Kitchen Gifts Under $20

Many of you are Christmas shopping this week, or at least thinking about it. Personally, I like to give and receive practical gifts—things like these kitchen gifts under $20, which I use all the time.

Kitchen Gifts Under $20 | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

If you’re buying for someone who cooks, then there are many options to choose from when it comes to kitchen gifts. Below are a few of my favorite, most used kitchen items, and they’re all under $20 (or at least there are good options at that price). The items shown aren’t necessarily the exact brand or style that I own, but they are close.

These gifs are good for any cook, whether they cook a lot or a little. Most of them would make good stocking stuffers, could be tied on top of a package, or could be added to a homemade gift basket.

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Bamboo Cooking Utensils – In the old days we used wooden spoons. Bamboo works just as well and there are a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from. I use several different bamboo spoons on a daily basis.

Kitchen Gifts Under $20 - Bamboo Cooking Utensils | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Silicone Spatulas – I nice flexible spatula is useful for so many things. I have numerous silicone spatulas that I use all the time to scrape bowls, clean out jars, stir batter, and more.

Kitchen Gifts Under $20 - Silicone Spatulas | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Garlic Press – I don’t consider this an essential item, but I use mine quite regularly. I prefer it to trying to chop small cloves of garlic.

Kitchen Gifts Under $20 - Garlic Press | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Kitchen Shears – These are great for all kinds of cutting. I use mine on a daily basis for cutting open packages as well as cutting raw meat. It’s a great way to cut chicken breasts into strips for frying, or for cutting off unwanted fat. Using the shears means I don’t bother with a cutting board.

Kitchen Gifts Under $20 - Kitchen Shears | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Paring Knife -I gave a set similar to this to my parents and they use both knives frequently. I do too. Paring knives are always useful and these colorful ones are fun to give and receive.

Kitchen Gifts Under $20 - Paring Knife | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Tongs -For years I did not own a pair of tongs, but once I did, I fell in love. I have large and small, metal and wooden. Large ones are great for moving or turning large pieces of meat, and they’re also helpful when trying to reach items on the top shelf of a cabinet. I use smaller tongs for serving salad and cooked vegetables in particular.

Kitchen Gifts Under $20 - Tongs | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Electric Kettle – An electric kettle heats water quickly. I use it for the obvious things like tea and water for the French press, but I also use it to help heat a large pot of water for cooking pasta. Really, it’s my first choice any time I need to heat water.

Kitchen Gifts Under $20 - Electric Kettle | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

What are your favorite inexpensive kitchen tools?


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  1. Barry Dixon says

    I love your gift ideas and have all of them in my kitchen except the kettle. Might I suggest when shopping for spatulas and spoonulas looking for those that are one solid piece of silicone, as the joint between the spatula head and handle is a spot where bacteria can collect. Most of us hand wash these and have never thought what could get in there. Safe eating and Happy Holidays!

    • says

      I agree on the handles. I don’t buy one piece, though. I buy ones where the handle is easily removed and both pieces can be thoroughly washed. Thanks for you suggestion.

  2. Terri says

    I recently bought for myself some crocheted dish rags from a seller on ebay – Deb. If you search on cotton dish rags, you will find her – many colors, and GREAT dish rags. My sister asked if my house had a dishwasher – it is a 1907 house I bought in 2012. I want the kitchen to look like the 1940’s. I told her I have TWO dishwashers – one on the end of each arm. :-)
    Anyway – the dishrags are a labor of love and I do not see how she makes a profit on selling them on ebay. They would be a great gift – or buy them for yourself.

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