Best Gift Ideas for Cooks, Home Chefs, Foodies
Yes, another Gift Guide, and not so much because I love creating these guides for you (I do!) but due to popular demand. If it wouldn’t appear to be overly self-serving, for sure I would have titled this Guide “My Favorite Kitchen Things That Foodies, Gourmet Cooks, and Home Chefs of All Levels are Sure to Love as Much as I Do!”
All of these gift ideas are available now at Amazon (you may be able to find them elsewhere at even better prices). If you order now, you can count on easy arrivals well in time for Christmas!
Here’s a sampling of all the very useful, fun items for the cooks, home chefs, and foodies on your Gift List!
Our Family Recipes Journal
This recipe book comes with tips and tricks to help anyone become a better cook but is largely blank so you can fill it with your family’s favorite recipes. It’s a great excuse to start a new tradition: plan a time to cook together once per week, then detail your favorite recipes in this book to create a family keepsake for years to come.
It has sections with blank pages (2 per recipe) for appetizers, soups/salads, sides, entrees, desserts, beverages, and “other” recipes, each with its own write-in index page. It is very high quality, a hardback with nice thick pages. Look toward passing down treasured family recipes in this book.
Pizza Stone for Grill and Oven
Finally, a pizza stone that is not so fragile I have to worry about it cracking under extreme conditions (I must be super hard on pizza stones because I have broken more than a few).
First, it is extra thick at 3/4-inch. And heavy (thank you, Amazon for Prime shipping). But here is the most amazing thing—guaranteed to withstand up to a whopping 1000 F degrees. Culinary Couture Pizza Stone for Grill and Oven will not crack!
Ground Beef Chopper Potato Masher
The meat masher with 5-inch wide beveled pinwheel blades easily chops and crumbles food. Ergonomic handle design can perfectly fit your hand curve and increase grip and relieves hand fatigue. It really works well to break up ground beef!
What a great idea, really. These non-stick fried and poached Egg Rings are perfect, too, for pancakes and anything else you want to come out round! Also comes in a heart-shaped option.
Precision Batter Dispenser
If this OXO Good Grips Precision Batter Dispenser isn’t just about the best thing on earth, I don’t know what is! It precisely dispenses batter for pancakes, cupcakes, crepes, and more—with no mess because it has a shut-off valve. Lid doubles as drip tray between squeezes. And with the wide opening and precise measurements on the side, this is your mixing bowl and measuring cups all in one.
Fiesta Mixing 8-Piece Bowl Set with Lids
New from the makers of Fiesta ware, these beautiful mixing bowls with lids that are stainless steel on the inside, plastic on the outside. Those colors! Fiesta Mixing Bowl Set is the set every foodie has been looking for, I’m just sure of it.
7-Inch Granton Edge Santoku Knife
A great knife at a decent price—not easy to find. But found this Mercer Culinary Millennia Chef’s Knife has been! At a fraction of the price of anything comparable in terms of quality and usefulness, this knife gets thousands of 5-star reviews.
Mortar and Pestle Set
I have just one complaint about the typical mortar and pestle. Stone. I can’t stand to touch the rough, unfriendly surface of a typical mortar and pestle. That’s why I love the Bekith Mortar and Pestle Set—it’s made of brushed stainless steel! Perfect for grinding spices, bruising herbs, and all other small crushing needs that come up in the kitchen.
Airtight Food Storage Container Set
This storage container set from Chef’s Path includes 7 clear plastic containers of varying sizes with lids and 10 reusable chalkboard labels—packaged for gift-giving. Lids lock to create 100% airtightness. And if that’s not enough, these are space-saving containers that are compact to make judicious use of cabinet space. BPA-free.
Knife Scrub Brush
Cleaning kitchen blades and knives is not child play! This scrub brush is specifically designed to clean knives in a flash and lets you keep all your fingers.
This new item from Joseph Joseph is brilliant. It’s five kitchen tools in one—slotted spoon, solid spoon, spatula, turner, and slicer. Made of tough nylon, dishwasher safe, and heat resistant
Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler
Sixteen individually labeled containers of different types of sea salt, holding about 1/4 oz each. Each unrefined salt is full of vital minerals, and you will enjoy discovering the nuances of crunch and natural flavor that each sea salt brings to your favorite dishes. The perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook or eat!
Egg To-Go Snack Container
This adorable egg container keeps a precious hard-boiled egg safe until ready to eat. It even has a spot for the mini salt shaker!
Sushi Making Kit!
Here it is—a complete Sushi making kit that includes everything you need to make Sushi at home! This kit has been so well designed, it kicks the guesswork to the curb. Everyone can make a sushi roll the very first time. Instructions so easy to understand, your giftee (or is that you?) will find success on his, her, or your first try!
Chefn Cob Corn Stripper
With a simple twist of the Cob Corn Stripper by Chef’n, you can effortlessly remove corn from the cob to make your next summer salad or salsa quickly and easily. The stainless steel blades work hard to strip an entire cob in seconds. Simply place the corn cutter on top of the cob; in one twisting/pushing motion, you’ll have fresh corn to add to any meal. This corn stripper is top-rack dishwasher safe. Choose smart, easy-to-use kitchen utensils that are built on tasteful design, new technologies, and the trusted reputation of Chef’n.
I take dips seriously. And not only chips and dip … but a side of ketchup, Ranch dressing, teriyaki sauce, or queso. Know what I mean? That’s why these dip clips are so awesome. Just take a look at how cute they are and how they clip to the side of a plate! A set of 8 makes for a fun and useful gift!
Truffle Oil Gift Set
This luxury gift set contains three of our best-selling truffle oils; TruffleHunter Truffle Oil Selection Gift Set including black truffle oil, white truffle oil, and English truffle oil presented beautifully in a gift box. Perfect gift for Foodies.
Footed Round Wood Server Cake Stand with Glass Dome
What a beautiful addition to any kitchen. Made of Acacia wood, this is a showpiece that is also practical to serve and store cakes, pies, muffins and other baked goods.
Indoor Electric Smores Maker
Bring outdoor fun indoors with this S’mores Maker. Roast marshmallows to perfection over the tabletop electric flameless heater. What a great gift for the whole family!
Electric Wine Bottle Corkscrew
This beautiful cordless electric wine bottle opener removes the cork in seconds. This wine opener features a Stainless Steel housing with a transparent shell surrounding the corkscrew mechanism. No guesswork required. Built-in rechargeable battery, opens up to 30 bottles on a single the secure cordless electric wine bottle opener removes the cork in seconds. Such a great gift!
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Hundreds of cookbooks are published each year. Some are good. Others are exceptional. A few are essential. This one is essential. The fabulous thing about this book—it teaches readers about cooking, how to employ various techniques, and how to grasp that any subtle variations in technique can have significant impacts upon our end results. It is possible to learn how to cook great food.
Nesting Measuring Beaker Set
Talk about a space-saver, this set of measuring “beakers” includes all the likely sizes any cook might ever need—including 1-teaspoon! All of the beakers nest for compact storage, have flat stable bases and easy-to-read markings. OXO Good Grips 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set is dishwasher safe, too.
The Garlic Peeler removes skins from garlic cloves quickly and easily and keeps hands odor-free. Handy little gadget!
Cheat Sheet Apron
Loaded with enough tips and tricks to make your meals the talk of the town, it’s an apron that protects your clothes and reputation. Decorated with cooking times, preparation guides, and recipes, it’s a gift guaranteed to transform even the most amateur of cooks into a pro. Fed up of flipping through your cookbook with greasy hands? An innovative design by Suck UK, makers of the greatest gifts on earth!
Kitchen Sink Sling
No one wants to wash their dishes with a sponge, scrubbing brush or dish rag that has been sitting in a pool of stale water and no one wants a sink caddy that moves around. Avoid this undesirable kitchen sink circumstance with this clever sling sink caddy!
Can Colander Strainer
Tired of trying to drain off the liquid from a can of tuna or any canned product without sending half the contents into the garbage disposal? You can dry your tears because that is never going to happen again once you have this handy can colander in your utensil drawer—right there with the things you use all most often! Such a cool idea.
Dishwasher Basket Clutch
You know all that little stuff that goes into the dishwasher? The items that land up in the bottom of the machine messing with the mechanicals and filters? Yeah, THAT stuff! Well, fear no more because you do not have to resort to handwashing! This dishwasher “clutch” is so cool. Just open it up, fill ‘er up, close it tightly and into the dishwasher this item goes. Perfect!
Made from beautiful acacia wood, this beautiful salt cellar gives any foodie instant access to any kind of salt. It swivels open conveniently. Closed, it protects contents for freshness. And so charming, Ironwood Gourmet Appalachian Salt Cellar looks great when left out on the stove or counter.
10-Inch Serrated Bread Knife
Calling all bread bakers—whether you’re into 5-Minute Artisan Bread or something that takes much more time. This is the knife you want handy when you cut into those beautiful loaves. This Mercer Culinary Millennia 10-inch Wide Bread Knife will not tear fresh bread apart even if it is still warm (who can wait until it has cooled for at least two hours?!)
I was late to this game, but have now conceded. Big time. It’s not a fad, not a come-on for late-night-TV viewers. For starters, a spiralizer is a great way to get kids to eat veggies (zoodles are just spiralized zucchini). But so much more. The Ultimate Spiralizer 7 comes with an extra blade caddy and Recipe Ebooks with so many awesome ideas and directives. This is it, my fellow foodies!
6 Qt. Instant Pot 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
How did I get along in a kitchen without my Instant Pot? Maybe you’ve wondered that as well. What a perfect gift for that foodie on your list who has not yet discovered the joys of an Instant Pot! 7-in-1 is an Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer
The Step-by-Step Instant Pot
There must be a thousand Instant Pot cookbooks out there. I have not personally reviewed every single one, however. That’s because I’ve gone straight to the best—the number one Instant Pot how-to, step-by-step recipes. With photos. I have followed its author, Jeffrey Eisner for years before this book was published. I credit him with everything I know about using my Instant Pots (yes, I have two—3- and 6-qt) with nearly 100% success.
Instant Pot Accessory Set
This 6-or 8-qt electric pressure cooker accessories set includes 1pc springform buckle pan, 1pc loophole steamer basket, 1pc silicone egg bites molds, 1pc stainless steel egg steam trivet, 1pc stainless steel kitchen tong, 2pcs of silicone cooking pot mitts, 1pc bowl clip, 1pc cooking book, 3pcs Magnetic Cheat Sheets, with pot accessory gift package.
Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer
This beautiful device functions as multiple kitchen appliances. It bakes, fries, roasts, cooks, dehydrates, reheats, toasts, and grills and lets you air fry right inside the oven. All in one convenient machine. Air frying, which uses powerful ultra-hot air, is a healthier way to prepare delicious fried favorites, from wings to fritters to fries to shrimp.
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven
7-qt is the perfect size for baking artisan bread. Lodge is the brand you can trust for its functionality and affordable price! I use this Dutch oven nearly every day! Love it.
Premium Quality Metal Lemon Lime Squeezer
This is absolutely the best hand citrus juicer. Fits lemons, oranges with a smaller compartment for limes. Now in a variety of colors, too!
Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte 4-Quart
This 4-quart cocotte is the cast-iron workhorse of the kitchen. Perfect for cooking a full one-pot meal for a family of four, it is so versatile it may never leave the stovetop.
Use the cocotte to braise meat, poultry, or vegetables. Whip up cooling summer soups or warming winter stews. You can even bake bread in the cocotte. The hot, humid environment created in a covered cocotte builds steam, creating a sublimely crispy crust, highlighted by a pillowy soft interior.
Available in a multitude of colors, prices vary.
Cutlery Organizer for Tiny Drawers
The hubs and I bought a teeny tiny … RV! How tiny? Well, I have one drawer in the kitchen, a term I use loosely. Ha! One cabinet with a tiny sink, a tiny built-in fridge, and one tiny drawer. This organizer is so unique and well-designed to hold basic cutlery that it gives me the equivalent of at least two drawers! Love it.
Utensil Rest for Cooktop and Counter
Keep counters clean and utensils organized with this Utensil Rest! Keep drips and mess corraled in this perfect-size cleanup helper! Dishwasher safe and just plain awesome!
SLOTDOG Hot Dog Slicing Tool
Ok, so who really needs to spend money on something so frivolous as a hot dog slicing tool? You do—for that person in your life who is a hot dog aficionado! Sure, you can cut a hot dog lengthwise and set it flat on the grill, but this is better. This gizmo scores the surface into diamond-shapes and for some reason that lets that dog cook inside with just a hint of char—not burned! Oh my. This is fun. Makes a hot dog look so cool, too!
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