If you’re a tried and true chef, you already have kitchen basics like aprons, dish towels and spatulas. But what about the items that make cooking and hosting easier? Or ones that enhance the presentation of a meal? For holiday shoppers looking to find a gift the chef in their life will love, picking something both fun and functional can be tough. Luckily, this gift guide is all about making things easier.
Here are some gift suggestions we think your favorite chef will be delighted to unwrap this holiday season. You’ll know you’ve scored the perfect one when you receive a homemade thank-you cake or, even better, that golden ticket-esque dinner invite.
Details: This blender tackles a range of prepping tasks, from creating perfectly textured chunky salsas to serving the smoothest purees. Even tough ingredients pulverize easily thanks to the powerful motor and pulse meter. It even has enough power to knead dough, and push down on bulky or frozen items without having to stop and scrape. Plus, it fits neatly under most overhead cabinets.
Where to Buy: Crate and Barrel, locations around NJ.
Instant Pot Duo
Details: Make slow-cooked meals fast with this versatile, all-in-one kitchen tool. It offers seven functions, doing everything from pressure cooking and sautéing to slow cooking. The Instant Pot Duo speeds up cooking by two-to-six times and uses 70 percent less energy than the average tool. It features a large, easy-to-read display, making it simple to monitor your pot’s progress. The option to Delay the start up to 24 hours in advance is extremely useful for scheduling. In fact, the list goes on and on about why you’ll love this tool.
Where to Buy: Williams Sonoma, locations around NJ.
Homemade Tortilla Kit
Details: Store-bought corn tortillas don’t compare to fresh ones. Make and serve tasty homemade tacos with this authentic tortilla press. They’ll be chewy in the middle, crispy on the edges and delicious to boot. If even beginners can make perfectly round, thin tortillas with this, imagine what an experienced chef can do? The press’ red powder coating prevents rust and won’t flake, either. For best results, wrap the hot tortillas in the included warming towel, and serve with fillings of your choice and the included habanero sauce.
Where to Buy: Uncommon Goods.
Artist Palette Cheese Platter
Details: Looking to paint the town red… blue, green and yellow? This ceramic cheese tray with a glazed finish is a colorful way to serve signature apps to guests. The painter’s palette-inspired serving piece brings basic cheese and crackers up a notch. It’s also microwave and dishwasher safe.
Where to Buy: Fish’s Eddy.
Mom’s Happy Measuring Cup
Details: Upgrade mom’s basic and worn-out plastic measuring cup with this decorative yet functional version. It says “Mom’s Recipe for a Happy Home” on the front and back, but you’ll find accurate measurements inside it. We think she’ll proudly display this 2.5-cup measuring cup in her kitchen. Who knows? Maybe she’ll even use the gift to make you some cookies or a cake. The durable stoneware cup is dishwasher and microwave safe, and comes in a pretty gift box.
Where to Buy: Our Name is Mud.
Adjustable Rolling Pin
Details: Yes, the chef you know most likely already has a rolling pin. But is it an adjustable one? This version evenly flattens dough to ensure uniform baking. It contains 1/16-, 1/6-, ¼ -and 3/8-removable discs so you can easily roll dough to a desired thickness. It’s versatile enough to be used to make cookies, tarts, pizza and pie crusts, and more.
Where to Buy: Amazon.
Leftovers Ceramic Dish and Serving Spoon
Price: $37.50 each
Details: There’s no shame in serving leftovers. (Especially if it’s food that returning party guests/weary Black Friday shoppers can’t get enough of!) This two-piece set boasts a ceramic “Leftover” dish with a fluted, scalloped edge. The vintage-style stamped silver-plate spoon reads “Second-time Around.”
Where to Buy: Mud Pie.
Monique Lhuillier Peyton Glass Ice Bucket
Details: Don’t forget about the ice! This ice bucket’s stylish and tasteful lines beautify any table, whether entertaining one or a crowd. The sophisticated-looking bucket is made of lead-free crystal glass and should be washed by hand.
Where to Buy: Pottery Barn.
Hard-boiled Egg Peeler
Details: Save your favorite chef from this dreaded kitchen chore and they just might feed you for life. This peeler gets hard-boiled egg shells to slide off like butter. Setup is simple: Fill the cylinder with ¼ cup of water. Add the egg and snap on the top cap. Shake the tool a few times. You’ll be able to easily slide the egg out of its shell. It includes a peeler, instructions and recipes. The peeler also easily fits in one hand, making it comfortable to use.
Where to Buy: The Grommet.
Details: Is your chef short on time? With this gift, they can marinate meat, poultry, fish and veggies in just 20 minutes rather than hours. The included vacuum pump creates an airtight seal that promotes quick marinating time. The container is dishwasher safe, too.
Where to Buy: Amazon.