Christmas Gifts For Cooks — Or People Who Just Love Food & Wine

walnut cake
Photo credit: Williams Sonoma

Yoohoo, holiday shoppers — we're back! And with an even longer list of gift ideas for the 2020 holiday season, starting with 67 of the best gifts for cooks, grillers — or for people who just love food & wine. (So, like, everyone on your list, yeah?)

From kitchen gadgets & essentials to gourmet ingredients & treats, we've got something for every chef & foodie on your list — from the home cook to the "Rachael" professional chef in your life.

Read on for the picks from our editors, show staff, culinary team — and even some of Rachael's favorites, too! 


1. Rachael Ray Enameled Cast-Iron Skillet

Rach thinks every beginner cook should have a good cast-iron skillet. "Good cast iron lasts a lifetime," she says. Definitely a kitchen essential.


Rachael Ray Enameled Cast-Iron Skillet

2. Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel Aluminum Nonstick 14-Piece Cookware Set In Fennel Green

We're obsessed with this color.


Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel Aluminum nonstick 14 Piece Cookware Set in Fennel Green

3. Rachael Ray Veggie & Fruit Peeler

"Here's what I love — the handle's well-designed, so it's comfortable," Chef Chris Kimball said when he called it a favorite kitchen gadget.

$7.79, on sale for $5.73,

Rachael Ray Kitchen Tools and Gadgets Vegetable & Fruit Peeler with Brush, 3-in-1, Red

4. Rachael Ray Cityscapes 9" x 13" Ceramic Baker

This baker is dishwasher- and freezer-safe, and it boasts extra-wide handles, making it easy to transfer it from the oven to the table. (We recommend whipping up Rachael's Stuffed Eggplant and Chicken Parm with Tomato-Basil Sauce in it, which you could always include in your card!) 


Rachael Ray Ceramic Baker
Rachael Ray Cityscapes 9" x 13" Ceramic Baker
Courtesy Rachael Ray

5. Rachael Ray Stainless Steel Multi-Grater with Silicone Handles

This little beauty is perfect for cheese grating, garlic mincing, and even cheese grating! (AND it comes in three color options — red, two blues, and gray!) 

$19.98 – $25.40,

Rachael Ray Multi Stainless Steel Grater, Red

6. Rachael Ray 5-Cup Pour-Over Coffee Brewing Set

This crimson coffee brewing set will add a lovely pop of color to your giftee's kitchen!


pour-over coffee set
Meyer Corporation

7. Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Bakeware 2-Piece Crisper Pan Set

The secret ingredient in this pan set is the removable crisping insert, complete with perforations that help circulate heat evenly — no soggy fries here! 

On sale for $20.49,

Rachael Ray Crisper Pan
Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Bakeware 2-Piece Crisper Pan Set
Courtesy Rachael Ray

8. Rachael Ray Cityscapes Nonstick 8 qt. Porcelain Enamel Covered Pasta Pot in Turquoise

This is Rachael’s go-to pasta pot, as it’s ovular shape helps to keep long noodles intact. Plus, the pour spout makes draining water a cinch. Oh, and did you see that beautiful turquoise color?


rachael ray turquoise oval pot
Bed Bath & Beyond

9. Rachael Ray Balsamic Drizzle

Whether you’re using it to marinate meats or add a kick to a salad, balsamic vinegar is a must at every chef’s table — and naturally, we love the one our girl whipped up! (So silky smooth.) 


Rachael Ray Balsamic Drizzle

10. Rachael Ray Lasagna Lugger In Sea Salt + Rachael Ray Expandable Lasagna Lugger In Sea Salt Plaid + Rachael Ray Lasagna Lugger Combo Set in Marine Blue

Perfect for dropping off a fresh lasagna or casserole at a friend's door!

$19.99,; $34.99,; $34.99,

Rachael Ray Expandable Lasagna Lugger in Sea Salt Plaid
Rachael Ray Lasagna Lugger Combo Set in Marine Blue
Rachael Ray Expandable Lasagna Lugger in Sea Salt Plaid

11. Rachael Ray In Season Holiday 2020 Issue

Rach's fourth issue of Rachael Ray In Season is designed to help you celebrate all the holidays, no matter what they look like this year. A charcuterie board built on pizza dough and New Year's-ready cinnamon margs? Yes and yes!


rachael ray in season holiday issue
Rachael Ray In Season


12. Williams Sonoma Straight Marble Rolling Pin

Not only does the naturally cool marble help keep dough at an optimal temperature, she’s just pretty, right?


straight marble rolling pin
Williams Sonoma

13. OXO Good Grips 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set

Complete with seven beakers that can measure out anything from a teaspoon to a cup, this is the ideal set for measuring out water, milk, and especially vanilla extract for all those holiday baked goods! 

$13.99 – $19.99 for the seven-piece set,

OXO Good Grips 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set

14. Laguiole Ivory Steak Knives 

Laguiole has reinvented their classic serrated steak knives by taking their familiar contoured handles and coloring them a clean, crisp white.

$99, set of 6, OR $41.99, set of 4,

Laguiole Ivory Steak Knives
Bed Bath & Beyond

15. Joseph Joseph 9 Plus 9-Piece Food Preparation Set

A truly essential set! Two mixing bowls (each with a non-slip bottom), a sieve, a large colander, and five measuring cups ranging in size from one teaspoon up to one cup are all included. But it’s the innovative design, which allows all of the pieces to be neatly nested together, that makes it a real winner.


joseph joseph nesting mixing bowls

16. Stasher Medium Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag

On these pastel-hued silicone sandwich bags, our Coordinating Culinary Producer Jeanette Donnarumma says, "After we tested these out for a segment I was hooked! They wash well, keep food fresh, and they come in great colors, shapes, and sizes. I've completely replaced single use plastic bags at my house with Stashers!"


sandwich stashers
Urban Outfitters

17. West Elm Marble Cookbook Stand 

For the OG cookbook user! (I.e. the person who still uses paper.) This is the prettiest piece of practical art you could put in their kitchen. And Rach's new cookbook, Rachael Ray 50, would look mighty good on it, if we do say so ourselves.

$30 (currently on sale for $24),

Marble cookbook stand
West Elm Marble Cookbook Stand
Courtesy West Elm

18. Tablift Flexible Universal Tablet Stand

On the other hand, if you’ve gone completely digital, this option makes using your tablet as a cookbook a breeze. (Even if your cookbook of choice is watching YouTube cooking videos in bed!)


Tablift Flexible Universal Tablet Stand
The Grommet

19. Prepara Simply Mist Oil Sprayer

With a quick squeeze, this oil sprayer gives an entire meal a fine, uniform mist of your giftee's oil of choice.


Prepara Simply Mist Oil Sprayer
Sur La Table

20. Lekue Citrus Sprayer

This clever gadget, introduced to us by Chef Chris Kimball, essentially turns citrus fruits into spray "bottles" — either to finish a dish with or add hints of citrus to cocktails. And the best part is you can throw the lemon (or whatever!) back in the fridge with the gadget still attached — ready for the next use! A nice kitchen accessory to have for any food lover.


lemon sprayer

21. OXO Mango Splitter

"Pitting a mango is right at the top of my list of things I don't like to do at all. And I've tried a lot of mango slicers and pitters over the years," Chef Chris Kimball said of this kitchen tool on our show. "This one really does the job. It's great."


OXO Mango Splitter

22. MOHA Ginger Grater

"The best thing is it has a windshield wiper underneath," Chef Chris Kimball says — so all the grated ginger doesn't stick to the teeth of the grater.


MOHA Ginger Grater

23. Boos Cutting Board

The next best thing to butcher block countertops, according to Rach? Big Boos cutting boards! 


Boos Cutting Board

24. Simple Round Melamine Serving Platter & Weave Textured Melamine Oval Serving Plate

Thanks to the subtle sculptural details, you would never know this is not real stoneware! It looks beautiful, is lightweight, unbreakable and dishwasher-safe.
- Nicole, Digital Managing Editor

$65,; $45,

oval melamine serving platter
Weave Textured Melamine Oval Serving Platter

25. Steel Bread Box

"For all that quarantine sourdough."
- Alla, Digital Video Editor


bread box
Home Depot

26. Stackable Mugs

These are beautiful AND save space in your cabinet. (FYI, only Blush and Brown are currently available, so people are loving these.)

$12.50 for one, Etsy

stackable mugs


27. OXO Tabletop Spiralizer

OXO’s spiralizer boasts three color-coded blades for texture precision, a “helper handle” for extra leverage, and a suction to keep it from sliding while spinning fruits and veggies into dainty little noodles.


OXO Tabletop Spiralizer
Sur La Table

28. Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano

The coolest thing about this pressure cooker is that, thanks to its Bluetooth, the recipient can control it remotely using his or her phone. And it’ll send them a notification when their food is ready, too! 


Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano

29. Casabella Guac-Lock Guacamole Preservation Container

As all guac enthusiasts know, the green stuff's only good for a day (sometimes hours!) before it browns. But thanks to its airtight seal and push-up base, this container claims it can preserve your favorite food for days at a time! 


Guac-Lock Guacamole Preservation Container
Guac-Lock Guacamole Preservation Container
Courtesy Casabella

30. Instant Pot Duo 60 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker (6 Quart) 

“America’s most loved multi cooker” promises that its microprocessor “monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve desired results every time.” We’ve tried it on recipes like Bobby Flay’s Instant Pot Ropa Vieja, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! 

$99.95 (currently on sale for $79!),

Instant Pot Duo 60, 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

31. Sur La Table Onion Goggles

So that they never shed another tear over a chopped onion.


Sur La Table Onion Goggles
Sur La Table

32. OXO Good Grips Triple Timer

Just as its name suggests, this is a triple timer, meaning that it can track three times at once! Perfect for the meal that includes multiple intervals or timing three different dishes at once. (Hi, Christmas dinner!) 


OXO Good Grips Triple Timer
Sur La Table

33. AeroGarden Sprout LED

This little garden — with a starter kit that includes Genovese basil, curly parsley, and dill — grows at high-performance speed, thanks to its LED lighting system. AeroGarden says the LEDs can “maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth, and abundant harvests.” (The more you know!)


aerogarden sprout LED
Home Depot

34. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

"The easiest way to make the PERFECT hard or soft boiled eggs every time. Can also poach and steam. I use this on a regular basis."
- Hayley, Researcher


Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

35. Avalon Bay Air Fryer With Air Fryer Baking Set and Recipe Book

The Avalon Bay Air Fryer is the ideal petite size for whipping up healthy snacks and side dishes. (Your uncle on a mission to improve his diet will thank you!) 


Avalon Air Fryer
Home Depot

36. Dash Mini Ice Cream Maker

"It's much easier to find space for in my freezer than a full-sized one."
- Alla, Digital Video Editor

$23.50, QVC

dash mini ice cream maker

37. KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer

"My mom got me this super cute hand mixer when I started baking a LOT during quarantine — and it's much easier to handle than a standard mixer for small, quick baking jobs."
- Cristina, Digital Editor

$49.99, Target

KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer

38. Cuisinart Immersion Blender

While she admits she's not a gadget girl, Rach says, "It's so dangerous — especially this time of year when you're making tons of soups — to transfer hot, boiling liquid from your dutch oven to the blender or the food processor, and then put it back in. This makes it so much easier!"


Cuisinart Immersion Blender
Home Depot

39. High-Heat Nonstick Two-in-One Vertical Chicken Roasting Pan

Rach uses this roaster to make her famous Beer Can Chicken with beer OR wine  — and now the cook in your life can, too!


High Heat Nonstick Two-in-One Vertical Chicken Roasting Pan
Williams Sonoma


40. Dishwashing Set With Squeeze Bottle

What’s better than making dishwashing chic?!
- Nicole, Digital Managing Editor


dishwashing set

41. Skura Style Antibacterial Sponges

"They're antimicrobial," lifestyle blogger Jenn Falik explains. "They will never smell. They're genius sponges created by two moms who were sick of ick. Because sponges are gross."


Skura Style Antibacterial Sponges


42. The Cake Bake Shop Crumble Cake by Gwendolyn Rogers

This crumble cake was one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2019 — and yes, we're still thinking about it.


walnut cake
Williams Sonoma

43. Rachael's Fave: Mother In Law's Kimchi House Napa Cabbage

Our fearless leader swears by Napa cabbage, which includes natural ingredients — and all kinds of deliciousness, of course.


Mother In Law’s Kimchi House Napa Cabbage
Mother In Law’s Kimchi House Napa Cabbage
Courtesy Mother In Law’s Kimchi

44. Rachael's Fave: Le Querce Honey Acacia Squeezer

Rachael prefers the squeeze bottle form of this sweet and delicate honey, as it makes it that much easier to drizzle yogurt, cheese, our just about anything! 


Le Querce Honey Acacia Squeezer

45. Rachael’s Fave: TRUFF Hot Sauce

Not just truffle-infused hot sauce, but the rarer white truffle limited release edition, which includes white truffle oil, organic coriander, ripe chili peppers, and organic agave nectar. (Are you drooling yet?) 


TRUFF Hot Sauce
TRUFF Hot Sauce
Courtesy TRUFF

46. Rachael's Fave: Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

The "original" maraschino cherry made from Italian marasca cherries, it’s the most luxurious topper on a sweet cocktail or ice cream sundae. (Plus, it’s kosher!) 


Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

47. Vanilla Beans

Rachael loves to source her own extraction-grade vanilla beans, and — believe it or not! — Etsy is a great place to do just that.

Starting at $17.05 for 10 beans,

Vanilla Beans

48. Rachael’s Fave: Urbani White Truffle Salt

Rachael loves this salt for its fine mix of Grey Guérande sea salt and prized white truffles from Alba in Italy’s Piedmont region.


Urbani White Truffle Salt
Urbani White Truffle Salt
Courtesy Urbani

49. Rachael's Fave: Urbani Dried Porcini Mushrooms

Rach also loves the brand’s prized dried porcini mushrooms, found in Umbria's Apennine Mountains. NYC’s Italian food Mecca Eataly recommends soaking them in a mixture of milk and warm water to enrich a risotto. 


Urbani Dried Porcini Mushrooms

50. Legally Addictive Cracker Cookies

- Katie, Producer


Legally Addictive Cracker Cookies

51. Momofuku Chili Crunch

"I'm obsessed with this — super addicting."
- Cara, Rach's stylist


Momofuku Chili Crunch
Shop Momofuku

52. 12-Pc. Bonbon Box

"Rachael loves gifting these beautiful hand painted bonbons."
- Cara, Rach's stylist


bonbon box

53. Mary Giuliani's Boutique Line of Frozen Hors D'oeuvres

"Super cute for gifting & holiday entertaining — is that a thing in 2020??"
- Cara, Rach's stylist

"The Cocktail Party Classic Collection" comes with 72 pieces of savory bites to feed a small crowd of 8-10 people. Pre-order is available now; starts shipping November 2.


Mary Giuliani's Boutique Line of Frozen Hors D'oeuvres
Mary Giuliani

54. Thank You Popcorn

"I LOVE Thank You Popcorn. It’s completely addicting."  
- Cara, Rach's stylist

$8 for a bag; $40 for a gallon tin,

53-Thank You Popcorn
Thank You Popcorn

55. Patak's Tikka Masala Curry Paste

"This stuff is the BOMB! Your dinner is instantly delicious. It says add yogurt but you can even skip that if you don't have it. I heart this stuff and the team is sick of hearing about it."
- Emily, Culinary Producer


Patak's Tikka Masala Curry Paste

56. Questlove's Popcorn Sneakies Set

Questlove actually showed off this popcorn spice set (which includes a lemon pepper, truffle farm rosemary, and Sunday morning cereal flavor) on our show, and we couldn’t get enough! 

$24.95 (on sale for $18.99!),

Questlove's Popcorn Sneakies Set
Williams Sonoma


57. Wine Tags With Funny Sayings + Fred Winer Dogs Wine Charms + Washable Wine Glass Markers

Keeping track of your wine glass when socializing has never been more important (eek!) — these are some of the most fun ones I’ve spotted online recently.
- Nicole, Digital Managing Editor

$4.19,$10 for a set of 6,; $9.99,

Washable Wine Glass Markers
Bed Bath & Beyond
Wine Tags with Funny Sayings
Bed Bath & Beyond
Fred Winer Dogs Wine Charms
Fred Winer Dogs Wine Charms
Sur La Table

58. Stainless Steel Stemware Plate Clips

Instead of getting plates with the wine stem slots, you can use these with plates you already have!


Stainless Steel Stemware Plate Clips
IWA Wine

59. Mid Century Wall 10-Bottle Black Wine Rack

Such a great splurge gift for a wine collector—it doubles as wine storage and wall art!


wine rack
Home Depot

60. Personalized Wine Boxes

"I've used this website many times to gift a personalized wine bottle with a photo of whoever it's for."
- Hayley, Researcher

Starts at $59,

Personalized Wine Boxes
Personal Wine


We turned to our Digital Managing Editor Nicole's brother, Julian — who's obsessed with grilling and smoking — to get his favorite Christmas gift ideas for the man (or lady) griller extraordinaire in your life.

61. ThermoWorks Classic Super-Fast Thermapen

"Guaranteed to be precise and accurate and stay that way over time. Super-fast read time. Plus, it’s made by a US-based and engineered company that stands behind its products."


Classic Thermapen

62. Royal Oaks 100% All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal

"This is actually the same stuff that's sold under other brands names for way more $$$. It has a great clean-burning aroma, gets really hot and burns a long time, adding a really rich flavor to your smoked meats. Even better: it's usually easy to find locally and gives pricier charcoal a run for its money."


Royal Oak
Home Depot

63. Western BBQ Products Wood Smoking Chunks, Chips & Pellets

"This company makes great smoking wood. Whether it's chunks, chips or pellets, it’s well-cured and each a great example of the flavor smoke can add to a dish."

$2.94 (Cherry Smoking Chips),; $19.97 (Wood Chip Variety Pack),

Cherry Smoking Chips
Dick's Sporting Goods

64. Bad Byron's Butt Rub Barbeque Seasoning BBQ Rubs

"You may or may not know a lot of BBQ rubs are loaded with sugar and MSG. Butt rub is sugar-free, MSG-free and gluten-free. And goes well on just about everything. Plus, it’s funny to say."


Butt Rub Barbeque Seasoning

65. Lilie's Q Smoky BBQ

"This is a widely available, super-tasty vinegar-based smokey BBQ sauce with the perfect balance of sweet and savory."

$5.79, Target

Lilie's Barbeque Sauce

66. Meat Church Fab 5 Seasonings

"Meat Church has a great lineup of BBQ seasoning/brining/injection products. These five are their bestsellers and go well together or alone on lots of different proteins."

$49.75 (on sale for $41!),

Meat Church Fab 5 Seasoning
Meat Church

67. Looft Lighter

"Having an electric lighter is key for any fire—especially charcoal, which is notorious for being a pain to "start." This uses only heated air so you can skip the chemicals. It has a long life and saves you money, and waste of starter materials over time."


Looft Lighter

For more gift inspiration, check out our gift guide for pets & pet owners and our faves from Oprah's Favorite Things 2020

Prices listed are subject to change by the retailer. 

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