Shopping for people who like to cook may come off as a bit of a challenge, especially when they likely have all of the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets and tools out there. No matter what you choose to get your foodie friend, they’ll be thankful, but you can really blow them away with one of these presents.
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Gadgets and small appliances for home cooks
Whether you recognize the beauty of a pressed panini or the satisfaction of a golden pancake stack, this griddler is guaranteed to please the taste buds and the stomach. Capable of acting as a grill, panini press and griddle, the appliance is the perfect gift for cooks.
Dash captured the hearts of the home cook with their affordable mini waffle maker. However, they didn't stop there. The brand released their mini bundt cake maker, which the cook in your life can add to their mini appliance collection. With a price point under $20, the handy device is an affordable gift for the cook in your life.
If they're big into breakfast, consider an egg cooker. This one from Dash can cook a dozen eggs at once and to their preferred doneness, but it can also steam vegetables, dumplings and warm tortillas for taco night.
Gift your favorite foodie a popcorn maker to go with their weekly movie marathons. This popper can create up to six quarts of popcorn, plus it features cool innovations like a patented stirring mechanism to leave no kernel unturned.
Let them make their own cold brew with this top-rated mason jar set with nearly 18,000 verified five-star ratings on Amazon. Start off by putting coffee in the filter and filling the jar with water and sealing shut with the lid. After sitting in the fridge overnight, they will have a fresh batch ready to go for their morning commute.
For the host who loves to serve fancy infused water or make their own sangria, Grosche's crafty carafe is a fun gift. The pitcher comes with a smart lid that stays shut with the pitcher upright and opens as you pour, according to the brand. To use the pitcher, just add water, wine or any other drink, then add fruit, herbs or other flavor additives and let it infuse before pouring away.
Spirits connoisseurs will adore this mold because it makes four large crystal-clear ice cubes just like what they might get at a craft cocktail bar. They'll also appreciate the fact that America's Test Kitchen considers it the Best Clear Ice Mold after rigorous testing.
Coffee lovers are sure to enjoy this stovetop espresso maker. The pot can make up to six espresso cups at a time and works on both gas or electric stovetops. With a wooden handle and finger burn guard, they won’t need to worry about injuring themselves as they pour themselves a piping mug of joe. It also comes in nine different colors perfect for every kind of home aesthetic, ranging from a deep blue to a speckled mint.
Okay, there are a lot of slow cookers on the market, but this bestselling Instant Pot with over 155,000 ratings on Amazon 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.
This highly-rated sous vide has over 11,000 verified five-star ratings, with one recent reviewer summarizing their experience with it to a T: "Cooking with this sous vide machine takes a lot of the guess work out of cooking with precision, it's basically cheating." While it may be compact in size, it doesn't skimp on the features: a time that goes up to 99 hours, a handy app with 1,000+ recipes and easy-to-clean stainless steel parts, for starters.
If there's somebody in your life who can’t get enough sparkling water, they'll probably enjoy this soda maker. The device allows them to make their own carbonated drinks from any liquid they have. The countertop side maker is pretty small, so it could be left out and they wouldn’t have to worry about losing precious counter space.
Upgrade their blender situation with this upscale option from Ninja. Not only does it have a 72-ounce capacity and four blades designed for baking, smoothies, individual servings and more, but it also features a built-in food processor for swifter meal prep.
This toaster oven is a small appliance that can really do it all. It uses a combination of steam and four setting temperature controls to allow users to make everything from simple to intricate frozen meals. One of the more unique settings it features is the pizza mode, which reheats pies to have a crisp bottom and a melted cheese top, just as if it came from their go-to pizzeria.
If your favorite home chef loves to experiment with flavors, consider this tasty gadget. This small appliance can be used to make everything from infused oils with classic flavors to kicked-up butter and honey, using ingredients like dried or fresh herbs, flowers and peppers.
Google Nest's Hub Max can help them decide what dish to whip up based on what ingredients they have, guide them through recipes and more. Just like most smart assistants, everything starts with a question or prompt — in this case, it’s “Hey Google.”
Food gifts for home cooks
Last year, Oprah put Bona Furtuna's organic Italian food gift set on her list of favorite things. With Oprah's seal of approval, the set should have no trouble earning a cook's respect. The box includes organic busiate pasta, pasta sauce and two jars of herbs.
There’s nothing like a cake or cupcake that has fun sprinkles on top. If your fave foodie is super into baking, then consider getting some sprinkles that go beyond rainbow jimmies. We love this classic gold and white combo that can be used for just about anything or any occasion.
Salt is the most important ingredient in a kitchen. It’s used to season dishes and, depending on how and what type is used, it can also add a final touch of flair to things like steak and roasted chicken. This "flavor bomb" option from the Pacific Northwest-based company includes notes of caramelized garlic to let their next several dishes shine.
Cheese is pretty much an essential component to nearly any meal, and this kit will allow them to create eight batches of curdy, creamy standbys like burrata and ricotta right at home. They'll provide the necessities to get the job started like cheesecloth, citric acid and a thermometer — all you'll need to do is bring the milk!
Treat your favorite chef to this unique assortment of pantry essentials from Brightland. This box is a great way for them try new vinegar flavors utilizing fermented California grapes.
Heat seekers love this truffle-loaded hot sauce, including 24,000+ verified Amazon shoppers who rated this set five stars. Consider this trio the perfect gift for the person who have several varieties of hot sauce sitting in their pantry at all times.
If they are into growing their own fruits and vegetables, give them a head start with a citrus plant. The plant is delivered with fresh fruit or blossoms that will be ready to pick in a short time after receiving. The plants can be repotted or put into the ground after it's open to allow it to grow larger over the years.
Quality olive oil is a home chef’s dream because it works so well in a variety of recipes from homemade dressings to pizza. Branche olive oil is made from olives grown in southern Spain and is sustainably crafted. This two-bottle kit features a more grassy and floral oil, and a buttery and sweet olive oil.
Home chefs love high-end ingredients to cook with — even more so when somebody else is covering the bill. One of our favorite ingredient boxes comes from Porter Road, which includes two dry-aged steaks, two pork chops, two pounds of dry aged ground beef, one pound of bacon, one pound of country sausage and one pound of chorizo sausage. If you’re nice, they might even invite you over for dinner when they're cooking something special.
Cookware gifts for home cooks
If the cook in your life doesn't already have Our Place's Always Pan, be prepared to amaze them. Available in seven colors, the Always Pan is designed to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware, according to the brand. The nonstick pan features a toxin-free ceramic coating, a stainless steel steamer basket, beechwood spatula and more.
Whether the cook in your life wants to perfect their sesame noodles recipe or try out a new stir-fry combination, this carbon steel wok will allow them to do it in style. The wok features a maple handle and carbon-steel body for all high-heat cooking.
Sharp, durable knives are a must for professional and home chefs alike, and you can't go wrong with the ones made by Zwilling J. A. Henckels, which is one of the world's oldest knife manufacturers. This affordable starter set includes three of the most commonly used kitchen knives: a chef's knife, a serrated utility knife and a paring knife — and they all have full-tang blades and ergonomic handles.
If they've had a Dutch oven on their wish list, then look no further than this gorgeous take from Caraway. This ceramic-coated version with 32,000+ five-star ratings is compatible with all kinds of stovetops, is free of pesky PTFEs and comes in six stunning hues.
Feel like legendary chef Nancy Silverton while using these porcelain baking dishes. The set comes with a rectangle, oval and square dish so no matter what they make there’s going to be a dish that fits everything.
Food prep gifts for home cooks
Looking for a gift for someone who has never made sushi? This beginner sushi-making kit includes everything a home cook might need to make their favorite rolls. The kit includes rice spoons, bamboo mats, an avocado slicer and more.
Stackable mixing bowls are a great gift for home chefs who are constantly looking for something to make batters, dressings or salads in on the fly. This set comes complete with lids so the bowls can go from the counter to the refrigerator without the need for a new container. Each of the bowls also has a non-slip bottom so they won’t move around on kitchen surfaces while they are being used.
Prefer mixing bowls that are a little more aesthetically pleasing? This ceramic set from Great Jones is not only "so retro and cute," it's also completely safe to place in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher.
Anyday's microwave bowls are a great gift for the home cook who makes too much and always has leftovers or appreciates a bit of help with meal prep. The set comes with two bowls and two lids that were specifically created to cook or reheat food in the microwave. The best part about these bowls is that they are pretty enough to go from the microwave straight to the table for an easy dinner!
Bee’s Wrap is a reusable wrap for things like sandwiches, cheese, vegetables and much more. If they are looking to become more eco-friendly while cooking and sharing meals, this is a no-brainer gift.
Know someone that likes to try out fresh new flavors in the kitchen? FinaMill takes all the work out of grinding spices, so there's no need for them to use use a disposable grinder or buy pre-ground spice at the store anymore. It also has dedicated pods that are easy to swap out, so there's no cross-contamination of flavor.
A mortar and pestle can do everything from grind fresh herbs for sauces, to making fresh pesto and even salsas. We like this one with 14,000+ verified five-star ratings because it has a deep bowl and a relatively thick handle on the pestle so it’s easy to grab.
Make sure that Grandma’s cookies get the credit they deserve! A personalized, laser-engraved embossed rolling pin with her name on it should do the trick. Now everyone will know exactly who made those delicious treats!
The Prepdeck allows them to keep all of their ingredients organized in one spot. The collapsable unit features plenty of bowls to put ingredients into once they are prepped. There’s also an integrated cutting board so everything is all in one spot. Once they are done prepping, everything can go right into the dishwasher!
Whether they're new to composting or a seasoned pro, it's hard to argue that the practice is wildly beneficial for the environment. This sleek composting caddy can hold up to four liters of food scraps and can easily attach to your garbage can. Best of all, its soft-seal lid keeps the funky scents at bay!
A cookbook stand is a great gift, especially when it’s as beautiful as it is functional like this one. The stand is made from reclaimed wood with a white backing for a polished look that will fit into any kitchen. They can either use traditional printed cookbooks or an iPad with the stand to follow along with recipes.
Besides clean hands and a sharp knife, a sturdy wooden cutting board is one of the most important tools in the kitchen. This 14-inch version from Fifth & Cherry is handcrafted in the United States using responsibly sourced cherry wood. Even though the board is pricey, it does come with a lifetime warranty that includes complimentary refinishing for life so it will last for years to come.
Storage and organization gifts for home cooks
Grab this vacuum sealer starter set, which has earned a 4.5-star average rating on Amazon for its ability to be used and cleaned easily. "Easy to clean and so far durable. I use them to store and freeze meat, poultry, fish, and some fresh fruit and vegetables," one reviewer wrote. "Truly space-saving in our small refrigerator."
If the cook in your life already has an Always Pan, they will need Our Place's Wander Bowl to transfer goodies to their next dinner party. Made of heat-resistant ceramic stoneware, the bowl has a scratch-resistant bottom and a silicone sleeve, which acts as a barrier to heat.
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!
Help keep the spice drawer organized with these pretty bamboo glass spice jars. The sets come in anywhere from five to 60 jars, so you can get as many as they need so everything in the cabinet looks the same.
Gone are the days of a million cereal boxes, bags of dried beans or half-eaten cookie tins. With this bestselling storage container set, they can decant everything into the clear bins so everyone can see snacks and ingredients clearly so everything gets used.
With this magical set of Pyrex, they can show off their love of the wizarding world and organization. The set of eight comes with four containers and four lids showing off various "Harry Potter" icons like the Hogwarts Express and patronuses.
Keep single-use plastics out of the kitchen with this fridge bundle from Porter. The sustainable plastic and silicone containers can hold leftovers and pre-prepped ingredients in a stylish way that won’t clutter up the refrigerator.
Cooking tools for home cooks
This microplane product has appeared in endless TikTok recipe videos for delicious dishes like bucatini al limone and olive oil cake. The handy tool's soft-grip handle contrasts the stainless steel teeth on the grater that any cook can use to shave cheese, zest lemons and more.
Grill masters and grill padawans will enjoy this set of barbecue tools. The stainless steel tongs, fork and spatula are always helpful out at the grill. There’s also a silicone grill brush that’s ideal for spreading sweet, savory BBQ sauce over ribs and chicken.
Help them cook everything from steaks to whole chickens with the assistance of this instant-read thermometer. The large screen is easy to read with bright numbers appearing on a backlit screen, plus the magnetic back is also great for storage on the refrigerator or placing on a grill table so it’s always easy to find.
Finding the perfect cooking tool set just got easier with The Iconics set from Material Kitchen. The 10-piece collection comes with a beautiful wood base, three different-sized knives, three spoons, a spatula, a whisk and a set of tongs. It really is everything someone might need in the kitchen, and with two wood colors and three handle colors, the gift is easily customizable.
Allow them to make restaurant quality 'za right in the backyard with this personal, portable oven. The setup hooks up to a standard propane tank and can get up to 900°F to make perfectly crafted pizza every single time. "The oven is absolutely top notch," one verified reviewer notes. "The build quality is brilliant and every part feels well built and like it will last a lifetime."
Accessories for home cooks
What's better than pre-dinner bread? Warm pre-dinner bread. Uncommon Good's bread warming blanket features a secret microwaveable flax-seed pillow, which can be warmed and placed within the blanket to keep bread warm all night long. This gift is one of the best cooking gifts on the market and promises years of warm, flaky baguette, ciabatta and more.
If they claim they have everything they need in their kitchen arsenal, challenge that theory by gifting them these specs. 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.
While it might seem like a strange gift to give, we promise that the home chef in your life will love you for this padded mat. As they stand at the sink or stove, its thick foam (measuring at 3/4") should feel cushiony under their feet and relieve pressure on their joints so they can keep cooking without a break.
This pairing towel set is a fun gift if they also enjoy a glass of wine (or two...or three...) with meals. The towel duo show off what types of food pairs best with different types of red and white wine. These will be on display and likely brought to the table for fun get-togethers.
Beautiful rocks glasses are an accessory we can definitely get behind. Your wannabe bartender friends and family will love these textured, handcrafted old-fashioned glasses with beading detailing circling the glassware. Available in four dreamy colors, when these glasses aren’t in use, they are pretty enough to display and entice them to make cocktails for the group.
If the cook in your family has mentioned wanting a new apron, consider this one from Rifle Paper Co. The apron has three pockets so they can have quick access to all of their cooking tools. Plus, how can you resist the adorable floral design?!