Best Gifts for Food-Loving College Grads
Congratulate your favorite graduate by helping them build up a kitchen of their own!
Congrats to the college grads! As they prepare to move to new cities and potentially live alone or with new roommates for the first time, they’re going to need some help stocking up their kitchens. We’ve rounded up some items that will help them build up their new kitchens in style — from bright Dutch ovens to perfect coffee machines. Shop our selections below to get them cooking right away!
If your favorite grad loves coffee, this is the gift for them. It makes traditional espresso drinks including lattes and cappuccinos as well as a downright amazing cup of traditional coffee. They also have a line of capsules that are good for putting over ice. This little machine is pretty compact, so it will go great with a small post-grad apartment and save them money by keeping them from going to an expensive coffee shop every day.
Gift your grad some baking sheets that will help them prepare delicious dinners and desserts no matter where they end up. This set of two, which measure 16.75-inch by 12-inch, are made from super strong aluminized steel, which the company claims keeps them from warping. Plus, they are also dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze.
This little kit includes all of the baking essentials: a cookie sheet, a one-half sheet pan, a cooling rack, a muffin pan and two nine-inch round cake pans. They are super durable and have a nonstick coating, so your grad can utilize these kitchen staples for years to come.
This 12-piece storage container set is an absolute necessity for a new grad trying to build up their kitchen. They stack together perfectly to maximize space and are made of BPA-free Tritan plastic, which is strong and stain-resistant. They also claim to have leak-proof lids, which is perfect for someone who’s bringing their lunch to work in their shoulder bag or backpack.
This 12-inch cast iron skillet has deep sides that make it perfect for all sorts of meals. It can be used for stovetop cooking, and it can even be popped in the oven and used as a roasting pan. It’s made from an enamel that doesn’t require any additional seasoning — it’s ready to go!
Since most new grads are potentially moving to their first adult apartment, they’re probably in need of some good cookware. This set includes 1.5- and 2.5-quart saucepans, a three-quart covered sauté pan, a six-quart covered stock pot and eight- and 10-inch skillets. The set is available in a few different colors, and it’s covered in a nonstick coating. All of the pieces have comfortable silicone handles that won’t get hot.
An Instant Pot is the perfect appliance for easy and fast weeknight dinners. It can be used as a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a steamer, a warmer, a rice cooker or even a sauté pan. It’s the perfect one-stop-shop tool for someone who doesn’t have a lot of space or a fully equipped kitchen just yet.
This little 5.5-quart stand mixer comes in a variety of pretty colors and will see your college grad through any baking adventures they might face. It has a 500-watt motor and 12 adjustable speeds. It comes with a whisk, a dough hook, a flat mixing paddle and a splash guard.
Not only is this cutting board meant to survive the long-haul, it’s monogram-able, so the new grad in your life can feel super special. It’s made from teak, which is super strong and moisture-resistant. It also has hand grips at both side, which will make it super stable, and it’s even pretty enough to display charcuterie!
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Not only does this 13-piece knife set contain every knife your new grad will need, they have a non-stick coating that makes it super easy to slice up just about anything. They also come in a nice wooden block that contains a built-in sharpener — they so they don’t have to worry about their knives going dull over the years!