As an avid cook who feels at home in the kitchen, I’m familiar with lots of kitchen tools and gadgets. This list of affordable kitchen gifts will make life easier for the home chef on your holiday list. I own most of these items myself and use them often enough to know that they’re worth the space in my cupboard or pantry; I’d certainly be eager to replace them if something happened to them. These all ship free from Amazon with purchases over $25.
- Lodge Logic L10SK3 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: $18.97
We use our cast iron skillets constantly, and Lodge is a great American brand. These come pre-seasoned, so less food will stick from the start and they will become even more non-stick with regular use. Cast iron pans are nearly indestructible with proper care and can last for decades. If you’re only cooking for one or two people, the 10-inch skillet may be a better option and is less expensive. Note: These pans are heavy, so if your recipient has strength limitations, these may not be a great option. We usually leave ours on the stovetop so we aren’t constantly having to move it around.
- Ateco Dipping Tool Set: $9.38
You can use a fork to dip candy, but I find that it’s messier and wastes more chocolate. These dipping tools make candy-making less of a chore and more of something that I’m willing to do more than once a year. I live in the land of “buckeye candy,” so if I ever want to make buckeyes, these are a must. Pair this gift with some chocolate discs or molds, and maybe you’ll be the recipient of some tasty candy soon.
- Back to Basics 286 5-Piece Home Canning Kit: $13.49
Many folks are going back to basics and learning to live more self-sufficiently for financial and environmental reasons. Canning is back in style again and this kit will help the recipient get started. Include a canning cook book or some canning jars for a more complete gift.
- Under Shelf Wrap Rack in white from Organize It All: $11.74
I’ve ordered several of these racks for pantry organization of foil and other small items. This is a great gift for the neat freak on your list.
- T-fal E9380864 Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator 12.5-Inch Fry Pan/Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware, Black: $24.20
This nonstick pan was rated the highest by Cook’s Illustrated and has excellent reviews for its easy care and safety. It’s light and affordable and can help people cook with less fat without food sticking. Nonstick pans need to be replaced every few years because they get scratched easily, so anyone who has been using non-stick pans for a few years could probably use a replacement. Pair this pan with a silicone or plastic spatula to help the cook keep the new pan free from scratches.
- World Cuisine Silicone Nonstick 16-3/8-by-11-5/8-Inch Baking Mat: $16.42
I’ve been baking on silicone mats for years and I’ll never go back. Nothing sticks and it helps prevent cookies from burning on metal pans. The mats are easy to clean and will last for years. These can be used in place of parchment paper or foil in your pans, so you’ll create less waste, too.
- Norpro Mandoline Slicer Grater with Guard: $18.57
Mandoline slicers are a great gift for people who like to cook but don’t have excellent knife skills. Slicers help create equal and uniform pieces more quickly than using a knife. This one has excellent ratings and is collapsible to save space.
- Presto 05100 PowerCrisp microwave bacon cooker: $15.73
While you can cook bacon a variety of ways, this is probably the easiest and least messy. The grease will drip into the trays and the bacon will cook uniformly. The breakfast lover on your list with love this tool. This is the only item on the list that I don’t own a version of, but I can see the appeal. Currently I put my husband on bacon duty or bake it in the oven.
- Epica TM Accupro Digital Kitchen Scale 11 lbs Capacity,Electronic Food Scale - $14.95
Kitchen scales are very versatile and can be useful for portion control, baking, or even weighing small packages to mail. We use one daily to weigh our new dog’s food to help her get to a healthy weight (she’s a bit of a chunk).
- Hostess Gift: Harney & Sons Fine Teas Hot Cinnamon Spice, 50 Tea bags: $9.99
This tea is my absolute favorite wintertime tea. It’s like Christmas in a mug, but isn’t too overwhelming.
World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer: $31.59
This item is over $25, but I wanted to include it because I love it so much. I received one as a gift last year and have since made many batches of curly fries, sweet potato fries, zucchini pasta and apple strings. It’s easy to use and easy to clean, and makes a great gift for the creative chef on your list.
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