It can be a lot of fun to shop for a foodie. This is especially true if he loves cooking great food as much as he enjoys eating it. That’s because in what’s becoming an increasingly food obsessed culture, there are so many unique gift opportunities.

Whether you’re thanking a foodie for doing a favor or you just want to surprise someone with a new taste experience, gift cards are a great option.

So, what makes the humble gift card the perfect, well, gift for a foodie? Their variety.

First consider the Giftbar restaurant gift card. You can introduce your favorite foodie to a new restaurant or one of your personal favorites. Or if you know his favorite restaurant, dinner on you is a perfect treat.

What about for that foodie that likes to get in the kitchen and get cooking? Gift cards to his favorite kitchen supply store would be a great way to say thank you. Maybe he’s been dying to try a new kitchen gadget. Or, there’s a recipe that calls for a special pan or tool. A gift card to a kitchen store might be just what he needs to finally prepare that recipe.

Okay, so we’ve talked about restaurants and cooking supply stores. What about all those special ingredient stores cropping up all over town? You know what I am talking about. Stores dedicated to spices or teas, coffees or exotic ingredients from all over the world.

If you know of a place that offers unique ingredients, find out if they offer gift cards. Chances are they do and it would make a great gift for your foodie friend.

Need some inspiration? Consider a gift card from one of these artisanal merchants:

One last area of culinary gift cards you might not have considered: cooking classes. Now a lot of kitchen supply stores as well as culinary schools are offering classes for amateur chefs. Even if you don’t know what kitchen skill or cuisine your foodie friend is looking to master next, give him a gift card to any class of his choosing. This will allow him to broaden his culinary skills.

There’s a number of ways in which you can find gift cards that will wow your foodie friend. If none of these ideas is exactly what you’re looking for, why not think local. Check out Giftbar’s Food & Drink section. Here you’ll find a number of ways to surprise the foodie in your life with the taste of something local.

After all, what could a foodie appreciate more than learning about hidden local culinary treasures? There isn’t anything more delicious than that.

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