December is almost upon us! Most of us are looking forward to the holiday break and hosting or attending family reunions. Central to these reunions is giving and receiving gifts. Is there someone in your life who loves to cook and bake? Wouldn’t you love to give him or her a gift that will be truly useful?
Here are my recommendations broken down by budget. There are no affiliate links here. The list is based on what I find useful and, I presume, other home cooks will love to have too.
No, you don’t need to break the bank to give a memorable holiday gift to a loved one who takes cooking seriously.
Egg timer: It takes the guesswork out of boiling eggs. It’s especially useful for cooks obsessed with topping home cooked ramen with eggs that have firm whites and runny yolks.
Kitchen Thermometer: Cooks who love to roast meat and poultry will love this. With a kitchen thermometer, a cook can tell if the roast beef is rare, medium rare or very rare.
Spice Jars: Because serious cooks know the value of buying herbs and spices in bulk, it follows that they want to make sure that everything is stored properly to make the herbs and spices last a long time. Spice jars with airtight covers do the job well.
These aren’t exactly cheap but, for someone special, the price should be justified.
Fondue: A serious cook will love the chance to bond with his or her family and friends with this fondue. Note that fondues come in a range of prices from reasonable to pricey. Choose the one that fits your budget.
French Press: A coffee lover’s dream. Any serious coffee drinker will appreciate this gift. You might want to throw in a bag of coffee beans too.
Mandoline Slicer: For cooks who like to entertain or who have large families, a mandoline slicer is so convenient to have around because it cuts prep time to a fraction.
Tajine: A North African and Middle Eastern cookware, a cook who loves earthenware will love having a tajine in the kitchen.
Don’t mind spending big for the holidays? A family member or friend who putters in the kitchen for most of his or her waking hours will squeal with joy when he or she finds one of these under the Christmas tree.
Hot Pot: It’s not a traditional hotpot. Rather, it is a portable gas stove that can be placed at the center of the dining table so that a family can enjoy a homestyle hotpot meal.
Cast Iron Cookware: Sturdy and heavy, cast iron cookware can go from the stovetop to the oven. Pricey, yes, but cast iron cookware can outlive the cook you will give it too.
Ice Cream Maker: Know someone who has the patience and time to whip up homemade ice cream? Why not give him or her an ice cream maker?
Slow Cooker: For the busy cooks who prefer to let dinner cook unattended while he or she is at work or out for the day running errands, a slow cooker is the thing to have.
If you’re a serious cook, wouldn’t you love to receive one or more of these items for Christmas?