We all have that person in our life.
The person that loves to cook, loves to eat and always appreciates a kitchen-related gift. We have a few in my family. Or maybe you’re looking for a present that will encourage a special someone to get into the kitchen a bit more...
Don't go with the generic voucher.
If you’re asking yourself what to buy for someone that likes to cook then the list below has got you covered. There are items to suit a range of budgets and skill levels, plus links to take you straight to the place to buy them – no muss, no fuss!
1. Really good knives
Knives are an integral part of any kitchen set up – just think about how many times you use a knife during food prep. Is it practically every time? I bet it is. A good knife, or even better a set of them, makes food prep quicker and easier, and is totally a point of pride for any foodie. I can personally vouch for the quality of these knives and definitely have the full set on my Christmas list (hint, hint…)
2. Measuring scales jug
If you’re an avid recipe reader you’re sure to find that some recipes print measurements as cups and some recipes use millilitres. Guess the conversions no more with an electronic jug scale! It reads in both imperial and metric, and it’s pretty freaking cool.
3. Microplane grater
When I first bought a microplane grater my husband (then boyfriend) though I was insane to spend that much money on a grater. Fast forward a few years and he thinks it’s one of the most useful implements we own, and that it really wasn't that expensive. Perfect for quickly zesting citrus, cheese, garlic, chocolate etc.
4. Pasta machine
Who doesn’t love pasta? And homemade pasta is actually really easy to make (just check out this post to learn how to make your own fresh wholemeal pasta at home). Lots of machines can also come with attachments for making specialised shapes like spaghetti, fettuccine and ravioli.
5. Fluted pie dish
If you’re lucky enough to know someone who loves baking pies and quiches then a non-stick, extra deep, loose based flan/quiche tin is a must. Take it from someone that currently doesn’t own one and instead crushes on her sister-in-law's, they’re a great gift. The extra deep dish gives the pie much higher sides, allows for more filling and gives a much bigger wow factor.
And if you’re really lucky they’ll thank you for the gift with pie.
6. Oven-proof skillet
A good skillet is an invaluable kitchen tool, especially when it can go form stove top to oven. It’s perfect for both sweet and savoury recipes, and non-stick means less hassle with the washing up.
7. Self-watering herb garden
There’s nothing like fresh herbs to finish off a dish. They pack in huge flavour with minimal calories (great for when you’re watching what you eat) and are easy to grow – especially with a self-watering kit. Great for the black thumb in the family (that’s me, sigh..)
Perfect potato bake requires perfectly sliced potatoes, a fennel and orange salad needs the fennel shaved wafer thin and apple chips need to be sliced evenly to cook properly. A mandoline solves all those problems, and comes with julienne and waffle cutting blades.
9. Fancy glassware
Stemless wine glasses are a great gift option. Use them for red wine or as serving glasses for desserts like mousse and pana cotta.
10. Stick blender
I received this Cuisinart stick blender as a gift and used it every day for 5 years before it started to go, which is well past the 2-3 year lifespan most small appliances are given. And I mean that thing took a beating; I used it way more than your regular person.
Useful for smoothies, nicecream, nut butters, sauces, mayonnaise, whipping eggwhites or making petso.
11. Slow cooker
Slow cookers are the ultimate lazy cook’s sidekick. Throw the ingredients in, ignore them for 6 hours and somehow they turn into liquid gold. Stews, curries, soups and shredded meats are all super simple in the slow cooker. They also make amazing self-saucing pudding. Just saying.
If you've got any other great gift ideas I'd love to hear them!
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