Help your loved ones whip up a delight in the kitchen with a gift that will take their home cooked cuisine to new heights.
Judging by the amount of cooking shows on TV in recent years it seems that cooking is a hugely popular pastime.
And this is a good thing.
Because cooking is great for your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
As it's a rewarding activity you can share with your friends and family, both in the cooking process and in sharing your creations with them afterwards.
And it's healthier for you too as home-made food allows you to control what you put into your meals, meaning you get the goodness of fresh fruit and vegetables rather than eating processed food that is full of crap.
While the challenge of preparing and cooking your meal from scratch keeps you on your toes mentally.
With the repetitive motions involved in stirring, chopping and slicing being great for relaxing and relieving stress.
And the act of cooking also engages the creative side of your brain.
Not to mention the smells, tastes and flavours of the food which makes your soul sing.
So, if you have a friend or loved one who loves to cook then why not encourage them with a gift to help them out in the kitchen.
As the following gift ideas are all things that any home chef would love to receive.
1. Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Knife Set
The first thing any self-respecting home cook needs in their armoury is a high quality chef knife.
As this will help them to chop, dice and slice vegetables and fruits precisely.
While also being able to cut through meats and fish with ease.
And having a paring knife on hand is also important.
As this gives you even more control when cutting smaller and more complicated items.
And they're great for peeling fruit and vegetables too.
So, getting someone who loves to cook at home a good pair of these knives makes for a great gift.
And one set I'd recommend is the Wusthof classic 2-piece knife set.
As the high carbon stainless steel blades are sharp, precise, and angled to give you the best cutting quality.
While the handles are comfortable and easy to grip which helps to keep your hands safe.
So, in this set you get an 8" chef's knife and a 3.5" paring knife.
And this works as a great starter kit for any home chef that will elevate their performance in the kitchen.
2. Chef's Choice Trizor XV Knife Sharpener
Once you have a decent set of chef's knives then it's really important that you take care of them.
This includes hand washing and hand drying them immediately after use and storing them either on a hanging magnetic strip or in a butcher's block.
And it also includes keeping them sharp.
Because letting a good knife go blunt can damage the blade and make slicing and dicing more difficult and also a bit more hazardous for your hands.
As it's easier for the knife to get stuck or slip and for you to lose control.
So, a knife sharpener is another gift idea to help them keep their knives in tip top condition.
And a good option is the Chef's Choice Trizor XV.
As this one sharpens the blade in 3 stages to give your knife a 15 degree angle that gives you the best cutting performance.
Meaning it'll take less effort to cut and you'll have more control as you do.
And it can even improve the blades on your existing kitchen knives too.
3. John Boos End Grain Maple Chopping Board
A solid chopping board is an essential for every kitchen.
And while many make do with cheap plastic chopping boards, if you're passionate about cooking then it's worth investing in a dense wooden board instead.
As not only do these boards go easier on your knives, meaning they stay sharper for longer.
They are good for food safety too as the wood keeps out water which is where bacteria can grow and develop.
Plus they look really professional too which is always a bonus!
So, a high quality chopping board like the John Boos end grain maple wood block is a lovely gift to give to a home cook.
Because these are chopping boards that even the top chefs like to use.
As they are thick, durable, attractive, and pass food safety requirements for professional kitchens.
4. OXO Good Grips Mandoline Slicer
While learning to chop, slice and dice like a pro is a fun thing to do, sometimes you just want to make life easier for yourself.
And that's exactly what you can do with a mandoline slicer.
Because they allow you to prepare fruit and vegetables for cooking faster and more efficiently than most home chefs can do themselves with a knife.
As they provide even and uniform cuts that are better for cooking with.
And with a variety of blades you can get your food presentation looking spot on with crinkle cuts, ribbons, shredding and grating options.
So, the gift of a mandoline slicer is a good one for any home chef and one I'd recommend is the one from OXO Good Grips.
As this one comes with a variety of thickness settings and many different types of blades to cover all your slicing and dicing needs.
And there are safety features to protect your fingers from the sharp blades.
5. ChefSofi Mortar & Pestle Set
Mortar and pestles have been around in kitchens for a very long time.
And despite the invention of food processors many chefs still prefer to use them to make certain things.
As grinding, pounding and crushing herbs and spices in a mortar and pestle releases oils, flavours, and aromas that can really make your food pop.
And this means you can create some awesome home-made delights such as guacamole, pesto, salsa, hummus and paste for curries.
So, if you notice a kitchen lacking in a mortar and pestle then a set such as this one from ChefSofi would make a great gift.
As this one is made from a hard and durable granite stone that is ideal for pounding your ingredients.
And it has a non-slip surface to make your life easier too.
6. Waring Electric Spice Grinder
The spices you use in your dishes can make or break them.
And while you can buy ground herbs and spices in your local supermarket, they lack the freshness that comes from grinding your own at home.
So, for a gift that can give a home chef freshly ground spices every time they cook how about getting them an electric spice grinder such as this one by Waring.
As this will allow them to grind down things such as cinnamon sticks, peppercorns and nutmeg.
While also creating their own mixes and blends specifically for their recipes and cooking.
And the Waring blender is a good choice as it is a commercial strength blender with sharp blades that allow you to fine-tune the desired consistency of your spice mix.
7. YouCopia Chef's Edition Spice Stack
Whether you grind your own spices or buy them from the supermarket, you're going to need a place to store them.
And rather than just shoving them away in a cupboard, how about using a spice rack instead.
As this will allow you to find what you are looking for much more easily and quickly.
And one of these can make for a nice gift for a home chef as they add a touch of decoration to a kitchen.
So, for a good example of what you can get check out the YouCopia chef's edition spice stack.
As this one has 3 drop down drawers that can house up to 24 spice bottles.
And with the handy labels on the front you can keep everything organised and easy to find.
8. OXO Good Grips 15-Piece Kitchen Tool Set
Now this next gift idea is more for the beginner home chef rather than the experienced one.
As it's to give them a starter kitchen tool set that contains everything they need to begin their culinary journey.
Because when you're starting out it's common to find that you're missing a tool halfway through making a recipe.
And while you can usually make do, it's much better to have the right tool on hand.
So, something like the OXO Good Grips 15-piece kitchen tool set will go down a treat for beginners.
As this one contains all your kitchen essentials including a spatula, square turner, tongs, a grater, and a peeler.
And this set comes with a stainless steel utensil holder so you have a place to house them on your worktop too.
9. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Having a good quality cast iron skillet to cook with is a great thing for a home chef.
As the cast iron maintains heat brilliantly which makes them ideal for searing meats at super high temperatures.
While they also age well and get better over time.
As after a few uses they naturally develop a non-stick coating that is far healthier for you than ready bought non-stick Teflon pans.
Plus they are much easier to clean afterwards than other pans.
So, if you want to treat your favourite home chef to a cast iron skillet check out this one from Lodge.
As this skillet is durable, well-made, pre-seasoned and oven safe.
And they come in a variety of sizes so you can buy them the one to fit their stove and cooking needs.
10. Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Dutch ovens are a fantastic way of slow cooking food.
As they have heavy, thick walls and a tight fitting lid to insulate them and trap in the heat.
And they can be used both on the the stove and inside the oven.
Which means they are ideal for whipping up casseroles, stews and curries to keep you warm, happy and nourished.
But their usefulness doesn't stop there.
As they can also be used to braise meat, bake bread, and deep fry things like chicken.
So, they're a really handy addition to any home chef's kitchen.
And if you want a really high quality one to give as a gift check out the Le Creuset Signature cast iron dutch oven.
Now this one is pretty pricey but there's a good reason as it really delivers.
As it's made from cast iron meaning it retains and distributes heat evenly and consistently as your food cooks.
And it can cook up to temperatures of 500 degrees fahrenheit so will be able to handle almost anything!
Plus it looks really cool too and will take the pride of place in any kitchen.
11. Joyce Chen Flat Bottomed Wok
If stir-fries and Asian cooking are a particular favourite of your home chef then a good wok makes a nice gift.
As the shape and design of a wok means you can cook at really high heats as it retains heat and distributes it more evenly than frying pans.
And this also means you can use less oil when cooking which makes your meals healthier.
While the curved shape makes it easy to toss your food as it's cooking, making sure all the ingredients in your stir fry are nicely mixed and flavoured.
So, why not get them the Joyce Chen flat bottomed wok as a gift?
As the body is constructed of a professional standard carbon steel and measures 14 inches in diameter.
So it's big enough to whip up quick meals for the whole family.
And the flat bottom means it balances better on your stove top and is safer to use.
12. Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor
A good food processor is another invaluable tool to have in the kitchen if you want to save time and energy.
As these can effortlessly blitz up your food with the touch of a button.
So, they're great for taking the strain of labour intensive preparation tasks such as chopping vegetables, kneading dough, or beating egg whites.
And you can do a variety of other things with them too such as grinding and mincing meat, pureeing fruit and veg, and creating sauces, pastes and salsas.
Which means a food processor such as this 14-cup one from Cuisinart makes for a really useful gift idea.
This one is good as it's big enough to be able to cater for home chefs who need to cook for a big family.
And it has a heavy duty motor and blades that can get through most things without a problem.
13. Vitamix 5200 Pro Grade Blender
Blenders are similar to food processors but are better for certain tasks and not so good for others.
So, while a food processor is preferable for processing dry tasks like cutting and slicing, blenders are a better choice for whipping up wet food.
And having a blender on hand is a great way to stay healthy.
As you can blitz up combinations of fruit and vegetables to have as a morning smoothie to give that a nutritious energy boost.
Or as a chunky vegetable soup to keep you warm during the winter.
And they can do far more besides such as chopping, grinding, and emulsifying to help you prepare foods for dinnertime.
This makes a blender a good gift for a home chef and if you want a real powerhouse then try the Vitamix 5200.
As this one is professional grade and strong enough to be used in commercial kitchens.
And it's huge so can handle large batches when you're cooking for many people.
Meaning it can handle almost any task you throw its way.
But you can also find decent blenders at a lower price point that will also do a great job.
14. Breville Immersion Hand Blender
While blenders and food processors are great for making preparing foods a breeze, if you're just making something small for yourself then they can be a bit overkill.
As the time it takes to clean them out after almost makes it not worth the effort.
So, for small tasks such as making a bowl of guacamole or whipped cream it is much easier to use an immersion hand blender.
As these are much smaller, lighter and easier to clean.
And they're great when making soups too as you can blitz up the vegetables in the post while the soup is cooking.
Giving you more control over the texture and consistency of your soup.
So, getting a home cook something like the Breville Immersion hand mixer is a smart and handy gift idea.
As this one has a good grip and an easy to use trigger control.
And it comes with a mixing bowl/jug and a whisk attachment for whipping cream or beating eggs.
15. Marcato 8320 Pasta Maker
Making your own pasta is a rite of passage for many home chefs.
As why spend all that time and effort creating the ultimate home made pasta sauce only to serve it with store-bought dried pasta?
Because freshly made pasta just makes the whole dish taste so much better.
So, buying them a gift that helps them with this is a great idea.
And you can do that with the Marcato Atlas 150 pasta maker.
As with this one all you need to do is mix the dough and get it to the right consistency.
Then simply run it through the machines smoothing rollers to achieve the right thickness.
And once you're happy with it you can then run it through the cutting rollers to create perfect fresh pasta every time.
16. J.K Adams 12-Inch Heavy Rolling Pin
Every kitchen needs a heavy duty rolling pin that can stand up to regular use.
As they will be needed to roll out, shape and flatten dough when making bread and pastry when baking or making pies.
And they serve many other purposes too such as tenderising meat, grinding up spices and making breadcrumbs and corn crumbs to go around chicken and fish.
So, a nice little gift to get for a home chef is a high quality rolling pin like this one from J.K Adams.
As this one is 12 inches long and has handles at both ends to make rolling out easy.
And being made of maple wood it's heavy and durable too.
17. Thermopop Food Thermometer
Being able to tell the temperature of your food as it cooks is important, especially when you're cooking meat.
As being able to test the temperature of the inside of meat is the safest way to know when it's done and to avoid any food poisoning issues.
And it can help you to avoid overcooking the meat too, which can ruin even the finest cut.
As by knowing the right temperature you can cook it more accurately and to your specific liking.
So, a food thermometer like the Thermopop is a nice little stocking filler for a home chef.
As these are accurate, give you the temperature reading in 3-4 seconds, and have an easy to read display.
18. Joy Of Cooking Book
A good cookbook is an obvious but welcome gift idea for a home chef.
So, look for one that suits their particular cooking style or covers a genre of cooking that they want to improve in or learn.
As while cooking is an intuitive process it also helps to have a few guidelines to follow, at least at first.
And if you want a cover-all type of cookbook to give then how about the Joy Of Cooking.
As this book contains over 4,000 recipes including favourites dating back to the 1930s right up to the modern day.
So, whatever they want to cook they're guaranteed to find a few gems in here.
19. Hala Flip Bamboo Cookbook Holder
Which leads us onto the next gift idea.
As if you know a home chef who loves to follow recipes from different cookbooks then a cookbook holder can be a really handy addition to their worktop.
As this way they can read the recipe from the book while keeping their hands free for the more important tasks.
And the Hala flip bamboo cookbook holder even comes with a protective shield so they won't get any food splashes or stains on the pages when using it.
Plus it even has 3 viewing angles so you'll be able to adjust it so you can read it with ease.
20. Hedley & Bennett Derby Classic Apron
The last gift idea for home cooks on this list is a true kitchen essential.
Because no self-respecting chef is going to be seen cooking without a trusty apron.
As not only does an apron prevent food splashes and stains from getting onto your clothes.
It also prevents germs, hairs, and bacteria from transferring from you to the food you're preparing.
So, it's a healthier and safer way to cook.
And an apron can make a really nice gift especially if you get them a stylish one such as those in the Hedley & Bennett range.
As not only do these look great, they also come with reinforced pockets that come in handy for holding your kitchen tools too.
Cooking is a great hobby as it's challenging, rewarding and therapeutic.
And it feels really good to be able to share the spoils with your friends and family and see them enjoy your culinary efforts.
Plus there are a never ending list of foods, recipes and cooking techniques to master on your journey to becoming a great home chef.
While there are also so many tools you can buy for the kitchen that can make your cooking that bit better and easier.
And these things all make great gifts for a home chef.
So, treat your favourite wannabe Gordon Ramsey with one of the gift ideas here as they will really appreciate something they can use in the kitchen.