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Gorgeous French coffee presses come with a matching gift box. Photo courtesy La Cafetière.
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November 2010

Marketplace / Gift-Finder

The Best Kitchen Gift

Kitchen Tools & Gadgets For Gifting

 

Have a coffee or tea lover on your holiday shopping list? We’ve got you covered in our Best Kitchen Tools And Gadgets For Gifting List. We also have some ideas for serious chefs and those who enjoy the finer things in life. Also be sure to check out this year’s Kitchen Gifts And Appliances List and our other 2010 Holiday Gift Lists.

Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them.

     

Cuisipro:

Four-Sided Box Grater

The most glamorous box grater we’ve found is also a breeze to use, featuring extra sharp grating surfaces, and ergonomic, non-slip handle and removable base. Measurements on the outside of the grater make it easy to know how much you’ve grated and how much more you have to go. But perhaps our favorite feature is the inside of the base unit doubles as a ginger grater. A treasure for every kitchen.

  • Cuisipro Four-Sided Box Grater
    $29.95

Buy online at a discount at Amazon.com

 


Photo courtesy Cuisipro.

     

Flirty Aprons:

Designer Aprons

You may know women who are great cooks—do they cook in style? Flirty Aprons will make cooking and serving fun with their line of stylin’ aprons. There are colors and patters to suit every taste and kitchen color. The Original Scarlet Blossom pattern is shown in the photo at right. Also take a look at wouldn’t want a Luscious Lemon and Saucy Safari aprons. And, one size fits all!

  • Flirty Aprons
    $24.95-$32.95

Buy online at FlirtyAprons.com

  Flirty Aprons
Photo courtesy Flirty Aprons.
     

Friis:

Coffee Savor

If you savor your coffee, you can savor it longer with the Friis Coffee Savor. As soon as coffee beans are roasted, they begin to break down and degrade the original flavor. Ground coffee, which has many more air surfaces, deteriorates even faster. The Friis Coffee Savor keeps your coffee fresh by locking in flavor while blocking out light, air and moisture. A valve vents away the carbon dioxide that is the enemy of flavor. When stored in a cool, dry place, your coffee stays fresh longer. We tried it, loved it, and now have three! (We taste a lot of different coffees at THE NIBBLE).

  • Friis Coffee Savor
    $24.99

Buy online at FriisCoffee.com

  Friis Coffee Savor
Keep coffee fresher, longer. Photo courtesy Friis.
     

La Cafetière:

French Press

There are quite a few attractive French presses out there. But this one caught our eye with its happy etched design, graceful eye candy from breakfast through after-dinner dessert. Learn all about coffee in our Coffee Section.

  • La Cafetière French Press
    3-Cup Press
    $26.94
    8-Cup Press
    $42.99

Buy online at Amazon.com

  French Press
Photo courtesy La Cafetière.
     

Microplane:

Mandoline

We recently upgraded the mandoline in THE NIBBLE’s test kitchen to this snazzy model. If you don’t use a mandoline for fast, even slicing of fruit and vegetables, give yourself the gift of one—and also gift your favorite cooks. Designed for both the professional chef and the home cook, it’s better than anything else we’ve tried at this affordable price. The contoured shape and non-slip feet mean added strength and stability when slicing. The ergonomic soft-touch handle is both comfortable to use and to ensure a safe, sure grip. The separate protective piece keeps fingers and hands from harm’s way. See a video showing how easy it is to use one.

  • Microplane Mandoline
    $39.95

Buy online at Microplane.com

 

Microplane

A snazzy slicing tool. Photo courtesy Microplane.

     

SCI/Scandicrafts:

Perfex Cast Aluminum Salt & Pepper Mills

There’s an endless array of peppermills and salt mills out there. For those who still are looking for the right one, take a look at the Perfex classics. Ours is 40 years old and still working as well as on Day 1.

  • SCI/Scandicrafts, Inc. Perfex Cast
    Aluminum Salt & Pepper Mills
    4-Inches Tall
    $99.95 Each

Buy online at a discount at Amazon.com

 

Perfex Salt & Pepper Grinders

The classic peppermill now has a salt mill. Photo courtesy SCI/Sandicrafts, Inc.

     

Sowden Oskar:

Softbrew Coffee Brewer or Loose Tea Brewer

Before we knew that this handsome coffee pot was for coffee, we used it to brew tea and were very happy at how efficiently we could remove and toss the loose tea leaves (they go into the stainless steel cylinder). Then we discovered that this taller pot is meant for coffee, and a shorter, rounder style is for tea. (But you can break the rules.) For brewing coffee, the removable cylinder is meant to provide French press-style coffee without the “press.” Instead of plunging down, you let the coffee steep and in 4 to 8 minutes, your coffee is ready. While there were no grounds in our coffee when we poured it into the cup, it wasn’t as strong as French-pressed coffee. But we definitely plan to continue using the Sowden Softbrew to make tea.

  • Sowden Oskar Softbrew
    Coffee Maker Or Tea Maker

    4-Cup Maker
    $49.95
    8-Cup Maker
    $59.95 (Coffee Style Only)
    12-Cup Maker
    $69.95 (Coffee Style Only)

Buy online at a discount at Amazon.com

 

Brew coffee or tea in this coffee maker. The central cylinder holds the loose tea leaves leaves for easy removal. There’s also a shorter, rounder teapot style. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

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