The 26 Greatest Items for Residence Cooks From Kitchen Devices to Cookbooks



This post could easily be titled, “Gifts That I Actually Want for Myself” (family members, take note!) When it comes to my own wishlist, most of the items on it have to do with making my kitchen prettier or powering up my weekend baking projects. So I took all my personal faves as well as a few things on my wishlist to come up with a roundup of the best gifts for home cooks.

Like many other passionate home cooks, for me, few holiday gifts can hold a candle to the delight of opening up some new gadget or appliance to take for a spin in the kitchen. Jewelry’s great, but I’d take a set of shiny new knives any day.

No matter the skill level of your recipient, there’s a little something here for everyone who loves good food: your S.O. who still raves about the salted butter you both spread on baguettes in Paris? (or is that just Adam, lol.) Well, he must have this chic butter dish for the breakfast table. Your recent college grad is going to need this gorgeous matte green Kitchenaid mixer in her life. And the bestie who considers cheese and pinot noir to be a proper dinner? I found the perfect serving board to elevate her game.

Scroll on to shop my favorite gifts for home cooks. If you’re lucky, you just might be the recipient of one of the delicious creations your gift inspires.

This post was originally published on November 18, 2020, and has since been updated.