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13 Clever Gifts for Anyone Who Loves to Cook

Surprise your favorite home chef with these unexpected, colorful and clever gifts for cooks.

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MESSERMEISTER CHEF’S TORCHvia surlatable.com

Chef’s Torch

Whether they’re concocting a new flavor of creme brulee or caramelizing veggies, a chef’s torch will come in handy in your favorite foodie’s kitchen. This handsome model features an adjustable jet flame (that can reach temperatures of 2700°F!) and a child-resistant lock.

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13.5" Shallow Wokvia heritagesteel.us

Heritage Steel Shallow Wok

We know that your favorite home chef has their own set of cookware. But do they have this game-changing shallow wok? Probably not. Constructed out of U.S. steel and oven-safe up to 800°F, this hearty pan can handle almost any cooking task. More American-made cooking tools we love.

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 Cutting Board Style Wood Recipe Cookbook iPad Tablet Stand Holder Stand with Kickstand, Brownvia amazon.com

Cookbook Stand

Every cook needs a stand to hold bunches of printed-out recipes or cookbooks. And why not add some décor to the kitchen at the same time? This cookbook stand has antique flair, and whether your friend has a farmhouse kitchen or a modern space, it’s the perfect fit. Pair the stand with one of 2020’s best cookbooks, too!

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Blade Professional Herb Scissors Stainless Steelvia amazon.com

Kitchen Shears

Whether your gift recipient grows herbs in the backyard or buys ’em at the grocery store, snipping fresh chives or basil is a breeze with these bright kitchen shears. In the mood for a dish that uses fresh herbs? Here’s a collection of 50+ recipes.

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State Spoon Restvia uncommongoods.com

State Spoon Rest

Your giftee can show off their cooking chops and their state pride with this fun spoon rest. Each piece of pottery is hand-sculpted and finished with three food-safe glazes.

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Silicone Cooking Gloves - Heat Resistant Oven Mitt for Grillingvia amazon.com

BBQ Gloves

Pulling a roast out of the oven can be a hot mess if your hands aren’t protected. This bright pair of gloves lets everyone know who’s working with some hot cookin’! They’re also great for the grill—check out this collection of BBQ sauces for inspiration.

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RSVP Endurance Salt Server with Spoon. salt canistervia amazon.com

Salt Cellar

Keeping salt handy (especially gourmet salt from different areas of the world) is a cook’s secret to upgrading food on the fly, even at the table. It could also be a way to show personality—whether it’s a carved wooden canister or this metal-and-glass design.

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Mini Waffle Maker, Gingerbread Redvia macys.com

Mini Waffle Maker

Help your chef step up their holiday brunch game. This adorable mini gingerbread waffle maker creates a delicious meal in mere minutes. Get started with these waffle recipes—they’re certainly worth waking up for!

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Hot sauce setvia redclayhotsauce.com

Hot Sauce Set

Gift your favorite chef some flavor. This set of hot sauces and hot honeys add a little extra somethin’ to pizza, eggs, veggies, grilled meats and more.

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Caldo Cotton Kitchen Apron - Mens and Womens Professional Chef Bib Apron - Adjustable Straps with Pockets and Towel Loop via amazon.com

Chef’s Apron

No matter what kind of chef you’re shopping for, they’re bound to love this pro kitchen apron that looks like it’s straight from their favorite cooking show. (The pockets are great for wooden spoons, a phone or your meal plan journal.)

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bamboo cutting boardsvia amazon.com

Bamboo Cutting Boards

Bamboo is durable and dries quickly. It’s also sustainably sourced. This set of three cutting boards allows for lots of flexibility, whether trimming carrots or chopping tomatoes. Bonus: The drip edges are a dream, making cleanup a breeze. And don’t forget about cutting board care!

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Tortilla Press Kit - Red Cast Iron with Servilletavia verveculture.com

Tortilla Press Kit

Take taco night to a new level. This cast-iron tortilla press makes it easy to craft fresh, homemade tortillas at home. Plus, you can feel good about gifting since each press is made in Mexico from recycled sewing machines and other irons.

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Colorful Bamboo Cooking Utensils - Wooden Spoon & Spatula | 5 Piece Utensil Set | Non Stick Wooden Spoons Tools Gadgets For Kitchen Unique Gift Ideavia amazon.com

Bamboo Cooking Utensils

It seems like you can never have too many cooking utensils. These bamboo utensils feature ombré color on the handles for a burst of brightness to match dishtowels and oven mitts—heck, even window valances! Read up on the essential tools every cook needs.

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Kristine Hansen
A former editor of a regional home and garden magazine, where she edited the entertaining section, Kristine writes for national travel, design and food outlets about culinary trends. Her book on Wisconsin cheese serves as a love letter to her adopted state of Wisconsin and she loves to travel in search of regional cultural foods.
Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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