I don't love telling people they need to buy stuff in order to be a good home cook. I like doing more with less — and saving money. So you know I mean it when I say there is one thing that every kitchen needs (you know, aside from the obvious pots, pans, and knives).
That one thing? A salt keeper. Any salt keeper will do, but if you want my specific recommendation, it'd be for this Berard Concrete Salt Keeper, which is now on sale for at least $10 less than what I paid for it a couple years ago.
If you're thinking a salt keeper is the last thing you need cluttering up your countertop, you are wrong. How many recipes do you make that call for sprinkling salt over something? What's that? Most of them? If you have a salt cellar, you can pinch up what you need and sprinkle away. Sprinkle directly from the container and you risk dumping a big ol' heap of too much salt!
Plus, this one is concrete! The white concrete looks amazing sitting out in my kitchen, and I'm guessing it will look just as nice in your own. Also, it would look nice in your friends' kitchens! My point: It's a nice hostess gift for the upcoming holidays. It doesn't have to be this salt keeper, but you need one — and so do your loved ones.