43 Gifts Your Friend Who Loves Cooking Will Think Are * Chef’s Kiss* Perfect

43 Gifts Your Friend Who Loves Cooking Will Think Are * Chef’s Kiss* Perfect

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1.

A Le Creuset cast-iron pan for the serious chef who has been dying to get the *perfect* crust on their steak but hasn’t had the right pan to really GET there.


Sur la Table

Promising review: “Love it! Distributes and maintains heat perfectly. Cleans up easily. Is beautiful and enjoyable to cook with. Item was well packaged and quick delivery from Sur La Table. Feels like early Christmas present to myself??” —Cailin M

Get it from Sur la Table for $99.96 (available in eight colors).

2.

A quirky peeler that’ll let allow any wannabe cook to ~monkey around~ in the kitchen.


Amazon

Promising review: “I have used a lot of peelers and this one is by far my favorite. I have had mine for OVER 5 years and I still love it! I bought one for my son and his girlfriend and they were so excited as they used mine before and wanted one too.” —BK – Walled Lake, MI

Get it from Amazon for $6.

3.

A pack of oven liners to protect the bottom of their oven from any overflow/oozing and let them continue on pretending they’re competing on The Great British Baking Show worry-free.


Amazon

Promising review: “I expected to be happy, but I’m thrilled! Each mat is pliable and fits the entire width of my standard oven. When the mat is against the back wall, it extends up to but not over the front lip of the floor. On first use, pizza cheese and sauce dripped onto the front edge of the mat and onto that uncovered lip. The baked-on cheese and sauce slid right off the mat! Effortlessly! After I cleaned up the lip, I layered a second mat to cover the lip. These mats are so great that I almost want food to drip on them so I can show off how wonderful they are.” —Artset Outset

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.99.

4.

Adorable cat measuring spoons that’ll make them want to stop opening gifts and whip up a fresh batch of cookies right ~meow~.


Amazon

Promising review: “I got this for a friend who is a cat lover and it was one of her favorite presents and she mentioned her sister and friend were jealous and loved them too! They came well packaged in bubble wrap and are so cute and a great price.” —Lisa Meade

Get them from Amazon for $12.59.

5.

Oven mitts they’ll love ~beary~ much — especially because they’re actually heat-resistant.


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Promising review: “I PULLED THE COOKIES OUT OF THE OVEN WITH MY BEAR HANDS. I COULD NEVER BEAR TO BE WITHOUT THESE.. MY ENTIRE FAMILY IS GOING TO MURDER ME WITH THEIR BEAR HANDS BECAUSE OF ALL THE BEAR PUNS I’M MAKING NOW.” —Kate B

Get them from Amazon for $20+ (available in two styles).

6.

Or a brown sugar bear that is as cute as it is functional and’ll keep their sugar from getting hard as a rock over time. When the mood strikes to bake something delicious they won’t have to head out to the store for an extra ingredient.


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Promising review: “After multiple containers for my brown sugar and continuously throwing my brown sugar away due to giant hard lumps, I began to wonder why our brown sugar never lumped as a child. That’s when I remembered a weird brown bear in our sugar, After a quick Google search I found this! I soaked it in water for 30 minutes and then added to my lumpy brown sugar…two days later there is not a single lump in my sugar! Yay!” —Sneezeloaf

Get it from Amazon for $5.74.

7.

A muffin pan decked out in confetti to ensure every time your pal bakes it’ll feel like a party.


QVC

Get it from QVC for $28.50 (available in pink or blue).

8.

An ironic garlic chopper inspired by Dracula that’ll make any chef smile and prevent their fingers from smelling like pungent garlic all day.


Amazon

You can also use it to chop nuts, fruits, and veggies!

Promising review: “I purchased this as a gift for my friend who is a fantastic cook — she uses fresh ingredients almost exclusively — but pressing fresh garlic is a task usually delegated. No longer — Gracula is there for her. She uses him nearly every time she needs garlic (which is basically daily) and months later still makes a point of saying how much she enjoys the gift. I’m pretty sure she likes it better than other gifts I’ve gotten her which were more expensive/thought out, and I’m fairly certain it’s what took me from ‘good friend’ to ‘best friend,’ but it be that way sometimes. Anyway, definitely recommended for people who cook with garlic and have a sense of humor.” —L

Get it from Amazon for $14.90.

9.

Cut resistant gloves — a must-have for anyone who isn’t super confident in their knife skills and would like to keep all of their digits.


Amazon

You can even pop these in the washing machine for a thorough cleaning.

Promising review: “After my husband sliced his finger on our mandolin I decided to check out these gloves. We are both very impressed with how well they work. The company who sells these is also wonderful — they sent a follow-up email to ensure that we liked the gloves and would have replaced or refunded our money if we weren’t happy. The only thing I was concerned about when I ordered the gloves was if I was buying the right size. My husband and I have different hand sizes, but the medium is working well for both of us. And knowing that they would send a different size free of charge was wonderful. Now we don’t have to worry about slicing off our fingers!” —That Author Guy’s Wife

Get them from Amazon for $11.49 (available in sizes S—XL).

10.

A Tasty by Cuisinart immersion blender to add a pop of color to your pal’s kitchen and help them create smooth soups and and sauces in a snap.


HSN

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Tasty line at HSN for $39.99 (available in three colors).


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Promising review: “This was a gift for my musician/chef fiancé and he absolutely loved them! We have not used them yet, but they look quite durable and also the design is great. I like that there are holes at the top of each one, so they can be hung on the wall if we choose to do so. Functional art! He left them out when we had friends over and we had quite a few compliments and people asking where I found them. Thank you so much!” —Ellen

Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99.

12.

A handheld knife sharpener they can use to bring their most-used kitchen utensils back to life in a flash without destroying their countertop or cutting boards.


Amazon

Promising review: “I gotta say this is the best sharpener I ever bought in my whole life. I got it today and brought it to work. I work at a Japanese restaurant as a sushi chef and I sharpened it at work and, wow, my knife was as sharp as a samurai sword! Even my coworkers were surprised and asked me to order one for them. Thanks for the product ! Now I don’t have to use the stone or sharpen rod that much anymore.” —Rodrigo

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

Check out our full review of the KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener.

13.

A 10-piece set of ceramic cookware your significant other who does the majority of the cooking in your house might actually shed a tear over.


Macy’s

Promising review: “I’ve been on the hunt for a set of pots and pans with no chemicals and easy cleanup. I’ve purchased several singular items (a fry pan here, a quart pot there) wanting to try different brands before sinking my money into the large set. Unfortunately, I haven’t been pleased with any of their ‘non-stick’ durability over time. I decided to go out on a limb and purchase this set since the price was right and I liked the description of the product. So far I love this set! They are sturdy, aesthetically pleasing and cleanup is super easy. I’m really happy with this purchase and hoping this is the last set I have to buy for a long time.” —TukeeTracy

Get a 10-piece set on sale from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line, exclusively at Macy’s for $99.99 (originally $214.99).

14.

And felt pot and pan protectors that’ll keep their new ones (or old ones!) in tip top shape.


World Market

When my husband and I received our first set of REAL pots and pans from our wedding registry, we knew we wanted to keep them in great condition for as long as possible. We bought a set of these immediately. It’s great that they come in various sizes so you can nest your pots/pans inside each other without causing any damage.

Get a set of three from World Market for $12.99.

15.

A devilish gadget they can use to pull out pesky toaster trays or oven racks without burning their fingers.


Amazon

I was given this as a stocking stuffer one year and surprisingly use it a lot! It latches onto any tray or dish and helps safely pull them closer so I don’t have to reach deeply into a hot oven.

Promising review: “It is exactly as advertised. I have a double oven and find that sometimes there just isn’t enough space between the rack and the coils and often burn myself trying to take things out (on the small oven part), this has greatly reduced my injury rate :)” —Megan

Get it from Amazon for $4.90.

16.

A breakfast sandwich maker for those rainy Sunday mornings where all they want is a cure to their hangover but can’t physically venture farther than the kitchen.


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Promising review: “FAM. I need you to lissssssen. I would give this product 87 stars if I could. You’d think it would be one of those gimmicky kitchen appliances that barely even works. EXCEPT you’re wrong. It’s amazing. It’s quick. Look. Lissssten. You put the ingredients in and about two minutes later your tummy is all like ‘oh yesssss.’ Basically. Just buy it. Purchase the sammich maker. You’re welcome.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

17.

Or a rapid egg cooker that’ll make their breakfast faster than they can say, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”.


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One little machine that can whip up hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs and omelettes? Sounds magical! And let me tell you — it is. Get one of these egg-cellent appliances ASAP. Read our deep dive into the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker.

Promising review: “If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. Just have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there…peels come right off 🙂 Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!??!?” —rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five colors).


Amazon

Our too-cute kit (from BuzzFeed’s Tasty!) comes with over 40 pieces of food and accessories, a pretend play oven and fridge, and has adjustable heights so kids can continue to play as they grow.

Promising review: “We were going to wait for Christmas but decided to bring it out this past weekend for my daughter. It’s REALLY cute. I’ve seen other Little Tikes models but this set is super fun because it has little modern foods and cute emoji faces on em. It’s adorable and you can build it into a shorter or taller set up depending on your child’s age.” —Emmy Nicole

Get it from Amazon for $59.98.

19.

A easy-to-read food scale they can keep handy to make recipes with the utmost accuracy.


Macy’s

Promising review: “I was so excited to see this scale, especially on sale! I’ve been looking for a simple silver colored food scale. This fits the bill plus it has little conversion notes on the scale. It’s slim and lightweight, easy to use and clean. Very happy with the purchase so far!” —TMF2

Get it on sale from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line, exclusively at Macy’s for $13.93 (originally $35.99).

20.

An 8-in-1 kitchen gadget tool complete with a funnel, a juicer, a grater, an egg cracker, a shredder, a can opener, an egg separator and a measuring cup. They’ll never be without a must-have tool again!


Amazon

Promising review: “Is all of one product I highly recommend it to everybody it’s very convenient and it takes up less space and I just sit it right on the counter and my kitchen and just grab it when I need it and it ideal for everything and it’s perfect” —jennifer h.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

21.

Silicone baking mats to keep their baking sheets nice ‘n’ clean. Let’s be honest, no one enjoys scraping pans for an hour after making dinner.


Amazon

Promising review: “My husband bought me these on Amazon and I am SO pleased with them! I truly wish I had purchased them years ago. They are, as stated, non-stick, easy to clean, and durable. I use them probably four to five times a week, at least, and they have held up well for about four months now. I would recommend this brand for the price, for sure, and would likely purchase again if these ever wore out!” —J & K Smith

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.62.

Learn more about the Artisan Silicone Baking Mats here!


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Promising review: “It was a cold, windy, snow filled day. The kids were getting cabin fever being cooped up inside so it was perfect having this mini s’mores maker. We watched movies, drank hot cocoa and ate delicious s’mores ALL from the comfort of my cozy bed.” —Timothy Goeres

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

24.

Or a non-stick donut pans they’ll be so glad they own come the middle of summer when they irrationally find themselves craving an apple cider donut.


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Promising review: “Bought donut pans for baking vegan donuts!! Amazon delivered them, gave them a quick wash, and got our first two dozen baked the same night! We baked a lemon with a lemon zest glaze and a pumpkin spice with cinnamon maple glaze! The pans are of great quality, no sticking, even baking and easy clean up! Perfect! Can’t wait to try some more recipes! So much fun!!” —J

Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.50.

25.

A precious spatula and cookie cutter gift set you can toss into their stocking for an extra cute surprise.


Anthropologie

Why yes, that lil’ penguin IS chugging egg nog.

Get it from Anthropologie for $9.60.

26.

A pastasaurus serving spoon they’ll love as much as they loved Jeff Goldblum’s character in the original Jurassic Park.


Amazon

Promising review: “Pastasaurus has been my faithful pasta cooking companion since June 2014 and he looks as young as the day I got him. His teeth haven’t dulled and his color is still vibrant. I love being greeted by his toothy grin at meal times. We’ve boiled through a lot of pasta together too. Penne, rigatoni, fusilli, vermicelli — you name it, we’ve boiled it. We’ve also splashed through a rainbow of sauces, tomato based, cream based, oil based, and he cleans up very well every time. Bonus, he’s a great hiding spot for Easter eggs!” —J.G.

Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

27.

And a spaghetti monster colander to go with it. I don’t know about you, but I’d suddenly want to make pasta every single night.


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Promising review: “My wife received this as an Christmas gift from myself, and she smiles every time she pulls it out from its home in the cabinet. That alone makes it worth five stars in my book, but it’s also sized nicely (just slightly smaller than a ‘standard’ colander), is made of very strong plastic, and has extremely expressive eyes which make for great handles. What’s not to like?” —Gentleman Rock

Get it from Amazon for $17.90.

28.

An iridescent champagne flute so you both can toast to how delicious the meal your cooking fiend of a friend just made.


CB2

Promising review: “We bought these almost a year ago and are still absolutely in love with them. They’re so unique and gorgeous, and can make a regular day feel really special. I also haven’t managed to break one, which is unusual for me as I’m very clumsy.” —Linnea

Get a single glass from CB2 for $3.95.

29.

An electric food chopper to cut down your roomie’s meal prep time so you can spend those precious hours binge-watching Friends together for the hundredth time instead.


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Promising review: “I already have a food processor but it’s large and heavy, and not the easiest to clean. It doesn’t get used much unless I really, really need it. Going on Whole30, I knew I was going to be doing a lot more food prep, and I wanted something that took up less space and was easier to clean, so I snagged one of these. I have used it regularly ever since, and it’s been great! The dual blade is really great at chopping things fast and evenly. They are exceptionally sharp, so watch out when washing it!” —Sharon Rose

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

30.

A picture-perfect Kate Spade kettle they’ll probs want to display on their counter because it’s just SO pretty!


Amazon

It even says “whistle while you work” on the spout! I dieeeee for this kettle.

Promising review: “This is such a cute centerpiece for my stovetop. Not to mention it works great! Love that the whistler is soft and not overly loud. You have to be careful as the handle gets hot.” —Kar22

Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in seven styles).

31.

Or a vibrant canapé plate with a biography about a fictional dog that’ll make your friend squeal with delight. IT’S SO CUTE.


Anthropologie

The fictional dogs are named Walter, Petunia and Quincy. Yes, I’m crying.

Get it from Anthropologie for $9.60 (available in three styles).

32.

An ever-popular Instant Pot with so many uses they’ll need to take a deep breath before deciding what to make with it first.


amazon.com

Instant Pots are having a MAJOR moment these days, so it’s time to jump on the bandwagon and get your own if you don’t have one already! This bad boy is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and food warmer, plus it can sauté. I don’t really think further explanation is necessary. Read our full review of The Instant Pot.

Promising review: “I’ve had it for only two weeks and I swear I haven’t touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hardboiled eggs, perfect rice and beans, and steam vegetables in a matter of minutes. The Instant Pot community is large and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I’ve made anything from perfectly hard boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own, to soups, Mongolian beef and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped in the instant pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things.” —yestfl

Get it from Amazon for $54.49+ (available in 3-quart, 6-quart, or 8-quart).

33.

Stainless steel mixing bowls that’ll nest nicely inside one another so they won’t have to worry about where the heck you’re going to store six bowls in their tiny (but efficient!) kitchen.


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Promising review: “These bowls are AWESOME! Whether I’m mixing cake batter or cookie dough, putting together pasta salad or mixing nuts before baking them for hostess gifts this past holiday season, these bowls were phenomenal. You can really get in there and stir up the contents whether you’re using a hand mixer or a spatula. These were a great buy and I am delighted with them. I honestly use them every other day and they are great to store the finished product in until you’re ready to pretty it up for serving. Can’t say enough good things about this set of bowls.” —Ema Nnep

Get a set of six from Amazon for $24.99.

34.

An electric indoor grill, so they can make mouthwatering burgers all year long whether it’s 20 or 90 degrees outside.


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Using this lil’ grill is so simple a monkey could probably do it. Throw your meat on, close the top, and BOOM — dinner is served. It even has a viewing window so you can make sure your food isn’t burning.

Promising review: “Seriously, I love this grill. Recently moved into the city and can’t use my grill so thought I’d give this a try. Man, it’s amazing how well this works considering what it is and what it costs. I really can’t see why anyone would have ANYTHING negative to say about it. The first two meals I cooked on it looked fantastic and tasted even better. Seriously, if you’ve been on the fence about this grill, get off and just buy it. You won’t be disappointed.” —AdventureChuck

Get it from Amazon for $45.49+ (available in five styles).

35.

A floral Rifle Paper Co. apron to protect their clothes from flour, oil, and other debris that can usually be found flying around their kitchen.


Rifle Paper Co.

Get it from Rifle Paper Co. for $32.

36.

An adjustable rolling pin that’ll help them roll any dough to a specific width. I see a lot of “thank you” pizza, pies, and cookies in your future ;).


Amazon

Promising review: “OMG! I have been looking for this my whole life! I make sugar cookies and I like them pretty thick and it is hard to roll them out evenly. This is PERFECT…and I mean PERFECT!! I baked three batches of cut out sugar cookies in less than an hour an a half!!! No joke! I was going to buy one of those cookies things with the side bars but they are over $50. This works amazingly well and the price is perfect. Great product!!!” —L. Stanley

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two styles).

37.

Reusable baking cups so they can say “see ya’!” to getting frustrated while attempting to peel the paper off your freshly baked muffins and cupcakes.


Amazon

And! It’s way less wasteful and more environmentally friendly to reuse those colorful cups instead of paper ones!

Promising review: “I have always wanted to buy silicone cups because I love to bake (but hate foil and paper cups), so I’m glad I finally got around to it. These are perfect. They are fun and colorful, and despite feeling thin, they are very durable and hold up to oven temperatures no problem. I didn’t have to adjust baking times, or grease the cups. My muffins came out really easily with minimal residue. A little tedious to clean because the crumbs get caught in the grooves, but not a huge deal. I just flipped them inside out, and scrubbed with hot water and soap. I would definitely recommend these for any baker!” —Paula

Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $7.09+ (also available in a set of 24).

38.

A KitchenAid hand mixer to help them whip up their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe without wearing out their arm.


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Some of us (sadly) don’t have the counter space for a full-sized KitchenAid mixer… yet. So, until that magical day comes we can still whip up delicious recipes using this fabulous seven-speed hand mixer. This is also our BuzzFeed Reviews mid-priced pick for best hand mixer!

Promising review: “This product is great for a home chef who is often making recipes that require two different ingredients to be whipped or beaten and is too lazy to wash out the standing mixer bowl. I am frequently making cakes that need beaten egg whites and whipped fresh cream and this is a real time-saver. Over 20+ years as a family and consumer science teacher and now a home chef predominantly, I’ve purchased more than my fair share of hand mixers. I was glad to find this quality product available at reasonable price.” —Classy Counselor

Get it from Amazon for $54.47+ (available in seven colors).

39.

Shredder claws so they won’t have to suffer from burnt fingertips while trying to finally get a smidge closer to flawlessly replicating their grandma’s famous pulled pork recipe.


Amazon

Promising review: “Works well for shredding larger portions of meat, like pork. Plastic appears to be of higher quality. Sufficient room in the opening for most finger and hand sizes. The pointed tips shouldn’t cause injury unless you’re careless. I’d highly recommend the use of quality protective gloves; you’re not only dealing with the mess of shredding itself but also, most likely, some elevated temperature food.” —Legardi11

Get it from Amazon for $11.39+ (available in seven colors).

40.

A batter dispenser, that’ll let them create perfectly round, fluffy pancakes that honestly could be featured on the cover of Bon Appetit magazine.


Amazon

Promising review: “Finally a kitchen utensil that saves time, mess, and frustration! I ordered this because my 10-year-old daughter loves to make pancakes but she also leaves an incredible mess. She also loves to make cupcakes and that’s even a double mess. Upon receiving the batter dispenser, my daughter took it out of the package and started making pancakes right away without my instructions. She loved the ease to make the pancakes in the container and then one click on the pan with no mess.” —Jim Hudson

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

41.

A Meal and a Spiel cookbook to keep your friend company and provide them with witty inspiration while they cook up a storm this winter.


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Promising review: “What makes this cookbook different from all other cookbooks? This is a very special book unlike any other cookbook I have owned. It is a labor of love and a joy to read and cook with. To start, I just must point out the cover: jean with gold writing and there’s even an attached ribbon to bookmark your next recipe. It’s just so beautiful! The outside is stunning but the inside is even better. The book is as much an autobiographical narrative about the author, Elana, as it is a cookbook. Elana is an amazing and witty writer. You will want to read her stories as much as cook from her book. She’s charming, funny, and honest. The book reads like a conversation with a good friend. This is a big coffee size table book. It is pretty thick. The gorgeous pictures of Italy and the food will make your mouth water. There’s a lot of content here and many amazing and tasty recipes.” —Samantha

Get it from Amazon for $40.99.

42.

A 12-piece set of colorful silicone cooking utensils to replace the likely half-melted, crusty, old ones they’ve been using since college.


Amazon

Promising review: “I absolutely love these cooking utensils! I do a lot of cooking and baking and these are perfect. They are soft yet sturdy and don’t scratch up your cookware or bakeware.” —Frances Kalender

Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three styles).


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Promising review: “This mini torch is easy to use with an adjustable flame. It’s not too fancy shmancy, but it’s not expensive either. It does everything I need it to do including lighting candles that have burned too far down to reach with a match. (although I know that’s not its intent at all) Unfortunately it doesn’t arrive with butane; but once you fill it, it lasts a pretty long time!” —Vero

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

The chef in your life is definitely going to give you a five-star rating in gift giving 😉


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Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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