If you’re looking for Valentines Day gifts for foodies, look no further. The Ideal Home team has carefully edited our list of the top 20 gifts this Valentines Day, for the foodie in your life.
Whether you’re in a rut and don’t know what to get for a romantic gesture, or you want to find the very best box of chocolates for a sweet-toothed partner, our gift for foodies guide will bring you top picks that have been tried by our team of in-house foodies.
Food lovers will cherish lavish appliances such as stand mixers, but they can cost as much as £300, so it’s definitely not a gift to take lightly. For a few of our top picks of the best Valentines Day gifts for foodies, we’ve reviewed them hands-on and included them in our expert buying guides.
As for cheaper foodie gifts, you can still pick up something that will make the food-lover in your life’s day. We’ve tried outstanding hot sauces, indulgent chocolates, and unbeatable hampers that will get someone’s Valentines Day off to a great start. Find our top 20 gifts for foodies below.
Kitchen gadgets for foodies
Any foodie will be sure to recognise the Always Pan from Instagram, and this versatile and stylish frying pan has amassed a cult following since its launch in the UK this year. It comes in a range of delightful colours, from a bright and vibrant red to the newest colour, a muted blue called Blanch. The quality of the non-stick is outstanding, and it’s so pretty they’ll never want to put it in the cupboard.
It wouldn’t be a foodie gift guide without mentioning the iconic KitchenAid Artisan. One of the best stand mixers on the market, it’s available in a range of colours, including this limited edition light and shadow combo exclusively at the KitchenAid side. This is the ultimate gift for serious home cooks and those who fancy themselves worthy of a spot in next year’s Bakeoff tent.
Le Creuset Cast Iron Round Casserole Hearts with Light Gold Knob
Released as a Valentine’s Day special, the Hearts Collection has everything from casseroles to romantic mugs. While they’ll make a brilliant Valentine’s Day gift to anyone who loves to cook, we don’t think this one will ever go out of style, and it’s guaranteed to get plenty of use for years to come.
Smeg Hand Mixer
Elevating your brunch game just got easier thanks to the Smeg Hand Mixer. It’s delightfully simple to use and a really stunning piece of kit that’s easy to clean, too. Use it to make perfectly fluffy pancakes for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day brunch.
Ooni Karu 12 Pizza Oven
The Ooni Karu 12 is a mid-price pizza oven from the sell-out brand that becomes impossible to get hold of each and every summer. That’s why it makes the perfect Christmas present for foodies, because while you won’t be able to break it out on Boxing Day, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to use in even early spring. This wood-fired pizza oven is currently our top picks of the best pizza ovens, and if your foodie friend fancies themselves a bit of a pizzaiolo, there is no better gift.
Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser
‘Tis the season for a hot glass of cocoa, and Hotel Chocolat’s Velvetiser is perfect for making luxurious drinks all year long. A far cry from powdered chocolate, you can use shavings of authentic quality chocolate in the Velvetiser. Simply add a milk of your choice. Choose between copper, white, and charcoal colours for a range of kitchen designs, you can also use it as one of the best milk frothers.
Staub La Cocotte 20cm Heart Cast Iron, Cherry
The Staub La Cocotte 20cm Heart Cast Iron in Cherry is perfect for making a gesture. Cook up a romantic dish and serve it in the same enamelled cast iron. It’s adorable, but the Staub La Cocotte 20cm Heart Cast Iron’s cherry red design will always look striking in your kitchen.
Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)
Adding a new kitchen helper to your counters is the perfect way to show you care. The Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) has a screen that pivots with you to show recipes or video calls in real time, and the speaker is perfect for playing the cheesiest tunes all through the house.
Edible gifts for foodies
Lola’s Cupcakes Cupid’s Postal Cupcakes Delivery
Lola’s postal box of eight delicious cupcakes comes with an assortment of vanilla and chocolate cakes topped with beautiful, Valentine’s-themed icing and garnishes. They’re guaranteed to make your date’s day, and if they can bring themselves to share, you’ll be glad you made the gesture.
Mermaid Pink Gin
Hand-crafted at a distillery in the Isle of Wight, Mermaid Pink Gin is infused with fresh strawberry and has no added sugar, unlike a lot of the pink gins on the market. The bottle is a showstopper too, so long after you’ve finished your gin, you’ll want to hang onto the packaging.
TRUFF White Truffle Hot Sauce
Made of black truffle and red chilli sauce, the TRUFF Black Truffle Hot Sauce is a game-changer. Truffle is a well-known aphrodisiac, and it’s totally delicious. Put it on chips, in a burger, on your eggs in the morning, or just use it as a moreish dip.
Mijenta Tequila Blanco
Made of smooth, pure agave, Mijenta Tequila Blanco is traditionally made with the highest quality ingredients. It tastes phenomenal, with fresh notes of melon and honey, and while it works a treat in a cocktail, we think it’s also delicious neat. The glass bottle is sturdy and wrapped in perfectly pink Valentines-worthy paper.
Lily O’Brien’s The Exquisite Edition
Valentine’s Day is incomplete without a box of chocolate. The Lily O’Brien’s The Exquisite Edition features Raspberry & Sicilian Lemon, Ginger & Lemon Confit, Grand Cru Ganache, and more. We also think it’s brilliant value.
Kocktail The Valentines Collection
Bringing bespoke and interesting drinks to your door (or more specifically, your letterbox) is Kocktail’s drink subscription. You can buy one-offs as gifts, and we think this Valentines Collection is the perfect tipple for a romantic evening drink. The four flavours include Rose Petal Martini, Chocolate & Mint Espresso Martini, Peach & Hibiscus Fizz, and a Rhubarb & Cucumber Spritz. A brilliant boozy gesture for those who take cocktails seriously.
Champagne and Praline Hearts Gift Box
Perfect for the foodie who you won’t be seeing this Valentine’s Day. This Cartwright and Butler Champagne and Chocolate gift hamper comes with a ‘With Love’ sleeve and lovingly wrapped in a reusable gift box.
Montezuma’s Grand Chocolate Truffles
This neat box of chocolates is packed with an assortment of delicious treats. The Montezuma’s Grand Chocolate Truffles box includes White Chocolate & Raspberry, Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Praline. Buy from Moonpig to pair with a heartfelt card, all in the same order.
Foodie gifts for home chefs
Robert Welch Signature Cookbook/Tablet Stand
Every foodie will recognise the iconic Robert Welch logo as soon as they open the box, and the Robert Welch Signature Cookbook/Tablet Stand is a perfect choice for those who love to cook and have an ever-growing pile of cookbooks in the kitchen. It slots together effortlessly and is sturdy enough to support even the heftiest books. For under £40, we also think it’s a deceptively affordable gift from a brand that’s known for quality.
Samuel Groves Cast Iron Double Handle Skillet
Sometimes the best gift is something they’d use every single day, making it worth a real investment. Samuel Groves is made in the UK and used by chefs such as Tom Kerridge. The quality is outstanding, and this cast iron skillet is certainly display-worthy. We love taking it from stovetop to the oven, perfect for charring.
Tala Mixing Bowl
Many baking lovers will already have a Tala mixing bowl in their kitchen, but if they don’t, it’s an essential that’s guaranteed to get years of use. Newly available in fun pastel colours, and with an iconic patterned exterior that’s recognisable across celebrity chef kitchens.
BBQ lovers and picky carnivores will enjoy the smart, app-compatible Meater thermometer. It can be used to monitor the internal temperature of any meat as it cooks, so whether they like their steak cooked to a very specific medium-rare, or they enjoy making elaborate feasts on the best BBQ, this gadget is guaranteed to get used all year round.
Tastesmiths Personalised Fresh Curry Kit Gift Box
With recipe cards for easy cooking and all the spice blends and fresh spices you need to make the perfect curry, the Tastesmiths box offers everything you need to make six curries and will keep you going into the new year. Perfect for leftovers! Our favourite was the goan fish curry, which was perfectly balanced.
Cookbook and Ingredients Set from Sous Chef
Sous Chef is the home of restaurant-quality ingredients for serious foodies. They sell everything from high-quality flour to cookware, but their top gift for the season is their selection of cookbook sets. We tried out the Nigella Cook, Eat, Repeat set, which included the cookbook, a drawstring bag, and a range of high-quality ingredients that feature in the cookbook itself. This makes it really easy to get stuck into the recipes, and whether you opt for the Pizza Pilgrims set or Ottolenghi’s new Test Kitchen option, there’s bound to be a cookbook set your loved one doesn’t already have.
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