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Don't know what Christmas gift to get for the tech-geek in your life? We've taken the stress out of gift giving season for you with our list of the best gift ideas for food lovers and keen cooks that also don't mind a bit of technology and smart tools to help them out in the kitchen.
From a smart kettle with different temperature settings for the tea lover, an egg cooker for cooking eggs in bulk fast for the busy morning person, to a smart oven that keeps food warm for up to two hours that's perfect for that perfect dinner host friend, here is our round up of the best high tech kitchen gadget gift ideas for foodies.
Fancy something more out-of-the-ordinary, like cookery classes, designer cutlery or some fancy risotto rice to help them cook with instead? Don't miss also our other gift ideas list: Christmas Gift Ideas for Food Lovers
1. AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
Let them always have fresh herbs on hand with the AeroGarden home planter that grows herbs five times faster than in natural light and pots. Perfect for those who are forgetful since they will only have to add water once a month and the device does all the rest, from automatic watering to light settings according to a control schedule. Find it on Amazon.
2. Weber iGrill Mini
Let them spend more time entertaining, and less time standing over the grill with the Weber iGrill. This connected thermometer sends the temperature from the wired probe to the app on your phone, with a range of up to 150 feet. Available at Weber.
3. Sage by Heston Blumenthal Smart Kettle
The perfect gift for the tea lover in your life, this smart kettle comes with variable temperature settings for oolong tea, green tea, and filtered coffee plus a keep warm feature for tea and coffee perfection. Available in silver or red. Find it on Amazon.
4. Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener
Don't let a broken cork or weak wrists get in their way of relaxation. This electric wine bottle opener with foil removal function removes the cork of their favourite bottle of wine with ease in just seconds at the push of a button. A single charge is enough for opening up to 30 bottles. Available on Amazon.
5. Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-q Multi Use Cooker
The bestselling electric pressure cooker in North America comes in a compact format with all the same functions as the large Instant Pot. This instant pot doesn’t emit any steam, heat and cooking odours so it is the perfect gift for those who love to cook but have smaller or shared cooking spaces. Find it on Amazon.
6. Philips HD9641/96 Airfryer
The Philips Airfryer is one of the best home Airfryers on the market. Easy to use interface along with compact size and consistent performance makes this a winner for those who might want to experiment with a new way of cooking. Available on Amazon.
7. Velvetiser - Copper Edition
Give the gift of a warming cup of cocoa with the special Copper Edition Velvetiser. This hot cocoa making pot lets them make barista-grade hot chocolate, as served in Hotel Chocolat cafes, at the touch of a button. Find the pot that comes also with a starter pack of 20 single serve cocoa pouches at Hotel Chocolat.
8. Hamilton Beach 76607 Smooth Touch Can Opener
A great electric device for anyone who has difficulty using a manual can opener, but also for people who prefer a safety can opener with smooth edges. Unlike many other electric can openers, this one works on all can sizes. Find it on Amazon.
9. Oster Versa Performance Blender
For compact home blenders, the Oster Blender is a good option if you don't want to go into the Vitamix price range. The 1,400 watt motor is high-powered for all types of smoothie, soup, puree jobs in the home kitchen, and the motor runs relatively quietly compared to other budget-friendly peers. Find it on Oster.
10. ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide
We've talked about this one a lot, but the ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide is still one of our favourite gifts for the tech loving home cook. It is small, powerful and smart and will get Michelin-starred restaurant cooking results for any budding chef thanks to its well-designed app that controls everything from temperature, time and doneness. Find it on ChefSteps.
11. Wireless Perfect Bake Pro Smart Kitchen Scale
Have a keen baker in the family? Make their lives a lot more easier with these smart kitchen scales that, via an app, virtually measures the ingredients as they are poured into the bowl, and intelligently tells them when to stop. It also auto scales recipes and comes with an automatic pantry feature that knows what they have on hand along with the recipes that can be made with them. Available on Amazon.
12. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker
Make their breakfast routine easier with this fast working egg cooker which cooks perfect eggs whichever way they like, whether it’s boiled, poached, or an omelette, in less time than it takes to boil water on a stove. Get it at Dash.
13. Sage The Smart Toast 4 Slice Toaster
Quirky labels such as ‘A Bit More’ for a little extra toast time, ‘A Quick Look’ to glide your toast up and down, a Progress Indicator with countdown display lets you time your toast with anything else on the menu. There is also a sound alert function for when the toast is ready - it's the perfect gift for those who have a lot going on in their mornings. Available on Amazon.
14. Breville Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ
This smart oven comes with 10 preset functions from slow cooking to convection fan, and independent, clever heating elements that automatically adjust the oven for precise cooking. It can also keep food warm for up to two hours, which is great for those dinners where people arrive late. Find it on Amazon.