We all have someone in our lives that loves to cook or bake, right? It might even be YOU! Whether you are looking for a gift for someone you love or treating yourself, here are a few of my favorite things. I’ve put together a baker’s dozen of course. I own everything on this list and use it regularly. Some of the items are newer versions of what I have, as most of my stuff has been in use for YEARS, which is why I chose these particular things as gift suggestions. They have been used A LOT and stand up to the abuse they get from your truly.
For the Cook in Your Life
1. Mixing Bowls ($18.95)
I can’t have enough of these. They are useful for everything from mixing to marinating, mashed potatoes to salad dressing. They are a necessity if you love to cook (or bake).
2. Microplane ($14.95)
For grating or zesting everything from lemons and limes to garlic, this tool gets serious use in my kitchen. It would be one of my items on a deserted island, that’s how much I love it.
3. Mandolin ($23.85)
This is in the toolkit of every line cook and chef I’ve ever known, including me. It makes quick work any anything you want sliced thinly and evenly. Sure, you can get a big fancy one… but why bother when this guy does everything you want for under $24.
4. Chef’s Knife ($99.94)
Global knives are lightweight and razor sharp. I find them very comfortable for smaller hands, which is important if you plan on using it often. They are excellent quality and will last forever if you take proper care of them. An awesome gift for someone who loves to cook!
5. Food Processor ($169.99)
I have an ancient version of this guy. It’s about 15+ years old and still going strong. This is a purchase you’ll make once (maybe twice) in your life. It makes shredding carrots or chopping nuts a breeze. Hummus comes together in 5 minutes with this. Holiday baking? Yep, this guy has you covered.
6. Instant Pot ($68.95)
My new obsession. I fell in love upon it’s inaugural use. Fall off the bone short ribs in 30 minutes flat. I couldn’t believe it. Plus, you can make yogurt! It’s on sale and it’s a STEAL!!!
7. All Clad 12″ pan ($109.95)
Yes, this pan is a little spendy. It’s worth it. Again, this is one of those “once in a lifetime” purchases, meaning you will never have to replace it if you take care of it! I cook for a living, which means my pots and pans get quadruple the normal use and mine still looks brand new.
For the Baker in Your Life
1. Metal Measuring Cups ($19.95)
No stained or smelly cups here! No warping in the dishwasher or melting because you accidently left it too close to the stove. No bending or breaking when scooping out ingredients either!
2. Kitchen Scale ($32.32)
A scale is key for accurate measuring when baking. When ingredients are weighed vs. measured, it yields a more consistent result.
3. Sheet Pans ($12.99)
Absolutely THE MOST USED item in my kitchen. From roasting vegetables to toasting coconut, I use sheet pans every single day. These are heavy duty and will not warp in the oven. You’ve all heard that sound, right?
4. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer ($328.34)
Mine has a permanent home on my counter. My first one lasted over 20 years, I just had to replace it a few years ago. Well worth the money. It handles cookie dough to pizza dough and everything in between.
5. Silpat Baking Liners ($21.84)
Cookies, scones, etc. come out perfect on these! Again, I’ve had mine for over a decade and they are still perfect. It will make holiday baking so much easier!
6. Balloon Whisk ($9.95)
Another item I can’t have enough of. When you are elbow deep in cake batter and you also need to whip up some egg whites, you’ll be thankful you have a spare… or two.
There you have it! Go forth, gift and conquer the kitchen!