The Most Useful Gift Guide for Cooks

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Where do many homeschooling moms spend the most time? In the kitchen! Whether you’re suggesting a gift for yourself or buying for someone else who loves to cook, you can find some great gift suggestions right here in our Gift Guide for Cooks! We asked our community what are their must-have kitchen items they have or want and this is part of that list! We feel certain you can find something practical or something to splurge on with our list!




Instant Pot 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

No serious gift guide would be complete without the Instant Pot. I know it feels a little intimidating… but seriously, work through it and get this cooker.  It speeds up cooking by 2  to 6 times and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. This one is a 7-in-1 programmable cooker, it replaces 7 kitchen appliances as it has the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker & warmer.

Electric Air Fryer

I don’t personally have one of these, but the moms in our community are raving about it!! After I looked into it, what is not to like? The air fryer circulates extremely hot air and flows heat currents around food, delivering the fast and precise results. Producing delicious fried food which gets crispy exterior and moist interior with little or no oil, it cooks healthier food with up to 80% less fat.


Emeril’s All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-piece cookware set

This beautiful set of stainless steel cookware would make a wonderful gift for anyone who spends a lot of time cooking. It includes a pour and strain measuring sauce pan and has measuring marks in the sauce pans and stockpot. Its aluminum encapsulated base helps make sure heat is evenly distributed. But best of all, it’s dishwasher safe and has a lifetime warranty!

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Kitchenaid Mixer

This is one amazing mixer! Whether you make all of your family’s bread, love to bake cookies, or like to whip up light and fluffy meringues, this mixer will work for that! It comes in lots of colors, so it will match any kitchen, and it’s sturdy and heavy-duty! The mixer has 10 speeds and comes with a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, a 2-piece pouring shield with a large chute for adding ingredients, and a flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip. And it includes a 1-year warranty.



Lipper International set of 6 bamboo spoons

This set is perfect for a little “extra” something for a cook you want to remember this holiday season. It comes with 3 wooden spoons and 3 wooden spatulas in a mesh bag. They are made of bamboo and are their natural color–not stained. They are easily washed in mild soap and water.


artisan airbake mats

Artisan silicone non-stick baking mats

These baking mats are perfect for anyone who enjoys baking! They can be heated to 480 degrees, and they fit half size baking sheets (18″ x 13″). They eliminate the need for cooking sprays or oils (or even parchment paper!) and are easy to clean when you’re done baking.



Victorinox 8-inch chef’s knife

This chef’s knife is designed for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. It has a high-carbon stainless steel blade, so it will keep its sharp edge for years to come. The blade is specially ground for minimal resistance and maximum cutting power. It has a patented Fibrox handle that is textured and slip-resistant. It comes with a lifetime warranty.



OXO Good Grips batter bowl

Here’s another great gift idea if you’re on a budget this year! This batter bowl has a non-skid base to help keep it stable while mixing. (This is great for those times when little ones want to help out in the kitchen!) The high side walls are perfect for helping to prevent splatters. The measurement markings are bright red so they can easily be seen. And of course it’s dishwasher safe.


flirty apron

A cute apron

These beautiful aprons are a great gift idea for a mom who spends lots of time in the kitchen. If we have to be in the kitchen, we might as well look pretty while cooking and baking, right? There are quite a few pretty fabrics to choose from, and they’re all stylish and beautiful! They are made of 100% cotton, and one size fits most.


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Lodge Dutch Oven

You (or whomever you’re gifting with this Lodge Dutch Oven) will absolutely love this gift! I (Wendy) received one several years ago as a gift, and it quickly became one of my favorite pots. And Trish bought one based on my recommendation and it is one of her favorites too. It can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. It is coated on the inside with 2 coats of porcelain enamel in a cream color. The enamel helps keeps food from sticking, and it makes it so easy to clean! It is dishwasher safe, but it’s best to hand wash so the enamel doesn’t chip.


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Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6 quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are often invaluable to the homeschooling mom! When I have a busy day planned and won’t be home in time to cook dinner, my slow cooker is perfect for making sure we still have a healthy home-cooked meal ready on time. This 6-quart slow cooker is programmable and has an LED digital control panel. It has 3 automatic cooking options (program, manual, or probe), and an automatic keep-warm setting. It even has power-interrupt protection! The stoneware on the inside and the tempered-glass lid are dishwasher-safe. It comes with recipes and a 1-year limited warranty.



Cuisenart 7 cup food processor

This 7-cup food processor will get the job done whether you have a small amount of food to chop or whether you’re feeding a big holiday crowd! It comes with stainless steel chopping/mixing blade, dough blade, medium slicing disc, and a shredding disc. It also includes small and large pushers, a spatula, and a how-to DVD and recipe book. You can even use it to knead bread dough! It comes with a 5-year full motor warranty and 3-year limited entire warranty.

Do you have a favorite kitchen item or gift  to add to our list? We’d love to hear from you!

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  1. I got stainless steel cookware last Christmas- I love it! Hubby knows of he wants to get me any cookware stainless or cast iron are the go to now.

    I want an instant pot and air fryer- forwarding this to my husband as a Christmas list??

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