The kitchen is the heart of every home, the space in which sustenance blends with love to fill a house with the ingredients that make it a home. If you want to give a present that will leave a lasting memory and enjoy years of use, look no further than tools for the kitchen.
We scoured the globe for the most impressive kitchen offerings that won’t break the bank and unearthed no shortage of simple and innovative products that will put a smile on any chef’s face. From tools to educate, award-winning designs to impress, and blades to cut through anything, there’s something on this list for every chef you know. So get into the holiday spirit and equip your beloved cook with some new tools of the trade to do what they do best: cook delicious meals for you.
Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8” Chef’s Knife
No single tool is more important in a chef’s arsenal than a kitchen knife, and no company knows knives quite like Victorinox — makers of the original Swiss Army Knife. Their Pro 8″ Chef’s Knife features an ultrasharp, extra-wide 7.9” blade with an ergonomic handle that makes it a perfect all-around kitchen essential.
Good Cook Safe Can Opener
The days of razor-sharp cans cutting your hands or trash bags is over thanks to this patented design that separates a can’s lid from its base. Easier to use than a traditional can opener, this heavy-duty chrome cutting wheel never touches your food, greatly reducing cross-contamination risk.
Give the gift of espresso knowledge with a MoMA Design-approved borosilicate glass mug that inspires coffee drinkers to learn how to create the perfect espresso, macchiato, cortado, caffé au lait, Americano, flat white, or cappuccino.
Zeroll Co. Ice Cream Scoop
If you’re an ice cream aficionado, you’re probably keen on running your scooper under hot water before shoveling your favorite frozen treat. The Zeroll eliminates the frozen spoon issue with its heat conductive fluid-filled handle that cuts through frozen delights like a hot blade through butter.
Harold Import Co. Stainless Steel Turner
The short order cook is the true master of the American kitchen, and their tool of choice to keep the lunch rush from turning into a riot is a trusty stainless steel turner. This USA-made 8” workhorse features a walnut handle attached to the tang with three rivets to ensure years of perfect burgers, eggs, hash browns, and everything else you’d expect from the classic diner’s kitchen.
Barebones 10” Cast Iron Skillet
If you’re not cooking on cast iron, you’re missing out on a lifetime of flavor and easy cleaning. A raw and rugged well-seasoned cast iron skillet holds heat better than other pans, making it a superior cooking surface for almost any meal. This Barebones Cast Iron Skillet comes with a comfortable grip handle and a cast iron Dutch lid that turns your skillet into a small oven.
Bradley Mountain The Good Bottle Opener
The kitchen is hot and beer is cold, so it’s a no-brainer to offer your favorite chef a bottle opener that shows appreciation for good taste and American craftsmanship. This keychain-friendly variety is made in the USA with solid zinc construction and a leather lanyard for a lifetime of relief from the heat. Because if it’s too hot for you in the kitchen, maybe you should crack a cold one and get back to work.
Zoku Ice Cream Maker
Zoku’s designs have been featured in collections at The Henry Ford Museum and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum for Architecture and Design, and it’s easy to see why with their minimalist ice cream maker. Let your creative juices flow by creating individual portions of ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, or sherbet in just 10 minutes with this easy-to-use stainless steel bowl that includes a protective sleeve and one spoon.
Oxo Good Grips Cookie Press
Holiday time is cookie time, which has never been easier to perfect thanks to Oxo Good Grips Cookie Press. This clear cylinder comes with 12 stainless steel discs for all seasons that pump out perfectly consistent cookie dough. The tool has a comfortable lever for repetitive use and disassembles quickly for easy cleaning.
Primula Park Pour Over Coffee Set
Winner of a prestigious Red Dot Design award, this 36-ounce pour over coffee maker features borosilicate glass, a woodgrain finish handle with polished steel accents, and a reusable filter with a superfine mesh to help ensure the perfect pour over coffee each and every morning.
Spouted Earthenware Mortar with Wood Pestle Set
Taking your cooking to the next level is all about the ingredients, and there’s no better way to get in touch with the flavors you’re adding than an old-fashioned mortar to grind seeds, nuts, and spices by hand. This handcrafted earthenware set is made in Japan by a pottery producer that’s been perfecting the craft since 1910.
HAY Chopping Block
You’d be amiss to purchase a high-quality kitchen knife without the proper place to use it. This beautifully designed polyethylene board is dishwasher safe and comes in a variety of colors for different chopping uses.
Drop Smart Scale
If your scale doesn’t do more than measure weight, it’s obsolete. Drop’s kitchen scale connects your kitchen to hundreds of interactive recipes through their app and instantly adjusts the measurements to the serving size for which you desire.
iDevices Kitchen Thermometer
This thermometer is another piece of smart tech designed to make your time in the kitchen easier and more precise. It utilizes dual probes to give you real-time temperature readings through your smartphone for larger roasts or two separate pieces of meat. Select a recommended temperature setting, place your food in the oven, and forget about it until the app lets you know that it’s ready.
Panasonic Heavy Duty Automatic Rice Cooker
Panasonic’s 10-cup rice cooker and vegetable steamer offers one-step, automatic cooking for all types of rice, vegetables, and anything you can steam under the sun. The non-stick heavy duty inner pot is effortless to clean and the included rice scoop, measuring cup, and steam basket make this a complete kit for students, singles, and the busiest of professionals.
The Wishlist: Chef's Holiday Gift Guide
If you’ve still got more shopping to do and more than $50 to spend on your favorite cook, you’ll find exactly what you need on our comprehensive list of the 20 best gifts for the chef this holiday season.