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.
This little tool is probably one of the more useful utensils you can have in the kitchen. Instantly make creamed soups (which are far more impressive than regular soups out of a can, obviously), breakfast smoothies, frothy hot chocolates, and every sauce imaginable with the help of this hand blender.
OXO Stainless Steel Food Scale, $41.20
Especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of conversions, a good scale is essential and can take a lot of the guesswork out of cooking—which, for anyone starting out, is always a plus. This no-fuss stainless steel option is simple and easy to use.
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.
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.
This pretty rolling pin is just as much a decor item as it is a useful kitchen tool if you display it properly. Plus unlike traditional wooden rolling pins, it’s dishwasher safe for the ultimate easy cleanup.
Every chef needs a good thermometer, and these top-rated ones from ThermoWorks are surprisingly inexpensive. Use to test temps for everything from meats to candy.
For the unindoctrinated, non-stick liners are quite possibly revolutionary. Gone are the days of having to wash greasy pans or wasting parchment paper; simply wipe off this handy baking tool when you’re done and it’s ready to reuse.
Premium cheese delivered straight to your door—we can think of few things we love more. And for someone who wants to learn more about the numerous types of cheeses out there (and there are definitely a lot), this cheese of the month club will introduce them to tons of new flavors. The service provides subscribers access to the experts at Murray’s, so they can learn more about each product directly from the source.
CB2 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, $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.
Woven in Turkey and featuring a timeless red and white stripe pattern, these cotton towels make a great kitchen accessory. Add a pop of color with these linens and use them for everything from makeshift potholders to a makeshift drying rack.
Designer, entertaining expert, foodie, and general style icon Athena Calderone’s first-ever cookbook just came out this October, and we’re still obsessed. From the delicious recipes to equally drool-worthy photography, this is one cookbook anyone would be happy to receive.
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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