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12 Kitchen Essentials That Make Great Gifts for Moms Who Love To Cook

**Warning** DO NOT buy your wife a kitchen appliance for any gift giving holiday unless you are 100% sure it will be well received – you’ve been warned!

Thankfully, my wife loves getting new appliances and gadgets that make her life easier. Sure, I could buy her jewelry, but a new vacuum is truly the key to her heart. (Seriously, she cried.)

If you have a mom in your life who loves cooking, here are 12 kitchen essentials that make great gifts, all highly rated on Amazon or our own kitchens.

I made sure to serve up a variety of small appliances, gadgets, gizmos and price points so there is truly something here for every mom at every budget. 

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12 of the Best Kitchen Gifts for Mom

When it comes to the selection criteria for choosing what I’m calling some of the best kitchen gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day, it all comes down to an unofficial measuring of novelty, utility and value.

Some of these picks are tried and true favorites amoung our Food Fanatic team while others are hot items on Amazon with great reviews. In either case, these are the kinds of gifts that keep on giving.

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1. KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Roller + Cutter Set Attachment

It should be noted that this is only the pasta attachment for a KitchenAid mixer, which is sold separately, but the KitchenAid 3-piece pasta roller and cutter set is an iconic gift for any mom who loves to cook.

They’re pricey for sure, but your wife is worth it after putting up with you for so many years. Plus, she’s just going to make you amazing homemade pasta.

You have nothing to lose! Once you start making your own pasta, you’ll never go back to the store-bought stuff. Plus it’s a fun activity for the whole family!

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2. Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10in Fry Pan

Stainless steel pans are by far one of the best pans you can use in your kitchen. They’re much lighter than cast iron, more durable than non-stick, and when taken care of properly, will last a lifetime.

If you know a mother who loves honing her culinary skills, she needs a great stainless steel skillet like this tri-ply stainless steel fry pan from Calphalon.

It’s moderately priced for the quality and it’s a pan she’ll use for years and years. Be prepared when she asks for another next year!

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3. Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart

We’ve only recently jumped on the cast iron dutch oven bandwagon in our house though it is by no means a new trend. We just took our time getting there.

Enameled cast iron pans have certainly been around for quite awhile, we were just skeptical that it would be worth the money.

The Lodge enameled cast iron dutch oven is an incredible value for the price – it’s great for soups, stews, chilis, casseroles and more. Mom will love it!

The first thing we tried was a braised beef shank. I can honestly say it was the best we had ever made. The entire process was just…easier.

Bonus! This dutch oven is not only a great gift, but it’s also available in a wide variety of colors to perfectly match Mom’s kitchen décor.

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4. Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor

Everyone should have a food processor in their kitchen. If the mom you are gifting doesn’t have one, the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor is a must-have.

I know, I know. They can take up a lot of room, but they are so worth it. Anything that can save time and not make my arm sore is ok in my book.

The small food processors just don’t have the power needed to blend large batches of sauce or thick smoothies and the limited capacity can be a pain. 

This machine is rocking a whopping 720-watt motor that will cut through anything you throw at it – there’s a reason why this one is a classic.

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5. Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker

An ice cream maker might not seem like a must have kitchen appliance, but once you start making your own, you’ll never go back to store bought.

So what better Mother’s Day gift than the trending kitchen appliance of the moment, the Ninja CREAMi ice cream maker?!

The possibilities are endless with the ability to make homemade ice cream like our homemade peanut butter ice cream or our vegan cookie dough ice cream.

You can also whip up all of your favorite gelato recipes, milkshakes, smoothie bowls, sorbet, and more with just the touch of a button.

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6. Bamboo Kitchen Foil and Plastic Wrap Organizer

A great kitchen is an organized kitchen. This may not have all the glitz and glam as a pasta maker, but we’ve all struggled to find the perfect way to store our foil, plastic wrap, and zip lock bags.

This organizer can slide into a drawer, sit nicely on your counter, or hang in your pantry to keep it out of sight. Seriously, this thing is a game changer.

If the mom on your Mother’s Day shopping list loves a neat and tidy kitchen, this foil and plastic wrap organizer is a great gift option. 

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7. Nuwave Brio Air Fryer Smart Oven

If you haven’t jumped on the air fryer train yet, what are you waiting for?! Says the guy that thought they were a fad that would blow over after a year or two.

I was wrong. We use ours more than any other appliance in our kitchen. Air fryers make the crispiest fries, the best chicken wings, and leftover pizza that tastes better the second time around!

Heck! You can even make killer air fryer broccoli in under 10 minutes and reinvent how your family looks at green vegetables on their dinner plate.

If you’re shopping for a mom who loves to cook or just needs to save time in the kitchen, the Nuwave Brio Airy Fryer Smart Oven is a great value, incredibly versatile for the price and gets wildly rave reviews on Amazon.

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8. Rotary Cheese Grater

You know those restaurants you go to and the server shows up to expertly grate cheese onto your side salad or entrée? It’s always such a novelty! 

This fun gift idea for Mother’s Day features a versatile rotary cheese grater that is not only useful, but also fun for Mom to experiment with in the kitchen.

Bagged shredded cheese has also gotten a bit of a bad rap lately due to being tossed in cellulose powder, which is refined wood pulp, to reduce clumping.

Grating your own block of cheese is super easy to do with a box grater and even easier with this contraption. In addition to effortlessly grating cheese, you can also slice and grate veggies.

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9. Mueller Ultra-Stick 9-Speed Immersion Blender

If you really want to make mom’s time in the kitchen easier, then you need to stop what you’re doing and get her this immersion blender.

This Mueller immersion blender is worth its weight in gold. I really don’t know what I would do without mine. It’s my favorite kitchen tool besides my chef knife.

You can make smoothies, froth milk, puree soups, and so much more. This is your chance to not disappoint your mom. Don’t pass up this opportunity!

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10. Flafster Electric Salt and Pepper Grinders

Admittedly, this gift may not save Mom a lot of time, but she will no doubt appreciate the novelty of these Flafster electric salt and pepper grinders.

Both grinders are battery operated and easy to refill, plus the stainless steel and wooden stand make it easy to carry to the table or out to the backyard for a picnic with the family.

This fun set comes in a couple of different colors to choose from, and it makes a great gift for the mom who loves big family dinners or entertaining.

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11. Electric Can Opener

I will never go back to a manual can opener as long as I live. I’ve never been able to find one that works the way it’s supposed to, consistently.

With a variety of colors to choose from, this little gizmo is simple but amazing. It cuts a clean edge on the outside of the can, leaving you with no sharp edges.

Does your mom know she wants an electric can opener? Maybe, maybe not. Is it a cute addition to a Mother’s Day gift – absolutely it is!

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12. Acuma Stand Mixer

Stand mixers can get expensive, but if your mom is a baker, it’s a necessary tool – this mixer is a fraction of the cost of the other brand we all know.

According to Amazon, it rocks a 4.6 out of 5 stars with over 14,000 reviews. It comes in eight different colors, with multiple attachments to handle any task.

This is an amazing gift option that rings in at a great price for the value and you can look forward to eating a bunch of chocolate chip cookies as thanks.