Useful 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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
I have had this handy tool for probably 15 years! It is used regularly in my kitchen as well as with my toiletries, like my shampoo, lotions and soap. It is dishwasher safe and is truly one of my favorite gadgets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What cook doesn’t love a new and pretty dishtowel? I’m of the school that you can’t have too many.
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.
So there you go my friends, 11 Completely Useful Stocking Stuffers for Foodies or 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.
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.