If you are anything like me, then you probably still have some holiday shopping to do.
When I shop for gifts I have two things in mind. First, the gift must be something that I myself find practical or pretty, and second the price must be right. That doesn’t mean that it must be cheap but rather it has a good value for money. In real life, this always results in gifts that range in price.
Bonus points if it is an item that I know the recipient will love but would not buy it for themselves.
Below you will find a selection of gifts that all fit the above criteria.
Note that there are no cookbooks included. If you are interested I have a blog post with my favorite ones here.
So here is a last minute gift guide for the home cook. It is a selection of items that I use in my kitchen that make great gifts for home cooks:
- Instant Pot. If you have been reading for more than 3 sec you knew that this was going to make the list. I was really hesitant to buy one since I already own a stove top pressure cooker but I am really glad I did. I use it at least 4 days a week sometimes multiple times a day.
- In relation to the above an extra Instant Pot insert. If you know someone who already owns an Instant Pot and loves it why not buy him/her an extra insert? I have one extra and use it all the time.
- A pair of tongs. I used to lift food by piercing it with a fork but a pair tongs can make your life SO much easier. Not to mention that it keeps your hands away from fire!
- Measuring Cups. Most recipes use volume rather than weight so a set of measuring cups can come in very handy. These are different kinds for dry and wet ingredients.
- Measuring Spoons. As mentioned above these are very useful to measure very small quantities of dry goods such as spices and seasonings.
- Scale. A good scale is an invaluable tool in the kitchen especially if you bake cakes.
- Wooden Spoons. I just can’t cook without one.
- Silicon Mats. No more parchment paper! Silicon mats are a baker’s best friend. After the scale that is!
- Chef’s Knife. I have and love this one. Having a good knife is invaluable in the kitchen.
- Knife Sharpener. A god knife is of no use if it’s not sharp. Also, a friendly reminder that dull knives are dangerous.
- Wooden Cutting board. Wood is an excellent surface to use your knife on since it is soft and doesn’t dull your knives very fast.
- Salad Spinner. For the salad lovers in your life. This is a game changer. No more watery greens and dressings.
- Cooling Racks. From Quick breads to cookies to cakes to breads cooling racks are constantly being used in my kitchen
- A griddle pan. I love this cast iron one. The lid transforms it to a perfect panini press
- A Dutch Oven. I never really understood all the fuss about cast iron pot until I used one. The hype is right. I own these two but I have found some more affordable options here and here.
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