12 Gifts Under $100 That Any Home Cook Will Love
We’ve all been spending more time at home this year, and many of us have turned to the kitchen for distraction on top of sustenance. In 2020, you can’t go wrong with giving a cooking tool or appliance. From solid foundational pieces, like knife sets and cookware, to nice-to-have upgrades, like air fryers and sous vides, there are thousands of thoughtful gifts your loved ones will appreciate.
To help you find the perfect present, we’ve gathered a dozen kitchen gadgets and goodies for everyone on your list. What’s more, everything is $100 or less. Whether you’re shopping for a cooking newbie or seasoned pro, these are all sure to bring holiday cheer.
Move aside, Instant Pot. Air fryers are the newest must-have kitchen appliance. It’s not hard to see why: The easy-to-use machines circulate hot air to perfectly crisp food in less time and with less mess and oil than traditional frying methods. This model from Cosori is Amazon’s best-selling air fryer and is the perfect size for two-person households.
Cosori Original 3.7-Quart Air Fryer, $70 at amazon.com
The Carryall Apron is an excellent kitchen helper. Designed by a former line cook, it’s made from premium canvas and outfitted with three reinforced pockets, including one to hold your phone. Don’t be afraid to make a mess—it’s machine washable.
The Carryall Apron, $85 at madewell.com
One of the most important kitchen tools you can buy is a quality chef’s knife. And when we tested a lineup of 14 top-rated chef’s knives over two weeks, one of the toughest we found was the J.A. Henckels International Classic 8-inch chef's knife. It’s great for beginners and professionals alike, staying sharp for hundreds of slices.
J.A. Henckels International Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife, $55 (was $109) at amazon.com
Rather than lugging out a heavy full-sized blender, this compact device is a speedy way to make smoothies, sauces, and spreads. Powered by a 900-watt motor, the NutriBullet Pro makes quick work of whole fruits and vegetables. It even comes in 11 different colors, like rose gold, champagne, and coral.
NutriBullet Pro, $80 at amazon.com
Programmable Coffee Maker
The best way to start the day is with a strong, piping-hot cup of coffee, which is why we love drip coffee makers. The fuss-free appliances brew cafe-level coffee with the push of a button, and this striking black and red maker looks good doing it. Part of an exclusive collaboration from kitchenware brand Crux and Bronx-based food collective Ghetto Gastro, the Drip coffee maker is perfect for coffee lovers who want their gear to be as bold as their brews.
CRUXGG DRIP 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, $100 at williams-sonoma.com
If the coffee lover in your life already has a maker, then consider gifting a bag of beans. Trade Coffee is a subscription service that offers hundreds of blends from top roasters across the country, tailoring recommendations based on taste and brewing style with a clever questionnaire. If you want to make your gift even more personal, the brand’s Coffee Bundles are curated explorations of varieties and roasts from around the world.
Creme de la Creme, from $72 at drinktrade.com
This self-watering indoor garden is the gift that keeps on giving. Your loved ones can enjoy year-round herbs for cooking and cocktails without having to step outside. Its LED lamp allows plants to thrive even in the darkest of spaces.
Click & Grow Smart Garden 3, $100 at nordstrom.com
Adventurous cooks will love to experiment with a sous vide, which flawlessly cooks everything—from fall-off-the-bone braises and delicate fish to velvety flan. This Anova Precision Cooker is known for its user-friendliness, smart design, and excellent results. Plus, the powerful gadget doesn’t take up a ton of space.
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker, $99 (was $129) at amazon.com
All great meals start with a solid cutting board, and this beauty is built with tons of thoughtful features. It’s dual-sided, with a juice groove for carving on one and a smooth surface for slicing and serving on the other. It also features angled edges for easy lifting and handling. Choose between walnut or ebonized oak, both of which are sustainably harvested.
The Angled Board, $95 at materialkitchen.com
Whether it’s holding iced cocktails or piping hot coffee, Yeti’s Ramblers will keep sips at the exact temperature they need to be. The brand’s double-walled vacuum insulation makes it one of our favorite coffee mugs, and it boasts more than 18 different color choices for anyone judging it from the outside.
Yeti Rambler Tumbler, $30 at amazon.com
Anyone can bake Instagram-worthy cakes at home with the help of this colorful kit. It comes with the dry mix, sprinkles, and frosting you need to make New York-based Flour Shop Bakery’s Rainbow Explosion Cake. It’s the perfect treat for young (and young-at-heart) bakers.
Flour Shop Rainbow Explosion Cake Kit, $60 at williams-sonoma.com
Even the most avid home cook appreciates a shortcut. Enter Omsom’s starters. Created by two first-generation Vietnamese-American sisters looking to bring authentic Asian tastes into American homes—and developed by some of New York City's best chefs—these meal kits are fool-proof tools for creating restaurant-quality dinners. All you need to do is add the sauce to your preferred protein (chicken, lamb, tofu, pork) and you're ready to get cooking.
The Omsom Bundle, $55 at omsom.com