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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What are your favorite inexpensive kitchen tools?