The Best Gifts for the Newly-Minted At-Home Chef in Your Life
We all know someone who spent much of this year discovering all that they can do in the kitchen. They killed it during the bread-baking portion of quarantine, and have since started branching out to soups, pies, and beyond. But what does one get for the novice chef who is just discovering the beauty of cooking? The key is to think beyond the bare essentials, to find the things that will up their skill level and their confidence as they learn how to make new dishes. We've rounded up a list of items that will have them feeling "cheffy" in no time.
Rifle Paper Co Recipe Box
“This adorable recipe tin has been on my list for a looong time, but it’s just not something I’ll ever buy for myself – which makes it the perfect gift! It’s a handy way to organize all of your favorite recipes and helps keep all those beloved family recipes close by. Not to mention, I swoon over the pretty citrus print every single time I see it.” — Courtney Bowers
Russell Ooms Handcrafted Cutting Board
“I love these cutting boards!! They are easily some of my favorite things in my kitchen. They’re absolutely beautiful, and make me feel really fancy when I’m preparing food (something I’ve been doing a lot more of in 2020)! I’ve also found that they’re great as a cheese board, so I’ve taken to using one side as a cutting board and the other as a cheese board.
They also make for the perfect gift, since people are less likely to invest in fancy cutting board for themselves, but are sure to cherish it.” — Madeleine Letellier
Misen Chef’s Knife
“I’ve recently gotten more interested in spending time in my kitchen cooking. As someone in my early 20s, I don’t have any quality kitchen knives, nor do I want to spend upwards of $100 to buy one. I was given this Misen Chef’s Knife as a gift for my birthday a couple months ago and my kitchen has never been the same. This knife cuts like butter. I love the different color options for the handle and it feels comfortable in your hand. Plus, when you buy a Misen knife, you get free sharpening for life (all you have to do is mail it back to them). Misen knives are such a great price compared to other high-end knives and I can’t wait to gift them this holiday season to my friends and family who also love to be in the kitchen.” — Mary Deadrick
Brightland Olive Oil
“Brightland olive oil has been a go-to gift this year, so there’s probably going to be more of that during the holidays! It looks beautiful sitting on the kitchen counter, and it’s something a lot of people wouldn’t typically treat themselves to, so it feels very ‘gift-worthy’.” — Eva Eckerblad
Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence
“That’s right—the always lovely Claire Saffitz from Bon Appetit has written a cookbook dedicated entirely to baking. I am so excited to dive into this book and get to baking, and am probably just as excited to gift it to the dessert people in my life.” — Madeleine Letellier
PL8 Professional Vegetable Chopper
“No more teary eyes when chopping onions! This is my favorite kitchen gadget because it makes food preparation fast, super easy, and painless. I mean, only the best meals start with chopped veggies, right? I’ll be using this to make soup all winter long.” — Emily Lougran
Cuisinart Elemental 4-Cup Chopper/Grinder
“This is one of the most practical power tools you can have in the kitchen! I love gifting this to friends who’ve started to love cooking, just so I can see their faces when I tell them they never, ever have to chop up garlic or onions again. Just throw them in this mini food processor, give it a few pulses and you perfect minces of anything you like!” — Maria Pedone
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