At present, most of us are spending less time at restaurants and more time at home cooking, baking, and attending to our dishwashers. Now that the holidays are drawing near, this is the optimal time to gift your loved ones (or yourself) a kitchen tool, gadget, or utensil. You can even throw in an edible gift set while you’re at it. These gifts can come in handy to elevate your homemade meals or add something new and interesting to your pantry.
Listed below are some of the best kitchen gifts to buy, whether it’s for a professional chef or a newbie cook. For more affordable options, we’ve also found kitchen gifts under $25 that you can consider.
Best Gifts for Cooking and Baking
Curtis Stone Chef’s Cookware Set
Turns out, celebrity chef Curtis Stone knows how to churn out some top-notch cookware. Take his 10-piece kitchen set, which is a vibrantly hued starter pack of nonstick pans, lids, and pots for the novice culinary artist.
Wolfgang Puck Stainless Steel 16″ Roaster
You’ll have to cook that turkey somehow. To make that Herculean task easier, invest in this stainless steel roaster, which comes with a V rack to keep your protein-free from any excess grease, while still retaining moisture and flavor.
ChefIQ Wifi Smart Cooker
When it comes to meal prepping, sometimes it’s simpler to just throw everything into a slow cooker and call it a day. Luckily, ChefIQ’s smart cooker makes the process even more seamless, thanks to high-tech features like auto-pressure sensors, an LCD touchscreen, and a built-in scale, so you’ll never have to measure your ingredients again.
Calphalon Precision Control Air Fryer Toaster Oven
Whether you’re looking to make toast, bagels, or mini pizzas, Calphalon’s super chic oven has you covered. It’s replete with state-of-the-art details like turbo convection for extra circulation.
Verve Culture’s Thai Chef’s Moon Knife
Don’t let the elegant design of this knife fool you: It can even the toughest of textures for precision, so you can prep your dinner that much quicker. Take a look at more of the best Chef knives for more options.
Kelly Wearstler Bedford Fine Porcelain Dinner Plate
Serve lovingly made dishes on a porcelain platter (literally) with these dinner plates from Kelly Wearstler, the unofficial Queen of bougie dinnerware.
All-Clad Cook Serve Stainless-Steel Tools
A stainless-steel, ladle, slotted spoon, tongs, and more make up this six-piece set, which also comes with the option of monogramming its container for a personal touch.
Vitamix 5200 Blender
For the Paleo-crazed guy in your life, indulge his health kick with Vitamix’s premium blender, which can emulsify fruits and veggies in minutes. We’ve also found some other great blenders to buy in 2020.
Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer
Keep your proteins preserved for even longer than you can get by packing them in Ziplock bags with this state-of-the-art sealer, which keeps out air to prolong your grocery meat’s shelf life.
KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer
Nothing says you’ve made it quite like a KitchenAid mixer. So this is the perfect gift for a star baker (#GreatBritishBreakoff).
Caraway Dutch Oven
Instead of copping the usual Le Creuset Dutch Oven (which is gorgeous cookware, by the way), we recommend going for something a bit more unexpected and affordable with Caraway’s option, which comes with a mineral-based coating that’s easy to clean, and is sold in plenty of colors to spruce up your counter.
Borough Furnace Enameled Dutch Oven
If you want to splurge on a Dutch Oven, might as well go bigger. This large Dutch Oven is perfect for serving the whole family with delicious meals. What’s even better is that it has the same heat retention as cast iron yet it’s easier to clean.
Maison Milan Black Denim Kitchen Apron
Turn up the heat with this classic black denim apron that is made from fireproof 12-ounce 100% cotton. Anyone who’ll receive this apron will be glad as it keeps their clothes clean no matter what they’re preparing in the kitchen.
Shun Cutlery Japanese Hinoki Cutting Board
If you want one’s chef knives to stay sharp, this large cutting board made of Hinoki wood is an ideal gift. This cutting board preserves the quality of the precious blades we use to slice mouthwatering ingredients.
Grinders and Graters
Magnus Design Mortar and Pestle
No use in beating around the bush: This white marble mortar and pestle is gorgeous, and is made to last.
Crate & Barrel Microplane Master Series Zester
Chances are, zesters are one of the most common kitchen tools that we don’t replace, which is why the stainless steel option is worth the upgrade.
Chef’sChoice Ultimate Trizor Edge XIV Knife Sharpener
Keep your knives in tiptop shape with this electric knife sharpener, which is replete with diamond-encrusted interiors to buff and sharpen even the dullest blades.
GoldBelly Daniel Boulud Kitchen Scharbauer Ranch Wagyu Beef and Butter Kit
Bring Daniel Boulud’s famed steaks home with their wagyu beef and butter kit, which can easily feed a party of six (though you may have the best case of food coma afterward).
Bokksu Subscription Box
Artisanal snacks come aplenty with this lovely Japanese food subscription box from Bokksu, which is the closest most of us will get to experience the land of the rising sun.
Harry and David Charcuterie Assortment
Spruce up date night with this romantic (and incredibly tasty) meat and cheese plate from Harry and David.
Gifts for Drinking
Riedel Cornetto Decanter
Add some Warhol to your vino pour with this fabulous confetti Green decanter (also available in three other colors) from one of our favorite glassware brands.
Cuisinart Electric Wine Opener
Don’t let a stubborn cork stop you from drinking your favorite wine stat. Pick up this electric wine opener, which will uncork your bottle in seconds, for a quick and easy pour.
Whiskey Peaks International Mountains — Set of 4
Great outdoors and whiskey go hand in hand, which is best exemplified with these sleek glasses which contain a “topographic impression” of some of the world’s most famous mountain peaks. Take a look at our list of the best whiskey glasses for more options.
High Camp Flasks Firelight 750 Flask
Yes, this sleek flask deserves a hard-won spot on your bar shelf, but it’s also incredibly utilitarian — this 750ml tumbler can hold a fifth of whiskey or a bottle of wine, so you can stay … imbibed while you’re on the go.
Lifestraw Water Filter Pitcher
Because you need to stay hydrated while working from home, this easy-to-use filter efficiently eliminates contaminants from your H2o.
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