Coming up with the right gift for cooking enthusiasts be it a professional chef or just someone who loves to cook can be a challenge especially if you don’t know anything about cooking and have no idea where to start!
You have to think about whether the gift will be too big? Or perhaps too small? Will they use it? Will they like it? What will they say?
And then there are the products. There are so many kitchenware products to choose from.
It gets so overwhelming so fast!
On the positive side, if you get it right, a cooking gift can come out as very thoughtful and memorable as they are used on a day to day basis. So we have simplified it for you to make you find that special gift for that special someone.
This is how we’d like you to look at it: there is the price, interest and usage.
PRICE: When gifting, it’s easy to get excited and go overboard with your spending.
Word of advice, take a minute to peep at your credit card balance and set a spend range for this purchase. That will help you to limit yourself to what you can afford.
Also we have arranged the products according to their price range, so be sure to take that into consideration.
Now that you have a budget in mind, you can confidently proceed to think about the
INTEREST: If someone is into pastry, it wouldn’t be sensible to get them a grill pan for instance. A thoughtful idea would be to get them some good mitts or an oven, something along the lines of baking. That way, you’ll be targeting with laser precision, a gift that they will appreciate.
USAGE: How often your gift will be used/appreciated all goes back to the interest. If you get me something I want/need, I’ll be sure to put it to good use often. Otherwise, your gift probably end up in someones attic or basement, along with the ‘unused wedding gifts’ that shall never see the light of day again.
But we won’t allow that to happen!
Once you’ve the usage and the price down, it’s time to check out some products.
If you are in a hurry and don’t want to read through the products, you can skip to the conclusion where we have highlighted the best products in our view.
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The Nespresso is among the latest innovations developed by Breville for coffee enthusiasts.
If you are looking for a gift for a chef who loves homemade coffee/espresso, Nespresso is the answer.
And don’t worry about the quality, Breville is an iconic brand which has established itself in the market for developing quality innovative kitchen products for over a decade.
The single serve coffee maker has a VertuoPlus, Breville’s versatile coffee maker with different brewing options and a water tank which is behind the machine.
On the touch of a button, the Nespresso can help you make espresso, double espresso, alto, and gran lungo within minutes.
Another key feature is the bundle which contains a milk frother that produces a thick foam which is ideal for latte or cappuccino lovers.
Breville offers 12 capsules as complimentary gifts to help cooking enthusiasts enjoy the products on their purchase. Making coffee/espresso using the Nespresso is easy, and it will be ideal gift for men who like to cook.
Technology is slowly creeping into the cooking industry and precision cookers are some of the latest innovations that will blow your mind.
The Anova precision cooker is designed for the sous vide cooking method, a popular technique among chefs which uses a waterbath to evenly cook food in a controlled temperature.
The food retains its moisture without overcooking giving you the perfect cook every time.
The Anova precision cooker makes it simple to use the sous vide technique for both chefs and non-chefs alike, and it can be used to cook both meat and vegetables.
The cookers’ use the Bluetooth and wifi technology which is connected to the Anova app, allowing you to monitor your food from your phone as it cooks.
The product was developed by Anova a Science and Technology Company which aims to change the way people cook, something which their innovative ideas have manages to change.
Precision is their selling point thus it is a great gift for professional chefs and people who love precision, some would say perfectionists.
Also, being that the technology is not as popularized as other cookware, you’ll find that its a unique gift that most people won’t already have in their kitchens.
So why not get one for somebody? or better yet for yourself!
Bruntmor, an American based company, has created a good rep for itself over the years, for their quality and innovative houseware.
From this Cast Iron set, it should be evident WHY!
First of, you get a myriad of cookware from pots and pans- all with lids, a baking dish is included and even the wooden utensils you’ll need to stir your food.
21 peices of high-end cookware to be exact!
The spectacular Fire Red color is exceptionally good looking and it will get anyone’s cooking enthusiasm going…
Moreso, this bright colored cookware can double as serving dishes, which you can set on mats on your serving table.
Talk about value for money!
The Dutch ovens and sauce pans contain stainless steel knobs which are essential when cooking due to their firm grip.
And when you are done using them, you’ll love how is easy it is to wash scratch resistant material.
For us, it’s a WINNER, with the only caveat we can give about it being its pricey tag.
But don’t let it wear you down, there is no price to a relationship.
This unique collection of cookware can be a memorable product for a family when given as a gift during the holiday season or as a gift to a special person who loves to cook.
Made in Germany, the Michelangelo Copper cookware is an outstanding set of pots and pans which delivers on beauty and quality. The cookware are popular in Europe and are now available around the world.
The copper nature of the ware means that they heat fast and evenly giving superb results.
The cookware set have ergonomic handles for good grip and they do not heat when one is cooking.
Additionally, the pots and pans have a non-stick non-stick coating which are also scratch resistant which is easy to hand wash and does not peel even on extreme temperatures.
So if you are looking for a complete cookware set to gift, this is a great contender. Its ideal for professionals and first time cooks alike or anyone looking to replace their old cookware.
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Another great gift for anyone, the Instant Pot is a 7 in 1 stainless kitchen appliance that allows you to slow cook, steamer, sauté, cook rice, warm food and more…
“But how?” you might ask.
The Instant Pot has builtin microprocessors which monitor temperature, pressure, time, and heat intensity allowing it to have multiple cooking functionality.
At the press of a button, you’re able to change between cooking modes to whatever is on your menu. No need to have space wasting appliances if they can all be condensed into one super appliance.
And don’t worry about where you will get instant pot recipes from, they are literally all over the internet including this best selling Instant Pot cookbook on Amazon.
This would make a great gift for people who cook often and, it certainly would be an unforgettable one.
The rich natural tastes are usually unmatched by other dishes, plus roasting can be done communally as you bond with your visitors.
The Nutrichef Vertical rotating oven makes it possible to enjoy your roasting with guests even from your indoors.
Its energy efficient and saves on time when preparing roasted and barbecued meats. The oven comes with a kebob rack with skewers and a tray for collecting drips making it less messy.
The temperature in the oven can be adjusted to 240 degrees Celsius and time set to upto 60 minutes.
The versatile product can be used to prepare meals such as shawarma, rotisserie meals and kebobs.
This is an ideal gift for kebob & shawarma lovers, people who love to roast, large families and people who regularly have guests over at their place.
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Coffee is one of the most popular beverages consumed by people around the world.
As such, a myriad of innovative technologies have sprouted that have disrupted the coffee industry stemming from the need to prepare quality coffee at your own convenience.
The WACACO Nanopresso is a portable espresso maker that allows you to make great tasting coffee no matter where you are.
It does not require a battery or electricity as it is operated manually and it’s light in weight which makes it a great appliance that can be used at home in the office or even when camping.
It works perfectly well with a variety of ground coffee, and it would be a thoughtful gift for any coffee lover especially if they travel much.
We all have those friends who know their stuff when it comes to healthy eating.
Well, this is just the thing for them.
The GoWise digital air fryer is an innovative product that is used to roast, bake, grill, and fry foods with little or no oil.
Yes, you heard right!
Little or No oil!
It achieves this by circulating hot air on the food i.e. air frying giving you crispy, tasty, evenly-cooked results.
You can use it for fries, pizza, steak, cake, fish, fried chicken and more… the list is endless.
Just configure the settings such as the temperature and time on the digital display and you are good to go.
GoWise products are approved by the FDA, and are ETL certified thus its safe to say they are SAFE for use.
With the GoWise digital air fryer, that special someone should never have to worry about making their favorite healthy dish again.
Cooking is a time consuming activity and preparing ingredients can be an annoying part of cooking.
The KitchenAid spiralizer helps make cooking more enjoyable by reducing the amount of effort and time you need to prepare ingredients thus giving you ample time to focus on preparing a lovely meal.
This spiralizer is manually operated making it durable, and you don’t have to use electricity or use of batteries.
It consists of a versatile blade system, power hub, and metal constrictions which allow you to make food spirals of different shapes and sizes.
The Spiralizer will inspire the culinary creativity of people thus enable them to provide memorable experiences to people through their cooking.
This would make a great gift for people who love to cook veggies and make salads.
A traditional yet effective pot, the Dutch Oven has had a long history in mankind’s kitchen and it has evidently won our hearts over.
This type of pots are know to be sturdy and the Lodge 6 Qt Dutch Oven is no exception. It is made of glass that is casted on iron making it strong and heat tolerant.
You wouldn’t be wrong to gift this pot to someone who loves slow cooking and casseroles.
Infact, they would love you for it!
It’s also great for fruits!
It comes in different standard colors which the company, Lodge, did a good job on selecting.
Lodge has been in the business of making quality cookware since 1896, and the family owned company prides itself in developing high quality kitchenware products.
There existence over such a a long time shows the level of trust it has created for itself in the market, and you can be sure you a getting a great deal with this Cast Iron Dutch Oven.
Another great appliance for food preparation, the Hamilton Beach Food Processor would make a great gift to a friend or relative.
It is super good for a number of prep functions such chopping, slicing, shredding, mixing and puree, giving you a simple time cooking.
The large 12-cup capacity is also something to smile about as you will get a lot in at once. This comes in handy when you are cooking for many people and you have to do a lot of prep.
For someone who cooks for a large family or hosts often, you’ll be doing them a solid.
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Unhygienic practices can lead to food poisoning or worse yet, the spread of disease.
Using an apron is one great way to reduce food contamination and stay clear of dirt on your clothes.
The Syntus Apron is a great option as it is designed to be suitable for both men and women, and the long ties makes it ideal to fit people of all sizes.
The apron is made from polyester fiber and has two large pockets which can hold your recipe cards, and thermometers and other small appliances when cooking.
It is water resistant, doesn’t wrinkle and has no shrinkage after wash.
Also, it is soft to the touch and has a dark color which is great to avoid staining which happens often to aprons.
Most importantly, the Syntus apron provides a good protection, and coverage from food stains, spills, and grease.
If you are looking for a pocket friendly gift for someone who is starting out in the kitchen, then the Syntus Apron ticks your boxes.
Men love grilling and that’s a fact!
It’s therefore only sensible to get them what they need when it comes to what they love.
Whether you want to gift a relative, spouse or friend who loves to grill, they will definitely love these BBQ grilling tools.
The Home-Complete BBQ Grill is a set of 16 accessories that includes a spatula, tongs, skewers, Swiss knife, corn holders, and basting brush.
The set comes with a strong stainless steel case to neatly store all the products.
It is easy to use, and the case provides a convenient store for the barbecue tools.
The Home-Complete BBQ Grill will be an amazing gift for men who like to cook, and especially avid grillers.
Some of the best memories in life are made in the outdoors, barbecuing with family and friends.
Let that special someone live to remember you for this gifting them this BBQ tool set.
Another great cooking gift idea lies in quality knife sets, and this assortment of knives from Cuisinart is an exemplary one!
The knives are made from durable carbon stainless steel.
You can’t beat that!
Moreso, the knives are ergonomically designed to have perfect stability and control, something that you notice it when gripping the knives.
This set includes an 8″ Chef Knife, 8″ Slicing Knife, 7″ Santoku Knife, 5.5″ Serrated Utility Knife, 3.5″ Paring Knife, 3.5″ Bird’s Beak Paring Knife, 8″ Sharpening Steel, All-Purpose Household Shears and Block to hold them all.
The set also have hot-forged steak knives which are great for using at the table.
You’ll want to get these as gifts for professional chefs who will adequately use the wide array of knives provided, and steak lovers as well.
This Spray Bottles make a great gift especially when combined with another item such as mittens or an apron or both. (we have included both mitts and an apron in this review)
The bottles can be used to store and spray essential oil or cleaning products.
Its made from special glass that protects the contents from damage by UV light.
The spray bottles are reusable and stay odor free even on reuse.
The Amber Glass Spray Bottles will be good gifts for chefs who are keen on cleanliness. The great design makes it easy to refill and use in the kitchen.
The spray bottles may not look like much, but they make a great addition to the other gifts here.
The Health Smart Mortar and Pestle will do.
While most people use ginger, garlic and coriander as their main natural spices, some people use more than 5 natural spices in a single dish.
For these people, a good mortar and pestle are essential to their day-to-day cooking.
This pair is made from beautiful granite stone and that makes it a unique product as compared to others.
They are natural healthier option to plastic or chemically-treated wood ones and only need to be seasoned to remove manufacturing impurities and they are good to go.
Its an excellent idea for newlyweds, a housewarming idea, or a gourmet cook.
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Wondering what to give a meat lover?
Why not try a grill pan?
Specifically, the Lodge 10.5″ Cast Iron Grill pan.
Its ideal for searing and grilling indoors and when in the right hands, you can expect to lick your fingers after your meal. Its great for grilling ribs, steaks, bacon and almost any other meat you can think of.
The ribbed design helps to collect oil and other cooking drippings at the bottom, so your meat gets less fatty and healthier as a result.
This is a cast iron construction, so you can bet it will give you a lifetime of durability.
Don’t overthink it, this is an appealing cooking gift for professional chefs as a well as men who love meat.
It can be used both at home and outdoors such as in camps. This grill pan will completely change how they make their meat, and they will have you to thank for it.
You can never go wrong with a good pair of mittens for a person who loves to bake.
Often when taking out food from the oven or even when placing it in a preheated oven, one can get slighty burnt.
This amazing bright red extra long mittens!
They are lightweight and long enough to cover your hands and arms almost to the elbow.
The Mitts are made using Silicone a material which is tolerant to extremely high temperatures, so holding hot dishes will be a breeze.
The cooking gloves have a cotton lining to make them comfortable and the silicone has a rough texture on the outsides that helps to increase the stability when handling hot pots and dishes.
It is an ideal gift for a chef or cooking enthusiasts who bake often. They are an affordable affordable way to transform someone’s baking experience.
The Lodge Cast iron pan is a great skillet that you can get anyone as a gift.
Its a simple iron skillet that can be used to grill, bake, sear, broil or sauté.
The pan has red silicone handle which protects the hands of the cook from getting burns, and also add to the beauty of the pan.
It does not have any coating making it safer and healthier to use.
Washing the pan is a breeze and it doesn’t get scratched even after extended use.
You’ll want to get this fine piece for people who bachelors or someone who is just starting out with cooking.
Mixing Bowls are often overlooked when talking about kitchenware, but they came in handy when mixing different ingredients and especially during baking.
They make it easy to whisk your pastry ingredients together and are easy to clean afterwards.
This set in particular from FineDine contains 6 stackable bowls which range from the small ¾ Qt bowl to a massive 8 Qt bowl.
They have a round lip on the edge of the bowls making it easy to grip and handle when preparing foods.
As the name suggests, these are made from stainless steel so you shouldn’t worry about them rusting or absorbing any odor.
We recommend this unique set of mixing bowls as they would make an exceptional gift for people who like to bake.
Being multipurpose makes them ideal for all types of holidays and occasions.
Kitchenware products stand out when it comes to gifts; they are unique and can be used on a day to day basis thus a good cooking gift can have a lasting impression.
Through this extensive review, we have highlighted great kitchenware that would make great gifts, but as with most things, some stood out above the rest.
For us, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Espresso Machine, is one such product.
Majority of the world’s population enjoys a cup of coffee in a day whether it’s at their places of work or at the comfort of their homes.
The Nespresso VertuoPlus will allow you to give a gift that will likely be used on a daily basis and not only that, it delivers some great tasting coffee that you’ll want to try yourself.
This is a big one! The second prominent product is the Bruntmor 21 Piece Enameled Cast Iron Cookware Set.
The set contains an array of pots and pans of different sizes and purposes all made from durable and beautiful enameled cast iron.
It’s one of those gifts to remember for a lifetime and we recommend you get it for a really special someone or people, and we guarantee they will always remember you when they are using it.
Finally, if you are gifting a health conscious person, then the GoWISE Digital Air Fryer is definitely it.
It’s multi-purpose and can be used to fry, bake and grill foods such as French fries, pizza, steak, cake, fish, and chicken.
The beauty of the product lies in the fact that you use less oil when cooking, saving you money and giving you healthier meals.
We hope that you find these suggestions useful.
All the best in your gifting!