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I am almost done Christmas Shopping, thanks to Amazon Prime. (My Christmas cards are another story, however.) I told my husband he could just wrap up a few of these presents I picked out and put them under the tree because I love all of these so much. Or in the case of # 6 & #7, I just couldn’t wait and am enjoying these while I wrap presents. Besides, he got me a hammock a few years ago, and really you just can’t top that as a gift so I figure he already peaked at gift giving.
I don’t love kitchen clutter so when I pick out something for cooking, it has to be something I really think I will use to account for it’s kitchen real estate. I am guessing most people feel the same way. But there is something to be said for a new device or cookbook really lighting the flame of inspiration so here are some items that meet these demands.
2. Zucchini Spiral:
The Huffington Post recently wrote an article about how this slicer will change your life. I am not sure about that claim, but I have one sitting in a box that I can’t wait to use, and frankly, for $13 it is worth a try. And I learned from trying to eat whole foods that you really don’t miss pasta if your sauce is sitting on a bed of veggies.
I just love the simple yet personalized feel of these mugs, and while I haven’t bought one for myself, I can tell I would reach for it every morning. If you are related to me/married to me and you are reading this, HINT HINT. And if your loved one likes coffee, you can also make their day with one of these:
I don’t make Espresso enough to justify an expensive machine, but this percolator sits in a cabinet and my espresso beans sit in my freezer for when I am in the mood. A lot of recipes call for espresso, and a lot of people are posting how-to recipes for expensive coffee shop drinks that start with espresso, so it has some versatility. Plus it is only $30, a great price point for a gift, but it is actually pretty heavy so it feels expensive.
Cooks tend to stand around in the kitchen quite a bit, so treat the one who cooks for you! I bought these on a whim before Thanksgiving and I have just started wearing them non-stop. There is no way the Uggs version could be cozier, because these feel like silk cotton balls on your feet. Spoiler Alert: I may have gotten them for all the girls in my family. When something is this good you have to share.
As a polka-dot addict, I had to have these. And I have lived in them ever since even though I was trying realllly hard to wait until Christmas eve. I am the worst.
If you have never cooked with a garlic press, you won’t believe how easy it is to get, say, 12 cloves of garlic into tomato sauce in seconds and only have a tiny tool to clean up. The garlic comes out very fine so no one ever gets a big chunk. My family always had one growing up, so it makes me think about cooking in the kitchen with them. The lemon press is equally as good at saving time and clean up. I have tried a lot of ways to squeeze lemons and this one is tops. Both of these really help when making salad dressing.
Rob got this as a gift a few years ago and we love it! It is huge, which helps to lug in vast amounts of grilled food, and the carvings around the edge really hold in all the juices when you slice meat. It also looks great as a cheese board, too. A great gift.
10) Mario Batali & Ina Garten’s New Cookbooks:
And since it is the season for sharing, and because I am so thankful to you for reading this blog, I am giving away a copy of one of these cookbooks! These both inspired me SO much, and my goal is to inspire you. So just leave a comment below and state which one you would like in the comments, and if you have an Instagram account, hit ‘Follow’ on my Instagram button.
I will randomly pick one and contact you to send you a copy!
Happy Merrymaking, Katie