Take the Hassle out of Holiday Shopping for Cook’s on Your List

Each year I put together my “Gifts for Cook’s” list. I test all the products and consider how they will make a great gift for the cooks and food lovers you are shopping for. Most of these falls in the Seriously Simple style.  I try and find general gifts and ones that I think will appeal to those with particular interests. I hope this makes shopping less of a hassle for you.


Packit Freezable Double Wine Bag – $32

For the wine lover on your list this is perfect for transporting wines chilled. The freezable gel is built into the walls of the bag so no need to freeze separate ice packs.


Hestan ProBond Stainless-Steel Essential Pan with Helper Handle – $230

Hestan products are for the serious cook, one who wants a perfectly even temperature from their pans. This essential pan is one of my favorites because of its shape. Sometimes called a chef’s pan, this rounded stainless-steel pan has a thick base for even heat distribution while the thin sides keeps its weight down. From sauces to soups this is my go-to pan. I love the shape and it is just the right size for many kitchen jobs. Give this to the serious cook on your list.


Capresso Coffee Team Pro plus12-cup Coffee Maker with Grinder – $230

I love waking up to  coffee that has just been ground and brewed. After painstaking research, I discovered this model. It has been exceptional in consistency, strength and deliciousness. There are other brands I have tried with less than good results. If you have a serious coffee drinker on your list who wants it made ahead but doesn’t want to sacrifice freshly ground coffee, this is my pick.


Vitaclay Smart Organic Multi-Crocks N’ Stock Pot 6 ½ Quart – $170

I love this item because it can steam, slow-cook, make stock, hot cereal, yogurt, and keep things warm for 9 hours. It’s different than an Instapot because it brings the liquid to a boil faster, and thus cooks faster. I particularly like the clay pot— the unglazed clay surface seems to intensify the flavors and is non-stick. I made an amazing vegetable soup that tasted better than my pot on the stove. This is the gift for your Instapot lover who is always looking for new ways to cook faster and better.


Molcajete – $45

Do you know some avocado lovers? A molcajete is the perfect gift for them. This Mexican style mortar and pestle will easily grind and smooth avocados for spreading upon their favorite bread. Molcajetes are also the classic vessel used for making guacamole.  It makes a great serving bowl as well.


Cake Stand – $60

For the baker on your list, this Mosser Glass cake stand is a beautiful way to display baked goods. I like the 10-inch size for most cakes, but it also comes in a 6 or 12-inch size. I prefer the green glass, but it also comes in different colors. This cake stand is reminiscent of days past with its heirloom look.


Bamboo Nesting Bowls and Dinnerware Set for Kids – $70 & $20

Bamboozle, an eco-friendly alternative to everyday kitchenware, has 2 items worth giving for your eco-conscious on your list. Made of bamboo that is durable and biodegradable, this set of 7 nesting bowls are colorful and durable for lots of tasks. Select the pastel or thistle colored bowls for friends who can always use more bowls for cooking or serving.

For little kids Harley Hippo dinnerware would make every meal a treat. This 5-piece dinnerware set comes with plate, cup, bowl, spoon and fork.


A Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Julienne Grater

From salads to stir-fry’s to vegetables to garnishes, Microplane’s Julienne Grater will make preparing meals a snap! You won’t need any fancy knife skills or need to use a mandoline. And it’s dishwasher safe.  And what a fun it will be to receive this in a stocking.

By Diane Rossen Worthington

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