Whether the mushroom lover in your life is an intrepid forager, or a complete novice in the field, we’ve got you covered with these incredible gift ideas.
What unites most mycophiles is their passion for eating mushrooms! But there are many other ways to enjoy fungi than cooking them. Like reading about them, growing them, drinking them, preserving them, and studying their extensive expressions of form and function in nature and art.
We think you’ll enjoy our curated list of the best mushroom gifts, with thoughtful ideas to commemorate every holiday, birthday, and special occasion of the coming year. And spark joy in all who receive them!
Hard Cover $24.49. #1 Best Seller in Environmental Science and our TOP PICK!
Simard’s book debuted in May of 2021 to rave reviews, and quickly climbed the NY Times Bestseller List. For good reason.
Simard weaves together the science of nature’s woodland mysteries, with expert storytelling that will stir your heart. “Finding the Mother Tree” not only explores forest ecology and the underground networks that connect all trees, she documents her impressive career in a male-dominated field – celebrating the human spirit and our own tangled relationship with nature. The core of her message (and Simard’s life work) is the interconnectedness of all living things.
A Canadian scientist who grew up in the wilds of British Columbia, she’s now a professor in the Dept. of Forest and Conservation Science at UBC, and holds a PhD in Forest Science from Oregon State University.
Hard Cover $23.08. ‘Entangled Life’ is an International Bestseller and fascinating read.
In captivating prose, Sheldrake explores the amazing world of fungi in all its various forms – from microscopic to mammoth. He documents fungi’s intelligence, problem solving abilities, and life-giving support to humans, animals, and other plants.
Like Simard, Sheldrake is an expert in his field, with a PhD in tropical ecology from Cambridge for his work on underground fungal networks in Panama, where he was a research fellow for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Published in May, 2020 by Random House, his book won the Wainwright Prize in 2021, and worldwide praise for narrative non-fiction.
Paperback $27.99. Our third pick of must-have books for mushroom lovers is considered by many the tome of fungi cultivation. Paul Stamets first published this massive work in 1993, and an updated edition in 2000.
At 574 pages, his encyclopedic book on fungi propagation has garnered respect from not only scientists and academics, but chefs, gourmands, gardeners, horticulturalists, and health enthusiasts.
It details everything you need to know about growing mushrooms, with production techniques for home and commercial cultivation on 31 edible mushroom species. Plus gardening tips and troubleshooting advice.
Stamets is a giant in the field of mycology and continues to produce groundbreaking research on the healing powers of fungi.
Paperback $21.59. A new edition to the classic, best-selling field guide for identifying mushrooms in the field. A quintessential book for anyone who wants to learn how to safely forage fungi in the wild. With over 700 beautiful color illustrations of fungi anatomy and descriptive text notes, it documents more than 1,000 species of mushrooms.
$21.95. Lightweight, durable, and easy to carry slung over your back, this foraging bag is made with breathable, tear resistant mesh that scuba divers use around sharp reefs.
At 15 x 17-inches in size, the bag features an adjustable shoulder strap, enabling you to carry it with a handle or wear over the shoulders. Other useful features include a solid bottom to prevent soft mushrooms from getting crushed, and thick mesh with small holes to prevent grating.
The breathable sidewalls keep mushrooms fresh with air circulation, and enable the spread of spores while you move. Includes a storage pocket to store your cutting blade, and is easily folded for off-season storage. Made in the USA.
$29.98. The perfect tool for hunting mushrooms. This high-quality knife has a locking, foldable blade for safety, and a curved wooden handle for comfort.
With built-in cleaning brush on one end for cleaning fungi. Very lightweight at 4.9 ounces, this knife is small enough to fit in your pocket. The short curved blade is made from stainless steel to help prevent rust.
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$17.95. Any mushroom lover knows that the best way to clean fresh fungi is with a gentle brush (rather than a rinse in water, which can compromise flavor).
This beautiful hand-crafted brush is made by visually impaired artisans in a Swedish brush bindery.
The handle is oil-treated birch wood, and the bristles are made from horsehair – making them firm yet soft. Can also be used for other culinary uses, including as a pastry brush!
$19.99 for 10 oz. Coffee lovers will appreciate this unique and delicious dark-roast ground coffee, enhanced with organic Lions Mane mushroom powder.
Made from small-batch Arabica beans, Top Shelf Grind offers a money back guarantee if you don’t love the taste!
Touted as a memory booster, Lions Mane can help improve mental clarity, concentration, cognition, and alertness. Give it a try and see for yourself the enhanced health benefits of drinking your mushrooms!
$29.99 for 12 oz. Featuring Truffle, Porcini, and Cyprus mushroom flake flavors. These gourmet, all-natural, unrefined sea salts are blended with dried mushrooms to enhance flavor with umami goodness. And with more savory flavor from dried fungi, you’ll use less salt when you cook.
They’re zero calorie, zero carb, zero fat, and sugar free – making them a health-conscious staple in your pantry. Kosher, Gluten-free, No MSG, Non-GMO. Caravel also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
1 lb. $36.99. A Japanese delicacy and enticing gift for mushroom connoisseurs – An umami bomb for your tastebuds!
These white flower dried Shiitake mushrooms are hand harvested and dried in Japan, and considered to be some of the highest quality Shiitakes available on the market.
They’re recognized by their distinct “baau fa”, white fissure markings on their caps.
A culinary delight for cooking all year round. This gift will make them swoon!
$128. A perfect way to dry and preserve all your favorite mushroom varieties for extended pantry use. Never have your mushrooms go bad again!
BioChef’s high-rated, countertop food dehydrator is compact and lightweight. And features 6 BPA-free, stainless steel drying trays, an advanced digital timer, adjustable thermostat and temperature control, and horizontal air flow.
Made of durable stainless steel, it comes in black or white models, and weighs only 11.46 lbs, for easy handling and tidy storage. Bonus accessories include a fine mesh screen, a non-stick sheet, and 1 drip tray, for easy cleanup. BioChef stands by their product with a 2-year warranty on the motor and all parts.
$18.99. 100% organic and non-GMO, these edible mushrooms can be harvested straight from the grow box, and cooked in all your favorite dishes. Made in the USA and 100% guaranteed to grow fancy Pink Oysters in 10 days.
This eco-conscious, sustainable kit is also part of the Grow One, Give One Campaign – for every grow kit sold, simply share a picture on social media, tag Back to the Roots, and use the campaign hashtag, and the company will donate one mushroom kit to the classroom of your choice!
A win-win gift that delivers the wonder of growing fresh mushrooms right in your home, and supports a great cause.
Hard Cover $30.34. Published in November 2021, by PIE International. This best-selling book of incredible mushroom botanical art showcases paintings by Japanese and European naturalists of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Curl up with a hot cup of tea and drool over fungi’s intrinsic beauty and stunning structural form, with full color plate illustrations that will delight a fungi fan.
Author Toshimitsu Fukihara, hails from Fukuoka, Japan and holds a doctorate in Forest and Biomaterials Science at Kyoto University. He serves as senior researcher at the Chiba Open Air Museum Boso-no-Mura, and specializes in the natural history of mushrooms, with research on ammonia fungi.
Paperback. $9.95. Mycoflora are the fruiting bodies of fungi, the form we recognize as mushrooms. This delightful coloring book is a great way to manage stress, engage your creative brain, and help you learn mushroom identification.
It features 28 unique and botanically accurate illustrations from nature, meticulously hand drawn from observation in the field – with scientific and common names listed on each print.
And the standard 8.5x11” print size makes it easy to frame your favorite drawings for display. Pair this book with a box of artist-grade coloring pencils for a thoughtful creative gift.
$34.88. Handmade in natural stained wood, this beautiful puzzle box is made of four pieces, with a secret interior compartment to hold tiny treasures. Makes a great gift for ages 12 years and up. Weighs 8.3 oz, and measures 6 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches.
‘The Handcrafted’ is a Houston-based company that sources high-quality handmade gifts and home décor, with an emphasis on craftmanship.
This secret puzzle box fits the bill for the most experienced mushroom lover who has (nearly) everything.
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