Spotlight On: Gifts for the Cook

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!

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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 saucesPan 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!).

What gift ideas do you recommend for friends who love to cook?

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