The 12 Most Useful Cookware Christmas Gifts

Cookware Christmas gifts are well received and here is our Christmas gift giving guide. I do a good job of stress testing cookware. I’ve discovered cookware that is durable and useful in the kitchen. I only recommend cookware as gifts that are functional or something I would use. The Christmas Gifts listed below is cookware or related kitchen items I use or recommend giving as a gift and the reason why I recommend it. As a cook, I love to receive cookware and give it as gifts. With Christmas around the corner, this is my “12 Most Useful Cookware Christmas Gifts.” The prices from Amazon.com are always up to date.

My 12 Most Useful Cookware Christmas Gifts

1) Serving Platters from Pfaltzgraff or Fiesta

Christmas gifts - Clay Art PlatterWe eat with our eyes first. Any dish can whet the appetite when served on a nice platter and arranged beautifully. Pfaltzgraff and Fiesta serving platters make beautiful Christmas gifts that can make any dish look fantastic. I use them when taking pictures of my work for my Home Cooking Academy.

Fiesta 13-5/8-Inch Oval Platter, Scarlet Fiesta 13-5/8-Inch Oval Platter, Scarlet
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2) Kitchen Supply 16” Round Pizza Stone

Christmas gifts - Kitchen Supply Pizza StoneI use a pizza stone for a lot more foods than pizza. They’re great for heating chicken wings! A good thick pizza stone is great for re-heating roasted or fried foods. With a convection oven the foods will crisp up nicely. Preheat the pizza stone and you can get nice browning and crisp bottoms. I use mine at least once a week.

Old Stone Oven Round Pizza Stone Old Stone Oven Round Pizza Stone
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3) Combo – Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet, CIA Masters Collection Wire Cooling Rack, and Silpat

Christmas gifts - NordicWare Baking SheetThis is a 3-item combo. Each are great, but when given as a gift together, the possibilities are endless. The Nordic Ware baking sheet is very durable. When friends see this they think it’s commercial grade. It is. I love it. The CIA Masters Collection cooling rack is also commercial strength and very strong. The Silpat sheet is a nonstick layer that will keep the baking sheet clean and free of scrubbing. I use them inter-changeably. Here are the 3 items: Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet, 13 by 18 by 1 Inch, CIA Masters Collection 12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel, and Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, 11 5/8 x 16 1/2-inches, Half Sheet Size.

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet and Big Sheet Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet and Big Sheet
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CIA 23304 Masters Collection 12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel CIA 23304 Masters Collection 12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel
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Silpat AE420295-07 Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8" x 16-1/2" Silpat AE420295-07 Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8" x 16-1/2"
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4) Lodge Color 6qt Dutch Oven

Lodge Color Dutch OvenLodge makes terrific enameled cast iron cookware rivaling the French Le Creuset or Staub and at significantly less money. A 6qt Dutch Oven is a versatile piece of cookware that can be used on top of the stove or in the oven. Lodge enameled cookware makes excellent Christmas gifts! They come in a variety of attractive colors and are a steal at these prices. The price varies depending on color. Pick from a variety of colors. HIGHLY reviewed!

Lodge EC6D33 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Blue Lodge EC6D33 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Blue
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5) Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10″ and 12″ Skillet Pack

Circulon Infinite Skillet PackIf you’ve been to this site before, you know I love Circulon Infinite products. It is durable hard anodized cookware coated with a tough nonstick surface that is dishwasher safe. The thick bottom is perfect for flat top stoves. I’ve used mine for 4 years already and the nonstick surface is still in pretty good shape. I like that this combo pack includes the larger 12″ skillet: Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Inch and 12-Inch Skillets Twin Pack.

Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Inch and 12-Inch Skillets Twin Pack Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Inch and 12-Inch Skillets Twin Pack
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6) Le Creuset 1.5 quart Enamel Cast Iron Oval Baker

Le Creuset Oval BakerLe Creuset enamel cast iron is beautiful and functional. The rich color and even heating characteristics makes this 1.5 quart oval baker a go-to piece of cookware. Baking potato au gratin, warming left-overs, or cooking a small roast is easy with this oven to table cast iron oval baker. A perfect Christmas gift.

Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Signature Oval Baker, 1.5 quart, Cerise (Cherry Red) Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Signature Oval Baker, 1.5 quart, Cerise (Cherry Red)
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7) All-Clad Brushed Stainless Steel D5 11-Inch French Skillet w/Domed Lid

All-Clad D5 Skillet Domed LidAll-Clad is the absolute best American stainless steel cookware manufacturer. If you need to get a gift for someone you know who likes to cook and is adventurous, this is a fantastic gift! This is the new D5 brushed stainless steel outside. It has 5 layers to evenly distribute heat. You not only need but also can’t beat stainless steel skillets for saute and deglazing sauces. I recommend folks who want a nonstick cookware set to also get a stainless steel skillet for sauteeing. With a domed lid, this skillet can be used for pan frying, pan roasting, and braising. Highly recommended: All-Clad Brushed Stainless D5 11-Inch French Skillet with Domed Lid.

 


 

8) Scanpan CTX 12 ¾” Nonstick Eco-Friendly PFOA-Free Skillet

Scanpan CTX SkilletWhen it comes to healthy or eco-friendly cookware, I love Scanpan. While the surface still uses PTFE in the manufacturing process it is PFOA free and uses an environmentally friendly cast aluminum core. It is a very good nonstick surface given it does not have the PFOA’s. Best of all, it is also dishwasher safe. Scanpan CTX 12-3/4-Inch PFOA Free Fry Pan.

Scanpan CTX 12-3/4-Inch Fry Pan Scanpan CTX 12-3/4-Inch Fry Pan
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9) Emile Henry Flame Top 12″ Brazier

Emile Henry BrazierI love Emile Henry Flame Top products. This is the only clay cookware that can be used on the stove top as well as in the stove since the old Cornflower Corningware cookware. It is pretty, useful, and the clay surrounds the food with a steady even heat that is great for braising or slow cooking. This braizier is very versatile and makes a great presentation from stove to table.

Emile Henry Flame Top 12-Inch Brazier Black Emile Henry Flame Top 12-Inch Brazier Black
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10) Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Pc Cookware Set

Circulon Infinite Cookware SetThis is the full cookware set as the skillets in #5 above. It is very sturdy, dishwasher safe, and has an excellent nonstick surface. I’ve awarded the Circulon Infinite with 2 cookware set awards. I use mine almost daily. At this price it is an unbeatable by a far margin.

Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set Circulon Infinite Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
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11) Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 12-Pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Cookware SetI love stainless steel for cooking. It is healthy, durable, easy to clean, and dishwasher safe. As I’ve stated before the best brand is All-Clad. Cuisinart Multiclad Pro is next on this list. As you see, All-Clad is premium quality and premium priced. For a near performance equivalent the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro is unbeatable for performance and price. I use Cuisinart MultiClad Pro and love it. To complete the set I recommend the Circulon nonstick skillets above or the Scanpan skillet to provide a very complete and dishwasher safe cookware set.

Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
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12) Scanpan CTX 10-Piece Cookware Set

Scanpan CTX 10pc SetFor the discerning cook who wants the best performance and style, Scanpan CTX is it. At around $900 it is not cheap, but the CTX stainless steel outside and PFOA free nonstick interior is amazing. A 5 layer construction spreads heat evenly, and new ergonomic features makes the CTX stainless steel line a sought after cookware line. Check it out here:

Scanpan CTX 10-Piece Deluxe Set Scanpan CTX 10-Piece Deluxe Set
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About Mark Jala

Consumer advocate Mark Jala has a passion for food. As an avid cook, he gives you his opinions about the cookware reviewed and how it will impact your cooking. Mr. Jala blogs at www.38MinutesToHappiness.com where his mission is to use home cooked meals as a time to create happy marriages and loving family relationships.