Gift Ideas for Cooks – Under $500

I didn’t start out to make this a KitchenAid guide but when I started looking at all of the best, most used, items in my kitchen, so many of them are made by KitchenAid! It seems that everything they make is super well built – and they keep performing day after day, after day… I guess you can just call me a KitchenAid girl! By the way, this guide is not sponsored by KitchenAid, I’m just so happy with their equipment.

Every picture is clickable for specific information on each item.


We bought Scott this wonderful professional digital thermometer a few years ago for Christmas and he loves it! Shh, I use it too – for baking, candy, etc.

KitchenAid KSM155GBCA 5-Qt. Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl - Candy Apple Red

I do believe that me and my beautiful KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Mixer might just be joined at the hip! I use it all the time and it’s as dependable as the day is long!

Amazon Gift Card

Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t love an Amazon Gift Card. Let your favorite cook pick something special he or she has been dreaming of!


Kitchenaid Pro-Line Series Blender – I love this cordless (yes, cordless) immersion blender. It’s definitely one of the workhorses in my little kitchen.

KitchenAid KCO275AQ Convection 1800-watt Digital Countertop Oven, 12-Inch, Aqua Sky

I love this little KitchenAid Convection 1800-watt Digital Countertop Oven. It has a small footprint yet acts like a big boy oven! 


All-Clad Electric Griddle – Make enough for the whole family! This is beautifully designed griddle is perfect for pancakes, burgers, French toast, grilled sandwiches, bacon, etc.


Scott gave me this wonderful waffle maker at least 10 years ago. It’s made at least a zillion waffles over the years and is still going strong!

KitchenAid KMC4241SS Multi-Cooker - Stainless Steel

       What an amazing machine for the money! It has 10 settings: risotto, rice, sear, saute, simmer, soup, yogurt , boil/steam, slow cook high and low, keep warm (up to 24 hours).


Oh my goodness, this little machine makes wonderful espresso and delicious coffee drinks! Who needs Starbucks – and you’ll save a ton of money!