Looking for the best kitchen gift ideas? Foodies and cooking enthusiasts go crazy over kitchen gadgets. This kitchen tools holiday gift guide fits everyone’s budget and are proven quality for a well-stocked kitchen.
With the holidays approaching, I wanted to share my absolute favorite kitchen must-haves. These products range from inexpensive tools (great for stocking stuffers) to more extravagant gifts to wow loved ones with. Mix and match a variety of kitchen gadgets for a foodie’s gift box!
Whether you’re learning to cook, or looking for gift ideas for the family chef, I want to make your life easier this holiday season. No more guessing!
All of the items shared are my tried and true favorite kitchen tools. It was hard to streamline the front-runners, but I continually use the bejesus out of these!
Essential Kitchen Appliances
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer – The ability to turn on the mixer and work on other things is priceless. Laborious tasks, such as whipping egg whites or heavy cream are done with a slide of a lever. The perfect bonus item to go with a KitchenAid is the paddle scraper attachment, which scrapes down the bowl as it mixes.
- Bosch Universal Plus Mixer is the extreme workhorse in a baker’s world. Serious bakers will love the motor strength and bowl size because several batches can be made at once. I make six loaves of bread in one swoop with my Bosch, and it handles those 5 pounds of flour like nobody’s business.
- The Thermopen MK4 thermometer shows up ALL THE TIME in Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen, so I knew it was legit. It reads a temp in 2 seconds so the Thermapen is phenomenal for making candy such as peanut brittle, fudge, toffee, or chocolate bark. If cooking / grilling is more your thing, spot on meat temps are practically instantaneous.
- Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Pots and Pans – A great set of cookware makes an immense difference in the kitchen. Heat conducts evenly, food sears beautifully, and this set goes from stove to oven. The Tri-Ply Stainless set is more affordable than flashier name brands, but still has a lifetime guarantee and performs just as well. I received these pots and pans as a wedding gift 15 years ago and I still love them!
- Instant Pot – I know you can’t escape this thing, but there’s a reason for that. Pressure cooking makes food taste tender, delicious, and amazing in such a ridiculous short time. Plus, it truly makes the most amazing thick and creamy yogurt you’ll ever taste.
- Braun Immersion Blender – An absolute must because it’s less bulky equipment to store and doesn’t take up precious counter space. Immersion blenders also require less clean up than standard blenders. I made all my baby food with one, and now use it for blender pancakes, soups, pureeing sauces, and smoothies. The Cadillac model, Braun MultiQuick 9 can also be utilized as a food processor, ice crusher, and veggie chopper. Practically an all-in-one kitchen appliance!
Essential Kitchen Utensils
- Silicone Spoons – These things are literally everywhere in my kitchen and I’m still acquiring more. Get them in all sizes for sautéing, mixing, melting small bowls of chocolate, and getting that last bit out of a jar.
- Flour Sack Towels – So many uses for such a small amount of dough. 🤑 Throw them over rising dough and use for lint-free polishing of glassware. These towels are also great for soaking up excess water on freshly washed veggies. Lay out rinsed vegetables on these huge towels to absorb water.
- Silicone Baking Mats – These mats replace parchment paper when baking cookies and make for easy clean up while roasting. Use them to roll out and shape dough for rolls and cookies, and save yourself counter cleaning!
- Cookie Scoops – Throughout the year I’ve acquired all three sizes of these and they have earned major respect. I’m not really sure what took me so long to get them, but I’m glad I came to my senses. Cookie scoops distribute even-sized cookies cleanly and quickly. The largest scoop can be used for scooping ice cream, but I primarily use it to measure our perfectly portioned muffins.
- Zester – Such an essential tool for infusing flavor into dishes. Zest fresh citrus into sauces, frosting, and baked goods. This zester can also handle grating parmesan and has a great ergonomic design.
- Stainless Steel Ball Whisk – The individual wires are much easier to clean on this type of whisk. I also find they aerate food better than a traditional whisk and hold up against wear and rust.
- Baking Sheets – I know, I know, you probably all have baking sheets, but there is a difference between any old baking sheet and these baking sheets. Also rated top brand by America’s Test Kitchen, good baking sheets make a difference evenly conducting heat with baked goods and roasting. Plus, these stand up to warping.
- Mixing Bowls – Nothing beats the variety of sizes and durability of these bowls. If you have an official pancake maker in the house, they will also love this batter bowl with handle.