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No one thought we would be celebrating Christmas in the midst of a pandemic, yet here we are. This year, things are a little different: We’re pulling our lens back to examine our year and shine the spotlight on little things over the next 12 days – both material and immaterial that one can either gift or savour now or in the next year. Here’s Day 11, for the cooking enthusiast in your life.

The secret to buying a gift for your loved one? Getting something that really plays to their interest.

When you’re shopping for someone with a passion for cooking (the kind who spends every free moment testing recipes in the kitchen and brings the best dishes to every potluck) there are almost too many items to choose from.

To help you along this festive season, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite kitchen gadgets that’ll help every home chef whip up their best plates. Read on for the full list.

(Hero and featured image credit: Smeg)


Gifts for the home cook need not be the fanciest appliance in the store — sometimes just updating the ones they currently own can really change the look of the space. The Smeg Breakfast Set, for instance, is a beautiful retro-chic Kettle and Toaster gift set that’ll do just that. The Toaster is equipped with six different toasting levels, and even comes with a bagel, defrost and reheat function for all your breakfast needs. The Kettle is furnished with a 1.7-litre capacity, as well as a safe automatic switch-off at boiling point.

The set comes in seven attractive colours (including the iconic red), and will be sold at a combined price of S$368 during this festive season, a steal considering the standard retail price is S$228 for each item.

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Bosch MUM5 Kitchen Machine

Perhaps your loved one got into some serious baking this year during the pandemic. If that’s the case, the Bosch MUM5 Kitchen Machine would be one of the best upgrades to their kitchen. Accompanied with attachments that automate baking, stirring and kneading, MUM5 Kitchen Machine can even double up as a slicer, blender and meat mincer with the right accessories.


If time and efficiency is what your home cook is after, then the Sharp Healsio Superheated Steam Oven is the perfect appliance to gift this Christmas. Not only does it have a heating power that’s eight times higher than that of conventional convection ovens, it also comes with intelligent sensors that detect the temperature and size of each ingredient, which will control the heat needed for each ingredient, ensuring your food is evenly cooked. It can also be used to sterilise heat-resistant plastic dishes, lunch boxes, dishes, towels and more, making it the all-in-one kitchen gift this festive season.

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Cold brew is all the rage these days. If you’re on the lookout for a cold brew maker, the Bodum Bean Cold Brew Ice Coffee Maker is sure to keep you caffeinated throughout the day. It makes use of the classic French Press brew method, which means all you have to do is place your coarse ground coffee beans in the carafe, add cold water and leave it to set in the fridge overnight. In the morning, swap out the lid, press down the plunger, and enjoy your ice-cold glass of coffee. The 1.5-litre maker makes up to 12 cups of cold brew.

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Air-frying your food is a much healthier alternative to the conventional deep-fried method. Rather than completely submerging the food in oil, air-fryers make use of the circulation of hot air to achieve a similar taste and texture to deep-fried foods. The Philips Premium Airfryer XXL comes with an ultra-large 1.4-kilogram capacity as well as a Keep Warm function that lets you serve the food when you are ready for it. Its QuickClean basket comes with a non-stick mesh that’s dishwasher safe too.

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Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.