One thing mushroom lovers have in common is that they are obsessed. Whether it be foraging, cultivation, or just outright admiration, there is a passion behind it. And, really, who can blame us? Fungi are incredible – they’re tasty, super fun to grow, a delight to hunt, and the variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and habitats makes them part of a hobby (i.e., obsession) that never gets boring.
Finding the perfect fungi-centered gift for the mushroom lover in your life is a whole lot easier with this gift list. It’s curated by a similar-minded person (me!) who is absolutely infatuated with the weird and wild fungi kingdom. There are gifts for the fungi nerd, the foraging fanatic, the cultivation nut, and the culinary enthusiast.
Top 12 Fungi-Centered Gifts For Mushroom Lovers
Peruse this list of the best gifts for the mushroom-obsessed folks in your life. These make excellent Christmas, Hanukkah, or birthday gifts. Or, just a gift to say I appreciate you for who you are, fungi fanatic. From the quirky to the fun to the beautiful to the educational, this list covers it all.
- Mycophile Definition Vinyl Sticker
Display this sticker on a water bottle, laptop, or notebook, and the other mycophiles will find you. You’ll know who they are because they’ll be giggling in agreement. This sticker also lets others know that if they hang around you, they might be inundated with random and incredible fungi facts at any moment. It’s also an excellent way to keep the less fungi-obsessed informed so they don’t have you carted off to the looney bin when you launch into the fifth point on how mushrooms can save the world. Yeah, we know. This sticker is a must.
- Fungi Friends
These fanciful lil fungi friend plant stakes are simply enchanting. They’re made to order by glass artist Jocelyn Brown, and if you want some in time for the holiday, jump on them now. Imagine your potted plants adorned with these unique dancing figurines – it’s like a fairy tale brought to life. The celebration and joy that each figure encompasses are truly outstanding. Check out the incredible fungi jewelry in the shop, too. Absolutely stunning.
- Shroom Kingdom Art Print
This captivating watercolor painting of a family of ink cap mushrooms leaves us speechless. The playfulness of the color choices and the exquisite detail had us falling in love with the painting the instant we saw it. Ward Jean Stroud brings real magic to his work. Any fungi lover would be thrilled to display this on their wall. You can get an art print of this watercolor in a variety of sizes, from 8×10 to 24×36. Be sure to check out his other art prints; they’re amazing even though they’re not fungi.
- Morels, The Strategic Card Game
Strategic gaming meets morel obsessed mushroom foragers – yes, please! This game is excellent because it’s not super complicated like some strategic card games, it is visually spectacular, and it is a basket of fun. It’s a fast-paced two-player game, taking about 20-30 minutes to play a round. This is a great way to have some fun in the winter when foraging is less than fruitful. It is for ages 10+, but we’re sure younger kids could learn it too. Best of all, once you’ve mastered Morels, you can add on the Foray expansion pack. The fun never gets old.
- Mushroom Grow-Kit
Even the non-fungi obsessed will get a kick out of this neat gift. Home-grown mushrooms are awesome. It’s a great way to learn about how mushrooms grow and, even better than that, taste species that are tricky to source otherwise. It’s not just about button and oyster mushrooms, the typical grocery store finds. You can grow lion’s mane, cordyceps, shiitake, reishi, chestnuts, beech, and nameko mushrooms right in your kitchen. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Mushroom Grow Kits to see the choices, along with our recommendations for who to source them from.
- Mushroom Botanical Art by Toshimitsu Fukiharu
The botanical drawings in this book are from 18th and 19th-century European and Japanese naturalists, and they are spectacular. If you know a fungi and art lover, this book is the absolute gem. Really, though, any mushroom enthusiast will lose themselves in the intricately drawn fungi. Many of these drawings show more detail than the photography in current mushroom identification guides – it’s a reminder that meticulously drawn botanical art is still majorly important even in this digital age.
- All That The Rain Promises and More by David Aurora
This one is for the forager and the nerd. Learning about mushrooms never gets old, mainly because there is always something new to learn. And, of course, designations are constantly changing as we learn more about the vast fungi kingdom around our feet and in the trees.
While this book is now almost 40 years old, it is still among the best guides ever written. This is the book you get when you’re ready to move past the primary edible species that everyone talks about and are ready to move into identifying ALL the fungi. It’s not always easy for beginners to get into, and the young ‘uns might not be able to get past the black-and-white photography. But this isn’t a guide that relies on photos. The identification key sequence is the best – it’s a must for any true mushroom nerd!
- Mushroom Christmas Tree Ornaments
Vibrant, sparkly mushroom ornaments for the Christmas tree – yes, yes, yes! These ornaments make any tree shine, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re naturally the colors of the holiday (or the other way around? For an interesting read about the potential origin of red and white as Christmas colors, check out this article).
- Ceramic Mushroom Mug
If you love mugs and want to go down a rabbit hole, visit Etsy and type in ceramic mushroom mugs. There are some incredible artists making some truly spectacular fungi-centered mugs – it was hard to choose favorites, so we are highlighting three here. Enjoying a cup of hot tea (or cocoa or coffee, you do you) out of one of these mugs makes the day shine, and we’re confident, the world a better place.
Mushroom Mug with Saucer and optional slugs
Green Mug With Mushrooms
And how could we pass by this absolutely charming mushroom tea set – it’s just delightful in so many ways.
- Fungi Earrings
These handmade clay earrings by Hazel Buds Clay are the perfect accessories for any mushroom lover. Chanterelles, morels, amanitas, turkey tail, black trumpets, and even bleeding tooth (that one will make a statement!); there’s one for every outfit and event.
We are also in love with these handmade wooden earrings by Fresh Cuttery. The cottagecore style is hard to resist; these earrings celebrate nature, the woods, and, of course, the mushroom kingdom.
- Mushroom Jerky
There are a lot of mushroom jerky products nowadays, but this one really hits for us. The flavors pop, and the texture is incredible. This jerky is made with portabella mushrooms and comes in a variety of incredible flavors, like roasted garlic and black pepper, and smokehouse bacon. A delicious gift to make the fungi fanatic in your life a happy camper.
- The Mushroom Garden Book by Adam Oehlers
Enter into this fantastical mushroom adventure land with a brilliant story and absolutely stunning artistry. Buy it for the story or just to gaze at the incredible illustrations. This is one of those books that inspires curiosity as it transcends natural experiences. Artist and writer Adam Oehlers works with watercolor, ink, and pencil to create the fantastically intricate world of The Mushroom Garden, which is a feast for the eyes.