Getting the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook seems pretty easy, doesn’t it? “I’ll just get something food-related, and they’ll love it” – you think. But, then again, you don’t know what that “something” should be. And once you start searching, you realize that it is definitely not a piece of cake, as you previously thought.

Here are the bare essentials:

There are so many things to choose from, so many great gifts you could get. Yet, there are also so many things that you should avoid. Not to mention the fact that a cooking enthusiast probably already owns a lot of the stuff that you come across. And you don’t want your gift to end up stored away somewhere, not to be used. You want to get something memorable and useful.

I know that people are generally happy with any gift that they receive and so will that friend of yours be, even if you get them an oven mitt, or a set of glasses. But, they deserve something more than that. They deserve something that tells them how much you support their cooking hobby, or business, and how much you enjoy their food.

There’s no better compliment than telling a chef that their food is delicious. And when you find a way to tell them that with a gift, then you’re nothing short of a superhero. Plus, if that gift is valuable and practical, I have no doubt that they will appreciate it for the rest of their lives. Consequently, you’ll probably get to eat a lot of that delicious stuff they are making. So, my advice is to get them a useful tool, instead of a trinket, and here’s what you should consider.

Soup Makers

Tell me something. When a person spends a huge amount of time in the kitchen, perfecting their recipes and constantly trying to improve, what would make them happy? Obviously, something that can help them perfect that recipe and improve. And that’s what the best soup makers are made for – assisting a cook in making the most delicious soup, or a similar meal, that they have ever made in their lives.

Now, if you’re not so much into cooking yourself, you might not even be aware of the existence of this appliance. That’s exactly what makes the gift special. It shows that you have put in an effort into finding the perfect tool for them. You have taken their needs into consideration, instead of just buying the first kitchen-related thing you come across.

When it comes to soup makers, there are a few options you need to consider. Check the capacity, the features they offer, as well as the time they can save your friend during the process of making the dish. That way, you can purchase the one that suits their specific needs perfectly and really help them, while also showing them that you care. That’s my idea of a perfect gift.

Bowl Sets

When someone makes food, they need to serve it in something, don’t they? I suppose you won’t be eating right from the pot, or the soup maker mentioned above. This might sound like an easy pick, but there are actually a few important things you should keep in mind when you’re buying someone a bowl set. Especially if that someone is a cook who won’t use just anything that comes their way. Check this out.

The most important thing you need to take into account is the width of the bowls. And no, this is not because you want to get a big portion for yourself. This actually has to do with keeping the food warm. The trick is to find bowls that are wide enough for people to eat out of, but also not too wide to make the food go cold in an instant.

Although this might not have even crossed your mind previously, finding the perfect balance is of crucial importance. Once again, it will show the person that you really thought about the gift through. And, when you find this balance, it’s time to worry about aesthetics as well. I’m guessing you don’t want to eat out of ugly bowls. Well, your friend doesn’t want to serve food in ugly-looking bowls either.

Spoon Sets

If you don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you probably don’t even know that every cook needs to have those wooden spoons for stirring the ingredients in their pans. So, when I mention spoon sets, I am definitely not talking about eating spoons. These are very much different and an absolute necessity in every kitchen.

Luck for you, wooden spoon sets are not that difficult to choose. Sure, there are a lot of different types and designs on the market, but functionality should be your first priority. And functionality has to do with the type of the handle, among other things. You don’t want it to be too short, or too long, because that makes the stirring process a bit difficult.

However, if you don’t really know what’s too long, or too short, there’s a simple solution. Get a set that offers all kinds of types. I’m talking about the types of handles, but also the shape of the top part. There are a lot of reasons why cooks use wooden spoons, but you don’t need to know them all. The most important thing you need to know is that everyone needs them, so you can’t go wrong with gifting them.

Storage Containers

Every single person who prepares food needs something to store it in afterwards. It might happen that they make bigger portions than necessary and they definitely don’t want to waste the delicious food. That’s why they need storage containers. And the best part is – they can never have enough of these.

Now, this gift is not that personal and it may not be the best choice out there. However, the kitchen wizard will definitely be thankful. If you are looking to put practicality above everything else, then you should definitely go for this. Of course, there are some beautiful designs you can choose from.