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30 of the Best Gifts for Cooks

Have a home chef on your list? We're sharing all the best gifts for cooks that are unexpected, colorful and clever.

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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 is one of the best gifts for cooks. It features an adjustable jet flame (that can reach temperatures of 2700°F!) and a child-resistant lock.

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Heritage Steel Shallow Wokvia amazon.com

Heritage Steel Shallow Wok

We know that your favorite chef has their own set of cookware. But do they have this game-changing shallow wok? Probably not. Constructed out of American steel and oven-safe up to 800°F, this hearty pan can handle almost any cooking task. Find more American-made cooking tools we love. Then, learn more about the best cookware for your kitchen.

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Cookbook Standvia amazon.com

Cookbook Stand

Every cook needs a stand to hold bunches of printed-out recipes or cookbooks. And why not add some decor 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 2021’s best cookbooks, too!

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Chef's Apronvia hedleyandbennett.com

Chef’s Apron

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

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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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Bbq Glovesvia 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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Salt Cellarvia 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 green glass design.

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Mini Waffles Gift Setvia kohls.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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Lodge Chef Collection 12 Seasoned Cast Iron Skilletvia crateandbarrel.com

Cast-Iron Skillet

We love cast-iron skillets because they’re durable, stay hot and even make food taste better. This Lodge cast-iron pan features sloped sides to reduce spills and can handle almost everything, from pancakes to steaks. To level up your chef’s skills, gift an Amazon Explore cooking class, too.

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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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Wusthof Knife Setvia williams-sonoma.com

Wusthof Knife Set

They say that it’s a poor craftsman that blames his tools, but home chefs know the importance of a good set of knives. Wusthof is one of our Test Kitchen’s preferred brands, and this set features stainless blades and a sharpening steel for durability.

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Ninja Blendervia amazon.com

Ninja Blender

No better way to start the morning than with a fresh smoothie. This professional-grade Ninja blender can transform fruits and veggies into delicious drinks in seconds, along with whipping together sauces, dressings and even ice cream.

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Maldon Sea Saltvia amazon.com

Maldon Sea Salt

A sea salt beloved by professional chefs deserves a special spot in the kitchen. The flaky crystals help draw out flavors in all recipes, both savory and sweet. (Trust us when we say to sprinkle it on homemade chocolate chip cookies.)

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Bamboo Cooking Utensilsvia amazon.com

Bamboo Cooking Utensils

It seems like a person can never have too many cooking utensils. These bamboo utensils feature ombre 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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Instant Potvia bedbathandbeyond.com

Instant Pot

Instant Pots are a cult favorite for a reason. Create gourmet dishes, from roasted chickens to warming autumn soups, with the press of a button. This Instant Pot model multitasks, so home chefs can also cook rice, make yogurt or just pop in a dish to stay warm.

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Mandolinevia surlatable.com

Mandoline

This mandoline is ideal for making thin carrot or potato slices (and it’s faster than breaking out a knife). The smart design keeps fingers away from the blades when slicing for total safety.

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Storage Containersvia amazon.com

Storage Containers

Chefs, meet your ideal pantry organization solution. This set of storage containers has a range of sizes to accommodate all kinds of dry goods and seals for airtight freshness. They also stack, so cupboards and drawers will be easier to sort through.

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Kitchen Shearsvia 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.

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Garlic Pressvia surlatable.com

Garlic Press

Small but mighty, a good garlic press can be a game-changer in the kitchen, saving time and hassle, and making it simple to add a pop of savory flavor.

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Spice Kitvia convivial.com

Spice Kit

Because a little spice shouldn’t require a lot of time! This spice kit makes adding zest to everyday dishes easy, with options ranging from garlic and parsley to an upgraded take on BBQ seasoning.

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Tortilla Press Kitvia 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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Really Good Olive Oilvia olivelle.com

Really Good Olive Oil

There’s regular olive oil, and then there’s this Really Good Olive Oil. Infused with wild rosemary, and paired with a crisp pear balsamic vinegar, a drizzle of this on roasted potatoes, salads or even a slice of bread is a gourmet treat.

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Ice Cream Makervia amazon.com

Ice Cream Maker

Never run out of ice cream again! This ice cream maker is fully automatic—dump in ingredients and enjoy frozen yogurt and ice cream. Need some inspiration? We’re no strangers to exploring the best ice cream recipes.

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Vacuum Sealer2via amazon.com

Vacuum Sealer

This vacuum sealer is a must for anyone who is serious about cooking. It lets you seal food before sous vide cooking or safely store and freeze bulk buys. It also helps make meal prep even easier.

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Engraved Rolling Pinsvia FunnyBaker/etsy.com

Engraved Rolling Pins

Great memories are made while baking, and this set of engraved rolling pins will make the experience even sweeter. (Hopefully your giftee will say “thank you” with a beautiful batch of treats!)

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Funny Kitchen Towelsvia DoTakeItPersonally/etsy.com

Kitchen Towels

For your friend who loves a good pun—and a clean kitchen. Featuring farmers market finds, these kitchen towels will help keep things tidy and add a spot of color (and humor) to the decor. And they’re tough enough to handle frequent laundry cycles.

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Portable Pizza Ovenvia crateandbarrel.com

Portable Pizza Oven

Really, every night should be pizza night. This pizza oven is sleek and powerful, creating restaurant-worthy pies in the backyard. It’s the perfect excuse to try out new pizza recipes, too.

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Herb Gardenvia amazon.com

Herb Garden

What’s better than a gift that keeps on growing? We can’t think of one! This herb garden comes with six types of seeds to get started, and can hold up to six plants year-round for always-fresh herbs.

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Sous Vide Cookervia surlatable.com

Sous Vide Cooker

Sous vide, where food in a sealed bag is cooked in temperature-controlled water, means that overcooked meat is a thing of the past. It can also be healthier, using less oil and salt than other cooking methods. This Anova precision cooker can be hooked up to Wi-Fi, so tech-savvy cooks can control the food through an app.

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Up Next: Kitchen gear you can buy at the hardware store and fabric store. Who knew?

Kim Bussing
Kim Bussing is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She has written for publications including Reader’s Digest, Modern Farmer, Clean Plates and Vice, among others, and she is working on her first novel. She is always on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll.
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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