We personally think there’s no better gift for your loved one than knives. No matter who your significant other is or what he/she/they are like, knife sets as gifts are original, cool, and useful. Here’s why you should consider swapping flowers for blades.
What does your friend or loved one like?
If your friend or loved one is any of the following, knife set gifts will go over well:
- Practical—Unlike that kitchen item you bought and used exactly once (sorry for ignoring you, mandoline), a knife inevitably gets tons of use.
- Creative—Creating dishes can be a wonderfully inventive experience. Giving a nice set of knives as a gift is like giving an artist a high-quality set of paintbrushes. Part of the fun is seeing their imagination at work!
- Quirky—If your recipient gravitates toward the non-generic or even eccentric, they’ll appreciate getting something other than chocolates and a greeting card with a cheesy poem on it. Knives aren’t exactly the most common show of romance, which is part of what makes them such great gifts.
- Stylish—A finely crafted knife set can be an attractive addition to the kitchen aesthetically. Knives and knife blocks made of materials like striped zebra wood can add sophistication and style.
- Edgy—Enough said!
What Do They Like to Do in the Kitchen?
If your giftee loves cooking, they spend a lot of time with knives. Offering a gift of elegant artisan-style knives that have been crafted for prolonged use is a thoughtful way to show that you value them and their interests.
On the other hand, if your person abhors cooking, knives are the most straightforward (pun intended and apologized for) kitchen item. We’ve found that a lot of families divvy up kitchen duties into prep on the one hand and cooking on the other. Even if your partner hates the cooking component, they may get satisfaction out of slicing things up. After all, when you get into the rhythm of it, cutting things up can be surprisingly therapeutic.
Tips on Giving Knives as Gifts
When giving knife gifts, look for sets for a range of uses, including prepping veggies and—unless your SO is a vegetarian—meat. The set should have a chef’s knife, paring knife, and bread knife at the very least, but even more useful is one that also has a carving knife and utility knife. Other good options are santoku knives, serrated utility knives, deli knives, and steak knives. Once your partner has opened the gift, they should hand-wash the knives with warm water and mild detergent and store them in a safe place.