If you don’t cook a lot, it can be hard to know what cooking gifts to get your friends who do. You might think a set of measuring cups would be nice, but the home cook in your life probably already has at least one of those (and maybe even more). Finding out what cookware they want isn’t as easy as walking into a Sur La Table. Sure, everything there looks fun, cute, and potentially useful, but there’s so much that it can feel impossible to tell what they’d appreciate and what they’d probably regift.
That’s where I come in. As a home cook who often writes about home cooking, I always have my finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not in the kitchen gadget industry. I know just which products will actually be helpful in the kitchen, and which are simply one-trick ponies that’ll take up your cabinet space.
So if you’re wondering what to get your favorite home cook, look no further than these gift ideas, from kitchen gadgets to helpful do-it-all tools. These cooking gifts will solve a lot of problems—whether that’s nonstop grease splatter or never having a lid that’s the right size—and they’ll seriously impress the chef on your list. Just remember to get your holiday shopping done early—experts are forecasting shipping delays, early deadlines, and supply chain issues so don’t leave this year’s gift list to the last minute.
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