Serious Eats Gift Guide: For Eaters Who Have Everything

With their gift guides my cohorts have already supplied you with a bounty of great ideas for everyone from the cook to the baker to the cocktail maker, but what about those Serious Eaters left on your gift list who have everything already? Nobody wants to get somebody a duplicate, and gift cards just aren't much fun to give. But, while your cousin the cook may have a few spatulas in his kitchen, does he have a lime green one with a mouth that hangs on a tongue hook? And your sister-in-law with the amazing set of vintage ceramic tableware in some pattern with a name you can never remember, though it doesn't matter because all the circulating pieces cost more than your net worth? Surely she already has salt-and-pepper shakers, but how could she turn away a pair of white birdy-foot salt-and-pepper shakers?

With the stragglers left on your list in mind, I've assembled a merry band of misfits that are sure to find a place on the table or in the kitchen of the Serious Eater who has everything. (Prices do not include shipping unless otherwise noted.)

Koziol's Tweetie Vegetable Brush

Though I'm particularly fond of Tweetie the vegetable brush (who also makes for an excellent pot scrubber), Koziol’s kitchen line goofs around with a whole range of utilitarian items, sure to make tasks from scrubbing pots to peeling carrots a bit more fun for anybody on your list. $9.50, from The Well Tempered Kitchen

Poketo Mood Bottle Openers

Your favorite beer or soda connoisseur or barkeep can pop open their poison with a smile – literally – with Mood Bottle Openers, available individually or as a set of three. $13 each; set of 3 for $37

Taz Ah! Animal Mugs

On the surface of things, these are nothing more than plain white china coffee mugs, but tip them back, and TAZ AH! you’re mugging like a monkey (or rabbit or dog or pig or tiger). A great gift, particularly for big kids that like their caffeine. $23, from Charles & Marie

ABC (Already Been Chewed) Cookie Cutters

Though, I’m generally not a big fan of giving gifts for holidays that bear holiday themes (e.g. if you give somebody something on Christmas with, say, a Santa Claus on it, they probably won’t get much use out of it for a whole year!), this set was too good to go unmentioned. From Fred & Friends comes the perfect gift for the twisted baker: the ABC (Already Been Chewed) Cookies set – three sturdy cast-aluminum cutters for gingerbread men in various states of pre-consumption. Mmmmm…. $10.99 at or find a local Fred & Friends retailer

Bird's Leg Salt and Pepper Shakers

Even those with more austere sensibilities will soften at the sight of Shake-a-Legs salt and pepper shakers from Perch!—simple white ceramic birdy feet that are sure to fit right in with just about any tableware. $50, from Perch! Design

Whimsical 'Tea Party' Tableware

Still more refined but no less beguiling, with their jaunty hats and stumpy legs of fine white-matte porcelain, Jorine Oosterhoff’s “Tea Party” line of sugar bowls, creamers and such will add subtle character and whimsy to even some of the most sober table services. Individual pieces from $132 to $250, from Rose and Radish

Steak Knives

And the meat-lover in your life? He or she may already have steak knives, but these babies are among the best that you can get, and they all have these goofy little bees on the handles. Move over serrated! $200, from Williams-Sonoma

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