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A List of 1`11 Useful Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Cooks

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, 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 very easy to stroll the aisles of any number 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.  I know I can.  🖐🖐🖐

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 it's better to buy fewer, more useful stocking stuffers then to fill the stocking with useless tchotchkes. And at the end of the day, although my fewer gadgets may cost a bit more than my knicky-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 whole bunch of money on useless stocking stuffers.

And not for nothing, but The Container Store has a ‘Buy 4 Stocking Stuffers, Get the 5th Free' through November 30.

So, let's have a wee peek at 10 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. Here are the links on both Amazon and The Container Store.

Steam Vent

I hope my daughter isn't reading this because these are ending up in her stocking this year. She loves her Swell Water Bottle, but it can not be put in the dishwasher. That would be a non-starter for me, but, whatever.  So, when I saw these little ‘scrubber beans', I couldn't pass them up! Here they are at The Container Store and at Amazon.                           Scrubbing Peas

I'm always hesitant to buy single-use tools, but…IF THERE IS A COOKING TASK I AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE, IT WOULD BE GETTING THOSE ITTY BITTY LEAVES OFF OF STEMS OF THYME! If this tool does nothing more than that, it's worth its weight in gold.  But, it will de-leaf kale, parsley, cilantro,  oregano, and rosemary as well. Find it at The Container Store or at Amazon.

Herb DeLeafer

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

Bacon Bin

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 along with my Stik that I use to wipe down my skillets after cleaning and slightly reheating them. Crisbee Stik

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


Now, I don't have one of these, but if my family is reading this post…HINT! I use my phone for recipes all the time and it would be helpful to have something to prop it up on. 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

I have a lovely funnel, but I can't put it in any of my drawers, so it's not as handy as I would like. The idea of a collapsible funnel is brilliant!  At The Container Store and on Amazon.


Collapsible Funnel

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

Vintage Butter Knives

What cook doesn't love a new and pretty dishtowel? I'm of the school that you can't have too many.

So there you go my friends, 10 Completely Useful Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Cooks…that won't end up in the junk drawer.  If you want to refer back to this page, bookmark it or pin the following image.

I recently discovered the 11th favorite! 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 any more! My mom recently gave me one of these little tubes and it has changed my outlook on peeling garlic.  This little gadget makes it SO EASY to remove the thin, papery garlic skin. Makes an EXCELLENT stocking stuffer.


Pin Image for Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Cooks are so very useful and will be most appreciated.

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  1. Sheryl Stewart

    November 21, 2018 at 9:25 am

    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.

    • lynn

      November 22, 2018 at 6:57 am

      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. Karen Robbins

    November 21, 2018 at 9:41 am

    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.

    • lynn

      November 22, 2018 at 6:59 am

      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. Pam Kaufman

    November 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    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!!

    • lynn

      November 22, 2018 at 7:02 am

      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

  4. Barb

    November 21, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Great list! I’m thinking I NEED most of these too, forge the stockings! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • lynn

      November 22, 2018 at 7:04 am

      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


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