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Gift Ideas for Food Vendors

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It’s gift giving time! This time of year can be one of the most wonderful—or the most stressful—times of the year, depending on who you are shopping for.

If you are shopping for someone who works in the food business, you might be having some trouble trying to find that perfect gift. Don’t panic quite yet. We put together a list of 10 gift ideas for those hard to shop for food vendors in your life.

  1. Spice Box: Chefs and cooks don’t always have a lot of room in the kitchen, so it helps a lot if everything is organized, which is where the spice box comes in. This gift doesn’t take up a lot of room and is a great way for the chef or cook to keep everything in order.
  2. Food Storage Containers: Again, organization is key. These containers are useful, especially if they are small enough to pack and store easily.
  3. Pots and Pans: Food vendors can be pretty particular about their kitchens, so be sure to know if there are specific brands or types of pots and pans that the vendor prefers before you buy.
  4. Personalized Apron: A fun gift that the vendor can use every day. Personalizing the apron is a great way to show the vendor that you know them well.
  5. KitchenAid Mixer: Ok, this is not the cheapest gift out there (although they do usually go on sale during the holidays), and only a really close friend or family member is likely to be interested in giving a gift like this. It could also be that the chef already has one, but they probably won’t mind if they have two. And if you have the means and you like the person that much, why not get this gift that they are sure to love?
  6. Cutting Board: This gift can be useful, no matter where the vendor works. If the boards are cheap enough, it might even be nice to buy a few so the chef or cook can use one exclusively for cutting vegetables and produce and others for cutting meats.
  7. Magazine Subscriptions: Getting actual physical mail can be fun (unless it’s a bill), so magazine subscriptions based on the vendor’s job or hobby are a great way to keep the gifts coming all year. Some magazines include Food Network MagazineEating Well Magazine, and Taste of Home Magazine, but there are many more to choose from.
  8. Knife Sharpener: Odds are good that your food vendor needs knives at some point in the cooking process. While they probably already have knives, they may not have a knife sharpener, which makes this gift useful and practical.
  9. Recipe Boxes: Even if the vendor has the greatest memory in the world, their family and close friends would probably like them to write down their recipes so they can be continued even years into the future. A recipe box can help organize and store the recipes.
  10. Gift Not Related to Food: Your food vendor probably has many more interests besides just cooking and food. Do they like clothes? Are they fans of sports? Do they carry books with them everywhere they go? Presents related to these interests might be appropriate as well.

Do you agree with our list? Want to include a gift idea you didn’t see here? Please comment below. And remember, if you need food vendor insurance, FLIP has you covered.

Note: The links above are provided with the understanding that we do not endorse or stand behind any product mentioned, and we are not affiliated with the brands or stores in any way. The links are simply to help you see the product and get an idea for what the gift could look like.


Ashley Baker writes about marketing, business, and insurance for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Ashley is a former Licensed Massage Therapist. She has a background in writing for state political offices, newspapers and was the web editor for two regional magazine publications. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family, attending college football games or kayaking. Find Ashley on LinkedInInstagram, or Twitter.

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