I’m back with my last installment of thefreshkitchen’s 2014 holiday gift guide, focused on home cooks’ gifts for under $40. Whether you’re still trying to decide on an inexpensive Christmas gift for your Mother or just want to grab something useful for yourself, this final guide of Christmas gifts for home cooks should point you in the right direction.
Home Cooks’ Gifts for Under $40
If you know anyone that still cooks or bakes exclusively by volume, do them a massive favor and buy them a kitchen scale. Weight-based cooking and baking may scare people, but it is really the most brainless way to do it. There’s far less room for error, and especially in the case of baking, fewer dishes to clean when you are done.
Knowing the tactile and visual signs that a piece of meat is cooked to your liking is a great skill to possess, but sometimes you just need a thermometer for assurance. The ThermoPop, with its rotating display and fairly quick readout, is an excellent choice at this price point. Its wide temperature range make it appropriate for most normal home cooking uses, including deep frying and candy making.
If you or someone you know do a lot of cooking from a tablet and don’t have a stand, this might be a good gift idea. Having your tablet upright saves it from many a sticky/wet mess, and it’s easier to move the tablet to safety with a clean elbow if necessary. This particular model comes with a stylus to keep your screen clean, but with some models, it’s a separate purchase.
Whether you use these silicone molds for ice cubes, homemade chocolates, candy, or even gummies, kids will love crating and eating their treats in these fun shapes. Anything that gets kids in the kitchen is a good thing in my book!
For the coffee nut in your life, you can’t go wrong with espresso cups. I love these utilitarian-looking glass and stainless cups from Bormioli Rocco, and they’re a steal right now on Amazon.
Kitchen towels may seem like a cop-out Christmas gift, but to someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, it’s one of the more useful gifts. They’re larger, more absorbent, and can take more general abuse than the average kitchen towel. You can easily get them in standard white or beige, but the prints from Kay Dee Designs make for a prettier gift.
Though you can use something as simple as an inexpensive ramekin as a salt cellar (what I currently do), there’s nothing wrong with using something a little more attractive. This salt pot, available in different glazes and styles, would be my pick if I traded up.
For the friend who is constantly hosting and throwing dinner parties, this leather-look serving tray would be a welcome gift. I’m happily picturing it full of frosty copper moscow mule mugs or carrying little bite-sized fruit tarts.
Speaking of Moscow mules, why not help start or expand a friend’s barware collection with some copper mugs?I love the handles and the hammered copper on this version. They’re pretty enough that I probably wouldn’t store them in the cabinet, but would use them as functional kitchen decor.
One more thing for the little snackers in your life: reusable snack bags in patterns they’ll love. If you’re trying to reduce waste or just want something a little more durable (and cuter) than regular plastic bags, you’ll love these.
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