We all know someone who knows their way around the kitchen, which is why they're a lot easier to shop for when it comes to gifts. But, it's time to give up the unoriginal gift of mortars and pestles. So, if you're wondering how to change things up regarding cooking gifts, you've come to the right place.
These 33 cooking gifts will be perfect for you to look through and make this holiday season special for the home cook in your life.
1. Milk Kefir Starter Kit - Cultures For Health
A great way to help your home cook friend start their new project is by gifting them this Milk Kefir Starter Kit from Cultures For Health. The kit consists of a packet of heirloom milk kefir grains, butter muslin, milk kefir instructions, a stick-on thermometer strip, and a 3-inch nylon mesh strainer, a great introduction to probiotic dairy options.
2. Vegetable Garden Growing Kit - Spade To Fork
There's nothing a home cook loves more than having fresh vegetables for their next recipe of greens. The Vegetable Garden Growing Kit from Spade To Fork has all the seeds they need to grow the perfect mini vegetable garden and have access to fresh leafy greens all the time!
3. Katakuchi Suribachi And Surikogi Set - Toiro
Yes, we did say that a mortar and pestle is an unoriginal gift, but this one isn't! This Katakuchi Suribachi And Surikogi Set from Toiro is handmade, the perfect combination of beautiful and functional. Not only will this allow home cooks to crush fresh spices whenever they want, but it'll also look stunning on their countertop. It even features a spouted lip, so once they’re done cooking their magic, they can use it to serve as well.
4. Wüsthof Classic 9-piece Knife Block Set - Williams Sonoma
If you ask a home chef about the most cherished item in their kitchen, the answer will be their set of knives. If your cook friend doesn't yet have the perfect knife set to cherish, this Christmas is the perfect time to give them the Wüsthof Classic 9-piece Knife Block Set from Williams Sonoma.
5. Smart Cooker - Chef IQ
A smart cooker is one of the best appliances you can have in the kitchen. Help the kitchen expert in your life upgrade their cooking experience with this Smart Cooker from Chef IQ. It comes with 300+ cooking presets, giving them a new way to cook every time.
6. Grill & Roast Collection - Spicewalla
Home cook or not, who doesn't love a good collection of spices? This Grill & Roast Collection from Spicewalla will help them when they’re wrangling up some savory grub, flavoring their next meaty dish to the max. It includes the Carolina BBQ Rub, the Cowboy Grilling Rub, and the Honey and Herb Rub.
7. TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer - Thermopro
We're sure the home cook in your life already has a meat thermometer, but does it offer a hands-free setup and different temperature presets for nine types of meat? The TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer from Thermopro does! This durable and feature-studded meat thermometer is the perfect addition to their kitchen.
8. Swan Decanter - Riedel
If you know a home cook that includes wine in every meal they serve, this Swan Decanter from Riedel is a gift that'll sweep them off their feet. This elegant, mouth-blown decanter will be the perfect piece for their dinner table, and they'll only have you to thank for it.
9. Smart Garden 3 - Click & Grow
If you ask any chef if they like fresh herbs in their food, they'll always say yes. The Smart Garden 3 from Click & Grow will be an incredible blessing, allowing them to grow fresh herbs all year round. Trust us when we say they will be thrilled with this gift!
10. Cheese Making Kit - Cultures For Health
Another great pick for the home cook in your life is the Cheese Making Kits from Cultures for Health. If you're looking for a unique cooking gift, this kit will surely challenge them to start a new project. You can take your pick from the mozzarella, ricotta, Italian cheese, goat cheese, paneer, and queso-making kits, or give them the whole bundle.
11. Large Cinco Stainless Steel Lunch Container - Lunchbots
If you know someone who likes to cook, they definitely make home-cooked meals for lunch or school. In that case, this Large Cinco Stainless Steel Lunch Container from Lunchbots will make their day, allowing them to pack their own or their kid's lunch professionally. This is especially a great gift if you know anyone who likes each part of their meal separate!
12. Je98xl Juice Fountain Plus 850-watt Juice Extractor - Breville
There's no doubt that fresh juice is the best option for a breakfast or brunch drink. By gifting your home cook friend the Je98xl Juice Fountain Plus 850-watt Juice Extractor from Breville, you'll be able to ensure that they always have a fresh glass of their drink of choice. The extra-wide chute has the capacity for whole fruits so they don’t have to spend so much time chopping, and with the unique extraction system and built-in froth separator, they’ll have high-quality juice faster than ever.
13. Primo Lightweight Scale - Escali
If the home cook in your life has a passion for baking, this gift can help ensure that their measurements are always accurate, making for the perfect baked goods. The Primo Lightweight Scale from Escali is durable yet weightless, and incredibly easy to operate!
14. 75th Anniversary Braided Mini-Bundt Pan - Nordic Ware
If their passion for baking has ensured they already have everything they need, this 75th Anniversary Braided Mini Bundt Pan from Nordic Ware is one of the best Christmas gifts for cooks. Sure, they might not need to make mini bundt cakes, but with this durable and adorable cupcake pan, they will definitely want to!
15. Cherry Vinegar - Supreme Vinegar
If the kitchen expert in your life has a special love for salads, this Cherry Vinegar from Supreme Vinegar will soon become their holy grail for salad dressings. It'll help them add the perfect sweet and sour kick they’ve been looking for.
16. Birch Smoked Salt - Saltverk
The Birch Smoked Salt from Saltverk is the perfect gift for the home cook who prefers high-quality seasonings. This handcrafted and artisanal salt is smoked with Icelandic birch, adding the perfect savory goodness their taste buds have been yearning for. So whether it's steamed vegetables or their morning eggs, this Icelandic salt makes everything taste right.
17. Chop-n-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board - John Boos
We know the home cook in your life already has a cutting board. But is it reversible? This Christmas is the perfect time to help them upgrade their kitchen with this Chop-n-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board from John Boos, which helps protect their best knives and has a sturdy edge grain construction.
18. 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multiuse Programmable Pressure Cooker - Instant Pot
If the first pressure cooker on our list didn't impress you, this one surely will. The 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multiuse Programmable Pressure Cooker from Instant Pot features 13 customizable Smart Programs for pressure cooking ribs, soups, beans, rice, poultry, yogurt, desserts, and more. What more could a home cook ask for?
19. 3-piece Nylon Knife Set - Curious Chef
If the chef in your life has kids who want to practice their parent's craft, this 3-piece Nylon Knife Set from Curious Chef will be the most adorable yet helpful gift you can give them. Sharp enough for fruits and veggies but blunt enough to be safe on skin for little learning hands, they'll definitely be thanking you when their kids can eagerly but safely help out in the next meal.
20. Use Vacuum Sealing & Food Preservation System - Foodsaver
The Multi-Use Vacuum Sealing & Food Preservation System from Foodsaver is next on our list. This is the perfect gift for the home chef who always makes too much or is always struggling with fruits and veggies that have gone bad. Now they'll be able to keep food fresh for much longer, by sealing and vacuuming them in plastic bags!
21. Tofu Maker Kit - Cultures for Health
Those who like to cook are always looking for new ways to switch their store-bought food for homemade ones. So if the home cook in your life is sick of buying machine-made tofu, this Tofu Maker Kit from Cultures for Health is the best new project for them to start working on!
22. Upcycled Countertop Compost Bin - Goldune
Cooking gifts that make their meals taste better will never go unnoticed, but home chefs will particularly appreciate gifts that add to the functionality of their kitchen. This Upcycled Countertop Compost Bin from Goldune will help them take a step toward a zero-waste cooking lifestyle.
23. Precision Cooker - Anova Culinary
Here's a totally different type of “pressure cooker” for this holiday season! This is a smart sous vide precision cooker, with an accompanying app to track their cooking in real-time.. This Precision Cooker from Anova Culinary is the cellular sous chef they've been waiting for.
24. Table Tiles - Areaware
If the home cook in your life cherishes their coffee table, these Table Tiles from Areaware are the graphic coasters they've been dreaming of. Now, they can stop worrying about ring stains while simultaneously keeping their coffee table modishly vogue.
25. Petite Salt And Pepper Mill Set - Le Creuset
Home cooks don't just value the presentation of their plates, but they also try to make their kitchen as chic as possible. This Petite Salt And Pepper Mill Set from Le Creuset will help them do that. Plus, they offer tons of color options, so you can match it to their dining decor.
26. Nutri Ninja Pro Single-Serve Blender - Ninja
Just because they can make a mean breakfast doesn't always mean they're also early risers. But this Nutri Ninja Pro Single-Serve Blender from Ninja will help them fulfill their dreams of being a morning person by making their favorite smoothie blends for every breakfast. In addition, it's shockingly easy to use!
27. Japanese-style Earthenware Ceramic Soy Sauce Dispenser - Happy Sales
Soy sauce doesn't have to just be delicious; it can be beautiful too, and we're sure the home cook in your life thinks the same. This Japanese-style Earthenware Ceramic Soy Sauce Dispenser from Happy Sales is something they don't need but want more than anything this Christmas (even if they don’t know it yet). So make their day with this affordable and adorable table piece!
28. Fermented Hot Sauce Kit - Cultures for Health
Home cooks that prefer a spicy kick in their savory dishes would definitely appreciate this Fermented Hot Sauce Kit from Cultures for Health. It has everything they need to make the hot sauce of their dreams, including a half-gallon fermentation jar, airlock lid fitted with rubber grommets, ceramic fermentation weights, and Celtic sea salt.
29. Cotton Denim Cook's Apron - Muji
Here's one thing that almost all home cooks do—focus on their niche and forget about the basics. Instead, take care of their basic safety measurements by gifting them a Cotton Denim Cook's Apron from Muji this Christmas. It's protective andchic, making for one of the best gifs for cooks.
30. Sea Salt Bucket - Maldon
They probably don't need a sea salt bucket, but they want a Sea Salt Bucket from Maldon. Almost every home chef swears by Maldon when it comes to salt, so we guarantee you this gift will not go to waste in your favorite cooking expert's kitchen. Plus, they won't have to spend money on salt for months!
31. Premium Kimchi And Sauerkraut Earthenware Container - E-jen
Any home cook would love to try their hand at making their own kimchi or sauerkraut. So gift them this Premium Kimchi And Sauerkraut Earthenware Container from E-Jen to give them the fun challenge of making homemade kimchi and sauerkraut that they invested their time, energy, and skill into.
32. Good Grips Pressure Cooker Bakeware Sling - Oxo
If they already have the Instant Pot we mentioned before, then there's no better gift for them than Instant Pot accessories that add to the functionality of their favorite appliance. This Good Grips Pressure Cooker Bakeware Sling from Oxo helps them bake cakes and steam vegetables in the multipurpose pressure cooker, and then lift them out with ease.
33. Joule Sous Vide - Chefsteps
Last but not least, this gift will surely set you apart from the other gift-givers. This Joule Sous Vide from Chefsteps is a premium gift for an expert cook who already has everything else on the list. This versatile machine can prevent inevitable cooking blunders such as overcooked fish, hard scrambled eggs, and leathery steaks.
This Christmas is the perfect time to make the home cook in your life smile with a unique cooking gift they actually need in their kitchen. These 33 best gifts for home cooks will help you stand out as a gift-giver by giving them things they didn't even know they needed.