How to Choose Gifts for Chefs

Chefs can always use new kitchen utensils. image by Kerry A Adamo

Do you know someone that loves to cook? Buying a gift for a chef can be intimidating, especially if you don't know much about cooking. How can you be sure if the item you purchase is good quality? Will it be something they'll like? Take a deep breath and relax. Shopping for the chef in your life is easy, when you follow these simple steps.


Step 1

Keep their favorite supplies in stock. There are items chefs use on a continuous basis. For example, some may use cedar planks to cook salmon, while others go through a constant supply of wood chips. These items may seem off the wall to you, but your gift recipient will be pleased.

Step 2

Replace worn out items. Some chefs simply don't have the money to stock their kitchen the way that they would like to. This means that they may have items that are almost ready to be thrown out. Take a quick look around their kitchen and see which items could stand to be replaced. It may be an old blender or even a worn out cutting board. Regardless of the item, they'll love receiving a new one.

Step 3

Choose green items. There are several eco-friendly kitchen gifts to be found. For example, you can now find many items made from bamboo. Bamboo is not only eco-friendly, but it's superior to other woods because it doesn't swell and crack in water.

Step 4

Prepare a gourmet gift basket. If you really want to prepare a special gift, visit a gourmet foods store. There you'll find all sorts of items that will make a wonderful gift basket. A chef would love receiving gourmet pastas or even cheeses from other countries. Don't forget to slip in some gourmet chocolates as well.

Step 5

Buy a gift card. If you're still unsure of what to buy the chef on your list, buy them a gift card. A card to a local kitchen supply store or even a gourmet shop would make any chef happy. Best of all, they'll be able to pick out exactly what they want.

Tips and Warnings

A bamboo pepper mill would make a special gift. Make sure items are really worn out. Some items that look old, may be special family heirlooms. If the chef likes to prepare a certain type of cuisine, make a gift basket that includes ingredients used for that specific cuisine.

About this Author

Amy Brantley began her writing career in 2006. Specializing in food-related content, Brantley is currently working on three cookbooks and has published over 1,000 pieces of content for a variety of publishers, including "Woman's Day," Zappos, and "Huffington Post." She awarded an Associate of Applied Science in eCommerce from Southwestern Community College in 2009.

Photo by: Kerry A Adamo

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