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Best gifts for home chefs from our baking expert 2023

Expertly reviewed by Andrea Boudewijn

I’m Andrea Boudewijn, a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef, and I love to talk all things baking and cooking. If you need a gift for someone who loves to cook, here's a look at some of the hottest items for home bakers across the country!


Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor: available at Amazon 

This handy helper is easy to store, easy to use, and easy on the wallet. I use mine for making pesto, quickly chopping nuts, grinding coffee, and whipping up mayonnaise and salad dressings. Every piece but the body can go in the dishwasher, and it’s pretty to boot!

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus: available at Amazon

For your bougie friend who loves their Nespresso, add the Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus to their gift pile. This slender chromed-out beauty is sure to impress even the most finicky recipient. It features full heating in three seconds, temperature controls, and a steaming arm to froth up any hot drink to perfection. 

Ninja BL660 Professional 1,100-Watt Blender: available at Amazon

This Ninja blender is fast becoming everyone’s favorite. It’s a great buy for anyone looking to make smoothies, vegetable purees, baby food, soups — even my favorite, a piña colada. Get your friends blending something for you this holiday season.

Tovolo Flex-Core Spatula With Stainless Steel Handle: available at Amazon 

This is the most durable silicone spatula on the market, and it looks great, too. The head pops off for easy cleaning, and the steel handle doesn’t absorb fluids the way wood does, so it’s much more sanitary. Buy two for the chef in your life. 

Pyrex Prepware 1-Pint Measuring Cup: available at Kohl’s

This Pyrex measuring cup is all your favorite baker or cook needs. Not only does it measure accurately with durable tempered glass, but it’s also every chef’s go-to pitcher for mixing and pouring any liquid. They’ll reach for it every time they need to pour something. 

Breville Mini Smart Toaster Oven: available at Amazon

This toaster oven is perfectly sized to fit on any countertop and handles everything from small jobs like toasting nuts and reheating pizza to bringing cold leftover french fries back up to their original crispy state. The best feature is the button called “A Bit More,” which allows you to add 30 seconds to the cooking time at any point. 

Basic Essentials Stainless Steel Mix and Measure Set: available at Kohl’s

This 10-piece set comes with everything your favorite baker needs to make anything they like: measuring cups and spoons that won’t bend, a stainless steel bowl for easy mixing, and a wire whisk for thorough blending and whipping of ingredients.

Contributing author: Andrea Boudewijn  

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