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Gifts for people that like to cook

Gifts for people that like to cook

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As you may already know – I love food. I love to cook and I love to eat. So I know what food lovers and cooking enthusiasts want for Christmas! LOL – all jokes aside, here’s the perfect gift guide – The best gifts for people that like to cook! From air fryers to herb growing kits and more awesome ideas!

Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Starting with the most obvious – if they haven’t gotten an Instant Pot yet, get them one! It’s so easy to make a batch of delicious food (ex: Beef Bourguignon Instant Pot Recipe)!

Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

There’s so many different ones you can get, and different sizes, so when you’re looking for the perfect sized pressure cooker, you may want to think about the right size.

The most popular pressure cooker size is 6 quarts, perfect for small families and couples. A smaller sized instant pot is the 3 quart – which is perfect for folks that want to cook for themselves. Then you got the 8 quarts or larger sizes – perfect for larger families or those that want to meal plan lots of food, for example.

Link to Instant Pot on Amazon: Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer, 6 Quart, Stainless Steel/Black

Air Fryer

Air Fryers are ALL the rage right now. It’s not hard to see why. It’s so easy to make a delicious meal – from entrees like my garlic parmesan wings and teriyaki chicken, to side veggies (ex: potatoes, broccoli, green beans, baby carrots). So I would say that if your foodie friend doesn’t already have an air fryer, you may want to gift them one!

There are basically two types of air fryers out there. One is the basket air fryer, and the other is the air fryer oven. Both are basically convection ovens. There’s a couple of differences though, the basket one is has limited capacity, but is easier to toss the food and use. The oven ones are bigger and usually more expensive, but you get to watch it cook and there’s usually more cooking functions too.

Basket Air Fryer
Air Fryer Oven

Link to Amazon: Ninja DZ201 Foodi 8 Quart 6-in-1 DualZone 2-Basket Air Fryer with 2 Independent Frying Baskets, Match Cook & Smart Finish to Roast, Broil, Dehydrate & More for Quick, Easy Meals, Grey

Link to Amazon: Ninja SP101 Digital Air Fry Countertop Oven with 8-in-1 Functionality, Flip Up & Away Capability for Storage Space, with Air Fry Basket, Wire Rack & Crumb Tray, Silver

Spice rack

If your foodie friend loves to cook, they will need a nice spice rack. There are many fancy ones out there, but even a simple one can be super handy to have and receive as a gift!

Gifts for people that like to cook
Revolving Countertop Spice Rack Organizer with 20 Jars, Rotating Seasoning Organizer for Cabinet, Standing Spice Tower for Kitchen with Reuseable Labels and Funnel

Link – Revolving Countertop Spice Rack Organizer with 20 Jars, Rotating Seasoning Organizer for Cabinet, Standing Spice Tower for Kitchen with Reuseable Labels and Funnel


This one maybe an obvious one, but find out their favorite type of food, and do some research on the best cookbooks around! You may even buy some of the ingredients and cook some of the dishes together at some time!

Here’s some awesome cookbooks on Amazon!

Wine, etc.

What goes with delicious food? Wine of course! Remember that wine pairings is a thing. There are wine subscriptions out there that are super cool – check out this post on some of the best wine subscriptions!

You can also purchase a fancy wine book with their favorite wine. I was gifted this present as I am known to be a wine lover once and it is awesome – Wine Folly!

Gifts for people that like to cook
Wine book

Meat and Food Subscriptions

Of course you could just show up with… meat, but that’s not what I actually meant. I meant Meat Subscription Boxes! There’s actually a bunch of different ones out there to try nowadays. Two of the popular ones are ButcherBox and Omaha Steaks, but feel free to do some shopping around for the one you see most fit!

Other than meat subscriptions, you can also purchase other types of food subscriptions. Check out Cratejoy for options.

Hot Sauce

In my personal opinion, hot sauce makes everything more delicious, so you can always gift a variety of unique hot sauces to someone. One time, I purchased several of my favorite hot sauces from my Chinese supermarket to assemble a gift bag full of special hot sauces for a hot sauce lover!

I’ve also stumbled across this super interesting hot sauce – Truff, made with truffle oil! They actually sell a variety pack that is perfect for gifting. They’re so good and I actually love hot sauce in my bloody mary and add some in there from time to time!

Gifts for people that like to cook
TRUFF Hot Sauce Variety Pack, Gourmet Hot Sauce Set of Original, Hotter and Limited White Edition, Unique Flavor Experiences with Truffle, 3-Bottle Bundle, 3ct 6oz bottles

If you take it one step beyond, and think outside the box – you can also think of merchandise! For example, my nephew’s in love with Sriracha (I can’t believe it but even more than I am!) and I was able to hook him up with all sorts of Sriracha merchandise!

Here’s where you can get it:

Another thing for your spicy food lover? Make your own hot sauce kits! It’s not only fun but you also get to actually eat the thing you make – how awesome is that?

Gifts for people that like to cook
DIY Hot Sauce Making Kit

Link – Grow and Make Deluxe DIY Hot Sauce Making Kit – Learn How to Make 6 Spicy Sauces at Home with Chipotle, Arbol, and Guajillo Peppers

Oyster Mushroom Log

Now this is a cool idea – if the foodie you are buying a gift for loves mushrooms, you can gift them an Oyster Mushroom Log! They can grown their own oyster mushrooms – and if you’re not sure what that is check out my article about all the different types of mushrooms and what you can do with them!

Mushroom Grow Kit

Amazon link – Back to the Roots Organic Mini Mushroom Grow Kit, Harvest Gourmet Oyster Mushrooms In 10 days, Top Gardening Gift, Holiday Gift, & Unique Gift

Herb Growing Kit

I absolutely love this idea because I love cooking with fresh herbs! This present is perfect for folks that also don’t have a backyard/garden to plant things – they can still have fresh herbs to cook with!

Gifts for people that like to cook

Amazon Link – Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit – Certified USDA Organic Non GMO – 5 Herb Seed Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Sage, Thyme, Potting Soil, Peat Pots – DIY Kitchen Grow Kit for Growing Herb Seeds Indoors

Family Recipe Cutting Board

Another cool idea is a personalized cutting board. Of course it doesn’t have to be a family recipe, it could be any recipe, or even just their name or whatever their favorite quote is. You can find personalized cutting boards on Etsy!

Dutch oven

You’ve probably heard of dutch ovens before but didn’t know why they’re cool. Basically dutch ovens are cool because you can place it inside an oven, and they will conduct heat and transfer it to the food inside from all directions. They are great for slow cooking and retaining moisture in the food inside for long cooking.

I mention it in here as I think people tend to forget it exists and that it makes a pretty decent fancy present! Also you don’t only have to use it for slow cooking.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Lid

Amazon Link – Uno Casa Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Lid – 6 Quart Enamel Coated Cookware Pot, Long-Lasting, Naturally Non-Stick Enamel Dutch Oven with Silicone Handles and Mat


Mexican food lovers will love receiving a Molcajete as a present! A molcajete is a large mortar and pestle made from volcanic stone used to prepare Mexican food, particularly salsas.

Gifts for people that like to cook
IMUSA USA Granite Molcajete Spice Grinder 6-Inch, Gray

Amazon Lin – IMUSA USA Granite Molcajete Spice Grinder 6-Inch, Gray

You’ve might’ve seen them in a Mexican restaurant – such as with guacamole inside, or for example my favorite chicken and steak molcajete I order at my local Mexican restaurant!


I’m surprised that I’ve been cooking for this long and never realized how crappy my knives were until earlier this year! I was cooking at a friends house and I realized their knife cuts through meat so much better than mine.

After that, I bought a nice knife from Misen and I never looked back! So I definitely recommend buying a nice knife or perhaps knife set for food and cooking enthusiasts!

Misen Chef Knife

Amazon Link – Misen Chef Knife – 8 Inch Professional Kitchen Knife – High Carbon Steel Ultra Sharp Chef’s Knife, Blue

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Gifts for people that like to cook

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