Brilliant Gift Ideas for the Cook that Loves to Discover New Foods

Are you still trying to figure out the perfect gift for that special person who loves to cook? You’ve looked around, but you’re a little hesitant to get a practical gift even though you know the right one will be a huge hit? Here’s a bunch of must-have kitchen gadgets that are sure to make you a gift-giving hero.

The best practical gifts are the ones that make life a little easier and these options won’t disappoint. They are either multi-function or just make certain tasks much easier.

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Good Knives

The one piece of equipment that will make things easier for any cook is a really good kitchen knife. An entire set is even better, but a good all-around chef’s knife will make all the difference when slicing, dicing, chopping, and carving in the kitchen. A Santoku Knife is a good starter knife until they can trade up to a full set. If they’re ready to trade up now, a set of Cutco Knives will be a real treat and they have a lifetime guarantee.

Dip Bowls

Dip bowls are a lifesaver when cooking. They allow the cook to pre-measure all spices and smaller ingredients and have them ready to add as needed. I use mine any time I’m cooking and need more than 3 small ingredients. They can also double as small dessert or condiment bowls.

Herb Scissors

Fresh herbs brighten and enhance any dish, and these herb scissors make it really easy to chop and prep them for use. I especially like them when I’m chopping up several herbs, and I don’t have to dirty one of my cutting boards.

Food Processor

A food processor is a welcome friend in the kitchen. It can significantly reduce the time it takes to prepare ingredients for cooking. I’ve had my Cuisinart food processor for over 20 years and it still works like a champ. I use it when I need to process large amounts of ingredients including slicing and shredding potatoes and cheese, and rough chopping large amounts of vegetables. It’s a huge time saver.

Cutting Boards

Good cutting boards are a must in any kitchen. The different sizes in this set make it easy to differentiate which cutting boards to use for which types of foods. I only use the large one for my meats. The cutting boards can go straight in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Spoon Rest

These little silicone spoon rests are a great addition to any kitchen. I used to use an extra plate on the counter to hold all of the cooking utensils I was using. That bulky plate was always in the way and I had to be careful to keep it away from the heat. These spoon rests are heat resistant and small enough that they’re never in the way.

Pressure Cooker

No self-respecting gift guide for the cook is complete without a pressure cooker, the Instant Pot to be exact. Instant Pot took the fear out of pressure cooking with its easy to use multi-function cooker that has overheating protection and a locking lid. Your cook will love the versatility and speed of this multi-use appliance. I love that I can produce scratch-made soups in less than an hour.


Cooking can get messy and you don’t want any ruined clothing. An apron is essential and this adorable set has you covered no matter who the cook is. They even have a couple of pockets to keep essential kitchen tools handy. Needs something with more pockets? Try this professional-grade apron that even has a towel loop.

Cooking Utensils

Cooking utensils are a must and a good set of silicone cooking utensils will make things a lot easier in the kitchen. These ones are thick, sturdy, and heat resistant. The set has the cook covered for all of her kitchen needs.

Stand Mixer

If your cook does any baking at all, a Kitchenaid stand mixer will make a wonderful gift. This sturdy appliance has been the workhorse of many kitchens for years and might even inspire them to do more baking once they find out how easy it is. I received mine as a wedding gift in 1995 and I’m still using the same one. The wide variety of attachments available make it a great all-around appliance. Did you know they even have a meat grinder and sausage stuffer attachment?

Mixing Bowls

Mixing bowls are a must in any kitchen, but this nice heavy-duty set with non-slip bottoms and measurements on the inside will please any cook. They need to be very sturdy and this set doesn’t disappoint. They are dishwasher safe and the lids are a nice bonus. They stack and store inside of each other for added convenience.

Spatula Set

And don’t forget a spatula set. This sturdy set is a great versatile addition to any kitchen. They’re silicone and heat resistant. I use mine for cooking scrambled eggs and I never have to worry about melting them.

Immersion Blender

This immersion blender is a must for any modern cook and will make quick work of smoothie and soup ingredients. It’s a nice partner to the Instant Pot and the non-scratch base is designed and shaped specifically to increase control and prevent splattering. Your cook will be whipping up smoothies and cream soups with a smile.

Indoor Grill

The Ninja Foodi is a newcomer and quite impressive. It’s an indoor grill that can air fry, roast, bake, and dehydrate all in one. Imagine grilled steaks or burgers without the smoke from the broiler or chill from standing outside in the cold, and don’t forget the crispy hand-cut fries without the grease splatter and fire hazard. I’m rather fond of the fact that one appliance replaces my Foreman grill, air fryer, and dehydrator.

Get Shopping

These gift ideas are sure to make any cook very happy. They make different aspects of cooking a lot quicker and easier.

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Mother and child wearing chef's hats and cooking with the perfect gifts they received

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