One of the best things you can do for the cook in your life (or that person who maybe needs a bit of encouragement to do something other than use Uber Eats) is to give them more tools with which to whip up great meals. But, for better or worse, a lot of kitchen equipment comes with a pretty hefty price-tag. During the holidays, this can be a bit of a problem.
So to help guide you through the world of holiday gifts for the chef, we pulled together a list of some of our favorite cooking gadgets on the market. Whether the person you are shopping for is a seasoned pro looking for something new to add into their quiver of recipes, someone who lives to entertain guests, or a total kitchen neophyte, we’re positive our rundown will at the very least spark a few ideas for you to run with yourself.
Fiskars Axe and Knife Sharpener
Give the gift of sharp knives. This tool from Fiskars is purpose-built to put a fine edge on everything from camp axes to kitchen knives. Made from FiberComp and featuring ceramic wheels, the sharpener is literally built to last a lifetime.
Bear Paws Shredder Claws
Need to toss a salad? Shred some pork? Fend off guests from getting seconds before you do? Bear Paws are the ideal pick. Made from a BPA-free, FDA approved, and dishwasher safe material, they’re as safe to use as they are fun.
Victorinox Oyster 4-Inch Hooked Supergrip
An oyster knife is the type of tool that you don’t want to go without, even if you only use it occasionally. This one from Victorinox features a big, comfortable handle and high carbon steel blade for prying open the ocean’s finest.
Marble Rolling Pin
Just because rolling pins are a simple tool doesn’t mean they have to be a boring. Williams and Sonoma decided to craft one out of natural marble rather than the classic wood. As a result, the pin has an attractive, unique look and a hefty weight to it that makes rolling out dough all the easier.
Retro Magnetic Kitchen Timer
Tired of wiping sauce, flour, and egg off of your smartphone? Maybe it’s time to get yourself a kitchen timer. This 55 minute timer features an old-school dial with a copper body that can stick to your fridge thanks to its strong magnetic back.
Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer
Every chef’s goal is to get the most out of their ingredients. This citrus juicer from FreshForce takes that task both literally and seriously. Drop in any lemon, lime or small citrus and you’ll get out up to 20% more juice than if you were just using your bare hands.
Jolly Green Ekogrips
Cloth oven mitts may have been what your mom and dad used, but they are not necessarily the best option. This pair made from FDA-approved, BPA-free silicone protects from heat and can wash easily. Great for using around the grill or in the kitchen.
Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker
Microwaved popcorn is nowhere near as fun as making up a bowl on your own gas or electric range. This old-school popper features a hand-cranked stir system that keeps kernels moving and prevents from charring. Have the whole family in for a movie night? No worries. This thing can make up to 6 quarts at a time.
Prepara Airtight Storage Container
Whether it be for ground coffee, chips, fruit, rice, or flour – having air-tight containers on hand can be a real boon to any cook. These from Prepara not only keep your food totally fresh, but they manage to look great on the counter, too.
Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
You don’t have to break the bank in order to get yourself a cast iron skillet. This 12-inch one from Lodge is made in South Pittsburg, Tennessee by a company that’s been in the business of making great cookware since 1896.
Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Blender
This is another one of those tools that you may only use occasionally, but when you do you’ll be thankful for having it. The Immersion blender is powered by a 200-watt motor that can operate on either high or low power, continuously or pulse-action. Great for making creamy wintertime soups.
Marble & Dark Wood Wine Chiller
Have a friend of family member who loves wine as much as they like entertaining guests? If so, this wine chiller is worth a look. Made from marble and dark wood, it serves as a great place to set a chilled bottle of white to both keep it cool and present well.
Paderno Spiralizer 4-Blade
Looking to switch up the cooking routine in a serious way this coming year? A spiralizer is a great tool for doing just that. Coming with four stainless steel blades for doing everything from creating accordion cuts to angle-hair, you can turn a whole host of vegetables into a healthier pasta or unique salad for enjoying with friends and family.
Hiku Shopping Button
The way we cook food may not be changing all that much, but how we’re buying our ingredients certainly is. This simple button and accompanying app from Hiku is intended to make the whole process easier. Just scan what you’re running out of or say it into the button and the item will appear in the App. Don’t want to run out to the store? Order online and have it delivered to your front door.
Dexter Russel Cleaver 7-Inch
Does your meat-loving friend need a better knife in their life? Consider gifting Dexter-Russell’s Cleaver. This thing features a 6-inch long handle made from a natural hardwood with brass pins, and a high-carbon steel blade that clocks in at around 7-inches.
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