These days it’s tough to find inexpensive gifts that you aren’t embarrassed to give, but we’ve got some ideas for you!
While it’s the thought that counts most, it’s extra special when the recipient really loves the item. The only question is, how do you shop for a long list of loved ones without totally destroying your budget?
Hopefully our list of great gifts for cooks under $20 will trigger some ideas … or even better, maybe you’ll find just what you’re looking for!
Over-the-Sink Collapsible Colander — See it here on Amazon
Besides being incredibly handy because it fits over the sink, it’s convenient to store because it collapses. This is a great replacement for the old style bulky colanders, and it’s especially useful for anyone who likes to cook fresh.
Misto Olive Oil Sprayer See it here on Amazon
A set of two in a great choice of vibrant colors, these little gadgets are great for spraying or basting anything with a fine mist and even coating. They also work for spraying baking pans and dishes, healthier and kinder to the environment than those aerosol can baking sprays.
Organic Chives Seed Kit & Bamboo Container — See it here on Amazon
Perfect solution for those herbs you buy that wilt before you use them all – Grow your own! This comes with organic chive seeds, but it could be used again and again for all sorts of herbs. For a little something extra, you might add some seed packets, maybe tied up in the bow when you wrap it.
Grill Clips — See it here on Amazon
Here’s a great and easy idea for grilling asparagus, zucchini, green onions, and other veggie strips. Even better, these Charcoal Companion Grill Clips are priced so low they’ll make for terrific stocking stuffers.
Spill Stopper Pot/Pan Lids — See it here on Amazon
Despite our best intentions, distractions happen. The phone rings, the dryer keeps buzzing for you to come get the clothes out, your five-year-old interrupts with the latest sibling drama, on and on. That one instant when a pot boils over takes you forever to scrub up the mess. But no more! Save all that wasted cleanup time with this spill stopper (and spare the annoyance of it too).
Stainless Steel Cookie Sheet Pan — See it here on Amazon
You know that old rusted cookie sheet pan you have that you hate? Every cook has one. Even those who have the finest small kitchen appliances often neglect the basics. Sometimes the biggest thrill comes from the simplest thing … like a bright, shiny new stainless steel cookie sheet pan that isn’t rusted, scratched or dented!
Microplane Grater/Zester — See it here on Amazon.
In this case, less is more! It takes up very little space in your kitchen drawer or dishwasher, and it’s perfect for zesting or grating a little of this or that for your recipe. For busy cooks this is useful when a large grater isn’t needed, or when the big one is already dirty and they don’t want to have to stop and wash it!
You also have a nice choice of colors: black, green, red, pink, orange, or yellow.
Silicone Utensil Set — See it here on Amazon
Cooks love silicone utensils because they are non-stick, resistant to heat, stains, and odors, and dishwasher safe. This BPA free set includes a spatula, spoon, brush, and whisk, all in dazzling colors that will brighten up the kitchen.
Note: This is a “Green Monday” sale item, so the price is subject to change.
Amco Rub Away Bar — See it here on Amazon
You don’t even have to be an avid cook to love this. Just rubbing the bar removes all sorts of unpleasant odors from your hands, including fish, garlic and onions. The only problem is that it’s so popular it sometimes sells out, so for gifting you need to order early.
3 Tier Oven Rack — See it here on Amazon
Here’s a time saver for your favorite cook. This 3-in-1 Baking Rack expands oven space to speed up cooking time. It’s great for holiday cooking or any time you’re baking in batches, and when you’re done it folds flat for storage.
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