31 Best Gifts for the Man Who Loves Food

Your guide to shopping for the guy who's impossible to buy for!

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October 25, 2022

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Another year, another holiday season of struggling to find the perfect gifts for the men in your life. But the age-old slogan is true: The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So we’ve gathered 30 of the best food and drink-related presents, as well as cooking tools and appliances, that will keep any special guy in your life happy and satiated. From stocking stuffers to more significant kitchen investments, check out our top culinary picks of 2022.

Slice, dice, chop, and mince your way to uniformly-cut ingredient bliss with this award-winning knife made by a fifth generation bladesmith in France. Crafted from a single rod of stainless steel that extends from tip to handle, Made-In’s chef knife will last for literal decades if well-maintained. Plus, it’s a top performer from our chef’s knife test.

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For the guy who wants to take his cocktail-making skills on the go, consider this well-stocked and handsome backpack that can hold three large bottles and every bar tool one can imagine. There is even an acacia cutting board to slice citrus fruits because no fancy drink is complete without a pretty garnish.

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Featuring a whopping 14 barbecue sauce options, this well-priced assortment has a pick for every palate. Clever flavor mash-ups include Apple Whiskey, Tequila Pineapple, and Sriracha BBQ, with every jar boasting a vegan, nut-free, and dairy-free recipe to accommodate all diets.

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If you prefer your burgers Juicy Lucy-style and stuffed with melted cheese, this press is a grilling-time must. It also comes with a recipe eBook for a bit of creative inspiration, since thinking is probably the last thing any gentleman wants to do after a long day of work.

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A seafood summer doesn’t have to end with this Sizzlefish box subscription that offers a wide variety of fresh-caught options like Chilean sea bass, Alaska king crab legs, and calamari. You can even order custom cuts, filets, and seafood tailored around all of his oceanic favorites.

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Avocado isn’t just a cult-favorite food, it’s a lifestyle. Honor the beloved green fruit with a snazzy tie and your guy will be the talk of the office (and in the best way possible).

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Yay for IPA! And a double-yay for saving money on pints at your favorite local bar with this at-home IPA beer making kit. It’s certainly less loud and space-consuming than a build-your-own train set, so it’s a win for everyone.

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A stiff, smoky drink sets the mood for a cozy night in, and this easy-to-use cocktail smoker can transform any boozy beverage from basic to baller. Soon enough, he’ll be calling himself “Master Mixologist.”

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You’ll be bacon him crazy with this bacon jerky gift box that takes everything he loves about the breakfast staple, dehydrates it, and turns it into a high-protein snack to eat throughout the day. All that’s missing is a glass of orange juice and a sunny disposition.

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Any whiskey lover will be kissing the ground you walk on if gifted with this set that includes stones, ice cube molds, and glasses. Toss in some homemade Bourbon cherries and you’ll deserve nothing less than a stellar cocktail made with his new gear.

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Grilling kabobs are essential for any self-proclaimed grill master to ensure that ingredients aren’t just cooked evenly, but free of the skewers you use once and throw away. Simply stab and stack your favorite proteins and veggies within the compartment, close it, and light that fire for a craveworthy char.

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If you’re struggling to come up with something clever to gift around the holidays, rely on a good ol’ Harry and David gift box to keep anyone on your Nice List content. This particular basket features a little bit of everything: popcorn, sausage, cheese, nuts, and, most importantly, a bottle of red wine. Cheers!

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The Omsom Bundle makes a perfect gift for any amateur chef who enjoys cooking, but may need a bit of assistance. This best-selling kit contains six “damn delicious” flavors that combine all the sauces, aromatics, and seasonings you need in one simple packet. Simply rip one open, pour it over a protein and vegetable, and fire up the skillet for a meal that tastes like it came straight from your favorite Asian restaurant.

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Air fryers have gone from a kitchen luxury to a must-have appliance. And this air fryer-toaster hybrid from Breville is one of the best on the market with air fry, bake, broil, roast, reheat, warm, toast, dehydrate, and slow cook options. It can even cook a 12-inch pizza in practically no time at all. Mangia!

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The man in your life may not be a professional chef, but he can certainly dress the part with this leather-clad apron lined with pockets, clips, and canisters to hold and organize any cooking or grilling tool. It can even keep his beer in place as he takes swigs in between flipping burgers…multitasking at its finest.

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Let’s face it: It can be fun to play with fire in the kitchen and this Rosle kitchen torch satisfies that desire with an adjustable flame for desserts, cocktail toppers like rosemary sprigs, and steaks. It’s also 100% stainless steel and can easily be hand-washed.

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For the guy on the go who forgets to sip his morning cup of joe, Ember’s got him covered with a temperature control smart mug that will keep liquids consistently hot (even if he has to take it with him to the office). The metallic design is also quite snazzy for the well-dressed man who enjoys the flashier things in life.

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Nothing beats the smoke of charred meat on the grill, but these smoke-infused salts are a close second and a great way to enhance any piece of chicken, beef, pork, or fish before it’s fired up. You can also add them to salads, sauces, and spreads for a bit of flavor complexity that elevates any ingredient from drab to fab.

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Perhaps one of the most seemingly difficult delicacies to make is a Chinese soup dumpling…until now. This easy-to-follow kit provides everything you need to cook the Asian delicacy, which offers the best of both worlds: delicate, doughy carbs and piping hot soup.

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If your guy enjoys being host with the most, consider these uber-stylish and masculine-looking petrified wood serving boards that will sit pretty under any chip or dip he plans to serve his guests. They also double as wonderful decor trays to rest jewelry, headphones, a cell phone, or a wallet.

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Seasonal lobster rolls can become year-round indulgences, thanks to Goldbelly’s partnership with Beal’s. The box includes a whopping one pound of fresh lobster meat, brioche buns, homemade butter, mayonnaise, and two small bags of potato chips, as well as the inevitable “oohs” and “aahs” after he takes his first bite.

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It’s not just Beyoncé who carries hot sauce in her bag. It’s your brother, boyfriend, husband, or anyone deserving of this super fun kit that allows you to create and bottle your own favorite spicy brew for on-the-go flavor.

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We love a play on words almost as much as these subscription Mantry boxes that contain curated snack and bev options for the foodie in your life. If your favorite guy loves to explore artisanal brands from all over the country, this is the gift for him.

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There is no reason to order lackluster pizza delivery when you own an Emile Henry pizza stone. This simple tool guarantees crunchy, crispy pizza every time so you can spend less time with your friends Little Caesar, Hungry Howie, and Papa John.

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In a world of countless condiments, only a handful reign supreme. Lusty Monk’s line of seriously spicy mustards brings the heat, and the flavor complexities with an apple cider vinegar-based concoction that pairs effortlessly with practically anything. Spread it on a sandwich, marinate chicken, or use it as a dip for pretzels. There’s no wrong way to eat Lusty Monk mustard.

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There is something about sipping out of a mason jar that enhances the act of imbibing and skull-shaped mason jars with lids and straws take this experience to another level. Any lucky guy will appreciate this fun set that retails for less than $20.

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Sure, it’s not as exciting as a tacklebox, but a lunchbox is a necessity for any dude who has to pack a meal each day. This model’s timeless, durable, and insulated design (with multiple pockets) will keep food fresh for hours so that lousy tuna fish sandwich won’t become a lousy tuna fish sandwich that’s also warm and smelly.

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It’s easy being green. If he’s a fan of DIY-anything, at least encourage him to take on a project that will benefit everyone in the household. A hydroponics device to grow fresh herbs makes a fantastic addition to any kitchen so that you can top and finish your favorite dishes like pasta and pizza with basil, parsley, oregano, and thyme.

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The multi-purpose Our Place Always pan (available in a wide array of eye-popping colors) lives up to its name by “always” delivering A-plus results in sautéing, steaming, frying, boiling, braising, and even straining. Frankly, who doesn’t prefer a cooking instrument that literally does it all? Nobody, that’s who.

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You’re going to need some fancy coasters to rest all of those homemade cocktails on. These Jonathan Adler gems are inspired by Italian patterns from the 1960s, but make a wonderful accent to any modern home.

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Know someone who is looking to spice up their cooking? This gift set, which includes sauces and spices straight from the Music City, is a great gift option. Nashville-based ACME Feed & Seed sells their own line of products, and this fan-favorite set includes Black Gold Chipotle Ketchup, Peace & Plenty sauce, South of Somewhere hot sauce, and Southern Seasoned Salt.

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