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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. 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!)

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

  3. 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!)

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. I absolutely love my pressure cooker. this is not your mother’s kind with the ball that jiggles and you think it’s going to explode any minute. It’s amazing. Turns the toughest meat into lovely tenderness in 10 minutes. Meal in a pot – put the meat on the bottom, lay the basket on the top of it, and put your veggies in the basket – a meal in 20 min. Make amazing stew – make wonderful baked apples – you just have to have one. i have bought three as wedding gifts – they’re in the higher cost bracket all right, but hey, that’s what the 20% off coupons at BBB are for! makes it be about $60 for the medium size pot. You want this.

  7. OMG I almost forgot the freaking pan set that my husband was goaded into buying before we got married. I have these set of surgical steel pots from simplicity gourmet and my husband was like we’ll take those…forget your damn cookbooks, but as I casually remind him…those puppies will go through a fire and the only thing that’ll melt will be the handles…but my husband is standing over my shoulders making me type this…

  8. Though I have an enormous amount of stuff in my kitchen, I would either grab my Pampered Chef skillets or my green chef’s knife. I use them every night and get such a sick feeling of happiness when I use them. I am not trying to push the PC products, I just love them.

  9. Wow…after reading all the comments I am pretty sure my husband and I and any future children we have will be forsaking all family photos, clothes, and electronic devices to grab almost my entire kitchen. I was going to say stand mixer because it gets the most use in my kitchen (i am a baker and cake decorator), but in my opinion and that of an earlier commentor…it is time for another so I’d leave that. My crock pot is the same as’s an older model and I could use a new one. I have a TON of cookbooks (my husband calls me a cookbook whore) so I would be throwing those bad boys in rubbermaid totes while he was lugging them out the door and then all of my cake making/impelemts of doom would have to go as well cause I have spent well over $1000 amassing the sick collection that I have today. So looks like I need at least two kids…hmmm guess I better get on that. cassie dot thurston at yahoo dot com

  10. I would for sure save my favorite knife 🙂 I love the reusable pouches that you posted though. I think its a great idea, but the price is a little high for my budget. I may have to come up with a less expensive way to get the same outcome. If I find one I will let you know! Its a great idea though, those fruit pouches you buy at the store get expensive and I’m sure there is all kinds of junk in them. The kiddos would be much better off with some homemade fruit sauce in those reusable containers 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!