Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

By Shea Scott

All killer, no filler kitchen gifts for the cook in your life (or yourself, we won't report you to Santa). All products guaranteed to have a longer shelf-life than the Bass-O-Matic.

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OXO Good Grips Etched Ginger & Garlic Grater


When a recipe calls for minced garlic, I ignore my inner Gordon Ramsey yelling, "You'll never get a Michelin star, you couldn't even get a gold star on a kindergarden good boy board" and break out my grater. This is a must for Indian or South East Asian recipes that call for garlic ginger paste, such as the Tandoori Chicken we published last month.

Sabatier Forged Stainless Steel Chef Knife

$26 $18

A budget-friendly chef's knife that's actually a joy to use. It's sharp, lightweight, and well-balanced. The price makes it a perfect gift for a beginning chef, or as a knife to take with you on camping trips. Obviously it's not going to outperform more expensive chef knives, but I would be perfectly happy if I found this in the drawer of a short-term rental.

OXO Good Grips 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set

Save space in your cabinets and save your sanity by pre-measuring ingredients.

Jetz-Scrubz Kitchen Sponge aka "The Miracle Sponge"

$15/pack of 3

What if I told you that there was a kitchen sponge that lasted at least 3 months and never smelled like, well, the gross smell that every other kitchen sponge I've ever used eventually smells like, the smell you can't get off your hands, the smell that is the reason Jan from HR refuses to do her dishes even though there's a sign informing Jan that her mother doesn't work here. I was skeptical but this sponge is everything that was promised. I've been using the same one for over 4 months. After about 3 months, it started deteriorating, but that was just a few tiny pieces coming off occasionally, and they come right off when I rinse the dishes, so it's fine by me. You can't buy love, but you can buy these sponges and give them to someone, which is almost the same thing. Seriously, buy these sponges!

ThermoPop 2 Instant-Read Thermometer


If I ever find out someone doesn't have an instant-read thermometer, I'm like, "Do you even cook, bro?" I find this an indispensable tool in the kitchen, and not just for meat. When the bread recipe says to put yeast in a cup of 110° water this is how I know it's 110°. And then I can check to see if it's fully cooked at the end of the baking time. King Arthur Baking even has this article that gives you the perfect temperatures for different kinds of bread.