The SHARP List: Our 2021 Gift Guide for Your Favourite Foodies

Impress your guests and be the host with the most this festive season — or shower your chef friends with new kitchen gadgets that don’t miss the mark. On the menu: innovative appliances, stylish serveware, playful food-themed accessories, and just about everything else needed to execute a memorable gourmet feast that leaves no trace of leftovers. Plus a side order of three exceptional sauces guaranteed to add something special to every bite.

Bontà Portable Lamp by Artemide

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Earn glowing reviews for your presentation skills simply by arranging appetizers in the removable dish that rests atop this textured milk glass lamp. Even if you’re just serving kettle chips, the soft glow supplies some welcome ambience. Choose from two sizes and four colours of glass bowls. ($675)

Plisse Toaster by Alessi

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Start with a pleated appliance and end with a piece of toast that features perfect golden grill lines. It might not take much effort, but it’ll look gourmet as hell. Its vibrant red colour makes it a true standout on any countertop. ($145)

The Knife Set by Kline

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Chop, dice, and slice your way through dinner prep with this set of six heavy-duty kitchen companions. And double down on your knife skills — and kitchen lingo — now that you’re the proud owner of your very own fancy chef knife, pairing knife, and more. ($210)

Cutting Board by Fredericks and Mae

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The confetti-esque pattern of these plastic chopping blocks comprises waste from other cutting board production lines. The gift of style and sustainability never resembled confetti so much — and we’re absolutely here for it. ($120)

Aarhus Ash Spice Mills by CrushGrind

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Those gourmet peppercorns and fancy sea salt crystals aren’t going to grind themselves. Inspired by Danish mid-century style, these modern mills make quite the gift. While salt and pepper are basic kitchen essentials, that doesn’t mean their containers have to be boring. Add some necessary flair to the most-used spices. ($140)

Ottolenghi Feast Plate by Serax

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Designed by everybody’s favourite cookbook author, this dinnerware begs out for a side of charred tomatoes with cold yogurt. Whether you’re gifting the feast plate along with a signature Ottolenghi cookbook, or as a standalone item, it makes the perfect present for any foodie. ($30)

Classic Dutch Oven by Milo

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When your cookware is this handsome, it doubles as a serving dish. Although this classic dutch oven has a modern feel, it’s still such a timeless piece. The matte black is easy to match and the gold-finished knob is *chef’s kiss.* ($195)

Pizza Cap by Gentile Pizza Parlour

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Rep pepperoni and cheese (or your pizza toppings of choice — we’ll save the pineapple debate for later) in this retro-style hat from the beloved Montreal pizzeria. We’ll take our new cap with a slice of cheese… actually, make that a whole pie. ($45)

Maple BBQ Sauce by Au Pied de Cochon

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Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we won’t judge — one taste and you’ll want to slather this sauce on everything — no matter the time of day or the meal in question. ($10)

Dill Pickle Serrano by Heartbeat Hot Sauce

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Amp up mealtime with this Dill Pickle Serrano sauce that adds perfect, sour, garlic-infused flavour to every bite. An exciting addition to a classic tuna salad for a nice punch or a vibrant condiment to add to just about anything coming off the grill. ($12)

Salsa Macha by La Capital Tacos

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Give your tastebuds a treat with La Capital Tacos’ Salsa Macha. The New York Times didn’t name salsa macha — the rich chile oil from Veracruz, Mexico — the most valuable condiment of 2020 for nothing, and this one is certainly worthy of the title. The ultimate crunchy oil — there’s no such thing as too much of this stuff. ($10)