A holiday gift guide tailored for street-smart home chefs with my hand-picked gift items.

2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Street-Smart Home Chef

It’s the holiday season, and it’s the most meaningful and joyful time of the year because it reminds us to pause, reset, and look up at the sky from whatever we’ve been so busy doing. Most importantly, holidays remind us to make time and space for our families, friends, and ourselves. To express our appreciation and love to those who we love and care for the most, a thoughtful gift goes a long way. 

This year, I thought I’d share some of my favourite items for you and the street-smart home chefs in your life. These are the same items that I personally use and/or have gifted to family and friends. (Please note that some of the links included are affiliate links, which means that I’ll receive a small commission if you purchase through those links at no extra cost to you.) I hope you’ll find a gift idea or two to put a big smile on someone’s face! 

Delicious Gift Boxes

Good food comes from good ingredients, and good ingredients come from good sources. Home chefs know the important role good ingredients play in their cooking. At the end of the day, it’s not only about the taste, but also about how home chefs share their hearts with their loved ones! So pick a food box from the list below for the chef in your family and/or friends’ circle. Don’t forget to take advantage of the holiday promotions. 

Catch Sitka Seafoods (US Only)

Wild Alaskan King Harvest Box from Catch Sitka Seafoods

Catch Sitka Seafoods is a small, local family-run business that supplies customers with the best possible wild Alaskan seafood sourced exclusively from the hard-working fishing families of Sitka, Alaska.

All of their seafood is caught wild, using sustainable hook-and-line fishing practices, immediately iced, processed dock-side by artisans at their own facility, blast-frozen to lock in flavor, and sent straight to customers. Only four steps from their dock to your doorstep.

They are committed to stewarding our resources. Many of the fishermen run family operations, and fishing sustainably means the fishermen are the ultimate stewards, safeguarding their Alaskan fisheries for generations to come.

I already sent a gift box to my pescatarian friend Stef in Seattle. Pictured is the black cod from the box, which she made with capers and lemon. Here’s what she said: 

It’s so so good and fresh! Doesn’t seem frozen at all. Really nice packaging and quick delivery. I love it!! My parents-in-law loved it too. Thank you so much for sending it. Super yummy!

Catch Sitka Seafoods Box
Baked Black Cod with Capers and Lemon

Holiday Promotions:

$20 off any $150+ Subscription Purchase

Promo Code: SBS20OFF

Offer Valid: 11/27 12:00am – 11/27 11:59pm AKST

Cyber Monday Sale at Catch Sitka Seafoods! Take 15% off any $150+ 

Promo Code: CMON2021

Offer Valid Only on 11/29 from 12:00am to 11:59pm AKST

Please note in order to receive before Christmas, your readers must place their order no later than midnight (Alaska time) Sunday, December 12th, 2021.

ButcherBox (US Only)


ButcherBox delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, humanely raised pork, and wild-caught seafood directly to your door. They also have 15 limited edition gift boxes. You can even build your own box.

Holiday Promotions

Black Friday – Free New York Strips for A Year! 

This is their best NY strip steaks deal ever. Get 2 delicious, 100% grass-fed NY strip steaks for free in every box for a year—the steaks (and the savings) just keep coming!

Offer valid until 11/28 for new customers only.

Cyber Monday – Wings for Life! 

Get free-range organic chicken wings for the rest of your life. 

Offer valid from 11/29 to 11/30 for new customers only.

Kasandrinos Olive Oil (International)

Kasandrinos Olive Oil

The Kasandrinos family has been making extra virgin olive oil from some of the most antioxidant-rich olives on the planet for generations.

Every bottle of single-origin Kasandrinos olive oil has a harvest date and lot number. That means you know exactly when and where your oil was harvested and cold-pressed.

With Kasandrinos, you don’t just get a great-tasting bottle of olive oil—you get the purest possible oil, harvested using old-world methods from the land their family has tended for generations. 

In fact, they don’t sell anything that’s been sitting on the shelf for more than one season. Get a box for the home chef and enjoy all the health benefits and the best taste. 

Holiday Promotion

25% off for all customers on Kasandrinos

Promo Code: NOV

Offer Valid: Until 11/30/2021

Kettle and Fire Bone Broth (US Only) 

Kettle and Fire Bone Broths

Kettle & Fire Bone Broth has a simple mission—to deliver the amazing benefits of bone broth to the world. And they are doing a helluva job to stand for the mission statement. Bone broth is a topic I’ve written extensively about with personal experiences. I am confident to say that Kettle & Fire bone broth products are the best tasting and healthiest bone broth and bone broth soups I’ve ever had!

To receive your bone broth and soups before Christmas, remember to place your orders before December 9, 2021. 

Kitchen Appliances and More

KitchenBoss Sous Vide Products (International)

KitchenBoss Sous Vide Products

KitchenBoss is a rising small-kitchen appliance company specializing in sous vide products. Ever since I started using their G320 Sous Vide Cooker, I’ve been hooked. Compared to other sous vide machines I have used, the KitchenBoss sous vide machine is solid, super quiet, and easy to use, especially with the custom presettings. Along with their vacuum sealer and vacuum sealer bags, this is one of the best sous vide gift bundles you can find, with affordable price and huge value. 

Holiday Promotion

20% off on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 


Offer Valid: Until 11/30/ 2021 11:59pm PST 

Complete Sous Vide Cookbook (International)

Complete Sous Vide Cookbook by Sharon Chen

If the above sous vide gift bundle is something you set your eyes on, throw a sous vide cookbook into the box! Now the recipient not only has one of the best sous vide machines but also knows exactly what to do with it. 

Complete Sous Vide Cookbook: 150+ Recipes for Perfect Meat, Seafood, Vegetables, and More written by yours truly with the hope of helping sous vide beginners as well as seasoned cooks to explore this unique cooking method further. Here is what people are saying about the book:

Global Knives (International)

Global Knife

A few years ago, I received a Global Chef’s Knife as a birthday present when I visited my friends who were living in New York at the time. This knife is light. The stainless-steel handle is molded for comfort and dimpled for safe grip, especially for small hands. The edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally well. 

It has become my go-to knife in the kitchen ever since. I brought it back to San Francisco,CA and brought it with me when I moved to Jacksonville, FL, then Austin, TX. Now it sits in my tiny Hong Kong kitchen, and I use it daily. 

In 2019, when I was visiting my friends in Alamo, TX, I gifted an entire set of 6 Global Knives with a knife block to them as a thank you gift for allowing my son Marcus and me to stay with them for a while. The chef in that family absolutely raves about it.

Here you have it—my hand-picked gift ideas for street-smart home chefs. I hope it gives you some inspiration when it comes to picking a gift for the one who loves to cook. Remember, when the cook is happy, it usually benefits a whole lot of people around him or her, including you. Happy holidays! 


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