Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Over the past few days, I’ve been helping a few friends & family members brainstorm gift ideas, which gave me the idea of writing my first food & cooking gift guide. I’ve given and received so many cooking & baking-related gifts over the years, and they’re usually my favorite gifts!
So, I wanted to share some of my favorites this year, at a bunch of different price points. I love finding deals and did my best to find good deals for each item, but of course, do your own price checking around if that’s your thing 😀
Big Kitchen Gift Ideas
Pretty KitchenAid Mixer Bowl: I’ve always loved the look of a fun, colorful KitchenAid mixer and love that you can add that look to your current mixer with these fun KitchenAid bowls!
A Vitamix: I just invested in my own Vitamix because the Vitamix Explorian is on major sale at a bunch of places right now (at Target, on Amazon, and on the Vitamix site). If you’ve been thinking about a Vitamix for a while or know someone who is, this would be an awesome present for a great deal! I used my Target RedCard, so I also got an additional 5% off on top of the Vitamix sale.
My parents have had a Vitamix for years and I love how powerful it is for blending frozen fruit, making hummus, etc. The Explorian is a slightly more basic model than some more pricy Vitamix models (no “smart blender” features), but I think I’ll be really happy with it since I don’t really need a timer feature or anything extra. I also like that the Explorian comes with a 48 oz. container since my parents have the 64 oz. and I’ve found that it’s so big & wide that it’s hard to blend just one smoothie.
A Kettle: A kettle is a great gift for the tea lover or pour-over coffee maker in your life! Especially along with a personalized mug and bag of tea or coffee. I love this sleek digital electric kettle, and I equally love this Kate Spade vintage-style kettle.
Breville Espresso Machine: Every time I’m in town, I love using the Breville espresso machine at my boyfriend’s house to make coconut milk cappuccinos– so good and totally eases my desire to swing by Starbucks. This is one of the more basic models (but extremely sufficient– you can make lattes, espresso shots, cappuccinos, etc.), and it’s super easy to learn how to use.
Ember Mug: This Ember smart temperature control mug feels like a splurge, but I think that’s sort of the perfect gift since people are sometimes less likely to splurge for themselves! Such a good gift for the coffee lover in your life who ends up re-microwaving the same mug of coffee a bunch of times each day.
The second edition Ember mug is a bit more pricy. The first edition is less expensive (at Target!), plus you can get a $20 gift card at Target right now with your purchase, too, which is as good of a deal as you can get for this fancy mug system.
Gift Ideas Under $50
A Dark Chocolate Bundle (or Subscription): My boyfriend gifted me a bi-monthly dark chocolate subscription from Ritual Chocolates, a small business out of Park City, Utah, right after we started dating, and it makes my day/week every time it arrives! The flavors are really interesting and range from different types of plain dark chocolate to flavors like S’Mores, Bourbon Barrel Aged, Coffee, and more. I’ve gotten to sample lots of their bars at this point, and I think my very favorite is Fleur de Sel.
It’s definitely nice chocolate, so I savor each bar and enjoy just a little each day after dinner or with a cup of coffee. Ritual is offering 3-bar holiday bundles, and then they also have their typical subscriptions available, too
Stasher Bags: I just got some reusable Stasher bags as a gift and have been using them non-stop since, for hiking snacks, packed lunches, etc. I’m really excited to reduce how many plastic bags I use!
A Set of Glass Containers: I do a lot of cooking with leftovers and meal prep and love my Pyrex glass containers so much that I gave my boyfriend, a set too. I actually purchased both of our sets from Costco, but if you’re not a Costco member, Amazon has the same set.
An Apron: I got an Anthropologie apron from my sister a few years ago and I love it! So many cute options there.
S’well Water Bottle: I’ve given these water bottles to my mom, sister, and a few friends. I love that there’s no plastic and that they seal tightly to toss in my bag, unlike some of the glass bottles I’ve had that leak easily.
Sometimes, on Amazon, the price drops just for a few select colors/patterns, and you can score one for a great deal! They come in a S’well box and look nice.
Gift Ideas Under $20
Silicone Spatulas for Baking: I have this chocolate chip cookie spatula and gave one to my boyfriend for his birthday, too! It’s so cute and on sale right now. I think this would be a cute gift along with a cookie mix!
A Cute Mug + Coffee, Tea, or Coffee Giftcard: Target and Anthropologie are my go-to mug spots! I actually asked for this monogram mug from Anthropologie myself this year. I love giving a fun mug with a bag of fancy coffee, a box of tea, a Starbucks gift card, etc, and maybe some dark chocolate, too, because what’s better than coffee & chocolate?
A Personalized Spoon: I love this “I Love You a Latte” spoon from Etsy! I also love the “I cerealsy love you” version for the cereal lover in your life.
A Kitchen Scale: I gave my mom a kitchen scale a few years back, and she still uses it every day for cooking and to measure ingredients for her smoothies. I use my kitchen scale daily, too, both for baking and tracking macros. It’s so handy for measuring sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey without using a measuring cup, or just measure baking ingredients more accurately.
I have a simple kitchen scale from Amazon that I’m happy with, but you can definitely splurge and go for a fancier one, too. This bigger & slightly nicer kitchen scale has great reviews!
Oven Mitts: My very favorite oven mitts are my Kate Spade mitts that I’ve accumulated over the past few holidays, thanks to my mom.
Kitchen Towels: And the Food Network kitchen towels are my favorite! They’re thick & soft with fun patterns, and I have a whole drawer full, maybe six or seven sets of them…
A Framed Wall Print: Last but not least, I love this print from Etsy. Since it’s an instant digital download, it’d be great for a last-minute gift. Just order or pick up a frame, too, and the gift is done!
Hope you found a few cooking gift ideas for the food lovers & chefs in your life, and I hope you enjoy safe & healthy times with your loved ones this year! ❤️