This list reflects my picks for some excellent kitchen gifts for under $100. I’m focusing on high quality, ease-of-use, frequency of use, and great value over time.
Check out my list of gifts for under $25 here.
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven/Lid – At around $70, this Dutch Oven is a staple piece for baking bread (even cakes), making soup, stew, goulash, and chili, and also works perfectly for deep frying. The lid is compatible with a ten-inch cast iron skillet, so be sure to consider adding one to your cart if you don’t already have one. For my money, these are the two pieces of cast-iron to own if you’re just dabbling in cast iron. Check out my other cast iron suggestions here (including cleaning tips and products).
- All-Clad Utensil Set – I’m partial to All-Clad pots, pans, and utensils for their excellent quality and attractive and useful role in my kitchen. Don’t flinch at the $99 price for this set, as you’ll never have to replace these, and the pieces included are just about everything you need in your kitchen (besides maybe some olive wood or bamboo utensils). This set also comes with a caddy and is suitable for cooking and serving. Stainless steel means longevity and dishwasher-friendly. Great for starting or upgrading any kitchen.
- Le Creuset Square Casserole/Lid – There’s nothing more basic and useful than a good casserole pan with a lid (aka: “Covered Dish”). This will do for just about any side dish and will look great too. Le Creuset does a good job with drool-worthy dishes, and this is no exception. Right at $99, this is one piece you can justify even on a tighter budget.
- Roasting/Baking Square Pan – This little 8″ number has a nice, flat lid that snaps on, making it easy to transport, stack, and store. Stainless steel for durability, dishwasher-friendly, and if you bring your world famous Macaroni and Cheese (ahem)…to everyone’s dinner parties, well, this is your best friend.
- Stainless Steel Wok – Not just for stir-fries, this pan is great for browning and searing meat, tossing pasta in sauces, and all kinds of other big kitchen jobs. Dishwasher safe, this will last a lifetime and costs less than $40.
- 7″ Chef’s Knife – This is a great option for intermediate to advanced cooks who want a versatile, hight quality chef’s knife without spending more than $100.
- Canning Set – Af around $50, this set of canning utensils/tools leaves room in the $100 budget for jars, lids, and a nice pot for pressure boiling. Get started with pickles, jams, jellies, preserves, sauces and salsas (fermentation too). This is a great gift for gardeners and foragers who bring in a haul and want to preserve food for year-round use.
- Culinary Education – Get a primer on professional cheffing. Learn about so much more than reading recipes and guess work. Get behind the science, the art, and the instincts of cheffing in your home kitchen.
- Baking Sheets/Racks – This set has everything you need to get started with baking dishes. If you’ve got a hodge podge of baking sheets and pans, this makes a nice replacement, or if you’ve got a blossoming baker in the family (college-bound especially) this is a dream set. Non-stick and attractive and all for about $90.
- Basic Pots and Pans Set – Another great “replacement” or “starter” set to get a kitchen up on its feet. Stainless steel, attractive, and this set features a great and useful variety of pots and pans to do a wide range of jobs. If you’re buying a set all at once, this is a great value at about $65, leaving room in the budget for utensils.
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