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- The 25 best kitchen and cooking gifts of 2019
- 1. For the one who wants an air fryer: Philips Airfryer XXL
- 2. For the one who doesn’t want an air fryer: Breville Smart Oven Pro
- 3. For the wannabe “Bake Off” contestant: KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer
- 4. For the one who wants an Instant Pot: Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1
- 5. For the health-minded smoothie lover: Ninja Fit Personal Blender
- 6. For the trendy chef who has everything: Anova Bluetooth Precision Cooker
- 7. For the cook who needs to feed a crowd: Staub Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Round Cocotte
- 8. For the grill master missing the summer: Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe
- 9. For the busy couple trying to order less takeout: Home Chef gift card
- 10. For the beginner in need of knives: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Gourmet Classic Knife Block Set
- 11. For the sommelier-in-training: Simon Pearce Barre Carafe
- 12. For the one who wants to save the turtles: Hummingbird Glass Straws
- 13. For the family who meal preps: Totally Bamboo Kauai Cutting Board
- 14. For the caffeine-addicted early riser: Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville
- 15. For the classic style icon: Baker Stripe Dish Towels
- 16. For the one saving for an Italian vacation: Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine
- 17. For the couple renovating their kitchen: Coninx Magnetic Knife Holder
- 18. For the talented chef: “How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman
- 19. For the one who tends to overcook things: ThermoWorks ThermoPop
- 20. For the family who hosts pizza night: Lodge Cast Iron Pizza Pan
- 21. For the holiday baker: Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish
- 22. For the one who loved the “Downton Abbey” movie: Trudie Coupe Glasses, Set of 4
- 23. For the hostess with the mostest: Williams-Sonoma Molcajete
- 24. For the family with young children: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
- 25. For the chef who makes a mess: Hedley & Bennett Apron
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40 Kick Ass Gifts for Chefs Who Have Everything
- Chef’s Knife Roll Up Storage Bag
- Cookbook Ends
- Funny Oven Mitt
- My Family Cookbook
- Cast Iron Garlic Roaster
- Personalized Cutting Board
- Spaghetti Monster Strainer
- Gourmet Finishing Salt
- Molecular Gastronomy Kit
- Handheld Food Smoker
- Citrus Mint Hand Soap
- Loch Ness Monster Ladle
- Outdoor Pizza Oven
- Cutting Board Care Kit
- Cast Iron Cleaner
- Sous Vide Cooker
- Beeswax Reusable Wrap
- Salt and Pepper Mills
- Japanese Knife
- Indoor Herb Growing Kit
- Culinary Torch
- Stainless Steel Soap
- Compost Bin
- Sur La Table Gift Card
- Steel Herb Chopper
- Japanese Salt Cellar
- Kitchen Scissors
- Jadeite Mixing Bowl Set
- Mason Jar Ceramic Kitchenware Set
- Fire Fighter Fire Suppressant
- Cedar Grilling Planks
- Sushi Socks
- Chef’s Mat
- Sharpening Stone
- French Press
- Chef’s Mitt
- Where Chefs Eat
- Cuisinart Scale
- Bluetooth Meat Thermometer
- Gelato Maker
Is there a chef in your life? Lucky you! Want to keep those delicious meals coming? Whether you are looking for gift ideas for a professional chef or your favorite chef friend, we have a ton of great gift ideas for you. Here are our favorite and unique gifts for chefs.
Chefs are fussy about knives. They don’t want to use your crummy Walmart knives when they cook at your house, so they bring their knives along. This bag makes porting knives easy and safe. It holds eight knives and has a zipper pocket for additional “can’t do without it” cooking utensils.
Tired of having so many cookbooks that pile up all over the house? Why not add some elegance to your bookshelf or kitchen with these unique cooking bookends that will organize all your cookbooks! The book stoppers are the perfect gift to buy for your cooking friends and family members!
Honestly is the best policy. If you and your chef friend has a good sense of humor, this oven mitt will be a perfect gift for them. The best gift ever. The recipient will laugh for a good 5 minutes. It also helps hold hot pots. Super-insulated, and 100% cotton.
Taking the family recipes with you. From grandma’s lasagna to mom’s bundt cake, every family has recipes that transport them back to the kitchen in an instant. Help them bring back those food memories to the table from miles away. The book includes space for over 80 recipes in addition to tips, tables, and an introduction with useful cooking guides for kitchen novices.
Roasted garlic is nature’s original sweet and savory combination. This roaster is shaped like a garlic bulb and holds one large or two medium bulbs of garlic. The included silicone squeezing tool makes it easy to separate the garlic from its husk without burning your fingers.
A chef probably already has a cutting board, but he or she probably doesn’t have a personalized cutting board! These custom boards are made from maple and are personalized with the last name or the first names of a couple.
Don’t let his pretty eyes fool you. This spaghetti monster is a straining master. And if you’re planning a spaghetti dish, this noodly master will grant your wish! Whether you require a more interesting colander to wear as a hat or want to enjoy some spaghetti-and-meatballs for dinner, this thing should serve as a viable tool for each of those tasks, all while looking so attractive!
If you’re not much of a cook, you might think salt is salt. Au contraire! These are finishing salts and come in six flavors, Fleur de Sel, Hawaiian Red Alaea, Black Pyramid, Spanish Saffron, and Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt. The right salt can add a lot of flavor to your dish.
This Molecular gastronomy gift set is the latest in food trends combining food and chemistry. The kit comes with everything needed to turn a kitchen into a food laboratory.
A food smoker suffuses food and drinks with natural smoke flavor. The smoker comes with wood chips, but you can also use things like herbs, tea leaves, herbs and spices, and dried flowers to flavor food and drinks.
Looking for the one thing to tie your kitchen together? Need an accent that is classy and well made? Tri-Coastal Design Citrus Mint Kitchen Caddy is sleek, cute, and functional! The three-piece set of citrus-scented liquid soaps and hydrating lotion fit perfectly into the included silver wire organizer. All the pieces sit on the edge of your kitchen sink, filling the atmosphere with a lovely scent.
Look how cute! Little Nessie is poking out or your soup pot! They are made of nylon, and the little feet keep them standing upright on the counter and in a pot. With the nice smooth grip, you can now with ease, serve all your favorite Soups, Stews, Chilies, and Sauces.
Bring the experience of a pizzeria home to your family and friends with the fast, easy, perfectly cooked pizzas you’ll get from your PizzaQue. It’s designed to provide an authentic pizza experience that wasn’t possible before with a barbecue grill. The PizzaQue gives you the same results as a high-end wood-burning pizza oven, but without the size or cost.
What is the best way to clean and care for wood cutting boards? It’s probably the most frequently asked question as it relates to cutting boards, butcher blocks, and other wood kitchen tools. This complete cutting board maintenance kit is our answer to this important question. Other companies sell different forms of wax, and a few that sell oil, but no one gives you a complete solution like this.
Cleaning cast iron sucks! You can’t just toss it in the dishwasher. But chefs like it because it’s such a good cooking surface. This badass, chain mail looking scrubber makes short work of dirty cast iron. Also, you will feel like you are in the Middle Ages, which is awesome.
Precision cooking enables you to produce results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. No dry edges and no rare centers. Food comes out perfectly moist and tender. This enables you to produce results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. Download the Anova App to easily monitor, adjust, or control the device from your iPhone and Android or other smart devices.
Don’t want plastic touching your food? Trying to be more environmentally friendly? Then you will love this food wrap. It’s all-natural, made from beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. It’s reusable, lasting up to a year when properly cared for.
These elegant, sleek grinders are ideal for cooking in the kitchen and grilling BBQ outside and stylish addition to your kitchen and dinner table.
Classic l Japanese-style knife for cutting fish and sushi. Because of its length and sharpness, you can now easily slice through a sushi roll without squashing it. You will find out that using this knife can be beneficial for many different meals that involve delicate and soft products. The handle is made out of light brown wood and looks simple and elegant.
Chefs often prefer fresh herbs to dried herbs; the flavor is fresher. Now you can grow fresh herbs year-round and in your own home. This kit sits right on the kitchen counter and can be used to grow salad greens, flowers, and vegetables. The kit is hydroponic; the plants grow in water, so no dirt is mucking up your kitchen!
Chefs love fire. Fire and knives. That’s why they became a chef. Now they can play with fire right in the kitchen! We mostly think of these torches as a way to caramelize sugar, but they can be used for all sorts of things; searing meat, making roasted red peppers, melting cheese, and toasting breadcrumbs. This is one handy kitchen tool.
Regular soap doesn’t get the smell of things like onions and garlic off your hands. Weirdly, rubbing your hands on stainless steel does! You rub this “soap” on your hands under running water, and the smell disappears.
So, you love composting, but it could be quite an eyesore in your kitchen? Here is your solution: This beautiful cream-colored compost bin. This vintage-style bin WILL be noticed, and it will impress. You will enjoy just looking at it. An environmentally friendly way to create nutrient-rich fertilizer for your plants or garden. A handy and convenient way to collect scraps for the compost pile or larger outdoor bin: fewer long trips to the larger compost bin. Just place your scraps, banana and orange peels and apple cores in the bin – once the bin is full, take it outside to your larger composter with the convenient carry handle.
Can’t decide on a gift? We have a great solution: a Sur La Table gift card. They’re perfect for family and friends, and you can let the recipient delight in choosing from our fabulous culinary collection.
Chef’s love knives and an ax is a knife of sorts! This beautiful, hand-forged herb chopper cuts up herbs beautifully. The chopper is crafted from superior grade stainless steel, which conserves its ability to perform multiple tasks in the kitchen. Unlike your typical chopping knife, the one is built to slice and chop through large fruits, vegetables, and meats. The vents in the blade allow you to pass and strip your favorite herbs and leafy greens. This easy to use stainless steel chopping knife is top-ranked among cooking enthusiasts and chefs.
The history of producing ceramic ware is ancient. It began hundreds of years ago. We tried to learn the traditional skills from history and combine the new technique to produce their products. They have been trying to keep our ideology since the beginning. It consists of three concepts: Good Looking, The Good Touch, and handy.
It might seem strange to a non-chef to use scissors in the kitchen, but there are some tasks that they are much more suited for than a knife-like butterflying a whole chicken, cutting bones, and snipping herbs. You can also use these scissors for cracking nuts and opening a beer.
This set of three Jadeite mixing bowls comes in 20, 40, and 65 ounces. They can be nested for easy storage and come in a variety of colors.
Mason jars are an American classic. They’ve been around since 1858 and can be almost considered American folk art. This three-piece set includes a spoon rest, measuring spoons, and stackable measuring cups, and all are made of ceramic.
Even seasoned (see what I did there?) aren’t immune from the occasional kitchen fire. This can put out electric, kitchen, grease, oil wood, and even gasoline fires, although you are unlikely to have gasoline fires in your kitchen. Once used, the residue can be cleaned up just by wiping it away. It’s non-toxic, non-irritant (won’t sting or burn your skin or eyes), and biodegradable.
Cooking food on a cedar plank infuses it with a lovely cedar flavor. Salmon is the go-to, but you can also use these planks for cooking other types of fish, beef, chicken, and pork.
Even if the chef in your life isn’t a sushi chef, they will still love these fun socks. Hell, everyone loves fun sushi socks! At just $10 a pair, you can use these as stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!
If you’ve ever had a job where you were on your feet all day, you can appreciate why this is such a wonderful gift for a chef. This mat helps cut down on the back and knee pain, and the fatigue those who stand a lot can develop.
As previously mentioned, chefs are fussy about knives, and part of that means they like to make sure their knives are always sharp. It’s a safety thing. Cutting things with a dull knife is dangerous, pressing down hard enough to cut can cause the knife to slip and cut your hand. This sharpening stone will keep knives in tip-top shape. This knife sharpener would make the perfect gift for the chef in your life.
Forget the old school drip, coffee maker. Coffee made in a French press tastes better, and chefs have discerning palates. And if you’re going to have a French press, why not one made by one of the most respected cookware makers in the world, Le Creuset? Ohh la la!
Chefs suffer a lot of burns no matter how careful they are, so why not try to cut down on that number? This mitt protects from heat, cold, and slippage. It’s water repellent, which helps prevent steam and liquid burns, the nastiest kind.
The mailman doesn’t go for a walk on his day off. While a lot of chefs do enjoy cooking at home, you can see why sometimes they want someone else to cook for them. This book covers a lot of ground, more than 3,000 restaurants in more than 70 countries. So your chef will never go hungry.
Cuisinart’s Kitchen Scales offer versatile weighing options where you can weigh directly on the platform or use an additional bowl or cover for sanitary, safe food handling. The stainless steel covers are dishwasher safe, as well as the removable dishwasher safe weighing platforms. They offer accurate readings on the large, easy to read LCD screens in either Imperial and Metric mode. The touchpad buttons are easy to clean and features a Tare function that allows you to weigh multiple ingredients without starting from scratch. The sleek styling of our Kitchen Scales are ideal for displaying on the countertop or storing in cabinets or shelves.
Search “chugod” in Appstore or Google Play, or scan the QR code in the instruction with your phone. Then plug the bbq thermometer. Probe into the food, choose the food type, and done degree in the App. The oven thermometer will do the rest. Super easy to read the current data, also has a super backlight so that the barbecue can be done at night as usual. The ideal partner for picnic,
grill, party. A great grill tool for any chef.
This one is a little pricey, but we promise they would love this Italian gelato maker! Make decadent ice cream, rich, creamy gelato, and light sorbet that your family will love, all in the comfort of your own home. The easy to use, fully automatic Cuisinart ICE-100 Ice Cream and Gelato Maker features a commercial-style compressor so you can make batch after batch without waiting. Two unique mixing paddles and a 60-minute countdown timer work to ensure your homemade gelato, ice cream, or sorbet has a perfect consistency.
The Perfect Gift
It can be hard to shop for gifts. This list has something for every chef on your gift list. Happy shopping! I hope this gift guide helped you out.
The 25 best kitchen and cooking gifts of 2019
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For too long, “kitchen gifts” have referred to kitschy, single-use products (think novelty aprons, egg cookers) that are more likely to get stuck inside some drawer than proudly displayed and used day after day. Even the most well-intentioned gift givers tend to draw a blank when it comes to the kitchen and succumb to the lure of plastic gadgets and funny mugs.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. To help you gift smarter and better, we’ve rounded up the best kitchen gifts of the year that people actually want and love. Whether you’re shopping for an experienced chef or someone who uses their oven to store clothes, we’ve got you covered. These are the best kitchen gifts of 2019, according to Reviewed:
1. For the one who wants an air fryer: Philips Airfryer XXL
Air fryers were the hottest kitchen gadgets (literally) again in 2019, and they’re popping up all over wish lists this holiday season. With so many on the market, it can be hard to tell them all apart—that’s why we tested over 20 of the best air fryers to see which are actually worth buying. The Philips Airfryer XXL easily claimed the top spot, churning out massive batches of crisp french fries, crackling fried chicken, and perfectly cooked burgers with ease.
If your giftee can’t decide between an air fryer and an Instant Pot, the other trendiest gadget on shelves this year, we recommend checking out the Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker that can sear, bake, pressure cook, air fry, and more.
Get the Philips Airfryer XXL on Amazon for $199.95
2. For the one who doesn’t want an air fryer: Breville Smart Oven Pro
While the idea of an air fryer might sound nice, not everyone can afford that extra countertop space—and having a massive black plastic appliance out at all times isn’t the most design-friendly. For those cooks who prefer sleek minimalism, the Breville Smart Oven Pro is the appliance of their dreams. It scored top marks in our toaster oven roundup, but it’s so much more than a toaster oven. It can bake, broil, and roast as well as a full-size oven, and its convection bake setting yields crispy results like an air fryer.
If you didn’t know that an air fryer is just a small convection oven, now you know—now share that with your loved ones and get gifting.
Get the Breville Smart Oven Pro on Amazon for $255.99
3. For the wannabe “Bake Off” contestant: KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer
The KitchenAid brand is synonymous with “stand mixer” for a reason—their timeless, high-performing mixers are simply better than the competition. The 5-quart Artisan stand mixer remains No. 1 in our roundup of the best stand mixers on the market thanks to its powerful, quiet motor and user-friendly design. Hobby bakers and professionals alike adore this model, which has almost 7,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. Oh, and it comes in 20 stunning colors—but if you’re not sure what color your giftee would love, you can never go wrong with Empire Red.
Get the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer on Amazon for $279.00
4. For the one who wants an Instant Pot: Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1
For busy home cooks who don’t already have a pressure cooker, you can never go wrong with an Instant Pot. The incredibly popular family of multicookers still has everyone buzzing—but there are too many models to tell apart! If you don’t know where to start, we recommend the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1, which took first place in our roundup of the best multicookers and offers the most valuable options for the money. It’s sleek interface and convenient controls will have your giftee thanking you again and again.
Get the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 (6 Quart) on Amazon for $84.99
5. For the health-minded smoothie lover: Ninja Fit Personal Blender
We all know someone planning to get a jump-start on their health goals in the new year, and this blender is for them. With a 700-watt motor packed into a compact machine, Ninja’s personal blender can whip up any smoothie or health shake in seconds—or maybe an icy cocktail, if it’s been a long day. It took place in our personal blender roundup, and we can attest to its longevity.
If you’re gifting to a couple or family, you may want to go with a full-sized machine like the Breville Super Q, our favorite pro-style blender on the market.
Get the Ninja Fit Personal Blender on Amazon for $49.99
6. For the trendy chef who has everything: Anova Bluetooth Precision Cooker
Sous vide cooking produces some of the tenderest, most delicious meat and vegetables known to man, and the technique is more popular than ever among home chefs. While there are a few sous vide tools everyone needs to get started, the only truly essential device is an immersion circulator.
Our favorite is the Bluetooth-equipped Anova Immersion Circulator, which is the top sous vide machine on Amazon with a 4-star rating and over 3,000 user reviews. It topped our own roundup of the best immersion circulators thanks to its ease of use, excellent responsiveness, and affordable price. And according to our testing, it’s a much stronger performer than the Nano, Anova’s latest release.
Get the Anova Precision Sous Vide Cooker on Amazon for $129.47
7. For the cook who needs to feed a crowd: Staub Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Round Cocotte
A classic, well-designed Dutch oven is a great gift for just about anyone, but they’re particularly handy for people who tend to cook a lot of food at once. You might assume that Le Creuset has this category on lock, but the best Dutch oven from our testing is actually the 5.5-Quart Round Cocotte from French competitor Staub, a sleek, stylish, and versatile vessel for cooking just about anything.
If you’re put off by the price tag on the Staub, we recommend the Lodge 4.5-Quart Round Dutch Oven, our top budget pick.
Get the Staub Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Round Cocotte on Amazon for $271.95
8. For the grill master missing the summer: Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe
Unless your giftee lives in a warm locale where outdoor grilling is an option year-round, they’ll need a good indoor option to stave off the winter blues and make delicious food. And while grill pans can work in a pinch, having a devoted electric grill is the way to go. The Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe is our favorite of the best indoor grills—it’s packed with features and can be used as an open grill, a panini press, and even as a griddle.
Prefer an appliance that can do more than grill? The Ninja Foodi Grill is a great smokeless option that can also roast, bake, dehydrate, and even air fry.
Get the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe on Amazon for $114.00
9. For the busy couple trying to order less takeout: Home Chef gift card
Sorry, Blue Apron: Home Chef is the best meal kit delivery service on the market. We spent three months testing these services and were consistently impressed by Home Chef’s unique recipes and the delicious meals they helped me create. Whether someone is trying to save time and avoid the grocery store, learn how to cook from scratch, or just pick up some new techniques, a subscription to Home Chef is an incredibly useful tool.
Get a Home Chef Gift Card from Home Chef for $50 or more
10. For the beginner in need of knives: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Gourmet Classic Knife Block Set
Experienced chefs might find the number of knives in a knife block excessive, but for beginners and households with multiple cooks, a block is essential. We tested the best knife sets on the market and found the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Gourmet Classic Knife Block to be the most comprehensive set with the sharpest blades—very giftable.
Get the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Gourmet Knife Set on Williams-Sonoma for $349.95
11. For the sommelier-in-training: Simon Pearce Barre Carafe
Simon Pearce’s gorgeous glassware has been given as gifts to foreign dignitaries and to presenters at the Oscars. Why not share a little bit of that elegance with your loved ones? The Vermont-based Irish designer has a number of beautiful designs, but we love this striking and simple carafe. It’s perfect for wine, but also for water, orange juice, and anything else someone might want to set out to impress their guests.
If you want to give the gift of wine, a Firstleaf subscription box is a truly personalized option that pairs nicely with the carafe.
Get the Simon Pearce Barre Carafe at Bloomingdale’s for $150
12. For the one who wants to save the turtles: Hummingbird Glass Straws
Straw bans and single-use plastics have been all over the news since last year, so we tested the best reusable straws to help you make the best environmentally conscious decision. Our favorite, the Hummingbird Glass Straw, is beautiful, durable, and easy-to-clean, making it the perfect stocking stuffer for on-the-go sippers who want to be a little kinder to the Earth.
Get Hummingbird Glass Straws, Set of 4 on Amazon for $19.99
13. For the family who meal preps: Totally Bamboo Kauai Cutting Board
You might think that every cutting board is basically the same, but you’d be wrong. This medium-sized cutting board is made from two-tone bamboo, making it both harder and lighter than most wood boards of the same size. It’s the perfect cutting board to add to a family’s collection or replace that old one they’ve been meaning to throw out for a while. It also took top honors in our roundup of the best cutting boards and the best part? It only costs $20.
Get the Totally Bamboo Kauai Cutting Board on Amazon for $19.95
14. For the caffeine-addicted early riser: Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville
If your giftee is looking to leave their Keurig behind as we enter a new decade, the Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville is the coffee maker to replace it. This sleek and easy-to-use machine is the best pod coffee maker we’ve tested, thanks to its speciality brewing system that makes delicious coffee every time. Plus, you can use it to make espresso, lattes, and more. Sorry, coffee snobs—pod machines are actually good now.
Get the Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville on Amazon for $107.99
15. For the classic style icon: Baker Stripe Dish Towels
Dish towels can (and should) be a lot more than some rags you keep around to your kitchen. With their colorful pinstripes and high-quality knit fabric, these stylish dish towels evoke thoughts of French patisserie windows and dreamy summer fantasies of a simpler life. OK, and they’re soft and absorbent and highly rated on Anthropologie. If you’re just looking for clean white towels or even simpler designs, check out our roundup of the best dish towels for some great options.
Get the Baker Stripe Dish Towels, Set of 4 from Anthropologie for $20
16. For the one saving for an Italian vacation: Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine
Making homemade pasta is a great way to take anyone’s culinary skills to the next level, whether they’re casual home cooks or serious chefs. And with a good pasta maker, it’s surprisingly easy to turn out a pappardelle or linguine as fresh and delicious as what you’d get in Rome. We found the Marcato Atlas Pasta machine is as well-built and easy to use as it is affordable, snagging first place in our roundup of the best pasta makers.
Get the Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine on Amazon for $67.99
17. For the couple renovating their kitchen: Coninx Magnetic Knife Holder
For those who prefer to choose individual knives instead of buying a knife set, it can be difficult to know how to store them and keep the blades sharp. This magnetic bamboo knife holder from Coninx acts just like like those knife strips people like to install above their countertops, but with no installation required. It’s sturdy, sleek, and a life-saver for those who hate kitchen clutter.
Get the Coninx Magnetic Knife Holder on Amazon for $27.99
18. For the talented chef: “How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman
Cookbook collectors can be hard to shop for, but there’s a good chance they don’t already have the 20th anniversary edition of How to Cook Everything from Mark Bittman of the New York Times. Released just this month, this edition expands on Bittman’s excellent recipes and deep explainers on all-things cooking. This is a tomb with something to teach novices and experienced chefs alike.
Looking for something easier to digest? Celebrity chef Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, the book that launched her hit Netflix show, is a colorful and eye-opening guide to mastering the elements of cooking. “Just reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will make you a better cook, adept at seasoning, balancing, and understanding what it really is you’re doing and why,” writes Bon Appétit.
Get How to Cook Everything—Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman on Amazon for $21.90
19. For the one who tends to overcook things: ThermoWorks ThermoPop
Some people know exactly when to take their meat out of the oven or off the grill—and some people don’t. The best meat thermometers, like our winner from ThermoWorks, can help take the guesswork out of cooking by giving quick and accurate temperature readings. The ThermoPop also comes in a ton of fun colors, so it’s not just some stodgy practical gift.
Get the ThermoWorks ThermoPop at ThermoWorks for $34
20. For the family who hosts pizza night: Lodge Cast Iron Pizza Pan
Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser, and so is this multi-purpose pizza pan from Lodge. It snagged first place in our roundup of the best pizza stones for its portability, affordability, and heat retention, and it can easily be used in an oven or on a grill. And because it’s essentially just a massive cast iron pan, it’s also great for preparing roast veggies and other dishes all year round. Hello, pizza night.
If sky’s the limit on your budget and you really want to wow someone with the ultimate pizza gift, this miniature pizza oven from Breville is the best of the best. We tested it with an actual pizza chef and he was wildly impressed with how evenly and quickly it could churn out some delicious Neapolitan pizzas. We’ve even seen it used in the Bon Appétit test kitchen, so you know it’s the real deal.
Get the Lodge Cast Iron Pizza Pan on Amazon for $39.90
21. For the holiday baker: Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish
Every holiday party has one—the amazing person who arrives with a freshly-baked pie in their arms. Thank the baker in your life with the best pie dish we’ve tested, the Emile Henry Modern Classic Pie Dish. It’s deep enough to hold plenty of filling and made with ruffled edges to support that perfect, flaky crust they’re looking for. Oh, and it’s available in three gorgeous colors, so you can find one to match their Le Creuset.
Get the Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish on Amazon for $39.99
22. For the one who loved the “Downton Abbey” movie: Trudie Coupe Glasses, Set of 4
Elegance abounds with this gorgeous set of gold-rimmed champagne coupes from Anthropologie. Coupes have been trending all year and are perfect for serving all sorts of cocktails, not just champagne. They add a bit of old-world glamour to weeknight meals and weekend gatherings—gift them to your stylish mother, or that friend who is really into costume dramas.
Get the Waterfall Coupe Glasses, Set of 4 on Anthropologie for $64
23. For the hostess with the mostest: Williams-Sonoma Molcajete
You’ve heard of a mortar and pestle, but have you heard of a molcajete? These traditional Mexican variations on the stone grinding tool are perfect for grinding spices and, as you might have seen at restaurants, preparing and serving guacamole. This highly-rated molcajete from Williams-Sonoma is the perfect gift for saying say thank you to the host or hostess that’s always feeding you chips and margaritas.
Get the Williams-Sonoma Molcajete on Williams-Sonoma for $39.96
24. For the family with young children: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
If you’re stumped with what to get the growing family with young kids who still want to be involved in the kitchen, we recommend the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, which took first place in our roundup of the best ice cream makers. It’s fun, simple to use, and can easily churn out delicious ice cream or non-dairy treats in about an hour. Don’t trust us? It also has over 4,000 5-star ratings on Amazon.
Get the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker on Amazon for $39.99
25. For the chef who makes a mess: Hedley & Bennett Apron
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A Minimalists Guide To Gifting Experiences (90+ Ideas)
How often do you look back at old photos and think to yourself, “buying that top was such an amazing experience!”
I don’t imagine anyone would.
Instead, I’m sure you remember when you had your first date with your partner, the holiday you took with your family where you laughed until you cried, or when your child was so proud of something they built themselves.
You get the idea. The type of memorable moments that’ll put a smile on your face every time you think about them.
We rarely remember things that we’ve bought because we like them or must have it. Unless these items have some significant meaning, we tend to forget about them soon after purchase. Or in this case, after they’ve been gifted to us.
I know that there are many Christmas, birthday and other special occasions in my life where I would have received a physical gift that I wanted so badly, to soon realise it wasn’t worth all the excitement I had built around it.
Even worse, feel bad that money and time were invested into something that I no longer wanted.
Do you forget memories of experiences that you’ve had?
Creating memorable experiences that’ll allow you to live life to the fullest is what life is about. So many people regret not experiencing more in life. Not many people regret not buying more.
When you move away from buying more things as gifts, you start to create opportunities for memories that will only bring you and the people you care about closer together. We have a podcast on this very topic!
Gifting experiences is where it’s at.
Experiences in many ways are priceless, as they help shape who we are as individuals and give us broader perspectives in life.
Dust collectors don’t do that. Especially the ones from our distant Aunt Agnus. Thanks, Aunt Agnus, but I could have gone without that Christmas sweater and a scented candle!
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When the holidays come around
When you see Christmas and other festivities roll around, and you are dealt with the task of buying presents, what is your go-to plan? Do you sit down and write a list?
Or maybe wait for the influx of product ads to hit your email, letterbox, windscreen wiper, and shopping malls.
They’ll share their holiday bargains, specials and exclusives so that you can plan out your shopping trip, that let’s face it, you would rather never have to do! Everyone wants to sell you something.
Christmas shopping is a nightmare. Not only for everyone that goes out and buys presents but for the people receiving unwanted gifts, as well as our planet.
Do we ever pause to consider what we’re doing to our environment? Maybe it’s time we implemented some minimalist principles.
The amount of unwanted gifts that we gift and receive every year is crazy!
Why buying experiences is better than physical gifts
I hope by now, I have helped you understand some of the logical reasons why choosing to buy experiences over things is much more sustainable and enjoyable. Not only that, it lasts a lifetime!
Buying experiences is better than physical gifts for many reasons; here are a few:
- Material possessions do not bring someone more happiness in the long run. Experiences create a memory that will last.
- The excitement that can be built around an experience is greater than the hype that can come from a physical gift. This also prolongs the excitement around what you plan to do—from before, during and after.
- It creates a much deeper bond with people that are involved in the activity, particularly for children.
- It’s something different from the norm. We have engrained this need for physical possessions around holidays, that gifting an experience can be something refreshing.
There are many names for this concept of buying experiences. The other ways that you can call it is unstuff gifts, non-toy gifts (for kids), experience gifts, and activity gifts.
To also help you get started, here are some websites that will give you pre-planned experiences to purchase:
- Cloud 9 Living
- AirBnB Experiences
Now let’s get into the list that will help you create gifts for your family and friends with much more appreciation than the novelty of physical gifts that wears off soon after purchase.
Before we get into it, I just wanted to let you know I’ve broken this up into two categories only, mainly because some would have a lot of overlap if I narrowed down the categories for you.
It’s also worth mentioning that these gifts range from free to quite pricey, so it does cater for everyone.
Full disclaimer: They’re not all technically “experiences” some are more services and perishable gifts that create an experience.
So, let’s get started!
Experience gifts for kids and families
Here are some great ideas to gift to kids and families.
- Donate to an animal sanctuary or sponsor an animal. This is a very thoughtful gift. When you wrap the gift with the details of the sanctuary and the animal, include some photos and dates when they can go and visit the sanctuary. This will help them build a bond with the place and the animals. You can, at this point, also discuss how the donation will help the sanctuary and the animals. E.g. food and shelter for them, a vet if they are unwell or for general check-ups etc.
- Gift a yearly membership to a museum. This is a great way to get the whole family involved to learn about the history and see all the exhibitions that are running throughout the year.
- Gift a yearly membership to a science and technology centre. We have a local one called Questacon, and we have taken our nephew there a couple of times to learn about spiders and dinosaurs. They generally have different exhibits and shows every few months—the perfect thing to do on a rainy day.
- Buy a voucher to a fun indoor activity. There are many great and fun things to do indoors, and a gift like this can come particularly handy when you want to get out of the house and its bad weather outdoors (like the suggestion made above). Places like indoor rock climbing, a trampoline centre, indoor skydiving, a games centre, an arcade or an escape room. The fun options here are endless!
- Membership to the botanical gardens or national park passes. Perfect for those that love the outdoors and exploring nature. This gift can also be accompanied by a picnic basket filled with goodies.
- A full day away somewhere fun. This is the type of gift we have the most experience gifting. Depending on where you live, you can create a memorable day trip that’s just outside your city. To give you some ideas, you can gift a day at the beach with some French fries and ice cream as treats. Sailing on a boat and seeing dolphins in the wild. Building a snowman or tobogganing at the snow nearby your city, or going exploring in the woods. Remember to pack some snacks, drinks and fun song playlist for the car ride!
- Movie night for the whole family. This can be done at home or the movie theatre. Depending on your budget, you can prepare the movie that the whole family will watch at home and include a snacks goodie bag to go with it. Or gift a movie pass for the whole family to enjoy with a voucher for some candy bar treats.
- Organise a scavenger hunt. I know that as a kid, I would have loved this! It can be organised for the whole family or for the kids to do with their friends. You can get some great ideas here and don’t forget to include a scavenger hunt map as part of the gift!
- Gift a veggie garden starter kit. A gift that the whole family can enjoy. With the seeds that have been included as part of the gift, you can plan out what kind of pretty veggie patch you would like to create in your backyard: a fun and a wonderful way for kids to learn how to grow their food.
- Plan a camping trip. If you or whoever you’re gifting this trip is the type of family that loves the great outdoors, then an organised weekend camping trip could be the best gift ever! You can even include a pack for them to take along on their trip with snacks, and activities to do when they’re there. If the budget doesn’t permit, you can always organise one right in their/your backyard. It would still be loads of fun for everyone with the convenience of the home bathroom and kitchen.
- Buy a pass to an amusement or theme park. I honestly don’t know which kid wouldn’t LOVE this experience! I’m sure the parents would also enjoy the rides. These include places like water parks, Disneyland, Universal, Legoland etc. A memory to remember for life.
- Book a day at the bowling alley. I have done this a few times with my family even as adults, and it’s so much fun. Even if everyone can’t participate or isn’t any good at bowling, I can guarantee that you’ll still have a blast. Don’t forget your socks!
- Gift a pass to mini-golf. A day dedicated to hitting a hole-in-one can be a really fun day for the whole family to spend time together. There’d be different challenges for you all to help each other out. If you have a competitive streak, this could get quite interesting!
- Plan a day at the ice skating rink. A wonderful day of laugh and wabbles as you make your way through a music-filled ice skating rink. Paired perfectly with some hot cocoa and homemade vegan muffins, it’s sure to make for a great day out.
- Organise a family game night. As a kid, these are some of my fondest memories! Most families will have some kind of games for the whole family to play. You can choose from board games, card games, leggo, dominoes, twister, and puzzles. The list could go on and on!
- Book in a family photoshoot. This one is particularly close to my heart. Being a professional photographer, I’ve offered this as a gift to Michael’s side of the family many times. If you can afford to book in a professional, that’s awesome. If you’re a hobbyist photographer, why not offer a shoot to help perfect your skills as well as capture some beautiful photos? It’s a win, win situation.
- Give the gift of giving back to the community. There’s no better feeling than giving back to the community. Here are some ideas—plant trees around your neighbourhood, plant bee-friendly flowers and bushes, volunteer at the local soup kitchen, offer to walk dogs at the animal shelter, meet some new friends at your local nursing home, make a meal for a family in need, put together a care package for the homeless. You get the idea.
- Book the kids in for summer camp. This could give the parents a much-needed break as well as a very memorable few days away for the kids — the perfect present for both parties.
- Create a coupon book. This could be the ideal way to put a few smaller activities and experiences into one gift. You can create a little coupon booklet that gives them vouchers to use when they like. Some ideas of what to include are a lunch date with you, a trip to the local swimming pool, ice-cream on the weekend, movie night at home, baking afternoon, playing their favourite game with them. Some of the other activities in this list could be part of this coupon booklet.
- Book a day trip sightseeing by train. Sightseeing by train could be a great and exciting activity for you to organise for the family. If you’re lucky to live near a beautiful trail that trains often go on, then this is a perfect opportunity to go exploring more of your local area and beyond.
- Gift art classes. Most kids love to draw and paint. Giving them classes to share their talents with others and learn more is a great way for them to grow as an artist.
- Plan a DIY mural project. This gift is best organised by the parents as they know best if they’d be happy to give a full wall for a family project where the kids can draw/paint on the wall. It can be a great memory to create that everyone will see every day and enjoy.
- Plan a day at a local festival or carnival. You’ll find that normally around the holiday seasons there will be festivals and carnivals popping up. Check out your local community notice board or a local blog that updates on local events. Purchase the tickets in advance or write up a note as the gift to say that you’ll spend a fun day out together!
- Buy a pass to the observatory/planetarium. This experience gift is ideal for those that love learning about planets, stars and our universe. You can even see if you can buy a star (name a star after them) as part of the gift!
- Gift animal-free circus tickets. An event like the circus can be a very exciting gift for kids and adults. Please be sure only to support circuses that are completely animal-free.
- Book a weekend away in a castle! Sounds crazy, but if you’re lucky enough to live within a few hours drive of a castle that’s also a hotel, this would be the gift of a lifetime!
- Offer to babysit. What young parent doesn’t crave for half a day to do something fun? Maybe it’s your sister or your best friend, offering to babysit their toddler for the day goes a long way.
Experience gifts for everyone
- Buy a massage session. It doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, old, young, healthy or unhealthy, just about anyone could benefit from a nourishing massage. Make sure you pick your therapist wisely, so you ensure the best possible experience.
- Bake a cake. This is an oldie but a goodie. Roll up your sleeves, jump on Pinterest for inspiration and bake the best cake that you can. Deliver it to your friend or family member on their birthday, and I’m sure they will appreciate your effort.
- Sporting event. Does your friend love sports? Why not take them to a local game? Seeing games live creates unique experiences that will be remembered for years to come.
- Organise laser tag. Laser tag was always fun as a child. What about as an adult? Still fun ? Grab a group of friends and battle each other on the field. Share bragging rights then grab a meal after.
- BYO food party. A minimalist gift doesn’t just have to come from you. Why don’t you get your closest mutual friends involved and host a BYO food party? This is a great way to surprise your friend with a variety of food and good company.
- Purchase an astrology reading. Gifting an astrology reading is something a little different and perhaps unexpected. Even if your friend or family member does not know much about astrology, they would at least be intrigued. I mean, who doesn’t want to know more about themselves?
- Give 5 hours of your time to help them with anything they want. What better way to show that you care than dedicating 5 hours of your undivided attention to help them with whatever they need. That may be helping them with a project or helping them finish a big task around the house. Make sure you package this gift professionally, so they know you mean business! Offer some dates and get them to lock in time as soon as possible.
- Buy tickets to a performance. This gift doesn’t have to be too costly. You can get tickets to a music or dance performance — even things like stand-up comedy or a drama.
- Write a thoughtful letter or poem. A beautiful letter or poem expressing your love and appreciation for the other person is a thoughtful gift.
- Create a slideshow. A little cliche, but still effective. Put together a slideshow of images that bring up past moments you’ve experienced together. You can do this in Keynote, PowerPoint, Google Slides, Google Photos and Apple Photos have features to create a gallery slide shows.
- Send a video message. Simply record yourself on video on either your phone or computer, with once again, a thoughtful message or something funny that you both share. Take it a step further and get other people to send through video messages and compile all of them into one video file.
- Organise outdoor activities with friends and family. When was the last time you played a tug of war or had a good old-fashioned water fight? Grab a crew of important people (or fun strangers) in your life and get everyone outside to engage in outdoor activities.
- Take a dance class together. No matter your skill level, dancing is a ton of fun. Why not get out of your comfort zone and take a class together? Exercise and have a blast, it’s a win, win situation!
- Buy them an online course. Do you know what your friend is interested in learning? Buying them a course on how to take better photos with their iPhone, or how to become a yoga teacher are gestures they would appreciate. Platforms such as Lynda and Udemy are great for short courses.
- Deliver delicious homemade food in bulk. Who doesn’t love an enormous pot of food to eat over a few days? Whether it’s a curry, stew, soup or a pasta dish, obscene amounts of comfort food always puts a smile on peoples faces. It’s also easy to prepare. This gift would be perfect for newborn parents.
- Premium movie tickets. Grab two premium tickets to a movie premiere. The main thing here is to pick up your friend/family so they can have a couple drinks out and fully experience the premium service.
- Get a gift card for Audible. How many people love the idea of reading books but just don’t have the time to pick up a book? This is where Audible is great, they can still experience the books they like, but in an audio format! This would make a perfect gift for someone that travels/commutes a lot.
- Book a floristry course/workshop. If they love flowers and design, why not book them into a floristry workshop. They can put together the perfect bouquet to admire in their home.
- Gift an art class. This gift would be ideal for someone that is into art. You can pick anything from pottery, drawing, glass blowing, and painting to jewellery making, sewing, knitting, and learning a musical instrument. The ideas are endless!
- Organise a cooking class in person or online. If your friend or special someone is a foodie, this would be the perfect gift for them. This can be classes like chocolate making, cake decorating, bread making, vegan cheese making, fermenting or learning how to cook a specific type of cuisine. If you’re on a bit of a budget, online is a cheaper option.
- Book in a local photo tour. This is the perfect way for them to learn more about their city and take some awesome photos at the same time. Organise a free photo tour through your local Apple store. They are run daily and are called Today at Apple sessions.
- Gift surfing lessons. This is often an activity that could be on someone’s bucket list, however, they never get around to organising it themselves. Perfect opportunity to make that happen for them!
- Organise a human hamster ball experience (aka zorbing). If the person you’re gifting an experience to loves adventure and trying something different, booking them in to do a day of fun by rolling down hills would be a blast! This is definitely on our list.
- Gift a booking for a cleaner. For those that have no time to clean their own homes or could use some help, a clean home could be the perfect gift. They may not consider paying for a cleaner themselves, but gifting them that service could be very welcome! Be careful who you gift this to though, could come across a bit rude if not careful ?
- Create a tailored playlist. Making a tailored playlist could be a very touching gift and take your friend or loved one down memory lane. This shows the person how much you’ve paid attention to the music that means something to the both of you over the years you’ve known each other.
- Develop a new recipe or share one you love. If your friend Jess has been asking you how you make that amazing lasagne and you keep forgetting to tell her, she would greatly appreciate that recipe all neatly packaged and delivered. You can always group it with a little booklet with multiple recipes or as part of the gift, bake the lasagne as part of the present.
- Take them out for a meal. Sometimes taking someone out for a great meal and a conversation can be a wonderful way to express your care for that person. Book a place you know they’ll love or gift them a voucher for the cafe or restaurant if they will go there without you.
- Book in a guided tour. This can be done locally, interstate or overseas. So many options for tours to fit all budgets. Some ideas are food tours, cycling tours, brewery tours, cave exploring, nature reserves, gallery tours, historic tours and market tours.
- Purchase a photoshoot. Just like in the kids and family section, everyone would love to have some timeless images to treasure forever. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a few nice photos that they can even have for themselves.
- Book a weekend wine tasting. A weekend away tasting delicious wines from different vineyards could be the perfect gift for wine connoisseurs.
- Organise a workshop. You can commonly access workshops daily depending on where you live. Some ideas could be tea blending, skincare making, zero-waste alternatives, gardening, composting, and worm farming. A great place to start looking could be Eventbrite.
- Offer to get their clothes mended. Not an experience but being busy can often come with its little challenges for making time to do all the little things like fixing your favourite skirt or getting your favourite heels repaired. Offering to mend someone’s clothes can give their wardrobe some life back with the pieces they love. This prevents them from feeling like they may need to buy something new.
- Buy a yoga class pass. Does your best friend love going to yoga every week to her local studio? Perfect, buy her a class pass for 1,5 or 10 classes. She’d love it!
- Book a tiny house for a weekend away. Always wondered what it would be like to live in a tiny house or know someone that loves them and is a minimalist? Gifting a weekend away would be the perfect way to give it a try!
- Plan a visit to a nearby small town. There’s nothing sweeter than organising a day trip to a small town close by to explore the local antique stores, grab a bit to eat and stroll around and take in the history and uniqueness of the place.
- Organise to go food foraging. This is ideal for someone that loves local food and nature. You can go foraging for mushrooms (please do your research or take someone that knows the local safe to consume mushrooms with you), wild berry and fruit picking, chestnuts or even other nuts.
- Book to see the latest art exhibition. For those that love art and design, this could be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon learning and appreciating artworks. Most cities will have some international exhibitions that come every now and then.
- Visit a hot spring. If they’re lucky enough to live within a few hours drive of a hot spring, totally take advantage of that and organise for them to go and relax for a few hours. Who wouldn’t enjoy relaxing in a nice warm bath?
- Hire a personal stylist. If you know someone that would love the opportunity to the pick brains of a professional fashion stylist to help them maximise their wardrobe, this gift is pretty awesome! They can completely transform their wardrobe without buying anything new.
- Take them out for a drink. We can easily underestimate the value and gratitude that someone can have by going out for a drink and having a lovely catch up with someone that they care about. This could be in a quirky cafe or the latest bar, the company and the atmosphere are key here.
- Book a sailing trip. This is on the pricier side but can make for an amazing gift for the adventurer that loves the ocean. The perfect way to spend a sunny day out in the open sea and take in the fresh air.
- Pack a picnic. Gifting a picnic experience can be such a romantic and fun way to spend a few hours together. The options of where to go are endless! Pack some of their favourite treats, some drinks and enjoy some chill-out time.
- Gift language classes. For someone that would love to learn a new language or is planning on spending some time overseas, gifting a handful of language classes would be a wonderful and thoughtful gift. They’ll be able to mingle with the locals confidently.
- Book a helicopter ride. Expensive, yes, but this would be a gift of a lifetime! Looking at the city from above and taking in the breathtaking views would be a spectacular experience.
- Organise a sports car drive. If you have someone in your life that loves cars, racing and/or driving, this will make a great gift. Get that adrenalin pumping and giving them an opportunity to get up close and personal with cars they wouldn’t normally get an opportunity to see on the road.
- Plan a glamping getaway. This would be a wonderful gift for a couple or for your partner to go with you. If you love the idea of being in nature, but still don’t want to be faced with uncomfortable sleeping bags and bugs, glamping is the perfect alternative.
- Write and perform/record a song. If you’re naturally gifted in music and/or can sing, why not write a thoughtful song for the one you love? Something from the heart that will be a lasting memory and even bring a tear to their eye.
- Organise a kayaking adventure. Another great idea for those that love the outdoors and some adventure! Could get a little wild, so make sure that the person you’re gifting this experience to is up for it.
- Put together a hamper with locally grown and made foods. For someone that is into food and sustainability, you can make a great little hamper of goodies made using local produce. Best place to find the goodies is at local markets or farms that are open to the public.
- Gift a bunch of flowers. Not an experience, but still a perishable that can create all the wonderful fuzzy feelings inside of someone. You can never really go wrong with a beautiful bunch of flowers!
- Book scuba certification classes. Ideal gift for someone that loves snorkelling and wants to take things to the next level. A wonderful way to explore deep down under.
- Organise a skydiving experience. I would suggest you only book this in if you’ve heard the person say that they’d love to experience skydiving. It’s definitely for people that like a bit of a thrill!
- Buy a hot air ballooning experience. One of the best ways to see a place if from a hot air balloon. They are normally done just at the peak of sunrise, and the views would be spectacular — a great gift for anyone.
- Book a day at a spa. Perfect pampering gift to help your loved one unwind and fully relax. Need I say more?
- Gift a facial. Similar to the suggestion above but more affordable and shorter. Still a great gift to give someone a glowing look! It’s not normally something you buy for yourself but love as a present.
- Organise a holiday interstate or overseas. This can be an expensive gift but can be life-changing. There are so many different adventures to choose from. Tip: check with the person when they could get some time off work before you book the holiday. Alternatively, plan something without dates.
- Plan a staycation (book a local hotel). This is more of a budget-friendly alternative to the previous point, but can still be super fun and relaxing. Taking some time out without having to spend any time on the road can be a great way to recoup energy and get away from the daily chores and commitments.
- Plan a fun day of cooking together. If you love to be in the kitchen together and experiment with different new and exciting dishes, this could be a great day planned. Start the day off with shopping together and work your way through a three-course delicious home-cooked meal. This can easily be a full-day experience.
- Gift a pedicure or manicure. Do they love getting their nails done? Book them in for a wonderfully relaxing time in a nice salon or spa.
- Book a tour overseas. There are plenty of tours that you can book through websites like Trafalgar or Contiki tours. For example, you can book a trip from London to Berlin by train over 8 days or perhaps a Costa Rican eco-adventure over 10 days.
- Organise a bodywork session. Think acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, Bowen, iridology, osteopathy, or chiropractic. For those that need a little bit of bodywork, this could seriously be an amazing gift.
- Book a personal chef. If you like the idea of eating at home and relaxing, a personal chef to cook whatever you want would be a great gift for anyone!
- Organise a locally grown produce delivery service. This is ideal for someone that loves to cook and values locally grown produce but doesn’t maybe have the time to get to the markets every week. Organising a home delivery service for a couple of weeks could be a great gift, particularly if someone is unwell and can’t leave the house or is super busy.
- Buy a private lesson. There are many different lessons that you can book—like the dance lessons we mentioned earlier, but there is also the options of DJing and voice lessons for those that want to try their hand at music.
- Book a catering package. This gift is perfect for new parents or for someone that is unwell at home. However, we’re sure that most people would appreciate a gift like this!
What other experience gifts would you add?
How did we do? What do you think of the gifts that we’ve shared with you?
Is there something that we’ve missed that you think we should add to the gifting experiences list? Share it with us in the comments below.
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