Kitchen Essentials & Must Haves for Fall and Winter | Gift Ideas

A list of the types of kitchen essentials that family and friends are obsessed with this fall and winter.

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These are the types of items that are taking up space in our cabinets and on our counter tops this fall and winter

If you have a small kitchen, then you know how important space is. You may only have enough room to store the kind of kitchen gadgets and supplies that you can’t live without.

Things can get tricky during fall and winter, when holidays and celebrations call for big meals and lots of food prep. The best kitchen items are those that help us make our favorite meals—even better if they can serve more than one purpose—and also those things that we love.

Here is a list of the kitchen items that family and friends are obsessed with this fall, as we head into the holiday season.

These are some of the kitchen items that we wouldn’t want to be without. Also, many of these items make great gifts for family and friends who like to cook and entertain.

Must-Have Kitchen Essentials for Fall + Winter

A list of kitchen tools that are must have items this fall and winter.

Air Fryer

An air fryer is a must have for making quick and easy meals.

Meat Masher

If you eat a lot of ground beef or ground turkey, then this is the tool to have. It makes grinding up meat as it cooks easier, and is less awkward than trying to break up ground meat with a spoon or spatula. Perfect for making stuffed winter squash and casserole recipes.

Digital Meat Thermometer

A digital meat thermometer is essential for measuring temperatures of roasted turkey and other types of meat and poultry this fall and winter.

Potato Masher

This tool is a must-have for making mashed potatoes, and it is also great for mashing other boiled, soft vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and butternut squash, to make your favorite casseroles, pies, and soups this winter.

Ninja Foodi

This would make a really great gift for a person who likes good food and convenience when they cook.

Food Processor

A food processor is a must have—this tool makes it easier to get finely chopped ingredients for making breakfast cookies and pie crusts this fall and winter.

Kitchen Utensils

Fall is a good time to stock up on new kitchen utensils, especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Great tools to have include spatulas for mixing batter and decorating cakes, spatulas and turners for cooking and sautéing, large spoons for stirring and mixing, whisks for whipping eggs, mashed potatoes, whipped cream—and more, turkey basters, tongs, vegetable peelers, and can openers.

Dutch Oven

A Dutch oven is essential for making homemade sourdough bread and for making slow cooked stews and soups for winter. It is also a great tool for making pot roast recipes. Plus, it’s the perfect cookware for adding a decorative touch to a kitchen. They look great for serving your favorite meals.

Serving Bowls + Plates

Serving bowls and platters make it easy to make food look good when you serve it. Whether you prefer a matching set or a whimsical collection of serving dishes, it’s always good to have these on hand.


Pitchers are a must have for mixing and serving drinks. Infused water pitchers are great for making healthy and refreshing flavored water drinks to serve to family and friends.

Kitchen Towels

Kitchen towels are perfect for washing and drying dishes, and for cleaning up messes and spills. They can also be used to decorate the kitchen.

A set of dish towels in a similar color (sold separately) is also good to have for coordinating a look and kitchen clean up after cooking.


Having enough dishes to serve holiday dinner or brunch is critical for this time of year. Fall and winter are good times to add to any dishes that you already have or to change out an old set for something that is more up to date.

Espresso Maker

Good espresso and coffee drinks can help to power marathon cooking and cookie baking sessions. They are also a must-have for serving coffee with dessert or holiday brunch.

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

For making all of your favorite seasonal cold brew coffee drinks, like pumpkin cold brew coffee or peppermint cold brew coffee.

Mixing Bowls and Measuring Cups + Spoons

These are a must-have for making your favorite cake, pie, cookie, muffin, and bread recipes (items sold separately).

Food Storage Containers

It’s nice to have a place to store leftovers after a big holiday meal. Adding labels to food containers makes it easy to know what you have and how long it has been in the fridge for.

Serving Utensils

From pie servers to serving spoons, it’s great to have the right tools for serving all your meals.


It seems that you can never have enough tongs in a kitchen, so it’s a good idea to have more for cooking and for serving food.

Salad Bowl + Tongs

A leafy green salad made with seasonal fruits and vegetables is the perfect side dish for a heavy holiday meal. A nice salad bowl is the perfect way to make a salad look appetizing. Plus, you can use it all year round.

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is a fast way to make things like rice and chicken for your favorite recipes. It’s a great way to make shredded chicken for salads, casseroles, tacos, and more. The Instant Pot is a meal prep game changer.

Charcuterie Board

The charcuterie board is a must-have for serving your favorite cheeses, meats, fruits, and jams for a special occasion or holiday meal. You can make a charcuterie spread almost any way you like—just pick your favorite cured meats and cheeses and add some fruit and nuts or pickles to the tray.

Perfecting the charcuterie spread can become an obsession, and best of all, it’s easy to do. You may find yourself making charcuterie boards for every special occasion.

Related: How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Slow Cooker

The slow cooker is a must-have for any kitchen, especially when it comes to making delicious and easy recipes for yourself, family, or friends. You can use a slow cooker to make meals for any time of day, including breakfast casserole and pull-apart bread for breakfast, soups and stews for lunch, and pot roast or casseroles for dinner. Some of our favorite recipes: Mississippi pot roast and salsa chicken.

Sheet Pans

Sheet pans are essential for making quick and easy sheet pan dinner recipes. These are such a time saver during the week.


A cookware set is a must have for making your favorite meals. If some of your pots and pans have become worn, this can be a good time to replace them.

Spice Rack

A spice rack is the perfect way to organize your favorite everyday and seasonal spices, including pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves for making pomanders.

Garlic Press

A garlic press makes it easy to mince fresh cloves for seasoning food. Fresh garlic adds so much flavor to food that this simple kitchen tool is one of our favorite tools to have.


A blender is the perfect tool for making protein shakes and smoothies, especially as we think about eating more healthy foods once the holiday season ends.

This post was all about must-have kitchen items for fall and winter.

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