Queer Gift Guide Part 1: For Your Foodie Friend

Nov 25 · 4 min read

by Chaya Milchtein

Do you have a friend that loves all things food? In this gift guide, you’ll find some out of the box and other slightly more traditional gift ideas perfect for that friend. Beware: you might even find a few things you can’t resist buying yourself! That’s perfectly OK.

Wall Hanging Herb Garden

Having fresh herbs on hand for any meal is a dream come true. While an outdoor herb garden can be a lot of work, this wall hanging one is simple, stylish and will keep your foodie friend coming back for more — herbs of course.

Nasty Woman Wine

Nasty Women Wines was started on election day 2016. They help drive change by donating 20% of their net profits to organisations that support their mission of “creating tasty wines that help get women to the table as leaders and tastemakers.” What better way to gift then by giving a gift that helps create change?

Personalized Cheese Board

The perfect wood chessboard is any foodie’s (who loves to host) dream. This one is stunning and can be personalized for a meaningful gift that won’t forget any time soon.

Good Quality Mandolin

When I asked my local foodies group what their favorite gift has been recently, a good quality mandolin was mentioned more than once. This Kitchenaid mandolin is highly rated and would be a perfect gift for something building up their supply of kitchen gadgets.

Balsamic Vinegar Pearls

Turns out, these balsamic vinegar pearls look just like caviar. They are the perfect gift for a friend that likes to create elaborate dishes. These pearls pack a punch where needed and a great choice for someone who has everything.

Cooking Class

Gifting something to a friend that you want to see more often? Cooking classes for two are perfect. Airbnb Experiences offers many across the country and even the world, but you can also find them at culinary stores, fancy restaurants and even your local public library. Perhaps a cooking class with a drag queen is up your friend’s alley and they don’t even know it yet!

Spin the Bottle Type Personalized Pizza Board

This board is so much fun! It’s a perfect gift for your friend in college or someone just moving out on their own. Can be brought out for parties or when you just need to relax and eat a pizza alone.

Knife Sharpening Gift Card

Can you honestly say your knives are sharp and you didn’t fight with a tomato the last time you tried sawing at it? Knife sharpening is rather inexpensive and a lovely gift to any food loving friend.

Gourmet Hot Sauce Making Kit

Have a friend who loves heat on everything? Gifting them this gourmet hot sauce making kit will certainly bring a smile to their face when they get to be part of the entire process.

Award Winning Cowgirl Creamery Cheese

On the pricier side, but this queer-owned creamery has all the gifts you can possibly dream of for your cheese-loving friend. Don’t forget to check out their subs service. I won’t tell if you buy this one for yourself.

This collection was inspired by my local foodie facebook group in addition to some of my own ideas. Tweet me @mechanicfemme and share your favorite idea or if you think there is something I should have included.

About the Author:

Chaya Milchtein is the driving force behind Mechanic Shop Femme. As an automotive educator, speaker and writer, she’s made it her life’s mission to educate women and LGBT people about their cars. Her website also highlights her work on her other passion: empowering women to live their best lives in the bodies they have, through fashion and modeling. Chaya’s work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Go Magazine, and others. She lives with her fiancée and tortoise in Wisconsin. Follow her on twitter @mechanicfemme.


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MatthewsPlace.com is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation| Words by & for LGBTQ+ youth | #EraseHate | Want to submit for our publication? Email sara@matthewshepard.org

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