Food gifts ideas for whoever you’re buying for this year

Well, it’s almost that time of year again, when we all search high and low for the perfect gifts that will bring a smile to the faces of our loved ones. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled a list of all our favourite food gifts for the special person in your life. 

So whether you’re specifically looking for food gifts, or just on the hunt for gift inspiration, we’ve got you covered this gift-giving season. Here at Cookaway, we believe that food is the way to people’s hearts – so with ideas for food gifts for men, women, couples and more, keep reading to discover some delicious gifts. 

Food Gifts For Men Who Love To Cook

Struggling to think of the perfect gift for the man in your life? You can never go wrong with a food gift – so whether you’re looking for a gift for your dad, or a partner, here are a few food gifts for men that will be sure to whet his appetite!

For the man who always takes charge of the BBQ, why not invest in some heat-resistant BBQ gloves or a good quality apron, to help keep him safe (and stylish) behind the grill. For those who prefer to do their cooking indoors, our chefs recommend a square grill pan – bringing the same grilled taste to your food without having to light up the BBQ. Perfect for sizzling his steaks on. 

Cheese-making kits make a great weekend project for men who love cheese, or put their taste buds to the ultimate test with a set of spicy hot sauces! For an equally flavoursome affair, our very own Cookaway kits are a great way to treat the man in your life to a culinary adventure. With everything they need to prepare your own gourmet meal at home. Feed his passion, and his stomach with delicious recipes that will be sure to keep him satisfied. 

The Perfect Food Gifts For Her

Gifting a food experience is a great way to treat the women in your life – mothers, sisters and spouses alike. Whether she has a sweet tooth or more of a savoury palette – here are a few food gifts for her that will be sure to impress the special woman in your life. 

For the hostess with the mostess, a set of beautiful plates, glasses or tableware can make great presents for the woman who likes to entertain. Give her a gift that is sure to make an impression at her next dinner party, and that shows your appreciation.

Alternatively, show her how well you know her with a hamper full of all her favourite things – from wine and cheese, to fancy chocolates – these always go down a treat and are great for sharing among friends for a cosy girls’ night in. Or for something even more luxurious, wine and dine her with a Cookaway kit, bringing restaurant-quality meals to her own kitchen. Win extra brownie points by choosing a recipe from one of her favourite cuisines, or a notable destination that she’s been to, to show just how much thought has gone into your gift.

Thoughtful Food Gifts For New Parents

It goes without saying that new parents already have quite a lot on their plate, adjusting to life with a new baby can be exhausting, so help them carve out some time for themselves with a delicious food gift. 

New parents often have all the practical stuff already, so why not spoil them with some sweet treats. Indulging in a box of their favourite chocolates might just prove to be the energy boost they need. Similarly, a coffee sampler pack can also do wonders to help with sleepless nights. Healthy snack bundles, like nuts, fruit, herbal teas, and dark chocolate can be a great way for new parents to switch off once the baby is asleep. 

Special activities that they can do from home, without needing to leave the little one, also make great gift ideas for new parents – such as an afternoon tea box, or even baking something themselves. With pre-portioned, top-of-the-range ingredients, delivered straight to their door – a Cookaway Gift Bundle can take all the hassle out of cooking, allowing them to tuck into a delectable meal in the comfort of their own home. No babysitters needed. 

The Ultimate Food Gifts For Aspiring Chefs 

We’ve picked the brains of our own pro chefs here at Cookaway, to help put together a few perfect food gifts for aspiring chefs. Whether they’re just starting out, or are already quite the expert, feed their passion with these ideas for food gifts. 

Sharp knives are an essential for any kitchen – though perhaps something they may not splurge on themselves. Most if not all recipes require cutting and chopping, so a good set of knives should be a staple in any aspiring chef’s kitchen. 

Similarly, our chefs recommend a nice pan – good quality pans are made to last a lifetime, meaning this gift will be enjoyed for years to come. For beginners, a cast iron skillet, a stainless steel skillet and a non-stick frying pan will form the basis of most meals. For a more budget-friendly gift, measuring tools like a measuring cup set always come in handy in the kitchen. 

Cookaway meal kits, and even our virtual cooking classes, can also be great gift ideas for aspiring chefs – with step-by-step instructions, our recipes are curated by pro chefs, and jam-packed with useful hints and tips to help guide them along their cooking journey. 

Unusual Gifts For Food Lovers

Looking for an unusual gift for the foodie in your life, well you’ve come to the right place. As food enthusiasts ourselves, we have plenty of great ideas for gifts for food lovers. 

Indoor herb garden kits make good gifts for lovers of flavour – allowing them to grow their own herbs year-round. Many also have a compact design which means they don’t take up much room if space is limited. 

For your friend who fancies themselves quite the wine connoisseur, a wine subscription could be a great way to complement their interest. Similarly, gift vouchers for at-home recipe kits provide more than just a gift, but an experience – that can be used and treasured in their own time. 

True foodies generally like to try new things – new cuisines, new dishes, new flavours. Recipe kits, like our own Cookaway boxes, help food lovers discover new flavours from around the world – with recipe cards that they can use again and again. With 8 different cuisines to try, and plenty of delectable dishes, feed their curiosity with a Cookaway kit. 

Something to Suit All: Food Gifts for Families

Food has the power to bring the whole family together, and we think there’s something really beautiful about that. In fact, most of our pro chefs learned everything they know now from cooking with their family growing up. Cooking as a family can be a great way of spending time with one another, and passing on key life skills. Here are a few ideas for food gifts for dad, mum and the rest of the family. 

Start the day off right with a delicious breakfast bundle – perfect for a leisurely Sunday morning. Or, for the family that likes to bake together, baking essentials will always come in handy. A decorating kit, for example, to help the whole family express their creativity – or a set of mixing bowls, ready to be licked clean at the end. 

Gift cards for food can also be a great food gift for families, treating them to a meal together at one of their favourite restaurants. Or shake things up with a Cookaway kit, and create restaurant-quality meals in their own home – allowing the whole family to get involved and create memories that will last a lifetime. Opt for our Greek Chicken Souvlaki or a crowd pleasing Crispy Chilli Beef for a meal that suits the whole family.

Celebrating Love: Food Gifts for Couples

Looking for food gift ideas to enjoy with your other half, or shopping for a special couple – these food gifts for couples are the perfect (and tastiest) way to celebrate love. 

If you and your partner both love to cook, cooking classes for two can be a great way to brush up on your skills together – perhaps finding a cuisine that you both love or a dish that you’ve both been dying to try. From pasta making to mastering chocolate – there are plenty of classes to choose from, and you’ll most likely get some tasty treats to take home with you too. 

A box of their favourite chocolates or sweets is also sure to go down a treat – and make a great accompaniment to a movie night. And what says true love like chocolate strawberries and a rom-com? 

If food is the way to their heart, wine and dine your loved one with a Cookaway meal kit – perfect for switching up date night. Whether you prepare it together or surprise them with the end result, our gourmet dishes will be sure to make it a night to remember. They also make great food gifts for newlyweds, or anniversary presents for those couples that have stood the test of time. 

Study Food: Food Gifts for Uni Students

Typically tied to a low budget, and having to fend for themselves for the first time, food gifts are great for university students. From sweet study pick-me-ups to hearty comfort food to help fight off freshers flu, here are some practical food gifts for students. 

There are plenty of student cookbooks that have simple recipes and use limited ingredients and kitchen equipment. These can be good for broadening their horizons in the kitchen, introducing meals other than beans on toast or pesto pasta to their diet – all while still keeping to their budget. 

A crock pot or an air fryer also make great food gifts for students, helping them batch cook their meals for the week. While this might not be something they would typically splash out for themselves, they are great for convenience, and can be used time and time again. 

Homemade hampers of non-perishable goods always go down a storm too – tins, pasta, nuts and other snacks make great staples to keep the cupboards stocked. For a real treat, a Cookaway recipe kit can help teach them some good kitchen skills, whilst also giving them an indulgent meal to share with their new friends.

Meat-Free Meals: Food Gifts for Vegetarians

Once hard to buy for, there are now a lot more tasty treats out there for vegetarians, vegans and even those with strict dietary requirements. Here’s our selection of the best food gifts for vegetarians. 

Given that a lot of meat-free meals include tofu, a tofu press is a must-have for any vegetarian home cook. Whilst many people leave books on top of their tofu to help drain out the moisture, a tofu press can squeeze out the water while it sits in the fridge – meaning it can be quickly prepped and ready to go. Similarly, a good blender is also a staple for those who love cooking up their own veggie-packed sauces and soups. 

Vegetarian food doesn’t have to be boring – take for example, our Vegan Indian Street Food Experience, or our Jackfruit and Sweet Potato Rendang (a Malaysian classic) which always proves a big hit. We pride ourselves on our delicious selection of recipe kits that cater to all dietary preferences, from intolerances and allergies, to vegan and halal.


Vegan Indian Street Food Experience


Well there you have it, our ultimate guide on the best food gifts for everyone you could possibly need one for! We hope this has opened your eyes to all the tasty alternatives that are out there – so you don’t have to keep giving people the same old smellies or new socks. 

Food gifts always go down a treat, and while we may be biased, we think you can’t get better than a Cookaway kit, to give a culinary experience to your nearest and dearest. While you’re here, check out our gifting options, browse our menus or learn more about our pro chefs behind the dishes. 

Happy gift-giving, from everyone at Cookaway!

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