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5 Best Gifts For a New Cook

Updated on November 18, 2014
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Gift Suggestions for Someone You Love

I love to cook and come up with my own recipes. Creating new and delicious meals is one of my passions. Not every recipe I make turns out the way I'd like, and when this happens I usually tweak it and improve on it.

When I first got married I had the basic kitchen appliances, tools, dish and cookware. Over the years I've had a lot time to use, buy, and talk to people about what some of the best products are.

I'd like to share with you what I feel are the top five best gifts that you can give to a new cook. Keep in mind that these gifts could be given as a housewarming gift, for a bridal or wedding shower, Christmas or birthday gift, or even a "Honey I Love Your Cooking" gift.


Gift Ideas For The Cook In Your Life - Gifts I wish I'd had when I first started cooking

Gifts I wish I'd had when I first started cooking.

I'm a big fan of Cuisinart, and this stand mixer has been such a blessing to have in my kitchen. Included with this mixer comes a chef's whisk, flat mixing paddle, dough hook, and splash-guard. I've had mine for seven years now and have never had any problems with it whatsoever. The amount of time and energy you will save by using a stand mixer is amazing. When it comes to making bread and shortbread, your hands will thank you.

Stainless Steel Cookware

This set of pots and pans make a great starter gift for anyone who cooks. The aluminum encapsulated base heats quickly and spreads heat evenly. Handles stay cool while using to cook on the stove. Because they are rated for use up to 500°F, you can use them on your stove top, in your oven, and under the broiler.

Let's Get Wok-ing

Stir Fry cooking is a breeze with a good quality wok such as this one. You can't beat the lifetime warranty it comes with.





For all the bakers in your life

Buying bake-ware individually can become quite costly. If you know someone that loves to bake this is the perfect gift for them. This set includes; large cookie sheet, half sheet, 9 x 13 jellyroll / sheet, 8-inch square, small loaf, and a 12 cup muffin pan.

Every cook need a good set of knives

Every cook and chef's dream is to have a set of the best quality knives. A set such as this one can be quite expensive but it will last a lifetime. They are the sharpest knives on the block.

Your Favorite Gift Idea

Which one of the five gifts listed above is your favorite?

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving - My Cuisinart Stand Mixer

Photo by Susan Zutautas
Photo by Susan Zutautas

I always thought that someday it would be nice to have a stand mixer but never really gave it much thought other than that. One year for my birthday my husband hands me this huge box that was pretty heavy. When I opened it I was really surprised as this was the last thing I expected to get as a gift. I asked him where he'd come up with the idea of buying this for me, and his reply was he remembered me saying one day years ago that I would love to have a stand mixer. This makes me smile to know that he does listen to some of the things I say to him.

Shortbread Cookies are a Breeze with a Stand Mixer

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Every Christmas I make three different types of shortbread cookies. I've loved them so much since I was a child, when my grandmother would make authentic Scottish Shortbread.

She would knead and knead and knead the dough until her hands ached. I followed suit and continued doing so for many years. The year I got my Cuisinart stand mixer I adapted the recipe and have never looked back once.


Are you serious, these gift suggestions are too expensive!

I know that many people today cannot afford to purchase big expensive gifts. Below you will find a few suggestions that I hope will be helpful to you.

  1. For shower gifts go in together with one or more people. This will considerably cut the cost of the gift or gifts that you want to give. This works great especially for large groups of people such as co-workers.
  2. At Christmas time a great way to save money is by rather than giving everyone on your list a gift, draw names. Set a price limit and try to stick to it as close as possible.
  3. For birthday gifts have the entire family chip in on the one special gift you want to give.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @mel-kav: I feel the same way.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      I love your three ideas above. I would much rather pick names or go in as a group and get someone something they really want or need.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I would love to have that mixer to make the shortbread cookies. They are my husband's favorite. Great gifts for newlyweds as well.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Excellent list of gifts for anyone who cooks, let alone those who are new to cooking. They are also perfect for housewarning gifts too. Thank you for sharing this list with us.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Thanks, so glad you liked them.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      These are terrific gift ideas!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SamiPearl: I've been meaning to order one of those. They look pretty handy.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @cwilson360: Thanks!

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      cwilson360 4 years ago

      These are all great gifts for any cook!

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      SamiPearl 4 years ago

      I, too, love to cook. When I'm mad at my husband, kitchen tools are always his go-to gift as an olive branch. The best, most useful gift he's ever given me was a food scraper. I use this thing every single day. http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-577-Stainless-Scraper...

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      Very good ideas, enjoyed reading your lens.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These are some excellent ideas!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @GirlUHeardItFrm: I think the Kitchen Aid is a great choice too.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @tonyaalves3: Thank you!

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      GirlUHeardItFrm 4 years ago

      I love to cook too - and am a big devotee of my stand mixer - a Kitchen Aid. I like reading about different brands, I don't like those people who get all orthodox on what brand things "must" be. I'm glad to know about what the folks at Cuisinart are up to.

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      You have a good selection of cooking gift.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks so much! I find I use the mini food processor quite often as well as the blender.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice, I enjoyed reading your personal comments, I feel I know you well now, after those little thought's you have written down.

      I don't really need anymore gadgets in my kitchen after 50 years, but one I never stop using is my food processor, you have got it as a attachment, I do so many things with it, so I would recommend that as a great gift.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SamanthaHaupt: Thanks!

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Nice Lens, well done!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lorelei Cohen: Thanks, you just reminded me of something I need to add to my What to do ls list above :) Hope you get your new pots and pans !

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I love that the items you featured for the kitchen gifts are stainless steel. It really is one of the safest materials for food preparation. Speaking of which I really do need a new stainless steel pot and pan set (just have to direct hubby over this direction lol.)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Judith Nazarewicz: I love mine and I highly recommend the Cuisinart. Thanks so much for stopping by and nice to meet you!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      I'm really thinking about getting the cuisinart stand mixer for my daughter. She loves to cook and entertain. Great suggestions! Thanks so much! :-)