The 11 Best Gifts Under $40 for Food Lovers

Still looking for a holiday gift? We’re calling this a food gift guide, but it’s really for everyone—after all, it’s hard to grow up in an Asian culture and not love to eat. Whether you have a baker or tea lover in mind, and whether your budget is $9 or $29, we bet you can find a great idea here.


For the baker:


Make everything from brownies to waffles with Cup4Cup’s gluten-free flours and baking mixes. It’s perfect for your bestie who’s gluten-free but is still craving chewy cookies or fluffy pancakes.


This super cute cupcake kit has everything one would need to dress up ordinary cakes and tempt everyone at the next bake sale—or wow all the guests at the next birthday party!


Punch up the flavor of any dessert with Nielsen-Massey’s gourmet extracts. Thy elevate cookies and cakes to the next level and make any kitchen smell amazing.


for the aspiring chef:


This book offers a gorgeous and unique take on the traditional cookbook, with beautiful illustrations and step-by-step instructions for a variety of regional, mouthwatering dishes.


Save space in a small kitchen and keep messes at bay with this colorful and convenient tool that juices, grates, mashes, measures, separates, and more. No more digging around in cluttered cabinets!


Give the gift that keeps on growing with this handy herb garden kit. It’s suitable for cramped dorm rooms, tiny apartments, and urban dwellers lacking outdoor space. The owner will be able to add that unbeatable kick of fresh basil leaves to a warm plate of spaghetti bolognese.


Pick up a copy of Easy Gourmet for the Asian fusion cook in your life. Stephanie’s easy-to-follow recipes, which range from banh mi pork sliders to miso glazed eggplant, all feel like a treat—as do the beautiful photos. (There’s a reason we featured her as one of our favorite food bloggers.)


for the sweet tooth:


Another Mochi favorite, Lucia Liu’s decadent chocolates are an elegant choice for that special someone. Look for the Hong Kong milk tea truffle in Lululosophy’s tea collection, a fan favorite reminiscent of bubble tea.


Macarons are always in style, and Macaron Parlour offers 23 sweet and savory options to choose from. A couple of the standout flavors include candied bacon with maple cream cheese, and Cheetos-infused versions of this classic French cookie.


for the tea lover: 


Everyone knows half the fun in drinking tea is choosing which mug to brew it in. Gift this charming duo for your favorite couple pals with a selection of their favorite teas.


Add a fun twist to any tea collection with David’s Tea’s festive mix. Choose between Santa’s Secret, Eggnog, and Sleigh Ride flavors for an unexpected but satisfying caffeine kick.