Le Creuset Dutch oven
This heavy ceramic pot that comes in warm burnt reds and deep blues is a family heirloom any cook would be lucky to inherit. However, if you are like the rest us and born sans Le Creuset, it’s time to start your own tradition. For braises, soups, pan-roasted meats, chilis, and so many other dishes, nothing does it better than a Le Creuset.
The heavy-duty enameled cast iron is perfect for searing, holds heat evenly and beautifully in the oven, is generally easy to clean, and will last you for life, as well its future recipient's life. If you're patient and willing to sacrifice your color of preference, you can often catch them on sale and at various kitchen store outlets.