This list of stocking stuffers is fun to make, but my real hope is that you find it useful! I feel like I am constantly cooking up a storm in my kitchen, and these are some of the items I think any home chef would appreciate. Please be sure to share your favorites with me in the comments.
- Little Red Silicone Spatulas
Never let the last little bit of sauce go to waste when you have these around! I actually have several of these spatulas and use them ALL the time for various scraping jobs. The smaller ones are more useful than you’d think and with them being all one piece of silicone I’ve found them to be more durable than the alternatives.
- Kitchen Shears
Okay, I’ve already professed my love for culinary scissors in a dedicated blog post from years ago …but let me tell you, they are that great! We use ours ALL the time for a variety of tasks including cutting fresh herbs, salad greens, spicy peppers, pitas, pizza, and more. These are a must have for every kitchen (in my opinion)!
- Lock and Lock Storage Containers
If you ever pack a cooler of food for any reason – tailgating, a day at the park, a camping trip, etc. – then these containers are an absolute necessity! There’s nothing worse than questionable cooler water leaking into your homemade real food you worked so hard to prepare (true story – it happened to me). So we thankfully now have these completely air tight containers to solve that problem and give me some much needed peace of mind.
- Plan to Eat (Meal Planning Program)
I understand some people don’t want or need more “stuff” or they simply don’t even have the space in their kitchen for anything new. So, for those minimalists in your life, I’ve got the perfect digital gift idea from our long time sponsor – a subscription to Plan to Eat! This online program helps you track all your favorite recipes, meal plan, and create coordinated grocery lists. Talk about a great way to support the real food lifestyle because, as I’ve said many times, planning ahead is key!
- Pastry Cutter
As much as I cook and bake I honestly just purchased my very first pastry cutter last year. This is a very affordable tool that can come in handy when it’s time to “cut” the butter into your flour when making biscuits or other baked goods. And speaking of flour, you could pair this gift with a bag of whole-wheat pastry flour (my new love, more to come on that later) and a biscuit recipe. I think that combo would make a fabulous gift!
- Set of Mixing Bowls
I’ve had a set of these mixing bowls since we got married (15 years ago) and let me tell you what …I use them ALL. THE. TIME! They are obviously great for a variety of food prep, but I even use them for serving food or displaying fruit on the counter sometimes too. They are super durable – we’ve only broken one after all this time (and by “we” I mean our 8-year-old, poor girl). I think this is a fabulous, versatile gift for any cook (or aspiring cook) in your life!
- Gravy Separator with Mesh Strainer (read on before you judge!)
Okay, I agree that a gravy separator does not come to mind as a “must-have” kitchen tool, but ever since I got the pictured one myself I have found so many unexpected uses for it! First of all for straining tea. My daughters were recently fighting colds so we made fresh ginger tea every morning and I quickly learned my gravy separator was the perfect device for straining the ginger out and giving me a super easy way to pour it into their mugs without spilling (something I’m prone to do). I also just recently heated some apple cider with mulling spices on the stove (LOVE that smell this time of year!) and used it for the exact same purpose. It’s also great for straining homemade bone broth and of course separating that liquid to make gravy (which, in my opinion, is delicious any time of year!).
Note the pictured separator is no longer available, but here is a newer design option.
- Mini Slow Cooker
Sometimes I get excited about kitchen tools just because they are cute …what can I say? And this 1.5 quart slow cooker is not only cute, but as I’ve discovered a great way to keep dips warm when you’re entertaining or bringing a dish to someone’s house. I recently tried to serve warm homemade queso dip to friends and discovered my fondue pot just wasn’t cutting it for this purpose (due to hot spots and a burned mess on the bottom at the end of the night). So after that experience it dawned on me that a mini slow cooker would be a much better way to keep dips evenly warm AND it’s also way cheaper than a good fondue pot anyway!
- Eating Well Magazine Subscription
This might not be what you typically think of as a Christmas gift, but it’s actually a great idea that lasts all year. Grab the foodie in your life a year subscription to one of their favorite cooking magazines. I personally love the recipes in Eating Well. Just think of the joy they’ll receive every month, as well as all the new recipes they can try out!
- My cookbooks, of course! :)
I’m not just trying to toot my own horn here because I promise I put my heart and soul into these books JUST so they would be the perfect resource for any home cook who wants to feed their family better. My first book contains both a guidebook portion (telling you how and why to cut out processed food) and a cookbook portion with 100 easy wholesome recipes any busy family will love! My second book, Fast & Fabulous, has 100 quick-and-easy recipes and simple cheat sheets that will work with every family’s busy lifestyle. And my third cookbook, On a Budget, has 100 recipes – all of which are $15 or under to make. Oh, and all the recipes only call for simple, common ingredients you probably already have on hand.
BONUS IDEA: My new Meal Planner!
This is the perfect complement to any of my cookbooks, and will certainly be a great gift for the person who loves to stay organized. This workbook comes with a year’s worth of blank weekly templates and laminated menu planners for your fridge, 20 one-dish dinner recipes, plus a step-by-step guide for the exact method I personally use to meal plan each week. Since this is for pre-order (release date of Dec. 29th), we’ve included a printable gift card so that your loved one knows what’s coming their way, which you can grab here.
What’s on your holiday wish list this year?