Over the course of this week I’ve been writing gift guides to help you all in your gift buying endeavors this holiday season. I’ve talked about gifts for the traveler and the coffee lover, and today I’m going to focus on the chef! (Stay tuned this weekend for the last installment in this holiday gift guide series: the person who never seems to want or need anything!)
I’m personally quite new to cooking (as in trying things more complex than pasta), but as I’ve experimented with more recipes and more difficult techniques, there are centrain items and devices I’ve come to realize would be awesome to have. Some of this stuff is incredibly useful, some of it is cute, and some is just plain fun but I’m sure you’ll be able to find something for that culinary genius in your life.
You don’t have to break the bank to get a good quality knife set, but if this person is just starting out in the kitchen it’s a good bet they don’t have great knives (like me) and that can truly make all the difference.
Basically anything silicon is awesome. It’s not glamorous, but it’s so useful. No more sticking (a dream come true) and incredibly easy cleanup– what more could you want?
I saw these one time and thought it was the cutest. Keeping pot lids slightly ajar when boiling things can be really irritating because it will keep sliding down, so these little people totally solve this problem. I’ve also seen people adapt them to hold stirring spoons and more, so they can be used for a multitude of things.
Having somewhere pretty to hold all your recipes is a great idea. Not only will it keep them organized and safe from spitting food in the kitchen, but it can also act like a decoration piece on a shelf. There are so many cute ones out there, but I especially love this simple one.
There is nothing worse than an oven mitt that lets the heat seep in and ones that don’t last very long and develop holes that then burn your hand (I know your chefs would agree). Investing in a nice set of oven mitts can make all the difference, so they really make great gifts!
I think this is such a cute idea for someone who cooks or bakes a lot, because it’s incredibly practical but gives it that personal touch. I really like this simple personalized apron from Modern Vintage Market on Etsy.
I love a good cutting board as much as the next person, and Bed Bath & Beyond sells these really cool ones in shapes of different states, countries, animals and more. Although some are really cool, make sure you get one that’s actually practical. Some of those are bizarre shapes that I can’t see actually being used for anything. I love the idea though!
One thing that I always do when trying a new recipe is have it open on my iPad on the counter. This is a bad idea for a few reasons (namely #food), so this cute utensil holder that doubles as a tablet holder is a brilliant idea.
These are just some of my favorite ideas, but don’t underestimate the value of other notable things you know they actually need. Whether it’s measuring cups or spoons, a whisk, a meat thermometer, a wooden spoon, baking trays, etc. it doesn’t need to be beautiful or magnificent– if it’s something they don’t have it’s a good bet. And if you’re feeling super generous or just rich, there are always Le Creuset pots and I guarantee those will always go down well.
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