the included crisper basket to air fry their favorite side dishes!

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Anyone who loves to cook needs a set of good knives, and we love Henckels' self-sharpening knife block sets for low-maintenance cooks (like your grad). Complete with a paring knife, serrated utility knife, prep knife, hollow edge Santoku knife, chef's knife, kitchen shears and self-sharpening knife block, this set has everything they need to sharpen their home cooking skills.

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