Cookin’ Up The Perfect Gift

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The best way to approach gift-giving this holiday season is to think about the interests of your friends and family members, and buy them something they’ll appreciate. If you’re shopping for someone with a passion for cooking this year, there are endless gift possibilities out there. Here are some of our top picks for kitchen-related gifts.

Your Complete Kitchen

For the avid cook in your life, the complete kitchen covers all bases. This cookware set comes with everything in the prep set, plus an 8-inch and 10-inch pan, an 8-quart and 3-quart pot with lids, and a baking sheet.

EqualParts.com; $499

French Kitchen Marble Pastry Slab

While this slab of grey and white veined marble works for rolling out cookie dough or pie crusts, it can also be used to serve up cheese or as a sushi board. Plus, the slab is a great backdrop on which to snap a picture of a blueberry pie or coffee cake for Instagram.

CrateAndBarrel.com; $39.95

Customizable KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Show that special someone that you really know them. You know them enough to customize the mixer of their dreams. This 5-quart, tilt-head standing mixer comes in 30 colors, with options to add 14 bowls with various patterns plus attachments for fruits and vegetables, meats, pasta, baked goods and juice. You can even have it engraved.

KitchenAid.com; starts at $279.99

Molcajete with Tortilla Basket

For the avocado addict, this traditional mortar and pestle can mash up guacamoles or chunky salsas. Complete with a basket to keep tortillas warm, this gift set brings a real restaurant feel into the home.

UncommonGoods.com; $60

Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Insignia Steel Knife Set

While knives may not seem like the usual holiday gift, a sharp new set of steel knives with a wooden block and sharpener can make any cook happy. The 18 pieces include a peeler, parer, boning knife, utility knife, serrated bread knife, Santoku, slicer, chef knife, shears and steak knives.

Amazon.com; $150

Equal Parts Your Prep Set

This is the gift for a friend or family member who just purchased a new home. The prep set has all of the kitchen essentials: an 8-inch chef’s knife, three mixing bowls with lids, a colander, an oak wood cutting board, measuring cups and spoons, a whisk, spatula, tongs, slotted spoon and slotted spatula.

EqualParts.com; $265

Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized Cookware 14-Piece Set

Gift a plethora of pots from Rachael Ray’s collection. This set comes with 14 hard-anodized pots and pans, including 1-quart, 2-quart and 3-quart covered saucepans, a 4-quart covered sauce pot, a 6-quart covered stockpot, a 3-quart covered sauté pan, an 8½-inch skillet and a 10-inch skillet.

QVC.com; $249.99

Calphalon Nonstick 10-Piece Bakeware Set

Everyone knows a baker. That coworker who brings a new cake in each week or the cousin who is always dropping off brownies. Gift this baking set, which includes a large cookie sheet, baking sheet, round cake pans, brownie pan, cake pan, lid for the brownie or cake pan, cooling rack, medium loaf pan and muffin pan.

Macys.com; $99.99

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