The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages

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The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
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Why does shopping for stocking stuffers always seem to be more difficult than shopping for an actual gift? Perhaps it's because most people leave them to the last minute or forget about them altogether. We're here to solve that problem because we're firm believers that good stocking stuffers can make for some of the best and most memorable gifts. Unlike standard gifts, stocking stuffers don't have to be large to pack a lot of joy and flavor, and they don't have to be expensive, either. This year, forget the chocolate bars and chapstick and opt for a more unique gift your loved one will actually use. We're talking functional, fun kitchen gadgets that your favorite home cook can put to use time and time again.

These smaller-than-average gifts require lots of creativity because shopping for them can be even more difficult than shopping for holiday gifts. Luckily, there are plenty of kitchen essentials that are petite enough to pack. If you're looking for easy and flavorful treats that come in compact sizes, we rounded up some of our favorite items. In this guide of the perfect stocking stuffers for home cooks, we're honing in on editor-loved, tested, and approved gifts that are perfectly suited for chefs and bakers alike. They're the kind of essential tools that every kitchen needs, from meat thermometers and pepper mills to spices and flavored salt. Read on for our favorites.

Our Top Picks

Momofuku Tingly Seasoned Salt

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

David Chang's collection of pantry staples packs powerful flavor in small, convenient containers. This umami-packed salt is meant for sprinkling over rice, fish, chicken, or noodles. Made with garlic, tamari, kelp, and mushrooms, the restaurant-grade seasoning is an easy way to upgrade any dish. If tingly salt isn't their favorite, there are two other flavors in this collection — savory and spicy.

Material Kitchen the Good Shears

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
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These super-sharp shears are sleek and versatile. Dainty enough to snip herbs or cut lettuces, they're heavy-duty and durable enough to cut through a whole chicken, too. Available in two colors — gold or gray — the German stainless steel blades have a micro-serrated edge with a silicone grip for stability and support. The best part? Unlike most pieces of cutlery, these shears are dishwasher-safe for easier clean-up.

Cloud Paper Swedish Dishcloths

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

For sustainable home cooks, Swedish dishcloths are a fantastic way to cut down on waste. These reusable cloths are like a cross between a sponge and a towel because they're an incredibly absorbent way to wash dishes or wipe down the countertop. To clean, simply wash in the dishwasher or washing machine and sanitize in the microwave or boiling water.

Big Night Dinner Party Candle

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Big Night

With notes of arugula, lemongrass, basil, and saffron, this candle is designed to accentuate the smells that radiate from a home kitchen during a lavish dinner party. Made 100% of soy wax and hand-poured, it's meant to be burned while making dinner, chatting over snacks, or enjoying a cocktail. This candle is the perfect way to set the mood and is the perfect accompaniment to any dinner party.

Peugeot Cast Iron Pepper Mill

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Food 52

Also available at Amazon.

Peugeot's pepper mills are an industry-favorite, and this one is perfectly petite enough to fit into a stocking. Made from heavy-duty and durable cast iron, it also features Peugeot's specially-designed grinders that crack peppercorns without crushing it, which guarantees a freshness of flavor that's unmatched by other spice grinders. To control coarseness, just turn the knob — the tighter the turn, the finer the grind.

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Stainless Steel Spaghetti Measuring Tool

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

Knowing how much pasta to make is challenging, whether you're cooking for one, two, or four people. This handy pasta measuring tool takes away any of the guesswork from cooking pasta. Four measuring holes make it easy to decide just how much dry spaghetti to prepare for the amount of people you're serving. It's a sleek and simple gadget that fits perfectly into any home cook's stocking.

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HiCoup Waiter's Corkscrew

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

Any entertainer will love this professional-grade corkscrew. The manual wine key is lightweight yet durable, with an ergonomic handle that makes it easy to pull and pop even the toughest corks. The built-in, serrated foil cutter effortlessly slices through foil, and the included bottle opener makes it easy to open beer, too. It's available in 17 different handle colors to match a variety of kitchen decor styles.

Spice House Exact Packs

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of The Spice House

Give your loved one the gift of quick, easy, no-fuss dinners with these spice packs from Spice House. Each one contains all the spices you need to create flavorful meals like Ethiopian Spiced Lentil Soup and Pumpkin Coconut Curry — just add the protein or veggies. We love that the shelf-stable spice packs help punch up dinner, so they're easy to stash in the cabinet and pull out when you want to elevate a meal.

Kitchen Conversion Chart

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

If you struggle with culinary math, having a handy conversion chart is an easy way to keep on top of measurements and make sure you're working with precise quantities. This convenient chart can convert ounces to teaspoons and grams to cups. It also has an egg timer for perfectly-hard boiled eggs and a temperature chart to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius. It's a super affordable tool that makes for an easy stocking stuffer.

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Fly by Jing Chile Crisp

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Target and Food52.

For a sweet, savory, and spicy stocking stuffer that your favorite home cook won't be able to put down, try Fly by Jing's chile crisp. Packed with soy sauce, brown sugar, and dried chiles, this crunchy sauce is vegan, all-natural, MSG-free, and non-GMO. Drizzle it on everything from dumplings to salmon. The petite jar packs a powerful punch of umami flavor that's a delightful addition to any meal.

ThermaPen One

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Thermo Works

For chefs looking for extra precision in their cooking projects, an easy-to-read meat thermometer is one of the most helpful tools you can buy. Our editors love this option from ThermaPen that delivers consistent, accurate results with each use. The digital thermometer is fast, reliable, and easy to read, with a large face and backlit screen.

Graza Olive Oil

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

This editor-loved olive oil is the perfect stocking stuffer for any home chef. The squeezable bottle adds efficiency so you can squeeze and drizzle with little-to-no mess. Not only is it easy to use, but the single-origin Spanish olive oil also tastes fresh and delicious. Available in two sizes and styles, the bold flavor can be drizzled over pasta, bread, popcorn, or even ice cream.

Opinel Mushroom Foraging Knife

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

Perfect for picking, dusting, and slicing mushrooms, this super-sharp knife locks in place when not in use. Made with an anti-corrosive stainless steel blade and beechwood handle, the contoured edge makes it easy to peel vegetables like onions or potatoes, which gives this mushroom knife an added layer of versatility. Ideal for foraging, the brush makes it easy to dust chanterelles, morels, trumpets, and more.

Oxo Baking Mat

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Target.

Baking mats are an efficient and versatile way to streamline the baking process: They provide a nonstick surface and eliminate the need for baking sprays or parchment paper. Just place it on a baking sheet and add cookies, biscuits, or scones — no oil required. These durable mats are oven-safe and made from fiberglass and silicone, so they're flexible yet sturdy and can easily be washed in the dishwasher.

Five Two Adjustable Rolling Pin

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Food 52

For avid bakers looking to achieve perfectly-shaped pie dough, this adjustable rolling pin comes with measuring rings to easily mark dough shapes. With five size options and made from water-resistant teak, this durable gadget eliminates the need for rulers or lined baking mats. The built-in guide is meant to give the exact length and width of your dough, so you can precisely shape pizzas, cookies, and pies.

Microplane Zester and Spice Grater Set

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Food 52

Whether you're zesting a lemon, grating a garlic clove, or grinding nutmeg, a microplane is a multifunctional tool that can do it all. This set of two comes with a full-size microplane that's perfect for larger ingredients, like citrus and parmesan cheese, as well as a smaller, rounded grater that's ideal for whole spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Each piece is equipped with a super-sharp blade that won't rust or dull.

Zone Denmark Traditionalist Danish Kitchen Timer

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Food 52

This timer is chic and functional, so home bakers can proudly display it on their countertops. It comes in four pleasing color options, so it can act as a pop of color or a neutral accompaniment to stylish kitchen decor. To operate, just twist the bottom of the timer to the desired number of minutes — it has a maximum time of one hour.

Dan's Whetstone Company Pocket Knife Sharpening Stone

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

A chef's knife is a home cook's most important tool, and keeping it sharp is the key to prolonging its life. This pocket-size sharpener is made of 100% natural Arkansas whetstone and comes in a convenient leather pouch for storage. It's a completely portable option, so they can take it with them on any type of culinary adventure.

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Bombas Gripper Slippers

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Bombas

Home cooks deserve to be comfy, but cooking in socks or bare feet can be dangerous. These slipper socks provide just the right amount of nonslip grip for safe and secure cooking that still feels comfortable. No matter how much mess you make, they can easily be tossed in the washing machine between each use. Available in both men's and women's sizes, these durable slippers fit perfectly into any stocking.

Weleda Skin Food

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Cooks That Cram Flavor into Small Packages
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Target.

Long days in the kitchen mean lots of dirty dishes, which also means dry, cracked hands and skin. For a hydration boost, thick, nourishing hand creams are the way to do it. This option from Weleda is heavy without being greasy, so hands feel sufficiently moisturized and revitalized after each use.

Our Expertise

Laura is a food and wine writer with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education and a WSET level 2 award in wine and spirits. She writes about the latest and greatest kitchen equipment, tools, and gadgets for sites like Food Network, Taste of Home, Forbes Vetted, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Kitchn. She utilizes her culinary background and years of professional cooking experience to create fully-tested product reviews and curate thoughtful recommendation lists.

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