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48 best cooking gifts for home cooks in 2021

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.
These are the best gifts any home chef could ask for.TODAY Illustration / Getty Images
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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 rolling pins and Wi-Fi-controlled slow cookers to decadent white truffle hot sauce, we've got the best gifts any home chef could ask for.

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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 percent 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. 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.

11. Stovetop Popcorn Popper

Since we're all spending a lot of time on Netflix lately, gift your favorite foodie a popcorn maker to go with their movie nights. This popper can create up to six quarts of popcorn, simply add your favorite popcorn and heat on a stovetop for three minutes.

12. 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.

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 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 Assorted Chocolate Gold Gift Box

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. 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.

8. Bushwick Kitchen Spicy Trio Sampler

For the sriracha lover in your life, gift this pack of hot sauces. It includes the brand's bestselling Gochujang Sriracha, Curry Sriracha and Spicy Honey hot sauces.

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.

Cooking tools for home chefs

1. 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.

2. 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 for the health nut who is trying to kick pasta (and other carbs). 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. 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.

6. Personalized Rolling Pin

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.

7. Handblown Glass Olive Oil Pourer

Available in three beautiful colors, these oil pourers will look stunning on anyone's countertop.

8. Winco Fish Spatula

If you're a fan of flaky fish like tilapia or salmon (or simply don't like scrapping 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.

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. Honeycomb Apron

This sweet, floral apron was designed in Europe and made from 100 percent 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.

5. Family Cookbook Recipe Journal

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.

6. 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!

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 make 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 time and time again.

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 giftee practically lives in their 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.