If you are looking for the ideal gift for the cook in your life, this is the holiday gift guide for you! I’ve put together a list of my absolute must-haveitems that I couldn’t live without in my kitchen. From appliances to tools, you will find just what you are looking for!
Do you know someone who loves to cook? My guess is yes (otherwise, why would you be here?), and knowing what to gift that person for the holidays isn’t always the easiest task.
As the ultimate gift guide for cooks, this holiday gift guide is filled with the best gifts. Here you’ll find all my kitchen favorites that I use on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you are gifting to a chef or a newbie in the kitchen, any of these items are just what they have been dreaming of.
If you are looking for the ideal gift for the cook in your life, this is the holiday gift guide for you! I've put together a list of my absolute must-have items that I couldn't live without in my kitchen. From appliances to tools, you will find just what you are looking for!
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Having a cast iron skillet is a must! If you know someone who loves to cook and doesn't have one, this is the gift to give them immediately. They heat evenly, can go from stovetop to oven in a breeze, are naturally nonstick, and are super easy to clean.
I am actually a huge fan of Lodge, because they are super affordable and last FOREVER. I actually have the one passed down from my grandmother and it is in pristine condition, STILL. It's one of those gifts that you know they will get a lot of use out of, which is one of my favorite kinds of gifts to give.
Dreamfarm is one of those brands I happened to stumble upon early on in my blogging career, and I've always loved them. My favorite tool of theirs is their clongs - aka their click lock tongs. They sit up off of your work surface with that fun little bend in the handle.
It's one of those tools that I am constantly reaching for, no matter what I am making in the kitchen. They come in a ton of different colors, and you can even buy a set of utensils if you nee
Anyone who loves to cook or bake needs a KitchenAid stand mixer in their life. It's the first thing that I ever asked for in terms of kitchen items, and it is a serious workhorse. You might think that it's only for bakers, but this stand mixer actually works for the cook as well. With all the various attachments, cooks can slice, dice, roll pasta, and so much more.
Yes, this gift is a bit more on the spendy side, but it makes for a memorable gift that any cook will treasure for years to come!
Once I got a high-quality meat thermometer, everything changed. No more poking steaks with my finger to approximate doneness (which never really worked for me, let's be honest). There was no need to cut into chicken to check for pink anymore. This meat thermometer is highly rated for a reason, plus it's waterproof!
I LOVE this blender. It's the perfect size for me. You can use it to make sauces, soups, smoothies, ice cream bases, and so much more. Any cook will appreciate it's size, especially because it fits on the countertop, underneath the cupboard. The best part is the base allows you to change out sizes, so cooks can buy a bigger container down the line if they need to. It's also the most economical Vitamix, but it works just as well as any other line (trust me, I've tested it out!).
Cooks can never have too many cutting boards, espeically when they are made out of bamboo. These lightweight cutting boards come in every size a cook would need, plus the groove running around the edge is a cook's best friend. It stops the juices from running everywhere, which means less mess to cleanup in the end.
Alexa is my personal chef assistant. The newer Echo models are sleek in look as well as functionality. Whether you are asking for a quick conversion of tablespoons to cups or are asking Alexa to walk you through some recipe inspiration, having an Echo in the kitchen is a helpful tool many often overlook. It's also perfect for tunes so cooks can get their kitchen dancing on whenever the mood strikes!
Shun is one of the best Japanese knife brands and they are well worth the investment. I know for many the price point might be a bit shocking, but my knives have lasted me almost 10 years. They come with a lifetime guarantee, and you can always send them in for sharpening for free. The santoku knife is one of my favorites, ideal for all purpose chopping and dicing.
Pyrex is one of those brands I remember my grandmother using, and there's a reason they've been around for so long. These sturdy measuring cups are great for cooking, when you are constantly working with measurements that are either in ounces or even in metric. The pouring spout also makes them fantastic for measuring liquids!
The Instant Pot is the ultimate appliance and it gets used almost every single day in my home. You can slow cook, pressure cook, steam, make rice, and so much more with this particular model. I've actually tried out almost every single model, and this one is my favorite. It does everything you could ever need and it's incredibly easy to use. I also love the simple push button pressure release because you don't have to worry about burning your fingers!
This is a fantastic gift to go in on with friends if you are looking to spoil a friend or family member.
A Dutch oven is probably one of the most versatile post any cook can own. Why you ask? It can be used to make the best pasta, cook tender braised meats, make soups, brown meats BEFORE you put them in the Instant Pot, bake bread, and even serve in. I mean, why dirty another dish when you can serve in this gorgeous pot straight from the oven?
If you have a cooking-obsessed friend who loves to try the next hot thing, get them a sous vide cooker. It's a whole different style of cooking that the whole world seems to be hopping on board with recently. With this little tool, you can achieve precision cooking in a way you simply can't with any other tool. It has so many practical applications, so it's not just for those pursuing modernist cooking! Plus it can be controlled right from your smartphone.