40 Brilliant Housewarming Ideas For The Kitchen

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Sous Vide Cooker
Sous Vide Cooker

No longer just the province of fancy schmancy chefs in the big city, sous vide cooking is now available for the home cook as well. Give your friends the gift of perfectly cooked, melt-in-the-mouth meats at a fraction of the cost of dining out. Just make sure they invite you over!

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Chemist’s Spice Rack

Kitchen mastery is just as much a science as it is an art. Most people’s understanding of cooking remains superficial, but the culinary scientist sees what everyone else is missing. This laboratory-inspired spice rack proves that even when it comes to food, nerds do it better.

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Indoor Smart Herb Garden
Indoor Smart Herb Garden

No, not THAT kind of herb! Get the kitchen started right by giving the ability to grow fresh herbs right in the home all year long. Spice up the new house with parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, dill, mint basil, oregano, and more. And maybe that other herb, too. We won’t tell.

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The Pepperphile's Peppermill
The Pepperphile’s Peppermill

Pepper is an in-your-face spice, and its essence has nothing to do with subtlety. Here is the perfect vessel for the preeminent seasoning at the table. Let this beautifully crafted ebony grinder tower over the other lowly flavors, including its eternal rival, salt. Any other symbolism we’ll leave up to your imagination.

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Bluetooth Food Freshness and Safety Detector
Food Freshness Detector

Why have someone else “smell this and tell me if it’s OK” when you can have science do it instead? The Food Freshness Detector can sniff meat, fish, and poultry to tell you when you need to cook it a little more thoroughly or throw it right out. Give it to that friend who loves to throw dinner parties and eat the food without worry.

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Fire Avert
Fire Avert

Everyone likes a housewarming gift, but there is a limit to how hot a new homeowner wants their house to get. Enter Fire Avert. When the smoke alarm comes on, Fire Avert turns the stove and oven off. This simple kitchen gadget should be standard safety equipment in every home.

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electric smores maker
S’mores Machine

People say they love camping, but are we 100% sure they don’t just love to eat s’mores? Why not buy your new homeowner friend this S’mores Machine as a housewarming gift so they’re not tempted to start a campfire in the middle of their living room. Let them enjoy the new house instead of sleeping in a leaky tent.

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Molecular Gastronomy kit
Molecular Gastronomy Kit

Years ago, we were all told not to play with our food. Now the highest paid, most famous chefs in the world are doing just that, and nobody thinks to slap the gelified calcium chloride out of their hands. This is the food the Jetsons would have been eating if they were more sophisticated.

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Electric Fondue Maker
Electric Fondue Maker

Looking for a really forking good gift? Okay, so fried foods may not be the healthiest choice out there, but there are times when you just can’t help but make an exception. This electric fondue maker is the perfect thing for dinner parties and puts a fun twist on appetizers and desserts. The oil, cheese, or chocolate will stay at the perfect temperature and it never runs out of fuel.

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Spaghetti Noodle Pasta Measuring Tool
Spaghetti Noodle Pasta Measuring Tool

Why is it so hard to judge the correct amount of spagetti noodles to cook? It’s not like we haven’t done this a million times. For whatever reason, the human mind cannot solve this equation. Luckily there’s no need with this handy tool that can measure standard portions for people and even those who are so hungry they could eat a horse.

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Make Your Own Bacon Kit
Make Your Own Bacon Kit

If you’re anything like us, you’re not wild about some anonymous person manhandling your pork. The problem is, of course, that someone has to turn it into bacon. A make your own bacon kit is the perfect gift for someone who really wants to take control of their lives, starting with the most important parts.

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Make Your Hot Sauce Kit

Do you know someone who’s always in search of the perfect hot sauce? Well, maybe the answer is to let them make their own. This kit allows you to experiment with different pepper, spice, and vinegar combinations until you find the holy grail of hotness. No more excuses, just hot pepper perfection.

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electric air-fryer
Electric Air Fryer

Technology may sometimes seem to complicate things, but here it removes one of life’s worst conundrums. Those french fries may taste great, but they’re quickly dragging you toward a big, fat grave. Remove the oil by using this electric air fryer, and they’re just damn good potatoes. Feast away with a happy heart.

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soda stream
SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker

Both cheaper and healthier than buying commercially-made soda, this thing is a win-win. It’s also a step up in elegance from having a pantry stuffed with cases of Mountain Dew. They can tell everyone it’s “artisan soda”, whatever that means. Their health, checking account, and reputation as connoisseurs will all thank you.

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cotton candy machine
Cotton Candy Machine

Cotton candy brings back delicious memories of festivals, carnivals, and other favorite childhood events. But what about someone who lives in a crap town that even carnivals won’t visit, or is scared of clowns or strangers? Despite what your parents may have told you, cotton candy isn’t magic. It can be made right at home with a handy little machine like this.

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Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters
Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters

Run, run as fast as you can, but you can’t escape from a Ninjabread Man. These stealthy holiday assassins will sneak, chop, and stab their way from oven to belly without making a sound. Turn any kitchen into a dojo with these hilarious novelty cookie cutters.

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Wiener Dog Oil and Vinegar Set gift
Wiener Dog Oil and Vinegar

Old fashioned oil and vinegar cruets are elegant and time tested, but we think they’ve had their day. This set of dachshund-inspired glass table pieces do the job just as well, but with more personality. The perfect housewarming gift for an animal lover with a quirky sense of humor.

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butter churner gift
Butter Churner

People these days are more interested than ever in knowing about the entire life cycle of the food they eat, from farm to table as they say. This butter churner is the perfect housewarming gift for someone who really likes to get hands-on with their food. Help transport them back to the days before capitalism had ruined the world but you had to do every damn thing yourself.

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Foodie Dice
Foodie Dice

Along with abundance comes the responsibility not to bore the crap out of people by making the same silly casserole every night. The problem is that nobody wants to think that much about food. They just want to eat. Place the burden of creativity – and blame – on these ingenious foodie dice, and watch the possibilities multiply.

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Make Your Own Cheese Kit
Make Your Own Cheese Kit

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. If you know someone who has refined taste buds, this might even include cheese. But before you go buying a water buffalo, you should know that you can buy the enzymes and all that by themselves and then add milk later. The rest of the animal is incidental, inconvenient, and frankly dangerous.

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Hershey’s Dual Single-Serve Ice Cream Machine
Single-Serve Ice Cream Machine

Save them from trekking all the way down to the local ice cream chain store and waiting in line for some 16 year old who hates everything about them to shovel a handful of mass-produced ice cream into a paper cup and then charge them eight dollars while rolling his eyes. Life is so much more pleasant when you can do things yourself, isn’t it?

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Donut Pan
Donut Pan

For many people, donuts are the only reason to get up in the morning. Despite this, we’ve been told over and over how unhealthy they are, being fried balls of dough and all. Well, this donut pan will remove the final psychological barrier to full enjoyment, because it takes out the frying. Take that, food police. Oh, and it’s a lot cheaper too.

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Stovetop Artisanal Pizzeria
Stovetop Artisanal Pizzeria

Nothing beats a pizza cooked in a wood-fired stone oven, but a giant pizza oven is a little difficult to give as gift, though it could certainly warm a house. This stovetop version is a lot easier to wrap and delivers the same great flavor as its big brother.

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Blue Apron Subscription
Blue Apron Subscription

Take the guesswork out of food buying. Blue Apron does all the work identifying the highest quality, most sustainable food sources, so they don’t have to. Perfect for any home cook who’s lazy, busy, health conscious, or feels guilty about our food and agriculture habits slowly killing Mother Earth.

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Biem Butter Sprayer
Biem Butter Sprayer

No, they don’t really need this, strictly speaking. They can just continue to struggle melting and spreading butter on everything like a caveman. But is that really what you want for them? Because that sort of thing is exactly what wears you down, little by little. And this thing looks really cool too.

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Heart Shaped Waffle Maker
Heart Shaped Waffle Maker

It’s never too early to spread the love. And with this heart-shaped waffle maker, all they have to do is spread the batter, and all the love symbolism comes popping out by itself, like magic. Alas, these delicious creations are destined to be just as fleeting.

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Greek Yogurt Maker
Yogurt Maker

Art isn’t the only way to add a little culture to a new house. Fresh homemade yogurt will make their taste buds dance and their intestinal flora…do whatever intestinal flora do. A healthier, cheaper version of the store bought variety that’s fun to make.

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Olive Oil
Premium Olive Oil

Making olive oil is a time-tested mediterranean art. And they don’t put the good stuff on the shelves at Costco, no matter how ornate the adhesive label is. They make you go and find it. A true Italian or Greek food connoisseur will appreciate the difference, even if you’re clueless. Bring the finest flavors of the old world right to their table.

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PancakeBot
PancakeBot

3D printing technology is all the rage these days, but has anyone been able to explain to you what the point of it all really is? Well wonder no more! The point, as is so often the case with hi-tech gadgets, is pancakes. Design and print pancakes in shapes never thought possible before. What a time to be alive and hungry for breakfast.

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Coffee Grinder gift
Coffee Grinder

Coffee beans, roasted or unroasted, confer a distinctive buzz when consumed that’s characterized by heightened mental function and increased energy. Studies show, however, that many people prefer to brew them in hot water instead of eating them. To do this, they must be ground first. We think this fancy, compact, and handsome grinder is a great way to do that.

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Aromafork Utensils
Aromafork Utensils

If you’ve ever suspected that you can’t trust your tongue, here’s proof. Adding volatile scents to these specialized forks completely changes the experience of eating, as your brain processes much more information through your nose than your tastebuds. Give this as a gift and help them have the weirdest, most surreal dinner parties in the neighborhood.

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Countertop Snow Cone Machine
Countertop Snow Cone Machine

In the old world, snow cones were like magicians’ tricks. They were only produced authentically by a few rare individuals, notwithstanding your cousin’s ham-handed attempts to recreate them. Well, the tables have turned. Now everybody can have everything. Even snow cones.

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Cheese Storage Bags
Cheese Storage Bags

There’s a way to store cheese, and a way not to. Leave it to the French to know the difference. If you’re wrapping your cheese in plastic, you’re basically a barbarian. Check that, even the barbarians knew better. But the French know best.

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pizza box oven
Pizza Box Oven

Hopefully moving into a new home is a step up. This oven is certainly a step up from the greasy cardboard delivery box it’s made to resemble. You could call it middlebrow chic. Perfect for someone looking to add a little class without inserting a stick up…well, you get the idea.

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Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles Kit
Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles Kit

Chocolates used to (and perhaps still do) come from factories run by shady recluses and populated by obese midget slaves. Or at least that’s what the video evidence suggests. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Stick it to big business by giving someone this home chocolate making kit and help them join the artisan revolution. A whole new way to make chocolate “guilt free”.

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Sushi Bazooka
Sushi Bazooka

If those sushi making kits with the bamboo rolling mats are such good gifts for food lovers, then why does nobody ever even open the package, much less make sushi with them? Maybe because it’s just too hard to do? Not with the sushi bazooka. Just load it up and POW! Instant sushi rolls. This will be used.

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La Chamba Incan Clay Cookware
La Chamba Incan Clay Cookware

Nothing gives a home a warm, personal feel like handmade cooking vessels. Help your friends make their friends feel like cheap hillbilly Walmart sheep every time they come over for dinner by giving them these beautiful artisan clay pots, handcrafted in Colombia using centuries-old pre-Incan pottery techniques.

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Quick Popsicle Maker
Quick Popsicle Maker

Look, it’s not the 1950s anymore. Nobody has the time or patience to wait for a damn popsicle to freeze, at least not by conventional methods. It’s hot outside now, and lord knows you got a sweet tooth. Buy them one of these and they can be sucking on that frozen, flavored water stick in seven short minutes.

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Produce Saver
Produce Saver

Fruits and vegetables are like children: you let your guard down for a day or two, and when you look again they’re spoiled, and you would rather just get rid of them than deal with their rottenness. Preventing spoiled kids is complicated, but fruits and vegetables are a lot simpler. Someone already figured out the answer, and here it is.

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Bob’s Burgers Burger Book

Admittedly, this is kind of a niche gift. But somehow, inexplicably, this has become a giant niche. Fans of the animated sitcom – as well as the associated blog, comic book, and soundtrack album – will have a great time geeking out to these real life, chef-tested recipes for the outlandishly-named burgers the show is famous for.

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