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It seems to always be the gift-giving season with so many holidays and birthdays to celebrate every year. If you have someone in your family who loves all things kitchen and food, a great gift is out there if you’re willing to put in a little effort to look around. Start by thinking of a theme or category, then figure out a gift from there. This process will make the gift-buying process so much easier.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift under $50 that will actually get used or one that your loved one will show off every time someone comes over, then take a look at some of our tried and true favorites, plus a few suggestions from Food Network star and HUNGRY platform chef, Tregaye Fraser.
Here, our list of the best gifts under $50.
Best Spice Set: Burlap & Barrel 6-Jar Chef's Choice Collection
Burlap & Barrel is a relatively new company that seeks to not only improve how we source our spices but also to produce higher-quality spices so your culinary adventures taste even better. This is all achieved by working directly with farmers and foragers around the world. And this 6-jar set is a great gift for anyone who wants to spice up their cooking.
"True story: the best thing I was gifted/bought this past year were spices from Burlap & Barrel. These spices are so high-quality and pungent and add so much to whatever you're cooking. I'm especially smitten with the Black Urfa Chili and the Royal Cinnamon—both of which happen to be in this great holiday collection." — Ariel Knutson, Associate Editorial Director
Best Under $25: Pastrymade Vintage Embossing Rolling Pin
For those who love baking pies and cookies, consider this embossed rolling pin by Poland-based Pastrymade. Each of the squares on the pin, made from beechwood, has a different design, so someone can choose to have one large design or several smaller ones. To keep the design as crisp and clean as possible, chill the dough before baking.
Best for the Home Bar: Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds Set of 2
A large ice sphere is perfect for a holiday party milk punch or other any cocktail. It chills the drink while melting slowly, making your drinks less diluted and more enjoyable. This two-part ice mold maker comes with a plastic bottom and a tight-fitting silicone lid, which made it easy for our tester to transport it from the freezer to the sink.
"Great, easy-to-use ice molds for a couple with a small home bar, making cocktails for a night a home." — Andy Christensen, Art Director
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Best for a New Home: Black+Decker 1.7-Liter Electric Kettle - White
If a loved one just moved into a new home, consider getting them this beautiful Black+Decker Electric Kettle. The honeycomb-patterned small appliance holds 1.7 liters of water, which is plenty for a few cups of tea or a French press coffee pot. Plus, it has a removable anti-scale filter. This electric kettle has a really pretty yet subtle pattern that would match most kitchens.
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Best for Veggie Lovers: Oxo Good Grips Little Salad and Herb Spinner
After items like lettuce, herbs, kale, and anything else you want really dry have been washed, give them a whirl—with a press of a knob—in this salad and herb spinner by OXO Good Grips. The spinner, which has a 3-quart capacity, is easy to use and ensures that the least amount of dirt and water stay on your produce so they stay fresh in the fridge for longer. Plus, it functions as a colander.
Best Under $10: 100 Pieces Parchment Paper Baking Sheets 8 x12 Inches
If there’s someone on your list who absolutely loves cooking but hates scrubbing pans afterward, pre-cut parchment paper sheets are a great gift under $10. These sheets keep everything from cookies to roasted vegetables from sticking to a baking tray and make cleanup super easy since there’s no scrubbing and scraping off bits of food.
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Best Cookbook: Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America
Written by award-winning journalist Mayukh Sen, "Taste Makers" explores the journeys of seven women —Chao Yang Buwei, Elena Zelayeta, Madeleine Kamman, Marcella Hazan, Julie Sahni, Najmieh Batmanglij, and Norma Shirley — who have left an indelible mark on American cuisine. This is a fascinating read for fans of American history, American culture, and, of course, food.
"A book that shines the light on immigrant women and their contribution to food in America. YES!" — Myo Quinn, Editor
Best for Grill Masters: Sloan Brands Personalized Three-Letter Miniature Steak Branding Iron
Personalized gifts are a fun idea for the person who has everything, and when that person is a grill master, a fun idea is a steak-branding iron, like this customizable one by Sloan Brands. This iron can have up to three letters to spell out someone’s name or just their initials. The branded letters are 1.25 inches tall and all three letters are about 2.5 inches wide. Your grill master will be walking around the kitchen or outside, branding everything from steaks to grilled chicken with this gift.
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Best for Coffee Lovers: Capresso Cool Grind Pro Blade Coffee Grinder
Coffee grinders are a nice gift for coffee lovers, especially those who enjoy a French press or pour-over coffee in the morning. This coffee grinder has a stainless steel blade and pulsing action to get a custom grind, from coarse to medium, for however, someone enjoys their coffee. Plus, it has a clear lid and can accommodate enough grounds for about 15 cups of coffee.
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Best Design: BlueCut Line Apron
“There is no point in having a beautiful kitchen tool that doesn’t work. Practical is always better,” says Tregaye Fraser. Luckily, this well-designed apron is both of those things: a kitchen must-have and a practical gift to give. The BlueCut line apron has multiple pockets (including two lap pockets and a two-slot pen/thermometer pocket) to put just about anything someone might need to make a recipe, as well as 40-inch long waist ties so it will fit almost everyone. Each BlueCut Apron is handmade in California, and it’s easy to care for so you know it’ll last a lifetime.
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Best for Kids: Little Kitchen Helper Knife Set
“For children, a junior chef knife kit is awesome,” says Food Network's Tregaye Fraser. “Kids can build their skills and confidence in the kitchen. The parent has peace of mind knowing that the utensils are relatively safe and not too sharp for the child,” she adds.
Which is where the Little Kitchen Helper Knife Set comes in. When kids are ready to make the jump from helping stir batters to actually using sharp kitchen tools like knives and peelers, get them this kit, which comes with a rounded-tip chef’s knife, a y-shaped vegetable peeler, and a finger guard. Parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing that kids can definitely help in the kitchen, but also that cuts can be avoided.
Best for Wine Lovers: VoChill Personal Wine Glass Chiller
Every wine lover needs a personal wine glass chiller like this one from VoChill. The elevated chiller rests a wine glass inside a frozen cradle to keep it just the right temperature for over an hour (and for more than 45 minutes in the hot, shaded outdoors). VoChill Personal can be used with multiple types of glasses, as long as they have a stem. The chiller comes in multiple colors: blush, quartz, sand, and stone.
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Best Cookbook, Runner-Up: Everyday Entertaining: 110+ Recipes for Going All Out When You're Staying in
One of the best new cookbooks on the shelves also doubles as an entertaining guide for having friends and family over. The Everyday Entertaining cookbook has more than 110 recipes, including a scrumptious green chile queso recipe and refreshing blood orange margaritas. You’ll find recipes for everything from appetizers to dessert to brunch staples. The book is great for friends who love entertaining or those looking to add something fun to their cookbook shelf.
What are good gifts to get a home cook?
“When you’re thinking about buying a kitchen gift for a loved one, you should think about what it is that the person likes to cook, but most importantly, their level of skill in the kitchen,” says Fraser. She also mentions that anything that helps someone cut down prep time and get to the table faster is ideal, like a food processor or salad spinner.
Why Trust Simply Recipes?
Megan duBois is a kitchen and lifestyle expert for Simply Recipes. Throughout her career she has tested an endless amount of products, from TikTok-famous gadgets to chef-approved knife sets. To choose the best products for this article, she consulted product reviews, interviewed an expert, and considered each products’ design, functionality, and price to make wise choices for the consumer.
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