Top Cooking Gifts for Her
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Chef Knife Set
Every chef needs a collection of sharp knives in her kitchen arsenal. When appliances fail or recipes go awry, the chef's knife is the trusty cornerstone of culinary tools. The perfect chef's knife is properly weighted, rarely dulls, and has a strong blade that can handle any amount of mincing, dicing, and slicing. Look to brands like Wusthof while shopping. You can find block sets of knives for safekeeping or buy them individually, depending on her preferences.
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If she loves fried foods without the mess and calories, one of the top cooking gifts for her this Christmas is an air fryer. By combining hot air with high-speed circulation, she can make her favorite fried foods without any of the guilt or oil. Fries, chicken nuggets, steak, and fish are just a few of the things this appliance can cook. Plus, it works quickly, making weekday dinners a snap.
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From making whipped cream and meringue to scones and pizza dough, a stand mixer is a must-have multi-tool for her kitchen, and no mixer brand is as well-known or trusted as KitchenAid. The beauty of a KitchenAid mixer is the number of available attachments, which makes this a gift that keeps on giving. If your home chef already has a stand mixer, consider giving attachments, like a spiralizer, pasta maker, meat grinder, or ice cream maker, for Christmas.
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If she's busy throughout the week, one of the best kitchen gifts for her is a slow cooker. Even when she doesn't have time to craft an elaborate meal, she can come home to a warm dinner with minimal prep work. These kitchen appliances are easy to use and clean. She can use this cooking gift to make casseroles, dips, soups, and more. Look for a slow cooker with a timer and multiple temperature settings. You can even find plastic liners for her new slow cooker that make cleaning up after dinner much easier.
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Much like slow cookers, pressure cookers are perfect for making full meals without much preparation. If you're looking for a kitchen gift that allows her to make meals quickly, this is a smart choice. The combination of steam and pressure cooks food like rice, beans, and meat faster and more evenly than it would through other methods, often having food table-ready in 30 minutes or less.
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Blenders & Immersion Blenders
Whatever the home chef on your list is creating, she will appreciate a quality blender that can tackle tough jobs. Look to tried-and-true brands like Vita-Mix and Blendtec for the most power or check out KitchenAid and Ninja blenders for mid-power models that still beat budget options. If she has limited counterspace, the best kitchen gift for her may be an immersion blender for blending soups and purees right on the stove.
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For the foodie on your Christmas list looking to step up her kitchen game, the real workhorse of kitchen tools is the food processor. It slices, dices, purees, grates, and shreds at lightning speed and with minimal effort. If the home cook on your list already has a food processor, consider expanding the machine's use with more attachments and accessories. Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid, and Cuisinart are brands to look for as you do your Christmas shopping.
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A juicer can do more than give you an amazing glass of OJ for breakfast. It's also an easy way to get five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, juice limes for margaritas, and improve protein shakes naturally. Brands like Breville, Black & Decker, and Cuisinart have both citrus juicers and juice extractors for the home cooks on your shopping list. Look for juicers that are powerful enough for her needs and fit the amount of counterspace in her kitchen.
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The home chef on your list will always appreciate new tools that can make healthy eating easier. If she loves pasta without the carbs, spiralizers should be at the top of your list. With this tool, she can turn her favorite veggies into noodles and add texture to salads. Whether zucchini noodles or classic julienne carrots are on the menu, brands like KitchenAid and Cuisinart offer the spiralizers she needs to make them a reality.
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Cast Iron Cookware
Cast-iron cookware is a kitchen gift that will last a lifetime. This type of cookware is sturdy, heats evenly, and helps maintain the flavor of what you're cooking. Whether it's baking, simmering, boiling, or sauteing needs to be done, cast-iron cookware is always up to the task. It can also double as serveware. Look for large pieces, like Dutch ovens, baking dishes, or braising dishes, from brands like Lodge and Cuisinart.
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A dream gift for the experimental home chef, a sous vide will revolutionize the way she cooks and serves food. Using advanced temperature-control technology, a sous vide cooks anything from fine cuts of meat to fresh veggies at a perfectly consistent temperature. It also ensures that food is served at the right temperature. Try pairing this appliance with a sous vide cookbook to help her explore this cooking method.
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Baking is fun until the cakes, cookies, or muffins stick to the pan. Save her the headache with silicone bakeware. Silicone is known for its nonstick flexibility, making it a staple for many bakers. You can find silicon bakeware in the form of sheets, muffin tins, spatulas, and candy molds. This kitchen gift for her cuts the cleaning in half for almost anything she bakes.
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Many dedicated foodies love good coffee. If she can't start her day without a cup of gourmet coffee, then high-end coffee accessories are the perfect kitchen gifts for her. Whether she likes light or dark roast, kitchen gifts like French presses, espresso machines, and single-serve coffee makers are great for cooks who need their cup in the morning.
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If she loves making healthy snacks in large batches, this is the kitchen gift for her. Dehydrators work by taking the moisture out of fruit, meat, and veggies to leave her with naturally preserved, nutritious snacks. She can make apple or banana chips, meat jerky, and more. For the cook who hates to waste food or loves to snack, this is the cooking gift for her this Christmas.
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Ice Cream Maker
When looking for Christmas gifts for a cook with a sweet tooth, consider giving her a homemade ice cream maker. This appliance makes it easy for her to whip up a batch of her own ice cream, custard, or frozen yogurt at home. She can toss in her own ingredients and adjust the recipe to meet any dietary preferences. It's also a great kitchen gift for the hostess who likes providing sweet homemade treats at her big summertime bashes.
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For the foodie who loves baking, give her the gift of freshly baked bread this Christmas. Bread machines are easy to use and can produce almost any variety of bread at home. When looking for a kitchen gift for her, consider bread machines with multiple settings for crust, capacity, and other features. With the right bread maker, she can make a loaf of bread with minimal effort while she gets other things done.
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Whether it's copper, stainless steel, glass, or aluminum, every cook has a preference when it comes to cookware material. This Christmas, get her the set of her dreams. Look for cookware sets with multiple pieces in different shapes and sizes. Trusted brands, like Gotham Steel, include sets with up to 15 nonstick pieces that look as good as they work.
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Dinnerware or Flatware
When looking for a kitchen gift for her, a set of dinnerware or flatware goes a long way. You can choose from a variety of colors, patterns, and materials to give her a great Christmas present she'll love and use for years to come. If she's a great cook as well as a host, an extra set of formal or casual dinnerware will go a long way.
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This Christmas, try giving her something a little cheesy. Cheeseboards are perfect for any snack tray queen. You can find cheeseboards with dividers for separating fruit, cheese, meats, crackers, and dips. She'll love a set that comes with accessories like knives, spreaders, and dip trays.
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If you're looking for a unique kitchen gift for her, consider gifting a home fondue pot for Christmas. The best sets come with their own pots, burners, and forks. If she's a regular hostess, this cooking gift will be a hit at her parties. She can melt chocolate or cheese in these appliances and offer guests bread, fruit, and other goodies to dip into the fondue pot.
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Wine & Bar Accessories
Every foodie knows how important it is to pair your food with the right drink. Whether she loves wine, beer, or cocktails, barware and accessories are great gifts for her. A beautiful crystal decanter, set of stemware, or a fun flask are just a few ideas. Like any kitchen gift for her, consider her personal style and the space in her kitchen when you start shopping.
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Whip Up Some Holiday Joy
No matter what her skill or specialty in the kitchen, a thoughtful gift goes a long way. This Christmas give her something she can use to whip up some joy.