If you haven’t planned your holiday gift list, it’s probably time to get started. For those of you who need a sign, or a little push… BOOSH. Here it is! Today I’m sharing my top 10 list of gifts for the cook in your house, and offering an awesome giveaway to boot!
The cook in your household is a very special person.
They spend countless hours meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning, to make their family happy. They pour creative energy and passion into dish after dish, as a silent “I love you” to all who partake.
Don’t they deserve to be spoiled this holiday season? …I think so.
So today I offer you my list of fun and useful kitchen gifts for your special cook. And if that cook happens to be YOU, then forward this post onto your special somebody and tell them I made you do it. *wink*
These items are in random order, but are all things you either need or really want, if you cook a lot!
Gifts for Cooks
Every cook needs good knives. Whether you start by purchasing one classic chef’s knife, or bite the bullet and buy a full set, this is probably the most important kitchen tool out there. Good knives not only protect your beloved cook, they relieve dull-knife stress, increase prep speed, and increase precision.
No matter what brand you’re into, good knives are a must-have kitchen item. $$$
Easy to Clean Cutting Board
I have nearly every type of cutting board out there: custom-made wood blocks, bamboo, silicone, plastic… and Epicurean Cutting Boards are my favorite. Although they’re nothing special to look at, they are made of compressed paper product that is eco-friendly, easy on your knives, maintenance free, and DISHWASHER safe. So you can cut anything you like on them and then pop them in the dishwasher to sanitize.
I’ll take that over a pretty cutting board any day of the week! $-$$
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
If your special cook, is also a baker… you know what they want.
A bright shiny KitchenAid Mixer would make any cook beam with delight Christmas morning. Not only do they look lovely sitting out on your kitchen counter top, they beat like nobody’s business and have many optional attachments to make other cooking tasks easy. Like slicing, grinding meat, making ice cream, or even pasta. The pasta attachment is my favorite! $$$
Call me crazy, but I’m a big believer in the fondue pot. Especially if your favorite cook loves to throw parties!
We pull ours out several times a year, to serve molten cheese or chocolate. And every time we do it, our friends talk about “the night of fondue” for months after. There’s no better way to create intimacy at your gathering than bringing everyone in close to dip berries in a steaming pot of chocolate. $$
A Sassy Apron
Maybe this is more geared toward the ladies, but who wouldn’t want to look just as good as the food their preparing? A fun apron is always nice to have hanging around. $
Decorative Beverage Dispenser
Another great idea for the cook who loves to entertain is a decorative beverage dispenser… or two. I love making flavored teas or cocktails to sit out at the drink station at parties. A pretty beverage dispenser not only makes the hosting job easier, it doubles as an eye-catching party decoration. Especially when the beverage is garnished with fruit and herbs. $-$$
I bet your special cook doesn’t have their very own hand-held cream whipper. This fun little kitchen tool makes it easy to experiment with flavored whipped creams for desserts and beverages. $
Maybe I’m adding this to the list, because I hoping Lt. Dan will buy me a new waffle maker this year! (My old waffle iron is on its last leg.) Breakfast is never as fun as when waffles are served We’ve also used ours to make savory waffles for waffle sandwiches, dessert waffles, and appetizer waffles just for kicks! $-$$$
Maybe its not a sexy gift, but kitchen scales are uber useful to the serious cook. I pull mine out several times a week when needing accurate measuring in baking, or just wanting to get a better idea on portion sizes.
I like this one because it’s easy to clean and can weigh over 100 lbs of food at a time. Not that I’m ever measure that much, but it does come in handy when we bring home bushels of fresh apples and farmers market finds. $-$$
Nothing says I love you like a flaming creme brûlée torch to caramelize sugar and meringue. $
Today you could win a great cook’s gift for your sweetie (or for yourself!)
BigKitchen.com is generously offering a 2 piece Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro Asian Knife Set as a Giveaway!
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Disclosure: This giveaway is provided by BigKitchen.com. All opinions are my own.