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Hopefully, by now you have the big stuff out of the way. Maybe? Possibly? Not so much? OK, check out these excellent, and that should all still arrive by Christmas. If you’re in need of something a bit smaller to give a home cook, serial host/hostess or general foodie, we’ve got you covered there too with a smorgasbord of kitchen and cooking gifts along with food-focused stocking stuffers under $25. Oh, and 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.)
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.
You got me. This one is one dollar over my promised price limit but look how cool these things are? You get three hanging baskets for $26 to display fruit, veggies, cookbooks, linen napkins or whatever else you want. Not gonna lie, mine are already on the way.
Why, what do you use to spread jam on bread?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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