Holiday Gift Guide: 16 Hands-On Ideas for the Ultimate DIYer

For a lot of people, the fun of cooking comes from all the hands-on creation. Inside every kitchen is a world of flavor possibilities and learning experiences. These gifts are perfect for those that want to take that urge to the next level. Whether your DIYer wants bespoke pickled beets or conscientious ways to work in the kitchen, we’ve got you covered.

Here are our 16 ideas for the kitchen DIYer.

1. To always have the freshest herbs always at the ready,

plant-jars
Amazon

There isn’t much better than having just the exactly right amount of parsley, or making pesto with fresh, home grown basil. These easy-to-use growing kits will give anyone a green thumb!

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2. For the salty snacker,

popcorn-popper
Amazon

Everyone thinks they know popcorn, but there’s more to it than butter and salt. Pop up a fresh batch and customize the flavors in ways never tasted at restaurants and theaters.

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3. For the oenophile,

wine-kit
Amazon

This Cabernet Sauvignon kit has everything it takes to make five bottles of wine at home. Make up a batch then have the perfect excuse to throw a tasting party.

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4. For the sharp cookie,

whetstone
Amazon

It doesn’t take much time in the kitchen to figure out how important it is to have a good knife. Sharp knives make a huge difference and are even safer to use. Help your DIY cook keep their most important tool in top shape with tri-stone sharpener.

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5. For the healthy snacker,

yogurt-maker
Amazon

What’s better than a bowl of yogurt when you need a quick and healthy breakfast? Always keep a batch on hand with this easy to use yogurt maker.

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6. For the ecologically-minded,

compost
Amazon

Composting starts in the kitchen, and the best way to get that process started is by having a good way to collect scraps. This beautiful compost bin would feel right at home on any countertop.

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7. To let the good times roll,

sushi
Amazon

It doesn’t get more hands-on than rolling your own sushi. These bamboo mats and utensils will help shape the perfect roll, no matter what you pick to go inside.

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8. For the crunch lovers,

pickling
Amazon

If cooking was a video game, learning to pickle would be leveling up. Thankfully, this pickling kit makes it easier than pie. And once that skill’s unlocked, you’ll discover just how many things amazing pickled.

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9. For the heartfelt baker,

sf-starter
Amazon

Unfortunately for Tony Bennett, we can’t get hearts back from San Francisco. But we can capture some of the wild yeast unique to that area to make authentic and delicious San Francisco sourdough bread. This starter kit has everything you need to make that iconic bread no matter where you live.

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10. For the ICE CREAM SCREAMERS,

ice-cream
Amazon

Home-churned ice cream is a dream to make with this electric ice cream maker. Simply add the ingredients (plus any fun extras!) and let the machine do the work. Perfect for flavor experimenters who want to try their own combos.

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11. For the artistic organizers,

spice
Amazon

These magnetized spice jars are more than just eye-catching. Use them for classy fridge art or find the cleverest places to stick them.

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12. For those who appreciate the subtleties,

infusion
Amazon

Infuse water, teas, or juices with anything imaginable using this glass infuser. It’s the perfect way to add some pep to a cool glass of water or complement teas with fresh fruit and herb blends.

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13. For the cheesiest,

cheese-making
Amazon

No matter how intense your DIYer is, there’s a good chance they haven’t made their own cheese. Show them something new and magical. This homemade cheese kit comes with supplies and instructions for six kinds of cheeses and butter.

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14. To preserve anything and everything,

food-d
Amazon

Dehydrators are an unsung hero of the kitchen. They can make anything from jerky, to dried fruits, to spice blends, and even cookies!

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15. For the bold flavor lovers,

coffee-spice-grinder
Amazon

Nothing beats fresh ground spices and coffee when you’re looking for the most flavor. This grinder will get the job done, whether it’s prepping the perfect beans or making unique spice blends.

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