12/05/2014 02:38 pm ET Updated Feb 04, 2015

Gourmet Gifts for the Foodie 2014

We all have them, that friend or family member that loves to cook, eat and enjoy all things culinary. The foodies among us may be the most intimidating to shop for, paralyzing us with fear of an upturned nose at our homemade baking or tinned popcorn. Fear not my friends, this year there is a wide, wide range of fun, functional and downright tasty gifts for the foodie in your life.

Gourmet Coffee
With so many great, affordable choices out there, it's hard to go wrong. My pick of the year is Novo Coffee based in Denver. They roast all their beans from hand-picked, fair-trade farms. You cannot go wrong with their Ethiopian options or any of the espresso blends (make sure your foodie has an espresso maker first).

Coffee Accessories
If your foodie does not have an espresso maker, I'm in love with the electric moka version from DeLonghi. There are tons of stove top versions out there, but being able to plug it in does make it easier. Give with Novo coffee and some espresso glasses, and you have a great gift set for the coffee snob in your life.

Local Anything
Find out what's good in your area and get some of that. Currently I'm in Colorado and there is a wide range of locally made jams, jellies, teas, chocolates, and candies to be had. Particularly if you are shipping your foodie a gift from afar, they will love getting what's local in your area.

Gift Baskets
Normally, I hesitate to recommend sending a gift basket because unless you've sampled the products yourself, it's tough to know if it will be high quality. So if you must send a basket, go with D'Artagnan or Harry and David. Good quality and interesting additions, the Petit Charcuterie basket is of particularly good value.

Bloody Mary Kit
Put together a fun basket filled with all the Bloody Mary fixings you can think of: locally made hot sauce, small batch pickled veggies, a great vodka, maybe even a can of anchovies. Get creative, your foodie will love it.