With the holidays upon us, you might be scrambling to find last minute gifts for friends, family and other acquaintances. Finding the perfect gift for everyone can be quite the challenge, and this may particularly be the case for the aspiring chef in your life. After all, there are an abundance of options to choose from: kitchen appliances, utensils, foods, aprons and more. Odds are a good cook will already have most of the basics, but there’s still a lot of options to choose from. Here are five holiday gift ideas for an avid cook:
1. A good knife sharpener
One of the most important tools in the kitchen is a good set of knives from a reputable company, so it’s likely that most cooks you know probably already have it. However, to ensure precise cuts and the longevity of your knives, you need to keep them sharp. What’s more, dull blades can be dangerous when cutting round produce such as citrus fruits or onions. Purchase a good knife sharpener so that your friend or family member can keep their knives in good shape for years to come.
2. Expensive spices
While the chef in your life may already have a rack full of spices, there are some ingredients they may not keep around due to their sheer cost. For example, a mere gram of saffron can go for more than $8.00, according to CNN. Buying your chef friend a few specialty herbs, spices or rubs is a great way to give them ingredients they may not purchase on their own.
3. A coffee grinder
Coffee simply has a fresher, stronger flavor when it is freshly ground. If your culinary companion keeps buying coffee that’s pre-ground, they’re not getting the most out of their cup of joe. You can also give them the pro tip to never keep coffee beans in the freezer, according to Food Republic.
4. Mason jars
Keeping a kitchen organized is a major challenge for any chef. Giving them mason jars that can be used to store flour, sugar and other dry goods may make it easier for them to manage their cooking space.
5. A pizza stone
If your culinary friend is learning how to make dough, a pizza stone is a great gift so that they can make homemade pizza. There are numerous types of pizza stones that vary in price. Learn about each kind before making your gift purchase.