The Best Food Clothing and Restaurant Merch Gifts
Whether they’re a devoted regular of a local dive, or they simply enjoy showing their general enthusiasm for foods like shrimp and dumplings, some people just can’t stop wearing their love for food on their sleeves. Restaurant lovers have plenty of merchandise options. Home cooks have a wide range of choices for jewelry, clothes and accessories with the most loved ingredient. Plus, if the past few years has taught us anything, it’s that if you love a food brand, there is guaranteed to be a capsule collection of bomber jackets in the not-so-distant future.
Let us help you find the perfect gourmand garment for your loved ones. Crocs with croissant charms These gifts are not just for bagels. They can also be used to make a market tote for other occasions.
Shoes that look good enough to eat
Whether you’re looking to get something for a long-time Croc devotee or a new Croc convert, you’re likely aware that there’s a strong need for them to keep upping their jibbitz (aka the charms that fit into your Croc air holes) game once they’ve got a pair. The Peach Fuzz — based out of San Francisco — is here to help, with friendly pierogi, waffles, and corncob jibbitz they can attach to their Crocs, like some sort of beautiful, chaotic buffet.
The perfect shirt for the “food and drink enthusiast”
If you’re reading Eater.com’s holiday gift guide, you’re almost certainly a food and drink enthusiast, so why not buy yourself (or a friend, A shirt that says it all this holiday season, I suppose? Artist Lauren Martin’s long-sleeved tee comes complete with a full picnic spread illustration on the back, just in case they didn’t get the message from the front.
A bagel bag
This tote, which is expertly sized for at least 12 bagels, was made from crochet and handcrafted in Bolivia by a Fair Trade women-owned company. Possum sells an “oyster” tote, too, but this one simply states what I, at least, am always thinking about: bagels.
This is a carry-all for sandwiches toppings and other less important items.
Just like the clear backpacks they make you bring to festivals, this open sandwich puffer bag is the perfect gift for someone who likes everyone to know what they’ve got on them, at least if they’re the type to pack a bunch of sandwiches to the beach or a road trip.
The shorts are for the true winner of your life
Each friend group has one: The person who can out-eat anyone in dessert every day. Officially grant them the title of “Pie Eating Champion” with a pair of Fashion Brand Company shorts. They also have a stretch at the waistband to allow for additional slices.
A shirt for the friend who loves restaurant merch — but keeps it classy
This button-up will be a great gift for someone you love who loves a Turkey and Wolf sandwich. But they may not like the traditional restaurant T-shirt merch. Add a pair of matching shorts to make it a truly special gift.
For frolicking in fields, a dress that is suitable
Don’t be alarmed if the friend you buy this dress for gets really into foraging or quits their job to work on a farm. Samantha Pleet, a New York designer, created this whimsical tribute to the harvest.
A necklace that is always in style
Tinned fish is all the rage, with Fishwife — a female-owned company that sources ethically sustainable seafood — leading the charge. Have a friend who has stopped cooking and eats only tinned fish boards for dinner. This Susan Alexandra Fishwife necklace is available in bronze and pearly chains.
Your most stylish, sausage-crazed friend will love the T-shirt
This Seemore Sausage T-shirt is a perfect combination of high fashion and great sausage. It’s the best gift for the family member who can’t get enough of Seemore’s broccoli melt or chicken parm sausages, or one who just loves a cheeky portmanteau.
A hat to celebrate the Italian-food lover inside each of you
A sweet gift is one that keeps your gift recipient’s head warm, and this option from Samuel Schiffer’s Mister Parmesan is playful and attractive to boot. Note that Mister Parmesan offers more than a half-dozen different pasta shapes, which is great for people who prefer linguine and spaghetti to cheese.
The shirt for the friend that never stops talking about the power fungi
Willow Smith wore this cozy button-down in terry cloth with mushrooms embossed on the sleeves. This gift is perfect for the friend who talks endlessly about microdosing and how mushrooms can save the world (they will).).
This hat is perfect for fashion lovers who also love to fish.
Onggi, a Portland-based fermentation shop, has some adorable merch. This Ty Williams-designed fishing hat just takes the cake — or ferments the kombucha, as it were. This is the perfect gift for the friend or loved one who talks about their starter or kimchi all the time.
A T-shirt and a cookbook to match
Food blogger Frankie Gaw published his first cookbook — First Generation: Recipes from My Taiwanese American Home — in October, and now you can buy the Frankie Gaw fan in your life a T-shirt and cookbook bundle, so they can cook Gaw’s recipes for Lap Cheong Corn Dogs while sporting a dumpling eating a hamburger. A match made in heaven.
Slippers in luxe leather
For the person on your list whose tastes are constantly changing, a pair of dressed-up velvet slippers embroidered with a Benihana chef’s hat are bound to become a rare closet classic. The shoes from Italian-made loafer brand Del Toro celebrate the teppanyaki restaurant’s success, nearly 60 years after it first opened. Bonus: Ten percent of proceeds from the shoes are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.