Whether it's a gift for someone who loves making their own pizza, or simply for someone who loves eating them, you'll find some great gift ideas for pizza lovers here.
My Top Gift Choice For Pizza Lovers
Everyone loves pizza, right?
After all, it's a delicious and satisfying meal that makes your soul sing, and it does far more than just fill your belly up.
For example, it's perfect for sharing with your friends during parties, movie nights and sleepovers.
And it goes great with a craft beer when you're watching the big game.
It's the ideal comfort food, providing a real pick me up when you are feeling down in the dumps.
And it can also be a treat to yourself after a hard week, or to congratulate yourself after a job well done.
So in most cases, pizza is the perfect option.
And with huge variety of toppings and bases, you can find a pizza to suit everyone's tastes.
So buying someone a pizza is a pretty good gift in itself!
But if you want to go deeper, there are some great gift options out there for anyone who loves pizza.
And this isn't just limited to the people that love to eat them.
It also includes the many thousands of home pizza chef's who are passionate about cooking their own pizzas.
So for this reason we've split the gift ideas into the following two sections, starting with gifts to help people make better pizza (and as an added bonus, you can volunteer to test the results!).
Gifts For The Budding Pizza Chef
Making good pizza is an art form.
As the consistency of the dough, heat of the oven, time spent under the heat, ingredients and ratios, all play a part in whether your Neapolitan sucks or your New Yorker is a success.
So if you know someone who takes a pride in making their own pizza, they will appreciate the following gifts.
Which will have their pizza looking and tasting better than ever before.
Gifts To Help Them Get Their Measurements & Timings Right
Accurate measurements and timings are crucial to your success in all forms of baking, and this includes making pizza.
As it's the only way you are going to be able to make a consistent dough, and get your bases and edges as crispy as you like them, while still remaining soft and bubbly inside.
And to measure out your ingredients precisely, you need to do it by mass rather than volume.
Which makes using a digital scale the best way to keep those measurements on point, and give your pizza the best chance.
And a great one to gift someone is the OXO Good Grips Digital Food Scale.
This one gives you measurements in both imperial and metric units, is easy to read, and is extremely accurate.
And as for helping them get their timings right, any basic digital timer will do, such as this one, the Etekcity Digital Kitchen Timer.
This is really simple to use, has easy to see numbers, and is compact and easy to carry around.
It also has a stand so you can place it on your worktop, and a magnetic back if you prefer to stick it to the fridge.
Pizza Peels Fit To Launch A Thousand Pizzas
Once you've got your dough to the perfect consistency, spread it out into shape, and topped it with the most delicious toppings, it's time to get baking.
However you need to get it into the extremely hot oven in one piece if you're going to avoid a pizza fail.
And without burning your hands in the process!
So what you need for this is a pizza peel, and specifically one made of wood.
This is because a wood pizza peel will absorb excess moisture, and the raw pizza dough is much less likely to stick to it than on a metal peel.
Which makes them ideal for launching your pizza into your oven without any sticking, spillages or disasters!
And a good one to get someone as a gift is the Pizza Royale Bamboo Pizza Peel.
This one is sturdy and durable as it's made from bamboo, and has a beveled edge and handle that make it perfect for comfortably launching pizzas.
However, while wooden pizza peels are where it's at for getting your pizza into the oven, for turning it while cooking and retrieving it when done you will be much better served with an aluminium pizza peel.
Because these peels are thinner than the wooden ones, meaning they can slide under the pizza in the oven with greater ease when you need to move it.
And a good one to get is the Kitchen Supply Aluminium Pizza Peel by Honey Can Do.
This has a large and smooth surface to scoop up your pizza with.
And having the wooden handle way back will keep your hands far away from the hot oven, preventing burns that can be a common hazard among pizza chefs.
These pizza peels are an essential piece of any pizza chef's kit.
And an idea could be to buy someone both a wood and a metal pizza peel as a combined gift, meaning they have the full arsenal at their disposal.
Pizza Cutters To Get Their Slices Looking Great
After taking all that time and effort to make your pizza as good as it can possibly be, it would be a real shame to fall at the final hurdle by butchering it when cutting it into slices.
After all, presentation is all important with food.
And if it's not Instagram worthy, then will you really be proud enough to share it with friends?
So treat any budding pizza chef to the gift of even and neat looking slices with a top of the range pizza cutter.
You have a few options when it comes to cutters.
Firstly there are the traditional pizza wheels, and if that's what you prefer then we can recommend the Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel.
This one is great as it has a super sharp blade that will glide through any pizza.
Yet it's also safe, as it has a non-slip, protective handle to protect your hands and fingers from cuts.
Alternatively, you could get a pair of pizza cutting scissors, like the Fiskars Non-Scratch Kitchen Shears.
These are perfect for cutting through pizza, with the stainless steel blade being sharp and decisive.
And the angle of the blade and position of the handle means your hands stay well clear of the toppings.
While the nylon base prevents any scratching on the surfaces below.
And finally you have the rocker style cutters, such as the Kitchenstar Rocker Style Pizza Cutter.
These cutters are really satisfying to use.
This one in particular is good because it has a super sharp blade that will go straight through both thin crust and deep pan pizza bases.
And using a rocker to cut pizza is good, as it does so without dislodging any of your toppings.
Leaving you with a perfectly cut and consistent pizza.
A Top Class Pizza Stone Or Baking Sheet
Most home ovens don't get hot enough to make great pizza.
Which is where using a pizza stone can be a real game changer, as it provides the extra heat and power you need.
Because when preheated in the oven, a pizza stone will give a high burst of initial heat to your pizza, starting to cook the dough immediately.
And it holds this heat evenly, meaning you won't get a cooked crust and a soggy center, like you can when cooking pizza on a baking sheet.
This heat will give your crust the crispy texture you want but without burning the toppings, and will cook your pizza a lot faster than conventional methods.
And another thing that will keep your crust crispy and delicious is the fact the pizza stone is porous.
This means it will absorb excess water from the dough as the pizza cooks.
So all in all a good pizza stone is a great idea to give as a gift, and one that ticks all the boxes is the Cast Elegance Pizza Stone.
This one retains heat well, and spreads it out so you get an evenly cooked pizza.
And it's great for absorbing moisture from your pizza dough too, giving you perfectly crispy crusts and bases every time.
However the downside of using traditional pizza stones is that they can sometimes break through the thermal shock of being exposed to changing temperatures.
So if you want to avoid this, consider getting someone a steel pizza baking plate instead.
These won't break like pizza stones can, and come with a few other advantages.
For one, they are better heat conductors than stone, and can achieve higher temperatures, which is great for making pizza.
And this can give you crispier bases, more airy bubbles within the crust, and a faster cooking time.
So if this sounds like a better option, consider going for the Dough Joe Steel Pizza Baking Sheet.
An Outdoor Pizza Oven To Take Things To The Next Level
In your pursuit of making great pizza at home, even with a pizza stone or steel plate, there is only so far you can go with a conventional oven.
This is because, in the interests of safety, indoor ovens will only go up to around 550 degrees fahrenheit.
And this is not hot enough to make a truly great Neopolitan style pizza.
For this you need a much higher heat to recreate the crispy outer crust and base, yet still keep it soft and bubbly inside.
Which is where an outdoor pizza oven comes in.
As these ovens reach temperatures of over 900 degrees fahrenheit, which is ideal for making professional standard pizza.
And if you want a great value one to buy as a gift for somebody, we'd recommend the Uuni 3 Portable Wood Fired Pizza Oven.
This outdoor pizza oven is fired by wood pellets and gets incredibly hot - up to 932 degrees fahrenheit.
And it's great for maintaining this heat, giving you good temperature control and a consistent cook throughout.
In fact your pizzas will cook in almost no time at all.
And it comes with a Cordierite Pizza Stone which will cook pizzas up to 13".
So it's great for the backyard, especially when friends and family are over during the summer.
And it's also portable, so you can take it with you on camping trips or days out at the beach.
All in all it will make a great gift for anyone that loves making pizza.
Just be prepared that you may have to increase your pizza consumption if you buy a friend one of these!
And to see just what the Uuni 3 Outdoor Pizza Oven is capable of, check out the video below.
Books To Sharpen Up Their Pizza Making Skills
No matter how good someone gets at making pizza, there is always more to learn and new recipes and cooking methods to experiment with.
So help them to avoid becoming complacent with one of these great books about pizza.
Firstly, The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani is an amazing pizza cookbook, written by an 11-time world champion pizza maker.
In it you'll learn how to make every type of pizza you can think of, from Sicilian pan pizza to Chicago deep dish and every variation in between.
There are plenty of top tips on how to get your dough perfect.
And with 75 recipes, this is a gift that will keep any pizza lover busy for many months to come.
Another good pizza book is Mastering Pizza by Marc Vetri and David Joachim.
This one aims to teach amateur pizza chefs how to make professional standard pizza in their own homes.
It does this by guiding people to make their dough in a way that will allow it to perform as well in a home oven as it would in a professional pizza oven.
And the step by step photos make the process easy to follow.
So it makes a great gift for anyone who feels hamstrung by not having their own pizza oven.
Pay For Them To Go To Pizza Making School
While it can be great to learn from a book, there is no substitute for the real thing.
So why not consider signing your budding pizza maker up for a masterclass with an expert?
This way they'll get to see exactly how it should be done.
And these classes are good fun, and even the most experienced of amateur pizza chefs will be able to pick up a new trick or two.
Now there are a huge range to choose from in the US, depending on your skill level and how deep you want to go.
But you should be able to find one that suits among the vast selection at Coursehorse, which you can see by clicking here.
Unfortunately these classes are a bit more sparse in the UK, with most being focused in London, but you still have the following options:
You can catch a glimpse into the masterclass at La Cucina Caldesi in the video above.
Gifts For The Enthusiastic Pizza Eater
A slice of great pizza is a moment of heaven on the lips.
So what better gift to give a pizza lover than the chance to eat some of the very best pizza out there.
Which is what they'll get with the following gift ideas.
A Gift Card For Takeaway Pizza
Everyone has a favourite pizza takeaway that is their go to when they want to get their pizza fix.
So a good, albeit slightly uninspired, gift idea is to buy them a gift card so they can order their next couple of pizzas on you.
This way they can enjoy their next movie night without having to open their own wallet.
Because after all, nothing tastes better than free pizza!
So whether they're a fan of Domino's, Papa John's, or a local pizzeria, you can ensure they'll get the exact pizza they want when you give them a gift card.
A Night Out At Their Favourite Pizzeria
Eating takeout pizza at home is a comforting and warming experience.
However sometimes it's nice to leave your den and venture out into the world.
So if you have a good pizzeria near you, then taking someone out for a meal there will make a lovely gift for them.
As not only will they get to sample some really good pizza.
You can have a nice night out together and enjoy each other's company over a glass or two of wine.
Which is a nice gift in itself.
Take Them On A Pizza Tour
There are certain places in the States that do pizza so well that it almost becomes a tourist attraction in itself.
For instance, there is Chicago with it's unique deep dish pizzas with thick crusts.
Or New York, with pizza places on every corner serving up outstanding thin crust pizza.
So if you find yourself in one of these cities that are famous for their pizza, then it makes sense to try and eat as much as you can while you're there.
And the good news is that there are guided pizza tours on offer to help you do just that.
On these tours you'll get taken around with a local expert, making sure you sample the very best pizza joints that their city has to offer.
And you definitely won't be hungry by the end of it!
Which makes them a great gift that will satisfy any lover of pizza.
Check out the list below for some good examples of pizza tours that come highly recommended.
And to get an idea of what to expect from these tours, you can see some highlights from the Slice of Brooklyn pizza tour in the video below.
Take Them To The Home Of Pizza
While the pizza in New York and Chicago is really good, you can't beat the world class pizza in Italy.
So if you want to pull out all the stops and really treat a pizza lover to the gift of a lifetime, a trip to Naples to eat real pizza in it's birthplace can't be beaten.
Here they specialise in Neopolitan style pizza (obviously!), and they do it better than anywhere else in the world.
However, you won't find the vast variety of toppings that you may be used to here.
As the Neopolitans tend to stick to simple and traditional margherita and marinara pizza, but that won't matter.
Because both are so delicious that you'll wonder why you'd bother adding anything else!
So a trip to Naples is an extreme (and expensive!) gift idea, but if you're planning a vacation to Italy it is well worth spending a couple of days there.
As you'll be tasting family recipes that have passed down through generations, made with methods perfected to create the ultimate pizza.
Which will set the benchmark for every other pizza you try in the future.
We hope you've gained some inspiration here on what to buy your pizza lover for their next gift.
Because there are some great options.
You can focus on cooking tools, accessories, and books to improve their pizza making knowledge and experience.
Or how about buying them an outdoor pizza oven to take their pizza making capabilities up a notch.
Or you can simply treat them to some great tasting pizza.
Whichever one you choose, it will be a gift sure to make any pizza lovers day.