For the cooking enthusiasts in your life, whether professional chefs or budding home cooks, a thoughtful present for the kitchen is always welcome. To help you navigate through the noise and find the perfect piece, chefs and beverage pros share the top kitchenware items they’re gifting—and wishing for (hint, hint)—this holiday season.

Doug Psaltis
Chef and partner, RPM Steak & RPM Italian
Chicago

Gifting: Finex cast-iron skillet. This pan will last you a lifetime and can be used in every way imaginable: searing, braising, baking, steaming, grilling, and even for making perfect eggs thanks to its polished, smooth surface. It’s a workhorse—and a handsome one at that. A 12-inch skillet with a handy lid is $275 at FinexUSA.com.

Nate Redner
Beverage director, Booth One
Chicago

Gifting: Great stemware for wine. Having good all-purpose and Burgundy glasses will cover most of your bases and work especially well with holiday wines. I like Riedel, which are sturdy and elegant, and if you want to splurge, Mark Thomas are the sleekest stems I’ve ever used. Mark Thomas Double Bend glassware starts from $55 at KneenandCo.com.