Here's a list of 10 gift ideas for home cooks that include knives, cookware, a sous vide cooker and eco-friendly kitchen gifts.
If you're looking for gift ideas for your favorite home cooks, this list will help you. These are some of my favorite kitchen items and tools that I personally enjoy using. There's a variety of prices points and I threw in a bonus gift idea. This is not a sponsored post and all of the items were purchased by me.
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This salt and pepper grinder set is sourced from sustainable, chemical-free acacia wood farms. I love the simplistic design of this, which will work well in a modern or a traditional kitchen. The set comes with a free bonus rose gold scoop, which is great for fill up your mills with peppercorns and salt.
This cutting board is a must-have staple for any kitchen. It's made in the USA and is sustainably sourced. These boards must to be hand-washed and dried and oiled at least once a month. This is a gift will be used often. A quick hint if you should buy one of these for yourself. Don't use a serrated knife on the butcher block. You will end up sawing into the wood.
This set has all of the essential knives a home cook could want and need. The knives are housed in a modern, sleek wooden knife block. The set includes a paring knife, a serrated utility knife, a Santoku knife, a chef's knife, and a bread knife. These knives are well-balanced, light weight and feel good to hold with a good grip. All of the knives are made from German steel.
Give Your Favorite Cookbook
I think it's always fun to share your favorite cookbook as a gifts. These are a few that I own, love and highly recommend. Feel free to come up with your own list of favorites to give as gifts.
Although not technically a cookbook, this is great for the cook who likes to entertain. The book includes technique information and classic and modern cocktail recipes.
This is one of my old favorites that I've been cooking from for years. It has over 400 recipes featuring the traditional foods of Spain. The recipes are delicious and easy to prepare.
Anytime Yotam Ottolenghi puts out a new cookbook I always have to buy for myself and an extra copy for my daughter. I had the pleasure to meet him at a popup dinner in Los Angeles and enjoy his wonderful food. He's created another fantastic cookbook that's a home cook will definitely enjoy receiving
This is an excellent gift that will get a lot of use in the kitchen. This cocotte by Staub is available in multiple colors. I love the graphite gray. It's oven-safe and works on all stove tops, including gas, electric and induction. The lid is tight-fitting and features self-basting spikes that circulate the moisture while cooking. So if your home cook likes to braise, this is cocotte is a great choice. Other features to note: It won't discolor or rust, and it never needs to be seasoned.
This is an excellent gift for the home cook who wants to create their own indoor garden. It doesn't take up a lot of counter space and it's self-watering. There's a full selection of over 40 plants that they can grow, which come in capsules. The kit comes with three basil capsules that contain no GMO's or pesticides. The herbs will begin to sprout in 1 -2 two weeks.
Universal lids for pots and pans are practical gifts for home cooks who may have limited storage space. The lids are made with silicone and tempered glass, and will fit on multiple sizes of pots and pans. I love theme because it eliminates the need for storing multiple lids or splatter guards. They're easy to clean and dishwasher safe. This is a kitchen item you may want to buy for yourself one day.
This is a great gift for the home cook who wants to take their cooking to the next level. It provides a way to create healthy dishes that are never overcooked. This is one of the smallest sous vide tools on the market. It heats up quickly and provides practically perfect results every time. This sous vide cooker has an app with recipes to guide you through the sous vide process. It works using wifi or Bluetooth. I love to cook sous vide and this one is my favorite. A little side note. I'm excited to share that I have one of my sous vide recipes featured in this new cookbook.
A cast iron skillet is one of the best items you can own in your kitchen. I use one on a daily basis. This skillet by Lodge comes pre-seasoned. You can sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, and fry in it. Any home cook will love getting this as a gift.
This high-performance blender gets a lot of use in my kitchen. It chops vegetables, purees sauces and makes great whipped cream, vinaigrettes and smoothies. It has a variable speed knob to manually blend ingredients together. There's also an LCD control panel with four different program settings so you get consistent results. So if your home cook is into making smoothies or ice crush as they call it, purees, soups or frosty cocktails, this will be the perfect gift for them.
BONUS GIFT IDEA: Create Your Own Kitchen Gift Bag
I think it's fun to make your own gift set and tailor it to whatever you think your friend might like or need in their kitchen. This bag has a mix of eco-friendly products and other finds. I used a reusable bag that they can take to the market to hold everything. Oh, and I threw in a bottle of wine too. Why not! Here's what I included in this kitchen gift bag.
BeeBae Premium Beeswax Food Wrap Set of 3 – These cool little beeswax wrappers will help reduce the use of plastic in the kitchen.
Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bag – These are great to use when you sous vide and for food storage. Another way to reduce plastic bag use.
Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer – This is one of my favorite tools I use almost everyday to juice lemons, limes and oranges.
Silicone Bowl Lids White – These food safe lids can be used on the stove, in an oven, in the microwave and are dishwasher safe.
Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer – An essential kitchen item.
Flip and Tumble Reusable Produce Bags – I have a reduced plastic theme going. These are great to take to the market when buying produce.
Reusable Washable Grocery Shopping Cart Trolley Bags – These come in a set of three and can be used as grocery bags, in a car trunk for storage or just toting items around,
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