Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Best Gifts for Home Cooks and Chef Enthusiasts
These must-have gifts promise yummy benefits for the giver, too!
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Now that the turkey has been carved and the leftovers have been put away, it's time to prepare your mind for the shopping adventures ahead. Enter the need for a holiday gift guide 2020!
Whether you are heading to your favorite local store to shop Black Friday sales or navigating online deals for Cyber Monday, we have curated the ultimate gift guide for the home cooks and chef enthusiasts in your life.
For amazing gift ideas that will take their cooking and presentation to the next level of excellence — all while tantalizing your tastebuds — keep scrolling!
Spyce By Oura Apron
When hosting a family dinner party, not only does a chef need a mouthwatering menu, but they also need the perfect attire to be a gracious host. While you may not expect to see them in their most luxurious threads, seeing them in a presentable apron is worthy of praise. This can be easily achieved with the ultra-light Spyce by Oura Apron, which is made with advanced antimicrobial fabric and spill-proof technology to repel liquids and keep the wearer clean and pristine.
Wholly Wholesome Pie Crust
Ensure your favorite baker reserves you a special slice of pie by gifting them Wholly Wholesome Pie Crust. Perfect for a quick bake, your favorite home cook will enjoy having a versatile pie crust for all their favorites — including chicken pot pie, lemon meringue, and sweet potato pie — without all the hassle of kneading dough.
Marshall’s Haute Sauce
This gift box of hot sauce samplers will ignite the fire in any chef enthusiast! Made fresh in Portland, Oregon, Marshall’s Haute Sauces come in a variety of flavors that include Habenero Carrot Curry and Red Chili Lime, just to name a few. You can thank us later when you're invited to devour some of the most deliciously marinated shrimp or chicken you’ve ever tasted. Don’t even get us started about using it as a luxe dipping sauce. Yum!
Kosterina Full Collection
What chef enthusiast wouldn’t be delightfully surprised to receive a gift set of robust and delicious olive oils to help enhance their everyday meals? Just think of the possibilities! We suggest gifting them one of the best tasting, cold-pressed blends of oils on the planet: Kosterina Olive Oils.
Back to the Roots Plants
If your favorite chef loves to cook with fresh vegetables, then what better gift can you give them than their own garden? We love Back to the Roots Plant boxes that give them exactly what they need for clean and organic meals. Our favorite box is by far the mushroom kit that grows almost instantly!
Acid League is the ultimate gift for a culinary artist that likes to create their own dressings, marinades, and other sauces. With so many flavors to choose from — which includes Mango Jalapeno, Garden Heat, and Meyer Lemon Honey — a masterpiece is inevitable.
Ricante Hot Sauce
Ricante offers hot sauce with some seriously bold flavor. Adding a little oomph to fish, chicken, and beef is way too simple with flavors like Chipotle, Mango Coco, and Pineapple Habanero. How could any home chef resist?
Blank Slate Sichuan Chili Oil
Blank Slate Kitchen’s Sichuan Chili Oil can only be explained as titillating, aromatic, savory, and of course, spicy! Created to be an ideal gift, we found the sauce to be perfect for shrimp especially when added to pasta, rice, or vegetables.
Known for their commitment to sharing profits with micro-farmers, Native Vanilla offers pure vanilla products that will surely make your favorite baker’s recipes pop with flavor.
Cravings™ by Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen has once again invaded our kitchens to make our food experiences even better. Just in time for the holiday season, Cravings™by Chrissy Teigen — the collection of cooking and entertaining staples designed by the famous influencer— has just launched some great new gifts for the cook in all of us. We suggest gifting the brand’s Crepe Pan for making the perfect crepe and grilled cheese sandwiches!
Visual Grocery List
Now, this is a gift that anyone can appreciate! The First Visual Grocery List is the only grocery list you will need to help you shop efficiently, effectively, and quickly. With 150+ icons of popular grocery items, all you have to do is circle what you’re out of and shop!
Rao's Tomato Sauce
While tomato sauce may seem like a strange gift, it is a perfect present for inspiring chefs who want to add amazing flavor to their meals. We highly suggest gifting the many varieties offered by Rao’s. We especially love their Tomato Arrabbiata (or “angry” sauce), which is a spicy sauce made from tomatoes, garlic, and crushed red pepper cooked in olive oil. We love it on pasta, as a dip for mozzarella sticks, and on our pizza for extra pizzazz.
Gourmet Salt Gift Set with Recipe Box by SaltWorks
Culinary artists think of their foods as a work of art, and naturally, our tastebuds are the critics. Help them make a masterpiece with Gourmet Salt Gift Set with Recipe Box by SaltWorks, which is a gift box filled with amazing all-natural infused salt flavors that include: Black Truffle, Wild Porcini Mushroom, Vintage Merlot, Espresso Brava, Lime Fresca, and Spanish Rosemary.
Sharp right out of the box, the KUMA Chef’s Knife is designed to give any aspiring chef a seamless cut. Meats, fishes, fruits, you name it!
Tramontina Nesting Cookware Set
The Tramontina Nesting Cookware Set (11 piece) is the best way to revolutionize any home cook’s favorite activity thanks to its Teflon Platinum™ nonstick interior. Designed to take up 50% less cupboard with their dependable set lock and nesting feature, this set is definitely a must-have!
A scone making kit? Well, why not! Nationally acclaimed bakery, Mah-Ze-Dahr is offering all sorts of goodies this year, including scone making kits that are not only delicious but reasonably priced. With a gift like this, prepare yourself to be invited to a brunch party to remember!
Marinating is key to creating favorable and distinctive foods, and every chef is looking for their signature taste. Thanks to Brizo — an everything dressing that is a full-flavored zesty surprise of lemon juice, herbs, and spices — any recipient of this gift will proudly relish in their yummy meal creations.
Old Arthur’s Original Barbecue Sauce and Rubs
Spice up the holidays with a gift pack filled with Old Arthur’s award-winning sauces and rubs. Crafted from family recipes that have been passed down for five generations, the Pit Master’s Gift Pack is the perfect gift for the grilling enthusiast in your family. Your grill master will love the brand’s Hot & Spicy Sauce that tastes delicious on everything including turkey burgers, chicken breasts, and more.
Ocean’s Balance Seaweed Sprinkles
Ocean’s Balance Seaweed Sprinkle is an all-natural seasoning that gives the “Everything But The Bagel” seasoning a run for their money! Why not make it a gift? Made with sustainably grown and harvested seaweed from the Gulf of Maine, this flavorful seasoning tastes amazing on bagels, pasta, and more.
Banza Pizza Crust
Chickpeas make more than great hummus, it also makes amazing vegan crust for pizza! Thanks to Banza, your chef enthusiast can make delicious pizzas just the way they like it without the guilt of regular crust. *wink*
George Foreman Smokeless Grill Series
Your special grill master doesn't have to wait until the summer to deliver their best barbeque meals. The George Foreman Contact Smokeless Grill makes indoor grilling fast, delicious, and smokeless! Just plug in, preheat, and the food is ready to cook with no smoke.
Black & Decker Versatile 5-Speed Hand Mixer
Your favorite home cook will no longer have to use the flick of their wrist to stir their batters and mixes when you gift them with the Black+Decker Versatile 5-Speed Hand Mixer. Now they can mix, whisk, and knead with just the flick of a switch that gets the job done in no time.
Be sure to check out our 2019 list of goodies for your favorite Chef Enthusiasts!