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10 Best Gifts for Cooks that Have Everything
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.
Himalayan salt blocks are not only cool to look at and use, but they're a great, healthy alternative to heavy sauces and marinades.
This book provides ideas for cooking with a Himalayan salt block for every occasion - even dessert!
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!