Cookware can be an excellent gift for the home cook, especially if the recipient has older stuff that’s ready for an upgrade. If you’re shopping for your mom, mother-in-law, or mother-figure in your life who loves to cook, consider the gift of cookware.
There are a few different options for cookware gifting. You can buy a full set or you can buy a few pieces. There’s also the matter of cookware material. Stainless steel is typically best as an upgrade, especially if the cook has an old nonstick set or something like that. However, spending a bit on a high-quality nonstick pan is another great option if the person you’re shopping for lacks a solid nonstick pan.
With all that in mind, here is our list of the top cookware gift ideas for Mother’s Day.
Having a good nonstick frying pan seriously changes your ability to cook well. And, if you’ve never had a good nonstick frying pan, it’s hard to know what you’re missing. That’s why this makes such a great gift. We like the All-Clad for a number of reasons, including:
- It’s made of safe (PFOA-free), scratch-resistant nonstick coating
- It is oven-safe up to 500 degrees
- It is safe for use on induction stoves
- It comes with a lid
- And much more!
These are just a few of the reasons why we love this nonstick skillet. There are so many reasons why Mom would love this frying pan for her kitchen. It’s a bit of a splurge, but the All-Clad name is trusted by many cooks, and it is a pan that will get used every week and last for many years.
In a position to buy Mom a whole new set? This Cuisinart 12-Piece is our top pick for stainless, and it’s priced well while also giving cooks everything they need to make a great meal. Cuisinart’s multiclad set is designed to heat quickly and evenly, and the cookware is extremely durable and easy to clean. The set includes:
- 1-1/2- and 3-quart covered saucepans
- 8- and 10-inch open skillets
- 3-1/2-quart covered saute pan
- 8-quart covered stockpot
- steamer insert with lid
This truly is an excellent set at a more affordable price versus other top-quality stainless sets. We don’t think Mom will be disappointed with this Cuisinart set on Mother’s Day.
To see more stainless steel cookware options, you can see our 7 Best Stainless Steel Cookware Sets here.
Dutch ovens are a must-have for delicious low ‘n slow cooking all winter long. They are also handy for things like homemade bread and deep frying. The Lodge brand is one of the most popular around thanks to solid quality and an affordable price. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a Lodge dutch oven for mom:
- Available in a rainbow of colors
- Oven safe to 500 degrees
- Made of cast iron with chip-resistant porcelain-enamel finish
- Lodge is the oldest family-owned cookware foundry in America
A cast iron dutch oven makes an excellent gift in particular for moms trying to build their kitchen stock. The Lodge pot will last years to come.
In many kitchens, the wok is an indispensable tool. If your Mom cooks lots of Asian cuisines, a new wok might be just the thing. While that’s a good way to know if she would use a wok, the truth is many cooks find that they use the wok for way more than stir fries. This option from Craft Wok is a great choice because:
- It is a best-seller and is highly rated
- It’s made with 15 gauge carbon steel
- The helper handle is a useful addition
Do be sure that this style of wok will work on your mom’s stovetop, as this isn’t a flat bottom wok. Also, help mom with tempering the wok before use in order to make the most of the pan.
Cast iron makes our list again, this time in the form of a skillet grill. Le Creuset makes stunning cookware pieces in a variety of trendy colors, and a skillet grill is perfect for the warmer months. Overall, this is just a smart gift idea that’s perfect for Mother’s Day. Some features of the Le Creuset grill include:
- Oven & broiler safe
- Durable, long-lasting enamel
- Even heat & excellent heat retention
- Great for grilling meats, veggies, and more
Get mom set up for summer with a Le Creuset grill in the perfect hue. It’s a bit of a splurge but definitely well-worth it for your hard-to-shop for mom.