8 Practical Gifts Any Cook Would Love

What do you gift the cook who has everything? From a brand-new cookware set to eco-friendly gadgets, we've rounded up a list of kitchen essentials to make shopping for the cook in your life a piece of cake.

12-piece cookware essentials set from Rachael Ray including pots, pans, and utensils. photo

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Rachael Ray 12-Piece Cookware Set

Seasoned cooks and novices alike will always welcome new cookware. This 12-piece cookware set from Rachael Ray has all the essentials the home cook needs for whipping up delicious dishes. The non-stick aluminum pots and pans are compatible with induction cooktops, and they're even oven-safe up to 400°F. Get 'em while they're on sale!

Price: $122 (usually $360)

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Silver 8-cup food processor from Cuisinart. photo

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Cuisinart 8-Cup Food Processor

A food processor is a handy tool to have in the kitchen for preparing meals in a snap. This small-but-mighty appliance comes with 350 watts of power to help shred and slice veggies, nuts, and more as coarse or fine as you need. You can even mix dough with the included dough hook. We bet the cook on your holiday shopping list would love using this food processor for homemade savory dips and sauces.

Price: from $64

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Wood olive crate filled with olive oil-based products and potted arbequina olive tree. photo

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Arbequina Olive Crate

If their arsenal is already stocked with cookware and kitchen tools, gift them something a little more unique. This crate is packed with olive oil-based products, including hypoallergenic hand cream, exfoliating soap, and EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil). The best part? This crate also comes with a year-old potted arbequina olive tree, a hardy plant that's easy to grow in a variety of climates.

Price: $100

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Red insulated 9-inch by 13-inch thermal carrier from Rachel Ray photo

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Rachael Ray Universal Thermal Carrier

For a thoughtful gift under $40, check out these colorful carriers from Rachael Ray. The cook in your family will get a lot of use out of this thermal carrier when they transport their tasty fare to potlucks, reunions, and holiday parties. The leak-resistant meal carrier keeps food hot or cold and holds most 9" x 13" casserole dishes.

Price: from $20

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Green silicone avocado covers on two avocados photo

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Avocado Huggers

Give the gift the avocado-lover in your family will appreciate by helping keep their cut avocados fresher longer. These reusable silicone huggers mold to the shape of a halved avocado to prevent it from drying out in the fridge and immediately turning brown. These little huggers are the perfect size for a last-minute stocking stuffer.

Price: $8 for two

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Natural wood cookbook or tablet stand in cutting board shape photo

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Cutting Board-Style Cookbook and Tablet Stand

Help the cook in your family stay organized with this attractive wood recipe stand. Made for both books and tablets, this kitchen-inspired stand allows cooks to keep their recipes within easy reach (and free from messes). Want to take this gift to the next level? Bundle it with a new cookbook!

Price: $28

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Light yellow resuable beeswax sandwich paper with gold honeycomb design. photo

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Beeswax Reusable Sandwich Wrap

For the cook who wants to go green for the new year, this reusable beeswax sandwich wrap is the perfect gift. Each item is handmade, giving it an extra-special quality. The cotton wrap is infused with beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil for an antibacterial, moisture-resistant seal. Ditch the plastic and use this wrap again and again—just rinse with cold water to wash.

Price: $11

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Salt and pepper grinders made from acacia wood by Rachael Ray. photo

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Rachael Ray Acacia Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

Bring a dash of flair to the table with these gorgeous salt and pepper grinders. Crafted from eco-friendly acacia wood, these grinders instantly elevate a tablescape or countertop. Any cook would love to receive this beautiful set as a gift, and while you're shopping you just might want to pick one up for yourself, too!

Price: $18

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