With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start gift-shopping, and the earlier, the better! Whether you’re looking to treat that special someone, a favorite family member, or make your own kitchen experience a little better – here’s a list of cool and useful kitchen gadgets priced under $ 25 that will impress your favorite chef without breaking the bank.
#1: World Cuisine Tri-Blade Vegetable Slicer (Amazon, $ 24.95, 4.5 stars, 402 reviews)
Vegetables are healthy, but peeling & slicing them can be a pain. Enter this useful device, with multiple slicing and cutting options, 3 sets of blades to make anything from curly fries to radish slices to veggie spaghetti. It’s dishwasher-safe, and easy to operate. Gift-worthy? Considering the possibilities, and the fact that 400+ people were impressed enough to sit down & write a review on Amazon, we think so.
#2: “Portion Classic” Measuring Spoon: Measure & Mix (Quirky.com, $ 8.99)
Simplify the cooking process – measure out ingredients and mix them with 1 tool. Reduce the clutter of multiple measuring spoons, and the amount of dirty utensils after the cooking’s done. The “Portion Classic” features multiple indentations for 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon measurements, as well as a hollow handle for up to 1/4 cup of ingredients. Convenient? Definitely. And at 9 bucks, it’s a great stocking stuffer, by itself or in addition to other gadgetry.
#3: 4-Piece Herb / Spice Grinder (Amazon, $ 6.80, 4 stars, 316 reviews)
Grind fresh pepper, allspice, and a host of other ingredients, with this handy 4-piece grinder. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, with stainless-steel screens, diamond-edged grinding teeth, and magnetized closure. At 2.25″ tall and 1.63″ in diameter, it’s small enough to fit into any spice drawer, and at less than 7 bucks, it definitely fits into any gift budget.
#4: Grip Grater (Quirky.com, $ 24.99)
Finally, a fold-up grater with quality construction! It folds 3 ways, allowing hand-held grating with a secure 2-handle grip, or flattened over a bowl or plate. Hard plastic frame with pleasantly rounded edges & TPE non-slip grips. Includes 4 pop-out stainless-steel grater plates (large holes, small holes, coarse grater, and slicer), and a durable hinge mechanism that won’t snap under pressure.
#5: Knuckle Pounder Meat Tenderizer (ThinkGeek.com, $ 9.99, currently on sale at $ 6.99)
Part kitchen gadget, part stress reliever, this tenderizer is made from durable cast aluminum and will quickly pound that steak into submission. Perfect for the impatient chef – and a definite conversation starter!
#6: PadTab – Wall Mount for iPad/Galaxy Tab/Nook (ThinkGeek.com, $ 19.99, on sale for $ 5.99)
Whether you’re looking up recipes or listening to music, keeping your expensive iPad on the counter is not exactly the best idea. Spills, utensils, and grease spatters don’t play well with electronics. So, get that tablet away from danger and into a safe & convenient place, with this kit that includes 2 wall tabs for mounting in 2 locations. Simply stick 1 part of the kit onto the tablet, then install the 2 wall-tabs in whichever locations you prefer. Works with Apple iPad, iPad2, iPad3 (“The New iPad”), Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″, Nook Color, Kingle, Xoom, and many more!
#7: Blender Bottle (Amazon, 4.5 stars, 50+ reviews, multiple sellers, $ 6-10)
The perfect way to make homemade smoothies, these bottles include a “blender ball” that whisks together the contents with just a few shakes. It’s like a blender in your hand! Made from BPA-free plastic, with a secure screw-on lid, and a surgical-grade stainless steel “blender ball”. Available in several colors, from a multitude of sellers.
#8: OXO 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer (oxo.com, $ 9.99)
Avocados are a great health food, but working with them can be a hassle – and considering their slipperiness, even a hazard. Enter the OXO 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer, a veritable Swiss Army Knife for avocado lovers. Safety hard-plastic blade for easy splitting, pitting tool to easily remove the pit, and a fan blade for easy slicing. It’s available in white and green, and priced at a holiday-budget-friendly $ 9.99. Holy guacamole!
#9: The Olivator (Gent Supply Co, $ 19.50)
Perfect for the martini lover or creative chef, this unique gizmo lets you make stuffed olives quickly and easily. It cores the perfect-sized chunk of pimento, cheese, garlic, or other “olive stuffing” and plunges it into the pitted olive. Amaze your party guests with customized olive trays, spice up martinis and other drinks – or go crazy with chocolate-stuffed strawberries, cheese-loaded figs, and an infinity of other appetizer or dessert creations.
#10: Garlic Press With Power Ratchet (Prepara.com, $ 19.99)
Fresh garlic is a great addition to many dishes, from steak to salads, from Indian to Italian cuisine. But crushing garlic by hand is a tedious and wrist-weary experience. Enter the Prepara Garlic Crusher, which uses a ratchet action to make this task as easy as it could possibly be – the force is divided between individual presses of the handle, so only light pressure is necessary. It’s no larger than typical garlic presses, yet holds up to 6 cloves at a time, and best of all – you don’t have to peel them! The ingenious design was a finalist in the International Design Excellence Awards 2009. Available in stylish “dark chocolate”, or playful “spring green”.
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