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
They might not think they need a sous vide machine, but that’s exactly what makes it a great gift for an experienced chef, who can use it to make always-tender steaks, never-overcooked fish, and even soft-scrambled eggs.
For the home cook who would rather use a cookbook
For the home cook who’s not over avocados
Let’s make avocado-ware the new lettuceware.
For the home cook trying to eat more greens
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
This BPA-free bento box holds four cups of food — it’s over twice the size of most other bento boxes. Plus, it’s dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe.
For the home cook who’s embracing hygge
For the home cook who identified with Antoni on Queer Eye
Culinary expert Antoni gifted this smokeless, infrared indoor grill to two different guys over the course of two seasons, and you can now gift it, too.
For the home baker who misses the old Great British Baking Show
For the home cook who’s trying to use less plastic
For the home cook who’s ready to compost
If they know that composting is a thing they should do but have always been turned off by ugly compost bins.
For the home cook who’s ready for fresh spaghetti
For the home cook who takes their weekly farmer’s market trips very seriously
For the home cook who loves their knives
For the home cook who doesn’t have knives
This three-piece knife set from Global is perfect for beginners, since it comes with a world-class chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a utility knife.
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
Especially if they read the Missoni Family Cookbook and now want to create a dreamy Italian kitchen of their own.
For the home cook who’s still using that slow cooker from the 1970s
For the home cook who got an Instant Pot last year
Some good Instant Pot accessories will help them make the most of their favorite kitchen gadget, like this silicone sling, which they can use for baking cakes or steaming vegetables in their multifunction pressure cooker.
For the home cook who’s already obsessed with their Vitamix
For the home cook who struggles to clean their cast-iron skillet
For the at-home pitmaster who has it all
For the baker with limited counter space
This mini–stand mixer has all the functionality of a standard KitchenAid mixer, but, as writer Erica Murphy notes, “It’s 25 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller,” meaning it’s great for small kitchens.
For the home cook who can taste the difference between Italian and Spanish olive oils
A handsome tin of olive oil from Spain that has “hints of grassiness, almonds, and butter,” according to chef Jonathan Waxman.
For the friend who likes to read about food as much as they like to eat it
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
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
These nylon knives are designed for little foodies who are at least 4 years old, to help them learn basic knife skills while minimizing risk.
For the home cook who’d rather be making cocktails
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