12 Last-minute Kitchen Gifts, Top Tips

Give them a functional kitchen gift that comes with a heartwarming backstory. "I love the Cup Board Cutting Pro, not only because it keeps things neat in the kitchen, but there is a true meaning and story behind the board," shares Chef Alain Allegretti, a Michelin-starred chef who is also the partner and culinary director at Fig & Olive.

Cup Board Pro

"This gift is great because the recipient can choose what coffee best matches their tastes and how they brew their coffee," says Andrew Dana, founder and partner at Call Your Mother Deli.

Trade Coffee Subscription

Nate Ashton, an executive chef at Gab's in New York City, which is set to open in January 2023, recommends giving a molcajete as a holiday gift.


"I love my French press coffee maker," says Emmett Burke, owner at Emmett's and Emmett's on Grove in New York City. "Very simple, but I prefer the taste and like the routine of preparing French press coffee."

Bodum Chambord French Press

Chef David Bouhadana, founder and head chef of Sushi By Bou, enthusiastically suggests picking up a Magic Bullet as a last-minute holiday gift.

Magic Bullet

"I actually got my wife a Thermomix last month," mentions Chef Luis Parreira of The Paris Café in New York City. "We have 3 boys and she has a very tight schedule, and the Thermomix has made her kitchen duties way easier."


Any home baker would be over the moon to receive a Kitchenaid mixer, a classic kitchen must-have that can be used to make a whole array of recipes.

Kitchenaid Mixer

"A gift I tell everyone to purchase is a Vitamix," says Diana Manalang, chef and owner of Little Chef, Little Café in New York City. "You cannot go wrong with this machine. It's the best for smoothies and purées, hummus, and nut milks."


"Fish spatulas are the best kind of spatula because they work for almost every function," says Lippman.

Artaste 60034 Stainless Steel Fish Spatula

"This is an absolute must-have for convenience," says Jonathan Dearden, executive chef at Patchwork Philly in Philadelphia, PA. "You'll be cooking like a professional chef in no time with this thing. It's a great gift for the amateur chef or foodie."

Braun 3-in-1 MultiQuick Processor

No kitchen is complete without a Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Recommended by pastry chef Ashley Drum from Jean-Georges The Fulton in New York City, this versatile piece of cookware can be used to roast, bake, slow-cook, and more.

Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven

"For those who want to grow their own produce, but keep putting it off due to a lack of space, skill, or set up, the Lettuce Grow Farmstand is a unique solution, and what I suggest as a kitchen gift I swear by," says Mansour.

The Lettuce Grow Farmstand

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