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1. The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook, because you once overheard them say they could eat Dole Whip for every meal (same, tbh). Oh, and now they won't feel bad about going straight for the ears on their Mickey Pretzels, since they'll be in the comfort of their own kitchen.
Author Ashley Craft actually grew up in Anaheim and spent time as an intern at Disney World. Needless to say, she is an expert when it comes to all things Disneyland and Disney World, and her book includes very Disney-esque recipes, like Matterhorn Macaroons and LeFou's Brew.
Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
2. And some ridiculously beautiful Porter Seal-Tight glass containers that'll even make their leftovers seem as dreamy as a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth itself. Those pastels! 😍
The jars are BPA-free as well as microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
BuzzFeed Shopping contributor Rachel Dunkel says: "Before working from home became the norm, I would use these handy jars to bring my lunch almost every day. They're perfect for things like fruit, salad, or something saucy — stuff you really don't want to get squished *and* want to ensure doesn't leak into your bag. *But* I have found that I use them just as much at home full-time! They are of course great for leftovers, but also for prepped ingredients for the week. Shedded cheese, prepped chicken, and chopped veggies usually live in these, ready to be utilized for a quick lunch or snack. They clean *super* well — I even have the cream color and it recovered from storing beets! 10/10 from me."
Get them from Amazon for $22.19+ each (available in two sizes and five colors).
3. Korean American, a book filled with *gorgeous* photos and ingenious recipes inspired by the dishes this Korean American food writer grew up eating in Atlanta (think Gochugaru Shrimp and Grits and Caramelized-Kimchi Baked Potatoes).
Eric Kim is a New York Times food and cooking staff writer who also appears in their cooking videos. His book is as much a cookbook as it is a love letter to his mother, Jean, whose own cooking played a major role in developing these recipes.
Get it from Amazon for $25.84.
4. And a mini rice cooker so they can tackle the entire "Rice Cuisine" section with perfectly cooked grains every time. They'll wanna bust it out for every meal once they see how easy it is to use (it's really cute, too!).
According to the manufacturer, this little machine will have hot rice on the table in less than 20 minutes! Plus, it's got PFOA-free nonstick coating and includes a rice measuring cup, serving spatula, and recipe book.
Promising review: "I wasn't expecting much for such a low-priced appliance. I'm glad I gambled on it — what a surprise that this cute little rice cooker performs exactly as it's advertised. It cooks rice perfectly, keeps it warm for as long as you want, and cleanup is a breeze!!!! It's so little that at first you can't believe it could make so much. Definitely get this if you're cooking for one or two." —Julie S.
Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in eight colors).
5. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, because what cookbook collection is complete without a copy of Julia Child's classic masterpiece? It contains 524 of Julia's painstakingly tested recipes, and what it lacks in colorful photography, it makes up for in charming, illustrated instructions. Bon appétit!
Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck's iconic book has been a staple of home cooks and professional chefs alike for over 60 years, and includes such beloved recipes as Boeuf Bourguignon and, of course, MANY ways of preparing chicken!
Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in hardcover or paperback).
6. And Brightland's Duo olive oil set to instantly elevate their delicious cooking to Julia's level. Oh, and the beautiful bottles will look *great* in their kitchen. This set includes Brightland's popular Awake and Alive olive oils.
Brightland is a WOC-owned small business that sources olives for their oils from a family-run farm in California.
Promising review: "I have yet to find another olive oil with better flavor than Brightland Co. I find myself making meals specifically just to use this lovely olive oil. It is a total game-changer. Say goodbye to that nasty bitter flavor that comes with most commercial oils, and hello to an explosion of flavors, and spice. (Surprisingly spicy!) Ordering and shipping are always a breeze, you can also easily adjust the subscription to suit your needs. I’m so happy to have found this product, it honestly makes everything taste better." —Jen
Shipping info: For Dec. 23 delivery, customers must place orders by 12 p.m. ET on Dec. 21 for 1-business day shipping. See all of Brightland's shipping info here.
Get it from Brightland for $74. For gifts, you can also add a personalized message at checkout.
7. The Air Fryer Cookbook for anyone who gets bored of eating the same thing every night, since it includes a whopping 600 recipes! And best of all, they'll be enjoying their crispy-crunchy delights in way less time than using a traditional oven.
This book was written by Jenson William for air fryer novices and pros alike, and includes tasty recipes like Greek Chicken Gyros and Zucchini Parmesan Chips.
Get it from Amazon for $10.90+ (available in paperback or hardcover).
8. Plus, an 11-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Crisp with a special air fryer lid that'll basically replace every appliance in their kitchen *and* save them time, whether they're crisping up some chicken tenders or simmering a hearty stew.
It's got air frying, roasting, baking, dehydrating, pressure cooking, slow cooking — *takes breath* — steaming, sautéeing, sterilizing, warming, rice cooking, and yogurt making functions!
Promising review: "This has changed my life! The air fryer is SO MUCH more efficient than my old air fryer. I was able to get rid of my rice cooker, crock pot, and air fryer. The Sous Vide mode is a game changer in making perfect medium rare meats. You can throw meat in there frozen and it comes out super tender and never dry. Just BUY IT!!!!" —susie v clewellclancy
Another promising review: "What else can you say about this product? It will replace three appliances that I use on a regular basis — rice cooker, air fryer, and pressure cooker. That's important to me because at this point kitchen space is at a premium. The packaging is great, the instructions are very clear and well written and it works very well. The first use was to make chicken bone broth using the pressure cooker feature. It worked flawlessly. Two-hour cook time. It takes 10 minutes prep, 30 minutes to cool off. Three hours later I had homemade bone broth in the refrigerator. And the whole house didn't smell for 24 hours like it would with an open pot method. Anyway, the instant pot is a huge kitchen innovation IMO. Just get one, and use it." —Josh Brainard
Get it from Amazon for $138.95+ (available in two sizes, colors, and models).
9. Black Food, a celebration of the food and people of the African Diaspora with curated recipes from over 100 Black luminaries. They'll learn how to make a treasure trove of delectable dishes, like JJ Johnson's Jollof Rice with Beans; Nina Compton's Lentil, Okra, and Coconut Stew; and Cheryl Day's Peach Hand Pies.
Black Food was edited by James Beard Award winner Bryant Terry, a vegan chef, four-time cookbook author, and food justice activist.
Get it from Amazon for $24.49.
10. And a pre-seasoned Lodge cast-iron skillet, which Bryant Terry himself calls his must-have kitchen skillet — and for good reason. Cast iron offers great heat retention, so this skillet is more than capable of keeping their favorite comfort dishes piping hot — plus, it can be used on the stove and in the oven, or even over a grill or fire!
I've had my Lodge skillet for maybe seven years now, and I love it just as much today as the first day I got it. Nothing — and I mean NOTHING — is better when it comes to achieving the perfect golden brown pancake, crackly-skinned fish, and crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside baked pasta (see photo above!). Contrary to popular belief, it's incredibly easy to care for, and as long as you don't let it rust it'll last you FOR-EV-ER. I'm already planning on baking some cornbread in it for Thanksgiving!
Promising review: "Best pan I've ever had. I can’t believe I just found this gem! I have been using nonstick pans for years and decided to try something with less chemical on it. This Lodge cast-iron skillet looks like it will last for centuries! It can easily go from stove to oven, even to my outdoor grill. The seasoning part seemed daunting at first, but once a nice protective layer is built up, cleaning just means an easy rinse with water and drying with heat." —Amazonian
Get a 10.25-inch skillet from Amazon for $19.90 (also available in eight other sizes and in 10 styles).
11. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook for the Quidditch enthusiast on your list who also happens to love making *magic* happen in the kitchen. It contains over 150 recipes inspired by foods and characters from the books — Treacle Tart or Kreacher's French Onion Soup, anyone?
Even the cooking witch Mrs. Weasley herself would be impressed by these fanciful treats!
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
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12. And a gorgeous, compact Beast blender that'll make them feel like a culinary ~wizard~ as they effortlessly blitz up ice while making their morning smoothies.
P.S. The blending bowl also doubles as a portable thermos and comes with a screw-on drinking lid and carry cap.
I got this blender over the summer, and wow, as someone who had firmly decided I was an "I don't need a blender" person, I quickly changed my mind after the first use. For starters, it's not as large as those super industrial-strength blenders, and it's so aesthetically-pleasing that I have it out on my counter at all times. Plus, it couldn't be easier to use — just fill the bowl with your ingredients, pulse, and in a matter of ~moments~ you'll have a perfectly uniform blend of whatever you're trying to blitz. I first tried it out on a smoothie made with frozen bananas and peaches (see it in action on TikTok here!), and it pulverized the icy fruit like a champ. Best of all? It's a total breeze to clean, which, if I'm being honest, was probably the biggest factor in my having waited so long to add a blender to my kitchen arsenal. I can't recommend it enough, 15/10, no notes.
Get it from Amazon for $195 (available in three colors).
13. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a book many people consider THE modern authority when it comes to all things cooking. It includes 100 recipes; however, it's arguably most known for its incredibly in-depth discussions about the four namesake flavor elements and essential cooking techniques, from braising meat to making salad dressings.
This book, written by Samin Nosrat, won a James Beard Award, and even inspired a docu-series on Netflix with the same name. Samin is a chef and writer, but also has extensive teaching experience, which likely helps explain why this book has resonated with so many people eager to learn how to cook.
Get it from Amazon for $16.65.
14. And a nifty herb leaf remover that separates the leaves from the stem in one fell swoop. After all, using fresh herbs is essential if it's professional-level cooking they're going for, and with this, they won't be picking each leaf off individually (so tedious!).
Flour & Herbs is a small business based in Modesto, California, that specializes in gourmet herbs and spices, along with pretty wooden kitchen tools.
Shipping info: Expedited shipping (delivery in 2–3 days) is available for an additional cost.
15. Mi Cocina, a breathtaking book celebrating Mexican cuisine with over 100 recipes and the most stunning food photography they've ever seen. You'll be begging for a dinner invite when you see them post photos of their fresh, homemade tortillas and Albóndigas en Chipotle all over their IG stories.
Rick Martínez is the host of several video series on Food52, and this book was inspired by his Mexican voyage encompassing 156 cities in 32 states!
Get it from Amazon for $28.99.
16. And a cast iron tortilla press so they can enjoy homemade tacos and chips made from fresh corn tortillas in the comfort of their own kitchen — no tedious rolling required!
Uno Casa is a small biz specializing in quality, affordable kitchenware designed to last for ages.
Promising review: "This tortilla press is awesome! It’s very easy to use and keep clean, and my tortillas were perfectly round every time! I also love that 50 sheets of pre-cut parchment paper are included as I would always rather use something biodegradable than plastic when cooking. I also love the look of cast iron cookware/tools, so the tortilla press is also aesthetically pleasing. Would definitely recommend this product!" —Jen Owen
Get it from Amazon for $29.95.
17. The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook, because even though they wanna get creative in the kitchen, their strict budget and tight schedule often results in them alternating between the same three-ingredient dishes for dinner. With this, they'll be able to whip up delicious, affordable, semi-homemade meals using products from everyone's favorite grocery store.
This book includes 150 recipes, like Chile and Crab Chowder using TJ's Hatch Valley Fire-Roasted Diced Green Chiles. The author, Cherie Mercer Twohy, is a food writer, culinary tour leader, and self-proclaimed "Trader Joe's stockpiler."
Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
18. And a downright magical veggie chopper, which will surely become their new BFF once they realize it'll relieve them of the most time-consuming kitchen task. It cuts down food prep time by a ton, and if they're an onion crier, well, no more standing over a cutting board with stinging eyes.
Promising review: "Makes life so much easier. I can't imagine chopping onions or bell peppers by hand anymore, and it does so much more. We used to have a Prepworks chopper that was a similar idea, but you had to press so hard to chop, and it broke after not too long. This one requires very little effort to cut through the food and it has a generous container." —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $34.99.
19. The Woks of Life for the person who'd like to make homemade versions of their favorite Chinese American dishes — that is, if they can stop staring at the mouthwatering photos for long enough. Those Chili Oil Wontons on the cover are worth the cost of the book alone!
Bill, Judy, Sarah, and Kaitlin Leung are the family behind The Woks of Life, which was born out of their popular longtime cooking blog. Their recipes are inspired by dishes from Bill's family's Chinese restaurant, Judy's traditional-leaning Chinese cooking, and Sarah and Kaitlin's vegetable-forward and one-dish meals.
I've been following the Woks of Life blog for years, and when I saw that they were coming out with a cookbook, I immediately pre-ordered it. Now that it's in my eager little hands, I've been bookmarking recipes left and right (photo for proof), and even made the Eggplant with Garlic Sauce the day after it came in the mail (see the other photo — so good!). It's currently on my coffee table for everyone to admire, and it's so dang stunning I plan on keeping it there for the foreseeable future.
Get it from Amazon for $27.99.
20. And a stainless-steel dumpling press, which will have them crimping their homemade pouches of joy with ease (and in very little time). All they do is spray it with oil, place their dough over top, add filling, fold, press, and voila! They'll have a perfect, pro-looking seal.
It's also great for making empanadas, ravioli, pierogi, and even mini hand pies! Plus, it's dishwasher safe.
Promising review: "I haven't done dumplings in a while because my fingers would cramp up when crimping them together, but this product makes it easy and so much faster. The cleaning is easy too, just throw it in the dishwasher, then wham!! Just like new." —Sean B.
Another promising review: "Great size and so easy to use. Made pierogi and they came out great. Just use the open circle to punch out the dough, then put the dough circle on top, add filling, and fold! I found it worked best when you stretch the dough circle just a little to make sure the edges line up, and my recipe suggested wetting the edges slightly to help make a better seal. Also you don't need quite as much filling as you might think. I popped it in the dishwasher (top rack) when I was done and it escaped clean and unharmed. For the price it was well worth it. Don't want to imagine how messy everything would have looked if I had tried with just my hands." —Emily
Get it from Amazon for $8.58.
21. Indian-Ish, a super fun cookbook packed with modern Indian-American family recipes that'll really make them excited to get in the kitchen when they realize things like Roti Pizza and Cheesy Chile Broccoli are on the menu. And if they're vegetarian, only four recipes in the entire book are made with meat or fish!
Priya Krishna is a food reporter for the New York Times, and the recipes in her delightful book are largely inspired by her mom Ritu's creative Indian-American hybrid recipes.
Get it from Amazon for $16.89.
22. And a marble mortar and pestle set, because using freshly ground spices will make the food they cook taste *so* much better than those dusty store-bought powders.
Promising review: "This could not be more perfect! It's beautiful — actually I had planned on keeping it in the kitchen cabinet, but it's so attractive I will be leaving it on the kitchen counter. It is sturdy, well made, and I love that the inside isn't polished, as well as the bottom of the pestle. The brush and spoon make it easy to get every last little bit out of the pills I have to crush for my dog. Don't hesitate to purchase this item. It is definitely a giftable item. If I received one as a gift, I would have been thrilled!" —messgnabottle2u
Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping (certain colors might arrive later), non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).
Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in black or gray).
23. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: A Book-to-Table Classic if the foodie in your life is an unabashed romantic with a major sweet tooth. This full-color version of the classic novel includes tea-time recipes from the one and only Martha Stewart herself, and can only be described as ~extremely gift-able~.
Not that either of these icons really needs an introduction, but Jane Austen is most widely known for her six major novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma, and Martha Stewart is considered by many to be the *queen* of all things cooking, hosting, crafting, and entertaining.
BuzzFeed Shopping's Emma Lord has this book and LOVES it: "My mom got me one of these for my birthday, and I'm a lazy monster, so I haven't cooked out of it, but my STARS is it gorgeous. I leave it on my coffee table, but unlike other coffee table books, I actually read out of this one. The pictures are so beautiful and soothing. 11/10 would choose to live inside of it if I could."
Get it from Amazon for $25.
24. And a chic electric kettle so speedy, it'll have piping hot water for their Earl Grey ready in less time than using a microwave! I foresee a lot of tea and biscuits in their future (and hopefully yours, too!).
Promising review: "This is a game-changer! I bought this electric kettle after using the same model at a friend's house to make a coffee pour-over. Since getting this, I've eliminated our old coffee machine and have been doing just French presses. The time this saves me for making hot beverages is fantastic, and it eliminated the need for a stove top kettle taking up a burner. I've also used this to make instant grits and mashed potatoes! If you're on the fence, go for it. You won't find a better option for the price!" —Carmen C.
Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four sizes and five styles).
25. Pastry Love to give to the aspiring baker in your life who's ready to graduate from boxed cake mixes and start tackling more advanced techniques, like tempering chocolate, laminating dough, and working with yeast. That said, the instructions are so thorough, even newcomers should be able to yield impressive results!
Joanne Chang is the James Beard Award–winning pastry chef behind the super popular Flour bakeries in Boston (their sticky buns are destination-worthy).
Of all the baking cookbooks I own (aka MANY), this is the one I keep going back to time and time again. Not only does it contain a recipe for practically any treat one could envision making (bread! cake! cookies! pie! breakfast pastries!), but Joanne's attention to detail and thoughtful instructions make you feel like you're in good hands, even when you're attempting a new skill. The first recipe I tried making from this book was homemade Devil Dogs, and I surprised my mom with them for her birthday. Needless to say, her ecstatic reaction has earned this book a top spot on my shelf. Some of my other favorites are the Lemon Polenta Shortbread Cookies and the Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie (pictured) — brb, grabbing my whisk now.
Get it from Amazon for $19.59.
26. And a cordless KitchenAid electric hand mixer, which will reeeally come in handy when it's time for creaming their butter and sugar together...and they realize all of the outlets are being occupied by their other cooking appliances. 😅
It has seven speeds for everything from easy stirring to intense whipping, and can mix dough for dozens of cookies on a single charge.
Promising review: "Okay, I was skeptical about a cordless hand mixer. But I trust KitchenAid so I gave it a shot. Where has this been all my life?!? I love it! It’s quiet, powerful, lighter weight, and so convenient without the cord! Love!!!" —Staci Lyons
Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in seven colors).
Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.