Gift-giving season has arrived again, and that means you’re probably searching for the perfect Christmas present for several people on your list, some of whom are sure to be enthusiastic home cooks (or maybe in need of a little help in that department). These kitchen gadgets, tools, and appliances make great gifts for a whole range of people, from those who love to cook and are always looking for another toy, to those who have a rather bare-bones kitchen and need a way to rustle up some sustenance (cue air fryers and Instant Pots).
A cocotte is essentially the same thing as a Dutch oven—perfect for braising, stewing, and roasting, but also useful for baking and deep frying things. This one is made by Staub for Food52 and is part of their beautifully colored Turmeric cookware collection, which will look great in anyone’s kitchen, not to mention on their dining table too.Buy Now
Know someone who’s intrigued by air fryers but already has too much counter space given over to their Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker)? This nifty new Mealthy CrispLid will basically turn that Instant Pot or other 6- or 8-quart pressure cooker into an air fryer; see our Mealthy review for more. It comes with a basket, tongs, and a few other tools, but those will store much more easily than an entire bulky air fryer. You can buy it on Amazon, or use code CHOWHOUND10 to get 10 percent off on the Mealthy site.Buy Now
Speaking of Instant Pots, if you know someone who doesn’t have one yet and wants one, it’s still a great gift to wrap up this year! There are more and more models available all the time, from the small-scale Instant Pot Mini to the brand new Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer Combo, but this classic DUO 6-quart remains one of the most popular options. It includes the yogurt making function, but there’s a lot more you can do with it too.Buy Now
Another oldie-but-goodie, a stand mixer is on nearly everyone’s wish list at some point, and maybe this is the year you’ll make a die-hard home baker very happy. (But heads-up: stand mixer uses go way beyond pastry.) For the cook who already owns and treasures their stand mixer, there are always plenty of nifty attachments to gift them. Or Buy Now
Roasting pans are a must-have in the kitchen, but when’s the last time you saw one that was so pretty? This pale sage-blue pan with gleaming brass handles is totally gorgeous, but also a workhorse—it’s nonstick so it washes up like a dream, it’s oven-safe up to 600°F, and it’s compatible with any cooktop, including induction surfaces.Buy Now
Another essential kitchen tool: good knives. But you don’t necessarily need an entire 18-piece set because chances are you’ll rarely use most of them. This pared-down knife collection includes the three that always prove most useful: a sharp chef’s knife, a small paring knife, and a serrated knife for bread and cakes. They’re designed with looks and performance in mind; sharp Japanese steel, carefully calibrated weight for the proper heft in the hand, and vintage details (brass rivets and handles in lovely shades of blue, orange, pink, or gray) make them something special. You can buy them singly or save $38 by opting for the trio all together—but they won’t ship until December 16.Buy Now
On the face of it, a blender might seem like kind of a lame gift, but a Vitamix is more a way of life than an appliance. Considered by most to be the holy grail of blenders, this is perfect for any serious chef, or just a serious smoothie devotee. The price is steep even on more affordable models (and, fittingly enough, it gets steeper if you choose the Ascent series), but if you have the money to splurge, your generosity will never be forgotten.Buy Now
Have a home chef who is always on a quest for absolute perfection? Give them the gift of precision control via a sous vide circulator. Especially great for meat lovers on your list, it enables anyone to cook steak to the perfect medium rare, or achieve unbelievably juicy chicken breasts every time—but even works wonders for vegetables. Plus, you feel like a total pro when you use it. Consider accompanying it with a vaccum sealing machine and/or a sous vide cookbook to help get them started right away.Buy Now
Yes, seriously. Not only does this compact gadget make a nice stocking stuffer, it happens to be a beloved tool of the chefs behind Konbi, named 2019’s Restaurant of the Year by Bon Appetit. It’s how they quickly and evenly dice the star ingredient for their Insta-perfect egg salad sandwiches. The stainless construction makes this both more attractive and much sturdier than the old plastic one you might have knocking around your kitchen cabinets—and you can use it to slice other small, soft foods like strawberries and mushrooms in perfect pieces too, so it’s not a one-trick pony.Buy Now
For Everyone Else on Your List
Header image courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.