Give thanks for foodies, for they are the easiest to please this holiday season. Sure, their palates may be refined, but their passion is simple: the pursuit of good flavor. You know who they are, these significant others who plan entire vacations around restaurant reservations, friends who talk about obscure fermentation techniques until your eyes glaze over, family members who find their happy place in the kitchen. Honestly, you could stick a bow on some perfect produce or a hunk of nice cheese and they’d probably be delighted—but if you really want to make the foodie you love smile, we’ve rounded up a handful of tasty gifts.

Photo of Blackberry Farm by beall + thomas photography

Quite a Spread //
Butter Dish

Nothing says, “I recognize your good taste,” like this lovely ceramic butter dish handmade by Greenville ceramicist Darin Gehrke. In a wink to those who know, it’s perfectly sized to fit a golden butter log from Happy Cow Creamery—a gift in itself, as any Upstate foodie can tell you. $45, Darin Gehrke Studio, 1205 Pendleton St, Greenville

Twist & Shout // Le Creuset Pepper & Salt Mills

Amp up their cooking and lift their spirits with the poppy, colorful salt and pepper mills from French legend Le Creuset. Delivering the unparalleled flavor of freshly ground salt and pepper is a breeze thanks to the mills’ elegant design; the hard part is choosing which hue you’ll wrap up. $38 each, The Cook’s Station, 659 S Main St, Greenville

School Rules // Cook Local Cooking Class

Score major brownie points when you gift a fun, empowering, hands-on cooking class that will leave you and your pal equipped and inspired to take your new culinary skills home. Bonus: participants enjoy a delicious meal together to close every class. $40, topics vary, Swamp Rabbit Café, 205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville

Perfect Finish // Fig Balsamic Vinegar

Even foodies fall into ruts sometimes, which is why a standout ingredient like this complex fig balsamic vinegar can do so much to recharge the routine. Dress a salad, simmer it down into an elegant reduction, top a luscious scoop of ice cream (really!)—don’t worry, they’ll definitely know what to do with it. $16 for 375mL, Palmetto Olive Oil Company, 2243 Augusta St, Greenville

Morning Glory // Methodical Coffee Single-Origin Subscription

Treat refined palates to a perfect morning cup with an exciting coffee subscription that celebrates terroir. Each single-origin selection showcases distinct flavor profiles that express the particular soil, climate, and year the coffee was grown—perfect for friends who geek out over tasting notes.  $20–$80+, Methodical Coffee, 101 N Main St, Greenville

Chef’s Table // Chef for a Day

It’s hard to imagine what could make food lovers happier than this best-of-both-worlds package. They’ll suit up in a personalized chef coat for four hours of private instruction and serious cooking in a Table 301 kitchen with one of the company’s chefs, take a break to change and relax, and come back that evening to savor the exciting, multicourse meal they made at a table with three friends. $500, Table 301, shoptable301.com

Culinary Adventure // Blackberry Farm Epicurean Getaway 

If you want to pull out all the stops, whisk your foodie away to epicurean destination and celebrated luxury resort Blackberry Farm, tucked into the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Considered one of the pioneers of the farm-to-table renaissance, Blackberry Farm’s food and wine program has won multiple James Beard Awards and will leave you inspired, delighted, sated, and grateful—and that’s just how you’ll feel after breakfast. Call for rates and availability; (800) 557-8864, blackberryfarm.com