How to find a unique gift for a chef
If you’re in the market for one of the best gifts for home chefs or professional cooks, you might have reached a dead end where you’ve asked yourself what present would be the most appropriate one. Whether the person you’re getting the gift one is your friend or just an acquaintance, the fact of the matter is that the broad array of choices available for sale nowadays can make it difficult for you to select the right one.
Something that we all have to consider when we’re in the market for cool gifts for a chef is that the personality of that individual matters quite a bit. Also, you need to decide whether the present has to relate only to the person’s profession or could also have a funny note or deal with some inside joke that you share with him or her.
While some argue that getting presents for cooks can also depend on the person’s gender, this detail starts to matter less and less with every day that goes by. Women are just as able to use the same utensils like men and the other way around. To find out more about how you can select a quality product for the friend you have in your life who’s passionate about cooking, read on.
How we chose the coolest gifts for chefs
What makes the most unique gifts for chefs? Just like two products with the same features but made by different brands are singular, the same rule applies in the case of people. We suggest you take the time to read our pieces of advice as they could at least give you some pointers as to what you might be looking for.
Does the present have to be practical?
When it comes to shopping for these products, you need to make up your mind about whether you’d rather opt for something funny or quirky or stick to something that’s highly usable. Anything from measuring spoons to cooking journals and cooking books can make good presents if the person you’re getting them for is focused on the practical side of things.
By contrast, if you’re trying to get an amusing gift, you could opt for a funny apron or a bizarre chef’s hat. Something that you need to keep in mind, however, is the fact that you should choose the right product depending on how well you know this person.
Let’s take this example. If you’re interning for a famous chef whose personality is in line with Gordon Ramsay’s and you haven’t had the chance to go out for drinks with him or her, it might be unusual for you to get them an apron with the message ‘Kitchen Monster.’ Some of these alternatives can prove to be risqué and even dangerous for your career.
How much are you willing to spend?
It stands to reason that products that are practical but small and made from stainless steel, as would be the case with a measuring spoon won’t ever cost more than a hundred dollars. The same goes for measuring cups, some books, slicers, as well as meat thermometers and pancake batter dispensers.
Kitchen appliances are an entirely different deal, though. Some of the least affordable products in this specific line are standing mixers, and this aspect is usually due to the fact that they are reliable, durable, and tend to serve their users for an impressive amount of time. A present like this one could really make an impression with a semi-professional chef because it is one of the top favorite appliances of cooks everywhere in the world.
On the other hand, if you are focused on getting a gift for a home cook, especially one who has recently taken up cooking as a hobby, you might be able to save some money from your wallet. Introductory books can never go wrong, especially if that person is now committed to living healthy and preparing nutritious, delicious, yet healthy recipes.
Any respectable kitchen should hold several items that could come in handy in the event of a disaster. With rookie chefs, accidents can happen, although they might not necessarily be that frequent. In our experience, it is a good idea to have an extinguisher at hand whenever the circumstance requires it. The last thing that a cook would want to do is use a towel in order to put out a fire.
When it comes to being organized and keeping everything in the right place, some people are winners and others are sore losers. Nonetheless, even the second can do a good job at keeping their working space clean and tidy, and with the right things in the right spots.
If the chef you know has a hard time dealing with everything that’s left behind him or her after preparing a recipe, you might want to consider items like spice stacks or containers either for storage or as separators in a shelf. You wouldn’t believe the wonders that such products can do in a busy kitchen.
The same goes for a set of pans that can be stacked one onto the other. Such sets are space savers. Just make sure that the cookware you are purchasing boasts some kind of a non-stick cooking surface so as to avoid forcing the chef to season cast skillets now and then.
One can’t have too many knives
Our team used to love using ceramic knives until we got to the conclusion that buying one every year isn’t particularly cost-effective. The blade of these products can be broken easily, so investing in a quality Japanese knife, for instance, would make a wonderful gift for someone who enjoys cutting through meat and veggies like they would through butter.
Of course, knives are made for different purposes from cutting bread to slicing vegetables and fruits and even boning.