Christmas Gifts for Men in the Kitchen

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Bring a smile to your gingerbread man's face with the best Christmas gift!

Bring a smile to your gingerbread man’s face with the best Christmas gift!

Christmas is all about generosity and gift-giving. If your true love fancies himself as a bit of a Gordon Ramsey, however, a partridge in a pear tree might not be the best option. (Unless he’s of a mind to serve roast partridge and poached pears at this year’s Christmas dinner.)

While few presents are funnier (depending on your sense of humor) than a novelty apron, how about gifting something practical? There are few things he’ll like better on Christmas morning than an additional tool to add to his kitchen armory.

Be it a futuristic infrared thermometer for grilling, a Big Green Egg, or a brand new knife, everyone loves something shiny and new. The added bonus is he can put his new tool to good use immediately. After he’s finished his eggnog, he can enjoy his gifts while preparing dinner.

Here are some suggestions to get you thinking about what to buy the man in your life this holiday season.

1. Serving Blocks and Boards

Does your man usually serve up foods on a cutting board? The Black Tai Himalayan Salt Plate is a fresh take on serving boards. A truly special gift, this attractive heating/cooling and serving surface is not just a cute conversation piece. It’s a very handy piece of kit!

See Reviews on Amazon for the Black Tai Salt Co. Himalayan Salt Plate

Does your husband, brother, or son love sushi? The board will keep California rolls and sashimi cool and fresh. It can equally withstand any level of heat he can throw at it: a centerpiece chicken will look great displayed on this board at his next dinner party.

salt-blockThis board imparts a subtle saltiness to the food, but nothing overpowering. Meanwhile, the natural antibiotic quality of salt means that it needs little more than a quick wipe to clean.

Slate Cheese Board

If you want a board that is sure to impress at parties, the Slate Cheese Board Set will do the job nicely. It features a food safe surface, great for cheese, that he can write on. The chalk (included) lets him label any appetizers he’s serving up, right on the board!

Check the availability of Slate Cheese Board Set on AmazonThe quality and uniqueness of this piece make this cheese board a nice addition to any kitchen.

Find out which tools are best for cutting, slicing, and grating hard cheeses!

2. Knives and Knife Sharpeners

When it comes to gifts for the chef in your life, a good knife is hard to beat. Why not make it a set by pairing it with a handy sharpening tool?

The Knindustrie Coltello prosciutto BE-knife knife is as sharp as your mother-in-law’s tongue, and you don’t need a ham the size of your ex’s backside to utilize its prowess.

This knife makes short work of slicing up prosciutto, jamon serrano, or even a roasted joint of beef. Got turkey to slice? No problem!

Help your man keep that new knife sharp with a great knife sharpener! The Apex system from Edge Pro is one of the best sharpening tools on the market today.

See the Edge Pro Apex 4 Knife Sharpener on Amazon

A sharp knife is a safe knife, and a sharpening tool is as safe a bet as it comes for those who aspire to be a Michelin superstar in their home kitchen.
Check out the Chef’s Choice Trizor Electric Knife Sharpener on Amazon. It’s faster than the manual Edge Pro and a little cheaper, too.

3. Cast Iron Cookware

I love me a good pan! If you don’t have a heavy cast iron pan in your cupboard, there may be something missing in your kitchen. This Christmas, treat your guy to one of the most versatile pieces of kitchenware!

Check out the Lodge L8SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet on Amazon

Just remind him to not use any detergents on it or, even worse, a scouring pad! A quick rinse with a soft cloth and warm water will take care of any unwanted remnants from the last fry, without harming the seasoning. For advice on how to maintain your cast iron cookware, check out this post.

I love a dutch oven and it’s great for stews.

With cast iron’s unique properties (learn about seasoning your cast iron here), this is a gift that will only get better over time.

4. Tumbler Set

A glass of wine is a wonderful way to end a busy Christmas dinner.

A glass of wine is a wonderful way to end a busy Christmas dinner.

Some nice glasses are always good to have around the house. If your SO likes to enjoy a tipple from time to time, Riedel makes some of the best wine glasses in the world.

See the Riedel O Wine Tumbler Cabernet/Merlot, Set of 4 on Amazon

A nice set of tumblers will surely be great to have during family gatherings over the holiday season. Pair them with the best wine key and a bottle of Cabernet, and you have yourself a truly thoughtful gift indeed!

If your man is more of a coffee fiend, you might also want to read about the best coffee Thermoses for his daily commute. Then pick one up for dad to use on his hunting and fishing trips!

5. Thermometer

A thermometer is one of those tools that’s worth its weight in gold in the kitchen. Pick up one of the best presents you can get this Christmas, courtesy of ThermoPro. With a range of 300 feet, the TP-07 Remote Wireless Digital Kitchen Thermometer lets him know when the meat’s done, remotely! Perfect for grilling or roasting, this device ensures that there will be no under- or over-cooked turkeys, steaks, or prime rib in his household!

See the ThermoPro TP-07 Remote Wireless Digital Kitchen on Amazon

Learn a cool trick for checking meat doneness without a thermometer!

6. Deep Fryer

As a man, I know that a cool new kitchen appliance would definitely put a smile on my face! A deep fryer is definitely cool. There are very few foods that can’t benefit from a little batter and deep frying, as we know from the ingenious battered Mars bar.

See the Philips HD9980/20 Airfryer (Basket) on Amazon

Give your fellow all the benefits of frying right in his own home with the Philips HD9220/20 Airfryer! This airfryer is a great model that uses up to 80% less oil than normal fryers. Suitable for everything from calamari, to home cooked french fries, to onion rings, this gift is sure to hit the spot.

See this article to read my how-to on deep frying a whole chicken!

Three new chef’s knives, two cast iron skillets, and one very happy hubby!

If you have a man in your life who loves to cook, consider picking him up a new culinary tool this year. It doesn’t matter whether he’s a meat-lover, a BBQ grillmaster, or the type who enjoys a nice glass of wine. One of these gift ideas is sure to please, and help him get most out of the kitchen!

For more fun gift ideas, check out these articles on Christmas gifts for women in the kitchen, and how to pack cookies for shipping in the mail!

Cooking a Christmas spread is thirsty work!  How about adding this insulated water bottle to his Christmas stocking!

Does your man use well water for cooking?  Here are some great choices for filters to spoil him this Christmas.

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