10 Stocking Stuffers For Cooks

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If you know an avid home cook or foodie, stuff one or all of these in their Christmas stocking, then sit back and watch their eyes light up in glee.

A pair of Christmas stockings stuffed with gifts for home cooks and foodies

Christmas stocking stuffers are generally small gifts, often unwrapped, that might get lost in the pile of larger presents under the tree. Although they’re not supposed to compete with the main presents, sometimes they’re just so perfect that they’re treasured just as much as larger, more expensive gifts.

That’s the case with all of the items below. You see, every item on this list reflects some of the great stocking stuffers my husband and kids have given me over the years. And every year when the holidays approach, I come back to this article to see if I need to change anything. But here it is 2021, and I still love and use all of these Christmas stocking stuffers. So hopefully, you’ll find a few ideas you love, too.

Stocking Stuffers For People Who Like to Cook

1. Silicone Baking Mats

Providing a true non-stick surface for baking or roasting up to 480°F, these 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.

This 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. It comes in 5 sizes so you’ll find one for every size of cookie.

3. Mini-Whisks

I had no idea how helpful a mini-whisk could be until I received this set. Now I reach for one 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. They’re non-stick, non-scratch, and dishwasher safe. Plus, they come in 10 color combinations.

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4. Mini-Funnels

The perfect size for transferring spices from store-bought containers to decorative ones, these mini-funnels are also great for refilling spice jars or oil and vinegar bottles, and they make easy work of separating egg yolks from the whites, too. I put ours in the dishwasher: just slip it over a tine on the top rack, and it comes out squeaky clean.

5. The Ove Glove

Yes, the one you see on TV. Yes, it’s ugly. And, 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 because it works brilliantly. So I bought another one to make a pair. They protect my hands and are easier to use than pot holders, and they’re perfect for 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 this removes cooking odors from garlic, onions, and more, because the odor molecules transfer from your skin to the stainless steel bar. If you don’t have a sink made of the stuff, this stainless steel soap works just as well. After use, I pop mine in the dishwasher and keep it next to the sink so it’s always ready.

7. Silicone Spatula Set

A busy cook can never, ever have enough silicone spatulas. I’m often surprised at how much more a spatula gets out of a mixing bowl than a spoon does: sometimes enough to make an entire pancake or muffin! These are dishwasher-safe and stain-resistant.

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 that task, which is why you’ve seen me use them in my cooking videos. 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. Comes in four colors.

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. It’s dishwasher safe and lasts for ages. (Mine is celebrating its 11th Christmas this year!)

10. 3-Piece Peeler Set

When you’re serious about cooking, you get picky about your peelers. They have to glide across vegetables, removing peels quickly without taking off too much. They need to stay sharp through countless uses, and they’ve got to go in the dishwasher without developing rust. That’s exactly what I love about this peeler set that doesn’t just peel everything from cucumbers and potatoes to butternut squash but also juliennes. It’s amazing.

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