8 Actually Useful Kitchen Tools on My Holiday Gift Wish List

8 Actually Useful Kitchen Tools on My Holiday Gift Wish List

We teamed up with our friends at BLACK+DECKER to highlight their new BLACK+DECKER® kitchen wand™, plus a few of other holiday gift-ready cooking gadgets hand-picked by our editors.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the time when it’s finally appropriate to crank the holiday tunes, start planning menus for all my festive gatherings, and tell anyone who’ll listen what I want for Christmas. As usual, my list is filled with various food-shaped candles that I’ll never light (how could I destroy such beauty?), fancy olive oil, and the comfiest-ever socks (an annual stocking stuffer at my mom’s house). But my most-wanted items are all the handy kitchen tools I’ve added to my cart a million times but never actually purchased, because it’s so much more fun to receive them as gifts.

Here’s everything on my kitchen gadget wish list this year, from butter keepers to kitchen wands…

Photo by Julia Gartland. Prop Stylist: Megan Hedgpeth. Food Stylist: Monica Pierini.

1. BLACK+DECKER® kitchen wand™, $199.99

This 6-in-1 gadget can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. Grinding spices? Check. Opening cans? Check. Whisking, immersion blending, and wine bottle opening? Check, check, check. It comes in black, grey, and red (my personal favorite), and it’s cordless so you can easily move wherever your cooking takes you. Content sponsored by BLACK+DECKER®

Photo by Ty Mecham

2. Capabunga Cheese Vault, From $37.75

As a former cheese editor, I’m pretty passionate about cheese. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got at least a few wedges kicking around in your cheese drawer at all times, and this cheese vault will help keep those cheesy bits fresher for waaay longer.

Photo by Julia Gartland

3. Extra-Large Glass Butter Keeper, $34

Hear me out: There’s simply nothing quite as satisfying as smearing room-temperature butter across a crusty piece of toast. The secret to that shmear is a countertop butter keeper to, well, keep your butter soft and spreadable—this one just so happens to be a Food52 community fave.

Photo by Rocky Luten

4. Five Two Adjustable Rolling Pin with Measuring Rings, $39

Take some of the guesswork out of rolling out your doughs with this rolling pin. Its adjustable silicone rings come in five circumference options, plus this pin’s got built-in measurement marks so you’ll never have to break out that ruler.

Photo by Ty Mecham

5. Olipac Stainless Steel Olive Oil Dispenser, From $22

This oil dispenser mixes form with function. Rather than pouring oil straight from the jar, drizzle it from this stainless steel vessel that can easily go from kitchen to table.

Photo by Rocky Luten

6. Handmade Pottery Ceramic Spoon Rest, $24

A small but mighty kitchen tool, this spoon rest will save your countertops and eliminate a step when it’s time for post-meal cleanup. Pop it in the dishwasher or wash it by hand—either way, you’ll never risk staining your counter with tomato sauce or turmeric ever again.

Photo by MJ Kroeger

7. Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids, $40

Speaking of cleanup, these silicone lids have been on my list for a looong time. Instead of digging through the tupperware cabinet, you can stick these dishwasher-safe lids onto any of the serving bowls you used for dinner to easily store leftovers.

Photo by MJ Kroeger

8. Microplane Mixing Bowl Graters (Set of 2), $17

To round out this list of gadgets, here’s one that I’ve had my eye on for a while: over-the-bowl graters. Whether you’re prepping parmesan for pasta or shredding potatoes for latkes, this tool makes sure more of your food ends up in the bowl, rather than the floor or counter.

What are your favorite kitchen tools to give as gifts? Tell us in the comments below!

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