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By now, you should have most of your holiday shopping out of the way, right? Maybe? Possibly? If you’re still on the hunt for some useful and unique gifts for a foodie, home cook or serial host/hostess, we’ve got you covered there too with a smorgasbord of kitchen and cooking gifts under $25. Oh, I almost forgot the best part: All of these gifts will still arrive by Christmas if you order today. At least, that’s what the vendors were saying at the time of publication — availability is subject to change, especially as the clock ticks closer to Christmas Eve. (Note that for the products on Amazon, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime Member for the items to arrive on time.)
Deep breath. You got this.
Personal blenders are all the rage for making easy smoothies on the go. This Oster blender with a pop-top lid so you can blend and run fares very well in purchase reviews, and it costs less than two smoothies at a fancy juice bar.
This strainer that clips onto the side of your pasta pot sits firmly in the “why didn’t I think of this?” category.
This is one of those gifts that’s going to be hard not to keep for yourself once it arrives. Maybe get two, just in case.
What good is a heaping mound of beauitful citrus if you can’t show it off?
Fans of The Great British Baking Show will know you need an adjustable rolling pin to get perfectly even dough, and the baker on your list will be glad to have one.
Know a Dunkin’ addict who has been converted into a Keurig person during the pandemic? These 44-pack Dunkin’ K-Pods will make them feel like everything is back to normal, if only for a few glorious sips.
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A nice rustic cheese board is always in fashion. This one is perfect for small dinner parties or gatherings (so on trend) made from treated teak wood. Gift this along with some nice wine or hunk of manchego and you’ll definitely be invited back.
Wayfair has another charming squared-edged version of this board for $20, but inventory is low.
Why, what do you use to spread jam on bread?
We could all use more drawer space in the kitchen and one way to get there is by slapping more things against the wall. I, for one, think it looks pretty cool having your blades on display as long as there are not too many small and grabby kids around.
As someone who struggles with cooking rice, I would be more than pleased to see this little fella under the tree. It’s truly adorable and just $23 at Best Buy.
Pair this mechanized scoop with an ice cream delivery or monthly subscription to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and I think it’s safe to say your giftee will be sweet on you for life.
It’s always nice having some help opening those pesky beer bottles, especially from your friendly neighborhood mermaid. Pair this gal with a nice selection of brews for a beer drinker on your list.
OK, one more that’s over the limit but it’s worth it for dad, uncle, mom or whoever not to have to choose between a stogie and a nip of booze next time they leave the house. Pair this one with a delicious bottle of bourbon and you’re in business.