The Best Gifts for Every Type of Home Cook (That You Can Buy on Amazon)


When you’re trying to come up with gift ideas for someone who likes to cook, you want to find something that’s both personal and practical. But finding a gift for a home cook that strikes that balance can be hard, especially if you’re the kind of person whose fridge is filled with takeout containers. That’s why we’ve gathered 15 of the best gifts that are available on Amazon for every type of home cook on your list, from the newbie who just wants to make a good grilled cheese to the home cook who has it all.

For the home cook who’s embracing hygge

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Caribbean

A Dutch oven to help them make mulled wine, bake bread, and generally live their coziest life.

For the home cook who takes farm-to-table seriously

Click & Grow Indoor Smart Fresh Herb Garden Kit With 3 Basil Cartridges

Since this indoor herb garden has its own light, it doesn’t need to take up space on a windowsill and can be used even in the darkest rooms.

For the home cook who’s been stress-cooking their way through 2017

Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved

Julia Turshen’s newest book is part cookbook, part essay collection filled with wise words from activists about standing up and fighting back.

For the home cook who’s still using that slow cooker from the 1970s

Instant Pot DUO60 6-Quart 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

And while you’re at it, consider getting them some Instant Pot accessories to go with it.

For the home cook who keeps accidentally slicing their fingers

OXO Good Grips Adjustable Handheld Mandoline Slicer

This mandoline comes with a safety guard to keep vegetables and fruits stable and help prevent slipping fingers from getting sliced. (Chef Gabriel Kreuther also likes a slightly more expensive Japanese mandoline, which comes with its own plastic safety covering.)

For the tech-obsessed home cook who won’t stop talking about the Whole Foods and Amazon merger

Amazon Echo

They can ask Alexa to set a timer, convert cups to tablespoons, even order groceries from, yes, Whole Foods.

For the home cook who has everything

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker WiFi, Immersion Circulator

A Wi-Fi-enabled immersion circulator will delight — and maybe even challenge — the home cook who has it all.

For the aspiring home cook who just wants to learn how to make eggs correctly

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, Black

Make individual-size omelettes, and poached, scrambled, or hard-, medium-, or soft-boiled eggs with this beginner-friendly kitchen gadget.

For the home cook who swore off meat after watching ‘What the Health’

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor

Also, a solid gift for the wellness-obsessed in your life.

For the at-home pitmaster who has it all

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner

Basically a Roomba but for a dirty grill.

For the baker feeling inspired after binge-watching ‘The Great British Baking Show’ on Netflix

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

Finally learn how to make that Victoria sponge and ace that next technical challenge in your dreams.

For the sci-fi geek who wants appropriately themed movie-marathon snacks

Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker — Hot Air Style with Removable Bowl

This Death Star–shaped air-popped popcorn-maker was recommended by Top Chef judge and cookbook author Gail Simmons.

For the college student looking to hack the perfect dorm-room grilled cheese

Nostalgia TCS2 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Toaster

Decidedly safer than trying to melt cheese with an iron.

For the friend who’s tired of paying extra for guacamole

ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set — Unpolished Heavy Granite

A mortar and pestle made of volcanic rock is straight off the list of chef Alex Stupak’s must-have home cooking tools.

For the photo-obsessed foodie who wants to decorate their kitchen with Instagram-friendly everything

Ceramic Speckled Mug

Inspired by the Instagram-famous mugs from De Maria.

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The Best Gifts for Every Type of Home Cook on Amazon