The Best Gifts for Cooks

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Marble rolling pin
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Yoohoo, holiday shoppers — we’re back!

And with an even longer list of gift ideas for the 2019 holiday season.

After unleashing our The Best Food Subscription Boxes to Gift This Holiday Season gift guide on the world, we’re really getting all things culinary with our latest (and very on-brand!) roundup: 46 of the Best Gifts for Cooks! 

From kitchen gadgets to kitchen essentials, to gourmet ingredients and a few items that are just plain fun (Questlove’s popcorn spices, anyone?), we’ve got something for every chef on your list — from the novice to the “Rachael” in your life! 

Read on for the picks from our editors, our culinary team, and even a few of Rachael’s favorites, too! 

RACHAEL STUFF

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

1. 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!) 

$99.99 (currently on sale for $39.99 through 12/15/19!), Macys.com

2. 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, blue, and gray!) 

$25, Amazon.com

pour-over coffee set
Meyer Corporation

3. 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!

$49.99, BedBathandBeyond.com

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

4. 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 $18.59, QVC.com

oval pasta pot
Meyer Corporation

5. Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Enamel Nonstick 8-Qt Covered Oval Pasta Pot with Pour Spout

Available in “Agave Blue” and “Cranberry Red,” 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.

$63.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

6. 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.) 

$7.72 for a two pack, Walmart.com

UPGRADES ON ESSENTIALS

Marble rolling pin
Sur La Table Marble Rolling Pin With Handles
Courtesy Sur La Table

7. Sur La Table Marble Rolling Pin With Handles 

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

$29.95, SurLaTable.com

8. 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! 

$19.99 for the seven-piece set, Amazon.com

9. Henckels International Cooking Tools Stainless Steel Can Opener

This little guy, made all the more lustrous with its brushed stainless steel, is not only dishwasher safe, but it also boasts a hanging look for convenient storage.

$19.99, Zwilling.com

10. Laguiole Ivory Steak Knives (Set of 6)

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

$49.95, CrateandBarrel.com

Joseph Joseph 100 Series 9-Piece Stainless Steel Nesting Mixing Bowl Set
Joseph Joseph 100 Series 9-Piece Stainless Steel Nesting Mixing Bowl Set
Courtesy Joseph Joseph

11. Joseph Joseph 100 Series 9-Piece Stainless Steel Nesting Mixing Bowl 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.

$99.99 ($790.99 for Beyond+ members), BedBathandBeyond.com

sandwich stashers
Urban Outfitters

12. Culinary Team Pick: 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!" 

$12, UrbanOutfitters.com

gold cake serving set
CB2

13. CB2 2-Piece Gold Cake Serving Set

This refined serving set instantly ups the elegance of any dessert table.

$59.95, CB2.com

Marble cookbook stand
West Elm Marble Cookbook Stand
Courtesy West Elm

14. 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. 

$29 (currently on sale for $20.30), WestElm.com

15. 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!)

$39.95, TheGrommet.com

16. 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.

$19.95, SurLaTable.com

17. “Noods” Large Clipped Glass Storage Jar

These come in all different sizes for storing all kinds of foods.

And as for the saying? All we can say is, wink! 

$12 (currently on sale for $11!), UrbanOutfitters.com

MUST-HAVE TRENDY GEAR

Mealthy CrispLid
Mealthy CrispLid
Courtesy Mealthy

18. Mealthy CrispLid

This innovative product converts any electric pressure cooker into an air fryer and dehydrator, allowing your giftee to broil, crisp, air fry, and dehydrate to their heart’s content! (Note: Compatible with both 6- and 8-quart electric pressure cookers.) 

$64.95, Mealthy.com

19. Avalon Bay Air Fryer With Airfryer 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!) 

$79.99 (currently on sale for $64!), Amazon.com

20. 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! 

$79, Amazon.com

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

21. 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! 

$19.95, TheGrommet.com

22. 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 $49!), Amazon.com

23. 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.

$39.95, SurLaTable.com

24. Kangaroo Original Standing Mat Kitchen Rug

This kitchen mat, which comes in 16 color and print options, comes complete a 3/4-inch, ergonomically engineered mat to keep any cook comfy while standing at the stove for a prolonged period of time. (Pro tip: It works just as well in a laundry room, office, or anywhere else a person might be up on their feet!) 

$38.99, Amazon.com

Igloo Playmate Cooler
Igloo Playmate Cooler
Courtesy Igloo

25. Igloo Playmate Cooler

Any picnic — or retro — lover will be ecstatic receiving this beauty, which is featured in one of its classic color schemes: white, aqua, and watermelon! 

$40, UrbanOutfitters.com

26. Sur La Table Onion Goggles

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

$22.95, SurLaTable.com

27. 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!) 

$20, SurLaTable.com

aerogarden sprout
Amazon

28. 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!) 

$99.95 (currently on sale for $72.28!), Amazon.com

GOURMET INGREDIENTS (INCLUDING LOTS OF RACHAEL’S PERSONAL FAVORITES!)

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

29. 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.

$20.10, Amazon.com

30. Rachael’s Fave: La Boîte Jars of Spices Book Set

Rachael loves this brand for her spices, and this set not only includes five spices — Luberon (lavender, basil, fennel), Breeze (tea, anise, lemon), Pierre Poivre (a pepper blend), Yemen (cinnamon, ginger, allspice), and Cancale (fennel, orange, and fleur de sel) — but also a book, The Art of Blending, to help inspire creative seasoning.

$55, NeimanMarcus.com

31. 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! 

$9.95, Buonitalia.com

 

TRUFF Hot Sauce
TRUFF Hot Sauce
Courtesy TRUFF

 

32. 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?) 

$34.99, Amazon.com

33. Editor’s Pick: Rare Bird Preserves Passion Fruit Curd (2 Pack)

Beloved by foodies everywhere (including our Senior Managing Editor Nicole Jones, who says “obsessed would be an understatement”), this marigold-hued preserve is both rich and subtle — the perfect tropical pop on top of toast or a scone.

$26, Food52.com

34. 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!) 

$19.45, Amazon.com

35. 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 $22.99 for 10 beans, Etsy.com

Urbani White Truffle Salt
Urbani White Truffle Salt
Courtesy Urbani

36. 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.

$39.90, Eataly.com

37. 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. 

$49.90, Eataly.com

38. Rachael’s Fave: Setaro Rigatoni

As for Rachael’s — and many other top chefs’, we should note! — go-to pasta, that award goes to Setaro. We think this rigatoni is the perfect choice for making Rach’s Chicken and Vegetable Ragu with Rigatoni.

$13.75, Walmart.com

JUST FOR FUN

Pyrex Decorated Just Sayin 4-Piece Storage Set
Pyrex Decorated Just Sayin 4-Piece Storage Set
Courtesy Pyrex

39. Pyrex Decorated Just Sayin 4-Piece Storage Set

The cutest Tupperware set for storing all those Christmas feast leftovers! 

$23.99 (currently on sale for $13.99!), Macys.com

40. 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, Williams-Sonoma.com

bear spoon rest
Anthropologie

41. Ariya Ceramic Bear Spoon Rest

Who wouldn’t get an instant case of the smiles receiving this bear-shaped spoon rest? Plus, he’s a polar bear, making him all the more fitting as a winter surprise! 

$16, Anthropologie.com

42. Delicacies Sterling Silver Delish Necklace

Yes, this necklace is adorable, especially for a foodie. Plus, it’s one of Rachael’s favorite sayings! But the best part? Each one purchased provides 15 meals to help feed the hungry.

$60, Amazon.com

Holiday Lane Foodies Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ornament
Holiday Lane Foodies Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ornament
Courtesy Macy's

43. Holiday Lane Foodies Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ornament

For the cheese aficionado, the comfort food connoisseur — and basically anyone else who loves their stomach.

$14 (currently on sale for $7!), Macys.com

44. Clean Dirty Dishwasher Magnet Sign

Ah, Etsy truly never disappoints. How does anyone figure out if the dishes in their dishwasher have actually been cleaned? This magnet, which goes from DIRTY to CLEAN with a simple swipe, should do the trick nicely! 

$11.99, Etsy.com

45. Yummy World Large Taco Plushie

Could there BE a cuter stuffed critter for a foodie — especially a spice-loving foodie! — top curl up with?

$32, UrbanOutfitters.com

burrito pouch
Amazon

46. JanSport Digital Burrito Pouch

This wrap-style pouch securely stores electronic cords and power bricks — and also reminds a person that’s it’s never a bad day for a Chipotle run.

$17.75, Amazon.com

For more gift ideas, check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! And see our sister sites' tech gift guidesgaming gift guidesfashion and beauty gift guidesTV gift guides, and foodie gift guides.

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