Gift guide for the home cook -by amber's hands-

It’s that time of year! The time of year for hot cocoa, curling up by the fire, and frantically trying to figure out what gifts your loved ones will like under the tree. Let me make things just a little easier on you by giving you a list of gifts anyone who enjoys cooking will love. And if¬†you are the one who loves to cook, just surreptitiously leave this gift guide open on your computer while your loved ones are around, ok? ūüėČ

Things on this list range from big-ticket items to stocking stuffers, and are all things I either use myself or are on my own Christmas list.

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KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White

Ok, so I know you’ve probably heard all about Kitchenaid mixers, but there’s a good reason for it. This thing is a work horse. I’ve had mine for more than a decade and it’s still working strong. I have the model listed above, and while there are definitely fancier models (that I would not complain about having!) even this basic model pulls its weight through every task I’ve put it through.

Do you or your loved one already have one? No worries, I have some accessories listed below!


Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel

I got this food processor a couple of years ago at Christmastime and it’s one of my favorite things ever. I’d had a cheaper Black & Decker food processor before and it mostly caused me tons of frustration. It chopped unevenly and wasn’t powerful enough to make nut butter. This one, even though it’s not the most expensive out there, has given me consistent results every time. It’s powerful enough to handle whatever I’ve thrown at it, and it’s so much quieter than my old one. Worth its weight in gold!


Blendtec Total Blender Classic, with FourSide Jar, Black

Ok, this one is pretty expensive. It’s something that’s been on my list for a long time, and finally this year I happened to find an amazing deal on a refurbished one and it has rocked my socks off. It can easily make smoothies, but it can also turn whole flax seeds into flax meal and it can even make and heat soups! And did you know that the refurbished ones still come with a fantastic warranty? Totally worth looking into either the new or refurbished ones.


Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

If you haven’t heard the hype surrounding the Instant Pot, you must be living under a rock. These things are all the rage right now and for very good reason. We picked up the 8 quart version back on Prime Day and I am in love. It’s all the convenience of a slow cooker, without the slow part. Did you know you can even cook some meats from frozen?! Which is perfect for me because I’m the absolute worst at remembering to thaw the meat I’m planning to cook. Anyone else? No? Just me?
Oh, and did you know you can make bone broth in one of these babies in an hour?!?! Amazing.

Mid-Range


KitchenAid KHM920A 9-Speed Hand Mixer candy apple red – With (Free Dough hooks, whisk, milk shake liquid blender rod attachment and accessory bag) Candy Apple Red

If the full stand mixer is out of your budget, this hand mixer totally pulls its weight. I find myself reaching for it for smaller jobs because it’s easier to clean and works great. If it’s still a little more than you’re looking to spend, the KitchenAid KHM512ER 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, Empire Red¬†also has good reviews at a lower price point.


Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Blender, Blue

I have an older version of this stick blender, but I believe every home cook should have an immersion blender. It makes it so much easier to make velvety soups and sauces without having to transfer hot liquids to a separate blender.


KitchenAid K5GB 5-Qt. Tilt-Head Glass Bowl with Measurement Markings & Lid

If your loved one (or you) already has a basic Kitchenaid stand mixer, why not give it a little upgrade with a gorgeous glass bowl? This bowl is bigger than the one that comes with the basic stand mixer, but still fits in the base. So it’s great for when I need to make a huge batch of something. Plus it just looks pretty on my counter.


EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale, Silver

A good food scale is indispensable in the kitchen. Weighing ingredients is so much more accurate than measuring by volume, especially if you’re baking cakes or other pastries. And if it weren’t for the fact that this is too big to fit in a stocking (well, I guess I don’t know how large your stockings are) the price point is in the range of a stocking stuffer!

Stocking Stuffers


KitchenAid KFE5T Flex Edge Beater for Tilt-Head Stand Mixers

I have this beater for my stand mixer and I love it! It scrapes the sides of the bowl as you go and helps to incorporate the ingredients of stiffer doughs like cookie dough without having to stop & scrape all the time.

Norpro 8oz/240ml Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 4

I use ramekins all the time. All. The. Time. And while I’ve collected mine from all over the place over multiple years, I’ve had great luck with Norpro as a brand and these have great reviews.


Lodge Miniature Skillet

This is something I’m hoping to get in my own stocking this year. How adorable are these? Grab a couple and you can make personal sized deep dish cookies! (Keto cookies for me, of course!)


Microplane 38002 Professional Medium-Ribbon Two-Way Grater

The original Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater¬†is awesome and useful and I love it. But this ribbon grater rocks my socks off. It’s so sturdy and it works great for cheeses but also vegetables and I use it all the time to actually grate garlic into dishes I’m making. It’s so much easier than chopping!


Norpro 1414D Mini Spatula, Assorted Colors Single.

Ok, this one is funny. One year a few years ago, Little Man (maybe three years old at the time?) saw one of these and wanted to get it for me for Christmas. It was super sweet, but both Hubs and I thought it would just be a silly thing that would probably end up in the back of a drawer somewhere. But we were totally wrong! I would not have guessed how useful this teeny tiny spatula would be. It fits perfectly under bars and brownies to lift single servings without disturbing the rest of the pan. And it’s absolutely perfectly stocking-sized!

Want to know how I got my gorgeous patterned stand mixer you saw in the first image? They’re decals! While I can’t find the ones I got, check out these awesome options from Etsy!

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Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments if I missed one of your favorite kitchen tools! Who knows, maybe I’ll add it to my personal wish list! ūüėČ

Gift guide for the home cook -by amber's hands-

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