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14 Gift Ideas For Your Mom And Dad Who Love To Cook

This is like the nicest way of saying, "Please, please make me food."

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Ah, home cooked food. The undeniable best part of going home is getting to eat your parents' amazing, warm, fresh home-cooking. The aromatic air filling your nose, the sizzling of the pan on the stove, the hustle bustle of a busy kitchen, all making your stomach rumble louder than it has been for the past few months of eating less-than-delicious dining hall food.

Truly, there's something grand about food and family, and what better way to celebrate the two than with a lovely gift for the food fanatic in your life? Here are 14 great ideas that won't break your limit college-student budget but that will just as loved and appreciated as you are!

1. Natural Bamboo Magnetic Kitchen Knife Block – $29.99

Every great chef knows the key to delicious, quick-cooking starts with the right knife. Good chefs know how to properly store them as well so as to save them from too much damage. If your food lover keeps their knives in a drawer, this is the perfect gift for them. While high-end knives themselves can often be quite expensive, this rack is cost-effective and super useful. It stores knives and kitchen scissors properly and looks professional chef AF.

2. A cute salt and pepper shaker set – $16.95

Who can say no to that adorable lil bulldog face?! I know my parents are perpetually searching for the proper salt and pepper shaker, and I've always been one for adding a little more personality to your kitchen. This bulldog holder is absolutely adorable and is sure to win over guests when they entertain!

3. Breakfast Sandwich Maker – $23.57

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for those who love to make amazing, cheesy, English muffin breakfast sandwiches, you can't get enough of this gadget.

4. Live Simply Measuring Cups – $21.26

Aw! How cute! While most of our parents these days are experienced enough that they don't really need measuring cups anymore, these can still serve as a super cute decoration. They'll only add to the Sunday morning brunch aesthetic, even if they are just for show.

5. Thoughtfully Mason Jar Herb Garden

The secret to good, simple food is simply fresh ingredients. And it can't get fresher than your own little garden. These mason jar herbs are sure to impress; they'll add a pure, fresh aesthetic to your kitchen windowsill, give your parent some fun gardening practice, and they'll be useful when it comes time to cook!

6. Chef'n VeggiChip Food Chopper – $18.95

You throw in your chosen veggies or fruits, pull the handle, and tada! Instant chopped salad or guac! It's fun, it's fast, it's affordable. You can't go wrong. Mom and Dad will love it.

7. Spiralizer – $29.99

For the Italian pasta lovers in your parents, this is the perfect gift! Instantly spiralize your veggies and make your own zoodles! Though a little on the pricier side, it's definitely well worth it. It's high quality, durable, and not to mention a lot of fun.

8. Seville Classics Bamboo Cutting Board with Cutting Mats – $24.07

Okay, this one is actually kind of genius, I might get this for myself. If your parents are the kind of people who like using different cutting boards for meats and vegetables but don't have enough space to store cutting boards, this is literally the perfect gift for them. The bamboo board fits 7 labeled, dishwasher-safe cutting mats inside it. You pull out the one you want, put it on top of the bamboo board, and cut away, with no fear of contamination! And the best part, they're easy to clean! What a great idea.

9. ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set – $33.65

If you're going to make guac, do it right. Straight from the must-haves brands of many revered chefs, this mortar and pestle set is sure to wow and impress at Mom and Dad's next Mexican food night. It's also good for pesto made the right way and so much more!

10. Oil Infuser – $12.68

This gift is a bit more unique, but for the parent chef who has it all, this might just be the perfect gift. Oil is an essential ingredient and it matters so much what kind of oil you cook with. Using this oil infuser to spice up the oil (maybe with a few herbs from your mason jar herb garden!) will make for a fun home experiment.

11. Butter Churner – $39.23

While certainly on the pricier side of gifts on this list, this butter churner is sure to impress your parents. They probably think you didn't even know that butter could be hand-churned, but there's nothing better than putting fresh butter on your toast in the morning. Again, another essential fat in cooking, your parents will definitely be impressed with this beautiful, vintage gift, and even more so if you offer to churn it for them!

12. Fondue Set – $34.95

Nothing makes a dinner party better than fondue. Now that you're out of the house, let Mom and Dad have their indulgent fun with this awesome fondue set that comes with a snuffer underneath to keep the chocolate/cheese nice and melty and fun, colored forks too!

13. Sushi Kit – $19.95

Sushi nights are always the best way to get some awesome family bonding time in. Make your own customized rolls, make each other rolls, have a wasabi eating contest; either way, Mom and Dad will love the wholesome fun that this affordable and cute kit brings to the kitchen!

14. Mary Berry's Baking Bible – $37.47

If nothing else gets you psyched to go shopping for Mom and Dad's kitchen, then go with a tried and true classic, the holy grail of baking, Mary Berry's Baking Bible. It's considered one of the best baking cookbooks out there in the world, and I would have to attest, some of those recipes are pretty amazing.

I know I made this list for parents, technically, but I wouldn't be opposed to receiving any of these gifts for myself this Christmas ;)

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Friendly Reminder To Give Your Parents A Break, Because They Make Mistakes Just Like Us

As far as I was concerned, the birth of my parents coincided with my own.

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As children, there is a very obvious fact concerning our parents that we either consciously ignore or, in most cases, are completely oblivious to. And this fact is that our parents are, like everyone else, only human.

Up until recently, I never thought about who my parents were before they became "Mom" and "Dad." As far as I was concerned, the birth of my parents coincided with my own. And in becoming parents, I thought they were immediately bestowed with all of the powers that came with that grandiose title: unparalleled bravery and wisdom, unwavering patience and confidence, unrivaled strength and leadership.

Throughout my whole life, I have unfairly and unreasonably held them to these impossible standards of perfection, and when they failed to meet them, I blamed them for their shortcomings: whenever they would raise their voice at me, I blamed them for being mean. Whenever they refused to let me go out with my friends at night, I blamed them for being unfair. Whenever they couldn't offer me the "right" advice for my petty pre-teen problems, I blamed them for being unhelpful and even useless.

What I failed to acknowledge was the fact that my parents were not always parents. They were, and still are, the children of their own parents, meaning they hold within themselves all of the traits that come with that title: fear and naivete, impatience and uncertainty, weakness and inexperience. And so, it turns out that my parents are just children who are taking care of other children. Whenever they yelled at me, it is because they were capable of losing their patience.

Whenever they refused to let me stay out too late at night, it is because they were capable of being afraid; whenever they couldn't offer me the solution to all of my problems, it is because they were capable of simply not having all the answers.

And so we must remember that just like us, our parents are doing the best they can do, and just as they accept our best effort, perhaps we should learn to theirs as well.

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