As someone who loves to cook, I can confidently say that I get excited at the thought of buying accessories for my kitchen. I’m always on the hunt for cool kitchen accessories that I can use with small appliances, like a stand mixer and Instant Pot, or simply items that make cooking and baking easier, and that look great when set out on the table. When it comes to stocking stuffers or small gifts, then, there are lots of options for the family member who loves to cook, bake, and spend tons of time in the kitchen.
A Knife Set
Who couldn’t use more knives? For someone who is just getting into cooking, or lives in a small apartment or condo, a knife set would make a great gift. You can get something simple, like a brightly coloured set with guards for a first-time home owner, or a higher-end premium set with an ultra sharp Chef’s knife, paring knife, and other essentials to tackle different jobs.
Stand Mixer Attachments
One Christmas, I used a gift card to buy the pasta roller attachments for my KitchenAid mixer, which is great for making homemade pasta noodles, from wide and flat pieces for lasagna to thinner strips of spaghetti or linguine. While we still get store-bought pasta, from time to time, it’s nice to make a fresh set, which makes all the difference in taste and texture. There’s a variety of stand mixer attachments, however, you can choose from for someone who owns one and might appreciate being able to do more with it. There are options to do everything from grind meat to make homemade ice cream or even spiralize vegetables to impress during the next dinner part.
The following Christmas, I received another gift card that I, once again, happily used to expand my selection of small kitchen accessories and bought an immersion blender. It has been super-handy for mixing smoothies, blending protein powder into drinks, and mixing up soups, pasta sauces, and homemade dips. Most of them come with a handy blending jar that is perfectly sized for making a couple smoothies, and has a cover so you can store leftovers in the fridge. The latest trend includes cordless options so you can blend and mix anywhere you want, without having to be tethered to an outlet.
For a few years now, I have been on a sparkling water kick, going through bottles of San Pellegrino and Bubly like nobody’s business. A soda maker is a great way to make your own fizzy water, both flavoured and plain. There are ultra-slim models that can make sparkling water in mere seconds. Not only can using one result in money savings versus buying bottled or canned sparkling water, but you also help the environment since the reusable CO2 cylinder can last for up to three years. Anyone you know who loves flavoured sparkling water will appreciate this kitchen accessories gift.
Salt and Pepper shakers and grinders
Salt and pepper is a must for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to sprinkle one or the other (or both) on everything from eggs to salad and pasta. A nice gift would be a stylish salt and pepper shaker or grinder set that’s perfect to put on the table for entertaining. There are manual and rechargeable battery-operated ones, and you can choose from classic and traditional designs to something funkier and bolder for someone who might appreciate a stand-out piece.
While I’m cooking, especially for big gatherings, I love to pour myself a nice glass of red wine to sip throughout the process. A decanter is a great gift to let the wine breathe so it’s in its perfect state for consumption once guests arrive. Along with other barware and wine accessories, a decanter is a great stocking stuffer gift. And there are plenty to choose from, including glass, crystal, aerating models, and ones that come with glasses, too.
I have developed an addiction for buying accessories for my Instant Pot, like egg bite molds and mini cake pans. But there are also cool kitchen accessories you can use on a stove, too, like steamer baskets.
There are also cool sets that include multiple accessories that would appeal to someone you know loves their Instant Pot and experimenting with its different functions, from steaming to baking, pressure cooking, and more.
A mini smart speaker
A smart speaker is actually a super useful device to have in the kitchen. Aside from being able to queue up your favourite music playlist or podcast by voice while you knead dough for homemade bread or chop vegetables for a stew, there’s so much else you can do with them. Set timers as you cook, whether it’s an hour timer while the bread dough proofs or a reminder to baste the turkey every half an hour.
Ask the smart assistant, like Alexa for Amazon devices and Google Assistant for ones like the Google Nest Mini, to convert measurements while following a recipe. The Tochie is an interesting new device in this category focused on helping people remember to do things like take medications through recorded messages, as well as recorded greetings, task reminders, and more. Ideal for someone who lives alone or the elderly, it’s a thoughtful gift that makes sense for the kitchen, where we often spend much of our times at home.
In addition to small and large appliances making great gifts, there are lots of small kitchen appliance accessories and other kitchen-related items that would make perfect stocking stuffers for someone who loves to cook, entertain, or even those who just moved into their first homes. If you know what the person particularly loves to do, like bake cakes and cookies, try out fun appetizers, or experiment with an Instant Pot, for example, you can find related stocking stuffers and all-season gifts that will enhance that experience for them, or help them do more.
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