I’ve compiled a list of my top favorite tools and gadgets that would make great gifts for people who love to cook. There’s something for everyone!
For the Everyday Cook:
Boos Block Cutting Board– My in laws gave this to me for my birthday a few years ago, and it’s the most used and loved tool in my kitchen! You can even get them personalized. Don’t forget the oil, to go with it.
All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware – You get what you pay for and All-Clad pans are the best of the best and will last for decades. Don’t feel like you have to buy a big set all at once. I’ve built my collection over the years by buying pots and pans one by one, until I’ve collected only the ones I use most.
Butter Keeper – I keep mine on the counter, so it’s easily accessible for cooking (and my kids can reach it for their toast).
Wireless Meat Thermometer is a great choice for the grill master in your life.
For the Baker:
Dough hook – my favorite tool for mixing muffin and quick bread batters, no knead artisan bread or beer bread.
Banneton bread proofing basket: I never knew how much I’d love this until I finally bought one a few years ago, and now it’s one of my essentials for making sourdough and artisan breads. This kit also includes a bread lame and dough scraper. (If you’re serious about bread making, a great kitchen scale is also a must!)
Cake Making Tools: My must-haves include an offset spatula , these 8” cake pans, and Ateco pastry bags for frosting decorating. I absolutely love my cake turntable, and this one comes with lots of cool extras.
Homemade Vanilla is such an easy gift! I like to wrap a bottle in a cute holiday hand towel, and attach a cookie cutter to it.
Pizza Oven – For outdoor cooking, the Ooni Brand Pizza Ovens are the best of the best. If you own a Traeger or Green Mountain smoker, several of my family members have this Pizza Oven accessory and love it! If cooking pizza indoors, I use a Dough Joe Baking Steel in my oven, and the result is killer (especially with my homemade pizza dough.) The indoor Breville pizza oven is also popular, but pricey! If you’re serious about making pizzas, dont forget to grab a pizza peel.
Favorite Small Appliances:
Kitchen aide mixer: So many cute colors to choose from!
Electric Kettle: My sister introduced me to this and I couldn’t believe how quickly it boils water! Convenient for cooking, making tea, or filling up my favorite hot water bottle during the winter months.
Other Fun Ideas:
Sous Vide: A great gift for experienced chefs looking to up their game! The Anova brand has convenient controls right on the device, or this smaller Breville brand will conveniently fit in a drawer, and is controlled by an app.
Charcuterie Boards: Beautiful meat and cheese boards are fun for decorating, and entertaining. I own this round and this rectangle one, and a few inexpensive ones from Target. Amazon also has some good options.
Pebble Ice Maker – If you have the counter-space, these are so fun!
Yeti Tundra Cooler is on my wish list this year! It has extra thick insulation to keep food cool for a very long time–great for camping trips! I’d also love the Yeti Cooler Bag for regular use during the summer anytime we head to the pool or park.
Hot Sauce Kit – Such a fun gift for the hot sauce enthusiasts in your life (ahem…me!).
Indoor Herb Garden – Another one I’m adding to my wish list!
Home Canning Equipment – Call me old fashioned, but I love canning so much! I use this waterbath canner for making jams, applesauce, canning peaches, and pepper jelly too. Grab some essential Home Canning Tools to go with.