I remember what it used to be like to have a kitchen. Surprised that I don’t have a kitchen? It’s true. I did spend most of last year building a gorgeous downstairs kitchen only to move into a new house with a non-functioning kitchen. Dear reader, look at your kitchen for a second. Appreciate the joy that comes from delicious meats and cakes. I will have a kitchen some day, but until then, I’ll just recommend cool stuff you could give to someone with an oven.
You eat food. Your gift recipient does too! Kitchen gifts are bound to work!
Caraway Cookware Set
The “I’m Done With Eating Out” Friend
One of the hardest parts about deciding that you are ready to cook more at home, is not having really good cookware. I say this because my partner, Garrett, wasn’t much of a cook when we got married. He got pretty discouraged at the beginning, but it’s because we were using like ancient, hand-me-down cookware. Getting a good pan in the mix and splurging for a skillet that didn’t have years of wear on it made all the difference. Now I don’t cook anymore unless I feel like it. Chef Garrett just needed the right tools and I needed some color in my cookware.
Caraway Bakeware Set
Bake Off Wannabe
Jurgen was robbed. I mean, I just finished that episode like the night before last and I’ve just got to say, they should have let him stick around for the finals. I mean, it wasn’t his best week, but he’s such a sweet guy. The Great British Bake-Off isn’t always fair, but at least every other viewing I have makes me think that today is finally the day I’ll become a baker. I mean, how can I resist when they are making things called Jammy Dodgers and Spotted Dick. Find that friend or family member that is obsessed with Bake-Off and then buy them this. They’ll either make next season or will have some great baking horror stories to share with you.
Mini Market Dish Towels
The Color Apprehensive Co-Worker
I know you’ve got that co-worker who also watches Instagram with you and thinks—maybe I’ll do some color in my house this year. Paint is just paint, but for beginners, it can be intimidating. That’s why, I’d say give them these adorable Mini Market Dish Towels. Introduce a couple colorful towels into their kitchen. Next stop, your co-worker will come home in a jumpsuit with Sour Patch Watermelons in their pocket and then you’re like… “holy, @#!^! You are Banyan Bridges!” Turns out, your co-worker was me, Racheal Jackson the entire time. Mr. Shyamalan, I’m available anytime for your next screenplay.
Wood Serving Tray
Your Charcuterie Enthusiast Aunt
I wasted my life up until the moment that I went to a party with a charcuterie board. Can I pronounce it in a satisfactory way to a French audience? No. But I can make one hell of a platter for my guests. And you know that one person in your friend group or at family reunions who shows up with multiple sides and they are all amazing? This is for them. Give them this and tell them that they are welcome at any time to come over and make you a charcuterie board. They will be like, “oh yeah, I have lots of time.” You guys will feast together in peace. Wow. So simple.
Double Oven Mitt
The Cookie King
There’s someone in your life that makes you cookies. They show up at your doorstep and they say, “hey, was thinking ’bout you.” And you’re like, “oatmeal raisin???!! my favvvvvvvve.” You embrace. Aren’t you glad you have a cookie person in your life? If you don’t, then give this to the person you think would be most likely to show up at your house with decent cookies and leave a cryptic note with the gift thanking them for all the cookies they’ve brought you in the past. Guaranteed cookies for life.
Wooden Utensil Set
The Star of the Show
Apparently, you use these to stir food. Or to like scrap the inside of a bowl of batter. You can even use them to scrap the bottom of the pan to get the really tasty crispy part. And here I thought these were solely for busting out “We Are Never Getting Back Together (Taylor’s Version)” in the kitchen. I’ve also used them as air guitars in The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and threw out my back. Turns out they don’t actually amplify sound. But for the kitchen body that also know how to party (pronounced paw-dy so it rhymes)—you should give them this wooden utensil set. They will put on a performance that you wouldn’t believe.
Mini Waffle Maker
Because You Love Me & My Sponsor Krusteaz
I have talked about pancakes and waffles all year. I love Krusteaz, who helps sponsor me doing the things I love. And I’ve got to say, we have many different waffle irons. I’ve got the classic Mickey Mouse, a double one, a flippy one like at hotels, but I haven’t gotten this mini one yet. It’s probably time to make this happen. Give this to someone and then show them my 100+ videos about interesting ways to use Krusteaz pancake/waffle mix to inject small moments of creativity into your life. Brand synergy.
Snape’s Favorite Student
I used to play in the kitchen when I was a kid and make concoctions. All my experiments failed with the exception of me just filling one a 1/4 cup with Kool-aid packets and just chugging it. Yes, it burnt my mouth. Yes, I puffed out a cloud of magical dust everywhere. What I’m trying to say is that magic happens in the kitchen and these little cups are a great vehicle for delicious ingredients. I am so hungry right now. Really shouldn’t have started writing this on an empty stomach.
Silpat Baking Mat
For Those Who Hate Cleaning Up
I think we all hate cleaning up while baking and cooking. I mean, there’s probably one of you out there that’s like, “Today, is a blessed day. With dish soap on my right and my trusty sponge on my left, I cannot be stopped. Time and space hold no sway over me.” Please DM me if that’s you because I know you exist. I love these baking mats. Between these and parchment paper, my life has become infinitely easier. I hate having to take a Brillo pad to our pans every few months. Give these to that special someone who you know likes to bake, but may be short on time.
Food Hugger Lids
The Quick to Get Grossed-Out Nephew
Okay, true story. My son starts gagging every time he takes out the garbage. Since realizing that this was the case, we switched him to recycling duty. But we’ve all had that terrifying moment while looking into a fridge and seeing that opaque old-school Tupperware square. What’s inside? If you open it, will you ever be the same? It can feel like opening Pandora’s box. These Food Hugger Lids are super cute and will help you avoid these moments of crisis. Help your loved one keep their food fresh longer and see the evil before you open. You never know what may be brewing within. At least they can prep a gas mask prior to opening, if needed.
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We aren’t really like kitchen specialists. This isn’t a cooking influencer account, yet. But we are happy to share with you all the cool things we think you should give your friends and family. Check out more of our gift guides for 2021: