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 35 of the best gifts 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 — all of them are available on Amazon, most of them with two-day Prime shipping. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
For the home cook who has everything
For the home cook who would rather use a cookbook
A minimalist plywood cookbook-stand for those who still like reading recipes on paper — though it can also hold up a tablet.
For the home cook who’s not over avocados
For the home cook trying to eat more greens
This collapsible salad spinner is a great gift for the recent college grad who’s got a small kitchen and big culinary ambitions.
For the home cook who’s a salt snob
Food writer Cristina Mueller always travels with this tin of Maldon sea salt in case of emergencies, explaining, “For years I worked in Alice Waters’s office at Chez Panisse, where desk lunches were breathtaking and the stuff of dreams, and even then I kept Maldon sea salt stashed in my desk. And used it. And never regretted it.”
For the home cook who always brings leftovers to work
For the home cook who’s embracing hygge
Written by chef Magnus Nilsson, who was featured on Mind of a Chef and Chef’s Table, this book is an encyclopedia of Nordic home baking, filled with warming recipes like cardamom buns and classic rye bread.
For the home cook who identified with Antoni on Queer Eye
For the home baker who misses the old Great British Baking Show
For the Great British Baking Show purist, a bunch of recipes by Mary Berry.
For the home cook who’s trying to use less plastic
These reusable food wraps are made by infusing cotton with beeswax, and they can be used over, and over, and over again — and once they’re finally done for good, they can be composted.
For the home cook who’s ready to compost
For the home cook who’s ready for fresh spaghetti
For the home cook who takes their weekly farmer’s market trips very seriously
A pack of three natural cotton string bags that pack up super compactly, so they’re always ready for a quick, plastic-free trip to the market.
For the home cook who loves their knives
Cutting boards wear out over time, so any serious home cook will appreciate a brand-new, nice-looking cutting block that’ll protect their sharpened blades.
For the home cook who doesn’t have knives
For the home cook who keeps accidentally slicing their fingers
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 home cook who’s channeling the 1970s
For the home cook who’s still using that slow cooker from the 1970s
You’ve heard about the Instant Pot even if you don’t cook. It steams, it pressure cooks, it makes yogurt, and it’s got over 28,000 reviews on Amazon, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.
For the home cook who got an Instant Pot last year
For the home cook who’s already obsessed with their Vitamix
This Vitamix blender container has a flat disc where the blender’s blades would normally be, so it’s great for emulsions (like mayonnaise or salad dressings) and for adding froth to cocktails without crushing the ice.
For the home cook who struggles to clean their cast-iron skillet
This little square of chainmail will make removing crud and burnt bits from a cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven a relatively quick and easy task.
For the at-home pitmaster who has it all
Basically a Roomba, but for a dirty grill.
For the baker with limited counter space
For the home cook who can taste the difference between Italian and Spanish olive oils
For the friend who likes to read about food as much as they like to eat it
An anthology of the best food essays from the last twelve months, including a deep-dive into the world of Portland pizza and a profile of Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi.
For the ice cream enthusiast who dreams of the perfect scoop
This ice cream scoop is “the only ice cream scoop” that Jeni Britton Bauer, the creator of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, will even acknowledge. It’s designed to transfer heat from your hand to the spoon, making it easy to get the perfect scoop from even frozen-solid ice cream. (For bonus points, pair this with a pint or two of ice cream.)
For the stoner who’s all about CBD edibles
As writer Michelle Lhooq explains, Amazon isn’t a go-to spot for “products with the highest concentration of CBD, though House of Hemp oils do contain 20 mg. of hemp oil per single milliliter,” which is plenty to zhuzh up a bowl of ice cream.
For the college student looking to hack the perfect dorm-room grilled cheese
Decidedly safer than trying to melt cheese with an iron.
For the new-ish home cook who’s learning how to cook on their own
Grub Street writer Nikita Richardson calls the recipes in this cookbook-for-one by chef and author Anita Lo “downsized and oh-so-practical.” It’s a good gift for someone just starting their cookbook collection — or who’s frustrated with always having leftovers.
For the 5-year-old who’s just learning their way in the kitchen
For the home cook who’d rather be making cocktails
Gin or whiskey? Easy-drinking or boozy? This cocktail book starts with a comprehensive flowchart to help them figure out exactly what they want to drink and how to make it.
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