14 Essential Gifts for Their First Grown-Up Kitchen
New home, who's this?
Moving into a grown-up home for the first time means bringing along home goods fit for the milestone (like stainless steel flatware instead of random plastic) and ditching belongings that, well, belong in a dorm. But "adulting" means more than replacing red solo cups with actual wine glasses. The time has come to invest in staples like cookware, linens, and a food processor. Help your favorite young adults assimilate into the world of renter's insurance and HOA fees with gifts they could use right about now.
1. Placemat Perfect
Fun, fringed edges make these cotton placemats fit for dinner parties.
Buy It: Frayed Edged Placemats (Set of 2), $19.00; West Elm
2. Glass Half Full
Use these simple, Spanish-made glasses for wine, ice cream, condiments, water, whatever.
Buy It: Stackable Bodega Glasses, 7.5 oz (Set of 12), $30.00; Food52
3. Bowled Over
What could be a cheerier table centerpiece than one of these bowls filled with fruit? Or, gift someone a mismatched set for tossing salads, mixing batters, serving chips, and even feeding pets.
Buy It: Hand-Painted Pattern Pop Bowls - Large, $16; West Elm
4. Slice and Dice
Chopping veggies, shredding cheese, and pureeing sauces becomes much, much easier with this food processor.
Buy It: Hamilton Beach Food Processor, Slicer and Vegetable Chopper with Compact Storage (8 Cups), $39.99; Amazon
5. Double Dutch
A practical heirloom? Yes, please. Count on this German-made, carbon steel Dutch oven to last a lifetime. Choose one of four classic colors.
Buy It: BK Dutch Oven (5.5 qt.), $159.95; Sur La Table
6. Fried and True
Made from hard-anodized aluminum and a ceramic non-stick coating, these fry pans will come in clutch for everything from fish to pancakes.
Buy It: GreenPan Paris Pro 10" & 12" Ceramic Non-Stick Fry Pan Set, $129.99; Macy's
7. Blades of Glory
Three interchangeable blades core mangoes, slice apples, and dice cucumbers like a dream.
Buy It: BergHOFF All-in-One Slicer, $30; Food52
8. Hold Your Own
These striped cotton pot holders, available in blue and khaki, are easy on the eyes and the hands.
Buy It: Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Slow Cooker, Programmable, Set & Forget With Temperature Probe, Transport Clips, Sealing Lid, $4.99; Target
9. Slow and Steady
This slow cooker holds six quarts, which translates to a six-pound chicken, a whopping 24 cups of soup, and a lot of leftovers.
Buy It: Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Slow Cooker, Programmable, Set & Forget, $39.59; Amazon
10. Lovely Linens
These textured cotton table napkins are anything but basic with their with frayed edges and rich colors.
Buy It: Jolene Napkins, Set of 4, $24.00; Anthropologie
11. Cut Above the Rest
This moisture-resistant cutting board can also double as a cheeseboard and serving platter.
Buy It: 15" x 21" Farberware Hardwood Cutting Board, $19.97; Amazon
12. As Spoon As Possible
Three wooden kitchen utensils also serve as a spatula, jar scraper, and reamer thanks to silicone attachments.
Buy It: Mason Cash Multi-Use Utensil Set, $40; Food52
13. Set in Stoneware
Glazed stone-white dinnerware strikes a balance between classic design and on-trend minimalism.
Buy It: Kaloh Dinnerware Set - Stone, $8 – $176; West Elm
14. Bake It Off
This 10-piece glass bakeware set has a charming vintage feel, but it's also practical for meal prep sessions and storing just-baked cookies.
Buy It: Anchor Hocking 10-Piece Glass Bakeware Set, $35; West Elm
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