This article was last updated on May 30th, 2020
If you have someone in your life that loves to cook you are very lucky in many ways. Awesome meals beautifully baked bread, cakes, cookies, brownies being prepared for you is just one.
The top gifts that people who love to cook asked for were Knives, Mortar, and Pestles, Cutting Boards with built-in juice groves and cookbooks from professional chefs. Also asked for were additional attachments for kitchen appliances, for example, a spiralizer.
Another is the fact that there are endless gift possibilities at various price ranges available for you to gift to them. I conducted a poll that fifty-seven family and friends responded to. One of which is a professional Chef who also owns a boutique beer brewery.
I asked them if they could have a gift to assist them with their cooking for under $100 what would they like. I have listed above were some of the most popular responses which interestingly enough are all very practical. By the way, the Chef said a knife, and his very cheeky father said a Chef.
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Victorinox Fibrox Chef’s Knife
These Swiss knives are ergonomically designed with a non-slip grip.
These knives have various sizes available 5-inch, 7.5-inch, and an 8-inch priced between $19 up to $92. They are the top seller on Amazon with over 6,160 customer reviews.
Tojiro has a huge range of chef’s knives in various sizes. Also available in this great brand are boning, slicing, Santoku, pairing, Japanese even starter knife sets. The prices vary depending upon your choice.
Wusthof I love my Wusthof knives – I was given a block of Wustof knives similar to the set below as a gift 15 years ago. German made with a lifetime warranty. You will find Wusthof Classic Chef’s Knives sold singly or like mine in complete sets. Read the instructions – do not put in the dishwasher because the handles will deteriorate before the knife itself…
If you want to check out the top-selling knives at Amazon click the image above to see them for yourself.
Mortar and Pestles
Being that this came in second in my poll of what gift a home chef would like it had to make my gift list.
The uses for mortar and pestles are extensive you can crush pills and medication into a powder form for easier digestion for adults, children, and pets. Just crush and hide in food or liquid.
You can also carry out the traditional crushing of herbs and spices. As well as nuts, seeds, root herbs like ginger and garlic.
There are so many variations of the mortar and pestle, which include different materials wooden, bamboo, granite (smooth and unpolished), marble, stainless steel, and even porcelain.
There are sizes and colors to suit every home chef and kitchen decor.
The image below is my mortar and pestle which is a heavy (really heavy) unpolished granite.
You can see one just like mine as well as many others in a wide range of prices starting at just a couple of dollars. Click the image below to go Amazon to see one yourself.
Are they passionate about a certain style of cooking? Health or Diet-related, Italian, Japanese, Vegetarian, Vegan, Baked Goods, Artisan Bread the list goes on and on.
There are some awesomely beautiful hardcover books out these days that can easily double as a talking piece on a coffee table. Beautiful cookbooks should be on display for inspiration and enjoyment for all.
A couple of best-sellers are listed below.
“The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs”
Chrissy Teagan’s – “Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat” or the all-new “Cravings: Hungry for More” both of these are available in beautiful hardcover editions.
“The Shredded Chef” – is all about looking great and being healthy by preparing and eating the real food that you want to eat.
Practical Gifts – Under $20
A compact knife sharpener with a non-slip base will give the user stability while handling knives. Starting at around $10 you should find a quality piece that is safe to use.
Salt and Pepper Grinders
The manual salt and pepper grinders are the best as the battery-operated ones just cost too much money to run. Due to the batteries draining so quickly.
You will find a glass and stainless steel set for under $20. Alternatively, you may prefer to go down the wooden grinder route, but they will cost you a bit more.
Plastic Wrap Dispenser
These refillable plastic wrap dispensers come complete with a slide cutter and 250′ of BPA free plastic wrap to get you started. This model comes in six different patterns including Citrus, Cooks Tools, Silver Dots, Sunflower, Triangle, and Veggies (pictured below – click on image to go to Amazon and see them for yourself).
A cook can never have too many aprons on hand. Aprons that are stain-resistant, easy to wash, have long ties, a neck strap that can be adjusted as well as a pocket or two in the front is very useful.
They come in all types of materials, shapes, and sizes a couple of suggestions are below.
- Professional bib aprons with a large pocket in the front
- Cotton for easy machine washing
- Plastic or disposable aprons are great for those messy or colored food preparation jobs – jams, sauces and the like
- Plain, patterned, pretty and commercial options are available
A little out of the ordinary! But there are some beautiful soaps available. One that I love is called the “Chefs Blend exfoliating Himalayan Pink Sale and Coffee goat milk soap”, it contains odor neutralizing lemon and parsley while it is also nourishing for the hands.
Practical Gifts – Under $50
Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons
You should be able to find a good quality set of six measuring cups and spoons in 18/8 stainless steel. Great quality stainless steel is lightweight and easy to clean.
Good quality cups and spoons will give your cook an accurate measurement every time. You should be able to source a set for around $25. Click on the image below to see some at Amazon.
Continuing with the knife sharpening gift for well under $50 you can find a traditional sharpening stone. The one I use has a non-slip bamboo base, two-sided grit, angle guide it even came with a great book on how to use the stone effectively. See mine here at Amazon.
Non-Aerosol Oil Sprayer
In non-aerosol oil sprayers, you can use your favorite 100% oil. Cutting out the need for aerosols and other oils that contain additives. The ones that I really like are made from reusable bottles.
Also, you should choose one made of BPA-Free glass and stainless steel, not plastic. They are really easy to use, clean, and refill.
You will find a great one for around $25 – $30. This one at Amazon is a great price click here…
Whipped Cream Dispenser
Whipped fresh cream just like get when you eat out. Unlike the throwaway whipped cream dispensers available in the supermarkets that a full of sugar and preservatives. You use fresh natural cream which can be stored in the refrigerator just like the throwaway ones.
If your cook is into home baking and desserts they will be able to decorate cakes, pies, make whipped cream for coffee, hot chocolate, iced milk drinks, milkshakes, and chai lattes. Not to mention topping ice cream, make mixed drinks and infusions!
Spice Racks And Jars
Dedicated spice racks are a cooks dream to have everything at your fingertips and not to have to dig through every cupboard to find what you want is awesome.
The image below shows mine I have the magnetic racks attached to the pantry wall, and the everyday spices are on the rotating spice holder in the bottom right of the image below. Click the image below to go to Amazon and find some really fantastic options, which are all very inexpensive at well under $50.
Practical Gifts – Under $100
Gourmet Gift Baskets
These gift baskets come in all shapes and sizes with a plethora of different ingredients for your home cook.
Including oils, bottles of vinegar, salts, herbs, exotic spices, and rubs. Prices vary greatly but for under $100 you will find something fantastic.
Do It Yourself Gift Basket
If you know all the ingredients of the dishes they like to prepare you can fill a basket with all their favorites yourself.
Alternatively, you could fill a basket with ingredients and a recipe card so they can try something new.
Knife Storage Bag
A great way to store and protect their cooking knives is a roll-up leather knife storage bag. They come with pockets and slots, for various size knives as well as scissors and sharpening tools.
When rolled up they usually have a handle as well as an adjustable shoulder carry strap. Around $60 will buy a good quality leather bag.
Wooden Cutting Board
Apart from protecting your knives from damage while in storage they also need protection when in use. Wooden cutting boards are the number one choice with a good quality plastic one coming a close second.
Cleaning and caring for both types of cutting boards need to be taken into consideration when choosing. For me, it is wood all the way.
As a cutting board is a really personal choice, this gift unless your cook advises you what type of cutting board they would like you may want to steer clear of this particular gift.
Another consideration is the price between $50 to $100 is an extravagant gift for most. I wouldn’t want anyone to be disappointed!
Burger presses are such a handy kitchen tool. You prepare your ground beef, chicken, turkey, or other in the normal way including all your flavors.
Measure out the size you require for each burger insert and simply press down and your ground beef is shaped into the perfect burger.
These burgers can also be frozen for later use all you need to do is separate the burgers with parchment paper. You can even buy this paper already cut into the burger size.
Personalized T-Shirt, Caps, Mugs, Tea Cups, Glasses, Wooden Spoons – the list goes on!
There are many t-shirts around for the home chef. Lots around for a laugh, it just depends on whether your friend is into funny or not.
Grow fresh herbs year-round inside your home. They come in various shapes, sizes, and prices starting from well under $100.
There are traditional garden sets ups if a sunny windowsill is available. But there are also electric LED versions where the herbs grow in the water year-round.
Ipad stands or holders come in many shapes and sizes. The one below folds up and holds many different size devices including E-readers.
It is a good choice for use in the kitchen as it is solid and easy to wipe over when it is time to clean up. Under $10 – great gift!
Blue Tooth Speaker
It is not always easy to watch television while trying to prepare food so a waterproof Bluetooth speaker is handy. Then the cook can listen to music, talkback, or even podcasts while preparing dishes.
A waterproof speaker will stay safe from damage in the kitchen environment which can become messy and wet!
Electronic Gifts – Under $20
Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scales
Look for a set of scales that are easy to use. It has a large display screen which can also convert pounds to grams to mils and vice versa.
Applications are available now with recipe books and also recipe storage. There are great ones for under $20.00. I use Paprika family and friends have it as well and we share recipes easily with each other.
Electronic Gifts – Under $50
A meat thermometer that can be used for measuring various temperatures of different food preparation. For example homebrew, bread, candy and more. It should be easy to clean with a large display to read the temperature. Some are also available with a built-in magnet for easy storage.
Electric Knife Sharpener
As knives were the most requested gift, it makes sense to continue with the sharpening idea to ensure maximum sharpness.
If you feel your friend would benefit from an electric instead of a manual sharpening tool there are plenty on the market starting under $50.
Some of the models also have a combination of electric and manual sharpening in the same unit.
Electronic Gifts – Under $100
Hand-Held Speed Stick Blender
There are many stick blenders with various size motors and attachments. The one that always stands out for me is the KitchenAid 5-speed hand blender. It comes with interchangeable blade assemblies.
This allows the user to crush ice, puree soup, froth milk, whisk egg whites, whip cream, prepare vinaigrettes and mayonnaise. With the chopping attachment inside the dedicated chopping bowl, you can prepare herbs, nuts, cheese, and meat.
The 1-liter pitcher caters to making smoothies and baby puree. Prices vary from $115 down to $61.
Check out the prices and the vast array of stick blenders by clicking here to go to Amazon.
Outdoor Chef Gifts – Under $20
BBQ Non-Stick Cooking Mats
The cooking mats can be directly placed onto the grill and some actually leave the lines on the food as though you are cooking on the grill itself.
They are non stick for healthy meal preparation. Stops a lot of mess on the BBQ, easy to clean some brands can even be put directly into the dishwasher.
Those who use these love them.
Heat resistant cooking gloves with a protective lining are great to use while BBQ grilling, deep-frying, campfire cooking, pizza ovens, meat smoking even while using a fire pit. A good quality pair can certainly be picked up for under $20.
Grill Wire Brush
The perfect BBQ grill wire brush is made from stainless steel to scrub clean the grill grates. The brush can be easily rinsed and hung out to dry.
Outdoor BBQ Grill Light
These lights are generally made from plastic that withstands high heat from the BBQ. The heads of the lights usually sport very bright outdoor LED bulbs. The head really needs to be able to rotate and have sturdy clamps to attach it to the BBQ.
A handy feature is a light that has a touch-sensitive on-off button.
Click here to check out at Amazon a huge range of BBQ grill lights, and prices start from well under $20.
Outdoor Chef Gifts – Under $50
Maybe your chef would like to try something new and experiment with woodchip smoking.
BBQ smoking kits with flavored wood chips come in kits. These kits include steel smoker boxes, all-natural smoker chips, 12-inch tongs, basting brush, metal grill scrubber, thermometer, and kabob skewer.
Some of the flavors available include cherry, pecan, and applewood. You use the chips to add smoky flavors to vegetables, seafood, and meat.
Long-handled BBQ utensils make it easy to reach over hot grills. They also protect the hands and arms from the grill heat and fat splatter.
A good quality set will be made of stainless steel and can be washed in the dishwasher, they will never go astray.
The set below comes with a handy storage case. So the BBQ chef will always know where the tools are, for when they are ready to cook up a storm. Click the image to see it for yourself.
Unusual Cooking Gifts
This grill is called a raclette! It has different cooking surfaces with an electric element through the middle so you can utilize the heat from above and below the elements. You can prepare anything on this grill that you would cook on any traditional surface.
I prepare well in advance so I get to enjoy the dinner as well.
The best part is that the chef prepares the food to be cooked and your guests cook their own. Adding their own choice of meats, vegetables, herbs, and sauces. It can be used as a fondue/grill in one.
There are skewers provided, you can also cook pancakes with sweet fondue or chocolate melted from below.
Something For The Kids – Gifts For Beginner Cooks
Children need to be taught from a young age the value of healthy eating. So what better way than to introduce them to fresh healthy ingredients and cooking at an early age?
Something For The Kids – Under $20
“Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Culinary Skills for the New Cook in the Kitchen”. This particular book has not only recipes for the beginner but it also contains facts about food.
It includes learning how to stock a pantry, compile a grocery list, and learning to safely use kitchen utensils and appliances.
There is even a teen cookbook called “The Healthy Teen Cookbook: Around the World in 80 Fantastic Recipes”.
Something For The Kids – Under $50
Pizza Cooking Sets
Let’s face we all love pizzas in one form or another. So why not teach our children the love of preparing their own healthy options before falling prey to the insanely unhealthy takeaway version.
I love the “MasterChef Junior Pizza Cooking Set” the 5 piece set includes the pizza pan, wooden pizza board, recipe card, ladle, and plastic pizza cutter. Check it out for yourself at Amazon.
To Finish – Gifts for Someone Who Likes to Cook – 35+ Ideas Under $100
Whether you are looking for unusual cooking gifts or general kitchen gifts for friends – with over 35 gift ideas outlined above, I hope that I have been able to give you some ideas for a gift for that special someone in your life who likes to cook.