Since the season of gift giving is upon us, I wanted to share some of the kitchen gifts that I turn to over and over to make feeding my family easier. I’m a big fan of giving things that are truly useful (or giving books!) and that can be used again and again.
Best Kitchen Gifts for Busy Parents
This round up of kitchen appliances and tools includes some of my very favorite must-haves for feeding a family. These are the things that I use again and again—the things that I’ve found to be totally worth the investment. These would be great kitchen gifts for any busy mom in your life…or for yourself!
It took me a few months to really sing the praises of the Instant Pot but I now love it. It’s perfect for making big batches of beans and grains and it’s my favorite way to cook dinner when I have to be running around picking up the kids when I’d otherwise need to be cooking dinner. You can cook meat from frozen, use a delayed start, and generally transform a pile of ingredients into a delish dinner. Instant Pot Ultra, $149 (You can get one for closer to $80 without as many bells and whistles but this is the one I have.)
If you have a baby, a toddler, or just kids in the house and you’re looking for easy Instant Pot recipes, the new cookbook from Jenna Helwig makes perfect kitchen gifts! The family meals are super simple (so you don’t need 1000 ingredients) and everything I’ve made so far as been a hit with my kids. I love it because all of the recipes are appropriate for my baby—and myself and my husband! Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook, $14.59
Have your coffee ready and waiting in the morning AND keep it warm while you take care of the kids in this coffee maker from Cuisinart. The stainless carafe seriously keeps the coffee warm for hours and hours—even if the machine has turned off. 12 Cup Cuisinart Programmable Coffee Maker, $69
I love the size of this food processor, and that it has an insert to do smaller jobs. If you have a mom in your life who doesn’t have a food processor (and has the storage space), this would be a really amazing gift. Cusinart Stainless Steel 13-Cup Food Processor, $199.95
You can use this amazing countertop appliance to fry foods without oil or you can use it like a standard toaster oven—so versatile. This would be a great gift for the more adventurous cooks in your life. Cuisinart Air Fryer Convection Toaster Oven, $199
6. Sheet Pans
This pan, which I use for roasting veggies a few times a week, is my favorite. They’re nonstick, cook foods evenly, and make sheet pan meals so much easier. They’re also a great kitchen gift for anyone who like to bake homemade granola! Wilton Performance Pans, starting at $10.51
Whether for whipped cream, salsa, pureeing marinara sauce right in the pot, or pureeing black bean soup, we love ours and the accessories (especially the cup) make using it for big and small jobs super easy. Cusinart Immersion Blender with accessories $79.95
We use our kettle 2-3 times each day and it’s so much faster than a stove top kettle, like crazy fast. It’s also how I heat water to thaw peas and soften grated sweet potato for muffins, hummus, or quesadillas. This one has auto-shut off, variable temperatures, a keep warm feature, and more. Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle, $49.99
A few years ago, I saved up and bought a Vitamix for myself and I use it at least once a day, if not more, every single day. It’s amazing for smoothies, but I also use it to grind oat flour, to blend up muffin batter, to blend up soups, and so much more. It’s a workhorse that will last you years and years. 64-ounce Low Profile Vitamix, $269.95
You may think, whomp whomp, what a not exciting gift…but let me tell you, these towels are awesome! My goal is to only have these towels in my kitchen since they are FAR more absorbent than any others and just making cleaning up and drying hands a little more efficient. Budget kitchen gifts for the win! Microfiber Kitchen Towels, set of 12, $25.89
Old muffin pans can cause any batter to stick, even when the pan is greased, so it’s a good idea to replace them occasionally. I love having traditional 12-cup standard muffin pans and mini muffin pans on hand so I cam adjust the size of the muffins I’m making depending on the occasion and who’s eating them. These are a super useful kitchen gift for moms! Wilton Standard Muffin Pan, $10.39 and Wilton Mini Muffin Pan, $9.98
Whether she’s a coffee or tea drinker, having an easy way to keep her beverage warm through all of the delays that motherhood inevitably brings is gold. Choose the size that would work best (I have a 16 ounce that I use daily) and the color she’ll like and your gift giving is done! Hydroflask Coffee Mug, starting at $21.95
I never thought I’d use this as much as we do, but it’s perfect for keeping pancakes warm while you finish the batch and for heating a big stack of tortillas and keeping them warm at the table. We use ours 2-3 times each week! Stoneware Tortilla and Pancake Warmer, $24.95
What’s your favorite gift to give busy moms (or yourself!)? I’d love to know, so please comment below.