Dutch ovens for everyone on your holiday shopping list

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This year, let’s make your holiday shopping experience a little less stressful. A Dutch oven is the kind of all-purpose gift that can suit every recipient on your list, from your coworkers to your cousins.

A Dutch oven is not, in fact, an oven – though it does work like one. A Dutch oven is a heavy pot with a tight fitting lid typically made from a heavy-duty material. Most have high sides to hold liquids like soups, stews, and braises.

Traditionally, Dutch ovens are made from cast iron. Cast iron has an incredibly high heat tolerance, which made these pots the go-to for cooks in the days before electricity. A pot that could rest directly in open flames made it easy to prepare piping hot meals and even bake bread.

These days, Dutch ovens have more or less retained their original high-walled, lidded shape and hardy, heat-resistant material. While campers still appreciate their fire-resistant nature, Dutch ovens have also become favorite pots for home cooks looking for something that can go directly from the stovetop to the oven.

If your holiday gift list includes a foodie who will appreciate a thoughtful and practical gift to use for years in the kitchen, a Dutch oven is an excellent choice.

The best Dutch ovens to give for the holidays

While the basic shape of the Dutch oven is fairly standard, there are plenty of options to choose from. From different materials like cast iron and ceramic to various sizes and colors, it’s important to choose the right Dutch oven to please everyone on your holiday list this year. Here are the best Dutch ovens for every kind of cook.

A Dutch oven for the camper

Your adventure-seeking friend will love the classic features on the Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven. Yes, it will add some weight to their hiking pack. But once they set up camp, the three feet on the bottom of this Dutch oven make cooking a hearty meal under the stars easier than ever. The pot comes in five sizes to feed a solo camper or a crowd. It also has a handy stainless steel handle for carrying or hanging the pot over the fire.

Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven, 8 Quart




The best Dutch oven for parents

Your siblings friends with a small brood at home need a pot with plenty of cooking capacity. The eight-quart Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is just the ticket. It’s made from durable cast iron coated in a beautiful colored enamel that won’t chip or wear over time. In fact, the gift receiver will be able to pass this timeless piece down to the next generation.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Oval Dutch Oven, 8 qt., Deep Teal

Le Creuset



A Dutch oven for your friend with an all-stainless kitchen

Not all Dutch ovens are cast iron or enameled, and the Tramontina Covered Dutch Oven is a gleaming stainless option to compliment a sleek, modern kitchen. This pot is lighter than other models and is oven safe up to 500°F. It may not be the best choice for an open flame, but for most controlled cooking environments, this pot will do the trick.

Tramontina Covered Dutch Oven Stainless Steel 5-Quart, 80116/025DS




A Dutch oven for your fashionable friend

Compliment the kitchen of your design-obsessed loved one with the aesthetically pleasing Perfect Pot from Our Place. This pot comes in four attractive matte colors to match any kitchen decor. It has an aluminum core coated in nonstick ceramic and works with all cooktops, including induction. The pot even comes with a strainer so your friend can retire their colander.

Char Perfect Pot

Char Perfect Pot

Our Place



A Dutch oven for their first apartment

If you’re shopping for someone who’s outfitting their first kitchen, choose a compact Dutch oven that won’t monopolize too much storage space at home. The Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron French Oven (that’s another name for the same style of cookware) is the perfect size for small households. It has a 2.5-quart capacity and comes in eight colors to match your loved one’s personality.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature French Oven 2 1/2-Qt.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature French Oven 2 1/2-Qt.

Williams Sonoma



A Dutch oven for the cook who has everything