When you’re trying to come up with gift ideas for someone who likes to cook, you want to find something that’s both personal and practical. But finding a gift for a home cook that strikes that balance can be hard, especially if you’re the kind of person whose fridge is filled with takeout containers. That’s why we’ve gathered 37 of the best gifts for every type of home cook in your life— from the newbie who just wants to make a good grilled cheese to the home cook who has it all.
For the home cook who has everything
For the home cook who would rather use a cookbook
For the home cook who’d like to throw more dinner parties
We were introduced to these tear-off linen napkins by Tonne Goodman, who discovered them at a boutique in Paris. “Instead of having a stack of napkins that needs to be spread out in an attractive fashion and then wrestled with to gingerly pick just one, you just simply tear each napkin off,” she writes.
For the home cook who wants only one pot
This Dutch oven from Dansk has a mid-century design that’s easy to cook with but still looks good on the dinner table. It’s made of carbon steel, so it’s lighter than cast-iron Dutch ovens but it’s still sturdy enough to sear, braise, sauté, and bake anything you want.
For the home cook who’s not over avocados
Let’s make avocado-ware the new lettuceware.
For the home cook who got really into celery juice
It’s still unclear if celery juice is actually good for you, but if that’s what they’re into, this juice extractor from Breville is powerful enough to make sure none of the stringy bits make it into the liquid (and can be used to make lots of other types of juices, too).
For the home cook who watches The Great British Baking Show every Friday
During her time in the tent, Kim-Joy built a reputation for making delicate pastries with adorable decorations and clever flavor combinations, and in this cookbook, she shares some of her most whimsical recipes — like “pigfiteroles” in mud.
For the home cook who just got into bread-making
Unlike contestants on The Great British Bake-Off, most of us don’t have proofing drawers in our homes. So a proofing basket — used to hold the bread during its second, pre-baking rise — is the next best thing for at-home bread-making: This three-piece set includes a linen nonstick liner for a smooth outer crust and a plastic dough scraper that conforms to the curves of your mixing bowl.
For the home cook who loves to grill on the go
Mark Jenner, the editor-in-chief of barbecue site FoodFireFriends.com, swears by this portable grill from the folks at Weber, which includes legs that fold over the lid and a convenient rectangular form. You can even create two grilling zones for high-heat and low-heat grilling.
For the home cook who wants to make their own sauerkraut and kimchi
Recently, we had two chefs heartily endorse this incredibly affordable and effective container as a go-to fermentation vessel. “It’s really useful because it has an insert that essentially creates a vacuum to press down your ferments,” chef Dave Park of Jeong in Chicago told us. “It has an inner ring where you can either burp your ferments or keep it airtight. It’s definitely one of the most useful containers I’ve found.”
For the home cook who’s also good at Instagram
Why does professional food photography look so good? In part because of food stylists, whose job is to choose all those attractive plates and cups and tablecloths to enhance the food. If your favorite home cook loves to share their latest grain salads and roast chicken on the ’gram, give them some plates that will look great underneath.
For the home cook trying to eat more greens
This collapsible salad spinner is a great gift for the recent college grad who’s got a small kitchen and big culinary ambitions.
For the home cook who’s a salt snob
For the home cook who loves leftovers
For the home cook who’s trying to use fewer paper towels
For the home cook who’s trying to use less plastic
For the home cook who’s ready to compost
For the home cook who’s ready for fresh spaghetti
According to Linda Miller Nicholson, author of Pasta, Pretty Please and the pasta-maker behind the colorful Instagram account Salty Seattle, the Marcato Atlas is the gold standard of pasta machines. And if you need more proof that it’s a good gift: It also made an appearance on Jennifer Lawrence’s wedding registry.
For the home cook who needs fresh herbs
For the home cook who loves their knives
Cutting boards wear out over time, so any serious home cook will appreciate a brand-new, nice-looking cutting block that’ll protect their sharpened blades.
For the home cook who doesn’t have knives
These ceramic knives aren’t perfect, or the fanciest, but according to writer Hannah Howard, they’re excellent for everyday kitchen tasks, and sometimes she prefers using these cheaper blades to her fancy Japanese chef’s knife. Plus, she notes, “I throw the set in the dishwasher with every use, and it has remained in excellent shape.”
For the home cook who keeps accidentally slicing their fingers
For the home cook who’s channeling the 1970s
Especially if they read the Missoni Family Cookbook and now want to create a dreamy Italian kitchen of their own.
For the home cook who’s still using that slow cooker from the 1970s
You’ve heard about the Instant Pot even if you don’t cook. It steams, it pressure cooks, it makes yogurt, and it’s got over 36,000 reviews on Amazon, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.
For the home cook who got an Instant Pot last year
For the home cook who’s already obsessed with a Vitamix
For the home cook who struggles to clean their cast-iron skillet
For the at-home pit master who likes to grill on an open flame
This extra-large over-fire camp grill is made from steel, and, according to writer Steven John, it’s got plenty of room for “racks of ribs, multiple Texas-size steaks, or a whole lot of kabob skewers.”
For the home baker with limited counter space
This mini–stand mixer has all the functionality of a standard KitchenAid mixer, but, as writer Erica Murphy notes, “It’s 25 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller,” meaning it’s great for small kitchens.
For the home cook who can taste the difference between Italian and Spanish olive oils
A handsome tin of olive oil from Spain that has “hints of grassiness, almonds, and butter,” according to chef Jonathan Waxman.
For anyone who likes to read about food as much as they like to eat it
For the ice cream enthusiast who dreams of the perfect scoop
This ice cream scoop is “the only ice cream scoop” that Jeni Britton Bauer, the creator of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, will even acknowledge. It’s designed to transfer heat from your hand to the spoon, making it easy to get the perfect scoop from even frozen-solid ice cream. (For bonus points, pair this with a pint or two of ice cream.)
For the college student looking to hack the perfect dorm-room grilled cheese
For the home cook who puts cracked pepper on everything
For the 5-year-old who’s just learning their way in the kitchen
For the home cook who’d rather be making cocktails
Gin or whiskey? Easy-drinking or boozy? This cocktail book starts with a comprehensive flowchart to help them figure out exactly what they want to drink and how to make it.