One of the most seamless — and eeriest — things about shopping on Amazon is how good it is at suggesting other things you might like. Add a Stephen King book to your cart? Why not Tana French? Just bought epsom salts? How about a candle? This season, we thought we’d replicate the “You Might Also Like” algorithm feature with a human touch, starting with kitchen gifts.
A lot of gift guides for home cooks feature relatively big pieces of kitchen gear, like a Vitamix blender or a Le Creuset Dutch oven, which certainly make impressive cooking gifts. But what do you give them this holiday season if they’ve already gotten a new KitchenAid stand mixer or Instant Pot? While these big-ticket (and let’s be honest, more obvious) items might be covered, we’ve come up with a few more thoughtful gifts for the serious home cook that will complement their favorite kitchen gadgets. Below, 13 of the best kitchen gifts they are sure to appreciate, depending on which countertop appliance or kitchen gadget they already own and love.
If they have a sous vide machine
A vacuum sealer will take their sous vide cooking to the next level, letting them seal up airtight bags of meat with aromatics, like fresh herbs, or marinades, so they can cook in circulating water without a chance of leaks.
If they have a cast-iron skillet
This piece of chainmail is relatively cheap, but it’s the best way to scrub off food residue from a cast-iron skillet without ruining the hard-earned seasoning.
If they have a Vitamix
Earlier this year, Vitamix came out with this AER Disc container, which has a flat, metal disc where the sharp blades would normally be. That disc, with its small holes, won’t pulverize vegetables or purée fruits, but it’s excellent for emulsions or for creating foam. It’s an especially useful accessory for those who like making frozen margaritas or fancy vinaigrettes.
If they have a KitchenAid stand mixer and like to bake
This all-glass bowl is much heavier than the metal one that comes with most KitchenAid stand mixers, but it’s nice for those who want to be able see if all of the dough has been incorporated. Plus, it comes with a handy pour spout, for doling out batter into cake tins, and a resealable lid, so you can keep cookie dough in the fridge overnight without moving it too much.
If they have a KitchenAid stand mixer and don’t know what to do with it
There are a bunch of different attachments they can attach to their KitchenAid stand mixer, far beyond dough hooks and standard whisks — like this spiralizer attachment, which they can use to make zucchini noodles in a matter of seconds — so they can put that kitchen gadget to use even if they never bake.
If they have an Instant Pot
We’ve written about the best Instant Pot accessories before, and really, anything from that list will please a true Instant Pot enthusiast. But we also like this ceramic nonstick interior pot, which is nice to keep on hand in case of leftovers.
If they have a fancy bar cart
These coasters from Brooklyn-based Areaware are perennial Strategist favorites, and this neutral color combination will complement most décors.
If they have a wine fridge
This sommelier-recommended wine stopper can keep an opened bottle fresh for days, a nice option for those with a lot of wine to taste and savor.
If they have a favorite drip coffee maker
If they have a favorite pour-over coffee setup
Any proper pour-over coffee setup needs a good scale, and this one from Japanese brand Hario is designed especially for that purpose, with a built-in timer so that pours can be evenly spaced. The metal is also a nice upgrade for those who may have been using plastic.
If they have a Keurig
If they just moved into a new kitchen
This 12-piece set from Potluck Kitchenware is a full kit of professional-grade kitchen tools — including stainless steel mixing bowls and measuring cups, a sharp microplane, and a nice wooden spoon — that’s basically got all the utensils a home cook could need to stock their kitchen.
If they have a new chef’s knife
To ensure a chef’s knife keeps its sharp edge for as long as possible, it’s important to use it on the right surface — like this wooden cutting board. This one from Food52’s new line of kitchen gear has two sides: one that’s designed for meat-carving, the other totally flat for chopping. Plus, that flat side has a little slot to stand your phone in, so you can easily refer to the recipe you’ve pulled up.
Editor’s Note: This cutting board from Food52 is currently sold out, but we also really like this reversible cutting board from John Boos, for just $55 on Amazon.