When gift shopping for a home chef, take note: It’s going to be difficult to help them upgrade their kitchen. Want to buy them a new set of pans? They already have a go-to cast iron one. Want to get them the latest TikTok-viral kitchen gadget? They scoff at trendy tools. The thing is, most home cooks really only want one thing, and that’s more counter space. That’s why the best gifts for cooks don’t take up much of it and can even help them save a little room in their kitchen.
Of course, you don’t need a lot of space to cook a great meal, you just need the right tools. Some of these tools do the work of more than one thing — like the famous Always Pan — and others are simply compact, like this mini air fryer.
Take a look below at seven of the best gifts for cooks who don’t have much kitchen space to work with. Trust me, these gifts will give them more cooking room or at least make it feel like it.
1. Beautiful 5-in-1 Electric Skillet by Drew Barrymore, $49.96 (Orig. $59)
The electric nonstick skillet can sauté, steam, simmer, slow cook and more. It has five separate heat options to cook with and comes with a stainless steel steam rack. Additionally, it has a cast aluminum extender to give it up to 40% extra depth, taking it from a 5- to 7-quart capacity. This skillet also has an upright lid rest to help avoid making a total mess on the countertop. Any home cook would be happy to have this, but for those with a small kitchen, it’s especially handy.
All kitchens have space for quality olive oil. Brightland’s olive oils come from small family farms in California, with their freshness sealed in fully recyclable, UV-coated glass bottles that protect against damaging light. Besides that, they taste incredible. This set includes four of the brand’s infused olive oils: ARDOR (chili olive oil), ROSETTE (garlic olive oil), LUCID (lemon olive oil) and ARISE (basil olive oil).
3. KitchenAid Go Cordless Food Chopper battery included – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, $89.99 (Orig. $129.99)
Food choppers can help cut down on prep time, but they can also save serious counter space. You don’t need a large counter, cutting board or even knife set to cut veggies fast when you have a chopper. And with KitchenAid’s new cordless one, you don’t need to use it near an outlet. It has a rechargeable 12v MAX removable battery that delivers 25 minutes of continuous run time. It also has two speeds and comes with a whisking attachment to whisk, whip, stir or even make whipped cream.
4. Rock Cake Apron, $48
There’s always room for an apron that is as functional as it is fun to wear. This rock ‘n roll-inspired apron by Stuart Gardiner Design features tattoos and patches riffing on all your favorite bands. Think Rolling Scones, Bread Zeppelin, Yeastie Boys, Chef Leppard or Mötley Cruet. Gift this to the home chef who prefers to listen to their favorite classic rock tunes as they cook.
Joseph & Joseph have a reputation for making kitchen gadgets that specifically help save space and function beautifully. This set of magnetic nesting utensils is a great example of that. The set includes a slotted spatula, spaghetti server, slotted spoon, solid spoon, ladle and a stand to hold it all. Plus, it comes in a neutral color to match most kitchens.
Here’s a seasoning set your loved one might not think to add to their kitchen, so help them out and gift it to them. Spicewalla collaborated with T-Pain (the rapper) to make three chicken wing rubs that everyone needs to try. The rubs include Sugar Daddy, a sweet, sticky and garlicky rub, Straight Fire, a smoky, spicy, Buffalo flavor and the Juice, a tangy mix of pineapple, brown sugar and minced jalapeños. Of course, they’re small enough that they should fit into any cabinet or pantry.
7. Caraway Food Storage Set, $220.50 (Orig. $305)
If you’re looking to splash out your cash a bit, this food storage set is an organizer’s dream. These non-toxic ceramic-coated containers keep food fresh and keep odors out, thanks to the special air release technology. The set also comes with three organizers to help keep your cabinets tidy. The set includes one large container, two medium containers, two small containers, four Dot & Dash inserts for separating food and two straps for keeping lids tight.
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