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Best Gifts for Foodies

Nov. 26, 2017
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This is the one chop shop for the food lover in your life. You know the one: Constantly asking if you've tried the new burger at <insert hot new restaurant> or trying to sell you on the virtues of biodynamic wine. Or making you wait while he or she gets the perfect #yolkporn shot at brunch for Instagram. Cold food aside, you still love them all the same and more importantly need to get them something for the holidays. We've got you covered like a Salisbury steak — cooked sous vide of course. Here are 10 ideas for the foodies in your life.

1. Gadget: JETSETTER TSA COMPLIANT CORKSCREW

No matter where your giftee is headed, they should never leave home without a cork screw (and one that can get through security). Because chances are very high that wherever they end up, a bottle (or two) of wine will be involved — and nothing ruins a vacation faster than an unopened bottle of merlot. Buy: Amazon.com

2. Cosmetic: TRAVEL-FRIENDLY WINE WIPES

Friends don't let friends walk around on vacation with wine-stained lips (which, let's be honest, is the true mark of an epic night on the town). Instead, gift your booziest travel companion a box of these teeth and lip stain removers and they'll never be outed by last night's antics again.

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3. Travel Bag: VINGARDEVALISE WINE SUITCASE

For the person on your list who already has the aforementioned corkscrew and wine wipes, up the ante with this 12-bottle wine suitcase. "Space not used for wine can be be quickly re-purposed to accommodate clothes, books, or other travel goods" — but chances are that won't be necessary. Buy:Amazon.com

4. Book: Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters

Alice Waters' memoir about what it was like opening the one and only Chez Panisse in California in the '70s is a must-read for the foodie in your life. It's also the perfect way to pass the time on your next flight. Buy: Amazon.com

5. Accessory: TACO-THEMED COMPRESSION SOCKS

Taco-themed compression socks: where function meets fashion. Great for men or women of all ages and sizes, this gift makes traveling a little less painful — literally.

6. Comfort: Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky

Sure, comfort items usually mean a cashmere scarf or a nice throw for the couch, but if the person on your list prefers their comfort in liquid form this is the bottle to buy. You don't even have to know a lot about booze to know that when it comes to whisky, Hibiki is hands down the best. Buy: Drizly.com, $58-$150

7. Subscription: Zingerman's Bacon Club

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a bacon-of-the-month subscription. And not just any subscription: Zingerman's bacon club was featured on Food Network's Best Thing I Ever Ate, so it's got to be good. Buy: Zingermans.com, $100 for three months

8. Gift Card: Shake Shack

The key to picking out a great gift card is usability, which Shake Shack has covered like a ShackBurger with cheese. From Delaware to the Dubai International Airport, this burger currency is good around the world. Buy: ShakeShack.com

9. Random: JOULE SOUS VIDE MACHINE

If your secret santa can't stop talking about sous vide, this is the machine to put under the tree. You don't need a culinary degree to use it, and it's incredibly easy to store. Chef ego sold separately. Buy: Amazon.com

10. Charity: THIS BAR SAVES LIVES ENERGY BARS

The best gifts to give around the holidays are ones that give back, like these snack bars from the company This Bar Saves Lives. Every time you buy a box of their wild blueberry pistachio or dark chocolate cherry & sea salt snack bars, packets of life-saving food is shipped to malnourished children around the world — reason enough to buy them for everyone on your list. Buy: Amazon.com

Prices accurate as of publication date. Check out more TPG gift guides here and the TPG guide on the best cards to use for holiday shopping.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
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Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases