If you’re looking to buy a gift for someone who likes to cook or bake, this list of affordable kitchen gifts will help you pick out something unique or useful. I own many of these items myself and use them on a regular enough basis that I think they are worth the space in my cupboard or pantry. These all ship free from Amazon with purchases over $25.
USA or State-shaped Cutting Board: $15.99 and up
Pick the perfect patriotic or state pride cutting board for everyone on your list. Who couldn’t use a new cutting board that is attractive enough to leave out on the counter, or to use as a serving platter? These come with a hole drilled and can be used as a wall hanging as well. Most states are available, or choose the United States. I think this would be a great option for a “greed” game gift exchange – you could even wrap it up in cellophane with a few packages of nuts or cheeses to really make it pop.
Lodge Logic L10SK3 10-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: $10 and up
We use our cast iron skillets constantly and Lodge is a great American brand to purchase. These come pre-seasoned, so less food will stick from the start and they will become even more non-stick with regular use. Cast iron pans are nearly indestructible with proper care, and can last for decades. If you’re only cooking for 1-2 people, the 10 inch skillet is the best option and is less expensive. Note: these pans are heavy, so if your recipient has strength limitations, these may not be a great option. We usually leave ours on the stovetop so we aren’t constantly having to move it around, but you can safely store it in the oven. They are completely oven-safe, so if you accidentally turn on the oven with it in there, it will be perfectly fine (just hot!).
Back to Basics 286 5-Piece Home Canning Kit: $13.99
Many folks are going back to basics and learning to live more self-sufficiently for financial and environmental reasons. Canning is back in style again and this kit will help the recipient get started. Include a canning cook book or some canning jars for a more complete gift.
T-fal E9380864 Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator 12.5-Inch Fry Pan/Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware: $24.99
This nonstick pan was rated the highest by Cook’s Illustrated and has excellent reviews for it’s easy care and over safe uses. It’s light and affordable and can help people cook with less fat without food sticking. Nonstick pans need replaced every few years because they get scratched up easily, so anyone who has been using non-stick pans for a few years could probably use a replacement. Pair this pan with a silicone or plastic spatula to help them keep their new pan free from scratches.
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet: $14.00
You won’t regret buying commercial grade baking sheets – the half sheet size is perfect for a residential oven as it’s just slightly larger than a standard baking sheet. They are so much sturdier, don’t buckle in the heat, won’t rust, and allow your cookies to bake more evenly, thanks to the heavy gauge. If you know someone who bakes, I bet they could use a new cookie sheet. Maybe they’ll bake you a batch as a thank you!
Silicone Baking Mat for Half-Size Cookie Sheet, 16.5 x 11 inches, 2-Pack: $9.62
I’ve been baking on silicone mats for years and I’ll never go back. Nothing sticks and it helps prevent cookies from burning on metal pans. They are easy to cleanup and will last for years. These can be use in place of parchment paper or foil in your pans, so you’ll create less waste too. Pair this with a new cookie sheet or a homemade cookie gift jar.
Norpro Mandoline Slicer Grater with Guard: $21.71
Mandoline Slicers are a great gift for people who like to cook but don’t have excellent knife skills. Slicers help create equal and uniform pieces quicker than using a knife. This one has excellent ratings and is collapsible to save space – I own it myself.
World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer: $22.88
I received one as a gift a few years ago and have since made many batches of curly fries, sweet potato fries, zucchini pasta, and apple strings. It’s easy to use and easy to clean, and makes a great gift for the creative chef on your list. This is perfect if you have anyone on your list who eats a low carb or Paleo diet.
AmazonBasics 12-Piece Colored Knife Set: $15.99
Gifting knives may not be exciting, but if the recipient likes cooking, new sharp knives will be welcome. This set is particular great because they each have a cover and can be kept in a drawer without dulling the blades or stabbing someone. Reviews are great!
Oster Belgian Waffle Maker: $15.20
Waffles are the new doughnut – but even better because you can waffle nearly everything, including cookie dough, eggs, leftover mashed potatoes (do a Pinterest search for ideas). My personal favorite? Waffled glazed doughnuts. The waffle pattern creates the perfect nooks for the glaze to pool. This waffle maker is small, but cooks fast enough if you need to make multiple batches.
Sushi Bazooka Roller and Sushi Delimiter, All in One Sushi Making Kit: $13.31
I can’t vouch for this product, but it’s called a Sushi Bazooka, so you can’t go wrong.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream, 3.4 oz.: $6.98
This miracle creme will heal rough, dry, or cracked hands and is perfect to keep at the kitchen sink to use after washing dishes. Over 4,000 reviews can’t be wrong!
Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop: $16.69
If you know an ice cream lover, they neeeeed this scoop. This is the best ice cream scoop and is recommended by America’s Test Kitchen and Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Ice Cream! So you know it’s the best. The heat conductive fluid inside the handle helps the scoop glide through even the hardest ice cream. Different sizes are available, but the 4 oz is a good choice. Pair it with an ice cream sundae gift basket or a pint of Jeni’s Ice Cream or Graeter’s Ice Cream. Another positive about this choice? These are made in the USA.
Hostess Gift: Harney & Sons Fine Teas Hot Cinnamon Spice – 50 Tea bags: $12.50
This tea is my absolute favorite wintertime tea. It’s like Christmas in a mug, but isn’t too overwhelming.
Spices, Sauces, and Such!
If you don’t know what items your recipient already has in the kitchen, consumables make a great choice! Various spices and sauces can make a great gift for someone who loves to cook! Trader Joes has some fun blends (21 Seasoning Salute and Everything But the Bagel spice mixes are perfection), North Market has a variety of shops offering options, and Marshall’s and TJ Maxx always have tons of unique sauces, spices, and salts.
Splurge gift (or gift for yourself)
Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Muti-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer – $79 (price varies day to day)
Move over slow cooker…this fast cooker has take over the kitchen limelight. If you’ve wondered whether buying one of these is worth it, I can tell you that it is. This former slow cooker fan has moved that appliance down to the basement to make room for my Instant Pot. Cook a frozen pork loin in 75 minutes or less? Yes please! This the ultimate kitchen appliance for the procrastinator. You can catch this at lower prices on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season, but anything less than $80 for the 6 quart is a good deal.
*affiliate links included. Amazon prices may fluctuate.