Retirement and housewarming gifts – do you find them hard to buy? Even if you know the person well, these two occasions can leave us scratching our heads. However, a great idea is to get them kitchen gadgets or cooking classes.
In retirement, we are free to schedule our time the way we want. We are no longer subject to someone else’s schedule. One of the things that new retirees spend their time on is hobbies. Working on a hobby they have had for a long time, or taking up a new hobby is a great way to spend time. And, one of those hobbies may be cooking.
One of the biggest selling points of a new home is a larger kitchen. In fact, counter space is often at a premium in apartments, which can make food prep difficult. New homeowners, therefore, often look forward to having a much bigger kitchen in which to cook.
Therefore, getting them an item for the kitchen can make their lives easier and more fun. A high end coffee maker, perhaps with timer, is a fun gadget for the kitchen. But, what really helps out cooks are practical items like electric grills and Rotisserie chicken cookers.
What kitchen would be complete without a cookbook? But, you have to be careful what type of cookbook you get, because many people end up collecting cookbooks. A great basic cookbook is a must in any kitchen. The best one will have measurement conversion tables, cooking time tables, and reference information such as cuts of meat.
When a cook has gotten to retirement age, they have probably collected quite a few cookbooks. That’s not to say that a cookbook isn’t still a good gift. You will just need to be more creative. Look for one on a cuisine they have expressed interest in but don’t have a lot experience. Or narrow in on one type of cooking such as grilling, soups, or pasta.
Another gift option is a gift of cooking classes. Whether they want to brush up on techniques, or learn some new cuisine, there is bound to be a class available. Check with your local library, community colleges, or even senior centers to see what is available. On the other hand, if they would like to try their hand at more baking, many craft stores have cake or cupcake decorating classes.
So, when you are next looking for housewarming gift ideas or even retirement gift ideas think about the kitchen and cooking. Cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, or cooking classes can all make great gifts.