Me and Christmas lists don’t always get along very well.
In fact, this year I have nothing I can think of on my list. Nothing! It drives my family nuts, because they’d rather buy me something I want (and I would too), but I just have no needs and so few wants. I really just like useful gifts but I already have so much…even the kids’ lists are ridiculously sparse (I recycle catalogs the second they come into the house and they never really see commercials, so I think we’ve miraculously escaped from the “gimmes” common to their generation).
But in years past, my list has often been full of kitchen items – now my kitchen is full of kitchen items and I don’t need anything else!. Here are some of my favs to inspire you so you don’t get an ugly sweater (or worse, plastic storage containers or an aluminum water bottle). 😉
Whether you want to try a new technique (dehydrating, grinding grains), ditch the plastic or dream of that expensive new blender, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of gift ideas you could pin yourself and then send your spouse or family the link to your wish list Pinterest board as a little hint.
Stainless Steel Containers
These are the only containers I use to pack yogurt in a lunch. Leakproof and watertight, plus easy to clean and easy for kids to open! These are a must-buy for packing liquids.
Stainless Steel Water Bottles
I recommend these for ALL family members. They have a large selection of lids to choose from, plus some fun accessories. My site editor also recommends their insulated ones for hot beverages.
Pin Lunchbots Quad on Pinterest
Talk about a Kimball Family favorite! We use these every. day. in the kids’ lunch boxes. We LOVE to pack up fun lunches with our leftovers – so these and the yogurt containers above are a constant!
Don’t forget my eBook The Healthy Lunch Box – TONS of lunch packing tips and recipes. It isn’t just for kids, either. Pack lunch for your spouse, yourself, or even ‘pack’ lunches so they are ready for a busy homeschool day.
MadeOn Skin Care Products
Man do I love this stuff. My kids do too! Spend $25 at the MadeOn store and receive a Chocolate Mint Lip Balm FREE. Add the lip balm to cart and then apply code: NovemberGift Expires December 10, 2014.
I’ve known Renee a LONG time and I swear by these products. I use them myself and I share them as gifts. She started the company with this product – because she was tired of her cracked fingers bleeding and bandaids making it tricky to be in the kitchen. Your skin will thank you!
Pin Glasslock Beverage Shaker on Pinterest
While this was created for protein drinks or other mixing tasks, I use it to make all of my homemade dressings. Being glass I can store the mixture right in there and then pop it in the dishwasher between flavors.
When I planned this post last week it was on Amazon but at post time it is currently unavailable. Hopefully it pops back up in time for gift-giving!
Pin Cast Iron Griddle on Pinterest
You won’t regret investing in cast iron – though if you can find some at a thrift store (or a family member’s attic…!) snatch it up. Nothing compares to the seasoning of years of use. I use it daily in my kitchen.
Knife and Cutting Board
The quality of these knives can’t be beat. As we recently learned, knife safety is important, and having the right equipment for the job is essential. Start adding these to your collection.
Make sure you also cut on proper surfaces to keep your knives working their best. I recommend a Maple Cutting Board by Boos, found here on Amazon.
One of my favorite kitchen gadgets of all time! No worries about transferring hot food to a standard blender, or the worry of the lid popping off. Puree soups right in the cooking pot. Create baby food with ease. Definitely add this one to your list. Note: This one has a metal bottom, which usually would be my preference except that you may find plastic is easier to use in a pot. ???
High Powered Blenders
Pin High Powered Blender Comparison on Pinterest
via Kitchen Stewardship®
Blendtec or Vitamix – I am still not sure which one is best, but if you want one, you want one! I do use mine often and missed it when I was without for a few months and using my old “normal” blender. Smoothies are no match for a high powered blender.
Handcrafted Wood Utensils
You’ve seen these ladles pop up in a lot of my food photography – but that doesn’t mean they’re just props! I use them all the time. Beautiful AND functional. I’ve hosted a few giveaways too because they are just a favorite now.
The BIG Ones!
- Update after a year with the Nutrimill and Excalibur
- How to Make Crispy Nuts
- How to Dehydrate Vegetables
- How to Dehydrate Fruits
Do you have any of these “foodie” items in your kitchen? What’s on your wish list?
Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post to Life Without Plastic, MadeON, and Amazon from which I will earn some commission if you make a purchase. See my full disclosure statement here.