Here's a gadget we love: the terra cotta Brown Sugar Saver. It actually softens brown sugar that has become rock-hard (don't you hate that?!) and keeps new brown sugar from heading in that direction. Ingenious.
And it really works! Forget all those kitchen gadgets offering empty promises. This baby does its job.
Of course, it's Canadian. Lucky for us they're available at cooks' supply stores all over the states and won't ever run you more than about $3.00. We got this one at Sur La Table. You can also find them at Broadway Panhandler (in the form of a bear instead of a sun), or direct from Sugar Bears, Inc.