20 Budget Friendly Gifts for the Home Cook

holiday-disclaimerI think the hardest part of holiday shopping for an adult is trying to decide what to buy a person that already has everything! I mean, you can only buy a home chef so many cookbooks before your gifting starts to get as stale as discounted bread.

I’m trying to avoid that “expected gift” routine this year. And I can’t think of a better way to do that than through some creative thinking. I know it can take hours wandering stores or browsing the internet to find something just a little bit different so I decided to help you out a bit. I’ve done the surfing for you (kowabunga dude!).

After many sleepless nights and an ever growing Christmas list, I think I have narrowed down the list to my Top 20 not-so-ordinary gift ideas for the aspiring chef.

But wait, there’s more… each gist on this list has a wallet friendly price of less than $25.  That means there may be enough in the budget to pick yourself up a little something too.

I hope you find inspiration in my Top 20 list – and feel free to send us a comment to let us know what else you think should make the list!




Cast iron chainmail scrubber – Hudson Essentials 7×7 inch Cast Iron Cleaner XL Chainmail scrubber is the absolute ideal way to effectively and easily clean your cast iron cookware without stripping away accumulated flavor and seasoning. It’s a must have and fan favorite of top chefs the world over.

Grill Beast injector kit – Grill Beast’s meat injector ensures you never have to settle for dry or bland food. Nor do you have to wait hours for little more than surface flavoring. With a practical and functional design, the Beast Injector penetrates deep to deliver optimum flavor infusion throughout.

Premium stainless steel compost bin – Trade up from that ugly and eco-unfriendly plastic pail you’ve been using, to this stylish canister that you’ll be proud to display on your kitchen counter. Our Compost Bin is sleek and stylish and is specifically made to store kitchen waste such as vegetable peelings and can be stored perfectly on kitchen counter tops or under the kitchen sink.

Handmade wooden cooking spoons – Add a contemporary look to your kitchen with this 6 Piece wooden Cooking Utensil Set. It’s all natural and environmentally friendly with durable construction. This kitchen utensil set comes with six utensils that are safe to use on stainless cookware and non-stick surfaces.




Low-fat meatloaf pan – Avoid having your meatloaf swim in excess fat without sacrificing flavor. This non-stick pan is a perfect gift for busy moms, home cooks and anyone living a healthy lifestyle.

Obsessive cutting board – A perfect gift for the OCD chef in your life, or anyone that wants to hone their knife skills. Part kitchen tool, part OCD-encourager, the cutting board includes guides for the most important cuts. And it should help impress your dinner guests with your knife skills, or to avoid getting yelled at in French.

BBQ apron guide – Be prepared, protected, and ready to grill with the BBQ apron guide. The full-length apron will not only protect the griller’s clothes from grease and sauce stains, but acts as a handy cooking guide. Need to remind yourself of proper cooking temperatures?… check. Looking for a quick BBQ sauce recipe on the fly? Done and done.

Knuckle pounder meat tenderizer – Beat that steak like it owes you money, with the Knuckle Pounder Meat Tenderizer. Made from cast aluminum, your new fist of fury will tenderize and flatten any cut, and should help keep all of your other meat in line.


Stovetop salt & pepper shakers – What makes these shakers perfect for the stovetop is their large capacity and their large holes.  When you’re seasoning a whole pan, you want to get a lot out in a hurry.  A few shakes and you have that stew seasoned.  Each shaker holds 1 1/4 cups so you rarely have to refill them. These decorative salt and pepper shakers are perfect for both stovetop and patio use.

Pie top cutter set – The baker in your life will enjoy this set of four pastry stamp cutters. These pie top cutters come in spring-loaded shapes: Leaf, Strawberry, cherry and heart to make beautifully decorated pies. Use to cut-out patterns in the tip crust or just press once to leave an imprint of the pattern on the pastry dough. Easy to clean and use again and again.

ReCap Mason Jar lids – As an all-in-one kitchen gadget, reCAP makes it easy to prepare, serve, and store right from your Mason jar. Alternatively, organize and store craft, pantry, and bath essentials. Use with an air-lock for small batch fermenting. Use for every room in the home and every active lifestyle. Make It Yours.

Flexible measuring cups – Set of 3 durable Flexible Liquid Measuring Cups by Flirty Kitchens. This set includes: 1 Cup, 2 Cup, and 4 Cup. Each piece is made from high quality, BPA Free, food-grade silicone that will not yellow over time. Both sides of these flexible measuring cups have easy-to-read markings for precise measuring. These cups are sturdy yet easy to pinch so you can create a spout to pour liquid or dry ingredients. These silicone measuring cups are heat resistant to 450° and are dishwasher safe.


Garden in a bag – Garden-in-a-Bag provides everything you need to grow your own basil, mint, oregano, parsley, or mini tomatoes! The leak-proof bag comes filled with the organic seeds, growing medium, and coco chips necessary to create a thriving windowsill garden.

Pecan pie in a jar – Treat yourself to the decadence of a perfectly baked homemade pecan pie without a hint of hassle with Pecan Pie in a Jar.
Each jar contains a perfectly proportioned mix of high-quality ingredients which, when combined with butter and eggs, transform into a delicious pecan pie filling. Just pour into a pie shell and bake!

Thermos stainless steel koozies – The Thermos Vacuum Insulated Can Insulator is the world’s greatest koozie. Its TherMax vacuum insulation technology guarantees the hottest hot and the coldest cold. The double-walled insulation ensures that your soda remains icy cold for up to three hours, but that the exterior remains comfortable so you don’t freeze off your hand.

Melted Mason Jar spoon rest – This spoon rest (or soap dish, tea bag holder, desk dish, ring dish, etc) started life as a modern blue Ball pint mason jar and has been transformed through cutting and heating in our home studio. It comes packaged in a white padded box with “our story,” ready for gifting. Featured in the Spring 2015 edition of Ladies Home Journal!




The Hands On Home – Create the DIY home you’ve always wanted with over 100 recipes, tips, and inspirational ideas from blogger Erica Strauss (Northwest Edible Life). Covering everything from cooking, canning and preserving to making your own nontoxic home and personal care products, this fresh take on modern homemaking will help you make the most of your time, effort, and energy in the kitchen and beyond.

Handmade Masala spice box – Elegantly store table salt, gourmet spices, herbs, and favorite seasonings in this elegant wooden box. Small knob allows for easy access. Handy and beautiful, the box looks great left out on the table or kitchen countertop.

Handmade solid wood coffee/tea stirrers – Impress your guests with this set of 6 solid wood spoon stirrers. Each HoneyHome wooden spoon is unique. It¡¯s nice to see that natural character in the spoon, while respecting the part of the life of a tree went into making it. The spoon is lathe-turned from ONE solid piece of hard wood, NOT from pressed and glued pieces. Each spoon is manual grinding and hand sealed with natural plant oily finish which is food safe.

Reusable silicone baking molds – Our Baking Fun’s silicone mold are made from BPA free, 100% pure, professional quality food-grade silicone, which meets US FDA safety standards. The silicone mold can be used to mold anything imaginable: muffins, cornbread, cheesecakes, brownies, Jello, even soaps.


If you still need a few more ideas, check out our Top 20 list for Wine Lovers.