My 2019 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide shows you 50 kitchen items under $50 that any foodie would love to have!
The holidays are quickly approaching which means it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping! Plus Black Friday sales are already leaking out all over the Internet! Over the next few weeks, I’ll put together some Foodie gift guides to help. At some point throughout the year, I’ve rambled about these items. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your favorite foodie, a hostess/host gift or just want to treat yourself, these are items that I love! Happy Shopping!
My Favorite Cooking & Baking Ingredients
It’s no secret that I am HIGHLY particular about the products I use. I am brand loyal because I know that I can count on their products to be the best every time I use them.
Rodella Vanilla Bean Paste – Simply put, this is THE BEST out there! It truly has a superior vanilla bean flavor! Plus you can see the actual vanilla specks in the paste!
White Sanding Sugar – larger pieces of sugar crystals that give your cookies and pies that glistening crunch!
Buttermilk Powder – Perfect for salad dressings, pancake mixes, or any recipe that calls for buttermilk.
Rodelle Gourmet Cocoa Powder – again, they truly are THE BEST! I’ve been using them for decades and it’s all I will trust in my chocolate recipes!
Eden Malt Barley – for when you want to make homemade bagels, bread or pizza.
Lundberg Wile Rice Blend – this is the rice I use most often in soups, stuffings and as a side dish.
Hoosier Hill Farm ALLULOSE Low Calorie, Zero Net Carb Keto Sugar – 1/10th the calories of table sugar!
Gravymaster Sauce – perfect for seasoning and as a browning sauce
La Vecchia 30th Anniversary Balsamic – truly THE BEST Balsamic vinegar I’ve ever had! Dense and intense taste with hints of raisin and notes of blackberry and black cherry
These are some of my FAVORITE kitchen utensils that I swear by for mixing, stirring, whisking, scraping and all around general kitchen drawer items I love. Whether you’re a baker, a home cook or something that just wants uniformly-sized cookies I have you covered. These are basic necessities that, as a chef, I use almost daily.
ThermoPro Dual Probe Digital Cooking Meat thermometer – DUAL probe grill thermometer makes it easy to monitor temperatures of two pieces of meat or grill temperature without swapping probes or using different devices! Includes USDA preset temperatures and can also adjust the set temperature manually
AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat – 3-Piece Set baking mats. These are great to use when you are out of parchment and want to make something and NOT have it stick to the pan!
Progressive PL8 Mandoline – Advanced adjustable knob provides manual Settings; Slice in Paper Thin 1.0mm or Thick Cuts up to 7.5mm, With a quick turn of the wrist, you can create thick and thin waffle cuts sure to impress any guest
The Original Danish Dough Whisk – LARGE 13.5” Stainless Steel Dutch Style bread dough whisk for pastry, pizza. Great alternatives to a blender, mixer or hook. I use this frequently when I make my No-Knead dough.
Cuisinart Mini-Prep 4-Cup Food Processor – perfect for small-batch food processing!
Ateco 19176 Maple Wood Rolling Pin – ideal for rolling out a variety of doughs such as a cookie, pie, and puff pastry. What I love about this is that it’s large but not heavy and easy to clean. It allows for an even, consistent roll out!
OHSAY USA World’s Best Can Opener- Made in the USA – Blade is heat treated and zinc plated – the blade is very sharp to easily cut the entire circumference of the can. Opens large commercial cans and small tomato paste cans.
OXO Good Grips 4-Cup Angled Measuring Cup – Standard and metric measurement markings. This is great when you need to measure out liquids and be able to see how it’s filling it.
3 Piece Colander Set – Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer Net Baskets with Handles & Resting Base – 11″ 5 Quart, 9.5″ 4 Quart and 8.5″ 3 Quart – Strain, Drain, Rinse, Steam or Cook. From pasta to veggies, these nesting baskets are awesome!
Jenaluca Cookie Scoop – Mini Cupcake Scoop – 18/8 Stainless Steel – Medium. I’ve been a huge fan of these for decades! Simply the best-made cookie scoop!
OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper – the best way to clean off your counters and cutting boards! I would be so lost without my bench scraper. If you’ve ever tried to clean off your counter that has the dough or stuck flour with a rag it’s near impossible. These work like a champ without harming your surface!
Non-slip Silicone Pastry Mat Extra Large – Measures 28” By 20” for Silicone Baking Mat, Counter Mat, Dough Rolling Mat, Oven Liner, Fondant/Pie Crust Mat. These are great when you need to roll out dough/pastry to a specific size.
Deiss PRO Citrus Lemon Zester & Cheese Grater — Parmesan Cheese, Lemon, Ginger, Garlic, Nutmeg, Chocolate, Vegetables, Fruits – Razor-Sharp Stainless Steel Blade + Protect Cover – Dishwasher Safe. I LOVE this! I’ve gone through dozens and by far this is SUPERIOR!
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet and Baker’s Quarter Sheet – Baked goods rise and bake evenly due to aluminum’s superior heat conductivity and the reinforced encapsulated steel rim prevents warping. I love Nordic Ware and their products. Their pans are superior and bake items evenly.
Award-Winning Pro-Grade Silicone Spatulas By DI ORO – 600°F Heat-Resistant Seamless Rubber Spatula – Perfect for Baking, Cooking, Scraping – Premium Stainless Steel Core Technology. I SWEAR by these! I have looked for decades for a worthy spatula and these are it!
DI ORO Premium Seamless Black Silicone Spoon Spatula – BPA Free Pro-Grade Non-Stick 600ºF Heat-Resistant Rubber Spoonula – Best Silicone Kitchen Scraper Tool for Stirring, Scooping, and Mixing. This is made by the same brand above and I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!
OXO 1057961 Good Grips Box Grater – Attachable container included. Plus it has coarse, medium and fine grating surfaces, and slicing surfaces. Whether I’m grating cheese or carrots I love this grater! Plus the fact that is has a container attached makes it so easy to catch what I’m grating!
Nordic Ware 43347 Oven Safe Nonstick Baking & Cooling Grid (Big Sheet) – 20″ x 13.5″ x 0.75″, heat safe up to 400F. I love my cooling racks and use them not only to cool baked goods but also with my sheet pans when I want to ‘oven’ fry up something crisp!
J.A. Henckels International Kitchen Shears – from cutting twine to spatchcocking a chicken, these shears are THE BEST!
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls – Set of 6) Polished Mirror Finish Nesting Bowl, ¾ – 1.5-3 – 4-5 – 8 Quart. These bowls ROCK and store easily! I love using stainless steel when prepping and mixing!
Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups Combo – Measuring cups: 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup. Measuring spoons: 1 tbsp., 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1/4 tsp. Whether you’re a baker or a cook, every kitchen needs a set of each!
Jenaluca Cookie Scoop set – slightly over $50 but they are THE BEST!
Kitchen Electric Equipment – Slow Cookers and Instant Pots
Your kitchen isn’t complete without at least one of these items!
Hamilton Beach 7 quart slow cooker – Sized to fit a 7 lb. chicken or 5 lb. roast, great for family dinners, potlucks or parties.
Genuine Instant Pot Tempered Glass lid, Clear – 10 in. (26cm) – 8 Quart. This is only needed if you have an Instant Pot. This comes in 3 sizes. It’s awesome to use if you want to make popcorn in your IP!
3.5 Rectangular Slow Cooker – 9″ x 13″ oven-safe rectangular removable stoneware is the perfect size and shape to cook and serve casseroles, lasagnas, and other great dishes
Oster Buffet Server, Triple Tray, 2-1/2 Quart, Stainless Steel. With the holidays approaching this buffet server is a great way to prep food ahead of time and keep in the server to stay warm!
Instant Pot 8qrt Duo – okay technically this isn’t under $50 but Black Friday is coming up and it normally goes super cheap so I’m putting it here because even it’s a little over $50 it’s worth it!
I use these items for storing leftovers, meal prep, and freezing meals.
Glass Meal Prep Containers – 36 Oz (4.5 Cups), 8” x 6.5” x 2.7”, set of 5. It is perfect for meal prepping. Stay healthy and save time by cooking and freezing your meals for later.
3-Compartment Glass Meal Prep Containers – Main compartment 2 Cups and small compartments 1.25 cups each makes it perfect for meal prepping. Staying healthy and saving time by cooking and freezing your meals for later.
[50 pack, 17oz] Food Storage Containers With Lids – Plastic Containers With Lids Plastic Containers for Food Container With Lid – Freezer Containers Plastic Food Containers Deli Containers Meal Prep. These are awesome for weekly meal prep as well as storing items in your pantry and fridge!
Must-Have Cooking and Baking Equipment
This, honestly, is a hard one for me as a lot of the stuff I use is over $50 but this stuff has lasted me decades. The items below I do use regularly and love.
Nordic Ware Crown Bundt Pan – this is the prettiest pan ever! Oven safe to 400F with 10-cup capacity
Emile Henry 9″ Pie Pan – For use in the oven up to 520 Degrees F. Oven, broiler, and microwave safe: Can go directly from freezer or refrigerator, to a hot oven, to table.
Ceramic Pie Weights – Made from natural, food-safe ceramic stoneware; heat resistant to 480-degrees Fahrenheit; includes a convenient storage container
Lodge 5 quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven – A classic cooker that doesn’t quit, the Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven is a classic that’s great for preparing and serving memorable meals. Pre-seasoned and ready to go.
Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan for Stovetop of Oven Use. Every kitchen should have a cast iron pan. They are one of the BEST types of pans to own in any kitchen. From cakes to brownies, steaks to omelets, these pans ROCK!
Emile Henry 13×9″ baker – For use in the oven up to 520 Degrees F. Oven, broiler, and microwave safe: Can go directly from freezer or refrigerator to a hot oven, to table
Pyrex baking dishes with lids – 2 Piece Value-Plus Pack – 1 Each: 3 Quart Oblong, 2 Quart Square
Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan – My other favorite pan. Oven safe to 400F with 10-cup capacity
Must-Have Pizza Items
And of course, how could I not give you guys some of my favorite pizza recommendations!
Emile Henry 347514 Flame Top 14.5″ Pizza Stone – The Pizza Stone can withstand high oven temperatures up 900 degrees F. The Pizza Stone can turn a BBQ grill into an outdoor pizza oven. Handles make it easy to use and carry. Dishwasher safe!
The Pizza Bible Book – A comprehensive guide to making pizza, covering nine different regional styles–including Neapolitan, Roman, Chicago, and Californian–from 12-time world Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani.
Plus 2 more for good measure!
00 Flour – either Le 5 Stagiolini 00 flour or Antimo Caputo Pizzeria Flour
Pizza Peel – Use it for placing and removing the bread and other baking goods to and from the oven. Use it as a bread, cheese and cutting board – not to mention it’s perfect to use as a serving block. It’s extremely practical for everyday use.
As always you can check out my Amazon Store for more inspiration. In that store are items that I love and use!