I’m super excited to bring you this holiday gift guide just in time for the holiday’s. We all have that special someone in our life who loves to cook and bake. Whether it be your girlfriend/boyfriend, husband/wife, mom/dad, grandma/grandpa, sister/brother- you catch my drift; there’s someone in ya life who loves the kitchen. This holiday gift guide is such a great resource to help navigate and narrow down some great choices for that foodie you know. I’ve narrowed down some of my most favorite kitchen items that I not only own myself but that I love and use on the regular.
- Lodge Cast Iron Skillet: I honestly can’t say enough good things about this particular skillet. I bought my first one about 3 years ago and I use it about 3-4 times a week. This skillet is so affordable and makes cooking so much fun. With this skillet, think eggs, bacon, homemade cornbread, sautéing veggies; the list is endless. One of the main pieces of cookware that a foodie should have is a cast iron skillet and this is the one guys.
- KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer: For the sake of sounding extra dramatic; I don’t know what life was life before I had my stand mixer, ha! You guys, having an actual stand mixer is absolutely paramount for a baker. Even for an avid baking enthusiast. Gone are the days of hand mixing, friends. My sister actually surprised me a few years ago with my first stand mixer and I cannot imagine baking without one. Think whipping up cakes, dough, cookies, buttercream, meringue, and so much more. And you can even throw some chicken breasts in for shredding chicken up with a breeze. Get. You. One.
- Pyrex 8-Piece Bowl Set: These bowls are my absolute favorite in the kitchen. Whenever I’m making a dish and mixing ingredients together, I use these bowls. If I’m prepping ingredients and need a bowl to toss the potatoes, carrots, or lettuce in, I use these. If I’m making homemade salad dressing or pretty much anything, I mix it in these bowls. I also love the fact that this set comes with lids to keep your food fresh if you need to put something in the fridge.
- USA Pan Bakeware: The one and only bakeware set you’ll ever need to buy. With it’s thick and heavy gauge steel; this set includes 6 high quality essential bakeware pieces. This set includes pieces for making cupcakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, basically everything you need to be a baking/cooking pro. My favorite piece is the large sheet pan. I use it for making easy sheet pan dinners, an extra large batch of cookies- you name it.
- Vitamix 750: Ok, ok. I know this item is on the pricey side. But you know when people say that something is truly an investment? This holy grail of a machine, is it. When it comes to blenders, you got your cheap ones and then you have the Vitamix. This beast of a machine can go from whipping up a deliciously healthy smoothie to making nut butters to making soup. Yes, I said soup. This blender is literally the blender of all blenders and trust when I tell you that this is an investment, I mean it. This blender will last you well over a decade.
- Le Creuset Dutch Oven: This beautiful pot is another item that every cook should have. A dutch oven is essential in a cook’s kitchen. My favorite way to use my dutch oven is when making big batches of hearty soups and stews. Le Creuset is another one of those big name brands that produce high quality products that you’ll have for years. My chicken gnocchi soup whips up so beautifully in this large pot.
- Enamelware Large Roasting Pan: I have 2 of these beauties. I find them useful when making a large dish. I like to think of these pans as an all-inclusive pan, literally anything can be made in these. Think roasting chicken, a hefty portion of mac n cheese, a juicy cobbler, or overnight french toast. This pan is truly great all around.
- Wilton 6-Cavity Donut Pan: I got my first donut pan about 2 years ago and I love it. Before I got this pan, I only ate fried donuts. This nifty pan allows you to make homemade baked donuts which are not only healthier but fun to make yourself at home. Definitely a great little pan.
- Ateco Revolving Cake Stand: Having a turntable to make cakes is highly essential for your baking needs. Ateco is also one of the top companies in the baking industry and they make amazing and great quality products that last and last. Many bakers have this cake stand and they can attest to a turntable being crucial for making homemade cakes. I use mine every time I make a layer cake.
- Crock-Pot 7-Quart Slow Cooker: Now I may be wrong, but I believe everyone, foodie or not, needs a crockpot or slow cooker in their kitchen. You don’t even need to love cooking to have one of these. The ease and simplicity it adds to one’s kitchen speaks volumes. Think dumping ingredients into this bad boy and coming home after a long day and eating some slow cooker barbacoa beef tacos or some chili. Having a crockpot serves so many benefits. Easy prep time and almost no dishes afterwards, holla!
- Cuisinart Food Processor: A food processor is great for prepping ingredients for a meal. Think cutting up carrots in a flash for that carrot cake, or chopping up veggies in seconds for a salad. I love using my food processor to chop, slice, and shred something super fast. Making a cheesecake? Throw some graham crackers in this baby to get super fast graham cracker crust for that cheesecake.
- John Boos Cutting Board: Yet another favorite of mine. Now you might say, Quin, this is just a cutting board. Yes, it is a cutting board. But again, we speak of quality and precision with this particular cutting board. This board is solid and heavy. I use mine when chopping ingredients like carrots, herbs, etc. This is the same board you may see some chef’s use on “Food Network” shows. Another product you’ll have for years if oiled occasionally and taken care of.
There you have it friends.
The ultimate holiday gift guide for the cook and baker. I would only recommend to you the very best and items that I actually have and use in my own cooking and baking adventures. There’s a mix of price points within my guide. I always recommend buying quality products instead of what may be cheaper and the primary reason for this is that I personally like to buy items once and have them forever or for many years. I hate to buy something cheap and then have to replace it often. Stick with whatever is in your budget and save for that special, more pricey item that you want.
I hope you enjoyed these recommendations and if you liked this kind of post and want to see more recommendations, please comment below and let me know. If you have some kitchen faves of your own, also drop a comment and let me know!