Great Gifts for Your Favorite Home Cook
Food enthusiasts will love these versatile gifts, like handy cookware, countertop accents and clever gadgets.
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Holiday Spirit Platter, $58
A cozy fire, a twinkling Christmas tree and a home abuzz with merry guests sets the scene for artist Emily Isabella’s holiday serveware collection. Gift it to your friend who will pile it high with festive sweets at your holiday cookie swaps and cocktail parties.
Egg Fry Rings, $6
The humble B.E.C. may seem like an easy enough breakfast feat, but getting the fried egg to fit neatly within the edges of your English muffin or Kaiser roll is no simple task. Luckily, perfectly circular fried eggs (and pancakes!) are within your grasp with the help of these handy fry rings.
Staub Petite French Oven, White with Copper Knob, $150
A great gift for newlyweds, empty nesters and new grads, this striking cocotte finished with glossy white enamel is perfect for cooking small quantities of rice, simmering individual portions of soups and stews — and even baking a fruit cobbler for two!
Misen Essentials Knife Set, $120
A chef’s knife, a serrated knife and a paring knife: These are the three essential knives you need to cook like a pro. Made using easy-to-sharpen, AUS-8 steel, this set offers durability and precision at a competitive price, especially when compared to other "premium" knives on the market.
Francis Apron by Hedley and Bennett, $85
Any good cook knows clothes can get dirty in the kitchen and the Francis apron from Hedley & Bennett is sturdy enough to handle any mess you create.
Marble Cheese Board, $13
Over-the-top cheese plates have gone viral on Instagram this year. Gift your favorite host this gorgeous marble board that's big enough for a piled plate with all the fruit, meat and cheese.
Available at HomeGoods stores nationwide
Kuvee Key 2-Wines Gift, $75-$85
We’ve all felt pressure to polish off a whole bottle of wine so it doesn’t turn to vinegar on our countertops. Finally, with the Kuvee Key 2-Wines Gift, you can keep multiple bottles open at the same time. For the budding sommeliers and wine connoisseurs in your life, you’ll forever be remembered as the world’s greatest gift-giver.
Zakarian Home Sous Vide Circulator Stick, $130
Sous vide, which is French for "under vacuum," has been favored by professional chefs for decades thanks to its consistency, accuracy and ability to be left alone while other tasks are completed. Home cooks can reap the benefits with Geoffrey Zakarian’s own Home Sous Vide Circulator, which takes the worry out of overcooking expensive proteins like steak and fish.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $35
Stopping for drive-through breakfast sammies on the way to school or work is a ritual for many families —but the cost adds up quickly! This handy sandwich maker basically pays for itself after just two or three mornings. To use it, just choose your bread and layer on the fixings, like egg, cheese, deli meat, sliced peppers and more. Five minutes later, it pops out two perfectly golden sandwiches.
T-Fal Airbake Copper Pizza Pan, $15
Burnt or soggy pizza crust has never been so far from the realm of possibility. Made with MicroDome technology to decrease baking time, T-Fal’s nonstick aluminum pizza pan is designed to cook your homemade pies more quickly and evenly than ever before.
OXO Glass Pour-Over Set, $50
It’s easy to excuse homebrewed coffee that's bitter and watered-down as a common, if not inevitable, dilemma, but this glass pour-over makes hand-crafted coffee a simple feat for novices. The server is double-walled to insulate heat and prevent condensation, resulting in a rich, homemade brew, hot or cold, that stays at the right temperature until you’re ready for your second cup.
Fancy Panz, $20
We’d all be more keen on potlucks, tailgates and at-home entertaining if only it were easier to set up and clean up. Fancy Panz tackles that issue headlong by dressing up your disposable foil pans so they’re easy set up and pack up —and they even look great on your table!
Robot Nutcracker, $29
If you’ve seen the first act of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, then you’re likely to think of these kitschy nut-cracking aids as mere fragile decoration. But this 21st century version finished with a gleaming paint-job is designed to break into any nut, from the smallest hazelnut to the toughest walnut.
Bee's Wrap — Set of 3 Sizes, $18
Tortilla Warmer, $38
Photography courtesy of Mark Weinberg and Rocky Luten
Baking Steel, $89 to $128
Tell the master pizzaioli in your life to toss out their pizza stones, because they’ll never achieve a better crust than one that’s left to crisp up on this sturdy baking steel. It’s preseasoned, flat (and therefore easy to store) and virtually indestructible. You can pop it in the oven, heat it up over a grill or even use it as a stovetop griddle.
Photography courtesy of Mark Weinberg
Fagor Innova Pressure Cooker — 6-Quart, $140
Any food aficionado will preach the wonders of slow-cooked meals, from juicy carnitas to creamy custard. But as for time efficiency, the slow cooker leaves a lot to be desired. Give the gift of flavor and efficiency in the form of a stovetop pressure cooker, which can reduce cook time by up to 70 percent — wowza!
Textured Mortar & Pestle, $24
Calphalon Signature Flat-Bottom Wok, $100
Nessie Ladle, $16
Innovative kitchenware brand Ototo has given the fearsome Loch Ness Monster a serious image overhaul in the form of this whimsical ladle designed for navigating the deepest of stock pots. Avid sauciers will rejoice the 4-footed bottom — never again will your ladle tip and sink into the bubbling deep.
Acacia Salt Cellar, $10
Emile Henry Flame Braiser — 3.4-Quart, $180
OXO 7-Piece Grate & Slice Set, $30
Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender & Chopper, $60
Food Network 5-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, $30
Hot Sauce Challenge, $15
Put any hot sauce lover to the test with this kit made up of 10 bottles ranging from jalapeno to ghost pepper!