Cookware is one of those things you usually put on a holiday wish list or a wedding registry, not something you buy yourself. But given how much time you spend in the kitchen, why shouldn’t you invest in high-quality pieces the same way you do with clothing or home decor?

There’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to do so. The best cookware and kitchen tools are more affordable than ever — and stylish to boot. Whether you’re shopping for that perfect non-stick saute pan for scrambled eggs or on the hunt for a stylish tea kettle that can double as a serving piece, we’ve got just the thing for you.

1. Hawkins NY Cast Iron Footed Bowl ($40)

Save space with a chic, multitasking vessel that can be flipped over and used as a trivet or spoon rest. Handcrafted in India, the versatile cast-iron bowl is one of those pieces you’ll find yourself using over and over again.

2. Staub 1-Quart Round Kettle ($190)

A tea kettle is the cornerstone of a well-equipped kitchen. This sturdy French model does the trick and then some. Coated in a glossy enamel that keeps water warm longer, the elegant and durable piece is so nice to look at, you’ll want to take it straight from the kitchen to your dining room table.

3. Venice Pro Noir Ceramic Non-Stick Frypan ($130)

Not all fry pans are created equal. Whip up a morning omelette or saute your favorite veggies in this sleek ceramic cookware set that features the newest and most advanced non-toxic, non-stick technology out there. Bonus: An extra-durable coating made with crushed diamonds means this non-stick cookware is scratch proof and dishwasher safe.

4. Potluck Utensil Set ($80)

Ditch your college-era spatulas and wooden spoons in favor of a polished set of professional-quality cooking utensils from Potluck. Verishop is the only place you can find these BPA-free kitchen tools outside of the Potluck website. With the exception of the wooden spoon and spatula, each piece is dishwasher safe, making cleanup easier than ever.

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5. Milo Classic Dutch Oven ($95)

The best cookware does it all. Bake a loaf of crusty bread, simmer a hearty stew or try your hand at roasting a chicken in this handsome, French-inspired, 5.5-quart Dutch oven — a favorite of skilled and novice chefs alike. The dishwasher-safe pot has a lifetime warranty, leaving you with plenty of time to fool around in the kitchen. 

6. Peugeot France Mignonette Vintage Silver-Plated Pepper Mill ($150)

Channel your favorite Parisian bistro with an elevated version of the iconic French pepper mill. The classic silver-plated gadget grinds pepper to the perfect consistency (from ultrafine to course), while also being nice to look at on your kitchen table.

7. Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro Three-Piece Starter Knife Set ($200)

Every kitchen can benefit from a starter set of quality knives. This collection of three, which includes a 3-inch paring knife, a 5 1/2-inch serrated utility knife and an 8-inch chef’s knife, is worth the investment. Made by one of the largest and oldest manufacturers of kitchen knives in Germany, the high-carbon, no-stain steel blades are built to last.   

8. Smeg Immersion Blender ($170)

Whether you’re tight on space or just like the idea of a multitasking kitchen tool, this retro-inspired hand blender is one of the most useful cookware pieces you can own. Whip up a milkshake, blend soup, mash potatoes, whisk eggs or chop an onion — there isn’t much it can’t do. An ergonomic nonslip grip makes it easy to handle, and stainless steel blades ensure years of use.

9. Hawkins NY Simple Oak Cutting Board ($100)

Inspired by organic shapes, this elegant cutting board is made by hand in Portugal and doubles as a beautiful serving piece. Line it with a selection of your favorite cheeses for wine night or arrange crudités on it to kick off your next dinner party.

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