If you have a cook on your list this year, we’ve got you covered with the best cooking gifts for every budget and skill level. Maybe you’re looking for a general gift or a specific item to help with meal preparation. Whether your budget is less than $25 or under $200, there’s a wide assortment of gifts to consider. Maybe the cook on your list has been hinting at a new cookware set, or could use a cookbook with new recipe ideas.
1. Instant Pot Ultra
The newly introduced Instant Pot Ultra is a bit pricier than other Instant Pot models, but it also comes with features that other models lack. One example is the new Ultra program, which can be used for sous vide cooking and allows users to adjust parameters to suit specific recipes. This pressure cooker can pasteurize dairy products and sterilize items such as utensils and baby bottles. Other features include Egg and Cake programs along with altitude adjustment for precise cooking at higher elevations.
If you’re looking for something cheaper or that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, check out more Instant Pot pressure cookers.
2. Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker
The Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker can be used for more than just cooking batches of rice. A steaming basket is included for steaming and quick cooking. The rice cooker can also be used to bake a cake. There are several menu settings to accommodate different types of rice, including brown, white, mixed and sushi. This rice cooker has enough room for up to 10 cups of cooked rice.
3. AmazonBasics 18-Piece Knife Block Set
Make sure the cook on your gift list has all the essentials with this multi-piece knife block set. This set includes various types of knives, such as bread, utility, boning, paring, steak and slicing knives. There are also kitchen shears for cutting up herbs and similar items. A sharpener is included, as is the wood block.
4. Oster Belgian Waffle Maker
The Oster Belgian Waffle Maker covers all the basics at an affordable price. Its compact size makes this Belgian waffle maker a solid choice for apartment dwellers and those with smaller kitchens. Adjustable temperature control yields light and fluffy waffles as well as crispy ones. Power on and ready indicator lights make it easy to keep track of waffles as they cook.
If you’re looking for a larger waffle maker, consider the Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker. You can pair this waffle maker with items such as the KPKitchen Pancake & Cupcake Batter Dispenser, Stonewall Kitchen Our Breakfast Grab and Go Gift Set or Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron to make a complete gift set.
Price: $14.49 (40 percent off MSRP)
5. OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set
The life of a spatula can easily be shortened by sharp blades and the general wear and tear of cooking and baking. This set includes small and medium spatulas along with a spoon spatula. Each piece can withstand temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use the spatulas with nonstick and coated cooking surfaces. They’re dishwasher safe for added convenience.
6. Breville The Juice Fountain Cold
Breville The Juice Fountain Cold is designed to keep vitamins and minerals intact throughout the entire juicing process. This goal is accomplished by using a distinctive technology to prevent heat build-up when juicing. The juicer comes with a powerful 850-watt motor for processing even tougher fruits and vegetables within seconds. Users can choose between low and high speed settings for optimal results.
Pair this gift with Juicing for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Juicing Recipes and Juicing for Weight Loss or Epica Glass Beverage Bottles to make a complete gift set.
7. Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 12-Piece Cookware Set
The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 12-Piece Cookware Set includes cookware for all stages of meal prep, from appetizers to entrees. Set pieces range from covered saucepans to open skillets, a stockpot, saute pan and more. The set is safe for use with induction cooktops, and is oven safe up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. Each piece is dishwasher safe for added convenience.
A budget-friendly alternative is the 12-Piece T-fal Signature Nonstick Cookware Set.
8. ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide
It’s less than a foot tall, but this sous vide tool has 1100 watts of power to heat up water quickly and cook food as efficiently as possible. It’s compatible with iPhone and Android devices, ans is WiFi and Bluetooth ready. A magnetic base holds the device securely to the sides of most pots. Other features include voice control and access to hundreds of guides and recipes via the app.
Not the gift you had in mind? Browse more of this year’s best cooking gifts. You can also pair this tool with The Essential Sous Vide Cookbook: Modern Meals for The Sophisticated Palate to make a complete gift set.
9. Kuhn Rikon High Performance Ratchet Grinder
The Kuhn Rikon High Performance Ratchet Grinder features a ceramic stone grinder that’s resistant to corrosion for added durability. It’s also adjustable for fine and coarse grinding. This grinder works with salt, pepper and various spices. If red isn’t the color you had in mind, there are several other colors available. This grinder is easy to refill and is constructed with BPA-free materials.
Price: $14.70 (26 percent off MSRP)
10. Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker
The Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker is an ideal gift for any busy person. It can make one to two sandwiches in just five minutes using fresh ingredients. Another bonus is that all removable parts are dishwasher safe. A built-in timer signals when the meal is ready.
Pair this breakfast sandwich maker with 150 Best Breakfast Sandwich Maker Recipes for a complete gift set.
11. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System
The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System is a practical gift choice for any coffee lover. Highlights include pod-free operation, a built-in frother and permanent reusable filter. This coffee maker can make hot and iced coffee along with specialty coffee drinks. Custom and signature brew settings offer a personalized brewing experience.
Price: $149.90 (25 percent off MSRP)
12. Ozeri Pronto Digital Kitchen Scale
This digital kitchen scale is a basic tool for cooks of all abilities. User-friendly features include an automatic unit button that converts between five different units of measurements, along with a precision tare button that subtracts the added weight of a bowl or container for accurate results. The scale comes in multiple colors.
Price: $10.80 (28 percent off MSRP)
13. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
If red isn’t quite the color you had in mind, there are several other colors to choose from. This Le Creuset oven has a 5.5-quart capacity and features large handles for safe and comfortable transportation. The interior enamel is wear-resistant and provides optimal heat distribution and retention.
Pair this piece with The Dutch Oven Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pot in Your Kitchen to make a complete gift set.
14. Braun Multiquick Hand Blender
The Braun Multiquick Hand Blender offers plenty of power for baking and cooking tasks such as beating and stirring eggs, cream and other ingredients. It’s also useful for blending soups, sauces and more. A soft grip keeps hands comfortable during use. The blender also comes with Turbo Boost for added power when necessary. A bell-shaped shaft, combined with robust stainless steel blades, produces fast and accurate results.
15. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat breaks down the four simple elements of cooking in a way that’s useful for cooks of all levels. Instead of blocks of dense text, this cookbook offers illustrated walk-throughs and narratives to help readers understand these basic concepts. Recipes range from balanced vinaigrettes to braised meats and flaky pastry doughs.
16. Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven
Sometimes, there just isn’t enough countertop space to fit multiple appliances. The Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven is a full-size toaster oven with an air fryer. Its multi-purpose design makes it a solid choice for baking, toasting, broiling and air frying a variety of foods. Settings such as convection bake and convection broil offer more personalized results. This toaster oven features 1800 watts of power and has a 0.6 cubic foot capacity.
Price: $179.99 (10 percent off MSRP)
17. Now Designs Utensil Crock
A utensil crock is a convenient way to keep utensils organized and within easy reach while cooking. If turquoise isn’t the color you had in mind, you can find this crock in other colors. This crock is made with a durable powder coated galvanized steel and is large enough to keep the essentials on hand.
Price: $12.98 (13 percent off MSRP)
18. Philips Smokeless Indoor Grill
Winter weather can make grilling outdoors nearly impossible. The Philips Smokeless Indoor Grill is a solution for cooks who find it hard to give up that distinctive grilled food taste and appearance. Infrared technology and reflectors heat up the grid in just six minutes. A drip tray underneath is designed to stay cool to minimize smoke. The grid surface can be wiped clean or placed in the dishwasher.
Price: $223.96 (25 percent off MSRP)
19. Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender
A blender is a convenient appliance to have in the kitchen, but some are so loud that they instantly disrupt their surroundings. The Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender is designed to produce less noise without sacrificing power or quality. This blender has a 1500-watt motor for crushing ice and frozen foods in seconds. It’s ideal for blending, mixing, grinding, juicing and other basic kitchen tasks.
The Ninja Professional Blender is a cheaper alternative with a similar amount of power.
Price: $135.00 (10 percent off MSRP)
20. KitchenAid Classic Plus Series Stand Mixer
The basic KitchenAid Classic Plus Series Stand Mixer features a 4.5 quart capacity and has 10 speeds to mix, knead and whip ingredients. KitchenAid stand mixers have a reputation for reliability and consistent performance, and this Classic Series mixer is no exception. The power hub fits over 10 hub attachments for more versatility.
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