Kitchen Must-Haves Holiday Gift Guide
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This kitchen must-haves holiday gift guide is full of gift ideas that are perfect for the home cook, food lover, or someone starting a new health journey!
Have a foodie in your family? What about an avid home cook? Or someone who is embarking on a new health journey and is looking to get into more home cooking? Or what if you just want some new kitchen gadgets, appliances, and toys for yourself? I get ya.
I have entirely too many kitchen tools, but really… they make your life so much easier! Some of these tools make it much easier to get dinner on the table in a timely manner, and others make food storage much more economical and environmentally friendly. There’s something for everyone on this kitchen gift guide lists, so let’s dive right in…
Guys… if you don’t have an Instant pot already, now is the time. The instant pot does everything. It has a slow cooker function, it makes hard-boiled eggs, it makes soups crazy fast, and just about everything else.
2. Stasher bags
Plastic baggies may be convenient, but they’re really not healthy or environmentally friendly. The last thing that we need is more plastic leeching into our food, or being thrown out. Stasher bags are silicone baggies that are the perfect substitute for plastic baggies! They come in different colors and sizes, and they’re perfect for storing snacks and storing food in the freezer!
3. Separated Tupperware
I used this divided Tupperware in my back to school lunch post and I got so many questions about where I got it from! They really make packing lunches easy.
4. Cast iron pots and pans & dutch ovens
I love cooking with cast iron. I use enamel cast iron pans for photography as well as some cooking for my blog, and regular cast iron for cooking as well. Cast iron is much safer than non-stick pans and can add iron to your diet!
Though you won’t get as much iron from coated cast iron as you would from non-coated, enamel cast iron is a bit easier to maintain and it’s much prettier!
I wouldn’t be able to do my job without a food processor. Seriously, I love this thing. I use it to make sweet potato chicken poppers, cauliflower rice, process dates for thing like crusts, and more. I had to convince my husband 100x over when he’s trying to make our kitchen more minimal that yes, it is different than a blender, and yes, I absolutely need both. A blender is great for purees and smoothies, but a food processor is great for chopping and shredding. They are totally different, and if you’re an avid home cook, you will likely need both.
I don’t have an ultra-fancy one, but this food processor does the job.
6. Berky Water Filter
I finally made the jump to get a Berkey, and I’m glad I did. This is the best water filter money can buy (from my research anyway) and good quality water is an important part of any kitchen. I was considering sticking with a travel Berkey but went with the big Berkey as we have a baby on the way and are growing our family.
I used to think that mandoline slicers were excessive… why can’t you just use a knife? But seriously, I love my OXO mandoline slicer! It’s perfect for getting thin, uniform slices for hard to slice foods like plantains and turning them into perfect plantain chips. I also use it for sweet potatoes, zucchini for chips, and even onions.
Kale isn’t just a trend, it’s an actual nutrient dense food! This kale razor really cuts down the time for prepping kale
10. Hand Mixer
Would I love a kitchen aid stand mixer? Of course. Do I have one? No, I don’t. Since pretty much all of the baking I do is alternative, allergen-free baking, I don’t really have as much use for a $300 stand mixer as most people would. I get by just fine with a hand mixer for things like homemade marshmallows, frostings, and more.
I got an immersion blender when Daniel and I got married, and I’m still obsessed with it. It’s perfect for making soups and sauces and it takes up very little room.
Wondering if a spiralizer is worth the money? IT IS. I use a spiralizer to make veggie noodles, and it’s so much cheaper than buying them premade!
13. This Spice Rack and Label set
My husband got this spice rack with this label set for us a few years year, and it was amazing at our old house! The label set makes it so easy to find what I’m looking for, and it has so many options. My husband mounted ours to the wall at our old house, but it’s great for just sitting on your countertop as well.
Since we moved, we only use the spice containers and label set. But seriously, the labels make it so easy to just grab the spices out of a drawer.
This handheld milk frother is something I use several times a week. Yes, it’s great if you’re making tea lattes but what I really use it for is making gelatin eggs! Seriously, you will never have trouble with gelatin eggs ever again after you get one of these.
15. Garlic Press
I love fresh garlic, but I do not love cutting it… at all. Using a garlic press has been one of my favorite kitchen hacks that I’ve started in the past year.
This is another one that we got on our wedding registry and one that I cannot live without. Yes, it’s a splurge, but it’s the best! I use it for smoothies, soups, pestos, purees, etc. You can get them refurbished to save money, but I promise it’s worth the cost because they last forever. As I said, ours was a gift, but this Vitamix looks similar to the one we have.
I hope this list helped to give you some ideas! What are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets?