Cooking for loved ones is one of the few things that has the ability to bond and connect us all.. Giving your favorite cook gifts that will help them stay creative and on top of their game is a win win for everyone involved. They get cool stuff to use in the kitchen and in turn you get even more incredible food to eat!
This year has been incredibly difficult on so many levels and with gift giving season upon us I wanted to put together a list of gift ideas that included items to fit any budget, as well as items that are super functional and can be used time and time again. These are all items that I own and use all the time.
For the more expensive items on the list I recommend taking advantage of online shops like QVC.com and HSN.com .They both offer "Flex-Pay" options which allow you to pay for items in installments rather than all at once. I've purchased many of my expensive items from them over the years and it's a great option if you're on a budget.
20 Holiday Gifts Ideas For Your Favorite Cook
A Philips XXL Air Fryer - You never know how much you need an air fryer until you get one. It opens up a world of fun, creative, healthy eating opportunities. It has been the most used kitchen appliance in my home since I got it one over 2 years ago. My 12 year old can even use it and has made at least 5,000,000 pounds of french fries in it. The Philips XXL is by far the best one I've used and I highly recommend it.
Cast Iron Skillet Set - Cast iron skillets are among the most used and loved cooking pans in the world. They're heavy weight ensures superior heat retention and distribution. Plus they can be use on the stove and in the oven. They are practically indestructible and if cared for correctly they can be passed down from generation to generation. Every good cook has to own one.
An Instant Pot - An Instant Pot literally does just about everything you can imagine. It literally can do it all. You can use it as.a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker/warmer and so many other cool things. It's definitely a gift that any cook will appreciate. Especially in these cold months when soups and stews are on the menu.
Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer - Once you get a standing mixer you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Kitchen aid standing mixers create unbelievably consistent results when it comes baking and mixing.
Pyrex Mixing Cup Set - These are essential sturdy mixing cup sets made from high quality non porous tempered glass so they're super durable, stain and odor resistant. Because they are thick high quality tempered glass you can use them with extremely hot and cold liquids without worry.
Le Creuset Dutch Oven - Every cook deserves at least one piece of Le Creuset cookware in their kitchen, especially a Dutch Oven. These enameled cast iron ovens are world renowned and handcrafted in France with only premium materials. They provide even heat and moisture distribution They can safely be used on the stovetop and in the oven. They are pricey but will last forever if cared for properly. Plus, if you get one for your favorite cook they will be obligated to cook you delicious food on demand for at least 2 years. lol
French Rolling Pin - I love the sleek long slender design of these rolling pins. They allow you to cover more surface area than your typical pins and they look beautiful.
Silpat Baking Mat - These legendary French silicone baking mats are a must have in every pro kitchen. They are high quality non-stick heat resistant silicone baking mats that make baking easier than ever. Nothing sticks to them, they're super easy to wipe clean and are great for candy making, rolling out dough, making cookies and so much more.
Wusthof Chef Knife Set - Having a good quality Chef's Knife makes meal prep a joy. These high quality knives are great for any cook.
Kitchen Aid Food Processor - A good food processor is a must have in any vegan kitchen. It enables you to make things like vegan burgers, hummus, sauces, nut butters, raw vegan brownies and so many other cool dishes. This one click food processor is by far one of the easiest to use and clean.
Handmade Pasta Bowls - Pasta bowls are basically bowls that are wide in diameter but shallow in depth. They're perfect for soups, salads and pasta and great for food photography.
Sea Salt Sampler - There are so many different salt varieties and they all have slightly different flavors and uses. It's always great to have a few different salts at your disposal.
Pepper Grinder - Because nothing is better than freshly ground pepper....NOTHING!
Small Ramekins or Gratin Dishes - These small individual baking dishes are great for making small or individual portions of foods.
Fissler Adamant Comfort Pan - This pan is a great investment. It's non stick and scratch resistant with a comfortable handle. It's wide and deep enough to fry things and make sauces. It even has measurement markers on the inside making it super functional.
Saffron - Saffron is one of those expensive ingredients that you don't typically use often so you tend to not buy it. However if someone buys it for you as a gift you'll be super happy.
Vanilla Beans - Another great ingredient that transforms a regular recipe into something really upscale tasting.
Electric Kettle - There's nothing that tests a cooks patience more than waiting for water to boil. An electric Kettle gets water boiling in just a few minutes.
Mortar & Pestle - These are great for hand grinding herbs and spices.
Spice Drawer Organizer - I never realized how much cabinet space my spices were taking up until I got a spice drawer organizer. They're great for saving space and even better if you're short like me. Having the spices in my reach makes cooking so much easier.
Well there you go. Let me know what you think of the list and look out a few more gift idea lists this week.