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If you’re looking for kitchen gifts for the home cooks in your life, you’ve come to the right place!
Below, I’ve rounded up the best kitchen gifts of 2023. They include ideas for everyone on your list: the home baker, the vegetable lover, the cook who’s obsessed with meal prep, that person who lives for their morning coffee, and really anyone who loves cooking.
These kitchen gift ideas range from all-star appliances to handy cooking tools to high-quality food items. Though they vary in size and price point, they’re all great additions to a home kitchen. You can’t go wrong!
The Best Kitchen Gifts of 2023: Our Top Picks
It’s impossible for me to write a kitchen gift guide without including a Vitamix blender, especially when they’re on sale! Vitamix makes the best high-speed blenders on the market. They stand the test of time (our editor Phoebe has had hers for almost 10 years!), and they can blend up the creamiest smoothies, sauces, and soups.
I currently own the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender. This advanced blender has settings for smoothies, hot soups, dips, and frozen desserts. The 2.2 HP motor can easily puree tough ingredients like nuts—no soaking required. I also love their food processor attachment, which is a great deal if you buy it as a set with the blender.
If you’re looking for kitchen gifts at a more accessible price point, I recommend the Vitamix E310 Explorian blender. It has a 2 HP motor and ten variable speeds to help you refine the texture of whatever you’re blending.
3. Love and Lemons Simple Feel Good Food (our newest cookbook is on sale!)
If you know someone who’s looking for inspiration in the kitchen, my latest cookbook, Love and Lemons Simple Feel Good Food, would be an amazing gift. This New York Times-bestselling book is packed 125+ fresh, delicious recipes. Half the recipes are easy to make with on-hand ingredients, like quick weekday breakfasts, toss-together salads, and sheet pan dinners. The other half are designed for meal prep, like sturdy packable salads, freezer-friendly lasagnas, and make-ahead desserts.
If you already have our newest cookbook, I highly recommend our second cookbook! Love and Lemons Every Day is packed with plant-based recipes for every occasion, from quick weeknight dinners to holiday meals. It also includes handy cooking charts (i.e., how to roast any vegetable, a giant grid of 5-ingredient salad dressings) and resources (like a list of what kitchen tools you actually need) to help readers become more confident and resourceful home cooks.
Fresh herbs take any dish to another level, but I’ll be the first to admit that chopping them can get tedious. Enter: these herb cutter scissors! Equipped with 5 pairs of rust-resistant stainless steel blades, they allow you to cut herbs, dried chiles, and more quickly and efficiently. They come with a small cleaning brush and blade cover for safe storage.
We all know a home cook who wants to sharpen or replace their knives. Surprise them with a new chef’s knife as a gift! I’m a huge fan of all of Zwilling’s knives, but I especially love the smaller profile and lighter weight of this 7-inch knife. Compared to a traditional 8-inch chef’s knife, it fits more comfortably in my hand and is easier to maneuver for precise cutting. The white handle and carbon steel blade look striking too.
Stocking Stuffers for Cooks
These silicone stasher bags are one of my favorite gifts for cooks cutting back on single-use plastic. I use my set everyday for packing snacks for our kiddo, freezing smoothie ingredients, and more. The best thing about them? They’re easy to clean in the dishwasher!
A tofu press would be a great kitchen gift for the vegan or vegetarian in your life. I tested the best tofu presses earlier this year, and the Tofuture Tofu Press was my favorite. Its compact size makes it easy to store, and with just 3 pieces, it’s super simple to use! After only 20 minutes of pressing, it yields ultra-firm, chewy tofu that’s perfect for grilling, baking, or pan-frying.
If you know someone who loves cooking with vegetables, they’ll get so much use out of a mandoline. It’s perfect for cutting veggies into paper-thin slices, which are ideal for all sorts of salads, slaws, and pickles. The Benriner is my favorite mandoline slicer because it’s easy to use, easy to adjust, and it’s small size makes it convenient to store.
I’m obsessed with this compact little set that includes a mini mandoline, a medium grater, and a coarse grater. All of the pieces store neatly inside, and its container doubles as a container to catch your food as you slice. It’s a great gift for new cooks or for those who love functional gadgets that don’t take up a lot of storage space.
Surprise a tea lover with this ceremonial grade matcha from Golde! I tested the best matcha powders earlier this year, and this matcha was our favorite to use in a matcha latte and iced matcha. It’s a great price point for ceremonial-grade matcha.
Matcha drinkers will love this 4-piece matcha tea set. It includes a bamboo whisk, also called a chasen; a ceramic whisk holder; a traditional scoop, or chashaku; and tea spoon ideal for making frothy, lump-free matcha. Gift it on its own or with the matcha powder above!
Cooking Gifts for Vegetable Lovers
Any home chef will love this gorgeous set of non-stick, non-toxic cookware from Caraway. It includes a 10.5-inch fry pan, a 3-quart lidded saucepan, a 6.5-quart Dutch oven, and a 4.5-quart lidded sauté pan, all of which are coated with non-stick ceramic. The cookware works beautifully on gas, induction, and electric stoves and is oven-safe up to 550°F. The set also comes with 4 magnetic pan racks and a canvas lid holder to help keep your kitchen organized.
People always ask my why I have so many cutting boards all over my countertops. It’s because I’m always prepping more than one thing! I love this set that includes a small, medium, and large board, plus they’re made without harmful chemicals.
Have you ever accidentally dumped WAY too much oil onto a tray of roasted vegetables? Same! I love this oil pour bottle from Figmint because it helps me not do that. The tapered stainless steel spout controls the flow of oil, making it easy to drizzle just the right amount over a salad, veggies, or bread. It looks super cute on the countertop too!
Every vegetable lover needs a good set of salad tongs! These Figmint serving spoons are made of gorgeous acacia wood. At just $10, they’re one of the most beautiful and affordable kitchen gifts.
I was an immersion blender skeptic until I tried this immersion blender. The 625-watt motor blends soups and sauces to smooth and creamy perfection, and the unique bell guard protects pots and pans from scratches. The blender has 5 variable speeds and a convenient long cord. If you know a home cook who can’t get enough butternut squash soup, the Vitamix immersion blender is the kitchen gift for them.
The Our Place Always Pan isn’t just cute—it’s highly functional too. It has a stainless steel handle and lightweight recycled aluminum body, and the nonstick ceramic coating is free of toxins like PTFEs, PFOAs, PFAS, and lead. The deep lidded skillet is oven-safe and comes with a removable steamer basket, so it’s good for more than just sautéing. Use it for frying, boiling, braising, searing, and more! A vegetable lover won’t find a more versatile piece of cookware for their kitchen.
Veg-table is bestselling author Nik Sharma’s latest cookbook, and it’s a must-have for home chefs who want to take their understanding of vegetables to the next level. Sharma digs into the origins and biology of more than 50 vegetables and shares over 100 flavorful recipes using them. Sharma is known for his science-based approach to cooking. If you’re a fan of Serious Eats (where Sharma is a columnist), you’ll love this book.
Hetty McKinnon is one of my biggest inspirations. Her compelling storytelling and inventive approach to cooking with vegetables always impress me. You’ll find both in her latest cookbook Tenderheart. The book explores Hetty’s relationship with her father while packing in 180 insanely delicious vegetarian recipes. If you love cookbooks that are just as satisfying to read as they are to cook from, Tenderheart is for you.
Kitchen Gifts for Home Bakers
If your favorite home cook loves making cakes, cookies, and bread, they NEED a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. In my opinion, it’s of the ultimate kitchen gifts. 10 speeds and 3 beaters—the paddle, dough hook, and whisk—will allow them to tackle nearly any baking project with the help of this trusty appliance. It’s built to last—recipients will use this cooking gift for years. This is seriously the best price I’ve seen!
This Staub baking dish set includes a 7.5×6-inch pan, 10.5×7.5-inch pan, and a 13×9-inch pan. The baker in your life will use them to make lasagna, focaccia, sheet cakes, fruit crisps, cobblers, and more. With a porcelain-enamel finish, these pieces are highly scratch resistant. They also retain heat well (and look GORGEOUS!), so they transition perfectly from the oven to the dining room. This is an amazing price for this quality set.
This nesting bowl set comes with 3 stainless steel bowls ranging from 1.5 quarts to 5 quarts. They’ve easily become my favorite mixing bowls because their non-slip bottoms keep them from sliding around on the countertop as I mix. You can use them for whisking scrambled eggs, mixing up cookie dough, or tossing together a salad. Dishwasher safe!
This Nordic Ware baking pan set includes a quarter sheet pan, jelly roll pan, and half sheet pan. These durable pans are rust-resistant, and their galvanized steel rims stop them from warping in the oven. I use them daily for roasting vegetables, baking cookies, and more. I love having a variety of sizes so that I can grab the right pan for whatever I’m cooking!
Cooking Gifts for Meal Preppers
I’ve been a huge fan of Le Parfait jars for years. The company makes beautiful, durable glass jars with wide openings that allow you to get out every last drop of whatever’s inside. I love to use this 11-ounce set for making overnight oats, and it’s also perfect for homemade pickles, jams and compotes, and salad dressings. Any meal prepper will love it!
If you know a home cook who always has a stash of freezer meals on hand, add these Souper Cubes to your list of kitchen gifts to buy them. Essentially extra-large, lidded ice cube trays, these silicone molds make it easy to freeze (and thaw!) soup, sauces, and more in individual portions. Bonus: they’re dishwasher-safe for simple cleanup.
Kitchen Gift Ideas for Coffee and Tea Lovers
This Instant Pot milk frother lets coffee lovers be their own baristas! It has 4 programs—cold foam, light warm foam, thick warm foam, and warming without foaming—that are perfect for cappuccinos, lattes, and more. It works quickly and quietly, so you won’t wake up the whole house while you’re making your morning beverage. And when you’re not using it, it’s small enough to stash in a cupboard.
Jack recently splurged on this espresso machine, and he is OBSESSED (I wish I’d gotten it for him as a gift!). It has a built in grinder (with 16 precision grind settings) that allows you to go from whole coffee beans to a steaming espresso in 1 minute, and it uses the optimal water pressure and temperature to yield a great-tasting cup. Use the powerful steam wand to turn milk into microfoam for your next cappuccino or latte.
Our editor Phoebe has this electric kettle, and she loves it! It quickly and efficiently boils water for coffee and tea (and automatically shuts off once the water boils). The gooseneck spout gives you control over the speed and consistency of the water flow as you pour, making it ideal for pour over fans. The stainless steel body and cork handle are lightweight and easy to maneuver. This kettle is a steal at just $32.99!
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