Looking for the best gift for your friend who loves to cook? These kitchen must-haves are perfect for amateurs and professional chefs alike! From handy and inexpensive kitchen gadgets to unique appliances, these are the top gifts of 2021 for the chef in your life.
A Caraway Cookware Set, for the Chef Who Gets Carried Away With the Salt
For the chef who treats their kitchen like a showpiece, a set of Caraway’s beautiful non-toxic ceramic-coated cookware will elicit squeals of delight! Not only does it look chic stored away or mid sauté, it’s perfect for staging Instagram #foodie photo shoots. Four-Piece Ceramic Caraway Cookware Set, Indigo, $575.
A Smart Meat Thermometer for the Meathead in Your Life
What do you get the chef who has everything? A Bluetooth enabled MEATER Plus thermometer! The wireless device is simple to use and syncs with an app that guides your self proclaimed grill master through the entire cooking process. And it works across grills, smokers and kitchen appliances. MEATER Plus with Bluetooth Repeater, MEATER, $150.
A Stylish Place for the Mise en Place
Storage bowls may not scream Santa’s wish list, but ask any chef worth their salt and they’ll tell you they can never have too many food storage bowls. We especially love this set for its chic prints. Leftovers will look way more appealing dressed up in stripes! Set of 3 Bamboo Fibre Nesting Bowls, Indigo, $35.
If You Gift it, Fries Will Come
An air fryer is the perfect way to send the subtle suggestion that your culinary bestie’s repertoire is lacking fries (and chicken wings, calamari and deep fried chocolate bars). Ninja Air Fryer, Amazon, $130.
Stick to the Classics With a Non-Stick Silpat Baking Mat
Give yourself a pat on the back after gifting a Silpat to the baker in your life. They’re a staple in French kitchens, and for good reason: they are the very best non-stick baking mat on Earth. Ever. Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Amazon, $49.
A Craft Cocktail Kit for the Cocktail Connoisseur in Your Life
Is your pal a mixologist in the making? Take them on a spiced rum adventure this December with a kit that includes everything they’ll need to prepare four unique speakeasy-style cocktails using the holiday favourite spirit. Spiced rum, fresh mixes, garnishes… it’s all included. Think of it as a food delivery kit, just 10,000 times better! Holiday Spiced Rum Cocktail Kit, Bar From Afar, $70.
Stuff Stockings With an Avocado Sock
When it’s guac o’clock, time waits for no one! Not even the avocado. This genius little sock creates the perfect toasty environment to ripen a tough avocado in a day. Buy a few and keep them on hand for impromptu gift giving. The Avocado Sock, Cookery, $20.
The Most Decadent Hot Chocolate for Your Sweet-Toothed Friend
Move over powdered hot chocolate! If your foodie friend has a penchant for all things sweet, they’ll go nuts for Galerie au Chocolat’s version – the entire bag consists of real shavings from blocks of organic Belgian milk chocolate. Plus, it’s made using fairtrade ingredients, so you can feel good knowing where it came from. Milk Chocolate 37% Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate, Galerie au Chocolat, $10.
A Garlic Press for Your Stinky Chef
A homemade meal may win hearts, but stinky garlic fingers are a lose-lose situation. Lend your friend a helping (odour-free) hand with a garlic press. Not only does it save skin from garlic’s notorious aroma, it minces garlic into perfectly even pieces. Helix Garlic Press, Hudson’s Bay, $18.
A Handy Dandy Compost Bin
We’re all for kitchen tools that ease the process of cooking, and having a little compost bin on the counter to easily toss food scraps certainly fits the bill. This one is a favourite for its chic design, and its carbon filter, which cuts down on odour. It’s a compost bin to be proud of. Terra Natural Compost Bin, The Cross Design & Decor, $75.
A Souper Cubes Freeze Tray Makes a Souper Gift
These freezer trays are perfect for the chef who loves batch cooking and storing away soups and sauces for the winter. They’re designed using food-grade silicone, making it easy to pop out individual portions as needed. Gifting this tray nearly guarantees you dibs on perfectly packaged portions from your foodie friend. Souper Cubes Freezer Tray, Williams Sonoma, $45.
A Bread Proofing Basket to Prove Your Devotion
If gift giving has you thinking “Doh!,” you’re on the right track. For your rolling pin wielding, dough punching pal, a bread proofing basket is essential. Round Banneton Bread Proofing Basket, Lee Valley, $25.