The Best Eater-Approved Gifts for Food Lovers

Since May I’ve had the pleasure of helming Eater’s shopping newsletter, Add to Cart, spotlighting the latest in cooking tools, food books, and drinks; merch for a good cause; and all the tableware and food-themed home goods that I would very much like to own (and thus, that I hope will pique your interest enough to click that “add to cart” button). But there are also times that necessitate a purchase — housewarmings, birthdays, paydays, and days when you just feel like supporting a small business — when you already know you want to buy something, and just need to be pointed in the right direction. For that, there’s this post: Think of it as a consistently updated gift guide and home base for the Add to Cart universe.

Here, you’ll find everything mentioned in the newsletter that’s still shoppable, organized into six categories: cookware and home goods, clothing and merch, food, drinks, books, and experiences. Be sure to check back — I’ll be adding new things to buy every week — and subscribe to Add to Cart to start your week with shopping inspiration sent straight to your inbox.

Cookware and Home Goods

Standout kitchen tools, tableware, and home decor that strike the right balance of form and function

Pic boll

The spherical picnic sets, called pic bolls, were first designed by Carlo Viglino for Italian company Guzzini. The company still makes a version today, but there’s something particularly appealing about the ’70s sets; perhaps it’s that these were sold back when picnics were nothing more than a joyful pastime, and not the sole option for gathering with friends over food. 

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Clothing and Merch

The cutest food-themed clothing, restaurant merch, and wearable collabs

Woon noodle socks

If you don’t know where to start building out your restaurant merch collection, head to Swag It Back, which aggregates some of the best restaurant swag from restaurants in New York and LA. These subtle noodle socks from Woon Kitchen immediately caught my eye; I then clicked through to discover that the LA restaurant has even more incredible merch, like this mustache tee designed by artist Ty Williams.

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From starter ingredients to complete meals, all the food that’s fit to gift


Intriguing cans and bottles, both alcoholic and non-

Avec cocktail mixers

Avec bills itself as a line of better cocktail mixers, although the drinks, in flavor combinations like hibiscus and pomegranate and jalapeno and blood orange, can be enjoyed on their own (just like other kinds of mixers, I suppose).

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Reading material for cooks and restaurant-goers alike

Rebel Chef

Rebel Chef tells chef Dominique Crenn’s life story, from her adoption into a politician’s family in Brittany to establishing herself as one of the world’s best chefs from her new chosen home of San Francisco . It was written well before the pandemic, but Crenn is using the present moment to reflect on the ways the restaurant industry can do better. “I always say that eating is an act of activism,” she says.

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Cooking classes you can take from anywhere


Online cooking classes are one of the more fun activities to emerge out of the pandemic. Chefstreams hosts restaurant chefs from around the country for weekly live streamed classes. Participants learn to cook three courses, and all profits from the $30 classes go to NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter, and National Bail Out through the end of July.

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O-KIT baking kit

New York City coworking space O Studio is diversifying its offerings with O-KIT, boxes containing everything you need to tackle various craft projects. Eventually, the kits will cover textile dyeing, embroidery, knitting, and clay sculpting, but the first is a baking kit for biscotti. It even comes with an adult-sized apron and coloring sheets for kids. 

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The Add to Cart Archives

Goya’s not the only source for adobo [ATC 07.12.20]
This summer, picnics require a pic boll [ATC 07.05.20]
The thoughtful shopper’s guide to buying coffee and tea [ATC 06.28.20]
Forgot about Father’s Day? Try sending some drinks [ATC 06.21.20]
Virtual bake sales are one more way to support Black Lives Matter [ATC 06.14.20]
The James Beard Award-winning cookbooks to add to your shelves [ATC 05.31.20]
The best way to solve cooking fatigue [ATC 05.24.20]
Is it time to start growing your own beans? [ATC 05.17.20]

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