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10 Best Gifts for Cooks that Have Everything

Updated on September 15, 2016

Gift giving is one of the greatest joys of life, especially when you've found the perfect gift! But gift buying can be stressful and difficult, especially if the recipient already has everything. If you're reading this page, then your gift recipient must love cooking, and you've come to the right place! I have compiled this list through not only research, but also gifts that have turned out to be huge hits for all the cooks and chefs in my family. :) Good luck and enjoy your gift!

Himalayan Salt Block

Himalayan salt blocks add an element of beauty and exquisite taste to cooking, baking, and even hosting. There are dozens of ways to use these salt blocks and are sure to keep your favorite cook busy and excited in the kitchen! We've used our salt block on the grill, in the oven, and even to serve dessert. You will be astonished by how well these actually work.

HemingWeigh Himalayan All Natural Crystal Salt Cooking Tile (10" X 6" X 1.5")
HemingWeigh Himalayan All Natural Crystal Salt Cooking Tile (10" X 6" X 1.5")

Himalayan salt blocks are not only cool to look at and use, but they're a great, healthy alternative to heavy sauces and marinades.

 
Salt Block Cooking: 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing, and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks (Bitterman's)
Salt Block Cooking: 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing, and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks (Bitterman's)

This book provides ideas for cooking with a Himalayan salt block for every occasion - even dessert!

 

The Vitamix

Vitamix blenders are a great idea for health conscious friends and family because they open a whole new way to use fruits and vegetables in your cooking. They are also GREAT to use to make baby food if you've got an ambitious mom in your life that makes her own baby food.

The Vitamix

Vitamix 5200 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, Black
Vitamix 5200 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, Black

The Vitamix is all the rage these days. Self-cleaning and a whiz at blending, this device will change the way you eat your food.

 

Kitchen Stand for Tablets

Belkin Kitchen Stand and Wand / Stylus for Tablets
Belkin Kitchen Stand and Wand / Stylus for Tablets

In our modern world, many cooks and chefs utilize their iPads or tablets for endless recipes at their fingertips. This stand is a must-have for any cook with a tablet! Fun, sleek, and practical - perfect well-rounded gift.

 

If you're looking for ways to beef up your gift, you can add some e-cookbooks to the mix!

Gourmet Panini Press

Hamilton Beach 25450 Gourmet Panini Press
Hamilton Beach 25450 Gourmet Panini Press

If you've got a gourmet cook in your life, then chances are when they make sandwiches, they aren't just any sandwiches. This panini press adds a lot of possibilities for what can be done in between two slices of bread.

 

Panini presses are an obvious choice for sandwiches, but they actually can be used to cook a ton of things! Vegetables are a great option, especially for someone that wants to experiment with new ways of eating healthy.

Molecular Gastronomy

Foams, beads, and bubbles! Molecular gastronomy is as modern and unique as it gets. If your chef is precise in the kitchen, then they will love these kits to experiment with! These are always a huge crowd pleaser :) And if you end up liking the starter set from Cocktail R-EVOLUTION, they have a few other fun gift sets that utilize molecular gastronomy.

MOLECULE-R Molecular Mixology Introductory Kit by | Modernist Cocktail Drinks | Learn Spherification Gellification Emulsification Suspension | With Additives, Tools, Recipe Booklet
MOLECULE-R Molecular Mixology Introductory Kit by | Modernist Cocktail Drinks | Learn Spherification Gellification Emulsification Suspension | With Additives, Tools, Recipe Booklet

Mix up happy hour by surprising your guests with bubbles and foams. They won't believe what you're serving when they see their drink!

 

Creative Consumable Sets

Sometimes the best gifts are the consumable ones. If they try it and don't like it, it was still worth the try! And lots of times these are the things we won't buy for ourselves.

Fee Brothers Bar Cocktail Bitters Complete Set - 12 Bottles
Fee Brothers Bar Cocktail Bitters Complete Set - 12 Bottles

Cocktail bitters will change the taste of every drink without needing tons of mixers. Caribbean, Asian, Mexican, African...cocktails from wherever you like!

 

This is a great idea for friends and family that love happy hour, especially experimenting with new flavors and liquors.

The Best Salts in The World - Collection of 24 Mini-Jars With Cork Tops in Bamboo Presentation Box. The Salt Connoisseur Ultimate Gift!
The Best Salts in The World - Collection of 24 Mini-Jars With Cork Tops in Bamboo Presentation Box. The Salt Connoisseur Ultimate Gift!

Salts are a great gift idea and can be used with everything - grilling, baking, cooking meats or sweets.

 

While an overuse of salt may not be a great thing for your health, using it the right way can save you from heading towards fatty and sugar-laden sauces and marinades.

Sous Vide Oven

Sous Vide Supreme Demi Water Oven, Black, SVD-00101
Sous Vide Supreme Demi Water Oven, Black, SVD-00101

If you have a serious cook on your hands and really want to go big, then you may want to consider a Sous Vide Oven. Sous Vide has soared in popularity and is a huge hit with celebrity chefs and 5 star restaurants.Definitely not for amateurs, but perfect for the cook that has everything.

 

Grow It On Your Own

Sometimes the best gift is the one that keeps on giving! These kits will all give your chef the ability to grow their own ingredients right in the kitchen. They're also a great option for health conscious friends and family because they open up the possibility of organic products!

The Shiitake Mushroom Kit - Indoor Mushroom Growing Kit - Grow Edible Mushrooms & Fungi. Easy & Fun Mush Room Garden Patch Grow Kits
The Shiitake Mushroom Kit - Indoor Mushroom Growing Kit - Grow Edible Mushrooms & Fungi. Easy & Fun Mush Room Garden Patch Grow Kits

Believe it or not, mushrooms are relatively easy to grow, so they're a great gift for anyone that likes the veggie. And the best part is that you can actually grow them inside! So they're perfect for anyone stuck in a cold climate that can't utilize their own garden.

 

What if you can't spend??

Not every gift needs to cost something! If you just don't have the funds or know you can't match the quality they like, then enlist your other friends and family to share their best recipes and put together a handmade cookbook or recipe book. This can end up being creative and also very sentimental if you can pull in secret family recipes. Sometimes the best gifts are free :)

Looking for something last minute?

If you're short on time, another great idea is to purchase a cooking class for your friends and family. Many cooking stores also hold classes that can be lots of fun and will allow you to bring a bottle of wine and a guest to turn the experience into a fun date night!

If you're in a big city, odds are you also have schools that teach more advanced cooking concepts or fun endeavors like beer brewing or making your own wine.

Experiential gifts are always great ideas for the cook that has everything - because you can't really have too many of them!

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great gift ideas!

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      MaryRoseFitz 

      4 years ago

      I have never seen a banana slicer before - I do not think they have arrived in New Zealand where I come from. An interesting gift for a cook who has everything.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Nice share !

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      Automatic365 

      5 years ago

      Great Ideas!

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      cmadden 

      5 years ago

      Wow - quite the selection!

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      momsANDkids 

      5 years ago

      I'll gonna get one of these as gift for myself :) Thanks for the list.

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      Nikki Schilling 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @GardenHarbor: I just republished and everything showed up again - phew! thanks again for catching that :)

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      Nikki Schilling 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @Stuwaha: thank you for pointing that out!! so many of my amazon modules were removed :'( I don't know why that happened :(

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      Stuwaha 

      5 years ago

      I love the idea for this lens and what I've seen so far but where is the rest of it? I only count 10 items?

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      Stuwaha 

      5 years ago

      I love the idea for this lens and what I've seen so far but where is the rest of it? I only count 10 items?

    • makorip lm profile image

      makorip lm 

      5 years ago

      As a foodie, loved your ideas and have been using a salt block. Good lens.

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      myoyster1957 

      5 years ago

      Some great ideas on here, thanks

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      rockingretro2 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! The Best Salts in the World is going on my wish list.

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      chi kung 

      5 years ago

      some of them are really funny! I love Himalayan salt - you should try it if you haven't already!

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      getmoreinfo 

      5 years ago

      I like these Best Gifts for Cooks

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      Mission1 

      5 years ago

      Love the salad plant! That's a real conversation piece for BBQ's!

    • offer112 profile image

      offer112 

      5 years ago

      A lot of handy tools. The kitchen can always use some!

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      schil0c3 

      5 years ago

      Awesome ideas! I already bought some! Thanks for the ideas.

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