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11 Unique Cooking Gifts for Home Chefs

11 Unique Cooking Gifts for Home Chefs

Finding the perfect cooking gifts for your favorite home chef can be pretty simple if you know what to look for. The kitchen is the heart of a home, so it’s important to find items that are both unique and functional. Depending on the type and amount of cooking that the recipient does may be a big indicator to the type of gift that will be perfect for them. 

What makes a great cooking gift for a home chef? 

Gifts always come from the heart, but sometimes you also have to use your head. When gifting to a home chef, think about their favorite cuisines, tools, and priorities in the kitchen. This can help to best determine what they will need or want. 

The best cooking gifts for home chefs are ones that are durable, functional, serve multiple purposes, and fit well with their home decor. If you’re specifically looking for gifts for a mom who loves to cook, they’ll require the same things and plenty of them! 

Think about what they may already have. You don’t want to gift them a duplicate item, so try to be aware of items that they would have purchased themselves. However, if they’ve had the same kitchen items for years, perhaps gifting them a new and upgraded edition could be very helpful.  

11 Cooking Gift Ideas 

If your favorite home chef has high standards and a refined preference for exceptional kitchen tools and gadgets, I have some great cooking gift ideas for you! Most importantly, you want to think practically and functionally, while still being unique and stylish. If the goal is to find a gift for a mom who loves to cook, read ahead: 

Personalized Cutting Board 

Cutting boards can serve dual purposes, both as a space for chopping and slicing or as a serving plate when entertaining. Opt for a beautiful wooden cutting board engraved with their name or a unique saying. You can also have a cutting board engraved with a favorite recipe either from them or a loved one.  

Storage Items to Show Off Their Cookware 

A home chef spends a ton of time in the kitchen and has probably accumulated plenty of essential and useless items over the years. Get them some stylish pieces to store their kitchen gear that can also double as decor. These items can be canisters, organizers, hooks, or containers to hold all of their cookware. Bonus points if it blends in with their style and can be placed as a nice accent on their countertops. 

Spice blends 

Every chef knows that spices and seasonings can make or break a dish. Gift some gourmet spice mixes or even a DIY spice kit so they can get experimenting with new flavors and tastes. 


If your favorite home chef loves to entertain, choosing servingware that matches their decor is a great option. These type of items include large serving bowls, trays, casserole dishes, and serving utensils. No one wants to host a party with old dishware so stylish, new serving items will make them an exceptional host. 

Digital Thermometer 

No one wants under or over cooked meat so having a thermometer on hand is always wise. However, not many people have one that is all digital! Upgrade your favorite home chef with a digital meat thermometer that gives you the most accurate reading to ensure safe and delicious food.  

All-in-One Kitchen Gadgets  

Does anyone really want more kitchen items to take up space in their cabinets, pantry, or countertops? All-in-one kitchen items help to maximize space while still providing you with versatile kitchen tools. Some examples are an Instant Pot which takes the place of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, and more. The All-in-One Air Fryer also combines a toaster oven, air fryer, rotisserie, microwave, and dehydrator in one sleek kitchen gadget. 

Copper Kitchenware 

Copper is one of the best heat conductors, warming quickly and thoroughly as it evenly distributes heat. This gives the chef more control over how their food is cooked and heated. Copper kitchenware also looks beautiful and is a timeless staple in any gourmet kitchen.  

Sustainable storage solutions 

Items such as reusable storage bags, glass tupperware, and silicone bowl wraps serve dual purposes for the home chef. They keep your food fresh and stored safely while also not causing harm to the environment. Choosing reusable storage solutions over plastic wrap and plastic bags can be a great way to share your love of the environment with your loved one. These are especially great gifts for a mom who loves to cook because it can store all the meal prep and freezer meals she needs to make week after week! 

Items that would make their work easier 

I love a kitchen tool that helps to minimize my work while prepping and cooking. You can often find kitchen gadgets that save you time and effort that any home chef would be grateful for. These items are often needed for one specific food and include corn peelers, taco stands, snap n strainers, strawberry hullers, pineapple corers, and more.  

Personalized Apron 

Aprons are always the last thing I remember to put on before cooking and I always regret it afterward! An adorable apron with their name or a fun saying is a great gift for any home chef. No one wants to get their clothes dirty while cooking for guests.  

Gourmet Coffee Maker 

Although this isn’t technically a cooking gadget, it is a kitchen appliance that anyone would love! It’s so easy now to make gourmet coffee from your own home using a Nespresso machine or to make drip coffee, cappuccinos, and lattes with the press of a button. Some coffee makers even come with wi-fi capability. 

Any home chef can spend hours in the kitchen per day and utilize countless tools and gadgets as they cook. There are many unique cooking gifts that they will surely love. With a little thought, you can come up with a gift that suits their needs and style perfectly. 

About The Author

Marissa Labuz

Marissa LaBuz is a pediatric occupational therapist turned full-time blogger who loves sharing her advice, experience, and designs with the world. She runs the blog,, all while starting tickle wars and dance parties with two energetic toddlers and calming a newborn baby. When she doesn't have her hands full of children, she enjoys a glass of wine, reality tv, and country music.

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