Thirty-four home and kitchen gifts for every person in your life. All with shoppable links!
For the Home Cook:
1. Wusthof 6-inch Chef's Knife & Paring Knife - Every cook needs good knives and these are my absolute favorite. Start slowly with this set and sleep well knowing you'll probably be asked to buy more of these next year
2. Amazon's Echo Dot - The Echo Dot made my earlier list of favorite kitchen gadgets and I'm here to advocate for it again. Perfect for kitchen timers, reordering kitchen staples and playing your favorite cooking playlist, Alexa is a home cook's best friend.
3. Lodge Dutch Oven - Dutch ovens are the backbone of any kitchen. They're perfect for making stocks, soup, stews and anything braised. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and make the perfect gift. Feeling generous? Go for my personal hero, the 7.5 qt.
4. Plenty by Ottolenghi - Yotam Ottolenghi may be one of the most famous chefs in the world so it's no surprise almost every home kitchen displays some of his cookbooks. Buy it for the friend who doesn't yet have any but probably really wants one.
5. The Professional Chef - This is no ordinary cookbook. Used as the textbook for The Culinary Institute of America, this book contains everything a chef will need to know. From identifying meats to mise en place for stocks and soups and everything in between, this may be the only book a home cook ever really needs.
6.Jacobsen Salt Co. Library - If variety is the spice of life then it's time to bring some variety to our favorite spice. This set contains 25 different varieties of salt perfect for any home cook's spice cabinet.
For the Entertainer:
1. Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone - Athena Calderone, founder of EyeSwoon, is the authority on all things home aesthetics. Whether your host is cooking herself or ordering takeout, this book is the guide to plating beautifully.
2. Le Creuset Casserole Dish - Every host knows the worst part of entertaining is the cleanup; consider this one less dish to wash. This casserole dish comes in a variety of gorgeous colors and goes straight from oven to table. A host's dream.
3. Crystal Menorah - Just because Hanukkah commemorates ancient times doesn't mean your menorah needs to look ancient. This gorgeous menorah is the modern entertainer's dream. Sleek, minimal and classic, it'll last for years to come.
4. Michael Aram Candle - I'd argue this is the perfect candle. It has a really natural and pleasant citrus smell and it comes in a gorgeous container. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving; once the candle burns out the container can be used for candies, q-tips and much more.
5. Black+Decker DustBuster - Ok, so it's not the sexiest gift on the list, but in the same vein as gift #2 it makes cleanup a whole lot easier. For those messes that require more than a broom and less than a vacuum, they'll find themselves reaching for this a whole lot.
6. Glass Beverage Dispenser - The last thing a host wants to do is constantly fill up water pitchers. This beverage dispenser solves the problem; I've hosted up to 10 people and never had to refill the water.
For the Baker:
1. Breaking Breads By Uri Scheft - If you've ever been to Scheft's Breads Bakery in New York or Lehamim in Israel you've found yourself wondering, "How can I make this at home?" This book covers everything from pita to babka; buy it for your favorite baker and you'll reap the benefits.
2. Marble Pastry Board - Every good baker knows marble is the ideal surface for rolling out dough because of its cool temperature. Buy this for your favorite baker who's rental doesn't exactly have the ideal baking kitchen.
3. Wilton Cake Caddy - Since most people hate baking, your baking inclined loved one is usually asked to bring dessert. This cake caddy is the perfect holder for everything from cakes to cookies. Make their lives easier, buy them this.
4. Kitchenaid Stand Mixer - Ahh, the Rolls Royce of baking products. If they don't already have one, be their hero and get them one.
For the Healthy Eater:
1. Paderno Four Blade Spiralizer - Saying no to pasta usually comes hand in hand with saying yes to spiralized veggies in its place. Consider getting your healthy friend this Rolls Royce of spiralizers. It can handle starchier vegetables like potatoes and squash and the four blades allow for all different "pasta" shapes.
2. Mandoline - I bought this particular mandoline because I read it was a favorite of many professional chefs. Anyone who's eating lots of veggies is tired of hand chopping; this mandoline makes eating healthy a lot easier.
3. Modern Sprout Self Watering Herb Kit - Eating healthy usually means integrating lots of spices and fresh herbs, a habit which can get expensive. Enter: homegrown herbs. I've tried a lot of different brands and this is the only one I've ever had success with, and from the comfort of my NYC apartment no less. Bonus: the plant is self-watering, so no green thumb necessary.
4. V is or Vegetables by Michael Anthony - The former Executive Chef and Partner of Gramercy Tavern knows his way around a vegetable. This book is organized alphabetically and includes several recipes for every vegetable, all of which look delicious. Never eat a boring veggie again.
5. Gjelina Cookbook- The Gjelina cookbook comes from the restaurant Gjelina in Venice, California, arguably the healthy eating capital of the world. Though not officially a health foods cookbook, the recipes in this book all lean healthy, are pretty simple and delicious.
For the Meat Lover:
1. Meat by Pat LaFrieda - Pat LaFrieda was the first meat purveyor in New York to create his own blends and sell them to restaurants. Nowadays, restaurant tout his name on their menus as a sort of meat status symbol. Needless to say, the meat lover in your life can learn a thing or two.
2. Wusthof Steak Knives - I swear by all Wusthof knives and their steak knives are no exception. They cut through even the toughest cuts with ease.
3. Sansaire Sous-Vide - Eating meat every night can get expensive; enter the sous vide which can cook even the cheapest and toughest cuts of meat to lean perfection. Though the Sansaire isn't the biggest name in Sous-Vide, it is virtually silent and isn't buggy like some other models, making it my favorite.
4. Monogram Steak Brand & Carving Board - Your friend likely won't be the next Pat LaFrieda but at least they can say they branded their own meat. This set is rustic and a little ridiculous, but still fairly practical.
5. Lodge Reversible Grill/Griddle - A step up from the lodge cast iron skillet that they likely already own, this is the best grill pan for meat. Unlike nonstick options, cast iron can handle high heat making it the perfect choice for a nice seared piece of beef. Between that, the double burner and the reversible griddle feature, the possibilities are endless.
For the Wine Enthusiast:
1. Michael Aram Wine Rest - If you're spending real money on wine you deserve to display it like a work of art. End of story.
2. Schott Zwiesel Wine Glasses - I'd argue these are the only wine glasses you'll ever need. They work for both red and white wines, from a Cabernet to a Chardonnay and everything in between. Doesn't hurt that they're extremely chic either.
3. Wine Enthusiast Wine Cooler - Storing wines at the proper temperature extends their shelf life by quite a long time. This wine cooler is big enough for 12 bottles but still small enough to hide away in a closet. Buy it for your wine-loving friend with the neat freak spouse.
4. Coravin Wine System - Much like the KitchenAid is for bakers, this is THE wine lover's tool. Every wine-o knows once you open the bottle you've got less than 24 hours to drink it before it spoils. Enter: the Coravin, a needle through the cork system that allows you to pour individual glasses without spoiling the rest of the bottle. Buy this for your friends and they'll thank you forever.
For the Coffee Lover:
1. The World Atlas of Coffee - We all have that one friend who thinks they know it all about coffee. Buy them this book, prove to them they don't.
2. Revol Froisses Espresso Cups - Both whimsical and practical, these coffee cups look like a crinkled solo cup but are actually the perfect size for an at home cup of coffee. I saw them at a hotel in Majorca and ordered them before I even left the table. Bonus, they come in every color of the rainbow.
3. Nespresso De'Longhi America - Of all the Nespresso models I prefer this one. It makes both long, American style cups of coffee and short espresso, and includes a milk frother and settings for cappuccinos and lattes. For the person in your life who has graduated past the Keurig, get them this.
4. Breville Barista Machine - And if you've got friends who have graduated past the Nespresso, there's nowhere left to go but here. If anyone wants to buy me this I'll be your best friend.