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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 25 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 loves their knives

John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board
$53 at Amazon

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 new home cook who doesn’t have knives

Global G-48338 - 3-Piece Knife Set
$170 at Amazon

This three-piece knife set from Global is perfect for beginners, since it come with a world-class chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a utility knife.

For the home cook who keeps accidentally slicing their fingers

OXO Good Grips Adjustable Handheld Mandoline Slicer
$15 at Amazon

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 embracing hygge

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Caribbean
$364 at Amazon

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

For the home cook who collects enamelware

Le Creuset L2081-284T Raymond Loewy Skillet
$300 at Amazon

Cookbook author Molly Yeh has this vintage-looking enamel skillet hanging next to her fridge. “I love things that are a pop of color and that are heavy-duty and that will live up to being used multiple times a day,” and this one gets top marks for both style and sturdiness.

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

Click & Grow Indoor Smart Fresh Herb Garden Kit With 3 Basil Cartridges
$100 at Amazon

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 2018

Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved
$8 at Amazon

Julia Turshen’s 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
$100 at Amazon

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

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

Amazon Echo
$100 at Amazon

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
$129 at Amazon

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
$20 at Amazon

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 likes to make simple dishes look fancy

BIA Cordon Bleu - Set of 4
$13 at Amazon

Eggcups are surprisingly trendy right now and make even the most simple dish — a boiled egg and toast — feel fancy.

For the design-conscious home cook who wants their kitchen to look like an all-day café

Food & Wine For Gorham Modern Farmhouse 16 Piece Dinnerware Set
$200 at Amazon

If they want their home to look like Manhattan restaurant Dimes, with a mid-century, boho feel, here’s a colorful dinnerware set that has a similar feel to the plates they use.

For the home cook who gets kitchen design tips from Instagram

Ceramic Speckled Mug
$39 at Amazon

Similar in feel to the Instagram-famous mugs from De Maria, which won a James Beard Award in 2018 for Outstanding Restaurant Design.

For the friend who likes to look at food as much as eat it

River Cafe London: Thirty Years of Recipes and the Story of a Much-Loved Restaurant
$28 at Amazon

This cookbook-slash-art book has hot-pink edges and is filled with beautiful photos of spaghetti and risotto and any other number of carb-loaded Italian dishes, alongside original art from Damien Hirst and Cy Twombly.

For the home cook who’s trying to eat more vegetables

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor
$100 at Amazon

If they read that story about eating right and felt inspired, here’s a solid gift for the wellness-obsessed in your life.

For the at-home pitmaster who has it all

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner
$90 at Amazon

Basically a Roomba, but for a dirty grill.

For the friend who binged “Ugly Delicious” on Netflix

Momofuku Ssäm Sauce
$7 at Amazon

A bottle of Ssäm sauce from David Chang’s Momofuku, in partnership with Heinz, that they can put on any ugly food they like. (It also comes in smoky and spicy, if you want to gift them a set of three sauces.)

For the pastry chef inspired by Christina Tosi in the newest season of “Chef’s Table”

Jadeite 9” Glass Cake Stand
$55 at Amazon

This Jadeite cake stand will be a handsome way for them to display their Funfetti cake–influenced baked experiments.

For the baker who wants to be the next Mary Berry

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible
$34 at Amazon

Learn from the best and finally learn how to make that Victoria sponge and ace that next technical challenge in your dreams.

For the baker with a small kitchen

KitchenAid Artisan Mini Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, 3.5 quart
$200 at Amazon

This mini–stand mixer has all the functionality of a standard KitchenAid mixer, but, as writer Erica Murphy notes, “[i]t’s 25 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller,” meaning it’s great for small kitchens.

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

Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker — Hot Air Style with Removable Bowl
$38 at Amazon

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
$24 at Amazon

Decidedly safer than trying to melt cheese with an iron.

For the stoner who’s all about CBD edibles

House of Hemp Premium Organic Hemp Extract Oil, 30mL
$40 at Amazon

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 a bowl of ice cream.

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

ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set — Unpolished Heavy Granite
$35 at Amazon

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

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The 25 Best Gifts for Every Type of Home Cook on Amazon