The 18 best kitchenware gifts from Amazon fit for an aspiring top chef

Cooking enthusiasts will be delighted to receive these kitchenware gifts this holiday season

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A well-stocked kitchen makes for a happy cook. Set up the cooking enthusiast or aspiring top-chef in your life with the hottest small appliances, tools and kitchen accessories. These kitchenware gifts culled from Amazon represent the most wished-for kitchen items, to make time spent in the kitchen a little easier—or a little more entertaining. That all depends on the perspective of the cook you're trying to please.

Whether you're going all out with top-of-the-line cookware that mom would never dream of buying for herself or introducing your grandma to the wonder that is Instant Pot, or air frying,  you can do no wrong with gifting these items this holiday season.

Discover the 18 best kitchenware gifts, below. You might even find something you have to have for your kitchen too, and we won't blame you if you must have it too. 

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our list of the best Amazon holiday gifts under $50.

Ninja Foodi Digital Fry, Convection Oven, Toaster, Air Fryer, Flip-Away 

Ninja Foodi Digital Fry, Convection Oven, Toaster, Air Fryer, Flip-Away

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One common concern when adding another small appliance to a kitchen, no matter how practical, is the precious countertop real estate it will inevitably take up. That's why we're so enamored with the Ninja Foodi Digital Fry, Convection Oven, Toaster, Air Fryer that literally "flips up" when not in use, to store vertically, rather than taking up the whole counter. Just make sure it can clear any overhead cabinets. It also has an extra-large cooking capacity that can fit a 13-inch pizza, up to 9 slices of toast, or 6 chicken breasts.  This versatile unit can air fry, air roast, air broil, bake, bagel, toast, dehydrate, and keep food warm. 

Buy: Ninja Foodi Digital Fry, Convection Oven, Toaster, Air Fryer, Flip-Away | Was $249.99, now $199.99

Smeg 50's Retro Style Drip Filter Coffee Machine

Smeg 50's Retro Style Aesthetic Drip Filter Coffee Machine

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If the cooking enthusiast in your life has a kitchen straight out of a magazine, they probably take great pride in their kitchen and would especially love to have this iconic Smeg coffee maker proudly out on display. The retro-style 10-cup coffee maker offers 2020 conveniences like a digital display, reusable coffee filter, auto start mode, and an intensity option. 

Buy: Smeg 50's Retro Style Drip Filter Coffee Machine| Currently $199.99

Farberware Complete Portable Countertop Dishwasher

Farberware FDW05ASBWHA Complete Portable Countertop Dishwashe

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Home cooks in kitchens sans dishwasher that have grown weary with washing dishes by hand will love the addition of a portable countertop dishwasher, no hook up required, though it can be attached to a kitchen faucet. Fill up its 5-Liter tank, and that's all the water that is needed for a good rinse.  It fits dishes up to 12-inches in diameter and has five wash programs, including a baby care cycle that sanitizes. 

Buy: Farberware Portable Countertop Dishwasher | Was $399.99, now $349.99 

Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 10.25"

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

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Lodge is known for its high-performing cast iron cookware with excellent heat retention that doesn't break the bank. Aspiring chefs will love trying out a cast iron skillet that effortless sears, sautés, bakes, broils, braises, fries, or grills and transitions from cooktop to oven. Available in a wide range of sizes, but the 10.25-inch is great for everyday cooking needs. 

Buy: Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 10.25" | Was $26.68, now $14.88 

Instant Pot Duo Nova Pressure Cooker 7-in-1

Instant Pot Duo Nova Pressure Cooker 7 in 1

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For those new to the world of the Instant Pot, the Duo Nova is recommended for beginners, and can function as seven different appliances in one device: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, food warmer, and yogurt maker.  The 6-quart size is perfect for families or meal-prep, but 3- and 8-quart sizes are available too depending on your needs.

Buy: Instant Pot Duo Nova Pressure Cooker 7 in 1, 6 Qt | Was $99.99, now $59.99

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven, 5.5 qt.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven, 5.5 qt., Provence

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Le Creuset's cast-iron products constantly top the lists of both casual and professional chefs for its timeless appeal and unparalleled heat performance. Surely an investment piece, the 5.5-quart is Le Creuset's most popular size, offering hearty portions for families of four, with space for leftovers. 

Buy: Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven, 5.5-quart in Provence| Currently $369.99

GelPro Designer Comfort 3/4" Thick Ergo-Foam Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Floor Mat

GelPro Designer Comfort 3/4" Thick Ergo-Foam Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Floor Mat

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Combat cooking fatigue by thinking of their feet (and backs). One of these gel foam kitchen floor mats from GelPro placed in front of a sink or stove will make active cooking so much more enjoyable . It's also non-slip and beveled edges keep the sides from curling and protect against trips. Choose from a variety of colors and prints that suit your cook, and his or her kitchen best. 

Buy: GelPro Designer Comfort 3/4" Thick Ergo-Foam Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Floor Mat | Currently $39.95

Zulay Silicone Utensil Rest with Drip Pad

Silicone Utensil Rest with Drip Pad

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Cooking inevitably requires the use of multiple utensils, and this heat-resistant, non-slip silicone spoon rest can fit up to four utensils at once. It's also incredibly easy when it comes to clean up, just toss it in the dishwasher.  Choose from a variety of colors.  At under $10, it makes for a great stocking stuffer or co-worker/ secret Santa gift that kitchen enthusiast or not, they'll appreciate. 

Buy: Zulay Silicone Utensil Rest with Drip Pad | Currently $9.99

Shun Classic 8” Chef’s Knife

Shun chefs knife

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The purpose of a great gift after all is to buy your loved ones something they might not typically buy for themselves, but is definitely at the top of their mind. Splurge on a  Shun Classic 8” Chef’s Knife with a VG-MAX Cutting Core and Ebony PakkaWood Handle. The all-purpose chef's knife is a kitchen staple, with lightweight, razor-sharp edges and crafted from advanced steel that is extremely hard and durable for whatever chopping task is at hand. Each handcrafted piece takes at least 100 individual steps to complete. 

Buy: Shun Classic 8” Chef’s Knife | Was $175, now $149.95

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

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Ina Garten's latest cookbook, Modern Comfort Food, is sure to be a bona fide hit, filled with 85 recipes that put a fresh, and modern twist on comfort food classics like Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches and skillet roasted chicken and potatoes. Cooks who love using cookbooks as a guide will be reaching for this tomb for years to come.

Buy: Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook | Was $35, now $15.98

Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain Strainer

Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain Straine

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Straining pasta sometimes seems like a balancing act between pot and colander, but with Kitchen Gizmo's Snap N Strain strainer, you can use both hands to safely and securely drain excess water.  Beyond its ease,  convenience and ability to fit on any pot, large or small, this strainer is extremely compact—nearly a fraction of a normal colander. 

Buy: Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain Strainer | Currently $16.99 

Tovolo Rose Ice Cube Molds

Tovolo Rose Ice Cube

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For when presentation is everything, these molds that create gorgeous rose-shaped iced cubes immediately elevate a mixologist's cocktail game. Add in a little food dye for added effect. The set of two easily stacks on top of each other so they don't take up too much space in a freezer and have leak-proof silicone lids. 

Buy: Tovolo Rose Ice Cube Molds | Currently $17.82

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

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Avocado lovers need this 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer tool which easily and safely splits, pits, and slices avocados. Gift it to your friend who is always up for some avo-toast or homemade guac. 

Buy:  OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer | Currently $9.99

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

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When gifting, the rule of thumb seems to be to gift them something they want but wouldn't buy for themselves. Quite a splurge for a kettle, it tops Amazon's most-wished list, and we think it's totally noteworthy. The distinctive, matte black Stagg EKG Electric Kettle perfects pour-over coffee with its precision goose-neck pour spout,  variable temperature control, LCD screen, and 60-minute hold mode. 

Buy: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle| Currently $149

Wilton Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack

Wilton Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack

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Serial-bakers need this stackable cooling rack. It easily fits 3 dozen cookies in the same footprint as a typical wire rack and collapses down for storage. 

Buy: Wilton Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack | Currently $12.49

Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus

Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus

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There's something about pasta made from scratch. Chefs who love to put their whole heart and soul into their meals will see Italian night transform with this pasta maker that churns out fresh homemade spaghetti, fettuccini, penne, or lasagna in less than 10 minutes. It's definitely not as complicated as you may think with this appliance that mixes, kneads, and extrude the pasta for you. Experiment with ingredients and have the ultimate control over meals. It also includes a recipe booklet to help you get started. 

Buy: Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus | Was $299.99, now $249.99

OXO Good Grips 8-Piece POP Container Baking Set

OXO Good Grips 8-Piece POP Container Baking Set

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Set them on their way to pantry-goals with the addition of this OXO POP Container Set, which includes 5 POP Containers and 3 Accessories, including two .4-quart containers, a 1.1-quart, two 4.4-quart containers; two ½ cup Scoops and a brown sugar saver.  The clear containers keep a pantry looking uniform and makes it easy to assess how much of a certain staple item is left. 

Buy: OXO Good Grips 8-Piece POP Container Baking Set | Currently $59.95 

Bee’s Wrap, Assorted Set of 3 

Bee’s Wrap – Assorted Set of 3

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Help the cook in your life take a step toward reducing waste and living a more conscious lifestyle with these reusable beeswax food wrapping papers that replace plastic bags and aluminum foil for food storage. This stocking stuffer-appropriate gift is made from organic cotton infused with sustainably harvested beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin that be used for up to a year. 

Buy: Bee’s Wrap, Assorted Set of 3  | Currently $18

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