Whenever birthdays or holidays come around I always end up spending way too much time on the computer searching for the newest and coolest gadget gifts for my friends.I want to get them something they don’t have and will actually end up being used, not just collect dust in the back of a cupboard somewhere.
I assume I’m not the only one struggling here, so this one’s for you guys – enjoy!
1) Wall clock and timer
Very resourceful and also quite stunning the Bengt Ek wall clock and timer gives users exactly what they want. The best part of it is the detachable timer; you can have it hanging with the clock in the kitchen or take it with you out to the garden, or down to the store! You’ll still be able to keep track of your cakes in the oven and you’ll need no more timers attached to your oven that you can only hear if you’re actually in said kitchen.
2) Knife block
Most knife blocks come with specifically designed slots for particular knives, which don’t help much if you have an eclectic collection that you want to protect and put away. This is where the Kapoosh knife block comes in handy – it will protect and store your knives, all of them. No specific slots that only fit the knives you had to buy with it!
3) Beep egg
I may be a grown woman with two kids, but I still have trouble making boiled eggs the way I want them. I like them semi-runny, my husband loves them extra runny, while my kids will refuse to eat them if they aren’t as hard-boiled as possible. So I love the beep egg, I always get my eggs exactly the way I want them.
4) One touch jar opener
Ever passed around a jar for every family member to attempt to open? Hit it against the counter, held it under hot water, anything to just open the damn thing? No longer, with a one touch opener there’s a totally stress-free way to open even the toughest jars.
5) Fridge savers
This is an especially great gift for loved ones who live alone. When cooking just for yourself you might not need a whole onion or pepper, but if you just stick them back in the fridge they will probably dry out before you want to use them again. Fridge savers will help make sure no food goes to waste!
6) Electric wine openers
Ever misplaced the screw wine opener or tried to open it the wrong way so that you’re left with half a messed up cork between you and your lovely glass of wine? Of course you have. Electric wine openers prevent all of that, you won’t end up bent over with a bottle of wine between your legs trying to pry out a cork, worried it’s just going to end up everywhere if you pull too hard and end up flat on the floor.
7) Cookie cutters
I’m much more of a cookie person than cake, and I make them all the time, this is why I have an endless supply of cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes. Does your girlfriend love Star Wars, or is your dad a fan of Christmas cookies? Why not get them some beautiful cookie cutters that make baking a blast?
8) Party toaster
Breville has created a toaster with a radio, so now it’s even easier to enjoy your morning tunes or the latest football update while snacking away.
9) Magnetic apron and oven gloves
So handy, how many times have you been multitasking in the kitchen only to forget about the cake/lasagne/chicken in the oven? You’re running around looking for your oven mitts, trying to stop whatever is in there from burning. They’re nowhere to be found so you grab the nearest wash cloth and end up with a nasty burn on your thumb. With a magnetic apron and gloves, your mitts are always at hand, no frantic searching.
10) Pasta timer
Ever tried to scoop one strand of spaghetti out of a boiling pot to see if they’re properly cooked, wondering if there’s a better way to go about it? Well, there is, and as someone who eats pasta like it’s going out of stock I can’t tell you how useful this little gadget has been.
Depending on how close you are with the gift recipient, you might want to match up some of these. For more ideas on kitchen-geared presents I like to make trips to kitchen showrooms to get inspired. You don’t necessarily need to be renovating your entire kitchen to enjoy some showrooms, even just that little bit of detail can be enough.