Best Gifts for The Wannabe Chef, Beginner Chef, or Wedding and Housewarming Gifts

Do you need a gift for someone who watches too many cooking shows and still can’t cook? Or maybe you need a gift for a hipster chef? Kitchen gifts also make great wedding gifts and housewarming gifts, even though everyone secretly wants money for those. Selecting a kitchen gift for a wannabe chef (or beginner chef) is different because it doesn’t need to be top of the line, commercial grade, or useful – it just needs to look good and be cool.

Here are some cool kitchen items that should please anyone on your shopping list.

Chef’s Choice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect Electric Knife Sharpener

The new Chef’s Choice Trizor XV Sharpener is another breakthrough from the world’s leading manufacturer of quality knife sharpeners. With ultra-sharp EdgeSelect technology and the stability of a triple bevel (Trizor) edge, you can hone your knives to a high performance 15 degree angle.

A reviewer says, “This arrived yesterday, and I’ve sharpened every knife I can find to a razors edge. I’m now trying to sharpen the cheese knives. I probably need to warn my girlfriend. Testing the knives I’m now bald and I’ve shaved half the dog. The cat now won’t come near me. So far no stitches, but the cat might change that.”

Price: $141.58
List Price: $141.58
Manufacturer: Edgecraft
Model: 0101500
Size: Small
Color: Knife Sharpener
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • Combines the strength and durability of the Trizor edge with the flawless, ultra-sharp 15ºXV technology
  • Ideal for converting traditional 20 degree factory edges of household knives into high performance Trizor XV edges
  • Advanced, patented flexible spring guides for accurate control of the sharpening angle, 3-Stage EdgeSelect system for optimum versatility in providing the perfect edge for each cutting task
  • diamonds and advanced stropping stage
    For sharpening both straight edge and serrated blades
  • Easily apply the astonishingly sharp Trizor XV Edge for ultimate sharpness and effortless cutting (15 degree class)

Breville The Fast Slow Pro, Silver

‘Fast Slow Pro’ a multicore with pressure and slow cook menus that automatically adjust time, temperature and pressure between fast and slow cooking. Dual sensors at the top and bottom monitor ingredients for more accurate temperature and pressure control, while the hands free steam release automatically varies across foods to maximize flavor and texture.

A reviewer says, “It’s a beautifully made product (just as all Breville products are) The presets take out the guess work. I love that the lid is attached it makes for a much less messy experience.”

Price: $248.95
List Price: $249.95
Manufacturer: Breville
Model: BPR700BSS
Size: 6 quart
Color: Silver
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • Color changing LCD tells you when the cooker is pressurizing, cooking or releasing steam
  • 3-Way Safety System-safety locking lid, automatic hands-free steam release, safety valve
  • 11 pressure cook settings plus a custom setting to suit your favorite recipes
  • Keep Warm function turns on after cooking so food is ready to serve when you are
  • Removable cooking bowl with PTFE and PFOA free ceramic coating

Nutri Ninja Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ (BL642Z)

The Nutri Ninja | Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ technology provides intelligent processing that combines timed pulsing, blending, and pausing functions that do the work for you. Our Nutri Ninja Pro Extractor Blades break down whole fruits, vegetables, ice and seeds for nutrient & vitamin extraction*.

A reviewer says, “Once the Duo arrived, I was blown away by the 1500 watts of power. My smoothies now take half the amount of time and the convenience of setting the program and walking away is great.”

Price: $199.99
List Price: $199.99
Manufacturer: SharkNinja
Model: BL642Z
Color: Black & Silver
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • XL 72 oz. Total Crushing blender pulverizes ice to snow in seconds for creamy frozen drinks and smoothies (64 oz. Max Liquid Only Capacity)
  • Nutri Ninja Pro Extractor Blades break down whole fruits, vegetables, ice and seeds for nutrient & vitamin extraction*
  • Auto-iQ technology features timed, intelligent blending programs that do the work for you, no guesswork required
  • Small, Regular, and Jumbo Multi-Serve Nutri Ninja Cups with Sip & Seal Lids allow you to take nutrient-rich super juices on the go
  • 75 Recipe Cookbook

BLACK+DECKER JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup, Black

Skip the juice bar and get all your favorite fresh juices right from your counter. With 400 watts of power and a stainless steel cutter and strainer, you can juice all your favorite fruits and vegetables. The large, integrated pulp container takes up less counter space, while a custom juice cup makes serving easy.

A reviewer says, “I Looove this! For a cheap juicer, this is amazing and I’ve had one in the past that has cost over 100…..to be honest, I don’t even remember if the juice was slightly more liquidy but I don’t think it was.”

Price: $32.99
List Price: $36.86
Manufacturer: Gandhi – Appliances
Model: JE2200B
Size: 300 ML
Color: Black
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • A high quality strainer and stainless steel blades, pulp is separated out while nothing but natural, nutritious juice is effortlessly strained into the 300-ml pitcher below
  • 400 watts of power plus a stainless steel cutter and strainer juices all your favorite fruits and vegetables with ease
  • Large, integrated pulp container reduces space taken on counter
  • Custom juice cup makes measuring, pouring and serving easy, Dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup a breeze
  • Measures 13 by 9 by 9-inch; 2-year limited warranty

Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening Cutlery Knife Block Set with SharpIN Technology, 12 Piece

Knives stay sharp for a lifetime with Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening Cutlery featuring SharpIN Technology. Sharpeners are built right into the block, automatically sharpening straight edge knives every time you remove them from the block to ensure peak sharpness at the start of every cutting task. Knives are made from high-carbon, no-stain forged steel and feature full tang construction and a comfortably balanced, triple-riveted handle.

A reviewer says, “Not used to super sharp knives and have cut myself twice using these. Still gets 5 Stars. Great product! Love the self-sharpeners built in.”

Price: $149.99
List Price: $149.99
Manufacturer: Calphalon
Model: 1924555
Size: 12-pc
Color: Silver
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • Cutlery knife block set includes 8-inch Chef’s Knife, 6-inch Serrated Utility Knife, 5-inch Santoku, 4.5-inch Parer, 6 Steak Knives, Kitchen Shears and Sharpening Knife Block
  • Built-in ceramic sharpeners automatically sharpen straight edge knives with every use
  • Constructed from forged, high-carbon, no-stain steel; full tang design for strength and balance
  • Triple-riveted handles are contoured for a secure grip and labeled for easy identification in the block
  • Kitchen knives covered by a Full Lifetime Warranty

Westinghouse WSCD7SSA Select Series Programmable Stainless Steel Digital Slow Cooker, 7 Quart Capacity – Amazon Exclusive

Perfect for soups, meats and vegetables, the Westinghouse WSCD701S stainless steel digital slow cooker is a necessity for any kitchen. Featuring a large 7.0 quart capacity and oval-shaped design, it’s ideal for almost any recipe. The 3 heat settings, digital touchpad controls and auto-warm function make it incredibly easy to operate and versatile.

A reviewer says, “Larger size – digital readouts – professional appearance. Works beautifully and it’s strongly recommended, mostly because it cooks at three different temps from both the bottom and the surrounding sides.”

Price: $44.99
List Price: $44.99
Manufacturer: Westinghouse Select
Model: WSCD7SSA
Size: 7 quart
Color: Stainless Steel
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • 3 heat settings allow you to select the best temperature for what you are preparing
  • Automatic keep-warm function lets you serve high quality food for hours at a time
  • Brushed stainless steel exterior makes it look like it belongs in a professional kitchen
  • Easy-to-read LED display with a digital touchpad control panel
  • Stone crock with 7-quart capacity is easy to remove from the base unit
  • Oval shape offers great versatility in being able to hold a variety of foods
  • Wrap around heating technology from the sides and base

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W

Instant Pot is a smart Electric Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians aiming to be Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.

A reviewer says, “But from the moment I received my Instant Pot, I felt that I had purchased something that not only exceeded my expectations, but will make my life easier (and more delicious)!”

Price: $119.95
List Price: $139.88
Manufacturer: Double Insight Inc. DBA
Model: IP-DUO60
Size: 6 Quart
Color: Stainless steel and Black
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. Please refer the user manual before use.
  • Large, easy to use control panel with 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures for saute and slow cook
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
  • Includes 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack with handle & manual and recipes in English, Spanish, Chinese and French
  • Note: New Anti-Block Shield is used and the actual component may not match images shown in manuals. For pressure cooking programs, do not fill the inner pot over 2/3 full. For non-pressure cooking programs, do not fill the inner pot over the MAX line.
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking. Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food.
  • 3-ply bottom Food Grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel cooking pot for durability
  • Finger-print resistant brushed stainless steel exterior

Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System with XL Ninja Hot & Cold 22 oz. Multi-Serve Tumbler and Recipe Book (CF112)

The next-generation Ninja Coffee bar is a single serve Coffee system-complete with a variety of brew types and sizes you can’t get anywhere else. There’s even a built-in frother with hot and cold frothing capabilities.

A reviewer says, “I would HIGHLy recommend this unit. I have tried them ALL. From Bunn to Cuisinart, to Keurig. I think this is worth the money and you won’t be disappointed!!”

Price: $132.17
List Price: $159.99
Manufacturer: SharkNinja
Model: CF112
Color: Black/Stainless Steel
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • Pod-free single serve with the Ninja XL hot & cold Multi-Serve tumbler
  • Built-in frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
  • Custom brews: classic, rich, or over ice; or signature brews: specialty and Cafe forte
  • Custom brew sizes: cup, XL cup, Travel mug and XL Multi-Serve
  • Advanced thermal flavor extraction technology and Auto-iQ one-touch Intelligence

Lagostina Q555SD Axia Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe 13-Piece Silver Cookware Set

Each piece of Lagostina cookware represents quintessential Italian culture. Celebration of food, life, family and friends. Of memorable gatherings around the table. Of spirited conversation.

A reviewer says, “The cookware is nice and durable. I like the variety of sizes of pots and pans in the kit. They conduct well.”

Price: $199.99
List Price: $279.93
Manufacturer: Lagostina
Model: 8400001194
Color: Silver
Release Date: 2015-09-30
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • Premium Stainless Steel with a thick heat radiating aluminum core for optimal heat distribution throughout the entire pan
  • Tri-Ply 18/10 Stainless Steel construction maintains purity of flavors and is ideal for searing
  • Comfortable stay-cool cast stainless steel handles are built for strength and stability over a lifetime of use
  • Metal-utensil safe; Compatible with all cooktops, including induction
  • Lifetime Warranty

Instant Pot Accu SV800 Sous Vide Immersion Circulator (120V, 800W)

Sous Vide cooks food slowly at precise low temperatures over a long period of time to achieve succulent, nutritious and delicious meals. Instant Pot’s Accu SV800 Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is a versatile and easy-to-use kitchen helper that allows you to cook healthy, gourmet meals in temperature range from 104°F to 195°F / 40°C to 90°C up to 72 hours.

A reviewer says, “The quick review: I LOVE IT! Quiet, efficient and does exactly what it says.”

Price: $130.00
List Price: $130.00
Manufacturer: Instant Pot
Model: Accu SV800
Size: 1.74 pounds
Color: Stainless steel, Black
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • User friendly touch-screen digital controls, lightweight stainless steel and easy-to-grip plastic handle
  • Turns home cooks into gourmet chefs by cooking high-end restaurant quality food at home
  • Clamps securely to Instant Pot 6Qt/8Qt inner pots or other containers with the adjustable stainless steel clamp that has maximum clamp height of about 8″
  • Cooks professionally and precisely with absolute accuracy of +/- 1°F between 104-194° F/40-90° C in near silence for up to 72 hours
  • Easy-to-clean with secure stand up design and removable stainless steel skirt (almost no cleaning necessary, simply wash and air dry the skirt) *Removable skirt in North American model only*

Westinghouse WFL10 Select Series Seasoned Cast Iron 10 Inch Saute Skillet – Amazon Exclusive

The sloped sides of this Westinghouse seasoned cast iron 10 inch skillet will prove invaluable, allowing you to easily shake contents while sautéing on the stove top.

A reviewer says, “Excellent product, well constructed. Cooked very evenly. The silicone grip was included at no cost.
Highly recommend this excellent value – very satisfied”

Price: $14.97
List Price: $14.99
Manufacturer: Westinghouse
Model: WFL10
Size: Sauté
Color: Black
Price Checked: 2016-12-12

  • Super versatility – use in the oven, in the broiler or even over a campfire
  • Pre-seasoned and ready to use. Basic maintenance required, including drying after each cleaning. Refer to user manual for details.
  • Sloped sides make it ideal for sautes or a stir fry, omelets or cornbread
  • Value added integrated opening in the handle allows for easy hanging
  • Heats evenly and retains heat well, making it ideal for keeping foods warmer longer

Kitchen gifts are great, but they’re also the most returned. Check to make sure they don’t already have the same appliance or something similar before buying.

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