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Holiday gifts for the chef

Whether she’s throwing a dinner party or baking cupcakes for her child’s class, the home chef always seems to be in the kitchen whipping up something delicious with ease. This holiday season, give her a gift she’ll truly appreciate.

Shop for holiday gifts for the chef at stores like HomeGoods, where you can find hundreds of affordable items for the kitchen and everywhere else in the home. Also, consider these holiday gift ideas from other retailers for women who love to cook.

Dutch oven


You can’t go wrong with cookware for the mom who loves to cook. Look for sturdy cast iron pieces, stylish and functional copper pots or the latest in non-stick surfaces. You don’t have to buy a complete set. A large dutch oven, a big spaghetti pot or a family-size skillet will be appreciated. The Lodge Logic 5-quart cast iron dutch oven (Macy’s, $80) makes a terrific gift.

Knife set

Knife set

Knives are some of the most important (and underrated) items in the kitchen. A good set of knives can make kitchen prep a whole lot easier and quicker. Pick a knife set with a butcher block for easy and safe storage. The Wusthof gourmet 12-piece knife set (Crate & Barrel, $200) is a gift any chef would appreciate.

Spice jars

Spice jars

Spice jars are a must for the chef. Look for spice jars that are unique and chic. We love the chalkboard spice jars (Anthropologie, $10). You just write what’s inside them on the outside. You can even include the date to make sure that your spices and herbs are fresh. These white jars come with your choice of five different-colored tops.

Kitchen scale

Kitchen scale

A digital kitchen scale is a fabulous gift for those who like to cook. We love the sleek and chic look of the Cuisinart stainless steel 11-pound digital scale (Bed Bath & Beyond, $40). It features a tempered glass weigh platform and easy-to-read large LCD screen.

Red mixer


If the lady you know and love likes to bake, then perhaps a new mixer should be on your shopping list. Kitchen-Aid Artisan Series mixers (Amazon, $330) feature optional attachments to do everything from knead yeast dough to stuff sausage. The multiple speeds allow for the precise speed for any mixing job.

Floral apron


An adorable apron is both functional and stylish. Look for aprons in fun colors and kitschy prints. We love the adorable Jessie Steele aprons (Wayfair, $35) that bring a little style into the kitchen. In addition to aprons, dish towels and pot holders also make great gifts for those who like to cook.

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