These clever gifts are perfect for the home cook with spice and style.
Everyone knows that the key to buying a great gift that the recipient will love is picking out something that really plays to their interests. When you’re shopping for someone with a passion for cooking, who spends 90 percent of their free time in the kitchen whipping up new recipes, the options are seemingly endless. SugaMamas and food are the heart and soul of any family, and generations are built from the deliciousness that they create. That’s why picking out the perfect gift is so important.
From genius gadgets and timeless appliances to cute aprons that let you know they’re the head cook in charge, we’ve found items every at-home chef who loves to throw down in the kitchen needs this holiday season and beyond. These gifts are so amazing that we know you’ll be tempted to grab one or two for your own kitchen, because you deserve a treat or two, too.
Whatever their cooking level and style, there’s a gift on this list that’ll have them running for their apron. They might even cook you a little something to say thank you. Sounds like a win-win to us.
All Things Charmaine Apron
From the minute a good cook steps into the kitchen, you know you’re about to experience culinary magic. The thing is cooking up a storm isn’t exactly great for keeping clothes clean. That’s why having the perfect apron is clutch, and it helps if it’s stylish too. These aprons from Aprons by Charmaine not only keep the kitchen mess far away from your foodie’s outfit, but they come with three large pockets for keeping utensils handy, and the chic designs and cheeky sayings are definite conversation starters. As a bonus, you can even grab one for the head chef SugaPapa in your life so that he can get in on the fun too.
The Smart Garden 9
If your favorite home cook enjoys waking up early and heading out to the weekend farmer’s market to pick up fresh finds, then this gift will be a big hit. When it comes to cooking the magic may be in the wrists, but the flavor is in the seasonings, and with the Smart Garden 9 your foodie can snag their favorite herbs and veggies without having to ever leave the house. The genius indoor garden takes the work out of gardening, just insert the plant pods, add water, plug it in and wait. The Smart Garden takes care of the rest for you by monitoring the water, light, and nutrients all at the same time. Grab a bundle set so your cook can grow and enjoy salad greens like Arugula, fruits and veggies like wild strawberry and chili peppers and herbs like thyme and basil. They’ll love this stress-free gardening so much, that they’ll be begging you to come over and eat all the wonderful dishes they make with their goodies.
Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano
If you’re not up on the world of sous-vide cooking, chances are you’re not a big foodie. But that’s okay, because your top chef SugaMama most certainly does, and that’s why you’ll score big points with this gift. Cooking sous-vide isn’t just for gourmet chefs, home cooks from all over have fallen in love with the ease of making masterpieces using a temperature-controlled water bath because it basically makes it impossible to undercook or overcook food.
With Anova culinary’s Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano your SugaMama can use the gadget’s Bluetooth connectivity and their smartphone to heat water to a precise temperature from any room in the house. From steak and chicken recipes to veggies and even rip fruit, there’s no limit to the wonders your culinary badass can whip up.
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Following tried and true recipes is great, but one of the things that makes cooking so much fun for many people is being able to come up with their own creations. There’s nothing like adding your own spin on classics or creating something new altogether. If you know a culinary diva that enjoys a spicy kick to their food, then they’ll appreciate this DIY hot sauce kit from Uncommon. The kit is easy to use, just combine the included cayenne, ancho, curry, and chili spice packs with the included peppers, vinegars, and garlic to create six handcrafted sauces. They can even create customizable labels for their hot sauces for a home bistro feel. Trust us, this creative gift will help them turn up the heat on their favorite foods.
Through the Eyes of an African Chef Cookbook
Discovering and appreciating flavors and cuisines beyond what you’re used to everyday not only expands your culinary palette, but exposes you to a world beyond your borders. It’s one of the reasons many home chefs find cooking so relaxing and rewarding. It’s like taking an around-the-world vacation without ever leaving home. Through the Eyes of an African Chef, an award-winning book by Chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu, follows her on a journey to not only rediscover her love of African cooking but the culture and practices behind it. Along the way she gives you recipes for delicious dishes like African wontons, game stew, and marula sorbet. It’s the perfect gift for the SugaMama in your life with global tastes.