11 Quirky Kitchen Gifts for Everyone Who Loves To Cook

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It’s that time of year again, and the pressure is on to choose thoughtful gifts for the ones you love. If you have a keen cook amongst your nearest and dearest it can be tempting to fall back on old favourites like jars of chutney or a novelty apron, but do those gifts really show how much you care? We think not.

Luckily we’re here to help with 11 unusual Christmas gifts that your foodie friends will never expect to find under the tree.

1. Molecular Gastronomy Kit

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Do you know someone who loves cooking but has never boiled a boring old potato in their life? They’re only interested if it involves kitchen blowtorches, liquid nitrogen and a healthy portion of showing off (we mean that affectionately, Dad).

This person will be delighted to find a high-tech molecular gastronomy kit in their stocking this year. Tip: Make sure you practice your 'mmm, this snail porridge is really delicious' face before you next go round for dinner.

2. Hot Hot HOT Sauce

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Another idea for the foodie who likes to be admired, but this time for their eating skills rather than their culinary genius.

If you want to get an edible gift for a hard-to-please friend or family member, try a bottle or two of extreme hot sauce. They’ll delight in showing everyone how much they can eat without even breaking a sweat. Plus a bottle of sriracha is SO hot right now (geddit?) you’ll be tapping into the zeitgeist while you shop.

3. Rollie Egg On a Stick Cooker

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Well, we did say these gifts would be quirky. Here’s something for the cook who really does have everything. And likes eating egg lollipops… Surely that’s everyone?

In all seriousness, though, this Rollie egg gadget is clever, cooking perfect eggs in a couple of minutes with no mess. Ideal for low-carbers and family cooks, who can slice their Rollie-d eggs easily into sandwiches and salads.

4. Herb Scissors



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We know what you’re thinking: 'Herb scissors? Just scissors then, right?' Wrong!

This is a new one on us but it’s actually possible to buy special herb scissors with five blades, making it quick and easy to chop fresh leaves up nice and small without using an extra board. And in our post-Jamie Oliver world, who doesn’t need to chop flat-leaf parsley at least once a week?

5. Retro Pizza Oven



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Sometimes the cleverest gadgets turn out the simplest results, as is the case with this award-winning ’50s-style pizza oven and grill. It doesn’t take up too much worktop space, it makes fresh pizzas in half the time it takes to watch The Snowman, and it can also be used as a grill, meaning you get perfect crêpes and burgers into the bargain. Come to think of it, maybe buy this as a present for yourself. 

6. Sourdough Starter



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Here’s an edible stocking filler for the artisanal cook in your life. For the uninitiated, sourdough is a special kind of bread made from fermented dough left over from a previous bake. The sourdough starter is the yeasty mix that starts the whole process of breadmaking – the mother dough, if you like.

Sourdough heritage is a big deal to many foodies, and some bakers insist their starters are more than 100 years old. So if you know someone who loves baking their own bread, here’s an unusual way to impress them this Christmas.

7. Peanut Butter Maker



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If you have a friend who follows Deliciously Ella on Instagram and has mysteriously stopped eating chocolate bars (just a few squares of dark once a week), they are going to love this peanut butter-making gadget.

Nut butters are a key ingredient in all kinds of healthy pudding and snack recipes, as well as making a delicious sarnie filling of course. Most blenders aren’t strong enough to grind them properly so you do need to call in a specialist product. Warning: Contains (any type of) nuts.

8. Cookin’ With Coolio By Coolio



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Yes, you read that right: Cookin’ with Coolio is a cookbook by US rapper and producer Coolio. There’s no denying this is a novelty gift, but between the covers lie a selection of actually-quite-good recipes for tasty food on a budget, including everything from ribs to pasta.

This book makes highly amusing reading material, even if your giftee chooses to ignore the recipes. But with dishes like 'Finger-Lickin’, Rib-Stickin’, Fall-Off-the-Bone-and-into-Your-Mouth Chicken', who could do a thing like that?

9. Unicorn Sprinkles Shaker



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Since the phenomenon that is the Great British Bake Off began, everyone and their nephew is suddenly getting into baking. The chances are that the real cake aficionados will already have cupboards heaving with springform tins and cookie cutters, but even the most kitted out baker won’t have a sprinkles shaker in the shape of a unicorn. And who knows, the recipient might just bake you a little something to say thank you…

10. Sushi Bazooka



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For the adventurous chef who’s mastered meringues and is looking for the next challenge, it can only be sushi. And this kit will appeal to the kid in everyone as it’s basically the spud gun of Japanese cuisine. But novelty aside, the Sushi Bazooka makes a thoughtful gift for anyone into healthy or gluten-free eating. Oh, and sushi isn’t just for fish lovers – veggies and vegans can join in, too.

11. Joseph Joseph Intelligent Waste Totem

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Okay, so you probably weren’t planning on buying your loved one a bin for Christmas, but stick with us here. This isn’t really a bin, it’s a Totem. Everyone recycles these days and a good thing it is, too, but it’s led to widespread chaos as we hover over four bins, bottle lid in hand, wondering how life became so complicated.

This Joseph Joseph Intelligent Waste Totem eliminates all such confusion, as it's got a number of different compartments for different types of waste, has a compact footprint and actually looks stylish enough to show off. It’s an unusual gift, yes, but a guaranteed time saver for a busy family cook. 

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