Need gift ideas for cooks, bakers, and food-minded folks? These are all items I have in my own kitchen, use frequently, and love–and they all cost less than $50*.
CERAMIC SPOON REST
I treated myself to this spoon rest last year while Christmas shopping at World Market, and it’s become one of my favorite kitchen items. Cost: About $6
Find it: Mason Jar Ceramic Spoon Rest
STAINLESS STEEL STRAWS
I use these straws almost every day for drinking smoothies. This set comes with a cleaning brush, which is an essential. Cost: About $8
Find them: SipWell Stainless Steel Straws
I use this little microplaner to grate whole nutmeg, zest citrus, and shave Parmesan over helpings of pasta. Cost: About $9
Reusable Produce Bags
No more plastic produce bags to put in the landfill! I’ve had a set of these for a year, and they’ve held up really well. I keep them in my handbag or with my reusable grocery bags so I remember them and then toss them in the washing machine to get clean. Cost: About $12 for set of five
Find them: Flip & Tumble Reusable Produce Bags
MINI FOOD CHOPPER
This is one of the most-used appliances in my kitchen. I use it to chop nuts, onions, herbs, veggies, and graham crackers for pie crusts. It’s perfect for small jobs when you don’t want to lug out the food processor. Cost: About $14
My mom put this in my stocking one year, and I thought, “I probably won’t use this.” Turns out, I do! I love that I can quickly scoop out uniformly-sized cookies (that bake evenly). I also use it to scoop batter into my mini-muffin pan. Cost: About $14
Find it: OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
Silpat Perfect Cookie Baking Mat
I’ve had two Siplat baking mats for more than a decade and they’ve held up beautifully. I use them for everything from cookies and homemade fruit leathers to roasted veggies. This one, called the Perfect Cookie, has a template for perfectly-spaced cookies (the inner circle shows where to put your dough, the outer circle shows the size of the baked cookie). Cost: About $25
A friend gave this to me and it sat in the cupboard for a few years before I realized what a game-changer it was. The top fits an entire stick’s worth of butter. Fill the bottom with a little bit of water, then turn over the top to form an airtight seal–so you always have soft, spreadable butter that doesn’t spoil. I have classic white but I love these stripes. Cost: About $30
Kids Cooking Set
A splurge for the kiddos! My younger son got this set for Christmas one year, and the pint-sized utensils are so easy to use and handle that I often grab them when I’m cooking. Comes with laminated recipe cards and a little apron. For ages 3 and up. Cost: About $40
Get it: Playful Chef Deluxe Cooking Set
More gift ideas for cooks and foodies:
What gifts are YOU giving to the cooks in your life (or asking for yourself!) this year?
*All prices are approximate and based on prices listed online at time of posting.