10 Important Yet Inexpensive Gifts for the New Cook

Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn

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For new cooks, the world is their oyster. (They might not know how to shuck it yet, but they'll get there.) To do that, they need the right tools, so we've compiled a list of classic yet inexpensive items for new cooks that we think will have a big impact on their cooking life. You won't find a KitchenAid mixer or All-Clad pans on this list (great as they are), but you will find an affordable chef's knife, a use-it-forever set of measuring cups, and an olive oil that'll blow their mind — all tools to get a new cook going in the kitchen.

Read on for our first gift guide of the season, and see our holiday sweepstakes — your chance to win a little help for buying your holiday gifts this year.

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This year, The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy aren't just sharing great ideas in our gift guides, we're giving away $1,000 to help one lucky reader purchase presents for their friends and family! Through Friday, December 13th, we'll publish new gift guides each day on both sites while collecting entries in the sweepstakes. (See Official Rules for details. One entry per reader, please.) Enter below for a chance to receive a bit of extra help from us this holiday season — we want it to be your best and brightest yet!

And we're not done. Starting on Monday, December 16, The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy editors have lined up ten absolutely unbelievable items (really, you won't believe how great they are!) for our big, blowout week-long Holiday Giveaway 2013. To be notified on when and how to enter to win these super-special gifts, sign up for our giveaway email today, and you won't miss a single one.

Happy Holidays!

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