7 kitchen gadget gifts for the person who loves to cook

Ellie Conley
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Some people love to cook, others simply just do it to eat. If someone in the first category is on your holiday shopping list, get them one of these kitchen gadget gifts they’ll use again and again.

Whether you select a new pan, containers for their leftovers or a luxurious set of cooking oils, they’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness when prepping their meals each week.

1. Prepd Cheat Sheet Silicone Trays, Set of 4, $30

Credit: Anthropologie
Credit: Anthropologie

This pick is for the chef who hates it when their foods touch. This set of silicone trays fits onto most sheet pans and keeps veggies, meats and other items separate while they cook. They’re especially great if you’re using different sauces and flavors for each food — say spicy broccoli on one side and balsamic Brussels sprouts on the other.

2. Our Place Always Pan, $95 (Orig. $145)

Credit: Our Place
Credit: Our Place

If the chef in your life has a small kitchen, they need the Always Pan. The nonstick pan can be used to fry, sauté and steam. It even comes with a beechwood spatula and a steamer basket. It does it all! Plus, it looks really pretty sitting on the stove, too.

Tip: Use the code “SUPERSALE” to get the Always Pan for $95 for a limited time, while supplies last.

3. Foodie Dice, $24

Credit: Uncommon Goods
Credit: Uncommon Goods

Amateur and professional chefs alike will have fun creating their own cooking challenges at home with these Foodie Dice. The dice are printed with five protein options, cooking methods, grain/carb selections, herb choices and bonus ingredients. The pack also comes with with four additional dice with seasonal veggies for throwing into the mix. All together, the dice have over 186,000 possible combinations, so whether they’re in a rut or want to leave their meals up to chance, these dice will spice things up.

4. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skinny Grill, $99.95 (Orig. $185)

Credit: Williams Sonoma
Credit: Williams Sonoma

Grilling doesn’t have to end once the weather gets cold. Your friend or family member can use this skinny grill pan to make veggies, meat and more on the stove or in the oven. It’s naturally nonstick so it’s easy to clean. Plus, just look at it — it’s also a great serving dish.

5. Kate Spade New York Vintage Cherry Dot 2-Piece Food Storage Set, $29.99

Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond
Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond

Keep leftovers sealed in these Kate Spade vintage-looking storage containers. They’re glass, so they’ll look pretty in the fridge, but are also freezer and microwave-safe.

They’re also great for transporting treats and food items to holiday gatherings. If you want a fun way to give a gift to the host, bring your dish in one of these with a bow on top.

6. Sushi Making Kit, $28

Credit: Uncommon Goods
Credit: Uncommon Goods

Making your own sushi sounds hard, but once most people try it, they realize it’s not at all. Depending on the type of roll you’re making, there’s hardly any cooking involved at all. This sushi making kit, however, makes it even easier.

It includes: a bamboo rolling mat, grocery shopping guide, drink pairing suggestions, cooking instructions, sushi rice, rive vinegar powder, nori, sesame seeds and wasabi powder. The person you’re gifting this kit to can make a whole night out of it!

7. Brightland Mini Essentials, $70

Credit: Brightland
Credit: Brightland

If you didn’t know luxury olive oils and vinegars were a thing, the chef in your life probably does. Brightland makes its oils and vinegars in California, and this kit includes a sampling of its best sellers. The Awake and Alive olive oils both contain California heirloom olives, while Parasol and Rapture are both fruit-forward vinegars.

If you enjoyed this story, check out this $20 Pioneer Woman baking set for making all your favorite meals.

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