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The best gifts for men who love to cook

If you're struggling to think up gift ideas for a man who loves cooking, we're here to help. Check out our 12 best gifts for home cooks

If you’re gift shopping for a man who likes to cook, you’re in luck. There are tons of gift options available to you. And no, we aren’t about to suggest you get him a new mixing bowl or a set of tea towels.

We men love tools and gadgets – we use them whenever we can, and the kitchen is no exception. So think about kitchen tools he can use while cooking that will also be of genuine use.

Don’t limit yourself to gear, however. You can never go wrong with a cookery course if it’s something you know he’ll enjoy. And as smaller gift items, you can always venture into the realm of novelty!

So with the above in mind, we’ve put together a list of excellent gift ideas that we think any home chef will genuinely use and appreciate.

Our top ten best cooking gifts for men

12. A personalised apron

Lotsofyou personalised apron - a fun gift for men who cook

Our suggestion: Personalised Apron by Lotsofyou

Selling points: Fun personalisation. Nice quality apron

Can be bought at: Etsy

Price when writing: £16.99

To begin our list, let’s talk novelty items. Usually, we try to avoid these in our recommendations. However, novelty items aren’t always a bad thing, especially if you’re looking for a low budget gift or something small and fun to supplement another present.

Personalised aprons are about as novelty as it gets, but they are fun, and if he spends a lot of time cooking or baking, he will make use of it!

Check out these aprons by Lotsofyou available through Etsy, which are both fun and very good quality!


11. A spice carousel

Cole & Mason - Spice Carousel. A great kitchen gift

Our suggestion: Cole & Mason Herb and Spice Carousel

Selling points: Nice design. Options for number of jars. Herbs and spices included

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £51. 82 (for 20 jars)

No amateur cook’s kitchen is complete without a healthy array of herbs and spices, but all those little jars quickly become bothersome. They take up space, look disorganised and tidy, make cleaning a pain when you have to move them to wipe down the surfaces beneath – the list goes on.

A spice carousel can save him all that bother. They keep everything organised, they make it easy to pick up and move all your jars at once when cleaning, and they look great!

Check out this Herb and Spice Carousel from Cole & MasonThese things look fantastic and are available in 3 different options (8 jars, 16 jars, and 20 jars). As a bonus, they include herbs and spices!


10. A blow torch

Sondiko blow torch. Kitchen gifts for men

Our suggestion: Sondiko Butane Blow Torch

Selling points: Low cost. Well reviewed

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £13.99

Let’s be honest; most of us have never used a blow torch, have never needed to use a blow torch, and will never need to use a blow torch when cooking.

However, if he’s a bit fancy in the kitchen, a blow torch could be a great addition to his culinary arsenal. 

Now, never having used one of these myself, it’s hard to make a recommendation here, but if you want something that’s low cost and backed by thousands of positive reviews, check out this little number from Sondiko.


9. A temperature probe

NIXIUKOL 2 in 1 Digital Cooking Thermometer - mens cooking gifts

Our suggestion: NIXIUKOL temperature probe

Selling points: An additional probe and temperature alarm

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £16.69

A thermometer was always one of those kitchen items that I knew I needed but just never bothered to get for myself. Ever since my girlfriend bought on into the house, though, I don’t think I could do without it.

If he cooks a lot of meat or does a lot of barbecuing, get him a thermometer. His steaks will be perfect, and you’ll be drastically reducing the chance of getting food poisoning the next time you attend one of his barbecues. 

This probe from NIXIUKOL is excellent value for money. It includes a second temperature probe on a stainless steel cord to measure temperature while cooking and sound an alarm when done.


8. A cookbook

MOB Kitchen - kitchen gift ideas for men

Our suggestion: MOB Kitchen by Ben Lebus

Selling points: Quick and Easy recipes. Nicely illustrated. A good range of culinary styles

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: from £5.95 (new)

There are lots of excellent gift ideas on this list, but he may already have some of them, and some of them might not be his thing. So when all else fails, there is absolutely nothing wrong with turning to a good old cookbook for your culinary gift.

There are countless books to choose from, so if you’re struggling to make a decision, we’d suggest narrowing it down to either a style of food that he loves cooking or something that will be entirely new and exciting to him. And always remember to consider his skill level!

Keeping things general and aimed at men who love to cook but like to keep things simple, we’d suggest the original offering from MOB Kitchen, which is full of delicious and easy to follow recipes!


7. Meat Claws

KITCHENDAO meat claws - cooking gift

Our suggestion: KITCHENDAO Meat Shredder Claws

Selling points: Low cost, Sturdy. Interlocking

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £8.99

Time for Another Forray into the realm of potential novelty. Meat claws. Yes, these are a thing, and they are actually quite popular with people who cook a lot of meat.

Primarily intended for shredding pork, Meat Claws are also great for just generally handling meat – what better way to lift a hot chicken out of a tray than simply dig your Meat claws in at either end?

You don’t have to imagine that you’re a bear when using these, but we strongly recommend it.

Check these out from KITCHENDAO. They are low-cost, solidly made, dishwasher safe, and lock together for easy storage.


6. Digital scales

Vecoor - digital scales

Our suggestion: Vecoor Digital Kitchen Scales

Selling points: Waterproof. Rechargeable. 15kg weight limit

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £17.99

A good set of scales is another kitchen essential for any home cook – there’s only so long that you can get away with the ‘by eye’ approach.

You don’t have to spend much on these, which makes them another perfect low-budget gift option.

Take a look at these scales from Vecoor, which have an impressive maximum weight limit of 15kg, are waterproof for easy cleaning, and are USB chargeable. 


5. A knife Sharpener

Lantana Smart Sharp - kitchen gifts

Our suggestion: Lantana Smart Sharp Knife Sharpener

Selling points: Great value for money. Lots of positive reviews

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £10.95

Knife sharpeners make the perfect kitchen gift for anyone who takes cooking seriously. If you only prepare fresh ingredients occasionally, you’ll probably be content using dull knives, but if you’re cooking food from scratch every day, sharp knives are an absolute must.

You don’t have to spend much for a good knife sharpener, and you could potentially save him money if his current set is getting a bit dull – why buy new if you can easily sharpen up the ones you already have?

There are several different types of sharpener available, but we prefer the three-stage manual sharpeners like this one from Lantana.


4. A cookbook stand

H&S UK Cookbook stand - great kitchen gifts

Our suggestion: H&S Bamboo Book Stand

Selling points: Nice bamboo design. Well made. Low cost

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £13.99

If his kitchen has limited surface space, a cookbook stand will make a valued gift, freeing up room for him to actually…cook.

It will also help keep his books from getting covered in food as they lay around on the countertops, and it will spare the frustration of the book not staying open at the page he is using (most come with convenient little arms to hold pages in place).

This awesome piece of kit from H&S UK looks great, has six different angle positions, and includes those handy little arms we mentioned before that hold pages in place. At just £13.99, this would make an excellent kitchen gift for any man who cooks.


3. A cooking class / course

Mens cooking gifts - Cooking courses

Cooking classes make excellent gifts for food lovers. Just make sure it’s conveniently located and runs at a time that won’t conflict with other commitments, like work.

Your options will be different depending on where you are in the world, but whatever your location, a quick Google search should bring up more than enough results for you to choose a class that he’ll really enjoy!


2. A chef’s knife set

Nanfang Brothers Damascus knife set - th perfect gift for men who cook

Our suggestion: NANFANG BROTHERS Damascus Kitchen Knife set

Selling points: Stunning Damascus steel blades. Lifetime warranty

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £199.95 (9 piece set)

As we’ve said many times before – men love knives! 

If he’s serious about his cooking and takes pride in his kitchen, then a quality set of knives is, without doubt, one of the best kitchen gifts you could give him.

How much you spend is entirely down to your budget. You can find some excellent knife sets on Amazon within the region of £50 – £100. But if you want to get fancy, you could spend between £500 and £1000.

For those of you looking in the middle of those price ranges, take a look at this beautiful Damascus knife set from NANFANG BROTHERSThe eye-catching waves of the Damascus steel really set these knives apart, making them a wonderful set to present as a gift.


1. A blender/food processor

Ninja food processor - our top pick gift for men who love cooking

Our suggestion:  Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor

Selling points: High end quality at a reasonable price. 3 in 1.

Can be bought at: Amazon

Price when writing: £ 171.99

If you want to wow him with something special, and your gift budget stretches into the hundreds, you could consider a high-end food processor. But of course, if you are on a lower budget, there are also plenty of cheaper blenders and processors that would make excellent kitchen gifts – you’ll just need to shop around.

For those of you looking to spend in the area of £100 – £200, we suggest the Ninja 3-in-1 Food ProcessorThis is one of the best on the market and includes a food processor, a multi-serve blender, and a personal blender. Give him one of these and watch yourself become his new favourite person.