It’s that time, folks where the procrastinators take over the malls and the online shopping! But there’s still time to purchase useful, thoughtful and inexpensive gifts for your friends and family. Try some of my favorites below!
Yes I know it’s cold in many places, but what says love like the promise of ice cream and warmer days? Plus, my family eats ice cream no matter what the season. This ice cream maker is a great price and has great reviews. Try my peppermint ice cream recipe once you receive it! It’s a great recipe to use all of those extra or leftover candy canes you may have.
I normally associate these mixer cups with protein drinks, which I don’t really use. But I’ve started using them for many other purposes such as mixing up salad dressings, batters and sauces, especially when I’m on-the-go. I love the convenience of this cup! And it would make a great stocking stuffer.
I use this stick blender more than any other small appliance in my kitchen. It is so useful for making mayonnaise, salad dressings, whipped cream, and even blending soups right on the stove top! I love it. In fact, I’ve loved my old one so much that I burned out the motor. This brand of stick blender has the highest reviews and I’ll be replacing my old one with it.
I absolutely love this set of nesting bowls, because you can use them for mixing AND serving. Plus they come with colander inserts as well, and all of the sizes are awesome. This gift would be great for someone with a small kitchen since all of the bowls/colanders nest. These bowls are nice enough looking to set right on the table! Also they can be used for storage since they all include lids.
5. Crock Pot / Slow Cooker
What I really love about this crock pot is that it’s big enough to make never-ending broth in, plus it’s a good price and the lid actually clamps on! So you don’t have that problem where the lid is continually spitting out water/steam because it’s too light. For this reason, I think the crockpots of the 70’s and 80’s were actually better made, since they had heavy glass lids!
6. A Small Dehydrator
Yes, it is possible to buy a small dehydrator for under $50. I actually own an Excalibur dehydrator, but if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, this small dehydrator will do just fine. And it’s much more economical than powering up your oven all day for the same purpose. Save electricity and space on the counter!
7. A Good Chef’s Knife
A good chef’s knife is worth it’s weight in gold to a cook! This one is just slightly over the $50 mark, but I think it’s worth it. A good chef’s knife is a great gift to anyone that does any amount of cooking, because it’s the most versatile knives in the kitchen and the one that you’ll reach for time and time again.
For us real food cooks, it’s important to us that our loved ones have real food, even at work or school. So this is a great gift for ourselves or our family to hold all of our wonderful cooking! I loved this particular bento lunch box because it has separate BPA-free containers, including a soup container with a lid that screws on for virtually no leaks. This would be a great container for broth!
I would buy this insulated mug just for the beautiful dark shade of blue! But it has almost a perfect review collection and will keep 16 ounces of coffee, tea or hot cocoa warm for hours.
10. And… a Bacon Kitchen Towel!
Last but not least, my FAVORITE gift idea on this list… no, not a partridge in a pear tree, a bacon kitchen towel! Wonderful for anyone that loves this salty preserved meat goodness!PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.