2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Cook & Baker

A collage of products for a gift guide geared toward home cooks and bakers.

We haven’t hit Thanksgiving yet, but Black Friday is just a week from tomorrow, and maybe you’re already starting to think about your holiday shopping?

I will (embarrassingly) admit that I keep a spreadsheet for Christmas and track what we’ve bought people each year, and keep a running list of ideas. Some years (especially last year with a newborn!) I was woefully behind on everything and did some serious last-minute shopping, but I’m feeling way more ahead of the game this year! I haven’t bought anything yet, but have some solid ideas. Where are you at in the process?

I’ll be sharing some different gift guides over the next couple of weeks, but I thought it fitting to kick them off with my foodie gift guide! If you need a present for someone who loves to cook or bake, you’ll find lots of great ideas here at a variety of price points. I’ve linked to all of the products below, as well as shared my top five picks out of the 20 that are featured above.

Happy browsing and good luck shopping!

The 2017 Foodie Gift Guide

Graeter’s Ice Cream / Toaster Oven / Thermapen / Dutch Oven / Scrub Daddy / KitchenAid Mixer / Cast Iron Skillet / David’s Tea / Kitchen ScaleInstant Pot / Spiralizer / All-Clad Slow Cooker with All-in-One Browning / ButcherBox / Meyer Lemon Tree / All-Clad Stainless Nonstick Skillet / Half Sheet Pans / Silicone Baking Mats / Round Cake Pans / Food Processor / Silicone Spatulas

My Top 5 Picks:

  1. Breville Smart Oven – I hadn’t ever used a toaster oven before my husband and I moved in together, and now I have no idea how I ever survived without one! We use it multiple times a day, for everything from plain old toast, to reheating leftover pizza, broiling hoagies, and everything in between. The Breville has been our workhorse for nearly five years now and we LOVE it, but I was recently able to test the Wolf Gourmet Oven, and it is every bit as fantastic as you’d imagine (and gorgeous too)!
  2. Lodge Cast Iron Skillets – I don’t think I’ve picked up a stainless steel skillet in years, to be quite honest. We have a 10-inch and two 12-inch cast iron skillets and they are used every single day in our house. At some point, there is always one on the stove! They are a very inexpensive investment, and I believe every kitchen needs at least one!
  3. Le Creuset Dutch Oven – This is a pricy investment, but absolutely worth every penny. I have had the 7.25-quart version for nearly 10 years and I use it multiple times a week… spaghetti sauce, soups, stews, chili, braising, no-knead bread… you name it and you can make it in a quality Dutch oven!
  4. Vollrath Half Sheet Pans – These may not be the flashiest of gifts, but they are an absolute staple! I’ve had non-stick ones, thin ones that warp, stone ones, and these Vollrath aluminum are the best I’ve ever used. I have three in my kitchen and am actually thinking of getting a couple more. Bonus! These Silpats fit perfectly inside!
  5. OXO Kitchen Scale – I am such a proponent of weighing ingredients when you bake, so a kitchen scale is an absolute must in my book, and this is the one I use in my kitchen. It can hold up to 22 pounds, so it’s incredibly versatile.

TELL ME! What would you add to this list? I’m always looking for new ideas!


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