Shopping Gourmand: Gadgets – Plus, a roundup of the best online holiday/gift guides!

Just when you think you have everything you need in the kitchen, there’s a new, clever tool that grabs your attention and promises to make your life easier. Some gadgets will just become clutter that overfill that “throw-it-all-in-there” drawer we all have, but many are really useful and make great gifts. Here are 9 gadgets that grabbed my attention.

These product choices are not sponsored and I do not earn any money by presenting these great finds here. I just think they are fantastic and gift-worthy!
P.S. Don’t miss my roundup of the best online holiday/gift guides at the bottom of this post!


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Shopping Gourmand: Gadgets

Spanner Bottle Opener, by Hairy Biker
1:: Spanner Bottle Opener
Price: About $8
By Hairy Biker, via Bliss Home
Quirky and cool bottle opener, cast to look like a proper spanner. Made out of chrome plated die cast zinc.
Kitchen Magic Spiral Whisk, via Anthropologie
2:: Kitchen Magic Spiral Whisk
Price: $8
Every culinary wizard needs a wand to whip up her spellbinding creations. This one has colorfully coiled, silicone-covered wires.
Chemex Coffee Maker
3:: Chemex Coffee Maker
Price: About $100
This famous beaker-like vessel changed America’s way of thinking about coffee-making. Invented by a chemist, it’s been lauded for its simple, sleek design and its chemically correct method of brewing. Its hourglass-shaped flask is made entirely of glass, a chemically inert material that does not absorb odors or chemical residues. Dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
Dustpan & Broom by Normann Copenhagen
4:: Dustpan & Broom
Price: $30
A stylish tool to clean your kitchen, beautiful enough to keep on display! Perfect for those who like everything nice and neat.


Pebble Sinkmat
5:: Pebble Sinkmat
Price: About $17
Can washing dishes be a zen experience? With this stylish and minimalist sinkmat, it may very well be. Each mat is made up of connecting pebbles in varying shapes and sizes. The mat is made up of a combination of textured and smooth pebbles and can be customised to sink size by cutting away pebbles.
Lemon Press
6:: Lemon Press
Price: $35
An incredibly elegant tool that you’ll want to leave out for everyone to admire, this lemon press holds back seeds while squeezing the lemon as neatly and completely as possible with an ingenious stainless steel design that doubles as a drip-free serving vessel.
OCD Cutting Board, by Fred
7:: OCD Cutting Board
Price: $25
By Fred, via UncommonGoods.com
Let your inner obsessive loose in the kitchen with this precision cutting board. The durable, beechwood board is clearly printed with detailed measurement markings, allowing you to chop perfectly square roots or calculate a slice of “pi” with absolute precision.
Inset Salad Servers, by Judith Hoefel
8:: Inset Salad Servers
Price: $20
By Judith Hoefel, via Greener Grass Design
These sleek and stylish salad servers are two of a kind – they nestle perfectly together for presentation and storage. They’re crafted from high-quality stainless steel with a fine brushed finish. Each pair is nestled in a clear-lidded gift box.


All Edges Brownie Pan, via ThinkGeek
9:: All Edges Brownie Pan
Price: $35
The geekier way to bake: Perfect chewy, moist brownies are now within your reach. The serpentine wall shape of the pan conducts heat better than your average baking pan resulting in more even cooking. The crazy shape also gives each piece two yummy edges,and that’s where the concentrated brownie love is!
EXTRA: A roundup of the best online holiday/gift guides!
Holiday gift guides are one of my favorite things and online magazines provide exceptionally good shopping inspiration. While doing the research for my weekly Shopping Gourmand column, I flipped through so many great holiday issues that I thought a roundup was in order. There’s still time to do your holiday shopping, I hope this helps you find unique gifts for all your loved ones!

Best All-Around Holiday Guide:
Anthology Winter Gift Guide

Anthology Winter Gift Guide

Anthology is one of my favorite new design publications, and it’s usually a print magazine. For the holiday season, they’ve cooked up a special online-only guide that is as awesome, inspiring and shock-full of original content as ever. 76 pages of gift guides, DIYs, recipes and holiday advice. Find it here.

Best for Food Lovers:
Sweet Paul, Winter 2011 Issue

Best for food lovers: Sweet Paul, Winter 2011 Issue

Created by a beloved blogger named Paul, Sweet Paul magazine is one of the first (and the best) online food magazines. It comes as no surprise that the Winter/Holiday issue is full of creative and whimsical ideas for the kitchen and beyond. Crafts, recipes, edible gift ideas and strikingly beautiful photography. Find it here.

Best for Gift Inspiration:
Gifted Magazine, Gift Guide, Winter 2011

Best for gift inspiration: Gifted Magazine, Gift Guide, Winter 2011

Gifted Magazine does one thing and it does it well: providing unique gift ideas. 145 pages filled with everything for everyone on your list. Find it here.

More Free, Online, and Seasonal Inspiration:
Click on each cover to access each magazine. Happy shopping!

Lonny Magazine - November/December 2011  Rue Magazine - Holiday Issue

The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson 2011  Ruche - A Homemade Holiday

Heart Handmade - The Handmade Holiday Zine  Matchbook Magazine - December 2011

… And for a taste of the holidays, down-under:

Maeve Magazine  Adore Home Magazine

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