Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Gift Idea: Favorite Tools!



With Christmas right around the corner, I figured I would share some ideas with you about some fun and easy gift ideas for the food lover or cook in your family. For today's post, I thought I would put together a basket with a few of my favorite tools around the kitchen. While I think it's amazing if you could give someone a fancy Kitchen Aid mixer or something like that, I also think that going with a few smaller and more practical items might be a better idea, especially if the person you are buying them for has a smaller kitchen (with less counter space) or just started getting into cooking and therefore, it might be to early in the game to get them such a pricey item. These are a few of my favorite items that I couldn't live without.



Wooden spoons are something I use practically every single time I cook, I have had my bamboo wooden spoons for years and I love them!! They are my favorite tools for stirring just about anything and they are particularly close to my heart because this was the tool I used to use a child to stir cake batters, cookie dough and just about everything else. It's an absolute must-have tool in every kitchen!


Having a good knife set is definitely something worth investing in but if you don't want to get a whole set, I suggest at least getting a good quality chef's knife. It will make your life so much easier and gets the job done so quickly if you have a good sharp one an hand. 


A Microplane is such an awesome little maggighy wiggy (I make up my own words for things, haven't you noticed by now?) this tool is pretty awesome to grate pretty much any kind of citrus, hard cheeses or even whole spices like nutmeg. A total must for me and I actually have several of these because I can't bear the thought of having just one (one is good, two is better but three is just so awesome!) 

A good set of tongs are so crucial in any kitchen, you would be so surprised to see how many times you will use these. From flipping chicken cutlets to tossing spaghetti or salads, they are a must. If you have never owned one of these before and you're getting your first set now, you will soon start asking yourself  "how did I live without these my whole life" you will question your life choices just from not owning a pair of these, trust me, I've been there. 


Last but not least, is an immersion blender. This is the tool that will change your life. I can't begin to tell you how much i love this tool and this one in particular. If you have been following me on LITK for a while then you know I used to have a different one with a plastic base DO NOT GET THAT ONE!! It was a pain to clean and would always just stop working on me and finally the plastic base broke in half. I was so aggravated and my husband ordered me this one and I cant even put into words how much I love it! It's nice and sturdy and I love that cup that comes with it. It's perfect for pureeing dressings, salsas, or anything else and it's a total breeze to clean.
An immersion blender is such a multi-purpose tool, from pureeing soups, to dressing and blitzing up marinades, this is a tool that I would feel incomplete without. I don't have to whip out a blender or food processor to quickly puree something. I love this tool!




I wanted to show you how cute this little basket is, obviously my tools are no longer in their original packages but you get the idea. Weather you gift someone one or all of these tools, they will be over the moon to add them to their collection. From one foodie to another, having the right tools makes the job so much more enjoyable and easy! 
Happy Holidays, my friends! :)

28 comments:

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  2. I just ordered the hand blender and I can't wait to get it!! Thank you Laura for all the effort and dedication. Greetings from Spain.

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  3. Hi, Laura, I am so glad that finally I can see what kitchenwear u use. I've been soooo interesting in them! Everytime I watch ur video, I keeping wondering which brand is this? how much is it? where I can buy it....If you read this, u prebably notice that my English is not good, because I'm not from English speaking country, I'm a Chinese but I live in Europe and I watch ur video EVERYDAY before sleep! I love ur videos and ur awesome personality! Nowdays I couldn't fall asleep without watching ur video...;p..If u have time, can u introduce what kind of pan u use? I need to buy pans and I have no knowledge of them, I really need advise from u....thank you very much and love you!

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  4. I thought spatula would be one of your favorite kitchen tool :P The knife looks amazing. I need to get it.

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  5. Some of this tools are on my wishlist :D

    A big Kiss*

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  6. Hi Laura. Thank you so much for this blog.
    I love ,and entertaining -love to see people enjoy my food. but I don't have a microplane, so i will get myself one soon! I use lemon and lime zest a lot.
    Merry Christmas ,and happy new year . You are a blessing.

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  7. IMPORTANT ITALIAN GIFT GIVING NOTE!!! If you give a knife as a gift; the recipient MUST give you a penny in return; indicating they "bought" the knife from you. Otherwise, the knife will "cut the friendship/relationship"! Yikes! How did this get left out any Italian American gift giving post ;-) Good gift ideas, as long as the "knife rule" is heeded!!

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