Finding the right gift for a mom who likes to cook can be tricky. You want to give something that’s unique and looks beautiful on her kitchen counter, of course. But it should also be practical, something she’ll use often — though not something she already owns. To help you find the best Mother’s Day gift for a mom who likes to cook (or eat, or drink, as the case may be), we’ve tried to come up with kitchen gift ideas for every type of foodie mom, from the health-obsessed to the dessert-loving.
For the mom with a sizable cookbook collection
For the mom whose bake-sale treats are stuff of legends
For the mom who loves breakfast
This English-inspired egg stand made of stainless steel will make any breakfast feel fancy.
For the mom who loves dessert
For the mom who always asks for the salt
This smoked sea salt comes from Iceland, and not only is it just the right amount of salty and flavorful, it’s produced with 100 percent geothermal energy on a small peninsula outside of Reykjavik.
For the mom who loves cheese
For the mom who loves chocolate
Impress her with a bar of the next status chocolate from Brooklyn-based Raaka, which uses unroasted cacao in its confections.
For the mom who loves baked potatoes
These trompe l’oeil bowls are directly inspired by Lauren Santo Domingo’s collection of vintage potato bowls. She’s used them to serve baked potatoes with a dollop of caviar and scallions.
For the mom who wants fresh herbs year-round
A reliable indoor herb garden where mom can grow Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint.
For the mom learning to make her own pasta
The Atlas Marcato is basically the Ferrari of hand-cranked pasta machines, since, according to Linda Miller Nicholson, author of Pasta, Pretty Please, it’s super accurate and won’t accidentally tear mom’s homemade pasta as she pulls it through.
For the mom learning to make sushi
There’s no better gift for a wannabe sushi chef than a brand new, sharp Japanese knife.
For the mom who’s working on her knife skills
“Cutting boards are one of those things that people kind of overlook,” explains Eden Grinshpan Nivron, co-founder and executive chef of Dez, “and to be able to have a solid, really thick, good quality cutting board in your kitchen, to really manage your food prep, that’s something everyone needs to have,” including your mom.
For the mom who sticks to the classics
For the mom who’s famous for her homemade pizza
For the mom who’s famous for her actually delicious casseroles
For the mom who loves her Instant Pot
Any Instant Pot–obsessed mom will appreciate a pair of silicone mitts to help her better get the inner pot out.
For the mom who’s an Alice Waters acolyte
For the mom who visits her farmers’ market every weekend
A classic net bag to hold all her spoils.
For the mom who buys too much at the farmers’ market every weekend
This reusable, washable, and compostable food wrap is made with beeswax and can be used to keep cheese, fruit, vegetables, and bread fresh.
For the mom who believes in the health benefits of honey
For the mom who collects condiments
Mike’s Hot Honey, which is harvested in upstate New York, is “a good finishing condiment to drizzle on anything from buttered biscuits to salty pizza,” notes Jerrelle Guy, author of Black Girl Baking.
For the mom who needs a little recipe inspiration
For the mom who’s trying to drink more water
For the mom who only drinks sparkling, not still
This Swedish-designed sparkling water maker is just as practical as it is stylish — and it was our favorite at-home soda maker.
For the mom who’s avoiding plastic straws
For the mom who drinks coffee
This coffee grinder from Breville is a little splurge-y, but according to Mike Jones, director of retail at Variety Coffee Roasters, it’s “easy to use, easy to clean, and is a worthwhile investment if you want to dramatically improve the quality of your coffee at home.”
For the mom who’s always asking for a fresh cup of coffee
This temperature-control mug is one of Ryan Seacrest’s favorite things: “You can program the temperature so it stays hot throughout the course of the morning, and I find that to be a luxury.”
For the mom who drinks tea
For the mom who drinks kombucha
For the mom who’s trying to get her probiotics
This love letter to yogurt from cookbook author Molly Yeh is filled with yogurt-forward recipes, including blueberry-labneh scones and a yogurt pita bread.
For the mom who keeps a well-organized pantry
For the mom who drinks fine wine
A sommelier-approved wine glass that’ll make any type of wine taste better.
For the mom who drinks any wine, as long as it’s chilled
For the mom who likes to savor her bottles of wine
This gadget will let Mom pour a single glass of wine without opening the whole bottle and taking out the cork.
For the mom who cracks open a cold one
For the mom who’s getting really into cocktails
For the mom who seems to have everything
A $99 digital thermometer might seem excessive, but this instant-read thermometer will delight a home cook who already has every other kitchen gadget.
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