If you have someone like me who loves a good cookbook, you need to check out some of these cookbooks. They're a lot of my favorite cookbooks in every category and every level of experience.
This is a great opportunity to take time to go over recipes with your recipient and pick one or two to make together! Those memories in the kitchen making something delicious from a book you gave them will be the best part about the gift, I guarantee it.
You can even go further by buying something you will need or use for the recipes in these cookbooks.
A new apron would be great, especially if it was a high-quality apron, or even a fun novelty apron. I use a salt cellar all the time when I am cooking and baking, and a good whisk is always appreciated. No matter what I am doing, a sharp chef knife is a great tool, as is a knife sharpener.