We’ve cooked up the ultimate gift guide for the cooks and chefs in your life! 😉 These are the people known to whip up delicious dishes, host the best dinner parties, and stay up to date with all the latest kitchen tech. We’ve curated a mix of classic and cutting-edge products at differing price points to make gift shopping for those masters of the kitchen a bit easier. Read on for our favorite picks!
1. Pie Plates
💰💰💰: Williams Sonoma pie plates
💰💰: Pioneer Woman pie dish set
💰: Hearth & Hand pie pan
While the imagery of fresh pies sitting on a windowsill doesn’t necessarily resonate in 2018, everyone still loves a good pie. And whether these are put to frequent use or set out solely for display, a gorgeous pie pan is always a lovely gift.
“My husband bought these pie plates for me last Christmas and they are so high quality and gorgeous! They’ll make your pies look picture perfect. 👌 Also, one of the dishes came chipped and they just sent me out another pack of three — so I have 5 pie plates! It was great customer service!” – Lina
2. Multi-Duty Kitchen Appliances
This has been the YEAR for air fryers, and we don’t see that trend ending any time soon. But why not gift an appliance that can do more than just fry without gallons of oil? We think Cuisinart Toaster Oven + Air Fryer is the hottest (literally?) thing hitting kitchen counters, and your top chef is sure to agree.
Another multi-use appliance is the Ninja Intellisense Blender/Food Processor/Spiralizer. When it comes to blending, mixing, chopping, pureeing, and churning out those healthy zoodles, this powerhouse of an appliance can do it all!
Though if you’re looking to take cooking to the next level, look no further than the Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp Pressure Cooker — even the name is quite a mouthful! It takes the speedy cooking capability of a pressure cooker and combines it with the crisping technique from an air fryer, all it one large 6.5-qt pot!
All of these appliances are definitely investments, but they make great gifts when coming from a group.
3. Waffle Maker
💰💰💰: All-Clad Stainless Steel Classic Round Waffle Maker
💰💰: Cuisinart Waffle Maker
💰: Dash Mini Waffle Maker
Mmm, waffles! 😋 A Belgian waffle maker is a gift that keeps on giving… hot and fluffy waffles, that is! We love how versatile waffle makers can be outside of cooking the breakfast staple. And your chef probably has a ton of unique filler ideas in their cooking arsenal.
“Unexpectedly receiving the Cuisinart Flipside waffle maker for Christmas has hands down been the best gift I’ve ever received. I use it weekly! On top of making fresh waffles, I toss just about anything I can find in there — hashbrowns, tater tots, cake batter, sandwiches… it cooks and crisps everything! I absolutely love it!” – Emily
4. Dutch Oven
💰💰💰: Staub Enameled Dutch oven
💰💰: Cravings Dutch oven
💰: Kitchenworks Enamel Dutch oven
Sauté, stew, & serve — dutch ovens can do it all! Forged from cast iron, they maintain even levels of heat for uniform cooking. The enamel coating adds a touch of style so you can serve directly from the vessel while keeping food warm. Though Staub is renowned for their ultra high-quality cookware, you can’t beat the prices on these similarly stylish pots!
5. Slow Cooker
💰💰💰: Ninja Slow Cooker
💰💰: Crock-pot Cook and Carry
💰: Proctor-Silex Slow Cooker
Not only are you giving a versatile countertop appliance but also the gift of time. Slow cookers make every meal so much easier since it’s a ‘set it and forget it’ cooking technique. From basic models to high-tech features, matte black to vintage florals, there’s a slow cooker that’s just right for everyone.
In the world of cookbooks, the options are absolutely endless. While we could pour in about 20 different recommendations, we’re currently loving Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Cravings by Chrissy Teigen. In fact, our resident cooking queen Lina recently raved about how much she loves the latest recipes from the sequel to Cravings, Chrissy Teigen’s Hungry For More.
7. Kitchen Essentials
Where there’s a culinary masterpiece being made, there’s bound to be a mess that follows. And many cooking tools can’t make their way into the dishwasher. The solution? This roll-up drying rack unfolds to rest directly over the sink when in use and can be tucked away when it’s not needed, giving your cook back their precious countertop space.
“This roll-up dish drying rack ranks in my top 3 BEST kitchen-related investments (alongside my knife block and slow cooker!). I really just love that it’s practical as it takes up just a little bit of space and also is a cleaner option than the normal ole’ kitchen drying pads or using a tea towel. Whoever invented this — you ROCK!” – Amber
Another must-have for any kitchen — salt & pepper of course! Hip2Save Erica LOVES these Kuhn ceramic spice grinders. Consider gifting them alongside some gourmet rainbow peppercorns and Himalayan sea salt to round out the gift!
“The number one reason why I love these salt & pepper grinders is that I have no patience. You only have to twist this grinder a couple of times to do the job. It’s SO easy to turn and so much comes out with that first turn. Plus, the grinder is made of ceramic (NOT plastic) — which is likely why they are long-lasting grinders!” – Erica
Or how about gifting a product that’s a bit more unique! This knife block keeps your everyday paring, utility, chef’s and bread knives handy and safe. The inside of the knife block is made of very fine plastic sticks, allowing any knife to sit anywhere in the block – tight and secure.
“I hate typical knife blocks because you literally have to make sure to put the exact type of knife in each slot, and who has time for that?! I fell in love with the the Bodum knife block because you can stick in any knives you please, and it looks awesome sitting on my counter, too!” – Collin
8. Cooking Aprons
A cook’s attire can be just as festive as the foods they make. Let your chef have some fun in the kitchen with an adorable apron! Anthropologie has a lovely selection ranging from florals to woven patterns. They’re so pretty, you won’t want to get a single spill on them!
You can also find more decorative aprons at a lower cost over at Flirty Aprons! And they often offer sales and promo codes to save you even more.
9. Baking Pans
💰💰💰: USA Pans Commercial Set
💰💰: Rachel Ray Yum-O! Set
💰: Calphalon Bakeware Set
Loved by quite a few Hip2Save team members, USA Pans are simply the best when it comes to bakeware. Made with heavy gauge aluminum and crafted with a non-stick coating, they’re perfect for any oven-baked dish — they’re also manufactured in America!
Some other quality bakeware sets come from Calphalon (a household name when it comes to cooking) and Rachael Ray (a household name when it comes to cooking shows) for a lower price point. But don’t think that means they come with lower quality — both sets are loved by hundreds of Amazon reviewers!
“If you’re on the hunt for some quality pans, don’t look any further than the USA brand. I got these for a wedding gift a few years ago and I would NEVER buy another brand. It does not matter what I cook in them. They NEVER stick and they’re just so easy to clean up. Makes cooking in the kitchen so much fun!” – Amber
💰💰💰: Vitamix 5200
💰💰: Kitchenaid Retro Blender
💰: Ninja Fit Single Serve Blender
It’s smoothie time! Or soup time! Or, really, anything that needs blending time. And the world of blenders is ever evolving. For pros, almost nothing beats the commercial grade power of the Vitamix, though you don’t have to shell out big bucks for a quality gift thanks to budget-friendly options from KitchenAid and Ninja.
No matter how your giftee blends, this gift is sure to earn you an invite when margaritas are on the drink menu.
If you’ve got a chef in your life, these gifts are sure to wow, not to mention help them up their cooking game even further. Just don’t forget to offer your services as a professional taste tester for their next culinary creation. 😋
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