(Pocket-lint) – Here’s our guide to the best kitchen gifts. Whether you want to help someone with an app-enabled kettle, so they can make a cuppa from bed, or want to up their cooking game we’ve got it covered.
Here’s a range of gifts that will suit many a wannabe cook or cocktail maker.
Better still, the gifts we’ve picked won’t break the bank. Here are our favourite kitchen gadgets.
If you know someone who really likes their cup of tea, whatever the time of day, this is the kettle to get them. This Wi-Fi connected kettle can be controlled via Alexa, or a smartphone allowing them to have a cup of tea at a moment’s notice. Better still, with routine support they can create numerous setups to fit in with smart home life. Just make sure they invite you for afternoon tea afterwards.
TP-Link (Alexa and Google) smart plug
If they’ve already got an Amazon Echo or Google Home, then this smart plug will boost what they can do around the home. You can use a smart plug to control anything plugged into it, whether that’s a lamp that turns on in hallway when they come home or merely allow them to turn on the slow cooker from the office.
Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Sous is still all the range, and if this gift is for a would-be-chef this will allow them to up their game considerably. Simply attach the Precision Cooker to any pot, add water, drop in desired food in a sealed bag or glass jar and start cooking with the touch of a button on the device. It’s that simple. Who needs an oven.
Meater Smart Wireless Meat Food Thermometer
If they are a big fan of the Sunday roast, then you’ll want to get them a wireless meat thermometer that connects to your phone to tell you when your food is cooked perfectly. Able to monitor both inside and outside temperature they’ll be able to sit back on the sofa and the app will tell them when everything is cooked perfectly.
Google Home Hub
This small 7-inch smart home device is perfect for checking recipes when your in the kitchen without having to get their phone out, and because it comes with Google Assistant they can even ask Google for the next instruction via a voice command.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock
Or, if you don’t want a full display to guide you through recipes, you might find Amazon’s smallest Echo Dot a winner. It has a digital clock display that we’ve found really useful for showing timers and countdowns as they progress, giving you at-a-glance info in the kitchen, and a nice little speaker for your music to boot.
Moccamaster Filter Coffee Machine
Kettles are well and good, but there’s something infinitely pure about a filter coffee machine. Sweet, simple coffee, always hot, whenever you need it. The Moccamaster is as striking and retro as kitchen gear comes, and will sever them up with reliable coffee on command.
Drop D600A Kitchen Scale and Cocktail Maker
Drop is a connected scale for those that like to cook. The accompanying app for your iPhone will display the weights from under a gram to 6KG and also comes with hundreds of recipes that will automatically resize if you don’t have enough of any on ingredient.
Click and Grow Smart Garden
Herbs from the supermarket are great, but they always die pretty quickly. Why not give the gift of growing them this year regardless of the time of year. The Click and Grow Smart Garden lets them grown up to three different plant pods simultaneously thanks to a built in LED grow light. The system comes with over 50 different plant pods to pick from that have everything they’ll need to successfully grow something regardless of how “green-fingered” they are.
KitchenAid mini stand mixer
If they are a huge fan of the Great British Bake Off then they’ll want to make cakes and all things baking. This KitchenAid mini stand mixer not only looks great but will whip up the perfect sponge. It’s a classic bit of kitchen design and the definition of old-school tech.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.