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Chef Moms Clue Us in on the Best Food-Related Gifts for Mother's Day

Get gift ideas from the moms who know best.

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Moms know that the best way to show love is through food, whether it be cut up fruit speared with toothpicks, a bubbling casserole dish that’s as rich as it is comforting, or warm cookies fresh out of the oven. With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s our turn to show our moms how much we appreciate them in the same way they've taught us through food. Although we can’t all be home for the holiday, we can still show our moms how much they mean to us with homemade jams, biscuit mixes, and bottles of hot sauces. We turned to the experts -- chefs, coffee shop owners, and cookbook authors (who also all happen to be moms) -- to get ideas on the best things to gift them. Here are their suggestions:

Alex Raij

Chef & Owner of Txikito and author of The Basque Book

“For home cooking, I love Goya Organic brand of all types. [The] chickpea and black beans especially can be made so delicious with a great homemade sofrito, often including Burlap and Barrel’s wild mountain cumin -- a recent obsession.”
 
Shop Goya Organic
Shop Burlap and Barrel spices

Allie Caran

Director of Education at Partners Coffee

"I love to add a little spice to my cooking! My favorite gift set to give -- and receive! -- is from Heatonist, an amazing hot sauce purveyor based in Brooklyn. They have an incredible lineup of carefully curated mix and match hot sauce gift sets."
 
Shop Heatonist Hot Sauce Gift Sets

Jean Thompson

CEO and Owner of Seattle Chocolate Company 

"This Mother's Day, I'd love to receive the Canlis Mother's Day Brunch-In-A-Box kit. I've been looking forward to reconnecting with my extended family more than ever and this gift has the potential to make seeing them easy and over something delicious. Plus, it's great to support fellow local Seattle businesses during this difficult time! 
 
As for a gift I'm likely giving to other moms in my life, the Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat cookbook by Samin Nosrat is one of my all-time favorites and a must for anyone interested in exploring flavor. I've always been one to experiment with unique combinations in the kitchen but through her book, I've really changed my approach and outlook when it comes to cooking and the ingredients I use. Something great to share with fellow epicureans."
 
Shop Canlis Meal Kits
Shop Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Yunnie Kim Morena

Owner of The Albright and food blog, KIM.CHI.AVOCADO

“For something decadent, order the caviar brunch basket from Petrosian. For something a little more budget-friendly, I love the jams from Sqirl. Or you could send biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits!”
 
Shop Petrosian caviar brunch basket
Shop Sqirl jams
Shop Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits

Miyoko Schinner

Founder of Miyoko’s Creamery and author of The Homemade Vegan Pantry

“[For Mother’s Day], I would absolutely love an electric ice cream maker, so I can indulge with my family all summer long and experiment with making delicious frozen desserts with plant-based ingredients."
 
Shop electric ice cream makers

Katie Button

Chef and Owner of Cúrate and Button & Co. Bagels

“I love gifting some of my favorite things for Mother's Day gifts, like Counter Culture coffee, Pappy Van Winkle barrel-aged maple syrup (yes, I swooned when I realized my favorite bourbon brand started making maple syrup), Blackberry Farms smoked onion jam (it is amazing with country pate and mustard), and Spicewalla spices (Asheville-made, and their coriander blew my mind when I first tasted it)." 
 
Shop Counter Culture coffee
Shop Pappy Van Winkle maple syrup
Shop Blackberry Farms smoked onion jam
Shop Spicewalla spices

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Kat Thompson is a staff writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @katthompsonn