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10 Chefs on the Gifts They Want for the Holidays

Finding the perfect holiday gift can be maddening — is this the color they’d want? Is it something they already have? Is it so last year? — but really, once you have a sense of a person’s taste, it’s not impossible. This season, we’ll be talking to ten members of various tribes to find out exactly what to get that tween girl, or golf dad, or Star Wars fanatic in your life. Think of it as a window into their brain trust — or at least a very helpful starting point. Today, ten chefs on the gifts they want for the holidays.

Mosser Glass Jadeite Milk Glass Mixing Bowl, Set of 3
$70 at Garmentory

“I’m obsessed with jadeite everything. I have a pitcher with juice glasses. I would love to add these gorgeous mixing bowls to my collection.” — Vivian Howard, chef and owner, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, North Carolina

These are sold out from Garmentory, but there are still some available from Amazon.

Brighter Blooms Improved Meyer Lemon Tree, Up to 4 Feet Tall
$50 at Amazon

“I love growing citrus at Olmsted, and I currently have a few citrus plants in my apartment. Surprisingly, they’re doing really well, but Meyer lemons are awesome, and I would love to have a small tree in my place.” — Greg Baxtrom, chef and owner, Olmsted, Brooklyn, New York

JB Prince Alma Kaiman Fish Bone Tweezer
$19 at Amazon

“I look forward to receiving the Alma Kaiman Fish Bone Tweezer for the holidays because it’s the perfect kitchen tool for scaling all types of small fish, and it has curved handles with nonslip ridges that allow for the utmost precision.” — Eduardo Martinez, executive chef, Tiny’s & the Bar Upstairs

Prehispanic Cooking (Biblioteca Interamericana Bilingüe)
From $37 at Amazon

“I’m really interested in pre-Hispanic cuisine, so any books about that realm of cooking, like Ana M. de Benitez’s Prehispanic Cooking, would be on my list.” — Diana Davila, chef, Mi Tocaya Antojería

Skultuna Barbara Bottle Opener
$90 at Amara

“I was stupid to not put this on my wedding registry, so I’m deciding to put this on my holiday list. Everything from Skultuna is sleek and elegant. Our entire living room and open kitchen is white and natural wood, and the shiny pop of brass would bring a great complement of texture and another natural element to the design. This brass bottle opener is the sexiest bottle opener I have ever handled. It’s so heavy and makes even a bottle of Lone Star lager a polished drink.” — June Rodil, beverage director, master sommelier, June’s All Day, Austin, Texas

Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender
$600 at Amazon

“Right now, I’m really into the new Vitamix Ascent. I like the blender’s timer, which is built right in. The auto functions are great, too.” — Brandon Jew, chef and owner, Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco, California

DeLonghi RO2058 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven With Rotisserie
$140 at Amazon

“I would like a DeLonghi convection oven this holiday season. I love them because they are great for cooking small birds and getting the skin crispy, especially this one with the rotisserie.” — Mashama Bailey, chef, the Grey, Savannah, Georgia

Baccarat Harmonie Crystal Triple Old-Fashioned Glasses, Set of Two
$350 at Neiman Marcus

“For the holidays, I would like an oven with a pilot light that never goes out, a dripless saucing spoon, a Sharpie that doesn’t dry up the minute I really need it, and a pastry tip that has a GPS locator so it never gets misplaced. And Baccarat Harmonie Crystal Triple Old-Fashioned Glasses, because after a long day in the kitchen, my favorite thing is hanging out in comfy slippers and having a bourbon.” — Edward Lee, chef, Succotash, Washington, D.C.

Nomiku Wi-Fi Immersion Circulator
$180 at Amazon

“I have some ideas I want to play around with on a home sous-vide machine, like a Nomiku Wi-Fi Immersion Circulator. I’m not big on modernist cuisine, but I do think a sous-vide machine’s interesting when it serves a purpose.” — Preeti Mistry, chef and owner, Navi Kitchen, Oakland, California

Paella Pan + Paella Burner and Stand Set
$139 at Amazon

“I would love a Paella Burner. It’s a very compact unit that’s lightweight, portable, and super easy to clean. If you want to have an impromptu dinner party and you only have rice, vegetables, and some meat, you can easily impress a crowd.” — Mike Lata, chef and owner, Fig, the Ordinary

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10 Chefs on Gifts They Want for the Holidays