Cooking is one of those hobbies that combines the practical with the whimsical. This is good news for anyone looking to buy a gift for someone who loves to cook, as there are lots of fun items out there. From snarky tees to innovative kitchen gadgets, we’ve found 30 great creative gifts for people who love to cook. Keep scrolling!
Men’s Fun Crew Socks
Whether you’re buying a gift for a professional chef or a wannabe MasterChef, these fun crew socks from Parquet are the perfect addition to any cooking uniform. The socks, which feature an array of cooking utensils, are cool and lightweight. They fit men’s sizes 10-13/shoe size 6-12.5.
Etsy vendor A Joyful Surprise makes this chef keychain that is just perfect for a recent culinary graduate, a seasoned chef, or anyone else who loves to cook. The silver plated keychain includes a “Chef” charm, an initial charm, and a birthstone charm. Buyers may also choose to personalize the keychain further with various other charm options.
Chef’s Burn Balm
No matter how experienced one may be in the kitchen, accidental burns still happen. To keep your favorite cook safe, consider gifting them this Chef’s Burn Balm from Touch of Herbs. This handmade salve is soft and creamy, and has been specially formulated to cool burns and heal the skin. It even works for sunburns!
Quick-Prep Slicing Tool
Make prep time a little easier for your favorite chef with this quick-prep slicing tool. This innovative tool, which is made in the U.S.A. and is dishwasher safe, allows one to halve multiple grapes, olives, and cherry tomatoes in one slice.
“Eat, Sleep, Cook, Repeat” T-Shirt
Eat. Sleep. Cook. Repeat. That’s not just your favorite cook’s motto, that’s the design of this t-shirt from Etsy vendor oTZI Shirts. The unisex shirt comes in sizes ranging from small to 4XL, and in eight different color options.
Egg White Separator
Prepping eggs has never been easier than with this Egg White Separator. The egg separator is ideal for bakers, and makes it easy to pour out the egg whites, while leaving the yolk in the bowl. Handmade by artisans in Iowa, this stoneware separator is both sophisticated and functional.
Personalized Oven Mitts
These personalized oven mitts from the Daisy Lane Company will help make your favorite cook feel right at home in the kitchen. The two quilted oven mitts are handmade. While red is the primary color of the mitts, buyers have their choice of color combination for the monogram.
Anthony Bourdain Mug
Even posthumously, there are few people in the culinary industry as respected and admired as Anthony Bourdain. This black mug features a high-quality black-and-white portrait of Bourdain which is guaranteed by the manufacturer never to fade. The mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.
“Chef in Training” Kids T-Shirt
The littlest chef on your list is sure to love this “Chef in Training” t-shirt. The handprinted t-shirts are unisex style, and are available in 2T to 5T.
These Foodie Dice from Uncommon Goods are perfect for anyone who loves to cook, whether they are a professional chef or just starting out. The dice are laser engraved with proteins, grains/carbs, herbs, cooking methods, and bonus ingredients. Cooks can mix things up in the kitchen by rolling the dice and following the outcome. More than 186,000 combinations are possible, ensuring that no two meals are ever the same.
Italian Kitchen Garden Kit
Herbs and fresh vegetables are staples of Italian cooking, and with this Italian Kitchen Garden Kit, your favorite cook can grow his or her own right in their backyard or window space. The kit includes organic seeds for zucchini, Genovese basil, eggplant, roma tomato, and sweet pepper. Also included are wooden garden stakes, a marking pencil, and a pamphlet of instructions and recipes.
Kitchen Competition Game
Foodies and Food Network fans will have a blast playing the Kitchen Competition Game. This delightful card game consists of cards displaying various food items. In each round, a judge presents a new challenge card such as “Create a meal fit for a queen.” Players take turns drawing random cards in order to put together a delicious meal to fit the challenge.
Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer
Lazy or brilliant? We say this automatic pan stirrer from Uncommon Goods is most definitely brilliant. The stirrer is ideal for making sauces that require constant stirring. Simply place the automatic stirrer in the pan with any liquid on simmering or low-heat, set the timer, and let it go.
“Your Opinion Wasn’t in the Recipe” T-Shirt
This funny t-shirt from Nine to None is sure to make your favorite cook chuckle. Reading, “Your Opinion Wasn’t in the Recipe,” the unisex t-shirt is handprinted, and made of a premium soft cotton blend. Buyers have their choice of eight different colors for the shirt. Sizes are unisex, and range from small to 2XL.
Your favorite baker can take his or her love of baking wherever they go with this necklace from Unique Anomaly. The necklace comes on an 18-, 20-, 22-, or 24-inch chain with a pendant of a KitchenAid-type mixer. Buyers may also choose to add a Swarovski birthstone as an added special touch.
Wine Pairing Towel Set
There will never again be the question of what type of wine to serve with dinner once you gift your favorite cook this Wine Pairing Towel Set from Stuart Gardiner and Uncommon Goods. Each cotton towel — one focussing on red wines, the other white — covers 58 foods and 68 popular wines. For those without a calculator, that’s 3,808 possible pairings.
Obsessive Chef Cutting Board
Know a cook who prefers every onion cube to have same width and every haricot vert to be same length? There’s a cutting board for that! Fred & Friends makes this Obsessive Chef Cutting Board, an innovate board featuring guidelines to help with a uniform cut of just about any type of food.
Marble Cookbook Stand
This beautiful marble cookbook stand from West Elm is sophisticated, stylish, and ever-so-helpful. The stand is made entirely from marble, and can be used to prop up a cookbook, cell phone, tablet, or anything else one needs to follow a recipe.
The Chef Personalized Apron
Anyone who loves to cook needs an apron, and this personalized chef apron from Personalization Mall is a great option! The full-length white apron features an adjustable neck strap and a four-piece pocket for holding utensils. It is machine washable, and can be personalized with your choice of four different graphics.
Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank
Your favorite cook will really be able to spice things up in the kitchen with this unique Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank. Made in Pakistan and sold by Uncommon Goods, this unique salt plank can be used for anything from a serving platter (when chilled) to a frying pan (when heated). Either way, it adds flavor to a wide variety of food types.
My Family Cookbook
Family recipes are cherished by most people, but so often, beloved recipes become lost over time. My Family Cookbook is a blank recipe book that allows one to record heirloom recipes to pass on to future generations. The book is completely customizable, and has room for more than 80 recipes.
The Chef’s Portable Multi-Tool
The Chef’s Portable Multi-Tool is to chefs what the Swiss Army Knife is to Boy Scouts. Available on Uncommon Goods, this innovative multi-tool allows anyone who loves to cook the ability to keep in their pocket everything but the kitchen sink. The high-quality, durable tool includes 10 different tools, including a serrated knife, peeler, garlic crusher, and cheese grater, among other nifty things.
Polished Chef’s Supply Kit
Every good cook needs good supplies, and maintaining the quality of those supplies is important. Gift your favorite cook something he or she can actually use, and give them the Polished Chef’s Supply Kit from Uncommon Goods. This unique kit includes Cast Iron Seasoning, Cutting Board Conditioning Oil, and Chef’s Hands Solid Lotion. Each of the three products is made with all-natural ingredients.
Personalized Magnetic Knife Rack Made from a Tennessee Whiskey Barrel
Not only is this magnetic knife rack ideal for keeping knives close at hand in a small kitchen, it’s also super stylish. Handmade of wood from a Tennessee whiskey barrel, this knife rack measures 13” in length. It’s colored with a light gray stain, and includes a magnetic strip embedded within the wood so knives attach easily. Buyers may choose to have the rack personalized with a name and/or date.
The Sommelier Signature Apron
This gorgeous gender-neutral Sommelier Signature Apron is from Sur la Table. Like most Sur la Table products, the apron has been designed by cooks for utmost functionality. Made of heavyweight chambray denim, the apron features adjustable straps and two front pockets. Uniquely, it can be worn two different ways, depending on the cook’s preferred style and the task at hand.
Kitchen Utensil and Tablet Holder
Double-duty products like this kitchen utensil and tablet holder are perfect for super-organized cooks and those working in a small kitchen. This modern-style stand is made of stone, and features a traditional bowl for keeping long-handled utensils, plus an additional notch for setting a cookbook or tablet. Not only will the book or tablet stay safe, but it’ll also remain out of the way.
Leather Knife Roll
The Etsy vendor DP Leather Goods makes this beautiful leather knife roll perfect for anyone who loves to cook. Handmade from high quality buffalo leather, this knife roll looks sophisticated and classic. Buyers have five different colors from which to choose for the roll, and may even add a personalization.
Any chef who has to transport their knives and other supplies to and from work or culinary school is sure to love the Chef Sac. The sling-type backpack opens up to reveal 21 pockets for knives and other kitchen utensils. It is extremely durable, lightweight, and easy to carry.
Personalized Cutting Board
Add a special touch to your favorite cook’s kitchen with this personalized cutting board from Uncommon Goods. Handmade by artists in Maryland, the cutting board can be designed with your choice of name carved across the top. It makes the perfect gift for a birthday, holiday, housewarming, or wedding gift.
Spartan Knife Set
Put a little humor into the kitchen with the Spartan Knife Set. This high-quality, handmade set includes five professional knives and an eight-inch sharpener. The knives are stored in a funny Spartan warrior design that has been handcrafted using the highest quality workmanship. This is an instant conversation starter!