28 Perfect Kitchen Gifts for People Who Love to Cook

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The holiday season is officially upon us, and if you’re looking for gift ideas for someone who loves to cook, you’ve come to the right place. I worked with Meggan to put together the below list of cooking and kitchen gifts, which is full of things she actually uses and loves, things she gives as gifts each year that are always hits, and some popular items with tons of rave reviews that we recommend this year.

From decorative pieces to functional cooking tools, this guide includes gifts for all types of people and budgets. These are the 28 best kitchen gifts for 2022.

1. For Coffee and Tea Drinkers: KeepCup Brew Cork Coffee Cup

Best cooking gifts: KeepCup coffee cup
Credit: KeepCup

This cup is one of Meggan’s favorite items to give as a gift. 

“I love how stylish and sustainable this cup is,” she says. “It’s easy to have a million to-go cups for coffee and tea at home, but I prefer to have just one special one that I’m obsessed with.”

The glass is not only stylish, but it’s made with durable, tempered glass so it won’t shatter, and the cork band keeps your hands from burning. KeepCup is also BCorp certified, and 1% of all sales goes toward protecting the environment. Meggan loves that it can be used around the house and that it’s designed so you can take your drinks on the go. While Meggan doesn’t drink coffee, she uses it for tea—specifically PG Tips tea!

Buy the KeepCup Coffee Cup:

2. For the Brunch Fanatic: Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Best cooking gifts: Dash waffle maker
Credit: Target

This adorable mini waffle maker from Dash makes a great gift for anyone on your list who can’t get enough of brunch. With a 4.7-star rating from over 219,000 reviews (yes, that’s right!), people cannot get enough of the tiny kitchen gadget. Not only is it cute, but it’s easy to use, too. And the best part is the price, which makes it a great gift for nearly anyone on your list.

Buy the Dash Mini Waffle Maker:

3. For the Kitchen Decor Enthusiast: Tikal Wood Serving Bowl

Best cooking gifts: Wood serving bowls
Credit: The Citizenry

Meggan can personally vouch for these beautiful bowls from The Citizenry, one of her favorite shops. She says they’re her favorite combination of practical and beautiful, and she recommends giving them as a gift to anyone who loves beautiful things (even those who aren’t into cooking!).

The bowls, which are handcrafted in Guatemala, come in three different colors (Granadillo, Mahogany or White Cedar) and three sizes. The large and medium are ideal for storing fruit and vegetables on the counter, and the small one makes a cute candy or serving dish. You can also opt to get a full set with one in each size.

Buy the Tikal Wood Serving Bowls:

4. For the Household Chef: Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Best cooking gifts: Le Creuset Dutch Oven
Credit: Le Creuset

Le Creuset Dutch Ovens are one of the most popular gifts each year. Why? Well, there’s really nothing better than a tried-and-true dutch oven that will last forever. Meggan personally uses and recommends the 5 and ½ quart size, as it’s her go-to size for everything from baking bread to making soup. And if you’re stuck on what color to get, Meggan loves the Caribbean Blue!

A Le Creuset Dutch Oven is something the person you’re shopping for will have for a lifetime. It’s perfect for newlyweds, new homeowners, those cooking for large families, the Le Creuset collector (they exist!), and more. If you’re looking for a splurge-worthy gift for someone, you really can’t go wrong.

Buy the Le Creuset Dutch Oven:

5. For the Meat Cooker: Thermapen One

Best cooking gifts: Thermapen One
Credit: ThermoWorks

Meggan loves ThermoWorks and raves about the Thermapen One. It’s one of her favorite cooking tools, and she says gives nearly-instant, extremely accurate results. As a proud owner of a Thermapen One myself, I agree. It’s also one of my most-used kitchen tools, and I don’t know if I could cook meat or fish without it. The thermometer is extremely easy to use and read, and it gives a full reading in one second or less. All of this makes it a great gift for anyone who cooks meat.

Buy the Thermapen One:

6. For the One Who Doesn’t Like Following Recipes: The Flavor Bible

Best cooking gifts: The Flavor Bible
Credit: Amazon

Part of being a great cook is knowing how to put a meal together without a recipe. In “The Flavor Bible,” dozens of chefs share the secrets to cooking without recipes. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves cooking and already has tons of cookbooks—or for someone who prefers cooking without having to follow directions.

Meggan keeps copies of this book both on her desk at home and in her studio test kitchen. She loves to keep it on hand for when she is dreaming about or developing new recipes! Not only does this book come highly recommended by Meggan, but it also has 7,800 great reviews on Amazon. It’s truly a non-cliche cooking gift for home chefs of all kinds.

BuyThe Flavor Bible:

7. For the Wine Drinker: Meggan’s Favorite Wine Accessories

Best cooking gifts: Wine accessories
Credit: Amazon

If you’re shopping for a wine lover, a wine chiller is a great gift idea—and this one that Meggan personally loves is not only fantastic, but it’s under $20! She’s had hers since 2009, so it is clearly great quality, and it works really well. It takes only a few minutes to chill the wine, and it stays cold for hours. The wine chiller is a must-have for those who frequent BBQs, picnics, beaches, or parties. Plus, it comes in lots of fun colors! 

If you’re looking to spend more money on something a bit nicer, consider gifting Meggan’s favorite wine glasses. The glasses from Schott Zwiesel come in multiple styles, but Meggan loves the classic burgundy glasses for their round shape and sleek appearance. The glasses are made from Tritan crystal glass, which looks fragile but is actually somewhat break-resistant. The wine lover can never have enough wine glasses, so this gift will not disappoint!

Buy the Vacu Vin Wine Chiller:
Buy Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glasses (6):

8. For the One Who’s Always Busy: Air Fryer

Best cooking gifts: Air fryer
Credit: Crate & Barrel

If you’re looking for a great gift for someone with a baby or young kids, an air fryer is a perfect idea. They’re great for quick weeknight recipes, and they’re excellent for reheating leftovers and cooking frozen food. Because they cook so quickly, air fryers let you whip up frozen chicken nuggets for a screaming toddler in only a few minutes without having to wait for the oven to preheat! It’s glorious. If you know a parent who could benefit from this, the Philips Premium Air Fryer XXL is an amazing option. It’s a bit pricey, though, so if you’re looking for a less expensive option, the Instant Air Fryer (same brand as the Instant Pot) has tons of rave reviews too.

If you do end up gifting an air fryer, be sure to share our recipes for Air Fryer Meatballs and Air Fryer Chicken Wings!

Buy the Philips Premium Air Fryer XXL:
Buy the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer:

9. For the Friend Who Loves a Potluck: CorningWare Casserole Dish

Best cooking gifts: CorningWare casserole dish
Credit: Target

If you’re from the Midwest like Meggan, you know you can never have too many casserole dishes! And this CorningWare casserole dish is as classic as it gets. Because of this, the CorningWare dish makes for an amazing gift for anyone known to contribute to a potluck, drop off meals for neighbors or family, or host parties. CorningWare resists chipping or other damage, so it lasts, and it’s very easy to clean.

Buy the CorningWare 2.5-Qt Casserole Dish:
Buy the CorningWare 4-Quart Casserole Dish:

10. For the One With the Outdoor Kitchen: Ooni Pizza Oven

Best cooking gifts: Ooni pizza oven
Credit: Ooni

People are obsessed with Ooni Pizza Ovens, and Meggan recommends them as a gift for any outdoor kitchen enthusiast you’re looking to splurge on this holiday season. They cook wood-fired pizza outdoors in only 60 seconds! With thousands of rave reviews on the Ooni website (that feature mouth-watering pictures of pizza), and many articles from food publishers saying it’s worth the hype, this is going to be a hugely popular gift in 2022. It’s one of the best cooking gifts this year for sure!

Buy the Ooni Koda 12 Pizza Oven:

11. For the Cozy Cook: Tiled Margot Monogram Mug from Anthropologie

Best cooking gifts: Anthropologie monogram mug
Credit: Anthropologie

These tiled monogram mugs from Anthropologie are quite popular with a 5-star rating from hundreds of reviews! Just select the first initial of the person you’re shopping for and you instantly have a gorgeous, personalized gift. This is a great stocking stuffer and an excellent gift for a co-worker or close friend. The mug basically begs you to fill it up with hot chocolate and sit by a fireplace with a good book. A bonus: It looks great on social media, too. 

Buy the Tiled Margot Monogram Mug:

12. For the Cheese Board Designer: The Cheese Knife OKP2

Best cooking gifts: The Cheese Knife
Credit: Amazon

Meggan says this is the cheese knife to end all cheese knives, so if you’re shopping for a cheese lover, you have your gift! The ridged blade cuts through everything from a soft brie to a crumbly parmesan. It doesn’t stick to the cheese as you cut, which is a major issue with other cheese knives, and the yellow handle gives it a fun pop of color. The best part? It’s under $20. Maybe you’ll want to buy one for yourself as a gift, too!

Buy The Cheese Knife OKP2:

13. For Serious Breakfast Eaters: Tramontina Skillet

Best cooking gifts: Skillet
Credit: Amazon

These skillets are a must-have for anyone into cooking breakfast. Meggan has the skillets in both the 8-inch and 10-inch size and says they’re the best. The commercial-grade, heavy-gauge aluminum construction distributes heat quickly and evenly, while the reinforced nonstick interior allows food to easily release from the pan for effortless cooking and cleanup. 

Meggan isn’t the only fan of these skillets. They’re wildly popular on Amazon, too, with over 16,000 rave reviews. They’re also what a lot of restaurants use to make thousands of eggs every day! That said, one (or more!) of these skillets would make a great gift for anyone, regardless of their cooking expertise.

Buy the Tramontina Skillet:

14. For the Tea Lover: Stylish Tea Cups and Tea!

Best cooking gifts: Tea cups
Credit: The Citizenry

If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys tea, we recommend giving Meggan’s go-to tea cups from The Citizenry. The tea lover in your life likely has plenty of cups, but these are special and are probably unlike anything they already own. They can be used every day, or when they have guests over. These beautiful matte black cups are handmade in Mexico.

“I love the smooth black clay because it feels so cozy and is the perfect size for a warm beverage. It’s a little work of art in your hand,” says Meggan.

To go with the tea cups, Meggan also recommends giving a luxury tea from Le Souk Spices and Teas. The Vanilla Lemongrass is the signature tea at Burke Williams, a luxe California day spa. 

Buy the Oro Cacao Cups:
Buy the Le Souk Vanilla Lemongrass Tea:

15. For the One With a Starter Kitchen: Chef’s Knife

Best cooking gifts: Chef's knife
Credit: Amazon

If there’s one thing someone needs when moving into their first home, it’s a great chef’s knife. While it’s nice to have knives for specific purposes, this one is extremely versatile and can get you through cooking most meals. It’s the perfect gift for anyone moving into their first home or furnishing a new kitchen. We recommend the Global Chef’s Knife, which is the one Meggan uses in her own home—and the one her chef friends use in their restaurants. It comes with a lifetime warranty against defects and breakage. It also maintains sharpness exceptionally well, although a knife sharpener would still make a nice companion gift if you have more money to spend!

Buy the Global 8-Inch Chef’s Knife:

16. For the Baker: KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Best cooking gifts: KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Credit: Amazon / KitchenAid

One of the best cooking gifts will always be a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Why? It’s a classic kitchen staple that makes a great splurge gift! If you’re shopping for someone who loves to bake, there’s no doubt they would welcome a KitchenAid Stand Mixer into their kitchen. Loved by Meggan and tens of thousands of reviewers on Amazon and elsewhere, it’s a top-notch gift they will never forget. Other than people who love baking, if the person you’re shopping for is furnishing their first kitchen or a new kitchen, this is also something they’d appreciate too.

As a bonus gift, you could give them Meggan’s favorite cookie spatula from Oxo on the side! If they’re going to be making chocolate chip cookies with their new stand mixer, they’d surely appreciate a quality spatula to go with it.

Buy the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer:
Buy the Oxo Silicone Cookie Spatula:

17. For the Family Chef: The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

The America's Test Kitchen family cookbook

America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook is a classic—and a great gift for those who enjoy cooking for (and with) family. It’s packed with more than 1,200 family-friendly recipes, and the intro features a helpful tutorial on cooking techniques, which is great for kids who want to learn (and for parents who are still learning themselves!). This is not just a cookbook. It’s an experience!

Buy The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook:

18. For the One Who Appreciates Nice Scents: Capri Blue Volcano Candle

Capri Blue volcano candle
Credit: Anthropologie

Capri Blue’s Volcano scented candles are basically Anthropologie’s signature scent—and that scent is amazing. But not only does this candle smell good, it also looks stunning on top of a dining table or on a shelf as decor. When you’re not sure what to get, this makes a perfect gift for a holiday hostess, a teacher, your neighbor, or a friend. The scent can be described as “tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens,” according to the designer. You can buy this candle in a variety of sizes at different price points, including a mini size for $16, a regular size for $38, and a mega size for $108. 

Buy the Capri Blue Volcano Gold Jar Candle:

19. For the One Obsessed With Spices: Spice Grinder

Best cooking gifts: Spice mill
Credit: Amazon

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who enjoys cooking with spices, get them the ultimate spice grinder from WMF. Meggan has owned this exact one since 2003 and absolutely loves it. Although it’s pricier than other options, she has zero regrets. It clearly lasts forever and, in Meggan’s words, it does the job perfectly. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe, so after grinding something especially spicy they can make sure it gets thoroughly clean before grinding a more mild herb. It also comes with a 10-year warranty!

Buy the WMF Spice Mill:

20. For the Home Entertainer: Tikal Wood Candle Holder

Best cooking gifts: Candle holders
Credit: The Citizenry

These candle holders from The Citizenry are another item that Meggan loves gifting. That’s because they fit everyone’s style, from modern to classic, and they work just as well on a dinner table as they do on a decorative mantle. They’re perfect for a dinner party, and the timeless design will never go out of style. They come in a set of two. Consider getting these candles from The Citizenry, too, as a bonus gift. They’ll fit perfectly in the wood candle holder.

Buy the Tikal Wood Candle Holder:

21. For the Meal Prepper: Plastic Cutting Board

Best cooking gifts: Cutting board
Credit: Amazon

This isn’t the most beautiful cutting board you’ll ever see, but it might be the most functional. Meggan owns two of these plastic cutting boards from Amazon, and can attest to the quality! Meggan says it’s a perfect size, and because it’s restaurant-grade quality, it has a lot of strength for larger cutting jobs. The cutting board is easy to clean and will hold up after hundreds of uses, too. If you have a friend who dreams of culinary school, or a family member who spends Sundays washing and cutting fruits and veggies, this makes for an excellent gift.

Buy the Stanton Trading Cutting Board:

22. For the Fancy Friend: A Nice Decanter and Glasses

Decanter and glasses
Credit: Amazon

If you have a friend who loves bringing back Scotch from trips abroad, or you’re shopping for someone who frequently drinks whiskey and bourbon at home, they’ll love this crystal decanter. It looks beautiful on a bar cart or mantle, and is the perfect showcase for whatever spirit they’re obsessed with at the moment. It comes with two classic wedge cut glasses for neat pours and cocktails. All are made with high-quality crystalline and the set comes in a ready-to-go gift box.

Buy the Marquis by Waterford Markham Decanter and Glasses:

23. For the New Parent: Mini Masher

Best cooking gifts: Mini masher
Credit: Sur la Table

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but useful gift, look no further than this Meggan-approved kitchen tool: a mini masher! This little gadget allows you to mash a small amount of food, like half of an avocado. “It might seem silly but it brings a lot of joy to otherwise mundane tasks,” Meggan says about her masher.

I purchased the mini masher after Meggan recommended it and agree that it’s a fantastic little tool. I’ve had it for a week and have already used it for avocado toast twice. A friend purchased one as well and uses it to make baby food! This makes it a great gift for new parents—but anyone who likes making cooking easier would love this.

Buy the Sur la Table Mini Masher:

24. For the Farmhouse Family: Farmer’s Pitcher

Best cooking gifts: Pitcher
Credit: Farmhouse Pottery

Meggan loves this Farmhouse Pottery pitcher so much, she has it in all three sizes. The size is a great gift because it fits seamlessly into someone’s home. Not only is it great for pouring, but it can also double as a vase. The stoneware pitcher is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe, so you won’t be creating an extra hassle for your giftee—and the neutral tones will match any kitchen or dining room aesthetic. 

Buy the Petite Solo Pitcher:

25. For the List Maker: Recipe Journal

Papier Recipe Journal
Credit: Papier

If you’re shopping for someone who loves experimenting with their own recipes, this is a fun gift. The Recipe Journal has space to note ratings, hints and tips for each recipe tried, plus blank lists to note favorite recipes, restaurants to try, and more. It comes in one of eight colors and has a silk paper finish.You can even add the recipient’s name to the cover for a personalized touch. This is one of my go-to gifts, and people really love it!

Buy the Papier Recipe Book:

26. For the One On-the-Go: Baldwin Boxer Lunch Box

Rifle Paper Co. lunch box
Credit: Rifle Paper Co.

This lunchbox from Rifle Paper Co. is not only pretty, but it’s functional and makes packing lunch a delight. The insulated lunch box features gold zipper hardware, an illustrated floral design, and a strap to clip on a canteen. Inside, there’s food-safe lining and a mesh zipper pocket for smaller items. This would also make a great gift for kids and teens that bring their lunch to school. We love Rifle Paper Co.!

Buy the Rifle Paper Co. Lunch Box:

27. For the Holiday Host: Dessert Plates

Holiday plates from Anthropologie
Credit: Anthropologie

These adorable holiday dessert plates from Anthropologie are an ideal gift for anyone who hosts people for the holidays each year. Each glazed stoneware plate features a gorgeous holiday scene from illustrator Pauline de Roussy de Sales. Anthropologie dinnerware is stylish and great quality, and because most wouldn’t buy seasonal dinnerware for themselves, it makes a gift gift!  The plates can be ordered individually or as a set, but we recommend the set so they have multiple on hand!

Buy the Illustrated Dessert Plates:

28. For Literally Everyone: Macarons or Chocolate (or Both!)

Best cooking gifts: Chocolate and/or macarons
Credit: Godiva & Chelles Macarons

If you’re heading to a holiday party and are stumped on what to bring the host, we recommend fancy treats. Meggan is obsessed with Chelles Macarons and says they are life-changing. She didn’t even care for macarons before having them! They’re not only a great hostess gift, but they’re perfect for close friends, coworkers, your children’s teachers, and really anyone on your list! You can opt for the signature assortment or choose your own flavors and packaging. You can also stock up on a few boxes to bring as hostess gifts all season long! 

Godiva chocolates are another great hostess gift. The classic Belgian chocolates come in dozens of flavors and arrive in gorgeous boxes, no gift wrapping required. 

Buy the Chelles Macarons:
Buy the Godiva Chocolate Gold Gift Box:

Why You Can Trust Us

Rebecca Holland is a food writer based in Chicago, where she writes dining and cooking stories for Food & Wine, Forbes, Eater, and local food publications. Meggan Hill is the founder of Culinary HIll, an Executive Chef, and the head of the Culinary Hill Test Kitchen. Our list of the best cooking gifts for 2022 feature our favorite things. They’re the items Meggan uses in her own kitchens every day and things we know are truly great.

Prices were accurate at time of publication. 

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Rebecca Holland is a food and travel writer based in Chicago. Her work has been published in Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Travel + Leisure, The Washington Post and more. She also writes the Be a Better Traveler newsletter.

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