21 Gifts Under £50 For Every Kind Of Home Cook In Your Life

Sadhbh O'Sullivan

If you're lucky, you probably have someone in your life who loves to cook. Whether it's to save money, support a specific dietary requirement or bake their way out of a funky mood, these people show their love through the food we're lucky enough to share.

So what better time to return the favour with a gift that they'll really love...which isn't yet another cookbook? Ahead we've compiled our favourite kitchen gadgets for every type of home cook, from the new vegan to the weekend baker to the colourful maximalist. Best of all? Everything's under £50.

The Amateur Pro

The amateur pro has no official training but they still know the difference between a roux, a béchamel and a mornay on sight alone. They take every meal seriously, from a weeknight stir fry to a Sunday roast, and deserve the proper tools, like the Sabatier Professional chef knife. This is one of the best chef's knives on the market (especially at this price) and is used by professionals the world over. Or why not help them take their mise en place (that's ingredient prep to the rest of us) up a notch with a Benriner Japanese Mandolin. And no one who spends long hours in the kitchen can do without a good apron – this pinafore-style linen number treads the line between chic and practical.

Sabatier Professional 20cm Cook's Knife, $, available at Harts Of Stur

MagicLinen Pinafore Linen Apron, $, available at Etsy

Benriner Japanese Mandolin Slicer With 3 Blades, $, available at Cooksmill
The Friend With Unreliable Housemates

Cooking in a houseshare is never going to be the dream scenario. Try as you might you'll never get everyone to wash their dishes regularly (without becoming the de facto mum of the house) and too many people assume a 'communal' kitchen means everything (including your food) is up for grabs. So you're better off filling your allocated shelves with things that are easy to clean (like this sleek garlic press) and which your flatmate can't accidentally break (like this renewable plastic tableware). But if they do, at least you can make it beautiful again with the Kintsugi gold repair kit.

Joseph Joseph Clean-Press Garlic Crusher, $, available at Joseph Joseph

Humade New Kintsugi Repair Kit - Gold, $, available at Trouva

Ikea TALRIKA Deep Plate, Pack Of 4, $, available at Ikea
The Aspirational Minimalist

The aspirational minimalist loves Scandi style and is always searching for the perfect items to embody that style. Their goal is not a cluttered kitchen but one where everything is fit for purpose. What better then to buy them some storage that's as practical as it is decorative, a unique peeler or the sleekest salt and pepper grinders you've ever seen.

Typhoon Monochrome 3 Piece Kitchen Canister Set, $, available at Wayfair

Normann Copenhagen Pin Peeler Light Grey, $, available at Normann Copenhagen

Menu Bottle Grinder 2-Pack, $, available at Nordic Nest
The Style Maximalist

For the maximalist, more colour and chaos in the kitchen just means more flavour, so the more colourful the better! There are some joyfully vibrant pieces of kitchenware on the market, including these measuring spoons, this bold and beautiful apron, and this outrageous (in the best way) colander.

Anthropologie Set Of 4 Marian Measuring Spoons, $, available at Anthropologie

Kapka Abstract Enamel Colander 22cm, $, available at Sous Chef

Marimekko Talvipalatsi, $, available at Marimekko
The New Vegan

If you're a relatively new convert to veganism then you'll probably be grateful for these staples. While it's by no means compulsory to have these to make stellar vegan meals, a tofu press for example will definitely help. Vegan food is only made better by a well-filled spice rack, and for the best flavour you want to grind your spices fresh. And everyone, vegans included, could use a great, solid casserole dish.


That Tofu Thing Tofu Press, $, available at Amazon

Robert Dyas Cast Iron Casserole Pan - 26cm, $, available at Robert Dyas

Garden Trading Spice Crusher, $, available at Not On The High Street
The Eco Chef

Food and cleaning products can be so easily wasted in the kitchen if you're not careful about it. Luckily for the eco-conscious cook there are loads of ways to reduce waste – whether with reusable dishcloths, plastic-free storage or gadgets that mean you'll never waste cut herbs again.

Green Tulip Ethical Living Stainless Steel Lunch Boxes, $, available at Not On The High Street

SWEDEdishcloths Retro Coffee Collection Set of 3 Swedish Dishcloths, $, available at Amazon

NOVART Premium Herb Keeper and Herb Storage Container, $, available at Amazon
The Baker

If you know a baker, you are blessed. They fill your life with the world's most wonderful things (carbs) so you should treat them in return. Here baking staples get an upgrade with the Hay stone rolling pin and these vintage-inspired tins, but there is nothing a baker needs more than extra bowls and extra space – these stackable measuring and mixing bowls will be used time and time again.

Rex London Set Of 3 Vintage Apple Cake Tins, $, available at Rex London

Hay Stone Rolling Pin, $, available at Nook

Joseph Joseph Nest Plus 9 Mixing Bowls And Measuring Cups Set, Multi, $, available at John Lewis

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