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Most of these items we have in our home and use A LOT! Here is our list of top kitchen, canning, gardening and survival gifts to help you shop for that special someone.
These make great Christmas gifts or additions to your own home.
Top Kitchen Gifts
1 – Emeril Deep Fryer by T-Fal
This deep fryer is great for everything and always nice to have for a special fried treat now and then (OK, we’ll be honest, more often than that). From french fries to fried chicken, to egg rolls, this deep fryer accurately cooks every recipe we have have tried to perfection. This awesome kitchen addition doesn’t take up a lot of space – it measures 18″ x 12″ x 14″. It is so easy clean – all components are dishwasher safe, except the part used to heat the oil…obviously, it has the electronics in it, but even that is a breeze to clean. It has an oil compartment at the bottom, so once you are done frying and the oil cools down, you just flip a switch and oil is filtered and drained into the handy compartment for later use. The following fits in the basket during each batch of frying – 3 drumsticks, 4-5 egg rolls, 3 cod fish fillets, so you get an idea of how many batches you need to do. There is a temperature control for the oil and also an indicator that tells you when you need to replace the oil.
2 – Flamekiss 3 Cup Egg Pan by Amorè
Raise your hand if you hate cooking 1 or 2 eggs at a time when your family requests fried egg sandwiches. It’s also annoying when the eggs break, come out too large for the bread and stick to the pan. This handy egg pan will fix all that. You can cook 1, even 2 eggs, in each circle mold. The non-stick surface works fantastically! The bottom isn’t flat, like other regular pans, but rather the heat from the burner surrounds the bottom and sides of the circle molds to cook the eggs brilliantly. While this doesn’t come with a lid, it is a common 9.5″ pan and using a lid from another pan or pot is simple. Flipping the egg is easy once the whites are mostly cooked and we recommend using a spatula, if you can’t find a lid. These also work great for perfectly round, fluffy pancakes.
3 – Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven
By far, the best option for cooking frozen pizzas on those busy nights. You don’t need to heat up your oven (or wait) or heat up your entire kitchen just to cook a single pizza. All you do is put the pizza on the tray, place the tray on the rotating oven, and set the time. There are options to cook only the top, only the bottom, and ‘dual’ where it cooks both the top and bottom. We only used dual. There’s no waiting for heat up time, once you set the timer, it heats up and cooks the pizza. From freezer to finish, we had a 12 inch sized pizza fully cooked and ready to eat in 15 minutes. We even did a little experiment and cooked a quesadilla on it, worked like a champ!
4 – Zojirushi Rice Cooker
Sometimes, it is hard to cook rice perfectly over the stove top, or even in the microwave (we’ve had our issues too). This little gadget has cooked every type of rice perfectly every single time – even when we didn’t do exact measurement of rice or water. We cooked brown rice, white rice, jasmine rice, and even Spanish rice and this piece of equipment could handle each recipe we threw at it (or in it). It has a timer, too! Why we especially love having this product is because we can make the meat dish, such as beef and broccoli, in the crock pot, and set the timer on the rice to go with it. Simple and easy no-fuss meals that you can fix and forget until dinner time.
5 – Straining Stock Pot or Pasta Pot
Our favorite pasta pot to this point was the “Cook’s Essential’s Pasta Pot,” which seems to have been discontinued and no longer available online. We found one that is similar that is made by Faberware (with a set of holes on both sides of the lid), but it didn’t have the handles to grip. This one we found, made by Ballarini, had the locking handles to hold the lid on while straining, but the holes on only one side of the lid. The kind you buy will totally depend on personal preference. Use this type of pot to easily cook and drain (without a colander) pasta, potatoes, veggies, basically anything you can think of to boil and drain. The handles secure the lid while draining (if you purchase a pot with that feature) which makes it easy and ideal for using. These are all great reason to like a pasta pot, but ours is a little different – stove top popcorn. These are the BEST pots for cooking popcorn on the stove because the steam can escape so the popcorn doesn’t get soggy, and the popcorn can bounce all over to prevent burning. Just coat the bottom with a few tablespoons of oil, pour a layer of popcorn kernels on the bottom of the pot, put the lid on and turn the heat to medium-high. Season with popcorn salt (and whatever else you like). Perfect popcorn, every time.
Top Canning Gifts
When shopping for the canner in your life, you want to keep in mind any supplies that need to be stocked up on. Items such as new lids and labels make great stocking stuffers. Canning Books are also a welcomed gift and I know I can never have enough of those! Consider making a big gift basket with these items:
- Canning Lids
- Canning Labels
- Mason Jars
- A Canning Book
- A Packet of Pectin
- Canning/Pickling Salt
Top Gardening Gifts
Shopping for the gardener in your life should be fun. We usually spend our gardening budget on the usual stuff like pots, beds, soil and seeds. It’s always nice to get a funny gnome or book during the holidays sine it’s not usually stuff I buy myself.
- Garden Gnome
- Wind Chimes
- Hummingbird Feeder
- Sun Catcher
- Garden Stone
- Solar Garden Lights
- Decorative Pots
Top Survival Gifts
This is my husband’s favorite category! And boy do I go nuts shopping for emergency and survival supplies. OK. It may be my favorite too. There’s just so much neat stuff out there and you can NEVER be over-prepared, so you probably won’t ever hear “I already have that.” Because what’s better than one survival item? More than one!
- Emergency Glowsticks
- Medical Kit
- Water Purifier (iodine drops or lifestraw)
- Pocket Knife
- Fishing Gear
- Paracord Bracelet or Keychain
- Fire Starter
- Camping Supplies (small stove, water proof matches, fuel tablets)
- Freeze-dried Food (Read our Reviews)
- Tactical Backpack (Makes a great gift bag to put supplies in)