Hey friends! I’m sharing the Ultimate Gift Guide for the new Cook, the lazy Cook or the non-Cook. I’ve got everyone covered! haha I decided to come up with this gift guide because in my mind you have two primary types of cooks: the ones who can and the ones who can’t. Or the home chef and the non-cook. So I am going to be sharing two gift guides for the cooks in your life.
Gone are the days where someone is offended you got them a blender or a mixer as a Christmas gift. These days people are happy to a receive a gift that they both want and can use. Soon I’ll share the gift guide for the home chef.
Today I’m sharing the ultimate gift guide for the new cook (has potential to become the home chef), the lazy cook (they can cook but they prefer to streamline the process as much as possible) and the non-cook (they just can’t cook and that’s okay).
I have several of the items I’m going to share with you because I would call myself the Lazy Cook. I can’t honestly say I’m the New Cook because I’ve been married 10 years and have kids who can’t survive on just fast food and frozen pizza. I’m not the Non-Cook because I can cook and I can follow a recipe. But I don’t enjoy cooking on the level to call myself a home chef.
Not to ramble too much but I know people who have beautiful, grand kitchens and can’t cook. I believe that with a beautiful and grand kitchen I’d like cooking much more. With limited counter space cooking becomes frustrating for me. So I said all of that to say, knowing the person you’re buying for and their level of kitchen expertise determines which gift guide is for them.
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On to the gifts shall we… I’ve talked long enough.
- Crockpot Programmable Slow Cooker — A slow cooker is every mom’s friend! I like this one because it’s not too fancy or confusing and it’s easy to use. Plus it has a hinged locking lid so traveling with it is worry free.
- OXO Good Grips Vegetable and Onion Chopper — When the new cook is ready they can move on to using knives. This is great for the lazy cook too. Makes dicing vegetables a breeze.
- 12 Piece Color Knife Set — Every cook needs a good set of knives and this set is color coded so it makes it easy for the novice cook to know which knife to use for what purpose.
- Tablet Holder and Cookbook Stand — This is a great gift idea to pair with a cookbook. Keeping the cookbook or tablet upright helps to keep it from getting messy and makes it easy to read and follow the directions. Perfect for the new cook. It comes with different sayings to choose from.
- The Pioneer Woman 10-piece Non-Stick Cookware Set — It’s no secret I am a fan of The Pioneer Woman. I have several items from her line featured in this gift guide. I am the person who asks for her items for my birthdays and Christmas. Why? Well because I’m the one who is doing the cooking and I want items that make that process a tad easier. I love her cookware. If you’re a new, lazy or non-cook then you need some good non-stick pans. These are good quality at a low price point. You don’t want to go all out buying expensive pots and pans for a cook at this level. And this 10-piece set includes a pre-seasoned cast iron skillet which is a must-have for every kitchen.
- Blue Apron Gift Subscription — You can but a week or two worth of meals for your new cook. They can get a taste of how they would enjoy having the Blue Apron service and it can help boost their confidence in the kitchen.
- The Pioneer Woman Come and Get It Cookbook — This is the newest cookbook out by The Pioneer Woman and it’s super popular. Ree breaks everything down and I’ve learned so much from her show, her books and her blog.
- The Pioneer Woman Cowboy Rustic Chef’s Knife and Signature Knife Set — I have the Signature Knife and I use it almost every day. It’s perfect for cutting everything from meats to veggies and everything in between. I’m going to get this set for myself because I want to try the Chef’s Knife and get a second Signature Knife. Every cook needs a good set of knives.
- Glass Electric Kettle — This isn’t just for tea. An electric kettle is perfect for boiling water super fast. It’s a great gift idea because most people don’t think to buy it for themselves, especially if they’re not tea drinkers.
- Silicone Non-Stick Rolling Pin — Even if the novice cook isn’t much of a baker a rolling pin is a good gift idea. It’s a kitchen essential. This one is great because it’s non-stick so that takes away a possible layer of frustration!
- Erin Condren Petite Menu Planner — Often we eat out because we didn’t plan for our meal. This happens to all of us but I think this is a great gift idea for the lazy cook because it takes out the lazy factor. The lazy cook, when given a plan will then be prepared to fix dinner at home instead of grabbing something to go. This is a great tool that can fit in your purse and help you stay prepared and it lasts for 6 months so that’s an added bonus.
- The Pioneer Woman 5-piece Prep Set — I have this set and I use the batter pitcher (measuring cup) the most. I use it for making pancakes and for beating eggs when I’m making eggs for the family. The measuring bowls are cute and functional. Especially if the person you’re buying this for is a fan of The Pioneer Woman like myself, they’ll love this gift set.
- Ninja Professional Blender — The blender is for more than smoothies but I think it’s a great gift for someone who is into making them. The Ninja Professional Blender will crush ice, puree and blend. It’s high quality so it will last for years.
- The Pioneer Woman 7oz. Ramekins Set — This cute set is versatile. You can use them for snacks or deserts or you can use them for toppings for a baked potato bar. Or you can use them for seasonings when you’re cooking. Or you can just use them for decor. Whatever floats your boat! I’ve wanted these since The Pioneer Woman line first launched because she uses them on her Food Network show, but I have no room in my kitchen to house them, so I must be strong!
- The Pioneer Woman Dinnertime Cookbook — This solves the “what’s for dinner” question and like I said before she breaks everything down to where even the worst cooks can catch on. I don’t know about you but anything to help with the dinnertime struggle is a gift in and of itself.
- Silicone and Stainless Steel Cooking Utensils Set — For the non-experienced cook we want to give them the right tools for cooking. This set is sleek and stylish and the silicone means it won’t scratch their non-stick cookware. When they’re more comfortable in the kitchen they can graduate to other types of cooking utensils.
- Digital Rice Cooker — A great practical gift that someone may not buy for themselves. I have a rice cooker and I love to use it especially when I have all of the eyes on my stove being used. I can’t do too much with multi-tasking in the kitchen tho, because I can’t have something burn trying to do it all. lol Just keeping it real.
That wraps up my gift guide for the new cook, the lazy cook or the non-cook. I think you’ll find some great gift ideas for that special person on your list. If you found something you’d like for yourself be sure to share this post with your friends and family so they can get the hint and get you exactly what you want. 😉 I’m like your holiday gift registry! 🙂 I hope you’re finding these gift guides helpful too! Please let me know your thoughts! I have a few more I want to share soon so that you’ll have some help with getting everyone crossed off your list. Christmas will be here before you know it.
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As always I appreciate you for spending time out of your day with me. It means more to me than you know 🙂
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