Gift Ideas for the Cook in Your Life: $10 or Less

3 Dec

Let’s say you have a friend or family member or spouse who loves to cook. This should be all of you. Let’s say some occasion is coming up for which you would like to get this person a gift… be it a birthday, Christmas, or whatever. If you don’t cook or are just a dabbler in this area, you probably have no idea what sort of gift to get this person. Well, you have an idea, but chances are it’s not a good idea. Let ME, an expert help you out. Here’s some gift suggestions that any cook worth their weight in cheese would love.

This first group of items are $10 or less which make them perfect for stocking stuffers or just  little ‘thank-you’ gifts. Keep in mind that some of these things can actually be found cheaper, depending on where you shop. Follow along this coming week to see more gift ideas in every price range!

Trudeau Pot Clip Spoon Rest

Price: $8

I currently have two of these little guys and love them. It’s nice to be able to leave a wooden spoon dangling over a pot instead of messing up the counter. I do wish they had a larger size for wider handles (think pancake turners), but these are still nice for most everything. I think I use mine most to hold a dripping measuring cup over a bowl of waffle or pancake batter.

Bamboo Wooden Kitchen Utensil Set

Price: $10

A cook can never have too many wooden spoons, especially because they tend to break on occasion. It is not hard to find bamboo or wood spoon sets like this one which include several different shapes of spoons at a very low price. If you can, find spoons with larger handles such as these to alleviate hand cramping while stirring. My personal favorites are the 3 spoons on the left.


Mini Glass Prep Bowls

Price: $9 for 4 bowls

I wasn’t sure if I’d actually use these bowls when I got them, but I love them! I use them all the time to pre-measure spices and such when I’m cooking. It definitely makes prep work much more fun. These also work very well for dipping sauces and salad dressings.


Olive Oil Bottle

Price: $9

This is probably one of the most frequently used items in my kitchen. I’m pretty sure it gets used every single day. It is so easy and convenient to just grab the olive oil bottle next to the stove, make a quick turn around the pan and cook whatever I need to. In fact I’m sure I could use more of these babies for other things such as balsamic vinegar and vegetable oil. Plus they look so beautiful sitting on the counter!


French Rolling Pin

Price: $7

These rolling pins work so much better than the traditional ones with the handles. It is much easier to roll out pie doughs and such that are circular shapes. If you get one of these make sure there is a long straight portion in the middle with the tapers just on the ends. Some of these pins start to taper very close to the center and that’s no good. This is a great rolling pin and cheap to boot!

Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

Price: $10

 I don’t care how many sets of measuring spoons you have, you can always use at least one more. There are a couple of great things about this set in particular. Not only does it come with the standard 1 tbsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, and 1/4 tsp sizes, it also includes the ever elusive 3/4 tsp and 1/8 tsp sizes. This set is also great because it is stainless steel. Which means it’ll last forever. The measurements are also stamped into the metal so it will never rub off. I also like these measuring spoons because they have a lower profile so they fit into the slim openings of spice jars and such. Plus, they look so pretty!

Next in line… Gifts for UNDER $25!


One Response to “Gift Ideas for the Cook in Your Life: $10 or Less”

  1. Rachel December 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    I heart your reviews. They’re all so persuasive.

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