If you’re Googling “giant teddy bear” or “roses near me,” step away from your phone. Then come back and take a look at our roundup of Valentine’s Day gifts for him and for her that are actually useful, especially for the home cook in your life. (And if you’re that home cook in your life, treat yo’self.) These Valentine’s Day gift ideas are the kind of go-to tools all kitchens can benefit from and that your sig o will use often—not for that one time a year he or she is craving a panini. Below, find what cooks really want on Valentine’s Day (that has nothing to do with chocolate or flowers).
These made-to-order rolling pins are a gift from baker’s heaven for the kind of sig o that counts meticulous cookie-making as therapy. Plus, it’s pretty enough to stay out on the counterSee It.
This matte black fiber cutting board can double as a cheese board, but also beautifully display a sliced skirt steak. Prep and serve with one less thing to wash. (Did we mention it’s dishwasher-safe?)See It
Baking with love is easy, but baking with loved ones sometimes is not. If you have well-meaning helpers in the kitchen, these copper-plated cooling racks will come in handy. They’re non-stick, and perfect for icing, sugaring, and cooling cookies or other treats. Also? We love the color, which is no small thing.See It
My dad actually bought me and my three siblings cast iron skillets for the holidays. While I’m grateful, I wish it was this one, which is lighter than the average cast iron skillet (ours were quite the addition to our suitcases coming back home). This one is non-stick and makes for an excellent serving dish for something like a large chocolate chip cookie.
A well-made knife is life-changing for a cook who puts his or her equipment through the wringer. Blue Apron worked closely with Togiharu, a world-class purveyor of Japanese steel, to create this handcrafted, chef-approved knife. Adding this to a home cook’s repertoire is an easy way to make them feel like a pro.See It
This will look elegant on any bar cart, displayed in the kitchen, or at your fingertips in the dining room. The set comes with two engraved whiskey glasses as well, and it’s one of those Valentine’s Day gifts that looks a lot more expensive than it is.See It
You can’t go wrong with Amazon’s top-selling multi-cooker. Combining seven kitchen appliances into one (it’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, yogurt maker, and warmer) the Instant Pot DUO can do no wrong.See It
Spreadable butter is a godsend. This keeper holds up to 7 ounces and keeps butter fresh for 30 days. Plus, it’s the perfect addition to a dinner or brunch table that will make entertaining all the more classy.See It
Those who are great bakers and not-so-great bakers can both agree that precision is key when flouring up. This cupcake scoop is made for the baker who strives for even cooking and uniform cupcakes (and muffins, and cookies, etc.).See It
This gadget is a lifesaver (pun intended). Makes sense it’s one of Oprah’s favorite things—it keeps herbs fresh for up to three weeks (seriously!). A similar option approved by America’s Test Kitchen is this Cole & Mason Fresh Herb Keeper.See It
For more great gift ideas, visit our Valentine’s Day 2019 Gift Guide headquarters.
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