Holiday Gift Guide For Cooks

Food processor, mug, cookie scoop, and Dutch oven with text saying Our Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks of All Levels

Happy holidays, friends! We’ve gathered our favorite kitchen tools perfect for gifting to the cooks in your life (or yourself)! Click on the images or links below for more details.

Our favorite food processor

Food Processor – Our absolute favorite food processor, perfect for making coconut butter, nut butters, hummus, sticky doughs/batters, falafel, and more!

Vitamix high-speed blender perfect for smoothies, sauces, and more

High-Speed Blender – An absolute essential in the kitchen for creamy smoothies, sauces, cheesecake filling, and more!

Our favorite small storage jars

Weck Jars – These adorable little jars are the perfect storage solution for DIY spice blends, yogurt, and more. These larger sizes are ideal for storing larger batches of nut butter, coconut butter, sliced vegetables, and herbs!

Small cookie scoop

Cookie Scoop – The one kitchen tool I can’t do without when it comes to baking! Perfect for getting consistent cookies, protein balls, and scooping out bite-size melon.

Our favorite dutch oven for making soups and stews

Dutch Oven – A new-to-us item that’s become an absolute favorite! Perfect for making large soups, stews, bone broth, and curries. And although we haven’t tried it, it apparently bakes amazing bread.

Our favorite milk frother

Milk Frother – Our go-to for afternoon chai lattes, matcha lattes, mushroom coffee, and more! It froths, blends, and heats (optionally), and is totally worth the investment for beverage lovers.

Our favorite mug

Mugs – The perfect affordable gift for the beverage lover in your life. Perfect for sipping the perfect cup of coffee, matcha latte, golden milk, and more!

Our favorite nut milk bag for making dairy-free milks

Nut Milk Bag – An essential for dairy-free folks who make their own dairy-free milk at home! Check out our Guide to Dairy-Free Milk for recipe inspiration!

Three pack of our favorite reusable storage bags

Reusable Storage Bags – Ditch single-use plastics in favor of reusable storage bags, perfect for storing half-cut avocados, chopped veggies, snacks, and more!

Our favorite large cast iron skillet

Cast Iron Skillet (Small and/or Large) – Our absolute go-to for cooking eggs, pancakes, potatoes, shredded chicken, and basically everything! Plus, easy to clean and naturally non-stick. Lodge is our favorite brand!

A few honorable mentions: Our go-to stocking stuffer will forever be Theo Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bars, our go-to cookbook is Amy Chaplin’s At Home in the Whole Foods Kitchen, and this pretty white saucepan is the perfect pan for whipping up Pumpkin Spice Lattes or the Perfect Bowl of Oats!

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  1. Jenny Hide says

    Any recommendations for stainless steel or other safe non coated metal baking sheets?
    I already use a stonewear one but would like a bigger metal one with an edge

    • Amanda M says

      I got Lincoln wear ever half sheet pans from a restaurant supply store many years ago. I love them. They survive the broiler and they are not nonstick. We use parchment paper or foil on either to contain mess or for non stick properties.

  2. Caroline says

    Great list! I actually want to put a cookie scoop on my list but I’m not sure what size. Do you use the medium or large? The link just goes to the Amazon page with all the sizes.
    Thanks so much!

  3. Linda Boyle says

    Is the cookie dough scoop really $41! That has to be a misprint but it came up three times for me at this price and the messsge in red was “only 16 left!”
    I appreciate your recommendation on a food processor as I am in dire need of a new one. And it’s reasonably priced — only $20+ more than the cookie dough scoop and much more versatile.
    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s so odd that it is priced so high right now! Could be a supply issue? We definitely did not pay that much!

    • Ally Bally Boo says

      Linda, there is a new version of the cookie scoop which is $15. The one for $50 is an older version, which is apparently a collectible because I don’t know who would pay $50 for that for everyday use! You’ll see the newer version (same thing, really) in a little note below the one for $50. Hope this helps! :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes! It will be more frothy if using store-bought because the gums help it froth, but we find it works with homemade too as long as it isn’t too diluted. Hope that helps!

  4. tracy says

    Good list, I recently added a stand mixer to my kitchen mostly for kneading chickwheat and breads. I would love to see your recommendations knives. What do you use? Currently I’m using a Faberware knife for pretty much everything and I just put it into the self sharpening sleeve after use but I would be interested in what you suggest as must have knives.