The Ultimate Kitchen Essentials Gift Guide

This is my ultimate kitchen essentials gift guide. Whether it’s a holiday, you’re helping a child move into their first home, or shopping for a housewarming gift, this list covers it all!

The ultimate kitchen essentials guide is a starting place for someone to have the most-used tools on hand. Personally, I recommend each and every item on this list and have most of them in my own kitchen! For a daily cook like myself, they withstand all of the wear and tear I put them through.

Basic Dish Set – Service for 4

Back to Basics Square Dinnerware Set

Every kitchen needs a basic set of dishes that will match any decorative items (such as napkins, tablecloths, etc.). I love this Gibson Home Back to Basics Set – service for four. This set is lightweight, BPA-free, heat-resistant, and durable for every day use.


Silverware Set – Service for 4

20-Piece Stainless Steel Modern Elegant Flatware Cutlery Set

This 20 piece cutlery set includes 4 dinner knives, 4 dinner forks, 4 dinner spoons, 4 tea spoons and 4 salad forks. It’s the perfect set to get anyone started in their first kitchen! The modern design matches any decor.


100% Natural Cotton Terry Kitchen Towel Set

This 4-piece of 100% natural terry cloth cotton towels are non-scratch and designed to scrub. They are super absorbent and perfect for all your cleaning, drying, and dusting needs. Terry cloth is long-lasting material that will definitely give you your money’s worth!


8 Piece Silicone Utensils Set

Zulay Kitchen 8 Piece Silicone Utensil Set

I would like to tell you that I made the smart choice of a Premium Silicone Utensil Set when I first moved out and regularly started cooking. But I didn’t. I used the cheap metal ones that scratched my pans up, causing them to stick. This set not only includes the variety you’ll need; but it also is easy to clean, use, and store.

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Magnetic Measuring Spoons

Stainless Steel Magnetic Measuring Spoons, 8 Piece Set with Leveler

Every kitchen needs a good set of measuring spoons. Zulay Kitchen Magnetic Measuring Spoons will easily become your favorite set. Nesting together, it’s easy to keep them all in one place and separate for use. These are perfect for baking my Ultimate Chocolate Layer Cake!

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Meat Chopper, Masher, & Smasher

Meat Chopper Masher Smasher

A Heat-Resistant Meat Chopper, Masher, and Smasher is a versatile tool that will help chop up meat while cooking, mix in spices, or help create creamy mashed potatoes! I love all of the assorted colors available.

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Heat Resistant Silicone Utensil Rest

Heat-Resistant Silicone Utensil Rest

Keep your counter and stove clean with this Heat-Resistant Silicone Utensil Rest with Drip Pad. When I’m finished using the rest, I toss it in with my dishes and it’s ready to use again. In the past, I used paper towels but the utensils would stick to them and often soak through.

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Stainless Steel Tongs – 9″ and 12″

Set of PremiumStainless Steel Set of Tongs

A Stainless Steel Set of Tongs will make cooking easier in your kitchen. This set includes one 9″ and 12″. They’re ideal for everything from tossing a salad to BBQ-ing!

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Heat Resistant Silicone Spatula Set

Heat Resistant Silicone Spatula Set

After trying plastic, melamine, wood, and silicone, I have discovered a Heat-Resistant Silicone Spatula Set that is my favorite all-in-one tool. They don’t peel, crack, crumble, or dry out over time. These are one solid piece and don’t create space for bacteria growth the way a two-piece spatula does.

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Plastic Cutting Board Set

Colorful Plastic Cutting Board Set

Cutting boards are one of the most unsafe items you’ll find in a kitchen. This Extra Thick Plastic Cutting Board Set changes the game for home cooks. These boards are strong enough to withstand knives and yet flexible, too. Each board is a different color and marked with what the board should be used for – fruit, vegetables, bread, poultry, fish, and beef.

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Manual Knife Sharpener for Straight and Serrated Knives

Manual Knife Sharpener for Straight and Serrated Knives

A good set of knives can set you back a pretty penny. Keep them in shape and sharp to get the most out of your investment. This Manual Knife Sharpener for Straight and Serrated Knives saves money, time, and enables you to have perfect slices every time!

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Silicone Baking Mat Sheet Set

Silicone Baking Mat Sheet Set

This 2-Pack of Silicone Baking Mats are the perfect replacement for parchment paper, aluminum foil, and non-stick cooking spray. They measure 13″ x 18″ and perfectly fit a half sheet pan. They are non-stick, reusable, food-grade, and flexible

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Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter Wheel

Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter Wheel

Pizza (excuse me while I drool just thinking about it!) is quite a popular food for most households. Is it for yours? Then you need a no-frills Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter for your kitchen! It cuts through any crust, thick or thin, and comfortably fits in your hand, offering protection from the blade with the finger/thumb guard!

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Zulay Kitchen Manual Can Opener

Zulay Kitchen Manual Can Opener

As much as I love my electric can opener, it still can’t stand up to a Manual Can Opener! The ergonomic handle makes opening cans a breeze – especially with the smooth-turning knob. Easily clean with a paper towel or toss into the dishwasher.

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Springform Pan

Zulay Kitchen 9 Inch Premium Cheesecake Pan and Box

Now I know you’re thinking that a Springform Pan (or more lovingly known as the Cheesecake Pan in our house!) is an essential pan. But I’m telling ya, you’ll question why you didn’t get one sooner once you try it out. My family still raves over my Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake that I made when I bought this pan. It’s also great for cakes, quiche, or lasagna! Being such a versatile pan is exactly why I put it on my ultimate kitchen essentials list.

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Bacon Grease Container

Bacon Grease Container

If you fry bacon, what do you do with your grease? It’s a staple in our kitchen – especially when frying up a batch of taters. In addition to bacon grease, you can drain oil from your foods and store to dispose of later. This Bacon Grease Container includes a strainer and lid. It can also be used to filter used coffee grounds. The classic design fits in with any kitchen decor and easily cleans up to be used over and over.

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Multi-Purpose Stainless Steel Bench Scraper & Chopper

This Multi-Purpose Stainless Steel Bench Scraper and Chopper has numerous uses within your kitchen. When baking or cooking, it helps quickly chop and move finely chopped foods. You can also use it to smooth buttercream icing on cakes. Quickly determine the height levels of cake levels and cut your desserts into perfectly-sized squares.

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Measuring Cups

6 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set

A good set of Stainless Steel Measuring Cups will be an invaluable item in your kitchen if you like to bake a lot! I love that this set includes the ⅔ and ¾ cups.


This Ultimate Kitchen Essentials Gift Guide is perfect for getting anyone started in their first kitchen. Do you have any suggestions? Share them below!

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