Gifts for Cooks Guide 2018

Gifts for Cooks

November 26, 2017   7 Comments

I know you want to give a holiday gift that supports your friends and family in their cooking goals.

That means a bag of Cheetos as a gift is out and all of these choices below are the right way to go!

I spend a ridiculous amount of time cooking (and cleaning) as part of my work for this website and below is a curated list of things that I have found that I enjoy using.

These gifts for cooks also make my life easier and so I am glad that I own them. This list is for YOU to refer to if others ask you what to get you – and for you to buy for others who need a push in the healthy direction.

Let me know (in the comment section) what gifts you are planning to give this year. I promise I won’t tell anyone.

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The Instant Pot is an instant hit. I love it for its ease of use and the fact that I can saute before I slow cook (one pot!). I have the size below but for my family of four, I would like the bigger size so I could have leftovers. Get on the Instant Pot train!

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 321 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-QT, Stainless Steel/Black

$99.95   $79.00

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I have featured this rice cooker before because I love it. I think that if you eat a lot of rice, you cannot do better. This is one of my favorite kitchen appliances because I do nothing and the results are amazing.

Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer, 3-Cups (uncooked), Stainless Black

$149.99   $135.99

Do you like soup? I like to make soup and then puree it with this hand blender. This way, I don’ t have to load it into my big blender (and have more to wash). You have to be careful not to blow the soup all over your kitchen. I did that once with split pea soup and wowza. I love this Hamilton Beach model because it also has a whisk. How cool is that?

Hamilton Beach 59770 Turbo-Twister 2-Speed Hand Blender


I believe I have made about 4,000 grilled cheese sandwiches for my kids on my Panini maker. This elevates any sandwich into a toasted sandwich. You gotta love it. This Hamilton Beach one looks super cute in red.

Hamilton Beach Electric Panini Press Grill With Locking Lid, Opens 180 Degrees For Any Sandwich Thickness, Nonstick 8" X 10" Grids, Red (25462Z)


This gift may be boring but I am a fan of beautiful wooden spoons. I use them all the time and they show up in my photographs. There is something about using something natural when you are cooking something healthy. It just makes sense!!

Scanwood Olive Wood Utensil Spatula Spoon Ladle 3 Piece Set 12 Inch


These are for those anal people who like the right size for everything (me). I love having extras of whisks so I don’t have to wash the one in the dishwasher as well as a small one for scrambled eggs. Aren’t these cute?

I don’t know how often I use my pepper grinder but it is multiple times a day. I have a lovely wooden one that I cherish. Fresh pepper is an excellent way to add flavor to food without adding calories. Get yourself a beautiful one!

COLE & MASON Capstan Wood Pepper Grinder - Wooden Mill Includes Precision Mechanism, 12.5 inch


This next gift item is for the super hero who keeps everything going even when she is so tired she wants to face plant. I have a ton of aprons from companies that send me them – but I would still want this one.

ICUP DC Comics - Wonder Woman Be The Character Adult Size 100% Cotton Adjustable Black Apron


I like bringing my lunch with me and a bag like this (versus a crappy plastic shopping bag) makes it much more fun. I have a couple of these in different colors and sizes and I use them all the time. I don’t think you can have too many.

Art of Lunch Insulated Neoprene Lunch Bag for Women, Men and Kids - Reusable Soft Lunch Tote for Work and School - Design by Budi Kwan (Indonesia) - Flock of Birds

$24.99   $24.95

What do you think of these gifts for cooks? What would you add?

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I have had my pressure pot for a year now and you would have to fight me to get it out of my kitchen. I love it. It makes meats tender and keep finding new things to make in it. Buying all the kids one this year , maybe make their lives a little easier.

on November 26, 2017

I have a hard boiled egg maker (in the shape of a hen ! Lol). I LOVE it and it makes PERFECT, quick hard boiled eggs ! I use it every week and am getting my sister one for Christmas !

on November 26, 2017

All I want for Christmas is good knives ;) !

on November 26, 2017

I want a Sous Vide :)

on November 26, 2017

The only thing I would add for a healthy kitchen is a really good food scale. I love mine, and you get a just a hint more food when you weigh rather than measure!! So its a win-win! LOL

on November 27, 2017

Great ideas! I want a high-speed blender to help create the many healthy dishes like smoothies, cashew cream-alfredo, etc. OMGosh, my son brought his machine home over the TG holiday & we made some amazing dishes together. It seems all the Whole Food Plant-Based gurus are using high-speed blenders every day for something! One definite gift of health I'm giving this year, to my two adult kids and myself, is the ''How Not To Die'' Cookbook by Dr. Michael Greger. I was also looking for a good peppermill with a carbon-steel mechanism for a friend. Thanks for finding it for me, Lisa!

on November 27, 2017

I love the wooden spoons. They are my favorite I use them all the time. I do have the pot, it's similar, it cans, cooks rice, slow cooker and a pressure cooker all in one pot. My husband got it for me as a Christmas gift two years. He wasn't sure if I would use it and neither did I, but I use it offen.

on November 27, 2017

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