For home cooks and eating enthusiasts, food is a lifestyle. These are gifts for kitchen beginners, obsessed gastronomes ready to take it to the next-level, and those whose love of the culinary arts spills into every room of the house.
Culinary-Inspired Tea Towels
These tea towels double as menu inspiration. They're available as a cheese list organized by milk type, and an oyster list organized by region, so you might learn a thing or two if you display them in your kitchen. The towels are individually silk-screened and made of light linen that can dry delicate dishes without leaving a fiber residue behind.
Sir | Madam // $30 each
Cheese Party Starter Kit
This kit has everything you need to make your next wedge of brie into a full-blown occasion. It comes complete with a slate serving board, a wooden knife, chalk for labeling, and everything you need to care for your tools. All you have to add is your cheese of choice and a little music.
Copper Frying Pan
When it comes to cookware, you can't beat copper. It's a highly efficient conductor that’s known for even heat distribution. That means no hot spots, so you can get the even sear you’ve always dreamed of. Not only does this pan makes cooking easier, it's easy on the eyes too. This is a high-quality investment piece. If you take care of it, it will last for generations.
Mauviel // $175
A Made-in-Brooklyn Butcher Block
Is it wrong to call a butcher block handsome? This cutting board is dark, beautiful, and practical. These boards are handmade in Brooklyn from 100% walnut wood (also available in maple and cherry). And lest you think beauty is fleeting, the color and texture will just improve with use.
Brooklyn Butcher Blocks // $79-88
Marble and Copper Mortar and Pestle
Crush herbs or crack spices in style with this mortar and pestle. This piece is a lovely marriage of design and durability: The marble does the heavy lifting, the copper adds a little flare. Whether you’re regularly grinding peppercorns, or looking for a kitchen showpiece, this is the answer.
Williams-Sonoma // $50 (sold out online; similar)
Oyster Shell Jewelry Dish
This charming dish was inspired by happy hour’s most beloved bivalve. Every vessel is hand pressed from a real oyster shell, so products will vary slightly, but each one is glazed in soft grey, pearly white, and finished with gold for a luxurious feeling. The dish can be used to hold jewelry or store business cards, or you can take it back to the kitchen to use as a salt cellar.
Heirloomed Collection // $36
Handmade Recycled Apron
A durable and fashionable apron that can stand up to heavy use, and look good doing it. Designed and made by Eater Young Gun Katrina Jazayeri of Boston restaurant Juliet. Aprons are made to order and are available in the signature style (shown) or a custom design (process can take 4-6 weeks).
Post Oak Aprons // Starting at $75
Napa Cabbage-Inspired Planter
This fine cement planter was cast from a real napa cabbage by New York-based designers Chen Chen & Kai Williams. It’s evocative, without being too blatantly vegetal, which makes it an ideal way to honor your love of all things green in any room.
Chen Chen & Kai Williams // $64
Ceramic Berry Basket
Summer farmers markets can’t last forever, but this ceramic berry basket can. This dish is modeled after traditional cardboard strawberry punnets. It’s the cheekiest way to show off winter produce and remind yourself that fresh fragrant berries are just around the bend.
Custom Doughnut Illustration
For the fried dough fanatic in your life, turn a favorite cronut, cruller, or old-fashioned fritter into a sweet custom watercolor. Just order a gift certificate, send the artist a picture of the doughnut in question, and soon the treat will immortalized in paint and hanging up in the kitchen. (See more customized gifts here.)
Etsy // $65
French Rolling Pin
Handmade in Vermont, this rolling pin is sleek and elegant without trying too hard. The tapered edges allow for easy circular rotation, and it all but guarantees you'll become a pie crust pro. Available in solid cherry, maple, and walnut.
This tiny grill is cute enough to bring joy into the heart of any Scrooge. It’s 100% portable, folding up into a briefcase complete with a handle. That makes it easy to bring to the park for business-casual picnics. After you’re done grilling, just close it back up and skip off into the sunset. (Bonus: It also comes with tongs.)
Trio of Nice Knives
A sharp knife is a cook’s best friend. For someone stocking a first kitchen, or who has been getting nicked by with dull blades for too long, these are a game changer. They're light, strong, and versatile. Anthony Bourdain has praised Global knives for their relatively low price tag, easy maintenance, and general sleek appearance.
Global // $144
Extra Fancy Blender
There's a reason this blender is the darling of chefs and juice fanatics around the world: It can pulverize kale, whip up purees, and yes, even make soup. It’s simple enough that it’s approachable for those who are learning their way around the kitchen, but it’s also durable and powerful enough to grow with cooks as they gain sure footing.
Vitamix // $453
Very Shiny Kitchen Timer
A tiny something to make your loved one feel fancy, this timer is a kitchen necessity with a luxe twist. The copper finish makes timing eggs feel like a treat. Its sheen will add a little bit of cheer to even the smallest starter kitchen, and it would make a great stocking-stuffer.
Kikkerland // $18