Sure, most of us like pizza. Most of us love pizza, actually. But some people are really into pizza—obsessing over the perfect crust, finding the ideal ratio of sauce to toppings, and figuring out ways to bake as effectively as possible with a home oven. This gift guide is for them: the true pizza people.
An Incredibly Powerful Stand Mixer
A professional-grade stand mixer can, uh, stand up to the rigors of frequent use, which is probably a given when someone is constantly making pizza dough. KitchenAid’s workhorse—and the dough hook it comes with—is ready to perform.
A High-Performance Food Processor
When bringing together dough for a New York-style crust, a food processor helps to speed things along. The Magimix performed best in our food processor review, never overheating or slowing down no matter how much we threw at it.
An Accurate Digital Scale
Every baker needs a great scale, and this one from OXO is our pick for performance and reliability. It’s great for pizza because the pull-out face allows for easier weighing of large vessels—AKA big batches of dough.
A Slab of Steel
We love the Baking Steel. Steel retains and transfers heat better than ceramic, and there’s no risk of steel cracking after repeated temperature swings. As a bonus: baking steels are also great for bread!
A Surface Temperature Thermometer
The thing about baking steels is that they need time (think 45-60 minutes) in an oven running at full-blast to perform at their best. If you want to be extra-sure about the surface temperature of a baking steel—or anything else hot, for that matter—an infrared thermometer is the way to do it. Just pull the trigger and a beam of light shoots out to assess how hot a surface is or isn’t, eliminating the “Is it hot enough yet?” guesswork.
A Metal Pizza Peel
A peel is essential for launching and retrieving pizzas, and Ooni’s is a thoughtfully designed surface on which to stretch dough, add toppings, and heave it into a heat source with ease. This peel is aluminum, so it’s nice and lightweight, and the perforations avoid trapping steam when the pizza is on its way from oven to slicing surface, which helps keep the crust nice and crisp.
A New Pizza Slicer
A sharp new slicer will zip through pizza with ease—and without straining the wrist of the person assigned to the task. This rolling one from OXO has a particularly nice, grippy handle, and we might have a new review coming out soon with the Original Pizza Cutter in a top spot.
Clever Pizza Scissors
A fun—and functional—alternative to the pizza wheel, pizza scissors make quick work of sectioning out a pizza, and the flat edges create a convenient surface for making the slice-to-plate transfer. Better yet, give these scissors and a new slicer together for a choose-your-own-adventure gift.
An All-Business Outdoor Pizza Oven
When Kenji tested outdoor pizza ovens, he chose the Roccbox as his overall top pick thanks to its ease of use and extreme versatility. This oven might be pricey, but it can be powered with gas, charcoal, or wood and reliably turns out amazing pizzas. We also like the Ooni Koda 16 Pizza Oven, which has a large surface area for cooking pies of all sizes, and has a gas hookup in the back of the oven, so it doesn't get in the way.
An Endless Source of Herbs
Basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary—the herb use opportunities on pizza are nearly endless, so why not gift the pizza person who has everything else a hydroponic herb growing kit?
A Bucket of Flaky Sea Salt
We’re recommending this left and right, but what’s not to love about an actual bucket of sought-after salt? Maldon is the perfect finishing salt and there’s no way anyone is going to be mad about receiving three pounds of the stuff.
A Nice Pair of Mitts
Baking pizza is hot business, even if you’re working with a peel. Be sure the pizza people in your life each have a set of flexible, ultra-grippy, wet-and-dry oven mitts. We tested a bunch and liked these from Gorilla Grip the best.
A Book About Pizza
For the pizza nerd who wants to learn more about the history, culture, and lore of pizza, we suggest The Elements of Pizza. It’s a deep dive into what makes pizza tick, and yes, there are plenty of recipes, too.
A Book About Pan Pizza
Not all pizza is round, and this ode to the rectangular pie belongs on the shelf of anyone who loves making pizza. From a ridiculously deep dish to a fluffy focaccia, Perfect Pan Pizza will preoccupy many weekends’ worth of baking projects.
A Pan for Pan Pizzas
A Kit for Making Cheese
Cheese and pizza go together like, uh, cheese and pizza, so what could be more satisfying than making your own cheese to go on your homemade pizza? This kit from Standing Stone Farms includes everything necessary to make mozzarella, feta, halloumi, chevre, cheese curds, Monterey Jack, and more.
An Olive Oil Dispenser
Yes, you can store and pour olive oil from the bottle it comes in, or you can decant it into one that looks nice and will pour with ease. This set from Zulay includes two caps, two sealing corks, two pour spouts, and a funnel for filling.
Tweezers for Toppings
Kitchen tweezers function as delicate tongs, so they’re perfect for careful placement of pizza toppings—or retrieving a wayward slice of pepperoni from the floor of the oven. Mercer’s tweezers are slim, balanced, and a great gift for any home cook.
An Effective Wine Stopper
Wine and pizza? Wine and pizza! And, sometimes, there’s leftover wine. Use this kit to suck all the air out of the bottle and keep wine fresh for another week.
A Meat Grinder
Does this belong on a pizza lover’s gift guide? We’d say yes, because meatballs. Also, sausage. This affordable, not-too-bulky meat grinder will give the gift of flexible mincing for years to come.
A Fancy Finishing Oil (That Isn't Olive Oil)
A drizzle of nice oil can elevate even the finest pizza, and we’re imagining this roasted pistachio variety atop a pie with mortadella and mozzarella. Save us a slice. Maybe a whole pizza.
A Fancy Finishing Oil (That IS Olive Oil)
This pair of unblended Spanish olive oils is a great starter pack for someone who is getting into slinging pizzas. The Sizzle option is a mild, all-purpose olive oil that is great for coating your proofing box (like in this outdoor pizza oven dough recipe here) and cooking, while the "drizzle" option is bolder and slightly peppery, and great for a finishing touch on a freshly baked pizza. The squirt bottle format is also incredibly nifty, reducing the likelihood of accidentally putting a glug of oil atop your pie.
A Big Mortar and Pestle
Mortars and pestles make the best pesto, so while this probably isn’t the first gift that comes to mind when thinking of what to give a pizza person, it’s actually pretty dang great. We like the generously sized 8-inch bowl and indestructible granite—this is a gift that can last a literal lifetime.
A Standard Chef’s Knife
There’s always something to slice during the pizza-making process—vegetables, cheese, herbs, meats—so a reliable chef’s knife deserves a spot on this list. We liked Mercer Culinary’s 8-inch blade in our chef’s knife tests, and its affordable price point keeps it squarely in gift-giving territory.
A New Microplane
Nothing beats a classic Microplane for zesting lemons or finely grating Parmesan cheese. They’re the perfect gift for any home cook, honestly—since there’s no real way to sharpen a Microplane, it’s nice to have a fresh one every few years.
A Mighty Mandoline
For achieving pizza-thin slices of zucchini, onion, potato—anything, really—a mandoline is the way to go. OXO’s came out as our favorite model under $50 thanks to its sharp blades and easy adjustments.
A Pair of Safety Gloves
If you’re going to give someone a mandoline, you should probably also give them a pair of cut-resistant gloves. Fingertips are useful in the making of pizzas.
What do you get someone who loves pizza?
For someone who loves to eat pizza, but not make it, consider a gift card to their favorite local pizzeria or maybe something to go with their pizza—like wine or even an effective wine stopper.
What do you get someone who loves to make pizza?
Well, if you're looking for a gift for someone who loves pizza, you are in luck! The whole above guide is a great resource and we don't think you can go wrong with any of the 27 gifts—be it an outdoor pizza oven, a pizza cookbook, or a pair of pizza-cutting shears.