Can you believe we only have a week until Black Friday? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for the holidays this year. They really snuck up on me! Snuck up on me? Sneaked up on me? Whatever, haha! The point is, I’m totally unprepared.
At our house, as you can probably imagine, we like to give kitchen gifts. We all have so many gadgets and gizmos that my mom actually specifically said NO KITCHEN STUFF and I’m running out of cabinet space! Luckily, Jessica recently moved into her first apartment, so there are plenty of cabinets to fill there, now that she’s not mooching my mom’s stuff anymore.
If you love giving kitchen gifts as much as we do, you’re in luck. Today, we’ve put together a kitchen holiday gift guide. It’s like Oprah’s Favorite Things, but for your kitchen. And without the free cars. Sorry, readers.
These are our favorite items from 2014. Add your own favorites with a comment below!
Kitchen Stocking Stuffers (Under $20)
We wrote a post a few years ago with some of our favorite small kitchen gift ideas, which I highly recommend checking out. Here are a few additional kitchen stocking stuffers and small gifts under $20.
|Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment PaperBaking cookies is our favorite thing to do in the kitchen, but clean-up is not. The best product to use on my cookie sheets when baking is Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment Paper. Parchment paper used to only come on a roll. You would go to put it on your cookie sheet, and it would rolls up instead of staying nicely on the sheet. The baking sheets are precut 12 inch by 16 inch flat pieces. The fit perfect on the cookie sheet and for a smaller sheet, you can easily cut it in half. If your cookies make a sticky messy it is all on the paper and not on the sheet. Just throw away the paper and no mess to scrub!|
|“Spoontula” (Spoon-Shaped Spatula)If you like to bake cookies or anything else that involves a batter, we also highly recommend silicone spatulas that are spoon-shaped. Spoontulas, if you please. They clean out your bowls down to the last spoon of batter. Kitchen Aid is a great brand, and you can find them in a variety of sizes.|
|OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie ScoopI know this was on our stocking stuffer list a few years ago, but I wanted to highlight it here again, because we absolutely LOVE this cookie scoop. This is the exact one we have, and it is the perfect size for not only cookies, but also to scoop out pancakes, muffins, cupcakes, and more. Love, love, love.|
|3-Tier Cooling RackWire cooling racks are another must have. We all received three tiered stackable racks for Christmas one year. These are the ones that can be used alone or stacked. Your cookies will cool off so much faster, and they’re great for small spaces. I personally have zero extra counter space (y’all would seriously cry if you saw my kitchen), so being able to stack up my cookies to cool is amazing.|
|Trudeau 4-in-1 Reversible Measuring SpoonWe love this tool because it’s only one spoon to make dirty. Anything that has us doing fewer dishes is a win in our books! Plus, it takes up way less space in a drawer then a tradition set of spoons. You don’t have to dig through a pile of spoons to find the one you need – just grab and go!|
|Wilton 24-Cup Mini Muffin PanWe all have one of these bad boys, and we love them. They’re not just for tiny cupcakes either. We use it all the time for brownies! No having to wait from them to cool so you can cut them. PLUS, they look fancier then regular brownies at a party.|
Under the Tree ($20 – $75)
These are gifts in the $20 – $75 range that we absolutely love! They are also great for using up any of those gift cards you got for the holidays. Merry Christmas to me… :-p
|Anchor Hocking 2 Quart Glass Batter Bowl With LidI’m putting this in the $20-$75 range, but they’re typically right around $20 and sometimes you can find them at cheaper prices. A large measuring cup with a lid is super convenient when you’re running low on time and want to mix up cookie dough one night, chill, and bake the next day. They’re also great for pouring pancakes.|
|Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch OvenWe love how versatile enameled dutch ovens are. Start your favorite recipe on the stove, and finish in the oven. They also keep whatever you’re making extremely warm if you’re going to a potluck, and you can use on the campfire if you’re the outdoorsy type. Love!|
|Magic Bullet 17-Piece Express Mixing SetMagic Bullets are super convenient. No need to make an entire blender messy for a single drink. Plus, you can make several different flavors without washing the blender each time. So Kid 1 can have a strawberry smoothie and Kid 2 can have a vanilla milkshake and Mommy can have a margarita.|
If you’re looking for something really special, here are a few products we recommend.
|FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing SystemThis is one of our favorite tools. It can save you a ton of money, since you can by in bulk and freeze the excess without worrying about freezer burn. If you like to garden, you can also freeze veggies using this vacuum sealer.|
|KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring ShieldKitchAid mixers are the Cadillacs of the kitchen. They come in just about every color, so you can get one that matches your kitchen, and they make a bunch of attachments|
|Cuisinart 2-Pound Programmable BreadmakerI’m in love with my breadmaker. It doesn’t just make bread. I’ve used it for pizza dough, pretzels, even dessert. They’re big, so I leave my bread machine out on the counter all the time instead of hauling it in and out of storage constantly, so having one that looks stylish, like this Cuisinart model, is important too!|
So there you have it – our favorites for 2014! What’s on your Christmas list this year?