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Dec 4, 2011 02:12 PM

Suggestions for a housewarming cookware gift in the the $150 range?

Some good friends bought a house and I want to give them a housewarming gift for their kitchen. They love to cook and appreciate good quality goods, but I don't know what they have so I don't want it to be too specialized.

I was thinking of this Le Creuset:

I'm not sure if it will be that useful. I love my 5.5qt one, but it seems like the 3.5qt oval is used for different things. Any suggestions for a nice cookware gift or feedback on the utility of the french oven would be much appreciated!

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  1. $150, you are generous for housewarming.

    That Le Creuset looks nice, but it is a bit small, so it may not get used very often. More important, make sure they don't have a similar cookware already.

    What about a good Chef knife? :) I like knives

    Or a good cutting board?

    Or a collection of good spices?

    I do have an idea which will not go into waste, but it is not cookware. A nice bottle of Scotch :D As long as your friend like alcohol, it will be great. It is consumable, so even if they already have a bottle or two, they will get to drink yours -- unlike cookware. Scotch also last for a long time, unlike wines.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      A good bottle of Harvey's Bristol Cream.

    2. How about a good heavy Boos cutting board? A lot of folks won't spring for that on their own (too expensive) and opt for grocery store boards as needed. With care, it should last a lifetime.

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      1. re: dcrb

        Good point. Another thing I like about a good Boos cutting board (bought from a reputable store) is that the recipient can return it -- if it comes to that. Although a custom cutting board is great too, I don't think you can simply return one. So I will stick with these big company items.

      2. Gift card. Depending on the neighborhood, Walmart, Macey's, Williams-Sonoma.

        1. arvi, you could go to the LC outlet store and maybe get lucky on something bigger for $150. I got a 6.75 wide round for 159.95. so ya never know.

          1. Hi, arvi:

            "...I don't know what they have so I don't want it to be too specialized. "

            Ah, there's the rub. I have criticized others' advice here to get gift certificates as being soulless, but unless you have *some* idea of what they're into--and what they don't have--you'd be taking big risks of zonking out.

            Still, IMO it would also be uber-soulless to simply default to a W-C or SLT gift certificate. On the other hand, if they live anywhere near a good indie cook's/kitchen store (especially one that offers cooking classes), *that* might be just the ticket. Who knows? You might just find an owner/manager who will agree in advance to spend an hour with them in order to find out what they'd value/need most.


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            1. re: kaleokahu

              Agree!! Sorry for being blunt, but if you're asking for ideas on a public forum, you probably should get your friend a gift card. I'd hate to suggest anything else without knowing the recipient first.

              In either case, I cook for two and I have a soft spot for small pots. This Black Friday I got myself a 23cm oval Staub, equiv to 2.5qt I think? It is perfect for one lamb shank for one meal. I'm pretty sure I can fit 2 in there if I wanted. *heart*

              1. re: cutipie721

                I heartily agree gift cards are soulless. But sometimes they do fill a need.

                Gift giving gone bad. Mom and I watched the available cooking shows, primarily Julia Child. She would try various recipies and I figured the perfect Christmas gift in 1970 would be some cook books. Trader Vics, far east, and middle east. My mother blew up. How dare I. Wasn't her cooking good enough? Was I bored with what she put on the table? Etc. This in the middle of opening gifts.

                Cooking lessons? I was given that one year. Turned out she really wanted the recipie and techniques for his wonderful truffles. And she had badgered him so often for it, she knew she would not get it if she attended the class. I would much rather it have been for something I wanted and had told her about. Baking.

                Housewarming gifts past booze or a restaurant gift certificate are tough. I wish you the best of luck and please respond with your decision and the results.