Two words best describe your gourmet friend (no, they're not "food" and "snob") - good taste. But that doesn't have to translate to crazy expensive. Here are five finds to help expand the palate and pantry of the foodie in your life.

Two words best describe your gourmet friend (no, they're not "food" and "snob") - good taste. But that doesn't have to translate to crazy expensive. Here are five finds to help expand the palate and pantry of the foodie in your life.

Spice gift sets

Home and pro cooks alike trust the fresh spices and seasoning blends from Ben Walters at North Market Spices. If your gourmand buddy loves Latin flavors or has been meaning to dabble in Indian cooking, head to the back of this stand where you'll find pre-packaged spice gift sets (starting around $22) in various ethnic themes. North Market, 59 Spruce St., Arena District, 614-224-4107,northmarketspices.com

Cooking classes

Feel like you've crossed the threshold into a professional kitchen at The Commissary, where restaurant and food truck chefs teach modernist cuisine, bread baking and lots of options in between (classes start around $50). Or opt for a homier feel at Martha-Stewart-like Seasoned Farmhouse (classes start around $65) where trained cooks and the occasional restaurant chef focus on recipes inspired by the seasons. The Commissary, 1400 Dublin Road, Grandview Heights, 614-636-3164, thecommissarycolumbus.com; Seasoned Farmhouse, 3674 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-230-6281,theseasonedfarmhouse.com

Canvas lunch tote

Show the world you take your sack lunch seriously with a canvas lunch tote from Towne 9 ($21), available at Objects for the Home. They're boldly marked with food-nerdy phrases like "Just Beet It" and "Everyday I'm Trufflin'." Objects for the Home, 1310 Grandview Ave., Grandview, 614-914-8006,objectsforthehome.com

Aeropress coffee maker

Forget pour-overs and French presses - the Aeropress coffee and espresso maker ($30), available at Stauf's in German Village, is the perfect way to brew single servings of java. The press promises a fresh cup that's rich, not bitter, in about 30 seconds. Bonus: It's compact and lightweight, perfect for a great cup on the road. Stauf's,627 S. Third St., German Village,staufs.com

Cast-iron grill

Give the gift of grill marks without the need to brave the winter cold with Le Creuset's Cast-Iron Rectangular Skinny Grill available at Williams-Sonoma ($100). It's slender enough to fit over a single burner, durable enough to withstand the heat of a broiler and stylish in nine colors.williams-sonoma.com