I know it seems early and it is, but I think if you’re ordering any gifts online now is the time to think about it. Getting a head start on gift buying can keep you from running into problems the I’ve had in the past like: it WAS a great price but that was LAST week, now it’s twice as much and no free shipping or whoops we sent that to the wrong address and now it’s being sent back to us or the worst one ever we sent it parcel select to Alaska. WHAT? So many times I’ve ordered in early December only to be chewing my nails to the quick come mid December. So I thought I’d share my list of kitchen must haves just in case you’ve got a cook to buy for. 

These are affiliate links just so you know, if you click one and buy something I’ll earn a little cash, even if you don’t click and buy something at least take the suggestions to heart, each of these are things I know and love to use. 

Silpat-where would I be without it? Do you have one, do you love it? Seriously you can make a gazillion cookies on this, they’ll never ever stick and boom wash it up, dry it and use it the next time too. Again and again and again. I have actually used one to death, it took about 5 years.

KitchenAid Cutting Board-I have and love this board, the non stick grip on the corners keep it from slipping, important when you have kids in the kitchen. I recommend having at least 2 cutting boards one for meat and one for produce, I keep at least three, then I can put kids to work on vegetables for dinner or apples for snacks.



Rice Cooker-Why have one? Well it can cook rice, brown rice, polenta, oatmeal, cream of wheat, quinoa and it will steam vegetables over the rice too. Mine is about 3 years old and is no longer available, this one is very close to the one I have. The best part about a rice cooker is setting it up to start cooking when you’re not home and having rice ready to roll when you need it. 


Julienne Peeler-If you have kids helping in the kitchen OR you want them to eat more vegetables I highly recommend this little tool, maybe one for each kid? It produces mounds of julienned carrots, great for salads, stir fries, snacking or spring rolls. YUM.


Vanilla Beans-Why? because they’re a unique gift that will keep a foodie endlessly entertained making vanilla extract, vanilla sugar and vanilla everything. I’ve tried 3 of 4 of these, they are lovely and fun to play with. You might even score some cookies from the recipient.



Jerky Gun-Yup, if you know and love anyone following the Paleo diet a jerky gun might be just the thing for them. They can make their own meaty snack from ground meat so they control the ingredients and can cater it to their preference be it paleo or primal or whole 30. 


French Press-if you know me you know I love coffee. And I love my French Press. We’ve had this press for nearly 10 years and we use it every single day, we did have a coffee maker for a while but it just didn’t hold a candle to this sweet little press. 

Wustoff Knife Sharpener–I like to keep my knives nice and sharp and this handy Wustoff Sharpener does the trick, seriously. We fillet our salmon, butcher chickens, turkeys and pigs and this is one handy tool we couldn’t live without. Well my husband probably could but I’d be out of luck. I like it so much I pack it in my dry box for camping and fishing you just never know when you’ll need to sharpen up.

Norpro Ice Pop Maker–Fun for anyone with kids. Make flavored yogurt pops, pudding pops or juice pops, you control the ingredients! Great for school lunches, summer time, well heck anytime.

Le Creuset Tea Kettle-Because if you know me at all you know I love Le Creuset Flame! But I also love this tea kettle, I’ve had it for almost 2 years now and it’s going strong. Best part about Le Creuset is the lifetime warranty and the way they honor it. I’d rather buy one nice piece than buy something cheap again and again. 

Ten things I love from my kitchen and wouldn’t want to live without. I had so much fun looking these up I might just do another list about the things I WANT rather than the ones I own!