Moving into a new apartment can be an overwhelming prospect. There’s so much that’s needed all at once. If it’s someone’s first apartment, they may not even know where to start.
However, the holidays are the perfect time to spoil the people we love with the things they really need – or just we know they’ll love. Helping them set up that starter kitchen with the best and smartest gear isn’t just a good idea for a holiday gift, but a way to show they are loved.
Getting started in a new kitchen does not have to be about fancy or intimidating gear. It should be about the items that will make cooking comfort and inspiration grow. Before you know it, you might be invited over to a dinner party using some of the gifts you gave them this holiday!
OrGreenic Cookware Hammered Rose Gold 22-Piece Cookware and Bakeware Set
It’s tempting when you have a starter kitchen to get one piece here and there as you need it, slowly building a collection. But doing that means you’ll just end up with a lot of mismatched odds and ends. This gorgeous hammered rose gold 22-piece cookware and bakeware set ($240) is nonstick, lightweight, scratch resistant and dishwasher safe and includes everything they’d ever need to cook or bake in their new home kitchen. The first step to being a fabulous home cook is to have all the tools you’ll ever need sitting at your disposal.
Constantly buying fresh herbs at the grocery store can get very pricey, fast. And then a lot will go to waste because those herbs seem to have an impossibly short shelf life. The AeroGarden Harvest ($110) is the ideal answer. Give the gift of growing their own fresh herbs in their kitchen window or counter top. This is a 6-pod garden that takes up hardly any space and can grow a variety of fresh herbs or microgreens even if there’s no space for a traditional garden.
The Wine Savant Rose-Colored Wine Glass Set
Barbiecore is quite the trend in fashion right now, and the lover of all things pink may just want to incorporate it into their next dinner party. This set of 6 12-oz wine glasses ($60) will set a light and fun tone whenever they entertain, and is sure to add a little pizzazz to any occasion.
Slo Food Group 7-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
A good set of measuring cups ($24) is an essential for any recipe, in any kitchen. These stainless steel measuring cups are sturdy and durable, so they’ll last the long haul. And after you’re making that new banana bread recipe? Just throw them in the dishwasher, because they are dishwasher safe, too. This set also has some harder to find measurement sizes, which will be very helpful for when recipes call for non-traditional ingredient measurements.
Cravings by Chrissy Teigen Hot Mitts Silicone Oven Mitts
Not all oven mitts will work the same at protecting hands and arms from burns and splatters. These fun oven mitts ($18) don’t just have a pretty pink pattern, but are also made with silicone. This keeps palms protected when holding hot pots, and hands or arms won’t get burnt through the mitts, as may happen with fabric mitts.
Savory Spice Everyday Essentials Spice Collection
This set ($50) is all about the first kitchen seasoning essentials, and has classics like paprika or cinnamon, but also some very commonly used blends, from Italian herbs to everything bagel.
Black Rain Precision Pepper Mill
Speaking of essential seasoning, freshly ground black pepper is so important. This is a next-level pepper mill ($149), and it’s pretty high tech too. It’s as easy to use as pushing a button, but it can also be charged via USB and it’s LED lit. That means they can grind and add that pepper with one hand while stirring and cooking with the other.
ALOONO Cocktail Shaker Bar Set
Much like they will probably love having really flirty wine glasses, they will also appreciate a top-notch bar set. This 15-piece ALOONO Cocktail Shaker Bar Set ($58) has everything they need to make craft cocktails, from martinis to a classic Old Fashioned. It has 18 and 28 oz shakers, strainers, a jigger, muddler, bar spoon, and so much more. It even comes with a cocktail recipe book!
Kitchen HQ Rechargeable Automatic Smooth-Edge Can Opener
Can openers are a kitchen essential. It’s hard to cook much of anything without them. But the wrong can opener can be frustrating, and downright dangerous. The Kitchen HQ Electric Automatic Can Opener ($20) is super easy to use, and is as simple to operate as pressing a button. Give the gift of avoiding kitchen accidents and making cooking easier.
Stella Falone Café Series Ebony Paddle and Tongs Bundle
This gorgeous paddle and tongs bundle ($75) has a cool story behind it because it’s made from upcycled wood from Taylor Guitars. But it’ll also be a fabulous board for serving cheese and charcuterie at their next happy hour.
Boska Kitchen Knives Monaco+ Set
Having a set of good knives is as important as having the right set of cookware. Perhaps it’s even more important because dull or poor quality knives are more likely to lead to kitchen accidents, and can also just be very frustrating to use when cooking. This set ($130) includes a cooking knife, a sous chef knife, and a paring knife. These are designed to be ergonomic, for ultimate grip and control, and if they treat them right, will last for a long time.
Purifico Handsoap Bundle
Handsoap or handsoap dispensers may not be the first thing we think of when setting up a kitchen, but washing our hands when before and during food prep is so important. Whether they are dealing with poultry or giving a rinse after using spicy peppers, they’ll be washing their hands often (we hope!). These eco-friendly natural refillable soap bundles ($15) are kind to the environment but also a way of eliminating waste and saving space.
Saki Smart Air Fryer, 13 Quart
My first-ever air fryer was barely big enough to make a single serving of chicken wings. Every year or two, I’d find myself upgrading to one just a little bigger. Why not start out with one that can do everything you want it to do, from the start? If I was starting over now, that’s what I would do. This 13-quart smart air fryer ($129) is a beast, and is even big enough to make a turkey. Whether they want to air fry, bake, roast, or bake, this will be a great addition to their new kitchen.
magic bullet Kitchen Express Blender and Food Processor Combo
Being able to quickly make smoothies and puree herbs and veggies is a kitchen game changer. Whether they are making a batch of margaritas or pesto, the magic bullet Kitchen Express Blender and Food Processor Combo ($80) is easy to use, compact, and will bring all their cooking and blending to the next level.
CAFÉ Express Finish 2-Slice Toaster
Toasters are essential but generally not all that elegant in appearance. This one though, with its sleek black matte style, would fit in at the most luxe of brunches. This 2-slice toaster ($99) is beautiful to look at, but will also be simple to use for everything from toast to waffles. It has a bunch of pre-set functions and shade options too, so it couldn’t be better for a starter kitchen.
Crockpot 3-Quart Classic Slow Cooker Manual Control, Rose Copper
A slow cooker is a must for any kitchen, from starter to seasoned. This Crockpot 3-Quart Slow Cooker ($20) comes in a gorgeous rose copper shade, and will make everything from soups to stews to party dips as easy as pie.
Westinghouse 40” 2-in-1 Digital Bladeless Fan with Heater
What does a bladeless tower fan have to do with a starter kitchen? Well, using the oven and all those other appliances can make a small kitchen get very hot, very fast. And many of us aren’t lucky enough to have a window in the kitchen to let fresh air in. A compact but powerful tower fan ($210) with a cool oscillation function can keep cool air flowing so that those hours spent over the frying pan or simmering soup are comfortable and breezy. You can’t ask for more than that.
Zakarian by Dash 4.5 Qt. Nonstick Cast Iron Skillet With Lid
A deep cast-iron skillet ($77) with lid has so many possibilities. This one, not only gorgeous but incredibly versatile, will be perfect for everything from making fried chicken to a beautiful casserole for the family.
Nordic Ware Nonstick High-Sided Oven Crisp Baking Tray
Sheet pan suppers have been all the rage on social media the last few years, and this high-sided half sheet ($34) takes it to the next level. The black non-stick rack insert is great for cookies and bacon, and the handles will make the whole dish easy to take direct from oven to serving.
Charcoal Companion Digital BBQ Grill Meat Thermometer
A meat thermometer is essential for making sure your meat is at the ideal doneness without cutting into it. This digital thermometer ($35) works whether you are grilling, at the BBQ, or using any other sort of heat source.