No frills or multi-use gadgets – just a simple and usable gift guide for the home cook in your life.
- Smeg Toaster – I’ve been eyeing this beauty for awhile and right now I’m deciding between the cream or black colors. I’ve heard wonderful things about how perfectly this toasts things. And if you’ve ever went the cheap route when it comes to toasters, than you know how bad, a bad one can be.
- Denim Apron – I love my apron and after spilling one too many things on myself when cooking, I can’t imagine not using one.
- Roasting Pan – A good roasting pan is essential for cooking not just turkey, but any large cut of meat. The pan will allow the meat to cook evenly and perfectly, and it’s a kitchen must-have!
- Dutch Oven – Staub and Le Ceusenart are great brands, but for an affordable and great quality dutch oven you can’t go wrong with Lodge. Seriously – this 7 quart cast iron one is under $60 and the reviews are fantastic. It’s the brand that I have and I love it. It’s easy to clean, cooks soups and foods well, and comes in a variety of sizes and colors for your preference.
- Soup Ladle with Strainer – I recently upgraded to this beautiful copper coated soup ladle with a side strainer and I love it. I make a lot of soups (like this low carb Zuppa Toscana) and sometimes a scoop gets a little too much broth, making this ladle come in handy!
- Cheese Grater – I know, you’re probably thinking – $50 for a damn cheese grater? Which is exactly what I thought too, but honestly, this thing works like a charm. It’s shape makes it easy to hold, and the tray locks on nicely so you don’t get cheese everywhere. And it’s pretty. So if you’re looking for something a little nicer but don’t want to break the bank, this cheese grater will make a wonderful gift.
- Digital Steamer – I’ve been eying this steamer for months now. It allows you to safely steam everything from seafood to poultry, to vegetables to grains. You can keep it your cooking healthy and “set it and forget it”, which is so nice when you’re busy!
- The Cooks Atelier Cookbook – This cookbook is far and away my favorite. It’s gorgeous and will teach you both basic techniques, as well as how to cook classic dishes that you can incorporate into your everyday cooking.
- Utensil Holder – Your most-used utensils should have a place next to where you cook, and a simple, large, utensil holder is the perfect gift.
- Dish towels – A set of beautiful dish towels is a small touch that brings so much to a kitchen. These 100% cotton dish towels are an affordable and fantastic gift for the home cook in your life, and they come in a variety of colors to match perfectly with your cook’s kitchen.
- Reusable Coffee/Tea Cup – Unless I’m traveling, meeting a friend, or in a pinch, I rarely buy coffee from a to-go coffee place. I always make my coffee at home and bring it with me, or I bring my reusable
- Cheese Slicer – Cheese and meats are a staple snack in our house, and it’s essential that you have a quality cheese knife that can perfectly cut your cheese. This slicer + cutting board is the perfect gift for the home cook, or even the host in your life!
- Recipe Cards – An easy and affordable gift that you can give is a set of recipe cards. For free, you can download my winter recipe cards and cut out a set to give to your favorite home cook.
- Reusable Straws – I made the switch to reusable straws about 3-4 months ago and it was something so easy and small to do, and they make a great gift. The colors are fantastic on these straws, and they come with a cleaner that makes it so easy to wash, dry and go.
- Recipe Card Holder – If you’re looking for a little something extra to go with the recipe cards than look no further than this cute recipe card holder. Compact, durable, affordable and with a fun design, a recipe card holder is the perfect gift for the home cook in your life!
TELL ME: What are your favorite gifts to give – or receive – for the home cook?