The Sweet Pick-Me-Up I’m Getting for All the Home Cooks on My Holiday Shopping List

updated Oct 21, 2020
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I’m not what you would call a great gift-giver. Every year the holidays creep up on me, I scramble to not-so-stealthily figure out what everyone wants, and then I pay an exorbitant amount on shipping to make sure it all arrives on time. Despite knowing this is my pattern, I haven’t been able to kick it. This year, though, I am going to change that.

Why am I so confident that this year will be different? Because I already found the perfect gift that will work for everyone on my list: this extremely cute Snack Set from Material, one of my favorite direct-to-consumer kitchen brands. As soon as they announced this set, I knew that it would be my gift of 2020.

Credit: Lauren Kodiak

Buy: The Snack Set, $65 from Material

The $65 set includes one of Material’s mini reBoard cutting boards and their Almost 4″ Knife. The mini reBoard is a new offering from Material — it’s just a (25%) smaller version of their super popular reBoard, made from dishwasher-safe recycled plastic and sugarcane. The Almost 4″ Knife is a paring knife made of three layers of Japanese steel with a razor-sharp edge and super-comfy grip.

The Snack Set is offered in various color combinations, so you can tailor your pick to your loved one’s style. The cutting board comes in Midnight, an inky-blue; Pink Salt, a perfect millennial pink; and Moss, a muted seafoam green. You can also select the handle color of the knife: Almost Black, Cool Neutral, or Blue Grey.

Note: The knife in the photo at the very top of this post is the 8-inch knife — the knife included in The Snack Set is smaller. And honestly, we love them both!

The Gift That Works for Everyone (No, Seriously — Everyone)

Sometimes gifting kitchen gear is a gamble — maybe the recipient is living in a tiny apartment with limited space, or maybe they’re not that confident in the kitchen — but the small footprint of this mini set means it won’t be a burdensome item to store. And whether you’re giving this set to someone who is an avid home cook or someone who just wants to cut up a few limes because their culinary prowess extends only to making margaritas, I promise it will come in handy to anyone regardless of skill.

I got myself a set, of course (another reason I’m not a great gift-giver is because I end up just wanting to buy everything for myself!), and I continuously marvel at how beautiful it is whenever I pull it out. (I chose the Pink Salt/Cool Neutral combination.) My daily sliced apple and cheddar snack has gotten way more chic, and now — with fresh summer tomatoes at their best — I’m also using it to whip up a quick caprese salad multiple times a week. I also see lots of chopped chocolate happening on this board for homemade chocolate chip cookies in the future.

Material also recently added a limited-time version of the Snack Set, called the Tahini Set. For just $5 more, you can send a friend a 16-ounce jar of Seed + Mill tahini along with the cutting board and knife. This feels like a complete no-brainer to me. Remember those aforementioned chocolate chip cookies? Yeah, they’d be even better with some tahini.

Buy: The Tahini Set, $70 from Material

Do you shop early for gifts, or are you a last-minute shopper? Discuss in the comments below!