Gift guide: Shopping for the home chef

Whether it’s a parent, a friend or anyone else, all of us know someone who loves to cook. You’ll find him or her bustling around the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes or making everyone’s favorite foods, happy as can be. You know this person loves cooking and you’d like to buy a gift that encourages and supports the hobby, but what? He or she must have every kitchen gadget imaginable already!

The beauty of shopping handmade is that you’re shopping unique. By thinking outside of the box (and outside of the big box stores), you’re opening up a whole world of possibilities for cooking, baking and serving. And so, Handmade Long Island presents this installment in our 2013 gift guide, a selection of creative gift ideas for the home chef. Happy shopping!

Mulberry Bowl by The Sunday Woodcarver

Half the fun of entertaining is cooking and serving, the other half of course, enjoying the company of your guests. This rustic little bowl by The Sunday Woodcarver is perfect to hold a handful of your favorite snack while watching tv, and just as fitting for serving a little accompaniment to your appetizers or dessert! At $21, this bowl offers double duty and will store tucked away in any cabinet. The quality and craftsmanship here will make this handmade bowl a favorite gift. Shop at

Soup or Sauce Bowl by The Laughing Potter

This quaint double-handled bowl can be used to serve a bowl of soup, or placed on the table with a ladle to hold sauce or gravy. A great alternative to a drippy gravy boat, this beautiful piece has old fashioned charm and timeless beauty. Another double duty piece, and who doesn’t love versatility? Sure, you could buy a bowl in the store, but this handmade piece (marked at only $20) is sure to outshine its competition. Shop at

Ceramic Mixing Bowl by Bridges Pottery

Everything the home chef or baker could want from a mixing bowl is here in this handmade mixing bowl by Bridges Pottery. Just the right size for mixing with a handle a little spout for pouring, this is a great piece for mixing up any batter. The matte cream and green color is a delight and at $35, this is an affordable and very useful gift. Shop at

Country Tea and Cracker Basket by AHM Baskets

This handmade basket is just the right size for a sleeve of crackers or a selection of tea. A great gift idea for the home chef who is also an avid entertainer. This beautiful basket is sure to make an impact on it’s own, but consider wrapping it up with teas or fancy goodies to make an outstanding gift basket! Hand woven, painted and stained for only $29.95, this country basket would make a great gift for the home chef or hostess you’re buying for. Shop at

The Handmade Long Island Gift Guide includes items made by members of the Handmade Long Island directory who have e-commerce websites or online shops. Visit the directory for the full listing, including artisans who can be seen at local craft fairs and events and who offer customized designs. Please note that items included above may sell out or change price at the discretion of the business owner.

If you miss out on your favorite item, please review the rest of the website or shop – you’re sure to find another piece you love just as much!