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For the home chef who's still building out an arsenal of kitchen supplies to the recent college grad who aspires to be the next Mary Berry from The Great British Baking Showthe passionate cook in your life will appreciate these big- and small-ticket essentials for impending dinner feasts and cookie bakeoffs. Here, the 10 best kitchen gifts that they'll use year-round, all with our food editor’s seal of approval.

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1. Staub Round Cocotte, 4 Quart

It’s the ideal size for braising a batch of chicken thighs or your world-famous chili; the lid even features special spikes for retaining and redistributing moisture so every piece of slow-cooked meat will come out tender and juicy. It also has a five-star rating (just saying). 

Buy it ($407; $100)

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2. Wüsthof Classic Chef’s Knife, 8 Inch

If you only splurge on one kitchen tool, it should definitely be a chef’s knife. This German-made workhorse feels balanced in your hand and is a Goldilocks length—not too long or short.

Buy it ($187; $150)

Bed Bath & Beyond

3. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, 5 Quart

You don’t need to be an amateur pastry chef to benefit from this staple. The master of multitasking can go from cookies to meatballs like nobody’s business (and besides, it’s cute as hell on your countertop).

Buy it ($380; $280)

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4. Sur La Table Mini Doughnut Pan

This calls for a round of homemade watercolor doughnuts.

Buy it ($12)

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5. Le Creuset Signature Deep Round Dutch Oven, 5.25 Quart

Typically out of our budget, there’s almost nothing this classic enamelware can’t do. Homemade stock? Fried chicken? Coq au vin? Yes, please.

Buy it ($200)

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6. All-Clad D5 Brushed Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set

You get all the essentials for a well-stocked kitchen (an 8-inch skillet, 10-inch skillet, 1½-quart saucepan with lid, 3-quart saucepan with lid, 3-quart sauté pan with lid and 8-quart stockpot with lid) at a 65-percent-off deal we’ve never seen.

Buy it ($1,535; $900)

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7. GreenPan Craft 8-Inch and 10-Inch Skillet Set

Nonstick skillets are a necessity, but they’re notorious for wearing down and leeching into our scrambled eggs (yikes). GreenPan features a diamond-infused surface that’s better for you and safe to use with metal utensils.

Buy it ($220; $100)


8. Le Creuset Demi Teakettle

If you’re like us, your kettle is displayed on your stovetop 24/7. Might as well make it easy on the eyes (and almost 50 percent off!).

Buy it ($100; $56)

Williams Sonoma

9. Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star Paring Knife, 4-Inch

Normally we’d settle for a cheapo (and low-quality) paring knife. This one is German-made and pro-chef approved, so you know we’re stocking up.

Buy it ($88; $40)

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10. Staub Ceramic 3-Piece Stoneware Set

Aunt Sally “forgot” to return your casserole dish this Thanksgiving? Stock up, because you’re never getting that thing back.

Buy it ($215; $100)

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