Gifts for the Culinary Enthusiast

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When it comes to picking the right gifts for a culinary enthusiast, there are endless possibilities.

I mean, who doesn’t love to eat great food?  I know I do.  Cooking great food?  Even better!

Culinary enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes, and there is no best single gift for any of them.

This guide will help you find the best culinary gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list.

Best Culinary Gifts in 2019

Culinary enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes.  There are people who love to cook, people who love to eat, and people that are in between these two categories.

There are also people just learning and starting to cook – good for them!

Either way, let’s find them the perfect gift.

Culinary Gifts for Anyone

These culinary gifts are perfect for anyone, whether they are eaters, chefs, or just getting started cooking.  You can’t go wrong with anything from this list.

They are all useful items that will help daily in the kitchen, whether you are cooking, eating, or cleaning!

reZip Reusable Bags

These reusable food storage bags are a perfect gift for any culinary enthusiast.

We use these for both snacks and leftovers.

They are super easy to wash and dry, and pay for themselves in no time at all.

Cuisinart Bamboo Dish Towel Set of 2

These dish towels come in an array of colors, so there is something that will match your gift recipients decor.

Dish towels are also something that can be fun to add a pop of color to things.

They are soft, absorbent, and naturally resistant to things like bacteria and microbes since they are made of bamboo.

These bamboo dish towels are a must for each and every kitchen.  They also help cut down on the use of paper towels and save money!

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Sponge Holder

Whether you are cooking or eating, the dishes still need to be done!

This handy accessory helps keep your counter top dry, and your sponge out of the sink.

Is there anything worse than the smell of a sponge you left in a sink full of dishes?

The stainless steel will also match each and every kitchen decor.

Subscription to Food Network Magazine

 I subscribe to many food and cooking magazines, and Food Network has always been one of my favorites.

From recipes, to product reviews, to interviews, to where to eat – Food Network Magazine has something for everyone, and is a great way to expand your culinary horizons.

Culinary Gifts for People Who Love to Eat

Now let’s take a look at culinary gifts for your friends and family who love to eat!

The Original Zoodle Slicer

If you love to eat, you know what a struggle it can be to stay healthy sometimes.  The Original Zoodle Slicer is a great way to switch things around and make some swaps for veggies.

Besides spaghetti like zoodles, the Zoodle Slicer can also make veggies into ribbons, which are great to add a new dimension to a dish.

Foodie Fight Revised: A Trivia Game for Serious Food Lovers

 This game is a blast for your favorite food lover.

It is designed for 2-6 players, and tests your food lover’s knowledge on a ton of topics from food science to their favorite chefs.

This is a must have for any gathering that includes food.

Culinary Gifts for People Who Love to Cook

Are you shopping for someone who loves to cook?  They are not easy to shop for since they already have so many things, but don’t worry, I found something for them!

Magnolia Table Cookbook

 If you are looking for a gift for someone who likes to cook, the Magnolia Table cookbook is a sure winner.

It has all of Joanna Gaines’ favorite recipes, including those featured at Magnolia Table.

All of her recipes are also super adaptable for special diets and easy to make gluten free and dairy free – I’ve done it!


EurKitchen Butane Culinary Kitchen Torch

A kitchen torch is something that every home cook should have, but is the absolute last thing we buy ourselves.

It is great for making creme brûlée (or sweet potato brûlée at my house since we are dairy free), and giving vegetables a nice char.

I also used this little guy to light my charcoal grill when I was in a bind with no issues.

This is a great gift for someone who loves to cook!

Culinary Gifts for People Who Are Just Learning to Cook

Here are a couple of tried and true gifts for those who are just learning how to cook.

Instant Pot Gift for Learning to Cook

When it comes to finding the best cooking gift for someone who is just getting started there is one gift you can’t go wrong with: an Instant Pot.

I was one of the early adopters of the Instant Pot.  It is an electric pressure cooker.  Anything you can make in a slow cooker you can make in an Instant Pot in a fraction of the time.

The instant pot comes in 3 sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart.

I have them all.  The best gift for most people will be a 6 quart Instant Pot.

Here are two options.  The 10-in-one and the 6-in-1.

As you can see, I have made sure to include the price on these to make your decision easier.  Now, let’s talk about the difference between the two.

10-in-1 vs 7-in-1 Instant Pot

Truth be told, I never use any function on my instant pot other than sauté and pressure cook.  Both options include those functions.

The 10-in-1 includes functions that the 7-in-1 does not.

They are:

  • Cake/Egg Maker
  • Sterilize
  • Ultra

The Cake/Egg Maker and Sterilize functions can both be done manually, but if the touch of a button is important for your gift recipient, you may want to think about the 10-in-1.

The Ultra function allows you to program your Instant Pot for specific functions.  It is an interesting function, but again, most things can be done manually.

The one thing the 10-in-1 has that the 7-in-1 does not is a different button to release the steam.  This can be tricky if you are new to Instant Pot, and some people are just plain nervous about releasing the pressure.

If your gift recipient has expressed concern over this, the 10-in-1 is the choice for you.  It will also make sure you do not accidentally forget to close the steam release.

Instant Pot Tip: To release the steam on the 7-in-1 or another Instant Pot model, just use a wooden spoon or other long utensil to turn the steam release valve, this way your hand does not get caught in the way!

Every Instant Pot owner has accidentally steamed their hand at one point or another, and it is not pleasant.

GORILLA GRIP Original Reversible Cutting Board (3-Piece)

This is a must have for anyone just starting out, and comes in a huge array of colors.

I blow through cutting boards when I cook, especially when a meal has many components.  My favorite feature of these boards is the well around the edges that catch liquids.

You aren’t going to cut veggies on that board right after you cut chicken, are you?  Of course not.  Help your new chef along the way with this easy to use and clean 3 piece cutting board set.

The Ultimate Gifts for the Culinary Enthusiast

This is your ultimate gift guide for the culinary enthusiast!  It has something for everyone on your list, from your eaters, to your chefs, to your friends and family just getting started in the kitchen.

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