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Best Gifts and Gadgets for a Home Chef

From Harry Potter cookware to premium cuts of seafood, you're sure to find that perfect something for the cook in your life on this list.

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This story is part of Gift Guide, our year-round collection of the best gift ideas.

When it comes to gift-giving, count yourself lucky if you're shopping for someone who is really into cooking or food (or, most likely, both). There's a huge market out there for clever kitchen gadgets and cookware upgrades that are as useful as they are thoughtful, and they're sure to put a smile on the face of any home chef. And if their kitchen is already fully stocked with equipment, you can't go wrong with some delicious new ingredients. Fish, meat and exotic spices are all great alternatives to rolling the dice on a pricey piece of cooking hardware.

We've been testing (and tasting) to find new and exciting kitchen gear as well as exceptional ingredients that all make particularly good gifts for a home chef. We've given a bit of background on each, including why we love them and think they deserve a coveted place in the kitchen, cabinet, pantry or fridge.  

Below you'll find gifts for those who love to mix it up in the kitchen, including modern cooking gadgets as well finely made versions of classic kitchen tools. Most of these kitchen and cooking gifts should read a little more thoughtful than your standard-issue cheese basket or bottle of booze (no offense to either). So tuck in your linen napkin and feast upon the best kitchen and cooking gifts for a foodie on your list this year.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset, which makes some of the finest kitchen tools and cookware on the market, has launched a line of unique Harry Potter cookware. Snatch the snitch atop one of the French legacy brand's signature enameled Dutch ovens. There's also a Lord Voldemort casserole dish, spellcasting spatulas and mug set as part of the limited-edition collection, though you may have trouble finding them in stock. 

If you're a Star Wars fan who happens to love cheese, this Death Star cheese board and toolset feels like an absolute must-have for your next gathering. The Death Star cheese board is made from eco-friendly rubberwood with over 81 inches of serving space. The swivel top opens up to storage for four stainless steel cheese tools: a cleaver for crumbly cheese; planer for hard cheese; fork-tipped knife, and a classic hard cheese knife and spreader.  

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