Discover the best kitchen gifts for mom including eco-friendly, non-toxic, kitchen essentials that make perfect gifts for the home cook.
Looking for the perfect gift for your mom or a mother figure in your life? I think the best gifts are practical and useful as opposed to gifts that are merely decorative and just sit on a shelf.
Since the kitchen is the heart of the home and the epicenter of healthy meal preparation, I say you really can’t go wrong with a useful cooking gift or other kitchen essentials!
Note: There may be affiliate links in this post including Amazon Affiliates. Full disclosure.
What Makes a Good Kitchen Gift?
A good kitchen gift is a high quality, thoughtfully made, eco-friendly product that will actually be used by the recipient. Cheap gadgets from the dollar store are NOT good kitchen gifts. A super trendy kitchen appliance that will simply collect dust is not a great idea either. Nor is yet another coffee mug (as much as I love coffee!) that will just clutter up the cupboard.
Here’s what I like to look for in a great, eco-friendly kitchen gift for mom (or dad!):
- Made from high quality, completely non-toxic materials
- Reusable over and over again (not disposable or single-use)
- Uses natural or eco-friendly materials
- Helps reduce plastic use, creates less waste or save energy in some way
- Company uses ethical and eco-friendly manufacturing processes
Best Kitchen Gifts for Mom
As someone who loves to cook, it was fun to put together this list of eco-friendly kitchen gift ideas! Everything here meets my criteria for great kitchen gifts and many of them have been road tested in my own kitchen.
I hope you find this kitchen gift guide helpful, whether you are shopping for unique gifts for your mom, or a useful gift for anyone else in your life who loves to cook!
P.S. These would make amazing mother’s day gifts as well!
This multi-tasking pot replaces your stockpot, dutch oven, saucepot, steamer and more. It’s super lightweight and has a nontoxic, nonstick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFAS, lead, cadmium and nanoparticles. Plus it comes with a roasting rack, a beechwood spoon and has a built-in strainer in the lid. The hardest part will be choosing from all the different colors available. This will become Mom’s go-to pot for all her favorite family recipes!
Help mom say goodbye to single-use plastic bags by gifting her these amazing reusable food bags! Stasher bags are made with non-toxic silicone, are extremely durable and can be used over and over again. Plus they come in lots of fun colors to brighten up the kitchen. I use mine for everything from cheese to cut-up fruit to snacks for on-the-go.
A gift with a hidden agenda – more treats for YOU! This beautiful bakeware set has a non-toxic, non-stick coating and comes in a bunch of beautiful colors, which will inspire mom to want to bake more delicious food – from muffins and cakes to casseroles and roasted veggies! The set also comes with a handy organizer for slick storage. I have a set in the Sage color and it makes me very happy!
Kitchen aprons can be frumpy, or they can make you feel like an award winning chef! This gorgeous apron is handmade from organic linen and has two front pockets for storage. Comes in a few color options – I would choose this green one but the Woodrose color is lovely too.
Related: Unique Self-Care Gifts
Give mom some healthy inspiration to cook more vegetarian meals. I bought this cookbook from Jenny Rosenstrach a few months ago and I have LOVED all the vegetarian recipes I’ve made so far! Healthy new recipes for the win!
A nice, wide mixing bowl can be a game changer in the kitchen. This Mason Cash mixing bowl is made from high quality, chip-resistant earthenware. The rim of the bowl is designed to help bakers grip and tip the bowl, and the beautiful patterned exterior has become an iconic design. I’ve purchased a couple of these bowls over the years and my husband uses them for bread baking. Bonus: they look great sitting on the kitchen counter!
The classic whistling teakettle just got a modern makeover and Mom’s gonna love it! It’s made from non-toxic stainless steel and ceramic, and comes in a bunch of sweet colors – so you can match it to the kitchen. A complementary pot holder is included to round out the gift!
A good set of knives is KEY for a home chef and many of us get by with mediocre knives for much longer than we should. This knife set covers all the bases with a chefs knife, a serrated knife and a paring knife. They are made from premium German stainless steel and the colored handles are grooved for the perfect grip. (That gorgeous walnut cutting board is sold separately.)
A great way to help mom ditch the plastic wrap is to gift her a set of beautiful, reusable bowl covers. These are handmade by artisans in South Africa from hand printed cotton fabric. A set includes four sizes, so there’s something for every bowl in the house!
If you’re gonna be baking, you’ve got to have some good oven mitts. These handmade oven mitts are made with cotton and six layers of heat absorbing metallic batting, to ensure a safe, burn-free baking experience. They come in lots of cute fabric designs so you can choose the one you think mom will love best!
Up-level Mom’s charcuterie board game with this gorgeous, handmade cutting board. Choose from walnut, cherry or maple wood in a variety of shapes and sizes. (Hint, hint: I’d love one of these!)
Leftovers never looked better with this gorgeous set of food storage containers. These ceramic-coated glass containers are durable, eco-friendly and dishwasher safe. The 14-piece set includes small containers for packing sauces and sauces, as well as a storage unit to keep them all organized – yes please!
This powerhouse appliance is an air fryer, convection oven and toaster oven all in one, and if you’ve got the counter space, I’d say this would be a great gift idea! It includes an oven rack, baking pan and air fryer basket.
What goes better with a delicious meal than a delicious bottle of wine? Dry Farm Wines sources natural wines from small family farms. All wines are farmed organically or biodynamically, free of additives, sugar-free and lower in alcohol than most wines. Both subscriptions and one-time gift boxes are available.
It might not sound glamorous but a good-looking countertop composter can be a home cook’s best friend! The Lomi Composter is unique because it turns food waste into plant-friendly dirt with the push of a button. It’s also mess-free and odor-free. It’s a fantastic way to help mom be more eco-friendly in the kitchen!
Everyone loves soda water, but what we don’t love is all those plastic bottles and cans that need to be recycled. A Sodastream sparkling water maker reduces waste and saves you money in the long run. What’s not to love?
Which of these eco-friendly, unique kitchen gifts will you be buying this year?
RELATED: More Eco-Friendly Gifts for Moms