Vegan Kitchen Gift Guide
By: KD Angle-Traegner / Last Update: September 2020
This Vegan Kitchen Gift Guide has an array of unique kitchen gadgets and functional equipment to brighten the routine of any amateur or experienced vegan chef.
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Gifts for the Vegan Chef
Perfect gifts for people who love to cook.
1. Instant Pot
The Instant Pot is a smart electric pressure cooker designed with the objectives of being safe and convenient. If you’re like me, you live a busy life. A pressure cooker was designed for busy people!
This bad boy speeds up cooking by 2-6 times, all while using 70% less energy. The 7-in-1 works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, porridge maker, steamer, saute/browning, yogurt maker and warmer.
Whew! Think of the cabinet space you’ll save!
Full disclosure: I have an Instant Pot. I love pressure cookers. A few years ago I was gifted a “not Instapot.” After a year of rigorous use (4x per week minimum), it broke. I replaced it with an Instant Pot. The difference is night and day. It works like a dream, has lots of useful functions, and a breeze to clean.
2. GoWise Air Fryer
The GoWise Air Fryer is taking vegan food blogs by storm and for a good reason, they’re really super cool.
Think of an air fryer as a deep fryer that doesn’t use cups upon cups of oil. Instead of boiling in oil, an air fryer uses hot, circulating air to cook food to crunchy, crispy perfection. That’s right, french fries without the guilt. There’s almost nothing that an air fryer can’t make better. Check out these crave-worthy vegan air fryer recipes for inspiration.
You need one of these and I need one of these, too. I’m just saying.
3. Aroma Housewears Rice Cooker
You might be thinking, a rice cooker, really? In 2020? In the age of pressure cookers and air fryers? A rice cooker??
Yes! A rice cooker is a perfect addition to a busy vegan’s kitchen.
The Aroma Housewears Rice Cooker yields 8-cups of perfectly cooked rice, which is perfect for people like me who burn rice every single time I make it. A rice cooker is a great inexpensive solution.
And while I’m talking rice, read up on how to reduce the arsenic levels in rice because less arsenic is a good thing.
4. Tofuture Tofu Press
The Tofuture Tofu Press will change your relationship with tofu forever. Seriously!
Pressing tofu is the difference between a tofu dish you’ll hate and a tofu dish you’ll not only love, you’ll want to make again and again. Pressing the water from tofu allows the tofu soak up marinades, creating a much more flavorful tofu dish.
As an aside, are you familiar with amazing versatility of delicious tofu? Yes? Excellent! No? Let me help you out with that. Check out this vegan tofu guide, it has everything you need to know about buying, preparing, and cooking tasty tofu.
Back to gift-giving! This tofu press would be an excellent gift for the vegan tofu lovers you know.
5. Wilton Donut Pans
Let’s be honest, everyone loves donuts. And since we’re being honest, I’m only putting Wilton Donut Pans in this gift guide because I want them myself.
There are exactly zero vegan bakeries/donut shops/restaurants/any-damn-thing who makes vegan donuts where I live. If I want donuts I have two choices; drive an hour away to get some, or I have make ’em myself.
Do you know a vegan in a similar situation? I’m sorry, it’s hard, I get it. These donut pans are the solution.
And the bonus? You’ll get to eat the donuts from the friend you gifted this to. Double win.
6. KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Let’s talk stand mixers, specifically this KitchenAid Stand Mixer. They’re incredibly helpful in the kitchen.
Any vegan who spends any time cooking or baking could use one of these and Kitchen Aid is the gold standard in stand mixers. The 5-quart stainless steel bowl offers enough capacity to mix dough for nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread.
Nine! Dozen! Cookies!
Cookies like these sugar cut-out cookies with royal icing, yum.
7. Orblue Garlic Press
Get fresh with the Orblue Garlic Press.
Fresh garlic is an amazing addition to recipes but peeling and mincing can seem bothersome to people. Chopping garlic by hand can also result in uneven sizes that cook unevenly. Some peelers have an aluminum finish that can wear off after use, but not this model. Made from stainless steel, this is a kitchen tool that will last.
Friends don’t let friends use powdered garlic. Get them this peeler set instead.
8. Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven
The Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven is a 6-quart enamel dutch oven is great for cooking, marinating, refrigeration and even freezing.
It’s versatile, it can be used on gas, electric, ceramic and induction cooktops, as well as in the oven. The porcelain surface eliminates the need to season cast iron. The cast iron vessel has superior heat distribution and retention, evenly heating bottom sidewalls and even the lid. Tightly fitting lid seals in moisture and flavor.
Perfect for vegan stews, seitan roasts, vegetables, and as a Christmas gift.
9. Hamilton Beach Food Processor
This Hamilton Beach Food Processor can save you prep time in the kitchen. Food processors are a handy tool to have in a fully stocked vegan kitchen because they’re perfect for chopping or pureeing.
One of the design flaws of a traditional food processor is that you have to stop processing to scrape down the sides of the bowl. This model features a built-in scraper, I like that. I also like that it’s a nice 10-cup size, BPA-Free, and dishwasher safe. Includes a reversible slice/shred disc and a standard S-blade for chopping & pureeing.
Give the gift of chopped or pureed food with this food processor.
10. Ceramic Cat Measuring Cups / Baking Bowls
These Ceramic Cat Measuring Cups / Baking Bowls are adorable and I’m in total like with them.
Everyone has that friend or family member who L.O.V.E.S. cats, I’m that person in my circles. You know who I’m talking about; the person or couple who rescued a cat that one time who now has twenty-seven cats and a few dogs, those people. Those are the kind of people who need these ceramic cat measuring cups.
Just look at the cuteness! That nose! Those whiskers! The tail handle!
Get these for a cat-loving person you know. Or, get them for yourself, there’s no judgment here.
I can’t put together a vegan kitchen guide without mentioning cookbooks! Cookbooks are a great vegan gift and there are thousands of great choices.
Visit the Vegan Book Library & Bookstore for the full selection of cookbooks to get you inspired, and check out these titles above.
Gifts Under $10
Perfect gifts for any budget.