Looking for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for cooks? Maybe you know a foodie who seems to have everything? No worries — you’re bound to find something they need on this list.
My favorite part of opening gifts on Christmas is always my stocking. I know some families prefer practical things. Why not a mixture of both?
This list reflects some of the great stocking stuffers my husband and kids have given me over the years. Every item has delighted me.
Stocking Stuffers For Cooks
If you know an avid home cook, tuck one (or ALL!) of these their stocking then sit back and watch their eyes light up in glee.
1. Silicone Baking Mats
Providing a true non-stick surface for baking or roasting up to 480°F, silicone baking mats can replace entire rolls of parchment paper or foil. They’re great for baking cookies but work just as well under meatballs, chicken breasts, vegetables, even bread.
2. A Cookie Scoop
A cookie scoop stopped my family from fighting over who gets the biggest cookie. It also prevented me from burning the smaller ones since every cookie is now the same size.
It’s not just for cookies, though: use it to scoop rice, make meatballs, and serve diet-friendly scoops of ice cream or sorbet. This model doesn’t hurt my hands, either, which is essential due to my arthritis.
I had NO idea how useful a mini-whisk could be until I received one. Now I reach for when mixing a late-night cup of cocoa, making a slurry to thicken a sauce, or emulsifying the ingredients for a quick homemade salad dressing.
The perfect size for transferring spices from store-bought containers to decorative ones. These mini-funnels are great for refilling spice jars or oil and vinegar bottles. They make easy work of separating egg yolks from the whites, too.
5. The Ove Glove
Yes, the one you see on TV. Yes, I was stunned it works as well as the commercials promise. My son gave me an Ove Glove years ago and I’m still using it. They protect your hands, and they’re easier to use than potholders, especially when grilling. Toss them in the washing machine, and food stains come right out.
6. Stainless Steel “Soap”
Warning: the reviews are hilarious, but some are definitely adult humor.
Rubbing your hands on stainless steel gets rid of cooking odors from garlic, onions, and more. If you don’t have a sink made of the stuff, this stainless steel soap works just as well.
7. Silicone Spatula Set
A busy cook can never, ever have enough silicone spatulas. They’re handy for stirring and great for scraping those last bits out of bowls. I’m often surprised at just how much more batter I can get out of a mixing bowl with a spatula than a spoon: sometimes enough to make an entire pancake or muffin! This set has three sizes, making it a great starter set.
8. Mini-Prep Bowls
The first rule of cooking is mise en place — having ingredients measured and ready before you start cooking. These mini-prep bowls are the ideal size for seasonings and spices. They’re also great for serving sensible-sized snacks or holding toppings when you’re doing a make-your-own baked potato, taco or pizza bar.
9. A Potato Ricer
My kids used to complain that my mashed potatoes were lumpy and stiff. After I started using a potato ricer, they now say I make the very best mashed potatoes EVER. It’s not a one-hit-wonder, either. Use it to juice citrus, puree vegetables for baby food, squeeze water out of cooked spinach, even as a garlic press.
10. Adjustable Rolling Pin
No more dreading the persnickety recipe that calls for dough rolled to 1/16″, 1/8″ or 1/4″. You get reliable results with this rolling pin with multiple discs that adjust to the correct thickness.
Know what else makes a great stocking stuffer? My book!