52 unique cooking gift ideas for home chefs in 2020

If you've got a gadget and gear-obsessed home chef, we've got you covered.
These are the best gifts any home chef could ask for.
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Know a kitchen gadget-obsessed home cook? Or are you looking for gifts for foodies? We've got some incredible — and super tasty — ideas for you.

From personalized, professional chef coats and Wi-Fi-controlled slow cookers to decadent white truffle sea salt, we've got the best gifts any home chef could ask for.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Bestselling cooking gifts for home chefs

1. Secura Electric Wine Opener

Don't be fooled by this fancy wine opener — it's actually super easy to use! With one charge, you can open 30 bottles and it's compatible with almost any bottleneck.

2. My Family Cookbook

Create a family keepsake with this customizable cookbook. Add your uncle's secret recipes and keep track of your mom's top food hacks to ensure beloved, delicious memories endure from generation to generation.

3. Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler

Please pass the salt! Your favorite foodie will have a great time exploring this set of 16 different sea salt varieties.

4. Wine Pairing Towel Set

Consider these kitchen towels as little cheat sheets when it comes to picking the right wine. These hard-working towels list more than 68 popular wines and 56 different foods for more than 3,800 potential pairings. We'll toast to that!

5. Winco Fish Spatula

If you're a fan of flaky fish like tilapia or salmon (or simply don't like scrapping up crusted food off of your pan), then this fish spatula should be on your gift list. It's made from stainless steel and the sharp edge doubles as a knife for quick chopping.

Gadgets and small appliances for home chefs

1. Cosori Air Fryer Max XL

A healthy french fry? Bring it on! You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate this air fryer. Thanks to air circulation technology, this oil-free wonder delivers fried foods with up to 80% less fat than typical fried foods.

2. Ninja Mega Blender

Upgrade their blender situation with this upscale option from Ninja. Not only is it a 72-ounce blender but it also doubles as a food processor.

3. Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker

Hard-boiled eggs are full of protein and nutrients, but making them can sometimes be a hassle. Cook up to 12 eggs at once with this mini rapid egg cooker that comes in four colors.

4. Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano

This highly rated sous vide has over 4,800 reviews and a 4.7-star rating on Amazon. It's simple to use and comes with over 1,000 recipes you can make at home!

5. Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

Okay, there are a lot of slow cookers on the market, but this Instant Pot with over 58,000 reviews is one of the most loved. "I can't say anything negative about this bad boy. I'll never cook on my stove again!" wrote one buyer.

6. Click and Grow Smart Garden

For those who have a green thumb (or need one!), consider buying them this Click and Grow Smart Garden that allows three different herbs to grow at once with the help of a LED light.

7. Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Machine

The on-the-go chef will freak out over this portable espresso maker. Simply add coffee grounds and hot water and this little gadget produces a perfect cup of espresso anytime, anywhere, via its trusty hand pump.

8. Hamilton Beach Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper

Chop, kneed and dice with this super spacious food processor. It's powerful, easy to use and comes with a detachable disc for effortless cleaning.

9. Dash Compact Air Fryer

Say you want an air fryer but your kitchen is cluttered to the max. Fear not because this compact air fryer is here to save the day. It can easily fit on your countertop with a minimal footprint.

10. Indoor S'mores Fire Pit

While this is definitely a splurge, this indoor fire pit would totally be an epic gift for anyone in your life who loves s'mores.

11. Empanada and Churro Maker

Calling all churro lovers! This nifty machine can make up to six delicious churros in just minutes. The best part? It also doubles as an empanada maker.

Food gifts for home chefs

1. Hot Sauce Gift Set

For those who just can't seem to get enough hot sauce, consider buying them this awesome hot sauce gift set.

2. Hello Fresh Meal Delivery Kit

HelloFresh is known as "America's Most Popular Meal Kit" and would make a great gift for the holidays if your giftee doesn't love the hassle of food shopping. Their recipes are tested over 200 times to ensure they're just as tasty as they are easy to make. They have hassle-free step-by-step recipes and offer four different meal plans, including meat and veggies, veggie, family-friendly, and low calorie.

3. Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet

A bouquet of flowers is nice, but you'll really wow the foodie in your life with this unique bouquet of salamis. And, unlike flowers, they'll still be good after a few days!

4. Murray's Classic Cheese of the Month Club

We all have that one friend who loves cheese — maybe it's you! Treat them (or yourself) with this subscription box that includes three different mouth-watering cheeses each month.

5. Godiva Limited Edition Holiday Chocolate Collection

We couldn’t resist this classic box of Godiva chocolates...and neither will your favorite foodie.

6. Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegar

For a next-level savory sensation, Giuseppe Giusti balsamic vinegar can’t be beaten. Aged in the barrels of the famous Giusti cask deposit, this rich, bodied vinegar delivers both sweet and sour flavor to veggies, meats and, of course, salads.

7. Catsmo Smoked Salmon Trio

This brand of savory smoked salmon made it on the coveted list of Oprah's Favorite Things. Each slice is made without preservatives and the product is sourced sustainably.

8. Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce

While a $35 price tag might seem a bit high for a bottle of hot sauce, this one is also approved by Oprah. It made it to her list of favorite things and incorporates a flavorful combo of jalapeño, chili peppers, white truffles and organic agave nectar.

Cookware gifts for home chefs

1. Teals Prairie & Co. Personalized Casserole Baking Dish

This personalized casserole dish makes sure that no one from a summer potluck “accidentally” leaves with your favorite baking vessel.

2. Le Creuset Cast-Iron Skillet

This item might be a bit of a splurge, but a quality cast-iron skillet is a must-have for every kitchen. Boy, do we love this festive red number from Le Creuset. It boasts even heat distribution over its 10.5-inch circumference.

3. Cuisinart Fondue Set

Whether sweet or savory, fondue is always a festive dish. Gather the family around this red cast iron fondue set to enjoy some cheesy delights or fire it up for an action-packed dessert with warm, melted chocolate.

Cooking tools for home chefs

1. Food Styling Precision Tool Set

Help your favorite home chef emulate their heroes. This food styling tool kit comes with everything they'll need to create the fancy flourishes often seen in magazines and cookbooks.

2. Anpro Grilling Accessories BBQ Tools Set

For the pitmaster in your family, these professional-grade grill tools will really deliver. They even come in a very official-looking carrying case.

3. Cuisinart 15-Piece Set Knife Block Set

Slice and dice like the pros on "Top Chef" with this knife set. The 15-piece block comes with all the tools any home chef needs to keep their kitchen game sharp.

Food prep gifts for home chefs

1. Ellie's Best Nut Milk Bag

If they love exploring new options in the kitchen, consider getting them this nut milk bag to encourage them to make their very own nut milk!

2. Onion Saver

These onion savers will save your favorite foodie from wasting food (and money!). These veggie savers also come in options for bell peppers, lemons, limes and more.

3. OXO Tabletop Spiralizer

The tabletop spiralizer will surely come in handy when pasta (and other carbs) are likely to go on the naughty list. Don't worry, we promise zoodles are just as delicious!

4. ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set

A kitchen tool that's been rated 4.8 stars on Amazon is tough to find, but this one seems like it deserves the positive reviews. One shopper raved about the ease of use. "No more smashing and smearing it over and over again with a knife against a cutting board."

5. TODAY Food Pot Holder

Channel your inner TODAY guest chef with this potholder. This makes it easy to move around the kitchen when you have multiple things going on at once.

6. Prepara Simply Mist Oil Sprayer

If you’ve got a gadget-obsessed cook in the house, then this little number might be a welcome surprise. The mister delivers a fine spritz of whatever oil your chef is trying out these days.

7. Personalized Rolling Pin

This year, make sure that grandma’s cookies get the credit they deserve! A personalized, laser-engraved rolling pin with her name on it should do the trick. Now everyone will know exactly who made those delicious treats.

8. Totally Bamboo State Serving & Cutting Board

A little personalization always makes a gift feel special. These state-shaped cutting boards are a fabulous way to make someone feel loved. Plus, they're made from eco-friendly bamboo.

Apparel and accessory gifts for home chefs

1. Tear-Free Onion Goggles

If you've been searching for a gift for the chef who has everything, look no further. Onion goggles are the answer. These fog-free goggles protect their eyes from irritating onion enzymes, keeping the home chef tear-free and ready to slice and dice like a pro.

2. Maison d' Hermine Floral Apron

This sweet, floral apron was designed in Europe and made from 100% cotton. It has an adjustable neck for optimal fit and will allow the home chef to cook in style.

3. KidKraft Tasty Treats Chef Accessory Set

It’s never too early to get little ones cooking in the kitchen! This adorable KidKraft chef accessory set guarantees that your tiny chef looks their cutest while learning the ropes.

4. Quan Jewelry Rolling Pin Necklace

This handcrafted, pewter necklace with a rolling pin charm reminds the bakers on your list to “Just Roll With It." Plus, it comes with a handmade quote card and gift envelope.

Storage and organization gifts for home chefs

1. Just Ripe Fruit Bowl

Organize fruit by ripeness with this fruit bowl that celebrates both form and function. Hang bananas on the built-in hook to encourage even ripening, store ready-to-eat fruit atop the maple tray and coax the not-quite-ripe in the vented glass bowl.

2. 16-Jar Revolving Countertop Spice Rack Organizer

Need parsley? Check. Fennel seed? Check. This rack comes with 16 pre-filled spice jars — and the best part is that it comes with free refills for five years!

3. Airtight Food Storage Container Set

These stackable food storage containers seal airtight to prevent your food from going stale. Plus, they'll know exactly what's in the containers thanks to the chalkboard-style labels!

Helpful gifts for the home chefs

1. Foodie Dice

If the chef in your life is always having trouble juggling everyone's dinner requests, make things easier on them with this fun Foodie Dice — they'll decide which cuisine to eat for you!

2. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Say goodbye to lukewarm beverages! If they're a big coffee or tea lover, they'll love this temperature-controlled smart mug from Ember. You can keep your drink as hot as 145 degrees Fahrenheit (controlled with your smartphone) and it has a battery life of 1 hour on a single charge if you don't want to keep it on the heating coaster it comes with.

3. "True Comfort" Cookbook by Kristin Cavallari

What better gift to buy a foodie than a cookbook? Kristin Cavallari's new cookbook, "True Comfort," includes dozens of fun recipes they'll love to cook all winter long.

4. OXO Good Grips Triple Timer

There are regular timers...and then there's the triple timer. This digital wonder lets your multitasking chef set up to three different cooking times at once.

5. Kangaroo Original Standing Mat Kitchen Rug

Cook for long periods of time without pain thanks to this kitchen standing mat. Made with extra thick foam, it's created to give you superior support and comfort when on your feet.

6. Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt

These bestselling oven mitts have over 3,500 reviews and are made from quality silicone. BPA free and FDA approved, they're heat resistant and provide protection up to 450-degrees.

7. Brita 20 Ounce Premium Filtering Water Bottle

If your household chef practically lives in your kitchen, they likely have a Brita filtering system. Allow them to take their favorite water filter on the go with this bottle! It comes in multiple, sleek colors and can keep water cold for a full 24 hours.

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 2, 2016.