The magical holiday time gives you the best chance to showcase your love for your family and friends. Stocking stuffer gifts are one of those small yet distinctive acts of love that show how well you know the receiver.
If you have a cook in your circle, this list will help you immensely this year. We have itemized a perfect guide to kitchen stocking stuffer ideas for chefs. These recommendations include all the essential tools they may need on their kitchen counter, from reusable bags to cookie cutters and everything in between.
There can never be too many cooking gifts for the chef in your life. So get inspired by this list of 33 heart-warming kitchen stocking stuffer ideas and make their holiday season special.
1. Pickle Pipe Fermentation Airlock - Cultures for Health
This Pickle Pipe Fermentation Airlock from Cultures for Health is the perfect stocking stuffer for the chef who prefers homemade pickles. These silicone airlock lids are self-sealing, allowing them to ferment their pickles without having to burp the jars! This is a really cool, economical, and unique stocking stuffer.
2. Shaquanda's Hot Pepper Sauce - Shaquanda Will Feed You
We all have that chef friend who loves adding a spicy kick to all their savory foods, and hot sauce is practically their best friend. Strengthen your friendship this holiday season by stuffing the Shaquanda's Hot Pepper Sauce from Shaquanda Will Feed You in their stocking and giving them a spicy surprise!
3. The Final Straw - Final
If the chef in your life is using plastic straws to serve their delicious homemade drinks, it's time to help them make a change. The Final Straw from Final is a metal, foldable straw that expands and retracts like magic, fitting its small carrying case perfectly. PS: it even comes with a foldable straw cleaner!
4. Sugarfina Peach Bellini - Bloomingdale's
It's no secret that chefs tend to have a sweet tooth. When it comes to candy, though, you can't go with the obvious approach of candy canes.
Instead, you can do something different this year by gifting them this Sugarfina Peach Bellini from Bloomingdale's. Infused with fragrant peach nectar, these gummies are sweet, sour, and the perfect stocking stuffer!
5. Cashew Butter + Pure Vanilla Bean Dark Chocolate - Hu Kitchen
Chefs like premium chocolate, so gifting them a Snickers bar won't cut it. Instead, this Cashew Butter + Pure Vanilla Bean Dark Chocolate bar from Hu Kitchen will go above and beyond all their chocolate dreams, offering a richness they'll only be thanking you for. Plus, it's vegan!
6. Bananas Foster Dark Chocolate - Raaka
If the previous bar didn't impress you, or you're just looking for an equally unique chocolate companion, Bananas Foster Dark Chocolate from Raaka is the perfect option. This bar is an iconic New Orleans dessert made with perfectly ripe bananas, fruity Tanzanian cacao, house caramelized sugar, and vanilla bean.
7. Holiday Cookie Cutters - Williams-Sonoma
No matter how busy their schedule is, a chef always makes time to make some Christmas cookies when the holiday season comes around. Stuffing their stockings with these Holiday Cookie Cutters from Williams-Sonoma will be a perfect surprise, allowing them to whip up their favorite sugar cookies quickly and efficiently.
8. Natto Starter - Cultures for Health
Often chefs are itching to try new and exotic dishes. Well, today is the perfect day to make their dreams come true. This Natto Starter from Cultures for Health has everything they need to make their favorite Japanese fermented food, including four packets of natto spores.
9. Fruit Candle - Eastfork
By now people are probably tired of getting the same old candles every Christmas, so why not give it a culinary twist for your chef friend? This Italian Fruit Candle from Eastfork comes in a variety of fruit shapes such as lemon, cantaloupe, persimmon, and pomegranate. They feature incredibly minute details so they appear beautifully realistic, making them the perfect addition to their coffee table.
10. Preserved Lemon Kit - Curio Spice
This Preserved Lemon Kit from Curio Spiceis the perfect holiday gift for the chef who wishes they could make their lemons last longer. Before their lemons go bad, your friend can preserve them with the salt, spices, instructions, and jar included in this kit, creating a lemony, bright, and peppery flavor.
11. Original Swiss Peeler - Kuhn Rikon
We're sure the chef in your life already has one, but what's the harm in upgrading their kitchen tools and keeping them sharp? The Original Swiss Peeler from Kuhn Rikon has a featherweight construction but a heavyweight performance. Its ergonomic design is easy to use with either hand, and it also features a convenient potato eye remover.
12. Reusable Snack Bag - Stasher
We're guessing the chef in your life prefers to make their snacks instead of relying on the empty calories of highly processed chips and cookies. This Reusable Snack Bag from Stasher will help them store their snacks easily and make them last much longer. If snack bags aren't right for them, Stasher luckily has a size for all their needs, such as half-gallon, stand-up, sandwich, and more.
13. TP03 Digital Instant Read Thermometer - Thermopro
If they don't already have a food thermometer, it will make the perfect stocking stuffer, helping them cook their food to the perfect temperature. The TP03 Digital Instant Read Thermometer from Thermopro is the perfect pick, with a temp range of -58 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit.
14. Weeknight Dinner Collection - Burlap & Barrel
Even if the chef in your life already has all the spices they need, you can help spice up their collection with the ones they want! This Weeknight Dinner Collection from Burlap & Barrel is the perfect blend of unique non-GMO, non-irradiated, and plant-based spices. The collection includes Black Urfa Chili, Cured Sumac, and Purple Stripe Garlic.
15. Grater-zester - Microplane
Let's be honest—we all bought those old-fashioned zesters and graters decades ago and have stuck with them since. The situation is no different for the chef in your life. The Grater-zester from Microplane is the modern combination of both tools, featuring a soft-touch handle and non-scratch end tabs.
16. Heirloom Yogurt Starters - Cultures for Health
We're sure your friends love adding their favorite brand of Greek yogurt to nearly everything, but when they start making yogurt at home, they'll forget that processed yogurt exists. This Heirloom Yogurt Starter from Cultures for Health is one of the best kitchen stocking stuffers you can think of, helping them get started on their new countertop project.
17. Maison Plus Heavyweight Gold Measuring Cups & Spoons Set - Food52
Christmas is the best time to help the chef in your life upgrade their old plastic measuring set. This Maison Plus Heavyweight Gold Measuring Cups & Spoons Set from Food52 will take their breath away with their premium design, as well as durability.
18. Olivewood Spoon - Crate & Barrel
If the last set seemed too small of a gift, you could complete the set with this Olivewood Spoon from Crate & Barrel. This stunning and sturdy spoon is ideal for stirring pasta sauces, sautéing fish, stirring muffin batter, and serving mashed potatoes.
19. Epicurean Garlic Press - Kuhn Rikon
A garlic press is one of the most important kitchen tools for a chef, which is why you can help them ensure they have the most modern and effective one. The Epicurean Garlic Press from Kuhn Rikon is as efficient as it is exquisite, featuring an easy-to-clean pull-out sieve.
20. Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer - OXO
No matter how efficient they are as a chef, they surely struggle with avocados. Cutting, pitting, and peeling the fruit takes up multiple utensils and makes a mess every time, but you can help them avoid that. The Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer from OXO splits, pits, slices, and scoops the avocado for them, ensuring a safe and mess-free prep.
21. Dowel Rolling Pin - J.K. Adams
If your chef friend likes baking, they're probably very specific about rolling pins. Luckily, the Dowel Rolling Pin from J.K. Adams won "Best Rolling Pin" by America's Test Kitchen. It's made with high-quality wood and finished in mineral oil and beeswax, featuring a generous 19-inch surface area.
22. Double-Hinged Waiters Corkscrew - Pulltap's
The Double-Hinged Waiters Corkscrews from Pulltap's are the perfect cooking stocking stuffers for cooks that like to serve wine or champagne with their delicious, 5-star meals. This expert corkscrew doesn't just help you uncork your bottle easily; it also features a serrated knife for removing the foil, as well as a bottle opener for beer.
23. 11-inch Balloon Whisk - OXO
You can never have too many whisks; ask any chef! The 11-inch Balloon Whisk from OXO is the perfect high-quality utensil to stuff into your chef friend's stocking. This whisk is made to last, with polished stainless steel wires and a soft handle.
24. Stainless-Steel Ultimate Silicone Spatula Set - Williams-Sonoma
Don’t overthink while Christmas shopping for chefs—when in doubt,go for high-end utensils! For example, this Stainless-Steel Ultimate Silicone Spatula Set from Williams-Sonoma features a spatula, spoonula, mini spatula, and mini spoonula. Their silicone heads are resistant to chipping, cracking, and heat, up to 600ºF.
25. Ginger Tool - Microplane
This efficient Ginger Tool from Microplane is the perfect tool to pair with the garlic press and grater-zester, stuffing that stocking to the max. Now, they'll have unparalleled access to their favorite flavors and will undoubtedly be adding them to all their 5-star meals.
26. Bürstenhaus Redecker Mushroom Brush - Sur La Table
The Bürstenhaus Redecker Mushroom Brush from Sur La Table is the perfect Christmas gift for the chef who loves adding mushrooms to their meals, but never forgets to wash them first. This mushroom brush will help them remove the dirt from mushrooms and soft vegetables without damaging them, with natural fibers that are safe to use under boiling water.
27. Fireside Plaid Woven Cotton Kitchen Towel - C&F Home
Like whisks and spatulas, you can never have too many kitchen towels. Whether it's for wiping off their hands, holding pot handles, or placing under hot pots, this Fireside Plaid Woven Cotton Kitchen Towel from C&F Home will come in handy more often than you think.
28. Food Fortunes Card Deck - Chronicle Books
If your chef friend can cook everything so well they can never decide what's for dinner, this Food Fortunes Card Deck from Chronicle Books is a fun, playful way to help them out. All they have to do is lay out three cards at a time, and a meal appears!
29. Broth Bombs - Uncommon Goods
Making broth is a rewarding but tedious process. This Christmas, you can help your chef friend by gifting them these Broth Bombs from Uncommon Goods. They can watch spices and herbs blend into their stew, chili, or curry in just a few minutes. You can also gift them the whole set, including the Scarborough Fair, Stone Broke Dharma, Speckled Rain, and Gesundheit broth bombs.
30. Spiced Mackerel Pate - Jose Gourmet
If you're looking for a fancier gift this season, look no further than the Spiced Mackerel Pate from Jose Gourmet. The freshness and exquisite flavor of this blue fish pâté complement its creamy texture and softly spicy aroma.
31. Avocado Huggers - Uncommon Goods
Isn't it frustrating when you cut an avocado in the morning, and it has browned by night? Surely, the chef in your life struggles with the same thing. Get two sets of these Avocado Huggers from Uncommon Goods as the perfect gifts: one for them and one for yourself. Now, both of you can make your avocados last much longer.
32. Haute Chocolate Collection - Spicewalla
Hot chocolate doesn't have to be a boring combination of sweetened cocoa powder and milk, especially not for a chef. This Haute Chocolate Collection from Spicewalla will introduce them to a new range of comfort drinks, including Classic Hot Chocolate, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate.
33. Ornament Bottle Stoppers - Crate & Barrel
Lastly, the Ornament Bottle Stoppers from Crate & Barrel are stocking stuffers best suited for the holiday season. These wine bottle stoppers aren't just adorable; they're also practical.
Now that you've explored the list of stocking stuffers for chefs, you're all set to make the purchase! Trust us—a small kitchen tool is the best way to hype up your chef friend during the holiday season.So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on the perfect gift, wrap it up, and stuff it into their stocking!