Christmas is just around the corner, which means many of us are already thinking about what we can get our loved ones as a gift. While scouring your local stores for presents is often stressful, if you have any foodies or cooking fanatics on your gift list, sourcing gifts really couldn’t be easier!
Cooking is an endlessly creative hobby and in any given year a whole gamut of innovative, new kitchen gadgets, devices and accessories are released. Gifting something that invites the user to try something new in the kitchen or enhance their cooking experience is simultaneously thoughtful and fun. And if your friends or family members are particularly fond of seafood…well, there is absolutely no shortage of items to fill their stockings with.
Anyone who’s had to crane their neck or has lost their page in a cookbook while executing a recipe knows that a book stand is a much-needed kitchen accessory. They’re particularly helpful when you’re wrist deep in flour of handling raw fish, as they will save your book from being dirtied. Even when not being used, setting up a cookbook with a gorgeous cover upright on a stand adds decor to the kitchen countertop.
Buy: Cookbook Stand from Crate and Barrel.
You can never have too many quality cutting boards. There’s typically a huge range of cutting boards available in any store with kitchen items, so picking one up is especially convenient when you’re in a pinch.
Unless you know of the particular material or color that your loved one will fancy, go for a cutting board that’s neutral toned to ensure it will match any kitchen colorings. Classic wooden or marble cutting boards are a good go-to style to select if you’re unsure.
Buy: Round Raw Edge Tree Ring Cutting Board from World Market.
Cast Iron Pan
Cast iron pans are a timeless gift for cooking fanatics. Soliciting a different experience than cooking with your average stove-top pan, cast iron pans require varying rules for cooking times and heats and yield positively divine seafood dishes.
Buy: Lodge Cast-Iron Round Fry Pan from Williams Sonoma.
Custom Recipe Book
For the ultimate sentimental holiday gift, pick up a notebook for your loved one to inscribe all of their favorite recipes, ranging from originals to those passed down from generation to generation. It will, no doubt, be appreciated in this day and age where there’s an app or digital feature for everything.
Write a sweet note on the inside of the recipe book cover or add in your own favorite recipe on the first page to add to the sentimentality of the gift.
Buy: Custom Recipe Book with Dividers from Full Frame.
Beyond the obvious perks of being able to cook up piping hot dishes during these chilly winter months, anyone is sure to value the many functions of a slow cooker. Crockpots can serve up anything from hearty stews and roasted herb potatoes to juicy Tilapia dishes. Not only are slow cookers multifunctional, they also make cooking easy and efficient, meaning they’re perfect for home cooks on a busy schedule.
Buy: 7qt Manual Slow Cooker from Target.
For a special someone who’s in the earlier stages of learning how to cook, gift them with a knife set. No chef-in-training who’s serious about cooking is fully equipped without a quality set. From filleting fish to chopping vegetables, a knife set is an efficient and practical gift sure to be appreciated by any home cook.
Buy: For a fully capable set equipped with the works, try J.A. Henckels’ Classic 16 Piece Knife Block Set.
The holidays can be stressful, but they really needn’t be. Take the hassle out of Christmas shopping by gifting your loved ones a useful kitchen item that they are sure to love.
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