Sunday Scaries

The Gift Guide for the New Cook

No matter your stance on the age old-debate of when the holiday season starts (all opinions are valid, but the right answer is the day after Thanksgiving), there’s no question – the holiday season is well underway. And that means it’s that joyful time of year full of family, ice skating, hot chocolate, cozy blankets, and of course, gifts.

Being an adult means understanding that giving gifts can be fun – as long as you have a good idea. We all have that one friend who has perfected the art of gift giving – they give you that thing that’s exactly what you need even though you didn’t know you were missing it until the moment you open it. For the rest of us, the holidays mean hours – yes HOURS – of scrolling online, waiting for inspo to strike.

While there may not be a playbook for giving the perfect gift, Realworld is here to help with all-things adult, and that includes gifting.

The adulthood journey comes with tons of exciting firsts – first job, first apartment, first car – and there’s a lot of new things you need to go along with each milestone…things that make GREAT gifts!

Pandemic-era baking-fever aside, it’s definitely a sign of adulthood to start cooking for yourself, even if just a few days a week. For the new meal prep loyalist in your life, give them a gift to make their time spent chopping and stirring even more enjoyable.

  1. Time to upgrade from the bargain-bin cookware that leaves food burnt in some places and barely cooked in others, and invest in some high-quality cookware, like the sets from Caraway.
  2. Learning to cook is great, but cooking the same 3 dishes over and over can only get you so far. For someone in need of a little extra recipe inspo, a subscription to NYT Cooking is the way to go.
  3. If they want recipe inspiration AND cute decor, a pretty cookbook (or a stack of them) is definitely 2 birds 1 stone. We love Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat, David Chang’s Momofuku cookbook, and of course, Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings.
  4. Add some personal flare to their dish-drying routine with patchwork monogramed towels, or stick to a more basic set (like this one from Crate & Barrel) for the more classical-style cook.
  5. Fill up that freezer with leftovers galore with Stasher’s reusable ziplock bags – fighting food AND plastic waste at the same time!
  6. For other food items that need a tighter wrap to stay fresh, keep the sustainable theme going with beeswax food wrappers from Bee’s Wrap.
  7. Cooking is therapeutic and fun to some people, but grocery shopping? Not so much. Help the new cook in your life cut out the lines with grocery delivery kits. We love the one from Thrive Market that focuses on healthy, organic foods.
  8. It’s undeniable – fresh herbs take recipes to the next level. But growing herbs isn’t easy when you live in a studio apartment with little to no natural light. For the cook who wants fresh herbs on hand 24/7, consider the gift of a hydroponic herb garden from AeroGarden.
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