We love to cook, and we love to help others find joy in cooking. Having just the right kitchen gadgets can go a long way in making time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Hence, here are our top 12 gifts for people who like to cook, or people who are learning to like to cook!
This list contains a variety of items (and experiences!) coming in at price points ranging from $8 to hundreds of dollars, so there is something for every budget.
- $ = $8-25ish range
- $$ = $26-$100ish range
- $$$ = over $100
Many of these items are sustainable finds that I have come across and love. I also think these are items that someone who seems to have everything may not have.
Instead of using plastic wrap constantly, try gifting sustainability with Bee’s Wrap. I’ve been using these for years, and love that they help me reduce plastic use. You can use Bee’s Wrap to cover leftovers, wrap up cheese, bread or citrus for example. Basically, you can do anything with Bee’s Wrap that you would do with plastic wrap. I’m a fan of the assorted 3-pack as a gift so your recipient can try out different sizes.
This is another product I’ve been using for years. Again, a sustainable way to wrap up that half lemon, half lime, onion, avocado, etc. These are dishwasher safe, and will result in far less plastic and foil use.
This one was a sleeper hit from my wedding registry. Hands down, one of my most favorite kitchen items. This is marketed as a pancake warmer, but it also works wonderfully to keep French toast, tortillas, naan, and more warm.
It’s dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The perforation holes in the top allow for steam to escape so your food does not get soggy while it stays perfectly warm inside the container.
4. Quality Chef’s Knife ($$-$$$)
A really high-quality chef’s knife is one of the few knives a home chef needs in my opinion. Food and Wine has an excellent round-up of best chef’s knives. On that list is my absolute favorite Shun Classic 8” Chef’s Knife. It’s an investment piece, but will last for decades when cared for properly. If you’re looking for a higher-end chef’s knife, I can’t recommend that one enough.
If you do not want to spend that amount, check out Food & Wine’s round-up for some great recommendations at different price points.
5. Cookbooks ($)
Sure, there are plenty of recipes online. But a cookbook full of beautiful pictures you can page through can spark creativity and joy in the kitchen. Plus, some people don’t buy themselves cookbooks since there is so much content online, making cookbooks a great gift idea!
If you have a cookbook you love or one with particularly meaningful recipes to the recipient, that’s a great option. Anyone who knows me well will absolutely not be surprised, but here are some of my favorites: