The 12 best Christmas gifts for chefs 2019

In search of a Christmas present for a foodie? Look no further than our list of the best kitchen gadgets and kit available this year. 

Planter, cafetiere, multicooker and pestle and mortar on a golden background

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If you know a budding chef, we've got plenty of Christmas gift inspiration for you. Here are the best gadgets, utensils and accessories for the kitchen, including a 'does-it-all' multi-cooker, lightweight casserole dish and gorgeous cafetière, as well as several sustainable kitchen gifts. For more foodie present inspiration, check out our 20 best food and drink gifts, gifts for the home and kitchen and a review of the best Christmas hampers. There are also gifts for kids and fun secret Santa ideas

smart herb garden

Veritable smart indoor garden kit

If you struggle to grow your own herbs, this lighted, self-watering herb garden is the answer. It grows four different kinds of herb or vegetables in as little as three weeks with almost zero effort required – it's a serious game-changer.

Available from:
Lakeland (£159.99)
Amazon (£159.99) (£174.99)

granite pestle and mortar

Granite pestle and mortar 

This sturdy, rustic-looking granite pestle and mortar not only makes light work of grinding spices, but looks great in the kitchen too.

Available from Honey & Co (£20)

ninja foodi multi cooker

Ninja Foodi multi-cooker OP300UK

This cooker really can do it all, including air frying, pressure cooking, slow cooking and crisping. Use it to grill salmon and steam veggies at the same time, or make roast chicken and risotto. Pressure cooking isn’t just for soups and stews anymore! 

Available from:
Ninja Kitchen (£199.99)
Argos (£199.99)
Amazon (£199.99)

deep teal le creuset griddle pan

Le Creuset cast iron grillit pan

One of the most trusted brands in cast iron and ceramic cookware, Le Creuset was voted in the top three in our recent griddle pan test for its durability and the fact it is hob-, oven- and dishwasher-safe. Now, for Christmas, Le Creuset brings us a gorgeous deep teal-coloured pan that is sure to last for years to come.

Available from:
Le Creuset (£125)
Harts of Stur (£125)


stretchy silicone lemon cover

Joie Fresh stretch lemon pod

Often left with half a lemon after cooking? Keep it fresh and flavourful in the fridge with this stretchy silicone pod. It’s a dishwasher-friendly alternative to disposable cling film. It's also available for tomatoes and onions.

Available from Lakeland (£3.49)

barista and co copper cafetitere

Corral eight-cup French press

Sleek, stylish and sturdy, we love this cafetière. The copper body has the added benefit of protecting the glass from knocks and scrapes.  

Available from:
Barista & Co (£49.95)
Habitat (£35)


carrot and daikon herb scissors

Fridge magnet scissors

These dinky scissors are perfect for snipping herbs and come in a fun carrot or daikon design. The magnet also means they can be kept on the fridge for easy access.

Available from Nikawi (from £7.50)

green pan featherweight casserole dish

GreenPan featherweight cast aluminium casserole

Swap heavy cast iron for aluminium with this incredibly lightweight but super-sturdy casserole dish. It's safe to use on all hobs and in the oven, and has fast, even heat distribution. The non-stick base means it's easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.

Available from:
GreenPan (from £110)
John Lewis & Partners (from £110)
Amazon (from £87.99)

set of three bowl covers

Bowl covers

Say no to cling film! These bowl covers, with a flexible drawstring closure, fit different-sized plates and bowls. After use, simply chuck them in the washing machine to be cleaned and used again.

Available from Live in the Light (£35.50 for set of three)

raclette set

Paxton & Whitfield raclette set for two

Raclette can be a faff to make and serve, but this set quickly melts slices of cheese using simple tealights. It's also non-stick for easy clean up. 

Available from Paxton & Whitfield (£30)

teal apron


Studio cross back apron

Both comfortable and stylish, we love the deep pockets, teal colour and leather strap detail on this durable apron.

Available from Risdon & Risdon (£65) 

swan espresso machine

Swan SK22110 retro pump espresso coffee machine

One of the highest-rated machines in our recent espresso machine review, this retro-look pump espresso machine is easy to operate and produces good results for a great price. Read the full review here. 

Available from: 
Swan (£99.99)
Amazon (£81)

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