2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Home Cooks and Food Lovers

November 24, 2021 | |

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Collage with small pictures of gift ideas for home cooks and food lovers.


We’ve got ideas for a variety of fabulous folks: Home Cooks and Food Lovers (below), Home and Style Mavens, Beauty Wellness Enthusiasts, and, of course, Dudes 

We all know that holidays aren’t about the presents, BUT you may also know that giving presents can be the best. Nothing makes me giddier than finding the perfect present for someone I love, especially when it comes to a tough giftee. (Everyone in my family is shockingly difficult to shop for.)

My hope is that these gift guides might help you source a little something special for someone you love. Or yourself! As I love to remind you every year, there is zero shame in forwarding these gift guides to significant others/family members with the subject “Hint, hiiiint.”

Happy gifting, friends! And happy, happy holidays. I think you’re wonderful. 

2021 Gift Ideas for Home Cooks and Food Lovers:

Made In Non Stick Frying Pan 12”. I have tested many, many nonstick pans over the years, and this one is hands down the best non stick pan that I have EVER owned. Honestly, it might be the best pan I’ve ever owned, period. It’s a perfect non stick in that it’s super slippery, durable (mine is pristine after 8 months of obnoxious usage), easy to clean, PFOA-free, and oven safe up to 500° F. Any home cook would benefit from having such a fabulous workhorse in their cookware arsenal! (Code: Serenawolf gets you 15% off.)

Made In Bakeware. Just to be clear, I am a fangirl of all Made In products, but after the non stick, the French porcelain bakeware has my heart. It’s beautifully made, thermal shock proof, and given its good looks, it transitions seamlessly from oven to tabletop. (I regularly use mine as serving dishes!) You can buy a single piece—they have rectangular, square, and oval options—or a set to cover your favorite home cook’s/baker’s bases.

Vinglacé Wine Chiller. For the wine and champagne enthusiasts! This portable bottle insulator keeps your wine/champagne/sparkling water chilly for hours. It comes in a variety of fetching shades and can also be engraved (personalization is fun, no?). If you want to go the extra gifting mile, get the gift set which includes two stemless glasses and/or pick out a great bottle of white, rosé, or bubbles.

Recipe Notebook. A chic notebook is a foolproof choice for anyone who loves to create their own recipes and/or save others. If you want to write a favorite recipe on the first page that would be a cute touch. Or write a personalized note mentioning some of your favorite recipes that the giftee has made for you!

To Asia with Love. Hetty McKinnon has authored some of my favorite plant-forward cookbooks and her latest does not disappoint. This beautiful, wildly creative anthology of modern Asian recipes is sure to delight any cookbook collector!

Dial-a-Drink Cocktail Shaker. Cocktail drinkers will appreciate this sexy shaker that basically acts as a bartending cheat sheet. Simply twist the shaker to align with one of 8 classic cocktail names and then turn the sleeve to reveal the ingredients. Up the gift ante with a bottle of the recipient’s booze of choice OR all of the ingredients for their favorite cocktail.

Fix and Fogg Nut Butters. If you have a nut butter fiend in your life, I consider these the best butters in the biz. (The Everything Butter is a textural masterpiece and has officially ruined all other nut butters for me.) You can build your own box on the Fix and Fogg website, or pick up jars at Whole Foods or Sprouts and wrap them festively! Maybe include a really delicious loaf of bread for the recipient to slather the butters on if you’re feeling generous…

Brightland Olive Oil. You’ve probably seen Brightland’s olive oils all over the interwebs over the past couple of years, and I can confidently say that they live up to the hype. The custom-blended oils are bursting with flavor, and the modern bottles look great on any countertop. I’m particularly fond of the AWAKE blend, but there are also fabulous sets if you want to spoil a special someone.

Knife Flight Cutlery Sharpening Gift Card. Give the gift of super sharp knives! Yes, you can sharpen knives at home with a stone or steel, BUT that does require a bit of skill, and nobody does it quite like the professionals. KnifeFlight offers convenient professional sharpening services via mail! Simply place your order, and they’ll send you a kit via mail in 24 hours that has everything you need to safely mail your knives for sharpening as well as loaner knives to use in the interim. GENIUS.  

DADA “Let Us Entertain You” Board. For the chic cheese and charcuterie lovers! This sexy board is made from a slab of Maplewood set atop three emerald green cork balls and is guaranteed to tickle an enthusiastic host/hostess with the mostess.

Partyclette. Fact: A melted cheese party is the best type of party. This adorable tabletop set allows you to melt cheese in just 40 seconds, which you can then use to sex up everything from bread and meat to nachos. If you’re gifting an entertainer that loves larger soirées, consider gifting two or more partyclettes that they can use for cocktail and dinner parties!

Snake River Farms Meat. Treat a meat freak in your life to some absurdly delicious American Wagyu! It’s difficult to find words that can truly encapsulate the mouthwatering flavor of SRF beef. From filet mignon to brisket and everything in between, SRF meats are SUBLIME and will definitely thrill any and all recipients. (They will have some very high quality meat sweats in their future…)

The Dude Diet and The Dude Diet Dinnertime. I’d be a bad business lady if I did not include my cookbooks in this gift guide, but I also firmly believe that either of these books would be a great addition to any cookbook shelf. Not just for dudes, the healthy, flavor-packed, and comforting recipes in these books are my very best and appeal to men, women, and children alike! Plus, they’ll (hopefully) provide a few laughs. The original Dude Diet contains more information on setting up your kitchen/pantry as well as breakfast, cocktails, snacks and dessert, and Dinnertime focuses on (surprise, surprise) delicious dinner recipes. If you’d like signed copies of the books, you can order them via The Giftwell!

Serena’s Cooking Club Subscription. Give the gift of culinary confidence! Almost every week, people all over the country join me (via Zoom) to whip up a fabulous cocktail and meal in the comfort of their own homes. Classes are interactive, accessible and helpful to home cooks of all levels, and most importantly, FUN. Cooking Club subscribers have access to all live classes each month as well as an On Demand video library of all past classes! You can purchase a subscription for a single month, or treat someone you love to 3, 6, or 12 months.

For more gifting inspiration, check out the Gift Guides for Home Cooks and Food Lovers from 2020201920182017201620152014, and 2013. You may also find some ideas in my Wedding Registry Guide and in my “Kitchen Essentials” highlight on Instagram.

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