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As you check off the names on your holiday gift list—the SoulCycle devotee, the BFF who’s always hosting parties, the impeccably eco-conscious friend—don’t forget the home chef.

Now, kitchen items are a bit like fashion accessories when it comes to gifting—when you get it right, it’s a home run, but with so many options from which to choose, it’s really easy to strike out. These are the tools Well+Good editors have been eyeing and adding to shopping lists (millennial-pink cookware and gut-saving bitters included, of course).

See our kitchen-gifting ideas below.

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Le Creuset Sugar Pink Dutch Oven, $300

Le Creuset’s recently rolled-out and super-durable cookware in the trendiest color of them all, millennial pink, duh, is perfect for the person always hosting women’s circles. And dutch ovens are seasonally appropriate as well: winter recipes (i.e., hygge foods) tend to involve a lot of slow-cooking, braising, and roasting.

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Instant Pot, $96

The MVP and hardest-working tool you could ever fit into your kitchen, the Instant Pot does basically everything: It’s a rice cooker, steam cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, and saute-er. It’s basically five gifts in one.

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Countertop Gift Bundle, $35

For the anti-inflammation obsessed (umm…all of us?), this turmeric gift bundle is the perfect thing to spice up (and de-bloat) your kitchen.

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Sambonet Terra.Cotto Sauce Pot, $97

Sambonet’s products are renowned for functionality, but the company’s Terra.Cotto collection looks more like a sculpture you’d find in Georgia O’Keeffe’s (imagined) home, which, really, is the ultimate win-win situation.

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Alessi “Tea Rex” Kettle, $142

This iconic tea kettle makes the perfect gift for a tea lover and design aficionado. For the 30th anniversary, the traditional bird whistle has been replaced with a metallic whistle.

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Zoku Quick Pop Maker, $50

Gift the smoothie lover in your life this popsicle-making machine. In just about seven minutes, this device freezes whatever you put into it (homemade OJ, matcha tea, you name it) into a frozen snack.

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Liberty for Anthropologie Grand Bazaar Oven Mitt, $14

For the design buff and European influenced, this chic oven mitt seamlessly marries function with Liberty’s iconic—and  whimsical—floral designs.

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Kelly Behun Studio Abstract-Print Lazy Suzi, $525

This lazy Susan makes dining convenient but also doubles as a work of art. Get the beaut for the friend who believes in aesthetics first and efficiency second. Or both, in spades.

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Gammelgäddan Cutting Board, $41

This cutting board you can and should display from TicTail not only serves its culinary purpose but also acts as a talking point at any and all dinner parties.

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Urban Moonshine Original Bitters Starter Kit, $27

During the holidays, when everyone is overeating and suffering the consequences, you can’t go wrong with gifting a variety of bloat busters. Urban Moonshine’s bitters help improve digestion and fight bloating and gas.

For everyone else left on your list, these are hot wellness gifts to give this season and the makeup your bestie will love.

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