Best gifts for people who love to cook

Last Updated August 2020

We all have to eat, so kitchen equipment is always a sure-fire gift. Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s new to the kitchen or a long-time home cook, we found the best kitchen items for everyone on your list that will make it easier to pull together delicious meals. 

A solution for the busy cook

Many cooks have the popular Instant Pot on their holiday wish lists, so it’s a great idea to shop early for this must-have kitchen appliance. The DUO60 is a top-selling model that is like seven appliances in one: It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and rice cooker, plus it can steam, warm, sauté, and even make yogurt. It’s simple to use, too, as it’s packed with preset functions and can be programmed so you can set it and forget it until mealtime. 

A healthier way to make comfort food

An air fryer makes a great gift that will keep giving all year long, because this innovative appliance requires little to no oil to prepare great tasting food. If someone on your list is dreaming of a kitchen helper that will cut down on unnecessary fat and calories, check out the 7-quart GoWISE that has touchscreen controls with eight preset functions plus ample space to cook for a family. 

A must-have tool for every type of cook

Whether you have an avid chef or a novice cook on your gift list this year, keep in mind that high-quality knives are always appreciated, as they make meal preparation significantly easier. We like the Cangshan Chef Knife for its durable eight-inch forged steel blade that stays sharp cut after cut and the contoured handle that provides a secure grip. 

For tea drinkers

If you’re shopping for a tea lover, a stovetop kettle is a useful kitchen accessory. This model by Le Creuset features a classic design that will be an attractive as well as functional addition to any kitchen, and it produces the recognizable teakettle whistle when water is hot and ready to brew. 

A precise cooking tool

For the home cook who has everything, a sous vide cooker is the gift that will open up new possibilities in the kitchen. The smart model by Anova has built-in WiFi connectivity and can be operated via the Anova app. With 1,000 watts of power and compatibility with just about any pot or container, this sous vide cooker can produce results that rival restaurant dishes. 

A lovely apron they'll want to wear

$39 at Nordstrom

The Floretta Apron by Juliska has a beautiful floral pattern and is made with the same attention to details the company puts into its exquisite dinnerware pieces. Ties at the neck and waist give it a secure fit while the wearer prepares culinary creations, so it protects clothes while also offering a lovely European look. 

Putting cakes on display

$83.50 – $99 at Nordstrom

If the person on your list is a baker, get them a beautiful cake stand to showcase their creations. The pearl footed model by Costa Nova is made of durable stoneware and has a scalloped rim that adds an elegant touch to displaying cakes. It’s available in a choice of two sizes. 

Tools for the grillmaster

The grill master on your list will be thinking about next summer’s barbeques when you gift them these grilling tools. This set comes with all the essentials, including a fork, basting brush, spatula, and tongs, each made of extra thick stainless steel and backed by the manufacturer’s lifetime guarantee. 

For serious barbecuers

For the serious pitmaster, grilling gloves make an excellent gift. This pair is built with the outdoor chef in mind, as they have a flame-resistant neoprene coating and are 14 inches in length for optimal protection. Several sizes are available to ensure the pair you choose fits the pitmaster in your life like a glove.

Tumblers for every occasion

Glassware makes a nice gift for just about anyone, but this set of six French tumblers by Duralex Picardie is extra special. These tumblers have an attractive fluted structure and are made of tempered glass that is safe to use with warm and cold beverages. We think they make excellent water glasses, too. 

Festive holiday plates

Are you shopping for someone who hosts beautiful winter gatherings every year? For the holiday-loving hostess, not just any serving plates will do. Juliska’s set of four party plates have festive Santa and Mrs. Claus themes that will complement your favorite host’s seasonal gatherings. 

For the at-home barista

If you’re searching for a gift for the coffee lover on your list, look no further than the Chemex Classic. Instead of using electricity to brew, this coffee maker has a filter unit where you place coffee grounds, then simply pour hot water over the beans to create a delicious cup. Many avid users rave about the flavor produced with the pour-over method.

A sturdy skillet for all types of cooks

Anyone who loves to cook can appreciate what a cast iron skillet brings to the table. This high-quality skillet is made by Lodge, a company that’s been making cast iron products since 1896. It’s heavy, durable, versatile, and made to last a lifetime. Make sure to throw in a heat protecting silicone handle designed for temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and made to fit Lodge skillets. 

The tool for breakfast-lovers

With a 22-inch nonstick cook surface and easy-to-use controls, the Presto electric griddle is a nice gift for breakfast lovers or for those who have a lot of kids to feed. It’s also perfect for making big batches of pancakes, French toast, grilled cheese, and more. Cleanup and storage are easy, too, because the griddle can be detached from the base. 

Treat yourself to better basics

You may not think of dishcloths when you think of possible gifts for the home cook in your life, but this set of six by Anthropologie will change your mind. With bold checks and stripes, these brightly patterned woven cotton dishcloths will add a pop of color to your loved one’s kitchen.

Make it a whole set

This 12-piece cookware set from Cuisinart comes with everything you’d need to stock your kitchen shelves, including two saucepans, two skillets, a sauté pan, and a stockpot. Each piece is made with the brand’s triple-ply construction that includes an aluminum core to produce even results. 

Something to serve on

This classic 18-piece dinnerware set from AmazonBasics is made of porcelain and has enough dinner plates, dessert plates, and bowls to serve six people. The set is a practical gift idea for newlyweds, new homeowners, and recent grads who are still eating dinner on mismatched plates and bowls. 

Make the best burger ever

The Sagaform Hamburger Press looks basic, but it’s a gift that will come in handy every time the burger aficionado on your list grills up their favorite American cuisine at home. The simple structure is designed to make perfectly round, symmetrical burgers every time. 

The best of the best

From soups to stews to sauces and more, the Le Creuset Dutch oven is the gift to give to the cook on your list who loves to let a delicious dish simmer all day on the stove. The 7.25-quart capacity is large enough to prepare a meal for the entire family, and the enamel finish makes cleanup a breeze. Choose from seven colors — one that’s sure to match the recipient’s kitchen decor.

Handsome and functional

This kitchen gift will help the home chef on your list keep their stove and countertop free of food messes. The Gertrude spoon rest has ample space to hold a serving or stirring utensil. It’s made of stoneware with intricate etching, so it’s as attractive as it is practical.

Versatile for small living spaces

If someone on your list is moving into a new place, kitchen essentials like the Rosti Mepal 3-piece bowl and lid set will be an appreciated gift. The dark color has a modern appeal, plus the set is a practical gift for its versatility. The bowls can easily be used for multiple purposes, including mixing ingredients, serving dishes, and storing leftovers.