While there’s nothing wrong showing up to a holiday shindig with a bottle of fine wine, it’s not exactly an inspired gift. Real talk: It’s probably the fourth bottle your host received that night, which can overwhelm even the most ardent oenophile. This season, step up your party-goer game by showing your gratitude (while simultaneously scoring a repeat invite) with a tasteful gift that’s both utilitarian and sumptuous—something gourmet, perhaps? To help you channel your inner gastronome, we tapped 10 chefs from around the country for their recommendations.
Read on for their $50 and under picks.