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10 Classic Gifts For Anyone On Your List Who Loves to Cook

10 Classic Gifts For Anyone On Your List Who Loves to Cook

Words Lisa Freedman

Shopping for someone whose favorite room of the house is the kitchen? Wrap up any of these classic cooking gifts—maybe pick up a few things for yourself while you’re at it—and consider your holiday to-do list complete.

Chances are, every person on your holiday shopping list has done more cooking this year than ever before. With 2020 being what it was, we’re declaring any and all cooking gifts the gift of the season. Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s just learning the best ways to cook an egg, or you’re choosing the perfect tool for a seasoned soup maker, these are 10 classic products that are sure to come in handy for your loved ones in 2021—and beyond.  

pantry organization

5-Piece POP Container Set
An organized pantry makes life so much easier. This air-tight container set will help your favorite home cooks see what they have at a glance, and the streamlined design will make smart use of space on their already packed pantry shelves. 

15-Piece Everyday Kitchen Tool Set
Kitchen tools are more indispensable than ever during quarantine, but if they aren’t built to last they won’t hold up for long. This 15-piece set can restock any kitchen, and the tools will stand the test of time—no matter how often they’re used.

coffee bar

8-Cup Coffee Maker
Our new 8-Cup Coffee Maker launched earlier this year and was an instant hit. CNET awarded it the “Best Drip Coffee Maker” and The Kitchn said that the coffee it brews is “chef’s kiss-worthy.” Whether it’s brewing by the pot or for a single-serving cup, it makes brewing coffee incredibly easy. Get this for anyone who’s missing the morning coffee shop visit they’d usually make on the way to work.

Classic Tea Kettle
Shopping for a tea lover? This Classic Tea Kettle has a precise non-drip spout and silicone touch points to protect fingers from heat. Pair this with some nice tea for a super-thoughtful gift.

Non-Stick Pro 5 Piece Set
First it was sourdough, then it was banana bread. Who knows which baking trend will come next? Whatever it might be, this non-stick bakeware set will ensure that your favorite baker is ready for it.

Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0
No matter how you slice it, the holiday season likely won’t be the same this year. This mandoline is a great gift because it can help your friends easily recreate all kinds of special foods they’re missing. It’s super-versatile and makes up to 21 different cuts, thanks to thickness settings in 0.5 millimeter intervals. Got a friend missing bar food? This can make French fry cuts. Got a friend yearning for fancy restaurant salads? This can julienne and slice veggies to get them paper thin, just like they’re served at that favorite neighborhood spot.

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8 Piece Smart Seal Glass Rectangle Container Set
Even though many people are (still) working from home, eating a satisfying, nourishing weekday lunch is as important as ever. Surprise your colleagues with this glass set (which can go in the fridge, freezer and oven) so they can meal-prep weekday lunches and actually eat something other than bagged popcorn between video calls.

Tabletop Spiralizer
For anyone who’s in a bit of a dinner rut, the Tabletop Spiralizer can help serve up exciting alternatives to the now-boring Pasta Night. Try these easy yet surprising spiralizer recipes to turn dinner into an adventure again. Fun fact: This one also happens to be a top pick from the folks at Wirecutter.

Thermocouple Thermometer
Even professional chefs use thermometers in the kitchen, since that’s the most reliable way to make sure meat is ready, bread is perfectly baked, and casseroles are set. This one gives out super-accurate readings in just two to three seconds, and it rotates for lefties or right-handed cooks.

liquid measuring cups

3 Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set
These iconic, easy-to-read measuring cups make a perfect gift for any home cook. Add a dash of timely humor with a card that says, “Here’s hoping 2021 measures up!”

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