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The Best Cooking Gifts Under $25

Quality, affordable gifts for the person in your life who loves to cook.

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Gift season is confusing. "Don't get me anything big" can mean a couple things. Either someone really doesn't want anything big (read: pricey) or they're subtly telling you they do in fact want something big. Whatever your giftee is trying to tell you, these under-$25 gifts will keep your wallet and the recipient happy — and that's what really matters.

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Material The Soft-Edge Turner
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Material

This is easily going to be the go-to cooking utensil thanks to its silicone build with a sturdy and durable reinforced nylon core.

Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet
Amazon
Lodge
Now 33% off

A $15 pan is already a steal. The fact that this is from a true cookware legend and will probably last longer than you makes this the greatest deal on Amazon.

Oxo Good Grips Silicone Pastry Mat
Amazon
Oxo

If it's good enough for the pie queen of New York, it's good enough for you — even if you're just making Pillsbury cookies.

Zyliss Susi 3 Garlic Press
Amazon
Zyliss

This is probably the nicest garlic press on the market. Pro tip: don't gift to a vampire.

Ekobo Rectangle Bento Box
Goodee
Ekobo

Some people actually miss eating refrigerated lunch boxes from fast-casual restaurants. Recreate them — but with better food — thanks to this bento box.

Dash Mini Waffle Maker
Crate and Barrel
Crate and Barrel

For a $13 waffle maker, this thing has quite a number of positive reviews. Frozen waffles will never taste the same.

Jacobsen Salt Co. Black Pepper Salt
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Jacobsen Salt Co.

Salt? For a gift? When it's from Jacobsen, then yes.

Omsom Lemongrass BBQ Starter 3-Pack
Omsom
Omsom

The Pham sisters, Vanessa and Kim, are redefining what it means to make Asian food in America. Omsom makes it easy to recreate Asian dishes without dumbing them down, and it's almost as easy as using Old El Paso taco seasoning.

OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Can Opener
Amazon
OXO

Fresh ingredients usually make for better meals, but there's really no shame in using cans. You'll just want to make sure you've got a worthwhile can opener on-hand, like this one.

Fly by Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp
Fly By Jing
Fly By Jing

This is the hot sauce (chili crisp) you should keep in your bag.

OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer
Amazon
OXO Good Grips

While a chef knife should be your go-to cutting tool, they're not entirely efficient with large volumes of ingredients that need slicing. This mandoline, by contrast, will make short work of those tasks.

Sur La Table Striped Kitchen Towels
Sur La Table
Sur La Table

Gift giving shouldn't be a mess, and these towels will ensure there are no messes in the kitchen either.

Bee’s Wrap Assorted Wraps
Sur La Table
Bee's Wrap

Say good bye to plastic wrap, and say hello to a greener world.

Truff Black Truffle-Infused Hot Sauce
Amazon
Truff

Truffles make everything feel luxurious, even if it's just hot sauce you throw onto a taco.

Urban Outfitters Mushroom Cheese Board
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters

A vessel for serving copious amounts of cheese and a little piece of counter decor.

Yamazaki Home Cookbook Stand
Amazon
Yamazaki Home

Follow along to recipes, catch up on Netflix or call your friends while you cook thanks to this absolute winner from Yamazaki Home.

Ikea Vardagen Tablecloth
Ikea
Ikea

If the dining table has seen better days, cover it with a tablecloth. It'll also make eating at home feel like eating at a restaurant.

Crate and Barrel Ruffled Pie Dish
Crate and Barrel
Crate and Barrel

It's a gift for them, but when they bake a pie, it'll be a gift for you.

Kitchenaid BPA-Free Plastic Mixing Bowls Set
Walmart
KitchenAid

Prepped ingredients need a place to wait until you can incorporate them into your recipe, and they also need a vessel in which you can incorporate them. These bowls are perfect for both uses.

Appetites: A Cookbook
Amazon
Ecco Press
Now 49% off

Anthony Bourdain was a gift to the world. His cookbook, however, is the perfect gift for the chef in your life.

Mercer Culinary 7-inch Nakiri Knife
Webstaurant Store
Mercer Culinary

No knives in the back here — just a classic Japanese-style nakiri knife made for slicing a whole garden of vegetables. 

Graf Lantz Coaster Square 4-pack
Graf Lantz
Graf Lantz

No one likes ring stains on furniture. And if you're indifferent, you're probably not the one who has to clean them.

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Chopper
Home Depot
Cuisinart

You'll stop crying when you chop onions by hand, and you'll start crying over how much fun it is to use this thing.

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