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
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
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 embracing hygge
For the home cook who collects enamelware
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
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
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
For the tech-obsessed home cook who won’t stop talking about the Whole Foods and Amazon merger
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
For the aspiring home cook who just wants to learn how to make eggs correctly
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
For the design-conscious home cook who wants their kitchen to look like an all-day café
For the home cook who gets kitchen design tips from Instagram
For the friend who likes to look at food as much as eat it
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
For the at-home pitmaster who has it all
Basically a Roomba, but for a dirty grill.
For the friend who binged “Ugly Delicious” on Netflix
For the pastry chef inspired by Christina Tosi in the newest season of “Chef’s Table”
For the baker who wants to be the next Mary Berry
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
For the sci-fi geek who wants appropriately themed movie-marathon snacks
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 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 a bowl of ice cream.
For the friend who’s tired of paying extra for guacamole
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