My children have never been the best at waiting, and their gift-giving style is no exception. Christmas is coming, but not soon enough. My youngest came home the other day with a wonderful gift he made in his afternoon art class, a classic woven potholder, most likely created on one of the plastic looms of my youth, though he swears he and a friend did it with just their hands. "It's easy!" However he made it, I love that potholder, as useful as it is sweet.
For anyone who's ever dreamed of making French madeleines or a 3-layer chocolate cake, who's imagined a cupboard full of cookie cutters and cake pans and a home that always smells sweet — this is the gift guide for them. From a must-have kitchen scale to a gorgeous cake stand, these gifts will both help and inspire the budding baker in your life.
What kitchen gift do you get the couple with impeccable taste? Or the best friend with a serious eye for style? It was tough to pick 10 favorites among all the beautiful, eye-catching pieces you can get for the kitchen and home, but we managed to do it — from structural brass trivets to gorgeous wooden coasters, from the perfect little serving board to an elegant storage container.
Q: For the holidays, I want to buy my boyfriend a quality kitchen scale. It needs to be sensitive enough for molecular cooking, but also able to handle the larger amounts used in traditional baking. What are some reliable, reasonably priced options? Ideally, I would like a scale that could last for years, but come in at under $100.
Part of the fun in any cook's life is the moment when you get a new tool, use it, love it, and then wonder — how did I ever live without this?! Sometimes the awesomeness of those items isn't apparent upfront, like the budget-friendly wok that turned out to be super versatile, or the pretty little pot that you just started keeping on your stove because you used it so much.
So, with that in mind, here are 10 of our favorite must-have (but not necessarily obvious) items for the kitchen — all classic, wise and worthwhile gifts for the serious cook.
Planning on giving homemade goodies as gifts this year? While you can package your goods in pastry boxes or wrap them furoshiki-style, the easiest (and cheapest) way is just using a plain ol' brown paper lunch bag. But that's not very festive, you say. True — which is why you'll want to spruce it up with one of these five ideas!
While we publicly disdain unitaskers and frivolous gadgets in the kitchen, we each have a secret love for the tools that make our cooking lives a little easier. There are plenty of gadgets and little tools that are very useful in the kitchen; it just comes down to how you cook. If you love it and use it, it's good for your kitchen! What is that gadget for you? Your garlic press? A strawberry huller?
May we suggest ten more little gadgets, from an offbeat peeler to a yogurt maker, that just might find a place on your gift list. And yes, there's an egg separator. How could we not?
Among the array of possible colors for kitchen cabinets — mint, forest green, pale blue, azure blue, black, and of course white, to name just a few — I find that a warm light gray is quickly becoming a favorite. It looks modern without looking trendy, and still gives that light, clean look but without going all white. (Which is a very nice change of pace indeed.)