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22 Flavorful and Functional Gifts for People Who Love Cooking

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Editor’s note: Updated on December 21, 2023.

Need a holiday gift for someone who loves to cook? Something sweet and sentimental? Or maybe they prefer something spicy or savory! From delicious food to upgraded kitchen tools, we’re helping you pick out the very best gifts for the home chef in your life!

Whether they love trying unique flavors, testing out new techniques or learning the science behind their meals, we have 23 top-notch gift ideas for people who love cooking below. And do we have picks for all budgets? Yes, chef!

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The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt

For the Cook Who’s Always Trying to Improve: The Food Lab isn’t your ordinary cookbook. It’s the master of all cookbooks. Not only does it contain hundreds of recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, but it dives into the science behind America’s favorite dishes. This is a must for any home chef (or even professional chef) looking to level up their game!


  • Editors’ pick
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Over 10,000 reviews on Amazon


  • Super big book — needs a little space!

Available at: Amazon

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ButcherBox Subscription

For the Person Who Lives for a Perfectly-Cooked Steak: From 12/1 to 12/31/23, you can choose your offer — free chicken wings for a year, free premium steak tips for a year or free ground beef in every order for a year! *Offer valid for new members only.


  • Can choose between custom or curated plan
  • Boxes can be shipped every four, six or eight weeks!
  • Delicious options


  • Obviously not for vegetarians!

Available at: ButcherBox

Buy at ButcherBox | $169.00
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Gobble Dinner Kits

For the Person Short on Time: Know someone who doesn’t always have time to cook a dinner from scratch — but also stays far away from frozen meals from the grocery store? Gobble is the perfect alternative. Chefs do all of the prep work in advance so your   can cook a fresh, homemade dinner in just 15 minutes!


  • Get the first six meals for just $36 — and free cookies in the first box!
  • Gift cards also available
  • Can preview menus in advance


  • Six meals for $36 offer is for two-person plan only

Available at: Gobble

Buy at Gobble | $36.00
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Related: 21 of the Best Gifts to Wow Women Over 50

Fullstar x Ototo Croc Chopper

For the Person Who Hates Chopping: Sometimes, the longest part of cooking a meal is chopping up all of the veggies. The Croc Chopper, which we’ve seen going viral online, will have your giftee throwing (or gently placing) their knife aside. Its stainless steel blades can chop through onions, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes and more with ease!


  • Comes with two sizes of dice blades
  • Also comes with ribbon blade and spiral blade, plus more accessories
  • Dishwasher-safe


  • A few shoppers have trouble removing and replacing the top piece

Available at: Amazon

Buy at Amazon | $40.00
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Tovala Smart Oven + Meals

For the Person Who Needs to Upgrade: Shopping for someone who loves to cook but still has an old-school toaster oven? It’s time to introduce them to Tovala: a smart oven that toasts, bakes, air fries, steams, broils and reheats. It can even scan barcodes to automatically set the right mode and temperature for whatever you’re cooking. For a limited time, grab your giftee the oven and a meal plan for a massive discount!


  • Limited time: Save $200 when you order meals six times over six months
  • Thousands of scannable foods
  • Library of preset recipes in the app


  • Can only get $200-off deal with accompanying meal plan

Available at: Tovala

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Related: Treat Yourself! 21 Best Holiday Gifts Just for You

Fly By Jing Triple Threat

For the Person Who Lives for Umami: If you really want to excite your giftee’s tastebuds, grab them this trio of addictive Sichuan sauces. They’ll receive a hot and crispy Sichuan Chili Crisp, a sweet and tangy Zhong Sauce and a savory and spicy Chengu Crunch. They’ll want to put these sauces on everything!


  • Delicious on dinners, desserts, snacks, etc.
  • Vegan and non-GMO
  • Shelf-stable (but can be refrigerated for prolonged freshness)


  • Must be able to handle a little heat!

Available at: Fly By Jing

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Simple Spreading Stainless Steel Butter Knife

For the Person Who Appreciates the Magic of Butter: Butter is key for elevating so many foods — but spreading it onto bread (or whatever else) when it’s cold and hard? A nightmare. This knife is the ultimate stocking stuffer for anyone who loves butter. Use it to cut slices — or use the different sides to cut spreadable, meltable strips, curls or shreds!


  • Number one bestseller
  • Value packs available
  • High-quality stainless steel


  • Might not be enough for a main gift

Available at: Amazon

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Automatic Pan Stirrer

For the Person With Four Burners Going at Once: Cooking an elaborate meal can mean some serious stress — especially when continuous stirring is involved. No need to worry about burning sauces or tired arms with this handy little sous chef. Just stick it into any simmering or low-heat liquid and let it do the work!


  • Available in battery-powered or rechargeable options
  • Charge lasts up to nine hours
  • Built-in timer


  • Battery-powered option does not come with batteries

Available at: Uncommon Goods

Buy at Uncommon Goods | $25.00
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Related: 21 Creative Gift Ideas for the Person Who Has Everything

Vpcok Direct Sous Vide Cooker

For the Chef Who’s Very Precise: Uneven, fluctuating temperatures can screw up a lot of dishes, which is why cooking sous vide is a preferred method for many people. This tool lets you accurately control time and temperature for the perfect results every time — no guesswork!


  • Helps maintain nutrients, moisture and flavors
  • Touch operating panel
  • Can be used for meat, fish, vegetables, cheese and beyond


  • Must provide your own pot

Available at: Amazon

Buy at Amazon | $70.00
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Misen The Cheffy Kit

For the Person With Rusty Knives: Everyone who loves to cook knows the importance of high-quality knives and tools. For this set, Misen asked chefs what tools were most indispensable to them. Each purchase comes with a chef knife, a paring knife, a ceramic honing rod, a bench scraper and a fish spatula!


  • Multiple color options
  • Lifetime guarantee against defects
  • Pro-grade Japanese steel


  • Not a complete knife set

Available at: Misen

Buy at Misen | $190.00
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Sur La Table Large Tile Oven Gloves, Set Of 2

For the Person Always Burning Their Hands: Protecting your hands is super important when using the oven or even handling certain pots and pans on the stove, but mitts can severely limit your dexterity and lead to spills. We’re obsessed with these cooking gloves as an alternative. They can even be used to hold a kettle of boiling water from the base!


  • Heat-resistant up to 500 degrees
  • Heat-resistant cuffs protect wrists and forearms
  • Non-slip pattern


  • Hand wash only

Available at: Sur La Table

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Related: 21 of the Best Holiday Gifts Under $100

Le Creuset Stoneware Rectangular Dish with Platter Lid

For the Person With Fancy Taste: Everyone with good taste wants more Le Creuset in their kitchen. The cookware is gorgeous, of course, but its quality is also unmatched. This nearly-nonstick stoneware dish is excellent for meat, veggies and more!


  • Lid doubles as a serving platter
  • Safe for freezer, microwave, oven, broiler and dishwasher
  • Nine color options


  • Breakable — handle carefully!

Available at: Amazon

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Boarderie Happy Holidays Ciccetti Cheese & Charcuterie Board

For the Charcuterie Fanatic: Even people who love to cook need a little break sometimes — or an appetizer they don’t have to prepare. Plus, cooking connoisseurs will majorly appreciate the artisan cheeses, meats, dried fruits, nuts, chocolates and olives on this beautiful board. So good for holiday parties!


  • Comes with rosemary and olive oil crackers, serving board and bamboo cutlery kit
  • Lasts 7-10 days in the refrigerator
  • Comes in three sizes


  • Need room in the fridge if not enjoying right away

Available at: Boarderie

Buy at Boarderie | $139.00
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Personalized Cutting Board by Kim Strassner and Mike Pararas

For the Person Who Loves a Personal Touch: A new cutting board is always a nice gift, but this personalized one is next level! Customize it with your giftee’s first or last name (or the names of them and their partner), and they’ll receive a custom, hand-cut board made just for them!


  • Different customization options
  • 4.9/5 rating
  • Also available to buy with mineral oil for conditioning/preserving


  • Only one wood color option

Available at: Uncommon Goods

Buy at Uncommon Goods | $169.00
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Brightland The Duo Extra Virgin Olive Oils

For the Person With a Sharp Tongue: In this case, when we say a sharp tongue, we mean someone who can pick out different flavors in an instant — and they definitely know if an olive oil is extra virgin or not. For them, we choose this elevated set. Awake pairs well with anything from soup to eggs and pasta, while Alive is essential for dipping and drizzling!


  • Cold-pressed within 90 minutes of harvest
  • Stunning, giftable bottles
  • Vegan and gluten-free


  • Pricier than your average olive oil

Available at: Amazon

Buy at Amazon | $74.00
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Our Place Wander Bowl

For the Commuter: Chances are, the person who loves to cook already owns an Always Pan, but Our Place has several other amazing gift options for all budgets. Forget cheap, plastic containers. This ceramic travel bowl is perfect for taking their carefully cooked food to work, on picnics or wherever else!

  • Four chic color options
  • Microwave-safe
  • Comes with custom-fit lid, silicone sleeve and silicone strap


  • No sets available

Available at: Our Place

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The Pink Stuff

For the Person Who Wants a Pristine Kitchen: Even when your kitchen is totally clean, burn marks, stains, grease and grime often remain. It happens to us all. But there’s no need to replace anything just yet! Try the legendary Pink Stuff first — a “miracle” cleaning paste that’s outstanding for pots, pans, stovetops and more!


  • Over 200,000 reviews on Amazon
  • Great stocking stuffer idea
  • Can also be used on silverware, floors, bathrooms, car wheels, jewelry, etc.


  • Not necessarily a “fun” gift

Available at: Amazon

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Related: 21 Affordable Luxury Gifts for the Person With Expensive Taste

Creative Co-Op 4 -Piece Ceramic Measuring Cup Set

For the Baker: Baking is all about precise measurements, which means measuring cups are absolutely essential. Many people stick with basic stainless steel cups, but why not make the process of baking cakes and other goodies that much more joyous with this artsy set? So cute!


  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Stackable
  • Will come in handy for regular cooking too!


  • No handles may be a con for some

Available at: Wayfair

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Red Dollar Mechanical Kitchen Timer

For the Person Who Prefers Analog: While some of us simply use our phones as timers these days, some home chefs like the act of setting a physical timer. Plus, this colorful, mushroom-shaped pick is so cute, it acts as adorable kitchen decor too!


  • Mechanical — no batteries required!
  • Available in other colors (and animals instead of mushrooms)
  • Under $10


  • Not from a well-known brand

Available at: Amazon

Buy at Amazon | $9.00
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Botany Bakeshop Dried Organic Edible Flowers

For the Person Who Loves a Little Flourish: The only way to make a delicious dish look even more delectable? Add flowers! These colorful, dried flowers can be sprinkled on top of savory dishes, desserts and even drinks. They’ll be perfect for wowing guests, or even just romanticizing everyday meals!


  • Organically grown and/or sustainably and ethically harvested
  • Two mixes to choose from
  • Edible, of course!


  • Not available as a set

Available at: Free People

Buy at Free People | $24.00
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The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook

For the Person Who Could Live at Disney: We may not be able to spend every day of our lives at a Disney park, but we can still recreate some of that magic in the kitchen. This cookbook features 100 recipes inspired by fan-favorites like Mickey Pretzels and Dole Whip!


  • Includes newer recipes too, such as from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Number one bestseller with 15K+ ratings
  • Shows you where all of the foods are in the park


  • Unofficial

Available at: Amazon

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Urhomey Plus Expandable Kitchen Counter Organizer

For the Person With Limited Space: The more you love to cook, the more tools, spices, oils, plates, etc. you’ll likely own. With limited cabinet and counter space, things can become quickly cluttered. That’s why we adore this simple yet majorly effective riser as a gift!


  • Available in different sizes and colors
  • Strong, durable
  • Expandable


  • Assembly required

Available at: Amazon

Buy at Amazon | $24.00
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