Well, look no further. I’ve got you covered with these fun kitchen gadgets, gizmos, small appliances, and tools with a Darth Vader or Imperial theme. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a Star Wars lover you know, save yourself more shopping hassle and take a look at these.
Nothing is more impressive and dreaded than that big round menace of Moff Tarkin, and now you can destroy it with butter and syrup-drenched waffles made to order.
For me, it’s quite a toss-up. Do I want to eat the Death Star or Darth Vader’s head? How about both?
You can get them both — or your favorite — and chomp down on Imperial waffles. It’s the #1 New Release in Waffle Irons right now on Amazon, so check them out before other fans get there first.
If you and your family and friends love waffles for breakfast, and especially if you’re Star Wars devotees, turn a boring meal into a Dark Side extravaganza with Sith Lord shaped waffles.
It’s easy to use, and lots of temperature settings — because we all know some picky eaters who want theirs “just so.” (Ahem, like me…)
I like the fan-oriented Star Wars design that shows loud and clear on your counter. Nobody’s going to think that’s a run-of-the-mill bargain store waffle maker. Check them out before other fans get there first.
Be sure to check out the Dark Vader Toaster, too.
If you love Star Wars and are looking for a new look in compact toasters, this Darth Helmet is sure to catch your fancy.
You can adjust all the usual settings and it has the features you’d expect in those boring countertop models. It even marks your toast with the branded logo!
I like the sturdy construction and the powerful glare of his helmet. If you like Vader, you’ll love having him menacing your friends from his special spot on your counter.
Be sure to check out the Dark Lord of the Sith Waffle Maker, too!
We’ve sourced out some incredible gold flatware for you to drool over. Imagine one of these sets proudly displayed on your holiday table for everyone to “ooh” and “aah” over. Your friends and family might even be afraid to “break them in.” Paired with your best china, any one of these sets will add a shine to your holiday table presentation.
All of these sets are rated well above 4.0 stars on Amazon, and all of them except the Lenox ones come with free shipping. And there’s Amazon’s incredible return policy, of course.
With all Top 5, you will receive:
- 8 salad forks
- 8 dinner forks
- 8 dinner knives
- 8 dinner spoons
- 8 teaspoons
Each also has gives you some sort of hostess set for additional value. You don’t often see those with smaller sets or inexpensive ones.
Our #1 “Wowser” Pick: Wallace Golden Aegean Weave Flatware
This fine sterling silver flatware set comes with golden accents in a gorgeous weave pattern on the base and top of the handle.
You’ll also get a 6-piece Hostess Helper Set which includes:
- Pierced tablespoon
- Sugar spoon
- Butter knife
- Pie server
What really makes this set stand out for me is that the pieces are made of fine sterling silver rather than sterling silver or stainless steel. Most flatware sets are sterling silver (not quite as high-grade but high-content silver at over 90%) or even stainless steel of varying grades or silver-plated. But this is well-crafted flatware, with a 99.9% silver content, so they’ll make a classy statement on your table.
My other favorite part is definitely the pattern. I love the weave designed into the top and bottom of the handles. Whether you’re after a stunning decorative set or one for formal dinners, you’ll rake in compliments for them. If you have a fancy china pattern or design, sometimes the “simple flatware” patterns don’t look just right. And if you have gold-rimmed china, these gold sets can be stunning. Be sure to take a close look at this one to see if it is a good match.
About the only downside to this set is pricing, even at Amazon. So if you fall in love, be sure to check out other sellers at the “new” price level.Sometimes the pricing can be significantly better on some sellers, especially when the set has such exceptional value like this one.
But given the price, make sure you’ve chosen a reputable seller.
Right now, besides Amazon itself, only one other seller — Ava and Lucy — is selling this set and they do have a better price. They also have a great 5-star reputation with over 5,800 people providing feedback. I prefer Amazon as the seller myself, but this gives you some extra insight to make the best choice for you.
This isn’t an inexpensive set by price or quality, but if you’re looking for upscale, high-end, fabulous quality flatware, I encourage you to take a look.
Our #2 “Fabulous” Pick: Oneida Golden Juilliard Flatware
Looking for something simpler? Try this 18/10 stainless steel flatware — it comes with 24K gold electroplate and has golden tip accents in a romantic fleur-de-lis pattern. If your china or stemware is trimmed in gold and would look good with an understated flatware pattern, be sure to check out this set from Oneida’s Heirloom Collection.
You’ll also get extra value with a better-than-average 8-piece Hostess Set. It includes:
- Serving Fork
- Pierced Serving Spoon
- Serving Spoon
- Sugar Spoon
- Butter Knife
- Casserole Spoon
- Servall (like a combination pie server and larger serving spoon)
I especially appreciate the larger hostess set here, with some pieces that five-piece or six-piece sets sometimes don’t include or they swap for another piece you also need, like a casserole spoon, servall, and ladle.
If you’re looking for a classic pattern that will never go out of style, I believe this will be your icing on the cake for an enviable holiday display. The big thing with formal place settings is that it always comes down to your china design. You want a good match. So check out this pattern if you think it might be a good complement to your china set or stemware and add elegance to each place setting.
Do you want something less expensive than fine sterling silver as the base metal (Wowser #1 above)? Or even sterling silver? Then the 18/10 stainless steel you see here is the next best bet. The metals in this alloy help reduce corrosion, increase durability, and provide a soft sheen that looks similar to silver. (For more technical information, read here.)
The 24K gold electroplate is a thin sheen of 24K gold added to the stainless steel to provide some additional “amazing” to the basic pattern.
For 18/10 stainless steel with gold electroplate, the price is surprisingly reasonable at Amazon. I looked around and Bed, Bath, & Beyond carries the service for 4 but without a hostess set, and the comparative pricing isn’t anywhere as good there. Target and Walmart don’t carry it at all.
So for a quality offering in high-end stainless steel with gold trimming, I like the looks of this one. I think you will, too, if you like the simpler touch.
Amazon also sells this set with service for 8 without the additional hostess items. If you want to go that route, you can find them here. I just find the full 48-piece set to be a much better investment with more value.
Our #3 “Larger Than Life” Pick: Oneida Golden Michelangelo Flatware
This 18/10 stainless flatware comes with 18K gold electroplate and has golden accents twined throughout the handle. It’s an elegant pattern worthy of Michelangelo himself and it’s sure to go well with the fanciest china. This set catches attention the moment you feast your eyes on the table and decorations. And, if you’re big on fancier gold patterning, it’s probably the best set of the five.
You’ll also get a 6-piece Hostess Set which includes:
- Serving Fork
- Pierced Serving Spoon
- Serving Spoon
- Sugar Spoon
- Butter Knife
The 18/10 stainless steel, as I mentioned in the Oneida above, is the best stainless steel choice for your flatware. Unlike the 24K gold electroplate in the Golden Juilliard, this is a step down with 18K gold. My guess is that this is to keep the cost down because the gold plating is more extensive.
As a reviewer put it, “Even more beautiful than the picture, and we’d buy again in a heartbeat.”
With that recommendation, you owe it to yourself to take a look.
Our #4 “Subtle Elegance” Pick: Lenox Eternity Gold Flatware in Box
This 18/10 stainless flatware comes with gold electroplate and has two golden bands on the handle. This is a true Lenox quality set. Although the name here (“Eternity Gold”) differs slightly from the set sold on Lenox’s site (“Eternal Gold”), one reviewer confirmed that the difference is mainly a design change for weight, and a slight flattening of the flatware angles. This is sold under the Eternity Gold name (instead of Eternal Gold, which is a slightly different set) only for this 45-piece set.
If you check out Amazon’s comparison chart on this set’s page, you’ll notice the price difference as well. Eternal Gold sold on on Amazon as well as Lenox’s site would cost 2-3 times more respectively, and without the hostess set to boot! Other than the slight difference in weight, as one reviewer said, some of that is apparently because the Eternity Gold is limited to a specific piece count and configuration packaged for retail sale. I suspect that the gold might be a slightly lesser gold quality than 24K like Eternal Gold although I couldn’t confirm that. But from reviewer comments, that doesn’t appear to be an issue affecting the presentation or use of this set.
My guess is that Lenox will charge through the nose for the hostess set for this one or make you buy single pieces. So if you like this 45-piece with service for 8, then you should consider your options here.
If you have gold-rimmed china or gold-banded crystal glassware, this set looks like it will be a beautiful but understated complement to them.
You’ll also get a 5-piece Hostess Set which includes:
- Serving Fork
- Pierced Serving Spoon
- Serving Spoon
- Sugar Spoon
- Butter Knife
One reviewer researched the name, warranty, and other issues with Lenox themselves, and confirmed the packaging and warranty information. This set comes with the Lenox lifetime warranty as part of their Breakage Replacement Program.
As a reviewer put it, “Everything is beautiful. I was afraid they could look barroque but instead this flatware looks elegant. I was concerned also about the weight; however they are not too heavy or too light, and perfect weight for my taste…” (read more reviews here).
If you’re looking for good quality, nice-looking flatware with a reasonable price, be sure to consider this one.
Our #5 “Unique Design” Pick: Mikasa Cameo Gold Flatware
This 18/10 stainless flatware comes with 24K gold electroplate and has an outer ridging on the tapering handle. If you favor Mikasa and its designs, you’ll like this simple set. For gold flatware designs, this one’s a little different. Both the look of the rolled edge and the tapering lend themselves to an interesting look and feel.
If you have gold-rimmed china or gold-banded crystal glassware with an unsual edge, this might complement them better than complicated designs or overly traditional simple designs.
You’ll also get a 5-piece Hostess Set which includes:
- Serving Fork
- Pierced Serving Spoon
- Serving Spoon
- Cold Meat Fork
- Butter Knife
- Sugar Spoon
As a reviewer put it, “The gift recipient was very pleased with the quality of the flatware set, its simplicity and beauty as well as the contrasting gold…” (read reviews here).
If you’re looking for high quality, brand-name, nice-looking flatware with a reasonable price, be sure to check this one out further.
Our Final Recommendations — Care and Handling
Most people are aware that fine sterling silver and regular sterling silver flatware require careful handling. But it’s worth repeating when you’re spending a fair bit and wanting them to last.
You should always handwash these pieces with a softer, less-abrasive soap. Dry them right away to avoid spotting, and use a soft chamois or soft cloth to prevent scratching or damage. Also, silver needs to be polished regularly, at least twice a year even if you don’t use it. That will help keep it in top shape for years to come.
While people believe stainless steel is dishwasher safe because it is “stainless,” I strongly believe — just like cooking knives — that it is still a good idea to wash them by hand. Like silver, you should also immediately dry your good flatware. Long experience has taught me that even “stainless” items can spot and corrode in the dishwasher no matter what they say.
And since gold is a softer metal, even in electroplate, it can damage more easily. Not to mention the terrible potential for bending or distorting items put in the dishwasher just because they were pushed against other residents of your dishwasher.
So take a look at some of these if you’re looking for gold flatware with service for eight. They’re gorgeous, with a nice ranging of prices, and a good place to start in your hunt for excellent table settings.
Are you looking for the perfect Christmas, Mother’s Day, or birthday gift for women who love to bake? Here are my Top 15 gift ideas for bakers.
I’ve included a range of holiday and birthday gifts for you to choose from, including luxury gift ideas if you’re shopping for that special present for your wife, fiancée or other woman in your life. These are great ideas for presents if you’re looking for more expensive gifts for your favorite ladies. I’ve also included some cool gifts for women when you’re buying gifts on a budget. These smaller gifts for bakers are sure to delight. I know I want a few of them!
Popular Gifts for Women Who Love to Bake
If you’re looking for a popular baking item for the women in your life, I’ve tried to include some ideas for presents for the woman who has everything. And if you’re shopping for a baker who is a daughter, mother, sister, in-law of any kind, grandma or even a Nana, she’ll like these gifts. If she likes to bake, and you surprise her with the perfect add-on to her baking tools collection, she is certain to find it thoughtful that you took the time to find her the perfect gift.
If you’re in a hurry to shop, Click Here for the Best Baking Gifts on Amazon.
Top 15 Best Baking Gift Ideas For Women for 2016
Drum Roll Please…
Gift Idea #1 — KitchenAid KP26M1XER Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer
With the spiral dough hook, flat beater, wire whip, and a single-piece pouring shield, your lady baker will have a solid baker’s stand mixer. And KitchenAid offers over 15 more optional attachments if she needs more flexibility. The bowl is a lift design bowl which is more ridged than a tilt head and this design allows for a stronger motor and the ability to add the spiral dough hook.
Or, if you’re looking for something a little different, check out our stand mixer reviews here.
Gift Idea #2 — Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker
I recommended a different breadmaker last year (a Panasonic), but it didn’t do whole grain bread, and I decided to find a better model this year.
The Expressbake has a 13-hour programmable baking timer, so once you’ve got your bread recipes down pat, you can set and forget and come back anytime you want to fresh bread. I also like the 9 different bread settings (up from 5 for last year’s recommendation) and 3 crust settings. Who wants boring looking bread?
With a large LCD, you can see what stage the bread machine is in if you want to monitor its progress, and the Expressbake setting takes less than an hour to produce your loaf of bread. You can also work with dough or jam, although breads are my favorite. If you like to add nuts or fruits to your bread, there is an “add ingredient” tone to let you know when it’s time to act.
Here’s a small tip from a user (good for any bread machine):
Be sure to take the kneading paddle out of the bread right after you drop the loaf out on the table. Once removed, put in the bread pan but do not put in the kneading cylinder. The bread around the paddle is moist, and if it dries onto the cylinder, you may never get it off!
Gift Idea #3 — George Foreman GRP4EMB Black Evolve Grill
If you aren’t familiar with George Foreman grills in general, you’ll love these. They have removable grill plates that can be washed in the dishwasher and they are incredibly easy to clean, especially if you wipe them down while they’re cooling so junk doesn’t dry on and coat them. I LOVE my George Foreman Grill.
They come with an adjustable slope to help keep the fat off the food, and it’s amazing how much healthier foods are when cooking with the fat or excess oils draining off. This tabletop grill is also designed especially for bakers and includes a 4-plate starter set (2 grill plates, 1 deep-dish bake pan and 1 cupcake and muffin pan insert). Easy to use to bake. Even easier to clean up.
Best of all, you can use this for more than just baking. You can do all the normal indoor easy grilling, and you can also get other inserts like the omelet and snack plate set, a waffle plate set, a shallow griddle pan, and the mini burger insert. George Foreman grills are truly multi-functional appliances and well worth the counter space.
My George Foreman grill is one of my most-prized kitchen appliances. What more could any women want ‐ easy to clean, does lots of different things, works specially for baking, and healthy cooking, too!
Gift Idea #4 — Wilton 2109-0309 Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set
Indulge her passion for cake decorating and get her this ultimate set of cake tools for a Christmas gift. And of course you’ll be the wonderful person who gave her this useful cake decorating and baking set, so you should get to taste the results, right?
Everything she’ll need to decorate a cake is available here. One caution — if your gift recipient is a beginner enthusiast to cake decorating, this set doesn’t come with a "how to use these tools " manual. My best recommendation is to get these three Wilton lesson books as well if she needs some guidance on how to get started. A few step-by-step instructions with pictures never hurts.
- Wilton Decorating Basics course 1
- Wilton Wilton Lesson Plan — Flowers & Cake Design
- Wilton Gum Paste and Fondant Lesson Plan
Gift Idea #5 — Wilton Decorate Smart Ultimate Rolling Tool Caddy
Most bakers like our tools organized, and this Wilton caddy is great for that. Four levels of drawers and compartments keep everything just so, and I really like the tip organizer because the tips are stored upright and easy to spot.
If she’s been baking for long, she has probably already collected a considerable number of Wilton or other accessories to practice her baking hobby or avocation. But if she hasn’t, you should also look at the Wilton Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set because it has a huge selection of all the basics a budding baker is going to want in her baking toolset.
Chances are good that if you hover in the kitchen while she’s decorating or baking, you might spot some gaps in the tools she has available, and you can check out the Wilton options on Amazon for more choices.
Gift Idea #6 — Norpro 3301 Cookie Press
While I’m not going to claim that Grandma’s old methods are outdated — not if I ever want cookies in THIS family again — when you’ve got a lot of holiday cookies to bake or bake sale batches to prepare, something faster is a good thing.
Plus I like the 24 different accessories to make pretty cookie shapes and decorations. You even get a recipe book and instructions in case you’re looking for some extra inspiration.
Gift Idea #7 — Snow River 7V03152 18-Inch by 24-Inch by 3/4-Inch Embossed Pastry Board
The pastry board is crafted to ensure consistent moisture content to avoid cracking or splitting, so your baker will have this pastry board for a long time to come.
There’s also a nice weights, measurements, and liquids conversion chart for those of us who can never remember how tablespoons translate to cups and back.
Gift Idea #8 — VillaWare V5375 Power Cookie Press
It’s electric, cordless, and rechargeable, so this will definitely appeal to us ladies who like kitchen gadgets. (Hand raising here). It also comes with both everyday and holiday discs to create beautiful decorative (and tasty) cookies any time of the year.
The one reviewer so far says that she can manage 5 to 7 dozen cookies pressed out within about 1.5 hours. Compare that to Grandma’s spoons!
Unfortunately, as of December 27, 2015, this is out of stock at Amazon. I’ll keep you posted when it comes back in stock, and if you really like it and are in a hurry, I left the link to Amazon live so you can click and check any time you’d like.
So I’ve added another cookie press here as an alternate gift idea for you for #8.
Gift Idea Alternate for #8 — OXO Good Grips Cookie Press with Stainless Steel Disks and Storage Case
This is the #1 Best Seller in Cookie Presses on Amazon, with over 350 reviews.
In addition to the cookie press itself, you can also buy spring, autumn, and Christmas add-on disk sets so she can create yummy cookies all year long.
Gift Idea #9 — Wilton Fondant 20 Inch Rolling Pin
This 20-inch smooth and extra wide rolling pin can roll out a beautiful piece of fondant, especially if you add the separately available rings. Because there are no handles, the rolling surface doesn’t taper, and your baker has use of the full length of the fondant rolling pin. Its non-stick surface easily serves to lift and cover your cakes with the fondant sheet as well.
While you’ll get the best benefit from working with your cakes and fondant, it works well for pies and pastry, too. Some reviewers felt that it was harder on the hands to use, but others found it easier to use because it was heavier and worked well with the measuring rings.
Gift Idea #10 — Sur La Table White Marble Pastry Board HK165-50
Just working with refrigerated dough won’t cut it because the rolling pin and board create friction and heat while working with the dough. If the butter bits aren’t cold enough, the dough won’t be its best, and the natural coolness of the marble in this pastry board helps reduce issues with melting.
Gift Idea #11 — Wilton Tilt N Turn Ultra Cake Turntable
Cake decorating is precise work and takes a steady hand to make beautiful baked art. The non-slip design and balanced base weight helps hold the plate surface securely, and the rotating top plate rotates in either direction for left-handed use or right-handed manipulation.
While working on a section, a baker can lock it down, and the 18 different plate tilt positions are also secure.
The Wilton Tilt N Turn Ultra is taller than many compact turntables used in cake design at 5 inches, and the plate is 12 inches in diameters, so it can hold a larger cake comfortably.
Best of all, Amazon users rate it currently at 4.9 out of 5 Stars, which is an incredible rating. Reviewers rave about how stable and useful it is, and wonder how they ever got along with other cake stands and cake decorating turntables before.
Gift Idea #12 — OXO Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula
How much can you say about a cookie spatula? Normally not much, although this pretty dude does come in blue, green, red, and grey/black.
However, OXO makes an incredible kitchen utensil, with the best comfortable grips I’ve ever found on any spatula, spoon, or turner. And I started with silicone kitchen gadgets several years ago and I’ll never go back. They’re basically non-stick, and the utensils don’t heat up when you leave them touching a pan or pot, and that’s a major blessing. Plus the silicone surface doesn’t hurt your pots and pans when you scuff along or scrape them along the bottom or sides to scoop, loosen, or lift things.
So I guess there’s a lot you can say about a cookie spatula, at least one with as good a grip and as useful a surface as Oxo’s ones.
Gift Idea #13 — Fox Run, Silicone Baking Mat with Measurements
There are metric to Imperial weight and measure conversions if your baker needs them, but I think its best features are the fact that it rolls up to store away, and the silicone mat is both stain-proof and resistant to “stuff” sticking on it. To clean it, it just needs to be wiped down with a damp, soft sponge and warm water, and only needs some soap in extreme cases.
However, this mat isn’t good for cutting or scraping dough because it will damage the silicone surface. It also shouldn’t be used under a broiler or on a grill. But for a baker to use in creating even, well-baked goods, it is a nice kitchen baking tool.
Gift Idea #14 — AmoVee Professional 11lbs/5000g Compact Digital Food Scale Baking Scale
I love the tare and auto-off features. I can’t stand messing with a scale to zero it out. And you’re safe wherever your baker lives or bakes. It will do grams, pounds, and ounces for weighing or conversion.
Normally inexpensive products like this turn out to be somewhat cheap in manufacture or quality, but despite the price, this scale appears to perform much better than reviewers expected. Just keep in mind that this is a “compact” scale. If the baker in your life needs one for measuring large containers, it might be too small for that.
Gift Idea #15 — #1 Rated Silicone Baking Cups / Cupcake Liners
They are made of BPA-free, FDA approved, Eco-friendly, and non-stick silicone. And because they are flexible, it’s incredibly easy to get baked treats out of them. They’re oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe for easy use.
With reusable silicone baking cups, bakers won’t have to hassle with muffin tins or cupcake papers, and they’ll go right on a baking sheet into the oven. And I’ve got my eye on them for some of the other suggestions they mention — Ice-cream desserts, cheesecakes, gelatin, and gooey chocolate-lined desserts. I can’t wait to get mine for Christmas.
Wrapping Up Our Best Gift Ideas for Women Who Bake
Sadly enough, we can’t include every possible fabulous baker’s product here to choose from, but these should be a good start for you to help pick out a wonderful present for the women in your life who bake. Whether you’re shopping for a girlfriend, wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law or sister-in-law, or other family member or friend, if she loves to bake, she’s sure to find something on this page a wonderful gift under the tree.
So happy shopping, and hopefully our holiday gift guide for women who love to bake will help you make the cooks in your life happy this Christmas and all year round.
We’ve got a wide range of present ideas for the men in your life who like to cook. Whether you’re looking for a budget gift for a friend, last minute Christmas gifts, or small gifts for that special guy, we’ve got a gift guide section for gifts under $50, gifts under $20, and gifts under $10.
We also have a variety of must-have kitchen gadgets and gizmos to tickle the fancy of cooks who happen to be of the male persuasion. Of course, you don’t have to buy these just for men. They make great Christmas gift ideas for ladies as well. Whether you’re a guy or gal, they’re great.
So if you’re looking for unique ideas, we’ve got gift guide sections for small gifts, fun gifts, gifts for bakers, gifts for grillers, gifts for guys who entertain, and some really spiffy more expensive gifts for special Christmas gifts for your husband, fiance, brother, dad, or boyfriend.
Are you in a hurry? Check out these kitchen gadgets for men at Amazon.
How To Figure Out What Your Guy Cook Wants For Christmas
Finding cooking gift ideas for men, whether they treat it as a hobby or a vocation, can be tricky. How do you find the best gifts for his Christmas present, especially if he’s one of those men who have everything?
One sneaky thing you can do is to start watching him in the kitchen. Make a note of his favorite recipes or specialties.
What tools is he missing to make those dishes easier to make? Is one of his current tools wearing out? When he’s cooking, is he irritated with wrong sizes or types of pots, pans, mixing bowls, or utensils?
If you know more than one guy who cooks, ask each of them what their favorite kitchen tools are, and why. Ask them what they hate and wish they had to make things easier. Somewhere in there is the perfect gift.
My Funny Top 5 List of Cooking Tools My Guy Likes
I picked my husband’s brains for this so we’d get the honest truth…
- Gadgets and Gizmos: He was quite emphatic about this. Kitchen toys for cooks, in other words.
- Durable Tools: Don’t buy your man who cooks even one little flimsy tool. If that spatula, measuring cup, serving or stirring spoon, or any other helpful doodad you buy won’t hold up to World War III, don’t give it to him as a Christmas gift. Might as well get him tacky socks (unless he likes tacky socks, of course).
- Big Pots and Pans: Don’t ask me why on this one. I’ve gone round and round with every man I’ve ever been in the kitchen with. None of this “the right pot for the job.” Sure, if you have the right size pots or pans, great. But if you’re going to buy him a special pot or pan, he’ll want the big one. A pot that handles several quarts. A 12 inch deep frying pan or bigger. Better yet, a huge tabletop electric frying pan. No wimpy little pots and pans that don’t have enough room in them to cook for an army.
- Useful Kitchen Appliances: If you’re going to pick out appliances for a man who cooks, he’ll want something he’ll actually use. Does he have “man parties” for game night on TV or the weekly card game? Give him an appliance he’ll use. A popcorn popper that does tons of popcorn. An ice-cream maker for gourmet flavored ice-cream. a BIG food processor that will chop half the ingredients in the world in bulk. You get the idea.
- Cooking Doodads That Make Him Look Cool: Guys like to show off their expertise. Give him kitchen toys that make him look cool, or sophisticated, or worldly, or whatever makes him shine. Is he the master of grilling marinades? Get him a classy spice grinder for showing off while he makes his marinades. Is he a master mixologist? Find him a big drinks set for serving his master concoctions. Help him show off — in a subtle way, of course.
Best Cooking Gift Ideas For Men for Christmas 2018
So let’s lead off here with the big guns of our gift guide. Here are some of the best gift ideas for your husband, father, brother, grandfather, boyfriend, or other significant guy in your life. And if you’re looking for gifts for the man in your life who has everything, maybe we can help.
Does Your Guy Grill? Best Gift for Grillers
It’s the perfect kitchen gadget gift for the cook on your Christmas list. Not only is it multi-functional for your practical man, but it has a backlit LCD monitor and wireless communications, making it useful at night and from inside to monitor your outside grill or smoker.
Talk about something men drool over. It’ll even monitor things from over 300 feet away and will both beep and flash when it needs to give warning. It has a count-up and countdown timer, as well. There’s an alarm that sounds when temperatures fall too low or raise too high.
Best of all for guys, there’s a belt clip and a stand that can be used as a hanger. This grill monitor and meat probe is the ultimate in geek gadgets for him. If your special guy grills, he’ll love this all-in-one probe and temperature monitor. It’s the #1 Seller on Amazon with tons of excellent ratings.
Does Your Guy Entertain? Best Gift for Guys Who Entertain Friends
If you are buying a Christmas present for a man who likes to entertain, you might find these gift ideas to his liking. Casual fun or drinks for the boss both could be covered with these options for your shopping list.
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Best Gifts for Men Who Like To Bake
Does the man in your life love baking best? Here by popular reader demand are some Christmas gift ideas for bakers to consider for his baking toolkit.
With 177 different pieces, including tips, couplers, icing bags and colors, cake levelers and spatulas, shape cutters, and smoothers, your baker will love this extensive set of baking tools.
More Christmas Gift Ideas for Bakers
Special Expensive Gifts For Your Husband, Brother, Boyfriend, or Dad
Everyone likes to find that perfect gift idea for a loved one in your life. But where do you start, especially when you’re shopping for a man who has everything? Here are a few gift ideas you might not have considered.
Bosch Universal Plus Stand Mixer With Cookie Paddles and Dough Hook
It can do up to 15 pounds of dough, and is exceptionally good at dough making, even with wet dough. With the cookie paddles, bowl scraper, and dough hook, your special guy will be able to do just about any baking task with this mixer. And there are other available attachments at Amazon like the Bosch blender, food processor, meat grinder, and slicer/shredder, so the Bosch can handle a lot of other tasks with the attachments.
Quite a few people looking for a workhorse stand mixer have changed from KitchenAid to Bosch Universal Plus Stand Mixers and have been quite happy with them.
Perfex Crank Pepper Mill and Salt Mill
Both mills have a pull-out chute for easy refilling, and they’ll look classy on the counter or table. The adjustable grinding mechanism can be set to anything from coarse to fine grinding. These Pepper and Salt Mills have been around for quite a while and aren’t flimsy like some newer items.
The Most Important Thing About Men Who Cook
When thinking about Christmas gifts for men, think like a guy.
Women like presentation. MEN want success. Give them kitchen toys to make them happy, not a pretty serving platter.
More High Quality Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets for Your Cook
If you’re looking for some durable, extra-high quality kitchen appliances to surprise the guy who cooks in your life, check these out. Picking out a Christmas gift that matches his particular cooking interests will make him drool over his new kitchen toy.
I’ve picked the best gifts for cooks from different categories of kitchen appliances on Amazon. They all have high ratings and satisfied customer reviews. Get one of these useful gifts for your cook for Christmas before they’re snapped up and out of stock.
Christmas Gifts for Men If You Have a Budget
But not every man on your list needs expensive kitchen gadget gifts. If you’re looking for some Christmas gift ideas and you have a budget to keep, I’ve made some selections in the lower dollar ranges for your brother, friend, or co-worker who likes to cook.
If you need a last minute gift or inexpensive stocking stuffer for your boyfriend, fiance, husband, or family member, we’ve got you covered. And if you need a Secret Santa gift for an office party or party with friends, you can find something here for that budget, too.
Cooking Gifts for Men Under $50
If you’re looking for useful kitchen gadgets and reasonably-priced gift ideas under $50 for a cook’s Christmas presents, I recommend the gift ideas below.
I’ve picked the best mid-range gifts for cooks from different categories at Amazon. They all have high ratings and satisfied customer reviews. If your gift recipient is a Star Wars fan, I can just about guarantee he’s never seen R2-D2 like this one below. And if he is a fan, there’s a bunch of related types of kitchen products on Amazon that you can find below this listing in the “also viewed” strip at the bottom if you want to go all-out. Other items like a quality digital scale and a universal grater (I have one and they are quite versatile) can also be great budget gifts for cooks if you are trying to find gifts priced under $50.
Small Gift Ideas for Cooks Under $20
If you’re looking for inexpensive gift ideas under $20 for Christmas gifts for a cook, I’ve picked the best practical gifts for cooks I could find. They all have high ratings and satisfied customer reviews. These make great smaller gifts for men who enjoy cooking, whether it is a gift exchange at work, a Secret Santa exchange, a special stocking stuffer, or just a useful gift for a cook who you want to get a reasonably-priced present.
My personal favorite is the Bamboo cutting board with the colored removable cutting mats. My husband has been hinting about that one for the last couple of months, so I suspect one is going to end up under our Christmas tree this year. Shush. Don’t tell. And “somebody” keeps pointing out how reasonably priced and cool the “temperature guns” are, too.
Christmas 2015 Update: My special cook got the Bamboo cutting board with removable cutting mats under the tree this year. When it was time to make dinner, he immediately headed off to the kitchen with his cutting board under his arm to chop veggies for our Christmas dinner.
While the Ozeri digital food scale listed in this section is a little less expensive than the professional Ozeri digital kitchen scale in the “Gifts Under $50” gift guide section, it still handles reasonable kitchen weights and is a solid scale. I also highly recommend the silicone kitchen utensils because they are incredibly easy on quality pans and don’t scratch or scuff. They also don’t conduct heat like metal utensils. I swear by mine. And they are heavy-duty enough and comfortable in the hand for men who cook, too, as my husband will attest.
Stocking Stuffers, Gift Exchanges, and Budget Gifts Under $10 for Men Who Cook
If you’re looking for inexpensive stocking stuffers, a gift exchange at work, or Secret Santa gifts for the cook on your Christmas present list, check these out. Your guy cook will likely be quite amused by the Mini Measuring Spoons. I thought they were cute, but my husband immediately suggesting adding them to the list, because, he says, “Most guys never know what a pinch, dash, or smidgen actually is, and with these we’ll look on top of it.”
Funny Cooking Gifts for Men Who Cook
No Christmas gift ideas list can be complete without something funny for the male cooks in your life who appreciate a good gag or fun gift.
Since “Kiss the Cook” aprons are such fun to wear but more common as gifts, I thought I’d see what aprons I could come up with that were a little different, but still quirky and fun to wear and to give. And since getting guys into the kitchen is always a sign of a “super man” I had to include one Superman apron to give as a present if you’re so inclined.
There are tons more cooking aprons available on Amazon. If you click through to Amazon, you can certainly browse an extensive collection there to find one that perfectly fits the men in your life that you are looking for gifts for. It was impossible to showcase aprons for every possibility. But there are many, many more available, and Amazon’s search feature is excellent.
Last Minute Things To Keep In Mind About Buying For Men Who Cook
Even though men and women both enjoy cooking, never forget that men do it differently.
They aren’t women in sweatshirts and jeans, gals! Men often cook with a different style, cook for different reasons, and — most importantly — cook with different stuff!
Whenever my husband and I go to the kitchen stores, we inevitably meet up at the register with totally different stuff in our arms. He has gadgets and gizmos and tools I’d never pick, and vice versa. You’ve got to know your guy!
So happy shopping, and hopefully our holiday gift guide for men who love to cook will help you make the cooks in your life happy this Christmas.