Gifts for the Home Cooks on Your Christmas List
From novice cooks to seasoned chefs, it takes time to learn how to make something as good as Grandma. Give them a little love (and a few handy tools) with these creative ideas for giving something sweet. With everything from kitchen tools to tasty treats, you’re sure to find something for the Southern kitchen magician in your life.
5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer
Tackle holiday baking with a tried-and-true KitchenAid mixer in a new tropical hue.
Buy It: $70; kitchenaid.com
Woodturner Al Mather shapes his beautiful baking tools from ash wood.
Buy It: From $30; food52.com
Caraway Cookware Set
BUY: $395; carawayhome.com
Ceramic-coated cookware that comes in six shades from cream to a cheery, limited-edition marigold. Each set comes with a fry pan, sauce pan, Dutch oven, sauté pan, and storage racks ideal for making the most of small storage spaces.
No. 8 Skillet
The North Charleston, South Carolina, makers behind Smithey Ironware Company say their skillets are “destined to outlive you.” Plus, they’re non-stick.
Buy It: $100; smitheyironware.com
Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Buy: $122.59; amazon.com
Give the gift of a good cup of coffee—it’ll be the gift that keeps on giving. This tidy unit comes with over 12,000 5-star reviews, with great tasting coffee and a handsome appearance being among the top draws.
SWEEJAR Ceramic Bakeware Set
Buy: $52.99; amazon.com
Ceramic bakeware in three sizes will become the new workhorse of the kitchen. Choose from red, turquoise, navy, and jade.
Pocketful of Starlight Vanilla Sugar
Dress up Christmas cookies with a sweet sprinkle of this blend of Madagascar vanilla beans and cane sugar.
Buy It: $13; beautifulbrinysea.com
Vintage Stripe Holiday Apron
Keep her biscuit-making messes at bay with a linen apron she’ll cherish forever. Bonus points: you can get a matching apron for her favorite little helper.
Buy It: $55; heirloomedcollection.com
Stocking stuffer! Sweeten tea with Infused Honey from Athens, Georgia’s Bear Hug Honey Company.
Buy It: $7 for a 3-oz. jar; bearhughoney.com
She can whip up treats for every occasion with the debut cookbook from Gainesville, Georgia’s “pie lady” and founder of Southern Baked Pie, Amanda Dalton Wilbanks.
Buy It: $25; amazon.com
Woodblock Chicory Napkins
Flour-sack cotton napkins are super absorbent, so try them as dish towels too.
Buy It: $38 for a set of four; junedecember.com
Vinglacé Wine Cooler
Chill the bubbly all party long with a stainless steel wine cooler from Texas-based Vinglacé.
Buy It: $90; thegrommet.com
Barbecue Sauce Set
Bring home South Carolina by way of Texas with pitmaster John Lewis’ famous sauces. Any barbecue lover will appreciate with this flavorful trio: Tangy, Original Red, and Hatch Green Chile.
Buy It: $29; lewisbarbecue.com
Single-Hinged Wine Opener
Upgrade his beat-up bottle opener for one made with White Oak and hand finished in Destin, Florida.
Buy It: $40; sterlingbrooke.com
Dolly Parton Cookie Cutter Set
Buy: $29.95; williams-sonoma.com
The 26-piece set comes with 12 icing bags, 4 decorating tips, a storage box, a plastic coupler, and 8 cutters (guitar, angle, house, musical notes, butterfly, Christmas tree, wreath, and star).
Heat Resistant Silicone Spoons
Buy: $14.99; amazon.com
Stocking stuffers, coming right up! A set of four silicone spatulas are dishwasher safe and heat resistant up to 480°F. They come in teal, orange, green, and blue.