The 21 Best Gifts for Siblings

Kendra Vaculin
·8 mins read

It’s impossible to tell you what to get your sibling this year—until we learn a little more about their kitchen personality. Are they the type to make you professional-looking holiday cookies each year, or does their culinary prowess begin and end with their one chicken dish “specialty?” Do they nerd out about hydration levels in bread baking, or do they feel most strongly about their morning cup of joe? You know your sibling better than anyone (and they’re the only people on earth who really understand your parents’ specific brand of wackiness), so treat them to something you’re sure they’ll love, like a modern classic cookbook, versatile cooking gadget, or nice bottle of booze. Scroll down for what we think are the 21 best gifts for siblings.

The tentative home cook sibling

Give the gift of culinary wisdom from everyone’s dream best friend and home cooking guru Samin Nosrat. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat was published in 2017 and is already a first-ballot hall-of-fame modern classic cookbook thanks to Nosrat’s approachable lessons in building flavor and cooking by instinct. It's essential reading for your kitchen-curious sib—and anyone else looking to up their dinner game.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

$21.00, Amazon

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The sibling who always hosts

If your sibling is the one hosting every holiday and family celebration, they likely need some serving tools—ideally those that look as good as they work. Gift them a pair of pretty hand-carved ash wood serving utensils or a stainless-steel set with tortoise shell resin handles.

Farmhouse Pottery Handcrafted Wood Serving Set

$48.00, Food52

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Sadye 2-Piece Resin Salad Server Set

$25.00, CB2

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The sibling with no time to cook

For busy people, a pressure cooker is a godsend anytime of day. An Instant Pot will help your sibling make quick work of flavorful soups, tender ribs, and even homemade yogurt. Reference our guide to determine which Instant Pot model is right for your sibling if you feel like getting particular about it, but the Duo is the classic for a reason: It’s not too big, not too small, and not quite as complicated as some of the more expensive models. (If they already know and love their Instant Pot, check out our guide to the best add-on accessories.)

Instant Pot Duo

$79.00, Amazon

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Instant Pot Silicone Steamer Basket

$12.00, Amazon

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The “I’m more of a baker than a cook” sibling

Forget cupcakes, the cutest individual confection is a mini Bundt. This pan from Nordic Ware—made of cast aluminum that ensures even baking with a nonstick coating inside so the treats release with ease—creates 30 intricate individual cakes for a super cute twist on the classic dessert. (Check our special bakers gift guide for more inspiration.)

Nordic Ware Bundt Teacakes and Candies Pan

$30.00, Food52

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The “I’m more about the science than the art” sibling

In Nik Sharma’s latest cookbook, the trained molecular geneticist turned recipe developer and food writer goes deep on the why behind flavorful dishes like lamb chops with scallion-mint salsa and spiced coffee kulfi—without the pretentiousness. According to associate editor Lauren Joseph in our fall cookbook preview, it’s such a “a wild and well-researched resource” that it’s sure to have “Joy of Cooking–level lasting power.”

The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma

$35.00, Amazon

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The sibling who’s worried if the meat is done

If your sibling’s biggest culinary fear is underdone chicken, get them peace of mind this year with these two gadgets that make slicing into a thigh to “check for pink” a thing of the past. The ThermoWorks DOT is a braiser and roaster’s best friend; just stick the probe into whatever you’re cooking and set the external mechanism (which handily sticks to the front of your oven) to alert you when it’s reached the precise temperature you’re looking for—no taking out of the oven and sticking back in over and over to check for doneness. A Joule is the best way to get into the sous vide game as its magnetic bottom works with the pots you already have to cook individual pork chops and chicken breasts to perfection. Just finish with a quick sear in a hot pan.

ThermoWorks DOT

$43.00, ThermoWorks

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Breville ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide

$200.00, Amazon

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The coffee snob sibling

Oh, my God, we get it, you feel strongly about proper pour over technique. Don’t risk a lecture by gifting this sibling a coffee gadget or bag of beans you’re not 100% certain they’ll love; instead, get them the very best vessel out of which they can enjoy their beloved brew. Try a handmade-to-order porcelain mug (which looks like a deli paper coffee cup) for mornings at home and a Zojirushi tumbler (it won our product review and comes in tons of colors) for coffee on the go.

SIN Porcelain Paper Mug

$48.00, Food52

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Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug, 16 oz

$30.00, Amazon

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The sibling who loves The Home Edit

Is your sibling’s Instagram Discover page mostly clear plastic bins thanks to their constant engagement with a certain label-happy compartmentalization brand? The Home Edit’s line of fridge and pantry organizers is available at the Container Store, so you can give them a little piece of Clea and Joanna’s philosophy without an actual visit from the duo. Products range from $4 (for individual rainbow organizer bins) to $267 (for a customizable total fridge overhaul).

The Home Edit Divided Fridge Drawers

$20.00, Container Store

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The Home Edit Clear Rolling Cart

$99.00, Container Store

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The sibling who’s really into bread now

If the bread-baking craze of early quarantine hit your sibling and stuck around, gift them a banneton to help with their endeavors. This round basket is the ideal vessel for rising dough, helping it keep its shape, and imparting a delicate ring pattern on the underside—a key to bakery-level loaves.

Brotform Banneton Proofing Basket

$40.00, Williams-Sonoma

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The sibling who’s really into cocktails now

You can’t go wrong with something red and a little bitter in a pretty bottle, to drink alone, spritz-ify, or mix into a cocktail. Senior editor (and drinks expert) Maggie Hoffman likes this squared-off bottle of Fred Jerbis red vermouth: “It has a craveable bitterness, but is also fresh and bright and wonderfully layered. It has the flavors of mulling spices and cherries, but it’s anything but syrupy.” If you go the aperitivo route instead, opt for Brooklyn-made Forthave Spirits Red. Crafted with a long list of botanicals, including orange, chamomile, and rose, it has a subtle hint of sweetness—plus the wax-sealed cap feels gift-y and special.

Fred Jerbis Vermut

$32.00, D&M

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Forthave Spirits Red Aperitivo

$38.00, Drizly

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The sibling who always does the reading

Founded and edited by food writer Stephen Satterfield, Whetstone Magazine is the only Black-owned print food magazine in the country, lauded for its mission of “championing food to expand human empathy.” Each issue showcases a diverse team of contributors and makes space for a refreshing breadth of stories; Volume 6, which shipped in September of this year, includes stories about “a signature dish on a Panamanian island” and “a fight for biodiverse avocados.” A subscription includes four issues.

Whetstone Magazine Subscription

$90.00, Whetstone Magazine

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The sibling who loves their KitchenAid stand mixer

A KitchenAid stand mixer is an iconic culinary tool prized by cookie makers and bread bakers everywhere. But owning one is really just the beginning; if your sib is a fan, hook them up with an attachment or two to expand the appliance’s capabilities. We reviewed a bunch to find our favorites and think the pasta roller, ice cream maker, and grinder will get you the best bang for your gifting bucks.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Pasta Attachment Set

$150.00, Sur La Table

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KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment

$40.00, Amazon

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KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

$80.00, Williams-Sonoma

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The sibling who actually wants a dog

You should probably not be the one who gets your sib a dog, but you can get them something that requires special care and a little training just like a pet—something that will love them more with time if treated right. Get your sibling a cast-iron skillet and check in on the seasoning levels six months in; if everything looks good, maybe next year can be the year of the dog.

Lodge Blacklock 96 Cast-Iron Skillet, 10.25-Inches

$60.00, Williams-Sonoma

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious