Gift Guide for Cooks and Bakers

'Tis the season for cooking family meals and baking for friends and co-workers (or for yourself!)

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I've rounded up some of my favorite things in my kitchen that make great gifts for the pro chef or those just learning to boil water.

Spiralizer: There are spiffy electric spiralizers out there, but this simple one is super efficient and easy to use. We use it quite often to make zucchini into noodles so we can fool ourselves into eating healthier. I also like that it's dishwasher safe and BPA free.

Handmade Serving and Cutting Board: Remember when I shared my favorite One Room Challenge reveals? Well, Nicole of Vestige Home absolutely nailed her room refresh PLUS she hand crafts cutting boards, bowls, and spoons from gorgeous pieces of wood. This one is a beauty but the ones with butterfly inlays slay me, too. Don't forget to gift some cutting board oil!

Utensil Holder: Just because it's utilitarian doesn't mean it can't be pretty. Help your friend stow their utensils in a shiny copper container. If they are in need of spatulas and spoons, you could plop them all inside and use the holder as the gift bag!

No-Spill Ice Cube Tray: This may look like your average ice cube tray but it's so much better! It has a silicone cover that seals each of the cavities so you can store it sideways without anything spilling out. You can use it for water, but I use mine for freezing lemon juice. I then use the lemon cubes for cooking or for my lemon meringue pies. Plus, it's BPA free and dishwasher safe.

Clean Slate: For your friend that is trying to be healthy despite the temptations of holiday sweets.

Herb Scissors: Once you go herb scissors, you never go back. These things make chopping fine herbs so much easier!

Salt Set: Salt can go on anything - veggies, meats, chocolate, cocktails - so this is a perfect gift for any type of cook or baker in your life.

Pizza Camp: I don't know that I've met anyone that doesn't like pizza. Give the pizza lover in your life the gift of custom making their own pies.

Ice Cream Maker: Some may say winter is no time to enjoy ice cream, but I completely disagree! This easy-to-use maker has helped me whip up my favorite dessert and I will not stop just because it's cold out! My favorite recipe I've made so far is this one.

Infrared Thermometer: Just point the laser at whatever you're cooking and the thermometer instantly displays the temperature. It's also fun to walk around the house and take temperature measurements of everything. Just 'cuz.

Stoneware Set: You may not want to gift a whole set of tableware, but this brunch set is a nice collection of ethically sourced and handmade ceramics from North Africa. I just ordered these in matte black, but it comes in so many other pretty finishes. Psst, use code GOLDHIVE15 for 15% off!

Stainless Steel Baking Sheet: These baking sheets are 100% stainless steel (as in no Teflon or aluminum, or other metals), which I've found to be the most healthy way to bake. Non-toxic and dishwasher safe - win-win.

Feed the Resistance: For your activist that also likes cooking!

Apple Corer/Slicer/Peeler: This thing is amazing. It cores, slices, and peels each apple in seconds.

Tea Kettle: This beautiful tea kettle is on my wish list (but in black). It has a steeping basket for easy tea brewing, but you can use it for much more than tea. I plan on using it for my french press coffee and for heating up small batches of water for cooking recipes.

Pasta Attachment: For the cook that already has everything, KitchenAid has oodles of attachments for stand mixers. I bet the person that has it all doesn't have each and every one of them.

For a bonus, I shared a few of my favorite pie making tools in this post. I have one last gift guide scheduled for tomorrow, but if you're itching for any gift themes in particular, let me know - I just might do more!

Check out all the Gift Guides from the week:

Friday: Gift Guide for Bookworms
Thursday: Gift Guide for Cooks and Bakers
Wednesday: Gift Guide for Makers
Tuesday: Gift guide for Homebodies
Monday: Gift Guide for Techies and Smart Homes