Gourmet refers to someone who is a connoisseur of good food and drinks and takes great pleasure in eating and drinking them discriminatingly.
A foodie is someone who has a refined interest in good food and drinks and enjoys them for the pleasure and experience of it.
A foodie enjoys good food and has a passion for high-quality food, but it doesn’t have to be gourmet foods. A gourmet has a sophisticated taste in food and wine and perhaps is a bit more discerning about food choices.
Gourmet food refers to food and drink of the highest quality and flavor prepared with precision and presented in an artful manner.
Gourmet foods are exquisite gifts that are fun to receive, especially when they are bundled together or provided in a gift basket. They usually contain some unique items, like champagne pickles--things you may not have ever bought for yourself or even knew they existed--but are delightful in receiving and giving them nonetheless. They are specialty foods--they spark interest, tempt the palate, and provide satiable enjoyment.
Baked goods and snack gift boxes are always excellent food gifts. Baked goods are nice to have during the holidays to serve visiting friends and family. Snack gift boxes combine many yummy, gourmet treats and save you the guesswork of pairing different food items. Assorted cheeses with specialty crackers on a serving board also make a great gift, as well as some specialty teas.