15 Kitchen Gift Ideas from the PIATTO Kitchen

By creating video recipes for our Youtube audiences, the PIATTO™ team has discovered a bunch of must-have kitchen products to make life easier. Here’s a list of 15 kitchen gift ideas for every budget!

These items are all available from Amazon and can be delivered to your door, making holiday shopping a piece of cake.

As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. This means at no extra cost to you, PIATTO may earn a small commission if you click the links and make a qualifying purchase.

… That said, these are products that we use in our own kitchen—check out our video recipes to see these products and more in action!

Kitchen Gift Ideas Under $15

#1 World’s Best Potato Peeler?

The ARCOS Potato Peeler – as shown in our Fondant Potatoes video 🙂

Yes, most everyone already has a potato peeler—and it is probably 20 years old!

Why This Gift?

Potato peelers lose their edge over time, and some just aren’t that great to begin with. That’s why we were so excited when we recently discovered this budget-friendly potato peeler that worked better than any we’ve ever tried! Seriously, this thing is effortless. And of course potato peelers are good for more than peeling potatoes. You can also…

  • peel fruits
  • remove outer strings from celery
  • shave chocolate and cheese

Perfect for a stocking stuffer.

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#2 Silicone Pastry Mats / Work Surface

A silicon mat —perfect for rolling out pastry, kneading pasta and more!

Why This Gift?

Most cutting boards are too small for working with pastry or pasta. A naked countertop can be used for these tasks… but there is risk of damaging the countertop and they can be annoying to clean when flour is involved.

We love silicone pastry mats because they:

  • have sizing to avoid guessing or using rulers and tape measures
  • are dishwasher-safe
  • protect countertops from tools like pastry scrapers
  • are non-stick

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#3 Cake/Food Testers

Testing our Chocolate Cake with this cake tester product

Countless foods require ‘testing’ to check for doneness— from cakes to potatoes. The go-to solution for this is usually a toothpick—or maybe a kebob stick if you need a longer tool. However, this inexpensive gadget is even better. Here’s why:

Why This Gift?

  • longer than a toothpick
  • makes holes that are smaller and more discrete than a toothpick
  • are washable and re-usable

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#4 Stackable Pasta and Baking Drying Racks

Wilton stackable baking racks—used here in our video recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies!

For anyone who loves to bake, stackable baking racks are a must-have kitchen tool. We especially like this product, which is tall enough to hold croissants and most muffins as well.

Why This Gift?

  • non-stick
  • stackable = space-saver!
  • latch together

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Kitchen Gift Ideas Under $40

#5 Kitchen Scissors (Victorinox)

Scoring chestnuts with our VICTORINOX kitchen scissors

Kitchen scissors are incredibly versatile—We use them for everything! In our extremely popular video on roasting chestnuts, you can see us using these scissors to score the chestnuts. Chestnuts need to be scored before roasting them (to prevent explosions) and kitchen scissors are much safer and easier than an old fashioned paring knife.

Obviously most people aren’t roasting chestnuts, but that’s just one of reasons why they make a great gift. Our Italian grandmas literally use scissors for everything—from cutting pizza to mincing fresh herbs!

Why This Gift?

  • designated scissors for food and food products
  • sturdy for jobs like scoring chestnuts 😉
  • you can cut and mince herbs with them
  • or, cut thin breads, pizza and more!
  • dishwasher-safe

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#6 Serious Prep Bowls

Our De Buyer prep bowl (on the right) with the vegetables needed to make bone broth!

You can never have enough prep bowls! We used to think all prep bowls were mostly the same. Sure, some are made of stainless steel vs glass or plastic. Then, we purchased some De Buyer (affiliate link) prep bowls!

These prep bowls are truly a pleasure to use. Yes, being stainless steel, they have all the great properties of that material (dishwasher safe, oven safe). Here’s why these products are a step above in quality:

  • stainless steel—but a very thick, sturdy stainless steel!
  • ergonomic—these bowls have special bottoms that are slightly curved for easy spinning (which is a joy when using them to mix stuff)

We are especially in love with the De Buyer spherical mixing bowl (affiliate link) and the accompanying stand— but those are unavailable via Amazon at the time of this writing.

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#7 Extreme Heat Resistant Gloves

The PIATTO team using our high heat gloves to roast chestnuts over an open fire!

Hot pads are yesterday’s news. How many times have we burnt our hands after grazing the sides against the oven when removing a baking dish?

The extreme heat gloves available these days are so versatile. They are a must-have for grilling and other kinds of high-heat cooking (like pizza ovens, fire place cooking). However, even if you never cook with anything but a conventional oven, you can rest assured that this gift will protect your hands better than any standard kitchen mitt or potholder.

Why This Gift?

  • best protection for hands and forearms
  • must-have for high-heat conventional ovens, fireplace cooking, grilling, pizza ovens and open fires!
  • more ergonomic than ‘mitt’ designs

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#8 Double Oven Mitt

Our Le Creuset double oven mitts— We are using them here to remove an Italian Almond Cake!

The next best thing to an extreme heat glove? A double oven mitt. This useful mitt drapes right over your oven handle so you always have two oven mitts (attached) when and where you need them—by the oven!

Why This Gift?

  • ergonomic
  • both hands covered
  • store over your oven handle (where and when you need the mitts!)
  • elegant design

Our Le Creuset (affiliate link) oven mitts are amazing. But we’ve noticed they have gone up in price. We’ve purchased these as gifts in the past and they work well too:

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Kitchen Gift Ideas Under $100

#9 Carbon Steel Pan

Using our De Buyer carbon steel pan (seasoned) to fry an egg— in our video on how to season carbon steel and cast iron pans!

We are a big fan of De Buyer in case you can’t tell 🙂 Carbon steel pans are a professional tool that is perfect for many cooking techniques. This might be a gift you want to buy yourself!

Note that this carbon steel pan is only ‘non stick’ if you do the seasoning as explained in the package instructions. No worries though, we show you how to do it in our pan seasoning video guide!

Why This Gift?

  • once seasoned, it is naturally nonstick —therefore perfect for those wanting to avoid teflon
  • a professional tool which can go from stovetop to oven (safe for both)
  • great heat conductor

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#10 Big Ass Stock Pot

Using our large stock pot (21 liters) to prepare bone broth in our bone broth video recipe.

For bulk food preparation and feeding a crowd, most people don’t have a big enough stock pot. Once we purchased ours, we don’t know how we ever worked with such tiny stock pots.

Why This Gift?

  • holds 20 quarts (21 liters)
  • most people need one but don’t have one in their kitchen
  • perfect for preparing big batches of soups, sauces—ideal for a budget-conscious household

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#11 Large Dutch Oven

Our Staub Dutch Oven—featured here in our video recipe for Lentils!

A dutch oven is a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to cook. They retain heat wonderfully for slow cooking and roasting. They can go from stovetop to oven. There are many excellent brands on the market which we have in the PIATTO™ kitchen (Lodge, Staub, Le Creuset). Staub and Le Creuset are excellent brands but are more expensive. Lodge is good as well and is more budget-friendly. We’ll share links to both below!

Why This Gift?

  • the ideal slow cooking pot
  • enamel coating inside
  • cast iron for excellent heat retention
  • stovetop and oven safe

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#12 Stainless Steel Work (Pastry) Surface

Our large stainless steel work surface has been featured in countless video recipes, including our Pan Pizza recipe!
Another view of our stainless steel board.

With this large stainless steel board, you can transform any table or countertop into the perfect pastry board or work surface! This product comes with a no-slip silicone pad that you simply place underneath the board.

Why This Gift?

  • easy to clean
  • non-stick
  • isn’t bacteria-friendly like more porous cutting boards
  • turn any table or countertop into the perfect work surface
  • ideal for making bread, pizza, pasta, pastry and more!

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Kitchen Gift Ideas Over $100

#13 Pasta Pot with Built-in Strainer / Steamer

Our Pasta Pot, featured in our Fettuccine Video Recipe!
Our Pasta Pot, featured in our Fettuccine Video Recipe!

Large stock pots with pasta strainer inserts are amazing! We use our Le Creuset (affiliate link) pot constantly. It doesn’t appear to be available on Amazon at the time of writing, so we’ll share a link to a similar brand below.

Why This Gift?

  • perfect for pasta lovers
  • ergonomic to use (remove and strain the pasta quickly)
  • the hot pasta water remains in the pot for all those Italian recipes that required hot pasta water for making the pasta sauce (there are a bunch!)

SHOP THIS GIFT (affiliate link – Cuisinart)

#14 KitchenAid Heavy Duty Stand Mixer

Our Kitchenaid Heavy Duty Stand Mixer – Featured here in our Italian Almond Cake video recipe.

This stand mixer is designed for serious bakers. Unlike stand mixer models that attach at the base, this design maximizes stability for mixing stiff doughs and large quantities of ingredients.

The big bowl that this stand mixer comes with is a dream when it comes to making large batches, more than one homemade pizza or desserts with whipped eggs.

Here are just a few of the video recipes that feature our KitchenAid Heavy Duty stand mixer (that we purchased in Italy):

Note: In the US, this product is called by the ‘Professional’ series!

Why This Gift?

  • Perfect for baking in bulk
  • Makes tasks like dough kneading and egg whipping a breeze
  • Great for multi-tasking

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#15 Kitchenaid Pasta Attachments

Using our KitchenAid Pasta Roller attachment with a KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer

A stand mixer is useful for more than just mixing, whipping and kneading. The powerful motor built into the machine is the perfect motor for operating pasta rollers, meat grinders and more!

These pasta roller attachments work great—and plug in to the hole at the top of the stand mixer as shown above. Stand mixer pasta roller attachments are FAR SUPERIOR to the hand crank pasta rollers that many people have gathering dust in their cabinets. Here’s why:

Why This Gift?

  • Ergonomic: The pasta falls vertically rather than needing to be managed horizontally
  • Automated motor eliminates hand cranking
  • Far superior in every way to hand crank models for speed and ease of use!

SHOP THE GIFT (affiliate link)

… Happy gift shopping! 🙂

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