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10 Clever Gifts for Anyone Who Loves to Cook

For your friend or family member who loves to roast, braise and broil, cook up a special gift!

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 Cutting Board Style Wood Recipe Cookbook iPad Tablet Stand Holder Stand with Kickstand, Brownvia

Cookbook Stand

Every cook needs a stand to hold bunches of printed-out recipes or cookbooks. And why not add some décor to the kitchen at the same time? This cookbook stand ($26) has antique flair, and whether your friend has a farmhouse kitchen or a modern space, it’s the perfect fit.

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Blade Professional Herb Scissors Stainless Steelvia

Kitchen Shears

Whether your gift recipient grows herbs in the backyard or buys ’em at the grocery store, snipping fresh chives or basil is a breeze with these bright kitchen shears ($9). In the mood for a dish that uses fresh herbs? Here’s a collection of 50+ recipes.

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Silicone Cooking Gloves - Heat Resistant Oven Mitt for Grillingvia

BBQ Gloves

Pulling a roast out of the oven can be a hot mess if your hands aren’t protected. This bright pair of gloves ($16) lets everyone know who’s working with some hot cookin’! They’re also great for the grill—check out this collection of BBQ sauces for inspiration.

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RSVP Endurance Salt Server with Spoon. salt canistervia

Salt Cellar

Keeping salt handy (especially gourmet salt from different areas of the world) is a cook’s secret to upgrading food on the fly, even at the table. It could also be a way to show personality—whether it’s a carved wooden canister or this metal-and-glass design ($24).

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The Pioneer Woman 10-Piece Nesting Mixing Serving Bowl Set features Unique Vibrant Colorsvia

Pioneer Woman Nesting Bowls

These pretty plastic bowls ($35) let you mix, serve and even store, thanks to their handy lids. Plus, the patterns coordinate so you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Make like the Pioneer Woman herself and bring them to your next potluck: here are Ree Drummond’s favorite big-batch dishes.

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Rachael Ray 46326 Enamel On Steel Stockpot, 12 quart, Marine Bluevia

Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel Stockpot

Home cooking goddess Rachael Ray’s line of bakeware includes this affordably priced 12-quart stockpot ($40), which quickly cheers up a day of soup-making! That might include the cook’s take on classic chicken noodle or a soup that’s ready in 30 minutes.

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Caldo Cotton Kitchen Apron - Mens and Womens Professional Chef Bib Apron - Adjustable Straps with Pockets and Towel Loop via

Chef’s Apron

No matter what kind of chef you’re shopping for, they’re bound to love this pro kitchen apron ($28) that looks like it’s straight from their favorite cooking show. (The pockets are great for wooden spoons, a phone or your meal plan journal.)

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 GIFTME 5 Turquoise Pineapple Kitchen Timer Blue Pineapple Perfect Gifts for Family or Friend Home Decorvia

Kitchen Timer

Sure, a cook can use the stove timer but that’s so blah. (Besides, what if you need more than one?) This cute blue pineapple timer ($8) adds even more fun to cooking. This is great for kids to use, too, when helping in the kitchen.

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bamboo cutting boardsvia

Bamboo Cutting Boards

Bamboo is durable and dries quickly. It’s also sustainably sourced. This set of three cutting boards ($20) allows for lots of flexibility, whether trimming carrots or chopping tomatoes. Bonus: The drip edges are a dream, making cleanup a breeze. And don’t forget about cutting board care!

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Colorful Bamboo Cooking Utensils - Wooden Spoon & Spatula | 5 Piece Utensil Set | Non Stick Wooden Spoons Tools Gadgets For Kitchen Unique Gift Ideavia

Bamboo Cooking Utensils

It seems like you can never have too many cooking utensils. These bamboo utensils ($13) feature ombré color on the handles for a burst of brightness to match dishtowels and oven mitts—heck, even window valances! Read up on the essential tools every cook needs.

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Kristine Hansen
A former editor of a regional home and garden magazine, where she edited the entertaining section, Kristine writes for national travel, design and food outlets about culinary trends. Her book on Wisconsin cheese serves as a love letter to her adopted state of Wisconsin and she loves to travel in search of regional cultural foods.

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