Culinary Gift Ideas and Cool Stuff We Like

Coming up with gift ideas can be very difficult, whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, or even finding the right present to say sorry with. If the recipient has niche interests it can make it a little easier, but even then it really helps to try and look for some online inspiration first. You might be wanting to go down the personalized route, this is a popular idea as it can suit anyone, and can be for any occasion. You could opt for custom photo diamond paintings for instance, these would be appreciated, as the recipient would know there was thought and love behind the idea. It’s also something to keep them entertained if you chose a DIY version! But other than this, what else is out there? You might have a culinary aficionado in your life, and be thinking along these lines. We have a lot to offer in this area, but we also want to share some different gift ideas based on the multiple interests of our founders and other team members.

If the person you’re shopping for is a fan of learning new and better ways of cooking (and has an inner mad scientist), they’ll get a big kick out of experimenting with one of our new Modernist Pantry spherification kits. Our online spherification course is free and our videos offer easy step-by-step demonstrations, plus there is plenty of expert support from our friendly culinary community if things go awry. We also have a list of Kitchen Tools and Equipment Under $99 at our store along with other great gift ideas like our House Rub 01.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a more traditional kitchen equipment style gift, then why not have a browse of this useful guide to induction hobs from Buyers Impact: Induction hobs can revolutionize your cooking style and even come in portable varieties. This could make the perfect gift for someone who enjoys exploring the great outdoors like our good friend Grant Crilly.

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When Grant Crilly isn’t wearing a chef’s apron, he’s rocking some freediving gear and pursuing a fresh seafood dinner. There are no complaints from any of us at ChefSteps, as we’ve been the recipients of amazing fish and chips, fish tacos, and fresh fish for own grills at home. Here is Grant’s list of freediving/spearfishing gear from the guys at Sporasub America: dive suit, fins, mask, dive watch, and speargun.


Following the dive buddy rule, somebody has to keep an eye on Grant, and who better to do that than Ryan Matthew Smith with his GoPro HERO3. Check out this underwater shot captured during one of Grant and Ryan’s recent spearfishing adventures.


If you’ve got a grilling/bbq fanatic in your midst, we suggest you consider the item on Chris Young’s wish list, a fire proximity suit. In this photo, he’s wearing a suit borrowed from friend, Rusty Oliver of HazardFactory, but since Chris is a “go big or go home” believer when it comes to fire, we’re all interested in him having his own suit. If your favorite chef needs protection from similar grilling flare-ups, you might want to wrap one of these up for them.

Our audio director, Hans Twite, performs a dual role with his mad skills as composer of soundtracks for ChefSteps videos and resident bartender. He could really use a tool belt to hold the Zoom H4n 4-Channel Handy Recorder (perfect for capturing family stories) and the Bernzomatic TS8000BT High Intensity Torch Head for charring cinnamon sticks for a Churchill’s Breakfast cocktail.


On a quieter front, our CTO and kimchi provider, Michael Natkin, stays busy producing thousands of lines of code on our behalf. We happily provide him with endless cups of rocket fuel when he’s here at ChefSteps, but since there’s very little time for sleep when aiming for lofty startup goals, we’re hoping that the aroma of coffee brewing at home comes from a Technivorm Moccamaster and the pungent odor of his latest batch of kimchi stays put in a Harsch Gartopf Fermenting Crock Pot.


Ed Starbird, our director of business operations, is a fan of the UP by Jawbone. UP is a system, wristband + mobile app, that tracks sleep, physical activity and food intake so you can make smarter choices and feel your best. We’re all witnesses of Ed’s tireless activity on behalf of ChefSteps and if the UP takes a few things off his tracking list and helps him out, we’re all for it!


Chris, Grant, Ryan, and the rest of the ChefSteps team

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