The Ultimate Cookware Gift Guide for The 2020 Holiday Season

For all the foodies in your life.

ByJulia H.

The holidays are coming! No matter what you celebrate or how, there’s one common theme amongst holidays, across cultures: food. When you think of holiday food, you’re probably thinking of home-made, family tradition, love-in-the-recipe, kind of foods. What better way to feed (no pun intended) your family gatherings than with some cookware that makes your holiday recipes come to life? Whether your family comes together to cook it all, or there’s a designated chef appointed in setting the table for celebrations, we have the gift guide that’s sure to surprise the foodie in your life. Check it out!


Ninja Fit Bullet, $50


The Ninja Fit Bullet is great for it’s compact design, especially if you’re not the kind of person to prioritize shelf space for a giant blender that’ll hardly get any use. What we love about it? It’s great for single-serving smoothies and shakes, and comes with travel lids for each cup so you can blend and be on your way. Beyond smoothies and alcoholic drinks (frozen margarita, anyone?), these can be used like food processors for sauces. Avocado crema, chimichurri, you name it, can all be made with this tool. Best yet? It’s dishwasher safe, so you never have to worry about a lingering garlic-y taste in your smoothie from improper cleaning. 


Our Place Always Pan, $95 (Regular price, $145, so get them while they are hot!) 



This is a fantastic house warming or just-because gift. The Our Place Always Pan does it all: replacing your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. That’s right, we said it. This do-it-all pan saves space and money by condensing what feels like a million cookware necessities in one. It comes with a spatula that nests in the handle for an integrated spoon rest, a stainless steel steamer basket, pour spouts, and a modular lid to let off steam when you want to and lock it in when you don’t. Best yet? It’s made with non-toxic, nonstick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles.

Vortex Air Fryer, $89



There are some recipes that are just done best with an air fryer. What makes it a great gift? You hardly know how much you even need one, until you have it. Perfect for the health-weary chef in your life, air fryers allow you to get that crispy, fried exterior texture on nearly any starch or protein. Use it for fish, potatoes, chicken dinners, wings, or simply heating up your favorite frozen food. Just google “air fryer recipes” and let your imagination do the rest.


Nespresso Vertuo Next, $120


The do-it-all coffee maker, this machine brews espresso, double espresso, and coffee at the touch of a button. What’s cool about this coffee maker is you can customize it's brewing feature per capsule. So, specific coffee pods can be brewed to customized cup sixes, temperatures, and brewing time. Also, these pods are made from 44% recycled plastic!


Instant Pot, $100


When you think of holidays, you probably think of warm comfort food, no?  Enter: Instant Pot. This can be used as a slow cooker for pulled meats, soups, stews, you name it. But it does so much more, this  do-it-all machine has settings for pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing, and you can even make your own homemade yogurt. That’s right. 


Cuisinart Griddler Five, $100



Paninis, pancakes, potatoes, oh my! This griddler, like many of the items in this gift guide, is a great all-in-one device to have on hand. It has options for:


  •  Contact grill: grill both sides of food at once, great for burgers, boneless meat, and veggies. 

  • Grill plate: grill steaks, chicken, kebabs, anything you’d want from an outdoor grill, in the comfort of your own home.

  • Panini press: ideal for hot sandwiches, paninis, quesadillas, you name it. Height is alsot adjustable for various thickness!

  • Griddle plate: prep pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sear fish or other foods. 


You can use it as a half grill and half griddle at once for full meals on one device! 


Hummingbird Glass Straws, $20


You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate these. Perfect for any straw sipper, these glass straws also come with a cleaner, so you can use them with thicker beverages like smoothies and have no fear of getting gunk out. They’re also dishwasher safe!


Magnetic Knife Holder, $20


Utensil drawers only hold so much, and counter tops don’t always have space for knife blocks. The fix? A magnetic knife holder saves space and nicely displays your collection of cutlery. If you have a wall in your kitchen (which hopefully, you do), you likely have space to mount this.



Insulated Wine Cup, $23

Wine. Love sipping it, hate spilling it. This insulated wine cup will keep your beverages cold, and the top is great for consistent spillers. Take these anywhere you go; picnics, backyard bonfires, the beach, or just your living room and never worry about breaking a stem. 


Are you the chef of the fam? Let us know about the products in your kitchen!

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Julia H.
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