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Best Bets: 10 Gifts for the Kitchen Connoisseur

‘Tis the season to roll up your sleeves and try to come up with original, on-budget and basically all-around-perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Easy, right? For your foodie friends, budding chefs and culinary connoisseurs, these 10 gift ideas are guaranteed to kick up their kitchen game.

Written by Megan Morgan

Tea Rex Kettle by Alessi

Designed to commemorate the 30th year of Michael Graves’ famous Kettle with Bird Whistle, this little monster of a design makes brewing a cup of tea a bit more playful. The fierce-but-fun dragon whistle—available in two lively hues—roars to life when the water is ready.

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Tea Rex Kettle by Alessi

Mon Oncle Tabletop BBQ by RS Barcelona

Fitted with suitcase straps and all, this on-the-go grill from RS Barcelona packs fun into a portable piece that’s ready for anything. A great gift for the adventurous, curious cook to fancy up a picnic menu.

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Mon Oncle Tabletop BBQ by RS Barcelona

Tank Entertaining Collection by Tom Dixon

This set is beautiful enough that you may have a hard time giving it away. The Tom Dixon Tank Collection has the UK designer’s sophisticated spin on all things merry. With clear glass juxtaposed with shiny copper accents, this covetable design will have any recipient toasting you in thanks.

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Tank Entertaining Collection by Tom Dixon

Spear Tray by Ferm Living

Serve up smiles aplenty with a tray that is more than it seems. A simple wood finish gets a vibrant upgrade with a striking geometric pattern that dresses up breakfast in bed and adds a pop of Danish design to your décor. The Spear Tray from Ferm Living hits the mark with modern panache.

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Spear Tray by Ferm Living

Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole by Iittala

Soup’s on! Made with cast iron and an easy-to-clean enamel inside, the Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole by Iittala will impress any dinner guest. The wooden handle shifts to carry the pot from stove to table, and also angles to lift the lid and check your delicious process without burnt fingers.

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Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole by Iittala

Magnetic Dish Cloth Holder by Magisso

Out of sight, but still easy to reach. No tools are required to install this magnetic dishcloth holder from Finnish design house Magisso. This handy tool is must-have for cooks to clear up counter and sink space while also making a more hygienic environment for the cloth to dry between uses.

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Magnetic Dish Cloth Holder by Magisso

Push Coffee Maker by Muuto

Blending the warmth of stoneware with the coolness of steel, the Push Coffee Maker from Muuto brings beauty to the every day. The French press insert can be removed to use the jug on its own—it’s finished with a food-safe glaze so it can serve your beverage of choice without worry.

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Push Coffee Maker by Muuto

Krenit Salad Set by Normann Copenhagen

With a matte finish and tapered ends, the Krenit Salad Set embraces an of-the-moment aesthetic that combines both eastern and western principles, all in pursuit of a lovely table. The duo brings something extra to even the most casual of dinner tables.

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Krenit Salad Set by Normann Copenhagen

Multi Stripe Table Runner by Chilewich

A table covered in Chilewich is a table dressed for success. The signature woven vinyl is easy to clean and brings a subtle gradation of color that ensures the tablescape will be one to remember. Roll it up and tuck it away when not in use.

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Multi Stripe Table Runner by Chilewich

Orbis Fruit Tray by Beyond Object

Equal parts basic fruit bowl and sculptural objet, the architecturally inspired Orbis Fruit Tray from Beyond Object keeps your seasonal bounty corralled. The spiraling shape adds visual interest and a sense of movement, making this a scene stealer for the tabletop or counter.

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Orbis Fruit Tray by Beyond Object

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