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Kitchen Stocking Stuffers for Foodies & Gifts for Cooks

Eighteen Stocking Stuffers for Foodies & Gift for Cooks & Bakers. Anyone who spends time in the kitchen will find these gifts useful.

O.K., let’s talk Stocking Stuffers for a minute.

I don’t know about you, but as hard as finding the perfect Christmas present is, I think finding perfect stocking stuffers is infinitely harder.

You see, I have high standards for my stocking stuffers. In a nutshell, they have to be useful.

It’s so easy to stroll the aisles of stores and fill your cart with mini-gifts, with the notion that ‘mini’ makes them the perfect stocking stuffer, all with the end goal of just filling up that stocking. Raise your hand if you can relate. 

But, nothing is worse than cleaning out your junk drawer in June and finding several of your ‘mini’ stocking stuffers languishing there and ultimately bound for the Goodwill box or trash can.

I’ve finally drilled it into my head that buying fewer, more useful stocking stuffers is better than filling the stocking with useless tchotchkes. And at the end of the day, although my fewer gadgets may cost a bit more than my knick-knacky fillers, I can be more confident that they will actually be used and not just become dust collectors. And I’ve realized that I have wasted a lot of money on useless stocking stuffers.

So, let’s have a wee peek at 18 Really Useful Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Cooks:

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I bought myself these little Pot Steam Vents because I was so done with my pots boiling over. I kept trying to set the lid just so, balancing it on the pot edge to allow the steam to vent but still keeping as much heat in the pot as possible. Inevitably, the lid would shift, and the liquid would boil over…and always just after I had cleaned the stovetop.

Baking cookies is so much easier (and neater) with cookie scoops. This is a set of three, but if you only one to get one, get the middle size (1 1/2TB). Not only do your hands stay neater, but it is always good when cookies are the same size!

I have had this Smart Funnel for over 20 years! It is used regularly in my kitchen and with my toiletries, like my shampoo, lotions, and soap. It is dishwasher-safe and is truly one of my favorite gadgets. In fact, I have a ‘Favorite Things’ Christmas party, and this was one of the gifts I gave one year.

One of my favorite gifts for cooks is a smart funnel

Do you keep bacon grease in the freezer? Tell me I’m not alone…please. My Grandma and my mom did it, and so, of course, now I do it.  We use it when making cornbread, warm bacon dressing, fried rice, pancakes, etc…  On Amazon.

  a Bacon Bin is a great stocking stuffer for foodies
Crisbee Stik

I am a long-time user of Crisbee Pucks and Stiks and apply the seasoning to my cast iron after every use. I keep a lint-free piece of paper towel in my drawer and my Stik that I use to wipe down my skillets after cleaning and slightly reheating them. 

This chain-mesh scrubber is what I use to clean my cast iron. The mesh gets off any bits of food without the need for soap. After cleaning it with this scrubber, I set my cast iron on a warm burner to completely dry before I apply the Crisbee seasoning.

Chain mesh scrubber for cast iron makes a great stocking stuffers for foodies

I received these in my stocking this past Christmas. One holds my iPad in the kitchen, and the other props up my phone in my office. When I think of ‘useful,’ this little gadget surely makes the list of ‘Useful Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Cooks.’ These phone stands come in a pack of 2.

Phone Stand

Your favorite cook may not have realized that they really needed a pair of cut-resistant gloves. But, once they have the gloves, they will never know how they managed without them before!

I have a collection of vintage spoons, forks, and knives that I like to use when serving certain foods and gifting with jars of preserves. These would be a lovely addition to any collection.

Vintage knives or spoons make great gifts for cooks

What cook doesn’t love a new and pretty dishtowel? I believe that you can’t have too many.

I recently discovered this 11th favorite stocking stuffer for cooks! And I can’t believe I didn’t discover this little ‘gadget’ sooner.  One of my all-time LEAST FAVORITE cooking chores is peeling garlic…but…not anymore! My mom recently gave me one of these little tubes, which has changed my outlook on peeling garlic.  This little gadget makes it SO EASY to remove the thin, papery garlic skin and makes an EXCELLENT stocking stuffer.

A garlic peeling tube is a great stocking stuffers for foodies
kitchen shears

A good pair of kitchen shears will always be handy. I think the ability to take the shears apart for washing is key.

Make chopping and sauteeing ground beef, chicken, and pork a breeze with this Pampered Chef Mix n’ Chop. Mashing avocados for guacamole and chopping eggs for egg salad are simple tasks with this handy tool.

garlic rocker

I have tried multiple garlic crushers in my day and am flat-out sold on this garlic rocker. There is zero waste, and you can go back over your crushed garlic as often as you need to get it as fine as you need. You simply put your peeled garlic on a cutting board and rock over it with this handy tool. Pair it with the garlic peeler above for a very useful stocking stuffer!

I have a variety of whisks, but this is the whisk I reach for every single time. Why? There are two very good reasons why this is my all-time favorite whisk. One…the individual little prongs get into the corners of the pot or bowl better than the balloon whisk does, and Two…you don’t get clumps of batter stuck inside as you do with a balloon whisk. That #2 is a big one!

When I queried my readers about their favorite stocking stuffers for cooks, this Jar Opener was one of the suggestions. I just bought three of them to give as gifts this Christmas.

After spending too many years with dull knives, I now REALLY appreciate having those kitchen essentials sharpened regularly. Treat your favorite cook by giving them a gift certificate for knife sharpening.

If your favorite cook like to bake, they probably have dealt with hardened brown sugar. These little brown sugar bears keep brown sugar soft. I use them in both my dark and light brown sugar.

So there you go, my friends, 17 Completely Useful Stocking Stuffers for Foodies or Gifts for Cooks…that won’t end up in the junk drawer.  Bookmark it or pin the following image if you want to refer to this page.

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And before you leave, since you know, I am a fan of crowdsourcing…I’d love for you to share your ideas for stocking stuffers for foodies and gifts for cooks.

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  1. Love these ideas! Putting them on my stocking list! Thank you!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Separate question: I made some fudge sauce (doubled the recipe) and now I have more than I can use or give away within the 10 days it says it stays ok in frig. Can I freeze it? I understand if this isn’t enough info to make a decision! It has half’n’half, chocolate chips, brown sugar, vanilla, and butter. It’s called Wicked Fudge Sauce and it’s delicious! Just don’t want to waste it.

    1. Happy Thanksgiving my friend! I am up early to get started in the kitchen. I love it when I’m busy baking and the rest of the house is asleep. There is something very comforting about that.

      So glad you found some of those ideas useful! I love finding handy gadgets!

      As it relates to the fudge sauce, From what I understand, you can freeze fudge sauce…may need to mix it up real well after thawing and possibly add a wee bit more cream/milk.

      Once again, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. These are some great finds. Most of them are items I haven’t seen before. I have two daughters and two granddaughters that would love them so I am going to order them for Christmas (also one of each for me). Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Karen,

      Ooooh, I am so glad you found those ideas useful. I love a handy gadget, so I’m always on the hunt. I have put that phone stand on my Christmas list for my family as well!

      I hope you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving, my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. I have to admit I almost didn’t read this post but I have to say there were quite a few things I not only would love to give but wouldn’t mind getting myself! Great ideas!!

    1. Hi Pam,

      I am so glad you took a second glance! I put the little phone stands on my gift wish list!

      I do hope you have a wonderful day today…if you are in the U.S., I hope you and your family enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Good Morning Barb!

      Crazy how you don’t realize you need a thing until you see it and then think, “I’ve been needing this!” It was like that with those steam vent releases…Such a simple idea but so very useful! And there is no rule that says you can’t treat yourself while buying stocking stuffers for others!

      Have a wonderful day my friend. If you are in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Lucie,

      You aren’t going to believe this, but I had one of those things and gave it away. I didn’t realize just how handy it was until I watched the video you just sent! ARGH!!! Now I need another one.

      Thank you so much for the suggestion, I will be definitely be adding it to the list.

      Have a great day,



  4. Ideas for cooks- they have finger guards to use when cutting in a variety of materials, metal or plastic. Love your site but what’s with all the adds? Hard to follow your stories with all the distractions. And they are difficult to close.

    1. Hi Rosalie,

      Thanks for the finger guard suggestions! That’s a great idea.

      Unfortunately the ads are a necessary evil for all media sites. Just like with magazines and t.v., advertising is how we pay the bills. I want to keep the site free for all to use and also minimize the number of ads…it’s a fine line. I very much appreciate your input.


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