I love coming up with new recipes, throwing together easy snacks and decorating my table for the holidays. In other words, I like to spend a lot of time in my kitchen.
That’s why I have my sights set on some of the most helpful baking and cooking gifts of the season.
I’m always surprised to see how many new items I find as the holidays roll around. Sure, I already have a lot of the things I need to cook up a good meal, but I always seem to find something new to add to my kitchen-themed wish list!
If you have a friend or family member who claims the title of “cooking connoisseur,” you’ll want to check out my newest guide full of gifts for the chef on your list.
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How To Find Cooking Gifts This Season
Finding the perfect is often a tough task. One of my favorite ways to come up with ideas is by looking at the things I use in my own life. If you love it, someone else is bound to love it as well!
Another strategy? Browse your local stores and note things that grab your attention. I recently went on a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond and found some unique and neat kitchen items that work perfectly as holiday gifts.
But if you’re on a time constraint, you can browse through my list to see if one of my finds will do the trick.
My Favorite Gifts For Bakers
Baking can be difficult to master. But if you know someone who has the magic touch, they might enjoy a baking-inspired gift for the holidays! Here are a few gifts I discovered for the baker in your life.
If a baker is on your gift list, I think they’ll love the gift combination of new cookie sheets and some cookie scoops to match!
My favorite cookie dough scoops are by OXO. They come in a choice of small or medium and my recommendation is to get both.
The spring release handle is easy to use and I love having a consistent size and shape when baking my cookies. Cookie scoops are also great for making meatballs, energy bites or for measuring out pancake batter.
And to go right along with the scoops, include this set of 2 rimmed baking sheets. I love the sizes here…a jelly roll size which is great as a cookie sheet but also works for a Texas sheet cake or a sheet pan dinner.
I’ve been using these baking sheets a lot lately and the non stick on these pans is flawless and cookies result in an even golden brown.
The smaller size should fit into most toaster ovens. It’s also a more manageable size when you’re baking for one or two.
Get into the holiday spirit with this festive rolling pin! Instead of going with a generic-looking treat, this pin will create a cute pattern for cookies, pies and more.
It’s made in Warsaw, Poland, from something called beech wood. It’s also finished to minimize wear.
This Pyrex Baking Dish Set comes in handy for anyone preparing multiple dishes at once (think Thanksgiving!). Each one is made with durable tempered glass which ensures even baking and I love that the dishes come in multiple sizes.
Here’s a meaningful gift any chef will love. It’s a Personalized Cutting Board made with maple or walnut wood. You can customize it by choosing the shape of the board, the type of wood and the style of the engraving in the corner.
Everyone needs a cutting board… why not make it meaningful!
I adore the look of these mixing bowls! The texture, the versatile pattern… they immediately grabbed my attention. My favorite part? They’re dishwasher safe which is great for anyone’s cleaning routine.
For the one constantly popping dishes in and out of the oven, gift this adorable Monogrammed Oven Mitt and Pot Holders. I found it on Etsy — meaning you can support a small business with your purchase — and I love that they come in quite a few colors!
Here’s a good option for the eco-conscious baker. It’s a set of baking cups made with heat-resistant silicone, so they can be used over and over again! They’re also cost effective and super fun. What kiddo wouldn’t love these bright colors?
Do you have a new chef on your list? Maybe a child or grandchild that wants to learn to bake? If so, they might like this petite Holiday Mixing Bowl Set. It’s small in size and great for making pastries, Christmas cookies and more.
Eliminate the mess with this cute apron. It’s perfect for the holidays but it has a timeless year-round look. It’s also affordable so you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty over time.
Cooking Gifts I Have My Eye On
Whether it’s online or in the store, I tend to gravitate toward the cooking section because I love to find new ways to elevate my recipes. These cooking gifts are great for new and seasoned cooks alike.
If you enter into my kitchen and look at my cookware, you would see that I use All-Clad. I invested in a complete hard anodized set a few years ago, and I haven’t regretted the purchase once.
Buying a complete set of All-Clad can be pricey. That’s why I was so excited to see this set of 2 All-Clad skillets at Bed Bath & Beyond. It gives you a chance to try the performance to see if you want to invest later…and the All-Clad pedigree is impressive if you’re gifting.
These are the exact pans that are in my set, so I have 100% confidence in recommending them for yourself or for the aspiring cook on your list. Key features: you can use on all stovetops, they’re oven safe up to 500 degrees, they’re dishwasher safe and PFOA free non-stick. They’re excellent.
Don’t you love when you go to a nice restaurant and you’re offered fresh, grated cheese over your salad or pasta?
This Zyliss cheese grater lets you create that same experience at home. You can also use this tool to grate nuts or chocolate — so it makes desserts look fancy too!
This one is a little more unique… but it surely caught my attention! It’s a Cast-Iron Tortilla Press which will help anyone make warm, delicious tortillas at home. Now, taco night can take on a whole new level of flavor!
Some people collect knives — adding new ones to their collection over time. But if someone is just learning to cook or they aren’t too picky, it could be a good idea to look into an all-inclusive knife set.
This one from Farberware includes 11 knives, a pair of scissors and a block to keep everything organized. I think it also makes a good gift for a new homeowner!
With Thanksgiving coming up, a good baster is necessary which is why I added this syringe one from Target. By adding some juices to the meat, it will stay moist and flavorful. What more could you want in a tasty dinner?
Lodge is a trusted brand in my household which is why I feel comfortable recommending this Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven. These hearty dishes are ideal for maintaining low and slow temperatures for a long time — like when you’re braising meat or letting a stew cook on the stove.
Salt is a great way to amp up the flavor in any dish. And with this gift, you can share 12 types of salt with anyone on your list. It’s the Jacobsen Salt Co Vial Set and it includes 12 infused salts with hints of garlic, rosemary and lemon zest, to name a few.
This is still one of my favorite cook books because it’s filled with unique and easy-to-make recipes! They’re all soul-inspired meaning they’ll hit the spot every time. Collections of recipes are also good cooking gifts for someone who likes to entertain guests.
The Best Kitchen Gadgets and Small Appliances
I couldn’t live without my cast iron cookware or my trusty serving dishes, but I’m definitely a fan of all those new and innovative gadgets and appliances. Below, I added everything from a no-touch soap dispenser to a immersion mixer.
I love a practical present that has style. That’s how I’d describe this stainless steel no touch sensor pump by simplehuman.
This sensor pump looks sleek in the kitchen, distributes the perfect amount each time, and because no one is touching the pump, it’s one less thing to to worry about cleaning and disinfecting every day. I think the idea of using this with sanitizer is brilliant.
Air Fryers were quite the sensation when they hit the market a few years ago. I love it as a gift idea for the cooking enthusiast or a busy family. It’s one of those appliances most people are interested in, but aren’t always sure they want to buy for themselves.
My pick for an air fryer is the Power XL. This air fryer has been a leader in this category and has all the features you need at great price. I recommend starting with the 5 qt size. It’s the “Goldilocks” size for most households. From easy snacks and roasted vegetables to entree meals, the Power XL is a great way to share what air frying is all about.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender comes with a hand blender, a chopper attachment, a whisk attachment and a measuring cup. While it may be small, it’s great for making everything from salsa, to soup and smoothies!
Okay, so this one might not actually require cooking… but it’s perfect for the person who’s always in the kitchen. It’s called the Nespresso Vertuo Espresso Machine it easily makes espresso or a cup of coffee in a matter of seconds!
I’m also a huge fan of the Nespresso brand and find that the quality of their products are unmatched.
When chopping just doesn’t cut it, a trusty food processor may come in handy. But if the person on your list doesn’t have one, I think this option from Black and Decker would make a good gift! It’s extremely affordable, a bestseller on the site and it comes with a powerful motor.
Did any of these catch your eye? I know that a few people on my list will be head-over-heels for the personalized goods. What I love about these cooking gifts is that they’re all practical and will last far beyond the holiday season.
And while you still have some time to gather up your presents, you’ll want to act soon to ensure they’ll come in time. Happy shopping!
From my holiday home to yours,
Find more cooking gifts and gift guides here:
– Gifts For The Hard-To-Shop-For People On Your List
– My Favorite Food Gifts For The Holidays
– Affordable Gifts Under $50