Ultimate Gift Guide for the Chef in Your Life

From microplanes to mixers, our chef holiday gift guide with give you ideas for anyone from novice to professional cook level.

As we start to put together our holiday shopping lists this year, it’s always good to pick things your loved ones will like instead of the generic gift card. And in this list, we will explore the world of the chef. Whether your master food prepper enjoys home cooking or runs the inner workings of a professional kitchen, those who find joy in cooking also would love to receive food-related items or new gadgets to make their dishes extra special.

We have gathered 20 items that will make anyone who enjoys cooking feel loved this holiday season. From handheld tools that make great stocking stuffers to bigger ticket items like mixers, as well as pots and pans that will likely become fixtures in the kitchen, this chef holiday gift guide is perfect for anyone from novices to professionals . Check out the list below and see what product(s) you’ll want to pick up for your favorite cook!


20.) Joule Sous Vide by ChefSteps

Let’s start with something super fancy. Sous Vides, pronounced “sue veed,” is a process that lets you cook food to the perfect temperature. While this has been usually done at the finest of restaurants, you can cook like this in the comfort of your own home. The Joule Sous Vide by ChefSteps is great not only because it’s easy to use, but it’s also as compact as an immersion blender. With this device, your loved one will never overcook fish or steak again.



19.) Donabe Smoker Ibushi Gin

Perfect for anyone who wants to dabble in smoking, the Donabe Smoker Gin is a full-proof way to get your jerky or smoked salmon done without all the mess. At 12 x 12 x 10 inches, it’s way smaller than a restaurant-grade smoker, which we’ve seen at BBQ spots. But don’t let its smaller size fool you — it weighs 14.6 pounds. Although this might be a lot to lug over to your annual gift exchange, that foodie loved one will be forever grateful.



18.) Rotating Cake Stand

Does your foodie enjoy baking more than making savory dishes? Then gift them a rotating cake stand! This one by Topeka Trading Company has a simple yet sleek design. And since it’s made out of aluminum, it can go nicely into any kitchen. It also includes a spatula that will kick off any budding pastry chef’s frosting practice.



17.) Cotton Twine

If you’re not into cooking, then you might be scratching your head at this gift idea. But if the chef in your life loves putting together an elaborate meal, then you’ll know exactly why twine is a great holiday gift. From keeping a bundle of herbs together in homemade stock to securing the legs of a roasting chicken, twine has so many uses in the kitchen and makes for a wonderful stocking stuffer this year.



16.) Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

Griddles and panini presses are just as great for those who know their way around the kitchen as they are for those who worry about burning pasta. And this one by Cuisinart combines the two concepts into one great kitchen appliance. You can make pressed sandwiches and also grill your burgers, all on the same machine. Definitely a must have in any home.



15.) Cooking Torch

If the chef in your life loves the sugary crust on a fresh creme brulee, then a cooking torch would be the perfect present for them. The handheld one from Pepe Nero is easy to light up and use. And once they have it, who knows what other fiery magic they’ll be able to whip up in the kitchen.



14.) Vulcan Workwear Utility Apron

While you can wear practically anything behind the stove, an apron has always been part of any cook’s attire. But there are so many out there that are too frilly or even weird looking. It’s a good thing that Vulcan Workwear has a nice denim number that will put any starch white apron to shame. And what makes it even better is the fact that any food that gets on the apron won’t ruin its look because of the dark fabric. Your favorite chef will definitely love wearing it in any kitchen.



13.) Microplane

Graters look like scary metal things that can do a number to your fingers if not used properly. However, the Microplane has saved many chefs from any of that pain because it makes it very easy to zest a lime or lemon. While this one is the standard size, there are smaller ones that you can use to grate whole spices or small pieces of garlic. Not only is this a must-have in the kitchen, but it’s also a great stocking stuffer.



12.) Chef’s Planet Clip & Drain

Are you tired of macaroni or steamed broccoli falling into the sink when you’re trying to drain them? Well, Chef’s Planet Clip & Drain will save the worry of food pieces going overboard and will help you focus getting all the liquid out of the pot. At $15, it’s an affordable present that will be invaluable to any cook. And the small size makes it a perfect stocking stuffer.



11.) Silpat

If your cheffy friend is looking to cut the butter and oil out of his or her life, then you can help them out with this endeavor by giving them a Silpat. We have mostly seen these silicone mats used in baking, but you can use them to prevent any kind of food from sticking. So now more of the meat on those lamb chops will end up on your plate instead of the roasting pan.



10.)KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Look at any cooking show or film scene set in a kitchen, and you’ll notice a stand mixer in the background. And KitchenAid has been the brand most people turn to for one of these kitchen appliances.

Your arms will finally get some rest because you can toss all the ingredients (according to the recipe) into the mixing bowl and just let it run. Because of its heavy sturdiness, they aren’t the most mobile appliances. However, they are very useful for every chef. And they’re not just for baking — you can use a mixer to make homemade pasta or grind up meat too.



9.) Vegetable Peeler

Peelers don’t seem like much of a gift. But this Kleva Chef one will make peeling really easy and also comfortable for your at-home cook. And the Japanese steel will make it super sharp and strong, making the vegetable prep process painless.



8.) Le Creuset Dutch Oven

If budgets aren’t an issue, then you can spoil your food-loving relative with a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. The enamel coated cast-iron makes this pot perfect for the oven and also slow cooking soups, broths and stews. It also cuts the cook time on recipes that would normally take forever to make in the kitchen, and who doesn’t want that?



7.) Cast-Iron Skillet

When people see cast-iron skillets, they usually think of comfort food and the South. But these heavy duty pans are great for baking and every day cooking because the heat distribution is even and can reach very high temperatures. This Lodge one is pre-seasoned and ready for use upon unwrapping.



6.) Sur La Table Silicone Ultimate Fork

As we mentioned with the Silpat, silicone is great for cooking. And this Sur La Table Silicone Ultimate Fork is the perfect addition to anyone’s cooking toolkit. The silicone will keep your nonstick pans safe, and you’ll be able to make those pasta dishes more easily. And at under $10, it’s great for a Secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer.



5.) Wok

Do you watch in awe at stir fry cooking at a Chinese restaurant? Well you or your friend can make that same fiery magic at home with your own seasoned wok by Craft Wok. It’s great for more than just Asian food, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what other types of foods you’ll be able to make with this pan.



4.) Mortar and Pestle

Mortar and Pestle may look like a big clunky thing to give to someone for the holidays,  but it’s perfect for grinding up fresh spices together and also making some great guacamole. So even though it might be a little heavier than the rest of the gifts you’re giving this year, your loved one will definitely appreciate it.



3.) Oven Gloves

Oven mitts may have been iconic in kitchens forever. But let’s face it, they actually make it hard to grab anything from the oven. So why not pick up these oven gloves from Sur La Table for your cooking friend? They’ll make holding anything fresh out of the oven easy to carry to the table.



2.) Walnut Cutting Board

After slicing on cutting boards for a while, they look quite beaten up and a little tortured. But this walnut cutting board from Sur La Table will not only serve all your chopping needs, but also can double as a nice serving tray for the holiday table.



1.) Miyabi Kaizen II Chef’s Knife

No chef is complete without the right knife, and this Miyabi Kaizen II Chef’s Knife is not only strong but it also looks beautiful. While this is a great present for any cook, be sure to warn them about how sharp it is and to always be careful when using it!



What are you going to buy the chef in your life this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!