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Best Kitchen Gifts of 2021

Buying a gift for a friend or family member who loves to cook can be challenging, especially if it seems like they already have every tool and appliance imaginable. Keep reading for some kitchen gift ideas that you may have missed.

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We all have that one friend or family member who loves to cook and practically lives in the kitchen. When it comes time to buy them a gift for their birthday or holiday season, it can be difficult to know what to get. That’s where the This Old House Reviews team comes in—we’ve researched the best kitchen gifts on Amazon and put together this guide to help you find the right gift for your friend or family member.

Smirly Cheese Board and Knife Set

Smirly Cheese Board and Knife Set

Shop Now: $59.99

This charcuterie board comes with everything you need to class up a party. Along with a round plate that features five sections for fruit, bread, nuts, and other finger foods, you’ll receive a matching board for meat, cheese, and crackers that slides out on both sides to extend your serving space and slides out underneath to reveal serving utensils like knives, labels, markers, forks, and a wine opener. It even comes with a book to help you decide how to organize your board and two bowls to fill with dipping sauce.

Umite Chef Kitchen Cooking Utensils Set

Umite Chef Kitchen Cooking Utensils Set

Shop Now: $31.99

This gift is the perfect housewarming gift—it includes a variety of kitchen utensils, like measuring cups, a slotted turner, and a serving spoon, plus a tall holder to store the items and a set of hooks to organize the utensils on a wall. With their bamboo handles and silicone tips, these kitchen utensils are both modern and functional.

Instant Pot Duo Mini 7-in-1 Electric Cooker

Instant Pot Duo Mini 7-in-1 Electric Cooker

Shop Now: $59.99

This cooker replaces the need for seven kitchen appliances, including a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, and warmer. You can choose the temperature you want to cook at or use the pre-set options that allow you to cook soups, meat, chili, porridge, and rice with the push of a button. Due to its compact, three-quart size, you can place it on your kitchen counter or store it in your pantry without worrying about it taking up too much space.

Cuisinart Double Belgian Maker Waffle Iron

Cuisinart Double Belgian Maker Waffle Iron

Shop Now: $84.99

This gift is for the breakfast lover who wants to make professional-grade waffles from the comfort of their own home. Its double-sided design allows you to make two pancakes at once to shorten the amount of time you spend cooking for you and your family. It also has a coating to prevent the batter from sticking to the iron and six heat levels that allow you to choose how quickly you want your waffles cooked.

Cuisinart 15-Piece Knife Set

Cuisinart 15-Piece Knife Set

Shop Now: $93.98

Every chef needs a set of knives to help prepare vegetables for a meal or cut meat. This set includes 13 knives, one pair of scissors, a sharpening stick, and a wooden block to store all of the items. It’s perfect for the friend or family member who doesn’t have a knife block or whose knives are stored loose in a drawer.

Mixology Bartender Kit

Mixology Bartender Kit

Shop Now: $35.97

This gift is great for the person who likes fancy cocktails but doesn’t want to go out and pay high prices to get one. This kit comes with a bottle opener, mixing spoon, cocktail shaker, ice tongs, hawthorne strainer, double jigger, and storage stand. It also includes recipe cards for popular cocktails, allowing you to master basic drinks before switching over to more complicated ones.

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Shop Now: $27.29

A lot of cooks swear by a cast iron skillet because it evenly cooks foods and doesn’t need to be thoroughly cleaned after every use. In fact, it’s recommended that you only lightly rinse your iron skillet after using it, leaving some of the oil and seasoning behind to give your next meal an added layer of flavor. This particular skillet has a diameter of 10.25 inches and comes with a silicone handle holder so that you don’t burn your hand when moving it around.

Secura Electric Wine Opener

Secura Electric Wine Opener

Shop Now: $19.99

Instead of opening a corked bottle by hand, use this electric wine opener that will do the work for you. The opener features up and down buttons that secure a wire through the cork and help you pull the cork out. It also comes with a foil cutter and a charger to recharge the opener. Additionally, the wine opener’s stainless steel design gives it a modern look while sitting on your counter.

Qinline Reusable Storage Bags

Qinline Reusable Storage Bags

Shop Now: $17.99

If you’re searching for a gift for your environmentally conscious friend, consider buying these reusable storage bags that allow you to get rid of single-use Ziploc bags. This set comes with four snack bags, four sandwich bags, and two gallon bags that can be washed and reused.

Instant Vortex Air Fryer

Instant Vortex Air Fryer

Shop Now: $89.00

Air fryers use less oil than traditional deep fryers, require less attention during cooking, and can do more than just fry your foods. In addition to frying, an air fryer can roast, bake, and reheat your foods, giving you a versatile appliance to add to your kitchen repertoire.

W. Innovations Modern Silicone Spoon Rest

W. Innovations Modern Silicone Spoon Rest

Shop Now: $14.99

With this set of three silicone spoon rests, you can rest the utensils you’re using against the holders instead of placing them directly onto the counter. This prevents you from having to wipe down your counters after cooking to get rid of sauce spills or seasoning spots.

Carrotez Chef Apron

Carrotez Chef Apron

Shop Now: $24.99

With this unisex cooking apron, you can prevent spills and stains on your clothes. This apron comes with three pockets to store your phone and cooking utensils, and it has adjustable straps that cross over your head and tie in the back, allowing it to accommodate a variety of body types.

Secura Automatic Soap Dispenser

Secura Automatic Soap Dispenser

Shop Now: $27.99

After handling raw meat or touching oil, you don’t want to transfer that residue over to your soap dispenser when you go to wash your hands. This soap dispenser is battery-powered and senses when there are hands below it, automatically squirting out a blob of soap. You can adjust the amount of soap that comes out of the dispenser, and the dispenser is clear, allowing you to see when it needs a refill.

Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener

Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener

Shop Now: $24.88

To use this electric can opener, simply place it on the can you want to open, press the button on the top, and watch while the can opener goes around the rim of the can to remove the lid. Another benefit of this can opener—it doesn’t leave sharp edges where the lid was removed, making it both safe and easy to use.

CHEW FUN Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

CHEW FUN Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

Shop Now: $28.99

These electric salt and pepper grinders prevent you from having to manually season your food. To use these grinders, tip them over and watch them light up and start grinding. You can even adjust the size of the salt and pepper granules, with larger granules working better for seasoning meats and smaller granules working better for table use.

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