10 Kitchen Gifts for The Cook in Your Life

Delight your favorite home cook with one of these kitchen gifts! They range from small gift ideas to must-have cookware and all-star appliances.

Homemade pasta recipe

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Hey friends! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I’m not sharing a recipe today, because I’m personally all cooked out after yesterday, and I thought you might be too. Instead, I’m highlighting 10 great kitchen gifts now that the next holiday season is upon us.

In my opinion, these kitchen gift ideas are all must-have items for people who love to cook. If you have a passionate home cook in your life, you’d blow them away with any of these kitchen gifts. Or, if you’re the head chef in your house, add one to your wishlist this year!

Vegan butternut squash soup

1. Vitamix Blender

My Vitamix Blender is my most-used kitchen appliance – I’ve had it for almost ten years now and it’s still going strong. I think it’s an invaluable tool for anyone who does a lot of plant-based cooking, as it blends vegetables, fruits, and nuts (no soaking required!) into the smoothest, silkiest smoothies, sauces, and soups.

Butternut squash soup

2. Dutch Oven

I use my Dutch oven so often that it’s always sitting out on my stovetop. I never put it away! It’s my go-to pot for making soups, stews, risottos, pastas, and sauces, and Jack also uses it to bake bread.

I love that a Dutch oven can go from the stove to the oven and back again, and it’s excellent at retaining and conducting heat. I recommend choosing an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven, as it won’t require any seasoning, and it’s easy to clean with just soap and water. My favorite brands are Staub and Le Creuset. They are investment pieces, but they will last you a lifetime. For more affordable alternatives, I recommend Lodge or this cute  Magnolia Hearth & Hand one.

For my favorite Dutch oven recipes, check out this post!

Best Lentil Soup

3. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

A KitchenAid Stand Mixer is the ULTIMATE kitchen gift for anyone who loves to bake. They’ll use it to make cookies, cakes, bread, pizza dough, and more! Plus, it comes in an array of fun colors (I’m obsessed with this dark matte one), and it lasts for years.

KitchenAid also makes a number of attachments for the mixer. We love the spiralizer attachment for making veggie noodles, and the pasta-making attachment for the best homemade pasta!

Homemade pasta recipe

4. Cast-Iron Skillet

I reach for a 10- inch or 11-inch cast-iron skillet nearly every day. It conducts heat incredibly well, which makes it ideal for searing or browning veggies, and it can go in the oven, which I love if I’m cooking socca or a frittata. As with Dutch ovens, I prefer enameled cast-iron skillets because they’re easy to clean and don’t require any seasoning. I recommend Staub, Le Creuset, or Lodge.

For nonstick pans, we’re loving this Caraway Home Saute Pan. Its slick surface is perfect for eggs and pancakes. This whole Caraway Cookware Set would be a great gift!

Sautéed Brussels sprouts

5. Chef’s Knife

Every home cook needs a good knife! It makes everyday cooking easier, faster, more efficient, and safer. I love this Zwilling Santoku Knife, this Miyabi Chef’s Knife, and this Miyabi Santoku Knife.

Butternut squash

More Favorite Kitchen Gifts

These smaller items are fantastic kitchen gifts, too!

  1. Microplane zester – Essential for zesting citrus and grating garlic, fresh ginger, and hard cheeses like Parmesan. This mini one is handy too.
  2. Mini Silicone spatulas – I use these every time I cook! They’re great for mixing up just about anything, and I love that they’re small, flexible, and easy to clean.

Julienned carrots

  1. OXO Julienne peeler – Know a veggie lover? This special peeler will help them make veggie “noodles” or precisely cut veggies for dishes like this carrot salad or this broccoli slaw.
  2. Mandoline slicer – It shaves veggies into impossibly thin slices. I often use it when I’m making salads or pickling vegetables like onions or radishes.
  3. Our cookbooks! The Love & Lemons Cookbook and Love & Lemons Every Day both make great gifts.

Best cookbooks

Have a wonderful weekend! We’ll be back with more recipes soon. 🙂


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  1. Lynn Lloyd

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  2. Lainey

    Having the right kitchen equipment is the best investment you can make. I bought my Vitamix 9 years ago and its still going strong. when I think about the money “it has saved” over that time its a no brainer. And that 3 piece kitchenmaid pasta attachment set is exactly whats on my wish list this year. Homemade pasta in 2023.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I hope you enjoy the pasta roller! We have so much fun with it 🙂

  3. Ollie’s Mom

    Food 52 William Sonoma sur La table all are having great sales on Staub 5 quart & it’s the new style that takes up less room on top of your stove. I’m a fanofStaub because the lining is easy to keep clean. My 4 quart sits on top of my stove I use it 3-4 times a week perfect for cooking for 2 with leftovers.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Thank you for the sale tip!

  4. debbie

    Got BOTH your Cookbooks – love them !!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      You’re so sweet – thank you!!

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