30 Kitchen Gifts They'll Actually Use
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30 Kitchen Gifts They'll Actually Use
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Everyone could use a little help in the kitchen, so now that the holiday cooking season is fast approaching, we've done some shopping and found some handy but inexpensive gadgets your favorite chef or baker would like — even if favorite chef or baker is you.

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Rabbit Wine Opener
Amazon

Rabbit Electric Wine Bottle Opener

Price: $29 from Amazon
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A glass of wine can take the edge off of the tasks of holiday cooking — if you can get the bottle open. This device removes the cork from the bottle on contact, then ejects it from the corkscrew, and can do it on 30 bottles before it needs a charge. There's a built-in foil cutter too.

Mueller Salad Spinner Vegetable Washer
Amazon

Mueller Salad Spinner Vegetable Washer

Price: $31 from Amazon
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Built-in anti-wobble technology means the bowl stays put no matter how fast it's spinning, and users also praise the salad spinner for its revolutionary pulling-bar system, braking button, and the fact that it holds up to 5 quarts.

Related: 22 Quick and Easy Cold Salads for People Who Hate Lettuce

Artisan Silicone Baking Mat
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Artisan Silicone Baking Mat

Price: $10 from Amazon
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This BPA-free silicone baking mat can be used over and over again in place of sheets of foil or parchment. Users say they're great for baking, roasting, and candy-making, with no need for cooking oils, butter, or sprays to keep food from sticking.

Related: How to Make Classic Childhood Candies

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Wayfair

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

Price: $71 from Wayfair
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Hot, fresh coffee just waiting for you even before your alarm even goes off is a dream come true. This Cuisinart allows users set the brew time up to 24 hours in advance, and features a 14-cup glass carafe, auto-shutoff, a cleaning indicator, a permanent filter, a water filter, brew-strength control, and a small-batch setting.

Related: 25 Crazy Coffee Products From All Around the World

OXO Good Grips Adjustable Measuring Cup
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OXO Good Grips Adjustable Measuring Cup

Price: $12 from Amazon
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Finally, a measuring cup that gets everything out, without the need to reach for a spatula or spoon. To use, simply twist the bottom of the cup and dispense your ingredient into the bowl. The magic is a silicone disk that acts like a plunger. The gadget is fully adjustable, can hold up to 2 cups, and can be cleaned in your dishwasher.

Jokari Tea Infuser
Amazon

Jokari Tea Infuser

Price: $7 from Amazon
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This loose-leaf tea strainer is perfect for the drinker who wants a single cup. The spoon-shaped infuser has a stainless steel mesh hopper and a built-in plunger on the handle, which allows the drinker to release more intense flavor into the tea.

Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel
Amazon
Mueller Onion and Vegetable Chopper
Amazon

Mueller Onion and Vegetable Chopper

Price: $21 from Amazon
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Backed by a lifetime-warranty guarantee, this heavy-duty chopper allows users to slice and dice some of the toughest edibles, including potatoes, carrots, fruits, and cheese. Oh, and yes, onions — the product reduces onion vapors, which prevents you from tearing.

Related: 30 Vegetable Recipes for People Who Hate Vegetables

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
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The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Price: $11 from Amazon
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No Potterhead's kitchen would be complete without the "Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory," which contains more than 150 recipes for dishes mentioned in the books and movies.

Related: J.K. Rowling by the Numbers

OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray
Amazon

OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray

Price: $10 from Amazon
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No ice maker? Chill out. This tray with a purpose-made silicone lid allows users to stack and angle ice trays and prevent sloshing with a sturdy plastic body and cover that slides easily.

Instant Pot Silicone Mini-Mitts
Walmart

Instant Pot Silicone Mini-Mitts

Price: $10 from Walmart
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Traditional pot holders or oven mitts are not always best when managing hot metal pots or pans; sometimes the range of motion can be limited. These dishwasher-safe silicone mini-mitts cover their fingers and thumbs when handling metal and allow for greater control.

Baker's Edge Brownie Pan Set
Amazon

Baker's Edge Brownie Pan Set

Price: $50 from Amazon
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Can you imagine eating brownies that are only the corner pieces? This brownie pan makes it so with one, snaking shape that lets batter distribute evenly for delicious, chewy edges — with a non-stick coating that makes for easy clean-up. The set also includes a lid, an "edge wedge," spatula and recipes.

Related: 18 Cheap Recipes That Celebrate Chocolate

Collapsible Measuring Cups and Spoons
Amazon

Collapsible Measuring Cups and Spoons

Price: $10 from Amazon
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Saving space on the kitchen counter can make the cooking experience move along more smoothly. These BPA-free measuring cups collapse flat for easy storage, are bright and colorful, and dishwasher safe.

Jar Grips and Lid Openers
Amazon

Jar Grips and Lid Openers

Price: $3.50 for a set of three
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The grips by Progressive allow users to get a heavy-duty grasp on tough jars and containers of all sizes, making it an especially great choice for anyone with arthritis or limited mobility in their hands. All three allow for many options: the red cone-shaped grip is ribbed for smaller jars; the teal one is rectangular; and the green one is round and flat.

AmazonBasics Bench Scraper and Chopper
Amazon

AmazonBasics Bench Scraper and Chopper

Price: $6 from Amazon
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If they don't already have one, they'll want this simple tool that helps bakers, chefs, and everyday cooks chop, slice, and get ingredients efficiently onto the next step in a recipe.

KitchenIQ Knife Sharpener
Amazon
AxeSickle Silicone Collapsible Funnel
Amazon

AxeSickle Silicone Collapsible Funnel

Price: $5 from Amazon
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The brightly hued funnels — made from BPA-free, food-grade silicone — help users easily pour liquids or dry goods such as rice, salt, or sugar from one container to another with a tapered end and a funnel that collapse for compact storage. It's rated to handle temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's safe for the dishwasher.

YouCopia Tea Bag Organizer
Amazon

YouCopia Tea Bag Organizer

Price: $25 from Amazon
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Help them get rid of the clutter in their cabinets or drawers with this handy space-saving rack, which organizes and stores up to 100 tea bags in 12 removable bins.

Over The Door Hanging Pantry Organizer
Amazon

Over The Door Hanging Pantry Organizer

Price: $13 from Amazon
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The 30 pockets — 15 on each of the hanging racks included — will hold spices and anything else you need to prepare even the most complicated meals. There's no installation needed, either.

Related: 24 Costco Products That Can Help Organize Your Life

Ovente Electric Kettle
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Ovente Electric Kettle

Price: $13 from Amazon
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The Ovente kettle boils water in less than six minutes with little to no noise and shuts off automatically when finished. It comes with an LED indicator light and easy-to-clean built-in filter, and it uses less energy than stovetop kettles.

Kuhn Rikon Fruit and Vegetable Peeler and Corer set
Amazon

Kuhn Rikon Fruit and Vegetable Peeler and Corer Set

Price: $8 from Amazon
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With its sharp, serrated blade, the Kuhn Rikon is a cut above other rest. The swivel-action peeler allows users to carve paper-thin layers with great range of motion in either direction. The blade also swivels for irregularly shaped vegetables such as potatoes without skipping, and the double edge makes it ideal for left- or right-handed users.

FitFabHome Non-Stick Oven Liners
Amazon

FitFabHome Non-Stick Oven Liners

Price: $14 from Amazon
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Keeping the oven clean can be a challenge. These reusable, non-stick liners wipe away cheeses, sauces, and other baked messes effortlessly.

Chef'n StemGem Strawberry Huller
Amazon

Chef'n StemGem Strawberry Huller

Price: $6 from Amazon
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Humble-looking yet cute, this tool will save strawberry lovers tons of time with fast removal of stems. (It can also be used to get rid of potato eyes.)

Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner
Amazon

Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

Price: $9 from Amazon
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She may look seriously annoyed, but this melt-proof device is a champion when it comes to microwave cleanup: Fill her with water and vinegar and she'll steam the microwave clean.

Related: 20 Microwave Recipe Hacks You Need to Know

Rubbermaid Brilliance Leak-Proof Food Storage Containers
Target

Rubbermaid Brilliance Leak-Proof Food Storage Containers

Price: $13 from Target
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It's nice when you can find storage containers that won't stain or leak. Customers applaud these clear food holders, saying they are lightweight, easy to travel with, and stack perfectly with other containers to save space in the pantry or fridge.

Related: 30 Essentials You Need to Buy to Keep Your House Organized

Bluapple Produce Savers
Amazon

Bluapple Produce Savers

Price: $18 from Amazon
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Refrigerators don't always do the best job lengthening the life of leftover produce. This smart gadget prolongs freshness and storage life by absorbing ethylene gas, slowing the spoilage of fruits and vegetables.

Related: 16 Foods to Freeze for Later (and How to Do It Right)

Kitchiny Silicone Bottle Brush
Amazon

Kitchiny Silicone Bottle Brush

Price: $9 from Amazon
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This brush, with its super-long handle, can clean your water bottles, baby bottles, travel mugs, Champagne glasses, or vases. Basically anything that's tall and narrow and in need of a deep clean, this can do it.

Related: 60 Handy Products to Refresh Your Home This Spring

Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner
Amazon

Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner

Price: $4 from Amazon
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These tablets keep your dishwasher clean so it can keep cleaning efficiently. They get rid of odor-causing residue and lime and mineral build-up that can occur inside your washer — better than bleach, professionals say.

Related: 25 Germ Magnets That Need Spring Cleaning Now

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
Amazon

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

Price: $10 from Amazon
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Avocado fans swoon over this product — a three-in-one tool with one end that slices an avocado in half, another that removes the pit, and the third part that cuts it into even slices.

Casabella Guac-Lock Container
Amazon