Gifts For The Cook Under $30

My favorite gifts to get and to give are things for the kitchen. I would rather give and receive an item I know will get used. My husband and kids and the rest of my family usually get me a kitchen related items or a cookbook when they give me a gift. I was born in December so I usually end up with a few neat things this time of year.

I decided that since this was a food blog it might be fun to come up with a list of kitchen items that would make great gifts. Many of these are things that I own. The items that I do not own are on my wish list. All of the items are under $30, many are under $20. I know it is not even Thanksgiving yet, but it is not too early to start thinking about gifts.

I hope you can get some ideas if you need a gift for someone who loves to cook or is learning to cook.

If you have any other great kitchen gift ideas leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

1. Martha Stewart Kitchen towels and dish clothes at Macys $9.99 and under – These are great. These are my favorite dish towels that I have. They absorb really well. They are thick, soft, and don’t leave lint. See here and here.

2. Citrus Press $12.99 – I have one of these in a different brand and I love it. It works great.

3. Kitchen Tongs $10.00 – I have the larger one of these and I use it all the time.

4. Williams Sonoma Measuring Cups and Spoons – These are a bit expensive for measuring cups, but you will have these for life. They are that nice.

5. Williams Sonoma Odd Sized Measuring Cups and Spoons – I have an older version of these and use them all the time. They are so useful and the same great quality of the above set.

6. Silicone Muffin Liners – About $10 You can find these lots of places. I got mine at Michaels Craft store using a 50% off coupon.

7. Oil Sprayer– Around $10 You can also find these at Walmart and Target

8. Martha Stewart Cookies Cookbook – $16.47 I have this and love it. I have posted several of the recipes.

9. Martha Stewart Everyday Foods Cookbook– $16.47 I really like this cookbook

10. America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook – $23.07 My sister gave this to me as a gift a couple of years ago and I have used it so much.

11. America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book – $20.97I really want this book. It looks so interesting.

12. Pizza Stone or other stoneware- I love pampered chef stoneware and I have many of their pieces. Several of them are under $30

13. Knife Sharpener– $19.74 My husband bought this for me because I am terrible at sharpening knives. It works great.

14. Subscription to Cook’s Illustrated Magazine– $24.95 I have been getting this magazine for several years. A lot of the recipes are gourmet style but the tips and review are worth the price, especially for the serious cook.

15. Subscription to Cook’s Country Magazine – $19.95This is similar to #14 but a more practical, everyday magazine. I use these recipes often. It also contains tips and reviews.

16. Artisan Bread In Five Minutes Cookbook -$18.45 See my review here.

17. Rolling Pin – See my review here.

18. Martha Stewart Cooking School Cookbook – $29.70 I gave this as a wedding gift recently. It is a great book for a beginner or semi beginner cook.

19. King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Cookbook – $23.10 For the cook who wants to cook healthier by using whole grains.

20. Cuisinart Hand Blender – $29.00 I love mine. See my review here.

21. Crock Pot – I have two of these one a 5 quart and one a 6 quart. I use them at least once a week. Usually more. If you don’t have a crockpot, you need one.

22. Yogurt Maker – $29.95 This one looks really neat.

23. Tortilla Press -$17.99 I want one of these. ( A friend just gave me one of these and I can’t wait to try it)

24. Tortilla Warmer – Under $10 I got mine at Walmart. It works great for keeping tortillas and pancakes warm.

25. Rice Cooker – Under $30 I use mine all the time.

26. There Is A Chef In My Soup – $15.63 We love this kids cookbook.

27. There Is A Chef In My Family – $15.63 Another great kids cookbook.

28. What Einstein Told His Cook – $17.13 If you love the science behind food cooking you will love this book.

29. What Einstein Told His Cook Volume 2 – $17.13 This is even more fun facts about the science behind food and cooking.

30. Digital Meat Thermometer– This one is $19.99 but you can find them in stores for under $30

These kitchen gadgets and gift ideas Works For Me.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. Penless Thoughts says:

    I love, love, love my electric steamer. Veggies taste so much better and the rice is perfect every time. Can’t believe I lived so many years without one.

  2. Cool ideas! I’ll have to look into some of those not only for others but for my new Kitchen!!!

  3. I bought 3 rubber bowl scrappers at Sur La Table earlier this week for my MIL’s Christmas present. They have these really cute ones with clear silicone heads, but with designs on them. I got one with snowmen, one with leaves and acorns, and one with smiley faces. The seasonal ones were only $7.99 each!

  4. Jackie Brown says:

    I love to make personalized aprons with my sewing machine. I monogram my own, but you could have them mongrammed at the mall or embroidery store. This year I am going to pair mine with a kitchen towel sewn with the same ribbon to coordinate. I’m just monogramming an initial on both. A one of a kind personalized gift!


    This presses and cooks the tortilla or flatbread. I think it would be a better bargain than just a press 😉

  6. I Need Gift Ideas says:

    That citrus press is one of my favorite gifts – I usually give it with some Penzy’s spices and my favorite recipe that calls for lemon juice. And for just over $30, the Henckle herb mincer is my absolute favorite gift I have received. It’s perfect for chopping fresh herbs without tearing them.

  7. I highly recommend the America’s Test Kitchen “The Best Light Recipe” book for any cooks who are trying to learn how to cut out a lot of fat and calories, but not flavor, from their diets. The list price is $35, but you can usually find it for much less on Amazon. The best thing about this book is that after cooking from it for a while, you learn how to adapt your other recipes to make them healthier. This book really helped me when I was losing weight.

  8. I always wanted a yogurt maker until I found out you can make your own without one. Here’s a link to the recipe you can make in your crockpot, it’s so easy!

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