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13 Kitchen Aprons That Make Great Gifts

Because everyone needs a good apron.
By Amy Barnes
December 10, 2020
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There's a feeling of nostalgia in the air, with aprons making a return to kitchens, and big brands and new names launching entire apron lines with great fanfare. Whether you're wiping off floury hands after bread-making or grilling out and need a quick hand cover for a hot plate, there's an apron option for every occasion.

Check out these apron gifts that go from kitchen to barbeque. And whether you're shopping for a friend, or shopping for yourself, you'll find an option that keeps your clothes safe from stains, adds some apron vintage glam to your outfit, or makes a sweet housewarming present for the new neighbor.

Apron Gifts for Every Type of Cook

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Harry & David snowflake jaquard apron
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Christmas Apron

This seasonal red and green Snowflake Jacquard Apron gets the holiday parties started. Gift the jacquard weave apron to a home cook; fill the pockets with your holiday recipe favorites. The festive snowflake pattern is contrasted with evergreen ties. Wear it when making cookies or stirring cider. Either way, it'll help you get in the holiday spirit.

Buy it: $19; Amazon

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Terrific Tartan

Tartan is a traditionally Scottish patterned fabric, and it warms any heart — or kitchen — that wears it. This iconic Christmas tartan will match any aesthetic or outfit, and you can even gift a full set, complete with towels, oven mitt, and pot holders.

Buy it: $40; Williams Sonoma

The Essential Apron - Mint
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The Weight of It All

This apron launched an entire apron empire, and if you get one for yourself or gift one to a friend, you'll see why. The high-quality construction is second to none, and the design is smart, intuitive, and meant to do so much more than just keep your clothes clean. A chest-level pocket takes a nod from professional chefs, who like to keep pens or markers nearby, and the extra-long wrap tie lets you pick how you wear this garment.

Buy it: $95; Hedley & Bennett

linen-blend apron by H&M in beige
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Linen Blending

When you plan on getting a little messier, consider this Linen Blend Apron with maximum wrap-around coverage and a vintage feel. In the Little House on the Prairie books, the sisters received homemade maple candy in their Christmas stockings

\\\\\\\\\. Wear this old fashioned-style apron and create your own kitchen memories (and candy!).

Buy it: $25; H&M

half-apron that says "made from scratch"
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Flour Sack for Wear

Sometimes you feel like a full apron, sometimes a half apron will work. Whether you are doing crafts or creating scratch bake goods, the Creative Brands Flour Sack 1/2 Apron is a great option for smaller messes. Available in a natural color, the graphics imprinted on the apron say "made from scratch," but you can still use a boxed mix (aprons keep kitchen secrets!)

Buy it: $16; Nordstrom Rack

white apron with ruffled trim
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Raise a Ruffle

Add this snowy white option to your apron wardrobe as a basic that goes over any outfit. With a sweet ruffle detail, the White Apron with Ruffle Trim can become a project in itself. As a blank canvas, you can bedazzle it, add fun trims or paint, or dye it your favorite color. Buy several and give them as cookie exchange gifts. Fabric markers make it easy to decorate this apron base. This set of blank kid-sized aprons bring the decorating fun down a size too.

Buy it: $12; Hobby Lobby

Crossback Chambray Apron
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Cross My Back

One-size-fits-all aprons don't always fit all. This crossback apron from Williams Sonoma is designed to alleviate the problem of gaping fronts with an easy-to-adjust series of straps that keeps the apron upright and tight for long-term wear.

Buy it: $30; Williams Sonoma

Lands' End school uniform performance apron in true navy
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Understated Appeal

While the "Great British Bake-Off" kitchens are filled with pastel appliances and accessories, the contestants wear simple khaki-toned aprons. Similarly, this Performance Twill Apron is a simple, functional apron option with no fuss, but with lots of function. Available in desert khaki or black, this apron is great for every day baking or baking along with GBBO.

Buy it: $16; Lands' End

metro stripe apron from Kohl's
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All Striped Up

An extra apron is never a bad idea, as they can become mussed or sticky quite easily. Gift this to the person who keeps their regular supply of aprons often in the wash. The Metro Stripe Apron is a great unisex option for just that. The simple neutral stripes keep clothes protected, while front pockets keep spatulas and spoons at hand. The adjustable D-ring clasp helps this apron work for whoever wants to help out.

Buy it: $35; Kohl's

Five Two Ultimate Apron
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Thanks, It Has Pockets

This is one well-designed apron. It's as if the people who created it have cooked before. The corners of the apron body can turn up to be pot holders. A handy loop at the center of the apron bib makes hanging easy (and you don't have to worry about stretching your straps). The extra-long waist ties make for a comfortable fit for all cooks, and a few extra pockets provide plenty of hiding holes for towels, tools, pens, or even your phone.

Buy it: $45; Food52

durable leather apron for grilling
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Champion's Choice

Dad and grandpa need some apron love, too. The Outset Grilling Apron features sturdy leather construction for grilling. basting, roasting, and smoking in style. Protecting clothes from grease splatters and grill stains is easy. The apron's two big pockets are ready to transport grilling utensils and condiments. An apron for indoors or outside, this is a great gift for aspiring grill champions.

Buy it: $40; Kohl's

blue and white checkered apron by target brand threshold
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Check Here

What's blue and white and apron all over? The Threshold Blue Check Apron is! This simple checkered apron has a classic feel with an adjustable neck and waist for comfort cooking. Keep splatters and mess off of clothes with a timeless option that goes with any recipe but especially with checkerboard cookies or cakes.

Buy it: $16; Target

green apron with pink straps and flamingoes on it
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Fun with Flamingos

Keep your flamingos close and your family and friends closer with this pale green and pink apron featuring flamingos.

Buy it: $20; Target