16 Great Gifts for the Serious Home Cook

Whether you're looking for a splurge or a stocking stuffer, these picks are perfect for anyone who wants to cook like a pro.

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September 21, 2021
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Everyone has a friend or family member that makes the best meals — whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a holiday party. Show your appreciation for all those delicious dishes by giving them upgraded kitchen tools they'll treasure for years to come and ingredients they'll swear by. This list is a combination of Food Network-tested favorites, our test kitchen recommendations and the newest must-haves, so you know they're top-notch picks!

Gifts Under $25

$12.90

You can't go wrong with a cast iron skillet, and Lodge is the gold standard. This 10-inch model is a versatile size that can handle a quality steak, and also turn out a perfectly cooked cobbler.

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$20

Anyone who cooks a lot knows how important a good spoon rest is for avoiding a huge mess around the stovetop. These hand thrown spoon rests from Etsy come in a variety of patterns and add a special touch to any countertop.

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$19.95

Kosterina founder Katerina Mountanos is a certified olive oil sommelier and started the company to create an olive oil like the bottles her family made in Greece. While a majority of the brand's bottles are infused with flavors and made for finishing, this Everyday bottle is designed for cooking with a lighter flavor.

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$22.98

Stasher bags are a fun eco-friendly stocking stuffer to show your sustainable friends how much you care. These silicone bags are great for storage, and can be used for cooking. Mash a batch of guacamole in the sandwich bag or steam a serving of veggies in the snack size.

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$12.99

For the pasta lover in your life: a set to make ravioli at home. This affordable set comes with three differently-shaped presses and one roller to make ravioli in a variety of ways.

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$13.99

Is there anything more luxurious than a truffle-topped dish? While the straight-from-the-ground truffles can be pricey, this truffle salt from Trufflin is the ideal stocking stuffer for a home cook who loves to add some flair to their dishes. If you're looking for even more truffle-flavored products, we recommend snagging a bottle of the ranch and Sriracha — for yourself!

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Gifts Under $50

$25.95

Chances are most serious home cooks own a Le Creuset Dutch oven. Help them expand their French cookware collection with a few of these mini cocettes. One writer swears they're her favorite thing to gift at the holidays and uses them herself as a salt cellar, for individual desserts and more.

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$27.42

A salt cellar is a lovely gift for a home cook they probably haven't bought themselves. This Etsy shop sells individual cellars and sets for salt and pepper. The magnet on the lid makes it easy to open and close these with one hand while seasoning food with the other.

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$29.95

For your friend who throws the best taco parties or loves to try their hand at homemade everything, a tortilla press is a must-give gift. It might take a couple of tries to get the technique just right, but once they do, they'll never use store-bought tortillas again.

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Olive oil company Brightland designed this candle specifically for kitchens. The scent is meant to eliminate food odors (like a digestif for your kitchen) after cooking, leaving the fresh smell of orange blossom, pepper and Brightland olive oil.

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Splurge-Worthy Gifts

$349

Looking for a gift to wow someone? The Ooni is that gift this year. Churning out homemade Neapolitan-style pizzas in minutes, this oven can transform any backyard pizza party into something truly memorable. This gas-powered model heats up quickly, making it great for busy weeknight dinners, too.

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$149.95

Chefs have sworn by Vitamix blenders at home and in restaurant kitchens for years, and the brand's lastest offering does not disappoint. The Immersion Blender launched late last year and is the ideal kitchen companion for someone who doesn't want to break out a full-size blender for soups and smoothies.

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From $129

Many swear sous vide cooking is the way of the future. Get your wannabe chef ahead of the curve with an Anova sous vide this holiday season. The brand's latest collaboration with (RED) will donate five percent of every purchase to the Global Fund to support communities hit hardest by the pandemic.

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$99.95

Convert any home cook you know into an air fryer fan with this gift. The Instant Vortex Plus is Food Network Kitchen's top-tested model and comes with all the bells and whistles you want when it comes to air frying. Plus, the 6-quart capacity makes it one of the roomier models on the market, ideal for a family.

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For the home cook who values functionality and has little space, the Always Pan from Our Place is the perfect gift. The pan functions as a skillet, steamer, saucier, sauce pan, spoon rest and more. It's sold out 10 times, so grab one as a gift before it's too late.

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$399.99

Traeger is the top name in smokers and the Ranger's portable size makes it a more giftable option. Like the brand's full-size smokers, this model comes with a meat probe and a digital arc controller. Plus, the "keep warm" function ensures your food is ready to eat whenever you are.

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