10 gift ideas for the food lovers in your life

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Following a recipe and cooking

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Give the gift of flavor this holiday season with one of these 10 foodie-centric gift ideas. We asked a panel of travel and food experts to nominate their favorite food-centric gifts, then 10Best readers chose their favorites. These are the results.

a woman posing for a photo: Apron from Hedley & Bennett

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Apron from Hedley & Bennett

No. 10: Hedley & Bennett Abalone Apron

This heavy-duty black denim chef’s apron was built to withstand any kitchen abuse you throw its way. It’s fade-resistant with a bit of stretch for comfort and has four pockets to keep your favorite kitchen tools close at hand.

To buy: hedleyandbennett.com, $78

a tray of food on a table: Banana pudding kit from Magnolia Bakery

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Banana pudding kit from Magnolia Bakery

No. 9: Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Kit

You don’t have to go all the way to New York to indulge in the signature banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery. The DIY Banana Pudding Kit (available in classic or gluten-free) comes with everything you need to make this sweet treat: vanilla pudding mix, sweetened condensed milk, Nilla Wafers, Magnolia Bakery pudding cups and spoons.

You provide the bananas and heavy cream.

To buy: magnoliabakery.goldbelly.com, $29.99

calendar: Chocolate from Beyond Good

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Chocolate from Beyond Good

No. 8: Beyond Good Chocolate

Beyond Good crafts chocolate from Madagascar cocoa, considered among the most flavorful in the world. Get it in a variety of flavors, including toasted coconut, pure dark, salted almond, sea salt and nibs, crispy rice, orange zest or salted caramel.

To buy: beyondgood.com, from $4.50

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Magic Bullet

No. 7: Magic Bullet Kitchen Express

This small and mighty food processor and personal blender has one base with two attachments, so you can blend, mix, chop, slide and shred your way to faster meal prep.

To buy: nutribullet.com, $69.99 (Use code THANKFUL20 for 25-percent off site-wide Nov. 25-Dec. 1)

a person sitting at a beach: Gift set of Hawaiian foods

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Gift set of Hawaiian foods

No. 6: Ultimate Hawaiʻi Foodie

Your taste buds can travel to the Hawaiian Islands without leaving home thanks to this gift set. The collection of favorite foods from Hawaii includes ‘ulu chips, roasted coffee, island-grown tea, tuna jerky, chocolate, spice blends and more, all in an exclusive Market Jute tote.

“It’s a great way to experience Hawaii from afar…as you plan a future trip!” suggests 10Best contributor Marla Cimini.

To buy: houseofmanaup.com, $175

a plate of food on a table: Hot sauce from Walkerswood

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Hot sauce from Walkerswood

No. 5: Jonkanoo Pepper Sauce

Fiery food lovers will appreciate this seriously hot sauce made in Jamaica from West Indian red Scotch bonnet peppers.

To buy: walkerswood.com, $8.99

an empty bottle on a table: Topper's Rhum

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Topper’s Rhum

No. 4: Topper’s Rhum

Topper’s Rhum was voted the Best Caribbean Rum Distillery by 10Best readers. A bottle of this award-winning rum from Sint Maarten makes an excellent gift for the mixologist in your life. It comes in several flavors, including Mocha Mama, Coconut, Banana Vanilla Cinnamon, Spiced, White Chocolate Raspberry and classic Caribbean white.

“Drizzling any flavor over ice cream is my recommendation, although straight up on ice is also fabulous,” recommends 10Best Caribbean Expert Melanie Reffes.

To buy: phoenixinternationalwineandspirits.com, $23.25 (Use code USATodayF4 for 15-percent off)

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Gift basket from Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company

No. 3: S’mores Gift Basket

Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. lets you design your own S’mores Gift Baskets for gifting or indulging. Choose your marshmallow flavor (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, salted caramel or French toast) and two graham cracker flavors (cinnamon sugar, chocolate or chocolate chip) for the ultimate customized s’mores.

To buy: hudsonvalleymarshmallow.com, $20

Michael Andretti sitting on a bench: Chef Allen Susser

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Chef Allen Susser

No. 2: “Green Fig and Lionfish” by chef Allen Susser

Bring the flavors of the Caribbean into your home kitchen with this cookbook from chef Allen Susser. The book features 70 eco-conscious recipes, as well as references for how to prepare and handle fish and prepare your own Caribbean spice mixes.

To buy: greenfigandlionfish.com, $25.15

a group of people sitting posing for the camera: Gift box from Sweet Heat Jam Company

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Gift box from Sweet Heat Jam Company

No. 1: Sweet Heat Gift Box

This limited edition gift box from Sweet Heat Jam Co. features three 4-ounce bottles of jam and a jam spreader engraved with the phrase “spreading

To buy: sweetheatjam.com, $18 (Use code 10BEST for 10 percent off during November)

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