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Holiday 2020: 8 Gift Ideas for Your Instant-Pot-Obsessed Friend

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Instant Pot

Do you have a friend who keeps raving about the wonders of the Instant Pot? Are you interested in broadening your own Instant Pot skills? We’ve got some great ideas for anyone who loves this quick and easy way of cooking.

The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook

While online recipe-sharing and storage is more popular than ever, there’s something to be said for a physical cookbook. In addition to keeping your tablet safely out of the kitchen, it’s helpful to have all those Instant Pot tips easily accessible in one handy place.

The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook by Simon Rush has it all, including tips for getting started, easy recipes, and delicious desserts.

It’s the perfect companion for someone just getting started with Instant Pot, or anyone looking for more inspiration.

Another Instant Pot

For anyone who’s truly obsessed with the Instant Pot, having more than one will be a dream come true. You can make rice in one, yogurt in another, and a spicy curry in the third—all at the same time!

Chances are your friend already has a standard six-quart Instant Pot. If so, consider gifting them the eight-quart so they can make double (or triple) batches of their favorite dishes.

The three-quart is also a nice addition to any kitchen. You might not be able to make full-size dishes in this mini pot, but you can easily whip up a batch of rice or some popcorn. Plus, the smaller size is easier to store and minimizes counter clutter.

Just make the model you get has the yogurt feature. It’s easy to make, always turns out creamy, rich, and delicious, and will save you (or your recipient) tons of money!

An Extra Inner Pot

If someone is an avid Instant Pot cooker, they’re usually whipping up something at least once a day. That means the inner pot is often in the dishwasher.

An extra inner pot means you’ll always be able to get cooking! You can also more easily store leftovers right in your Instant Pot with a reusable silicone lid.

Make sure you get the correct size, though—here are your options:

The inner pot is made of durable stainless steel and built to last. We recommend you stick with the actual Instant Pot brand, as imitation pots most likely won’t fit.

A Tempered Glass Lid

Not everyone uses their Instant Pot for pressurized cooking. It’s also a slow cooker and yogurt maker! Both of those features work best with a glass lid. Otherwise, you risk the smells and odors that get trapped in a regular lid leaking into your scrumptious meal or yogurt.

This lid is durable, dishwasher-safe, and also has a steam release vent to prevent condensation from building up in the pot.

It’s available in the following sizes:

Again, we recommend sticking with the Instant Pot brand. Although other glass lids will technically work, this one will fit perfectly. And, when it comes to the Instant Pot, it’s best to take everything all the way to perfection.

A Silicone Lid

The ability to place the entire inner pot in the fridge not only saves on dishes, but it also allows you to reheat leftovers using the Instant Pot’s sauté or warming feature.

There are plenty of imitation lids out there, and we’ve tried them. However, the Instant Pot brand wins again. This lid fits snugly, is dishwasher-safe, and built to last.

It’s available in the following sizes:

Never has storing leftovers been easier!

Instant Pot Silicone Cover 5 & 6 quart

Makes storing leftovers a breeze!

Replacement Sealing Rings

You know that colored ring inside the Instant Pot’s lid? Well, you’re supposed to replace that every 12-18 months. Who knew? (Check out the video above to learn how.)

Of course, having multiple sealing rings is a good thing, anyway. You can designate one color for spicy dishes, and another for sweet desserts. This way, you won’t end up with a lemon cheesecake that tastes faintly of curry.

They come in a three-pack and are available in the following sizes:

Any avid Instant Pot chef will greatly appreciate this practical gift!

An Accessory Kit

It’s time to get fancy with your Instant Pot cooking! This accessory kit comes with everything you could possibly need, including a steam basket, egg rack, cheesecake mold, and more. It also includes some other basics, like measuring spoons, a whisk, and silicone oven mitts.

Everything is made of sturdy stainless steel or food-grade silicone to withstand the heat of the Instant Pot (and your dishwasher).

Most Instant Pot accessory kits are for the six- and eight-quart pots, but here’s one for the three-quart if you or your friend has the mini.

The video above shows you how to use the most popular accessories.

An Air Fryer Lid

If you’ve been contemplating gifting a friend an air fryer this holiday season, think again. If they have a six-quart Instant Pot, you can just gift them this awesome air-fryer lid, instead! The true advantage is the amount of counter space it’ll save them.

Just keep in mind the Instant Pot Air Fryer feature is only good for 1-2 servings. If you need to whip up a batch of french fries for a family of hungry hyenas, we suggest going with the Instant Vortex Air Fryer, instead.

However, if single servings are all you need, this lid can handle it. It’s easy to use, clean, and stash away when you’re not using it.

The Instant Pot is more than just a convenient appliance—it’s a way of life! Transform cooking for your family and friends (or yourself) by gifting them one of these awesome Instant Pot add-ons!

Jill A. Chafin Jill A. Chafin
Jill A. Chafin is a freelance writer, aerialist, dancer, food enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, and mama, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Read Full Bio »
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