Here’s my list of best bets for giving (and my whole kitchen shop can be found here):
The first thing you need to do is get YOURSELF a present! I encourage you to consider this thermos as a little indulgence for you. It has a special leak-proof seal, so you can press a button and it stays closed. It keeps liquid hot for 5 or 6 hours (!!!) and cold stays cold forever. I carry mine around in the winter filled with Magic Mineral Broth or tea. I fill it up with soup when I have an all-day workshop. You HAVE to have it. You have to take care of yourself first!
The Microplane Classic zester/grater is a great stocking stuffer! It’s like a magic wand, it’s SO useful, for grating citrus, ginger, garlic or nutmeg. It’s packaged really nicely, it’s one of the most useful tools in the kitchen, and it’s not very expensive.
The ultimate gift, for the person who has everything? The Vitamix, the Ferrari of the high-speed blender set. For somebody who has been REALLY good this year! Essential for my blended, cashmere soups. With holiday savings of up to $90 off select machines.
For the Magic Mineral Broth maker on your list who already has a stock pot, I recommend the large scoop colander, so they don’t have to lift the pot and pour it over a strainer — they can simply scoop out the solids.
If there’s a young person in your life who is starting to cook and they need a knife, this ceramic knife can’t be beat. Ultra-lightweight, easy to wield, super sharp — an excellent quality knife for a great price.
Another affordable gift that is surprisingly useful is this Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus, which comes in a multitude of colors. This is my mother’s favorite gift to give, because it’s always a big hit! Perfect for pestos and all those dreamy dollops that can add the bling to any dish.
You cannot go wrong with any of these.