Not sure what to put under the tree as your token of true love during the holiday season?
Default to kitchenware gifts, because although fuzzy socks and knitted sweaters are nice and comforting, they don’t create as much excitement as a sous-vide immersion circulator.
Whether you’re looking for something to suit the entertainer, the eco-friendly homebody, or the amateur chef, we have you covered with our roundup of cookware gadgets.
Here are six gift ideas for those who love to cocoon at home.
Everyone’s favourite retro-appliance brand, SMEG, has come out with a highly sought-after collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana. The Sicily Is My Love collection (above) was recently showcased at Vancouver’s Interior Design Show, and the showstopping items pay homage to SMEG’s Italian roots. If your pockets are deep enough, splurge on the D & G electric kettle ($1,000), which features a colourful design of red, blue, and green acanthus leaves on a white backdrop. Made in Italy, this regular household item has a 360-degree swivel base, soft-opening lid, and a removable, washable stainless-steel lime-scale filter. Whoever receives this as a gift will be thanking you for the next decade.
Find it on Williams-Sonoma's website.
It’s almost the end of 2019 and most people have adapted to composting at home. But for those who may be a little late to the eco-friendly party, we’re sure they will appreciate a little nudge toward being more environmentally conscious in their abode. The RSVP Endurance bamboo compost bin ($70.98) will fit into the kitchen seamlessly, with its polished wooden body, brushed lid, and stainless-steel interior. The lid has two charcoal filters to control odour, and the bin can hold up to four litres of compost and is dishwasher-safe—making it easy to go green.
Find it at Ming Wo (various locations).
Hosting at Home
New Vancouver tableware brand Fable is the definition of quality artisan goods for city dwellers. Its serving plates, bowls, and cutlery are thoughtfully designed here and made in Portugal by artists who use locally sourced and recycled clays. For the entertainer who loves to host, check out Fable’s four-piece Aesop dinner plate set ($60), which comes in black or speckled white. This simple statement addition can instantly elevate any meal being prepared at home, and chances are you’ll score a dinner invite after gifting these dreamy home essentials.
Find them on Fable Home's website.
French cast-iron cookware brand Le Creuset is arguably most famous for its colourful French ovens, known for their durability and versatility. Its round French oven in sage ($400), a beautiful pastel mint shade, is perfect for simmering soups and stews, baking, roasting, and more. The enamelled cast iron will last a long time on your stovetop, and its heat retention means your meal will be kept piping hot. Leaving it out after the cooking is done means constant kitchen eye candy, and that may be the greatest gift of all.
Find it at Le Creuset (2997 Granville Street) or on its website.
By now, we’re sure all home cooks have heard of the magic of sous-vide cooking. The thermal device ensures your meals are never overcooked and makes proteins like chicken breast a delicious dish. All Clad’s sous-vide immersion circulator ($199.99) is a kitchenware gift for the culinary aficionados in your life. The professional-style gadget includes precise temperate controls and easy-to-read LED display, and features a sleek, stainless-steel finish. Even folks who don’t regularly cook will be curious to play with this cool grown-up toy.
Find it on Gourmet Warehouse's website.
Claiming to be the most eco-friendly cookware item on Earth, the 12.5-inch de Buyer Mineral B frying pan ($107) is a traditional pan with a modern finish that will catch the eyes of both hobby and professional chefs. Made of 99-percent-pure iron, it features a beeswax finish that helps fight against oxidation. This French-made kitchen staple can be used for sealing, browning, grilling, and frying, among other types of cooking. Its aesthetics are low-key, featuring a traditional shape with a curved handle, but its functionality won’t disappoint. We’re sure many tasty meals will come out of this useful gift.
Find it on Cook Culture's website.