If there’s a gift that qualifies as a “one size fits all” then it’s food. Of course, knowing your recipient (and perhaps his or her dietary restrictions) is important, but let’s be honest: even the hardest-to-please on your list is bound to enjoy an edible treat.

The key is to get to know your gourmand. Is this person a culinary whiz? Perhaps a fun new kitchen gadget or – maybe even better – upgrade their essentials and most-used items – think: a new set of knives, a bottle of delicious olive oil, an extra large tub of flaky sea salt (truly the best under-$25 gift!). Or perhaps it’s a life-of-the-party guy who is always manning the grill? In that case, I suggest this outdoor pizza oven. Do they have a signature dish that isn’t a trade secret? This personalized cutting board makes for a thoughtful surprise.

As far as actual food goes, well, there’s plenty of directions you can go there. I say skip the gift basket and opt for something more specific. Ice cream aficionado? This is a gift that keeps on giving. If he’s someone who loves the heat then pack it on with this box filled with 11 craft hot sauces. Carb lover? You can’t go wrong with these. They’re truly the best biscuits and come in especially handy if they’re hosting family over the holidays.

If it’s a stocking stuffer you need then here you are. That’s my kind of childhood heaven.

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