Gift Edit 2023

These Adorable Pasta-Shaped Kitchen Tools Are the Perfect Gift for the Home Cook Who Has Everything

published Dec 20, 2023
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This feature is part of The Kitchn’s Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

Home chefs, in theory, should be fairly easy to buy presents for. There’s no shortage of gadgets and tools on the market that they would be excited to unwrap, especially if they’re a beginner who’s just starting to fully flesh out their kitchen. But then, there’s also the home cook who’s been building out their collection for years that seems to have everything — or you don’t have a single clue what they already own. Whether either situation applies to you this holiday season, don’t fret: We have a solution.

Small, adorable, and useful are key qualities to look for when shopping for a home chef. (The first is important because you don’t know how much storage space they’re working with, and the other two are self explanatory.) I found something that hits all of those marks, is priced under $30, and, at the time of publication, is guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas. (I see you, procrastinators.) Here’s why anyone who loves to cook will appreciate Monkey Business’ pasta-shaped kitchen tools set.

What are the Monkey Business Pasta Shaped Silicone Kitchen Tools?

Earlier this month, I came across the pot holders in this set at Pinterest’s Predicts Shop in NYC, a pop-up that showcased the brand’s ideas on what’ll be trending in 2024, and haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. Food-themed decor dominated 2023 — which I’m still totally behind — so it makes sense to assume it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. But beyond bringing the whimsical look into your giftee’s home and giving them some daily joy, the tools are seriously functional.

The set, which comes in a ready-to-go gift box, includes four silicone pieces in the form of different pastas. The aforementioned bowtie pot grips, ravioli spoon rest, penneli tube for peeling garlic, and three mafaldine elastic bands will surely quickly become some of their most-used kitchen items, and they’ll want to leave them on display 24/7. They’ll definitely be able to, thanks to the BPA-free, food-grade, and dishwasher-safe silicone, which makes it so they’ll never have to part with the fun flair that the set adds to their kitchen.

Contributor Kiera confirmed as much, citing the pot holders as one of the kitchen essentials she brought with her while moving to Hawaii. “Beyond just being cute, they’re made from silicone and are extremely heat-resistant,” she wrote. “The indents on the bow-ties snuggly fit on every pot I’ve used them for, and make draining pasta pretty fun.”

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What Amazon Reviewers are Saying

Average Rating: 4.7/5

“Bought this as a gift for a friend who has (seemingly) every kitchen gadget known. He loves this and, surprisingly, it gets used frequently! Double bonus. Super cute and useful.” — Laura S.

“My wife and me got this great gift from my mother in law and just had to leave a review! The pot handlers can stay on while you’re cooking so you don’t have to pick them up to use every time – really useful. I love the spoon rest which is large and nice looking! The PERFECT gift!” — ran

“The design is just perfect and stunning and funny and overall awesome. The spoon rest and the pot handles are used every day in my house. The quality of every piece is quite amazing and the design is just too much. Will buy more to give as gifts.” — Bridging Jones

Once you buy this set for someone else, I doubt you’ll be able to resist snagging one for yourself, too. The sale price and pre-Christmas arrival date are just the cherry on top — but those pluses won’t last long, so hop to it!