What perfect time to highlight gifts for the cook than on the day before Thanksgiving (is it obvious that my mind is solely on food at this point?)?!
Arnie and I have some amazing cooks in our families (I’m not one of them), and this category has been a lot of fun to put together. There are really great options at every price point, and ones that will be used and appreciated!
Multi-use Bakeware – These sets are absolutely perfect for families and friends who like to cook or entertain. All of the pieces are multi-functional, crossing between baking dishes with lids, to decorative serving platters. They all come with stands to protect countertops and tables, while still looking pretty and intentional.
Stand Mixer (splurge!) – This is a great gift for a bride-to-be or a group gift for someone special. Our stand mixer is one of the most used items in our kitchen, for everything from juices, to breads, to easily slicing vegetables. It’s a top notch gift that will be used a TON!
Egg Maker (on my wish list) – This little gadget is a fun gift idea for the person who has everything. Personally, I eat a lot of hard boiled eggs. I like them layered on top of salads, used in mayonnaise based salads, and even by themselves. This is a great tool to make a mundane task even easier.
Decorative Bundt Pan – The holidays are a time for many beautiful baked goods, and Williams Sonoma does a great job creating ultra special bakeware to make your desserts extra impressive.
The Best Hot Chocolate – This hot chocolate is my guilty pleasure. It’s literally a tin of chocolate shavings, and the peppermint is like drinking a mug of Christmas. It’s so rich and delicious, you’ll never be able to drink any other hot chocolate again.
Instant Pot – Instant pots are great tools for busy families who don’t have a ton of time to devote during the weeks, but still enjoy home-cooked meals. Steaming vegetables, hard-boiling eggs, and cooking meat all become simple tasks in half the time with instant pots.
The Best BBQ sauces, Pan Sauce, and Pumpkin Caramel Baking Mix – These gourmet sauces and baking mixes are simple, well-priced items for friends and family members who like to try new recipes and products. I’ve had a few of the Williams Sonoma sauces and mixes; they never let me down.
Martha Stewart Cookbook – Although many people have given up cookbooks since the invention of Pinterest, I still love a well curated cookbook with lots of usable recipes. In the winter, the recipes I look for most are those that I can create in the crock pot and then walk away until it’s time to eat. That’s why this Slow Cooker cookbook is perfect for this time of year (and also, I trust anything Martha puts her name on).
Square Baker with Lid – Baking dishes with lids are so handy, maybe moreso than you think. Warming up dinner rolls, baking lasagna without crisping the top layer, making casseroles… it’s nice to have a set that can be used for cooking for groups without needing to roll out the aluminum foil.
Carry Along Baking Set – Along the same lines, I love a great carry-along baking set (even better when it comes with matching spoon). If you have certain friends and family members who always have to transport their holiday dishes, consider gifting them a quality set that they can use from year to year (bonus points for being so pretty!).