Will shopping for you change this year? Have you scaled down your shopping or gift list? I’ve created this holiday gift guide of items I use on a daily basis. I’ve found the best gifts I’ve received over the years are usually small and not very complicated. This is a photo of me with my very favorite christmas gift when I was about 8 or 9; the Suzy Homemaker oven!
I love stocking stuffers. There all almost always useful. Socks, deodorant, lip balm or something unusual I’ve found while traveling. My mom buys me “stocking stuffers” all year long. She’ll show up at the house and say, “I saw this and I thought you HAD to have it!” This garlic roller is one of those things. Instead of a garlic press which tends to turn garlic into pulp, this roller has mini cutters which mince the garlic like little tiny fairy knives. It’s a game changer, and I use it nearly every day. It’s priced under $10
I first saw these Danish dough whisks a few months ago. Why had I never seen these before? I bought two sets for Christmas gifts this year and one for myself. A set of two is under $15. They’re perfect for the baker in your life.
Ramekins are something I use every day. They’re great for mis en place (cooking or baking prep), small desserts, dips and even depositing a used tea bag. I have white, clear, which shows off a pretty dessert, as well as a few fun colors.
Rubber spatulas. I have probably 6 in all sorts of widths, lengths and sizes. Last year my youngest got me a dozen in assorted colors as a stocking stuffer.
Tasting spoons. I keep 2 dozen of these tasting spoons in a small ramekin next to the stove. I might go through 5-10 tasting one dish, especially if I corral the family in for opinions. This isn’t something I started recently because of covid, but just a habit I got into after working in restaurants.
Flour sack towels are not pretty. They’re a simple, thin towel that is the only towel used in restaurants for drying and polishing glasses and flatware. I ask for a new package every year. They’re priced under $15. These kitchen towels have a blue strip and are more expensive. I have both so I can distinguish a dish drying towel from a hand towel.
Off-set spatulas are another item I have multiples of in various sizes and lengths. The wider ones are perfect for flipping burgers, pancakes or eggs, and the thin ones are great for spreading batter.
This roasting scoop is similar to one that was given to me for my birthday this year. It’s another one of those, “why have I never heard of this before?” gifts and I use it to transfer cut veggies from a cutting board to pan or moving around roasting veggies in the oven.electric kettle is one of those things that you’ll wonder how you survived without! Electric kettles are just a standard countertop appliance in Europe and Asia. I use mine at least 4 or 5 times daily for tea or coffee. This one is eco friendly, so there will be no BPA particles in the pot. It comes in a lot of bright colors. I just ordered the green one to match my new kitchen. (The old one still works, but is headed to my classroom, if I ever go back!) It’s also under $20 and has 20,000 4 star reviews.
Spencer and I usually don’t buy each other too many gifts. We’ll have a few inexpensive surprises under the tree and then decide on something big that will be our gift to each other. This year it’s an EASY choice! We adopted two rescue dogs in late August. They bring tons of dirt in daily! It’s driving me nuts as I’m cleaning the floors every day and when I don’t, I’m frustrated. I found this IRobot Braava for under $180. It sweeps and mops hard-wood floors. It has over 5,000 4 star reviews. I can’t wait!
I hope you’ve found this holiday gift guide useful. I’ve tried to include many price points. What’s the best gift you’ve gotten?