By Elly Leavitt

Published on November 3, 2018

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Illustration by Phuong Nguyen

Being passionate about eating is one thing, but passionate about cooking? A whole different story. If you know someone who spends all their time watching the Food Network and has dreams of mastering the art of the soufflé (but whose reality is more in the realm of instant ramen), give them a helpful nudge with one of these culinary-inspired gifts. Here, some ideas for the aspiring chefs in your life.

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Courtesy of Farmhouse Pottery

Baker’s Rolling Pin, Farmhouse Pottery, $39

Hand carved from New England ash wood, these may just be the most elegant rolling pins we’ve ever seen. Their rustic sophistication makes them perfect for the modern farmhouse kitchen—though to be honest, they’re such a staple we see them working for any cook.

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Courtesy of East Fork Pottery

Dirty Dishes Set, East Fork Pottery, $38

Hardly the most glamorous gift, but definitely a necessary tool your giftee will appreciate. This chic set makes even the most mundane of chores—cleaning dishes—feel stylish. With all the pots and pans sure to accumulate whilst your wannabe Ina tests their way through various recipes, this will help them finish each new culinary endeavor in style. 

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Courtesy of Cap Beauty

High Vibrational Beauty: Recipes and Rituals for Radical Self Care, CAP Beauty, $28

CAP Beauty, the proprietors of New York’s coolest wellness destination, are also the masterminds behind one of the hottest cookbooks on the market right now. For the chef who’s a bit of a health nut and always ahead of the latest trends, this book is a great buy. Between the beautifully shot glossy pictures and nutritious recipes, there’s a lot to love.

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Courtesy of Great Jones

The Dutchess Cast-Iron Enamel Dutch Oven, Great Jones, $145

This may just be the chicest cast iron cookware we’ve ever seen. Just launched on November 8, this new collection features all the staple cookware one could ever need. We have our eye on the vibrantly colored 6.75-quart dutch ovens; specifically, this sunny yellow one. It’s an investment in cooking your gift recipient is sure to appreciate.

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Courtesy of Hoppe Shoppe

Etched Glass Tumblers (Set of 6), Hoppe Shoppe, $68

Because cooking is stressful, rookie chefs are bound to make mistakes, and depending on the severity of those mistakes, they might need a drink. Gift these glass tumblers alongside your chef’s alcoholic beverage of choice for a present that says, “I believe in you, but just in case things go poorly here’s a plan B.” Happy holidays.

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Blush Striped Hand Towel, Maeree, $32

Kitchen textiles don’t have to be strictly utilitarian. Maeree’s cotton striped hand towels are hand-spun and handwoven in Ethiopia. This attention to detail and craftsmanship is precisely what makes each towel a thoughtful gift—they’re as much of a design statement as they are a functional kitchen tool.

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The Fundamentals Set, Material, $175

Ensure every potential chopping, dicing, and slicing need is taken care of by gifting a sleek utensil set. This all-encompassing one includes both knives and servingware. You can customize the wood colors and handle colors to suit your aspiring chef’s needs. We’re partial to the light-wash wood and limited edition blush pink handles, a trendy and unique choice that’ll make their kitchen collection feel more personal.

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Sun Basket Subscription Service, pricing varied

Meal subscription services are a great way to dip your toe into the culinary arena, with easy-to-follow instructions and pre-packaged ingredients. And while there’s no shortage of subscription services to choose from, Sun Basket stands out for its health-focused menu. It’s certified by the American Heart Association, always uses organic and non-GMO ingredients, and focuses on cultivating meals that work with any dietary requirements.

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Grey Apron, Ferm Living, $62.65

For spills, spatters, and whatever other kitchen-related messes are bound to happen, an apron is a must. This minimal grey cotton one comes with leather detailing for probably the trendiest kitchen garb we’ve ever seen.

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3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, CB2, $39.95

These bowls add a sleek touch to any kitchen thanks to the luxe faux-marble look. Made of stoneware, you can either use these to prep food or even to serve the finished meal in.

See more gift guides:
The Stylish and Surprisingly Inexpensive Gifts We Love From Ikea
13 Gifts Your Bohemian Friends Will Love
21 Amazing Gifts That Give Back

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