Best Christmas Gifts For Cooks

Happy Christmas Cook
Happy Christmas Cook

Cooks Just Love Cookery Gifts

I write this as a cook myself.

There is nothing quite as delightful as getting a gift from someone which is aimed at one of your favourite hobbies; in this case cookery.

And there is never a better time of year to receive gifts for a cook than Christmas when the market is literally flooded with all of the latest gadgets.

People love unusual gadget type gifts at Christmas and as a cook, there are usually lots of these to choose from every year and they are not all expensive.

There are some nice stocking filler style gifts for cooks as well as the more expensive kitchen gadgets.

I have tried to include both types of gifts so that you can either pick one as a main Christmas gift or as a nice but inexpensive present.

Happy shopping - make a cook happy this Christmas!

Automeasure Spice Carousels - Style Without All of those Little Glass Jars

My first choice as a Christmas gift for the cook in your life is the latest thing in the storage of spices and chopped herbs.

The automeasure spice carousel, once and for all, does away with all of those little glass jars your cook has been collecting these past some years.

And let's be honest, those things clutter up the place - either sitting on a bench top getting greasy in a wooden rack that has to be cleaned every weekend or else taking up a whole shelf of your cupboard.

Getting to the one they need means taking them all out in twos until you hear "Ooh, cinnamon at last."

The automeasure spice rack is compact and convenient though you will need to buy the spices yourself.

For the discerning cook, this is a must-have kitchen storage solution.

Spices, all in one place, neat and tidy and it even measures them out based on how much or little you need.

This would be a major gift - comes in a box so it looks good under the tree!

Does Your Cook Like To Make Cakes & Muffins

Once of the best creations over the last year or two has been the batter dispenser.

Once batter is made, it is usually the job of the trusty cook to ladle the batter into cake or muffin cases and it doesn't matter how steady the hand of the cook, it is almost impossible to get a 'hole in one' every time.

Usually this means clearing batter off the sides of the cases and also off the silicone trays.

This batter dispenser can be held directly above the cake or muffin case and pressed.

Hey Presto, perfect batter distribution every time.

A cook's dream come true, cake making without the mess.

Small But Perfectly Formed Hand Held Gadgets

Cooks these days usually like to use kitchen gadgets that are not only sturdy but also stylish and there are a number of really beautifully designed items on the market for those of a more aesthetic bent.

Gone are the days of clunky, plastic presses and graters - cooks want gadgets that are as much a conversation piece at the finished dish so here are a few smaller items which look great when held in a cook's able hands.

It is incredible to think that designers have thought about how to make it easier to cut herbs.

I watch Nigella Lawson doing it on British TV with what looks like something once used to descpitate Marie Antoinette, then I see these gorgeous herb scissors and think I should drop Nigella a hint.....get ride of that cumbersome blade!

Measure for Measure - Perfect Little Measuring Spoons

A cook can never have enough measuring spoons.

They start off using their own cutlery but eventually they end up buying a plastic tablespoon in a lurid colour.

This represents the start of their spoon collection and in no time flat, they move onto a whole set of colourful plastic spoons, all kept together with a plastic ring.

Well the spoons featured here are 'themed' measuring spoons.

They are so pretty and jolly that a smile on Christmas Day is almost guaranteed.

I suspect that if you have children in your house, these will get used a lot when 'family' bake day is going on.

Pancake Pan - For Boxing Day Morning Breakfast Smiles!

Pancakes have never gone out of fashion and although they are made in slightly different ways in various parts of the world, they remain a popular choice for breakfast.

Cooks enjoy cooking for the pleasure of putting something on the table that makes people smile.

It is usually to do with taste but can also be about presentation - there is nothing like a decorated cake or cupcake and in general, cakes can be fairly easy to decorate; indeed decorating them has become an industry in itself but pancakes....Mmmmm, not so easy to decorate right?

Once they have the syrup or chocolate sauce and cream atop them, that's pretty much it.

Until now! The latest pancake pans have said goodbye to flat-bottomed anonymity in favour of a more 'chiselled' profile.

I rather like the idea of pancakes smiling at me from my plate, don't you?

Spoon Rests and Resting Spoons

And finally, we have looked at spoons in the small size range - tablespoons, dessert spoon, tea spoon.

Now let's look at bigger spoons and other utensils which cooks use for stirring, whisking etc.

I am a messy cook. I only own one spoon rest so I tend to drop other utensils onto saucers and plates and even (undomesticated goddess that I am) the bench top.

Well there is no more need for that.

Clearly someone with an eye not only for style but also physics designed a collection of weighted utensils. Their centre of gravity prevents the utensil head from touching the surface on which they are resting - phew! No more messy bench tops.

And for the busy cook on the go this Christmas, how about this wonderful spoon rest which fits neatly onto the side of the pan which you're stirring - they come in a variety of different colours (and animals).

Will You Be Buying A Gift for A Cook This Christmas?

I hope this article has given you a few ideas about what you might buy for the cook in your life this Christmas.

There are so many wonderful useful and stylish kitchen utensils (and attire) available that you might not be able to narrow it down to one gift - fear not, you could keep one for their birthday.

Happy Shopping everyone and many thanks for reading.

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Save Our Children 2 years ago from Denton, Texas

I saw the spoon rests and decided I have to have some!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Meisjunk, lots of little things will be more fun for them to open - go for it! Many thanks for your comment.

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Meisjunk 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Ooo, thank you for this! =) I've been wracking my brain for weeks on what I could possibly get my sister. I think I'm just going to do a cooking gift bag or something. Lots of little, rather than one big thing. Thanks again!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Turtlewoman, yes, I love the spoon rests. As you say, it would be great to get these gifts for yourself.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Vellue, thanks for your comment. I think they're all pretty good gifts, I'd be happy for someone to buy some for me :o)

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

Wow, forget buying these as gifts...I might just get all of them for myself! Interesting gift ideas, especially that spoon holder shaped like a chicken. So cute! :-)

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, I love the spoon resting gadget , this will really help in the kitchen. Voted up and shared across.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Theresa, thanks so much for your comment - I would love any or all of these :o) I hope you and yours enjoyed Thanksgiving - I don't celebrate it cos I am on the wrong side of the Atlantic but I wish I did :o)

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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

There were all great ideas and just in time for Christmas. I am an on again, off again cook, but I have several family members who are "very serious cooks." They will be happy. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. ~~Theresa

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Deb, thanks for your comment - always glad to be of some use :o)

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

So many of my friends (and I) love to cook, so this hub will be very useful to me!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Audra, when I was researching, I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't there to buy! Loads of things I could happily have in my kitchen :o)

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AudraLeigh 4 years ago

I really like the Fox Run Chicken Spoon Holder...never saw that before! And that spice rack...want one! Now I am in the mood for Christmas! I wanted to be a cook once...went to chef school briefly. Every once in a while, I get an itch to make something cool! I am going to index your hub and buy these when we buy a place in the next year or two. Great and well written! Voted up!!!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Stephanie, many thanks for your comment = Yes, I want one of those batter dispensers.

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

You've certainly discovered a wonderful selection of unusual gifts for someone who loves to cook! I never knew an automatic spice dispenser or a batter dispenser even existed! This was interesting reading as well as a treasure trove of good ideas!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

DIanna, I ould be happy to get any of these to be honest but I think the spice carousels are such space savers, I would love one too.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

I would personally love the spice carousel as a Christmas gift. Right now my bottles are just on a shelf and I have to move them around to find what I need each time. Great post and thanks for the suggestions.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Christy, yes that one looks great. I bake a lot so I would definitely like that one from Santa :o)

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Oooh the batter dispenser sounds cool, I did not know about that! Good xmas ideas you put together here

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

mpropp, Hi! AMny thanks for your comment, yes, none of these is really too expensive, you might want to add them to your list for Santa :o)

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Paula, tell you what, if I win the lotto on Saturday night, I'll pay for you to have a slap up meal at my expense somewhere really expensice - chauffeur service thereand back obviously and a drinks cabinet in the back of the limo just to keep the conversation lively :o)

Thanks for your comment.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Nell, Many thanks for your comment. I am a gadget freak so I was browsing and thought this one up; I would like to own them all :o)

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mpropp 4 years ago from Minnesota

Oh, I like some of these! I do enjoy a good kitchen gadget, even if I'm not the best cook...The spice dispenser looks awesome and it isn't even that expensive. Thanks for sharing these fun ideas.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York're right. These are all great gift ideas for people who love to cook......After 50 years in the kitchen, NEEDLESS to say, I no longer even LIKE to cook.......but I am an excellent cook....(just want to make sure everyone knows that!)

So....let's have some ideas about gifts for women like me, who have hung up her oven mitts and spatula! You can STILL buy for me, don't worry!

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

What a great idea jools! loads of people do appreciate cooking stuff for Christmas, and I love the way you did this, voted up and shared, nell

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

shiningirisheyes, many thanks for commenting. I have to be held back when I enter this part of a department store because I would buy everything and my kitchen is tiny so it's a no go - but something like the herb cutting scissors I could find a home for!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Denise, thanks so much for commenting. I hope Santa is good to you!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

prasonline, many thanks for your comment - yup, I'm slightly ahead of the game but in a week or two you won't be able to move for photos of stockings, holly and Saint Nick!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Attikos, Many thanks for your comment, I hope you get what you're after - if I had lots of money I would certainly treat myself to all of these.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mary, hope Santa is kind to you this year and you get everything on your list :o)

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

What you write is so true! My favorite gift was a Kitchen Aide standing mixer I received a few years back and I already had it on the counter, full throttle by late morning. These items are perfect selections for someone like me who thoroughly enjoys anything to do with food prep.

Voting up

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a cool hub for gift ideas, Julie. Thanks for sharing and I spotted a couple that caught my eye, LOL My santa list keeps getting longer and longer!

Rated up/U/I/A

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prasonline 4 years ago from Sri lanka

Great ideas here And A little reminder Christmas is coming soon

Thank you for sharing this.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

I'm a cook. I'd like the first one under my tree. No, not the spice rack, the picture before that.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hey, I'd like one of each of these handy items! Now I know what to ask Santa for.

I voted this UP, and shared.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Imogen, it nearly killed me not buying them from Amazon when I was doing the research. Glad you liked it and thanks so much for commenting.

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Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

Some great ideas here, Jools, and nicely presented too. I do know somebody that would love a lot of these things, and I might even be adding a few of these gadgets to my own Christmas wishlist!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Janine, many thanks for your comment. One thing I didn't include which you might like was a popsicle bake tray - definitely up your street :o)

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mhatter99, many thanks for your comment - the batter pro certainly looks the business doesn't it?

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Alecia, many thanks for your comment. It is amazing how many wonderful gadgets are out there now and some of these would make lovely gifts. I'd be thrilled to get a hedgehog cheese grater, so cute!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bill, yes, that caught my eye as well. I am dropping hints already to people in my home :o), many thanks for your comment.

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Julie, awesome ideas and am pinning this for possible Christmas gift ideas. Thanks you and have also voted up and shared all over!!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this. My daughter got me a batter pro. It has many other uses.

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I love all these ideas! If I knew someone who could benefit from these gifts other than myself I would tell them about it but my parents don't cook that much and none of my other family members cook as much. But I'm definitely going to remember these ideas for my own Christmas list. Voted up, useful, awesome, and shared!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great ideas Julie; love the spice carousel!

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