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The Best Gifts for Every Type of Home Cook

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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 nearly 50 of the best gifts for every type of home cook in your life — from the budding bread baker to the amateur chef who has it all.

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

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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’d like to throw more dinner parties

We were introduced to these tear-off linen napkins by Tonne Goodman, who discovered them at a boutique in Paris. “Instead of having a stack of napkins that needs to be spread out in an attractive fashion and then wrestled with to gingerly pick just one, you just simply tear each napkin off,” she writes.

For the home cook who loves bold colors

Sheet pans are kitchen workhorses, but they’re also pretty utilitarian in their design. That’s why we think any home cook will love Great Jones’ beloved Holy Sheet Pan, which comes recommended by recipe developer Erin Jeanne McDowell and food blogger Molly Yeh, who calls it “the prettiest pan.”

For the home cook who wants only one pot

This Dutch oven from Dansk has a mid-century design that’s easy to cook with but still looks good on the dinner table. It’s made of carbon steel, so it’s lighter than cast-iron Dutch ovens but it’s still sturdy enough to sear, braise, sauté, and bake anything you want.

For the home cook who makes their own sushi

This stylish Japanese-style soy-sauce dispenser is made from dishwasher-safe earthenware — and it’ll look great next to even the most lopsided spicy-tuna roll.

For the home cook who can never remember how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon

Cutting a recipe in half is easier said than done. But with this fridge magnet, home cooks can look up conversions without having to pick up their phone with dirty hands.