From elegant espresso makers to rustic cookware and even a few futuristic countertop appliances; these are the most beautiful kitchen tools and cookware to give as Christmas gifts this holiday season.
Kitchen and cookware should be effective, efficient, durable, long-lasting, and easy to use. Blah, blah, blah, we know, but nowhere is it written they can’t be beautiful, too. Since we eat with our eyes first—as the saying goes—it only makes sense that we’d want our food made and served in gorgeous cookware commensurate with the time and energy we spent making it.
As luck would have it, some of our favorite kitchen and cookware brands take as much care with aesthetic design as they do the functional. From beautiful bright copper cookware to flashy/retro countertop appliances, and even a little Italian haute fashion, these are the prettiest pieces of eye candy cookware to gift this year.
When it comes to espresso machines, there’s just no cuter option than the Illy line, and that includes the compact Y3 available in a bevy of bright colors or this minimalist matte black. Plus it makes consistently good and quick shots of java in the morning.Buy Now
Just about anything Staub puts out we want, but this charming cast-iron rooster roaster has emphatic French country vibes. It’s not just for chicken, but we can totally picture ourselves pulling the lid off, revealing a rich and bubbling coq au vin.Buy Now
Crux is newer to the multicooker category, but they’ve come in hot with the eye-pleasing and futuristic-looking 6.5-quart multi-cooker that functions as a pressure cooker, air fryer, slow cooker, and more.Buy Now
And if you’re looking for a similarly chic matte black multicooker from a brand with a few (million) more reviews for, ya know, peace of mind, check out the Instant Pot 6-Quart Duo Nova in black.
For a true splurge, SMEG has a line of kitchen appliances designed in collaboration with fashion house Dolce & Gabbana that launched a few years ago. You can still purchase the entire, very beautiful, very expensive “Sicily is my love” collection, including this signature stand mixer, at Neiman Marcus. Buy Now
Fact: If you buy a chef’s knife you love to hold and use, you will cook more (and better). This one from famed Zwilling J.A. Henckels is forged from high-carbon steel with the classic Damascus pattern. It’s sharp and sturdy with perfect balance and will be your new favorite toy.Buy Now
You might be more familiar with BlendTec and Vitamix in the high-end blender category, but one model that blends almost as ferociously and looks a little sleeker is the Hurom Hexa. Hurom is known best for its line of compact home juicers, but this machine with a 1,600-watt motor blends at over 30,000 rpm. That’s a whole lot.Buy Now
We love air fryers for healthier version of our favorite fried foods, but they aren’t always the most attractive units to plop on your countertop. That’s why we really dig this DASH air fryer with sleek design and fun colors to fit almost any decor.Buy Now
You can pay as little as $30 for a serviceable slow cooker, but if you use yours as much as I do (for entertaining, holiday, Super Bowl, etc..) then you might want one with a little aesthetic appeal. This 6.5-quart stainless steel Crock-Pot is just the one, boasting an easy, sleek programmable touchscreen.Buy Now
There is something about the simple lines and signature copper trim that makes this All-Clad cookware impossible to resist. It doesn’t hurt that it’s some of the most expertly crafted cookware on the market: solid in the hand with incredibly even heat distribution. Plus, 5-ply construction ensures your cookware will live on (warp-free) for years.Buy Now
SMEG’s full line of retro-inspired kitchen appliances include this darling toaster, coffee-maker, stand mixer, and a whole lot more. They are made with care and quality—inside and out—and sport an unmistakable, anachronistic charm.Buy Now
For a slightly more serious espresso experience, this stainless steel number from stylish Italian appliance maker De’Longhi is a great buy. Plus, it makes great espresso, so it’s definitely worthy of an obsession.Buy Now
Though it’s not recommended for new cooks, it’s hard to beat copper cookware when it comes to looks and precision performance. French legacy brand Mauviel has a good deal of the luxury copper cookware market cornered, and with this stunning 3.5-quart saute pan you can see why.Buy Now
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Header image courtesy of SMEG USA.