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Holiday Gift List

Heads up, there are plenty of affiliate links in this post, but all links are things I truly love myself and would gift to my own friends.  Well, not my friends because none of them would love this shit, but you get the idea.  Scroll to the bottom for a kick ass giveaway!

Need last minute gifts for the hippy or nerd in your life?  Don’t worry, your Fairy Dorkmother (me) is here to help.

Inexpensive – under $20

  • Microplane grater.  I use this thing weekly and love it!
  • Lamb.  This book about the “real” story of Jesus Christ, as told by his best friend Biff, made me almost pee my pants.
  • At Home.  This book makes dorks so very happy.  It sounds lame, but it is fascinating.  It’s the history of how every room in a house came to be.  I know, boring right?  NOPE.  So good.
  • Cowboy and Octopus.  Hands down, one of the weirdest kids books ever.  Troy and I fight to read this one to Jack.
  • DIY kid’s food pouches.  We fill this with applesauce for church.  Pouring applesquish in my kid’s food hole keeps him occupied.
  • The Homemade Pantry.  Love this cookbook so hard.
  • Press Here.  This kids book is so fun!
  • Apple peeler/corer thing-a-ma-jing.  Makes processing 2 or 200 apples a cinch.

Medium priced – $30 ish

Eh, starting to make my wallet sweat – under $75

  • Dutch oven.  You NEED one.  I can’t remember my life before Dutchie and Little Sprout came in to my life.
  • Yogurt maker.  This little dude has paid for itself tenfold.  Well, it was a gift, so I guess it paid for itself as soon as I opened the package.  I love it!
  • Large crockpot.  For the life of me, I can’t understand why people don’t have one!  I use mine weekly.
  • Good knives.  We got a set similar to this for our wedding over 8 years ago, and I use them daily.  Thanks Auntie Lulu and Uncle John!
  • My pressure canner! It expanded my canning potential so much.

Ack, my mother-in-law is a hag and I’m desperate for her approval, so I’m willing to spend the money:

  • Grain mill.  Expensive upfront costs that pays for itself fairly quickly.
  • Mixer.  My life was incomplete without her in it.
  • Food processor.  So many of my “make it yourself” recipes start with this bad boy.
  • Reel mower.  Cut the gasoline addiction and get a workout at the same time.  This baby has one speed – you.

I made a lot of homemade presents this year, but I still love to gift some of my store-bought favorite items to people I love.  Like you knuckleheads.  Let’s do a giveaway, shall we?

Soooooo…in the comments tell me your hands down “I’d go back in a burning building to grab this” kitchen or house tool, and I’ll draw a lucky winner next Wednesday at noon to win an immersion blender.  US residents only; sorry other dudes!

Edited to add: PLEASE leave an email address or a blog link so that I can find you if you’re the big winner!

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113 comments on “Holiday Gift List”

  1. I would grab my kitchen aid mixer… and my coffee maker. Can’t function without my coffee!!! 🙂

  2. My Pampered Chef knives especially the quikcut paring knife. Sharp enough to cut ya!

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  3. my pots and pans…they are top o da line…lubba them… 🙂

  4. Seriously, if my house was burning down – I’d grab my old dog and forget my “stuff”…but since this is theoretical…I have a great butcher’s knife that is OLD and paper thin – that and sadly my favorite mug from a Canada trip and my Keurig…the day wouldn’t start right without my 1 cup….and I do use the less wasteful San Francisco coffee “cups” a fraction of the wasteful plastic…using the word wasteful twice made it sound less wasteful….

  5. I would have to say my pampered chef scissors – they cut up everything kitchen – especially chicken! And then they go in the dishwasher!!

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  6. I would have to say I love my Rada kitchen knives. They are the best!!

  7. crap! i live in Quebec, Canada, but i would grab my very very old yogurt maker. never fails to make perfect yogurt every time

  8. Very hard to choose just one. It’s a toss up between my Kitchen Aid, my cast iron skillets, my dutch ovens or my crock pots. I think that if I have to choose then I would grab my cast iron dutch oven since it’s the one with the lid that doubles as a pan. Thanks.

  9. It would have to be my dishwasher! I have lots of things that help me get the meals prepped and cooked but my dishwasher keeps me sane! I was without it for a month and thought my life was over! Not kidding!
    Love your blog, love your sense of practicalness and love your advice!

  10. My Apple Green Kitchen Aid mixer! I watched the price on Amazon for a year or more before finally clicking the “buy now” button! It sure beats (pun) mixing by hand when you have carpal tunnel in both rists!

  11. bun coffee maker. pot of coffee in minutes flat.

  12. As much as I would like to say my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, that SOB is HEA-VY…so, depending on how much smoke I had inhaled at this point it would either be that or..oh, who am I kidding, I’d just drag the hubby back with me and make him carry it.

  13. Coffee maker. I’m addicted to the stuff.

  14. I’d have to go with the KitchenAid stand mixer…

  15. It turns out a George Foreman grill is much more versatile than I ever imagined (I used to look at them with disdain for being a single-purpose counter space waster). My boyfriend has had one for years, and when I started cooking for us more, I learned so many uses for it. Mostly, I do variations on the quesadilla (my favorite is the “pizza-dilla”, which is a tortilla containing diced fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, oregano, basil, garlic and onion powders) because they’re so quick and easy. But you can do a lot with a Foreman grill. Email smarmoofus at gmail dot com.

  16. Without any doubt, it would be my King Arthur silicone rolling mat. I bake a LOT of bread and this thing has saved my sanity. I slap it on the counter, knead away and do all sorts of other bready things on it and when I am done, I wash it up in a bowl of soapy water and hang to dry. No more scrubbing bread boards. It was worth every penny.

    My bread stone is pretty awesome too, but a fire would just season it up some more. Plus it is too heavy to run with.

  17. My Blendtec blender!

  18. I hate to admit this, but I have the spoon/colander combo thing (kind of reminds me of a pelican) that would definitely require a trip into a burning building. It stays in my dish drain 24/7, so it is always handy for use.

  19. It would have to be the all clad stainless steel and my cutco knives! I’ll take a chance on my dutch ovens…

  20. If I could take only one thing with me, it would be my grenadine-enameled Staub coquette cast iron pot. It is beautiful, has a fun “coq” as a handle and I can’t stop coming up with new ways to use it! Although there are many gadgets in my kitchen that are useful and/or amuse me, I truly love this thing. (and my cast iron skillet!) (Oh! and that plastic thingy that looks like a bottle opener, but really it’s used to pop open jars by releasing the vacuum-action, even though my adult boys keep using it to open bottles. rrrggg!)

  21. I would have to save my cast iron skillet. So glad I gave up my teflon for this baby. I use it every day.

  22. There are few favorite items that I just could not live without:

    1. My Pampered Chef can open (even though mah hubz hates it & can’t figure it out)
    2. My Pampered Chef food chopper (none other on the market chops like the PC one does!!Mine is over 10 yrs old – has the little hen sitting on a chef cap for the logo – and is still sharp as the day I bought it!)
    3. My vintage potato masher (old wooden handle on top of a round holey steel disk – a 99 cent Goodwill find several years ago)
    4. My knives (LOVE these things – full tang steel, with slipcovers – I bought another set just to use when I have to cook at clients’ homes!)
    5. My Kirkland (Costco) pots & pans set (actually, during my nasty divorce several years back, this cooking set, and the above stuff, were the major items I grabbed when I had to flee the home!)

  23. I would take my can opener. Love the clean cut opening with no mess at all. I love it so much, I’m gifting them to family members this year.

  24. I would have to go back and get my magic One Touch Can Opener. LIke this one…

    It was a Christmas gift about 5 years ago and still going strong!!! Love it!!