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Kitchen Gadgets That Make Perfect Gifts For Foodies

Give fun kitchen gadgets that make food preparation and entertaining fun

By Wayne Johnson
|  Thursday, Dec 13, 2012  |  Updated 6:25 PM CDT
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Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Perfect Gifts

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For those of us who like to cook, getting kitchen gadgets as gifts during the holidays is actually a good thing.  So, every year I like to check out and share interesting and new items that will make food preparation or entertaining a little more fun and easy.  Many of the items below are available at local retailers as well as online.  Prices may also vary greatly from the listed price.

From Think Geek

Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter
Metal Pizza cutter in the form of the famous NCC-1701 Enterprise ship from Star Trek the original series.  It's an officially licensed Star Trek collectable.  It has a laser etched stainless steel blade with solid zinc-alloy chromium plated body.  $29.99
http://www.thinkgeek.com/

Start Trek Enterprise Oven Mitt
It's a logical Vulcan chef accessory and a logical accessory for a chef.
Protect your hand while showing off your Star Trek fandom.  It's 100% cotton outside, 100% polyester inside.  $14.99
http://www.thinkgeek.com/

Pie Pop Kit

Move over, cake pops.  The Pie Pop Kit is a combination of a pie and a lollipop.  It's easy enough for kids to use.   And makes a great dessert on a stick. $24.95
http://www.thinkgeek.com/
 
From Kuhn Rikon

Push Pans
Our ingenious "no-spring" version of the springform pan makes it easy to create perfect quiches, tarts, cheesecakes, layer cakes and more! Traditional spring pans not only leak, they're fussy to use.  $24.95-$34.95
http://www.kuhnrikon.com/

From NuWave

The NuWave Induction Cooktop
This all-in-one kitchen solution has 52 temperature settings, heats up quickly and is easy to clean.  It's safer than any cooktop, lightweight and portable and has exact temperature controls.  $99 plus shipping and processing
http://www.nuwavepic.com/

From Mastrad

4" Ceramic Paring Knives
Mastrad's award winning Ceramic Paring Knife contains a folding protective handle. The knife has a zirconium ceramic blade that is stronger and lighter than harden steel. The knife is perfect for slicing, cutting, and chopping. $29.95
www.Mastrad.us

Weggy Egg Poacher
Easily cooks eggs evenly and consistently.  Features enhanced silicone material and is heat resistant up to 480 degrees F. Perfect for making eggs benedict.  Set of 2, $7.99
www.Mastrad.us

Mortar/Grater
This mortar/grater boasts three slicers and a lid for storage.  Offers a stainless steel mortar and pestle on a bamboo holder.  Grinds herbs and spices of all kinds.  $70
www.Mastrad.us

From Pop Tag

The Pop Tag  for People and Pets
The Pop Tag is a unique and handy gift for the beer drinker in your life.  It is a custom keychain and bottle opener in one!  The Pop Tag is stainless steel and hand-stamped.  The perfect personalized gift!  Also comes in a version for your pooch - ID tag & bottle opener in one. $14.99  
http://thepoptag.com

From Margaritaville

Margaritaville Mixd Drink Maker
Holiday party guests can be their own bartender with the Margaritaville® Mixed Drink Maker featuring more than 45 recipe options created by Margaritaville® bartenders.  One press of a button makes drink recipes come to life as this first-of-its-kind innovation whips up perfectly proportioned cocktails. This consummate party starter features a digital display with engaging imagery of each drink recipe, easily navigated by the rotating drink wheel.  Find yourself at the Port of Indecision? Press the “I Feel Lucky” button and set the digital display in motion as it lands on a fantastic drink selection for fun and entertainment.  Certain to be the centerpiece of any party, set up is a breeze, just add choice liquors and mixers into each of the four reservoirs and the automatic programming does the rest. Spin the drink wheel and let the fun begin! $299
http://www.margaritavillecargo.com/

From Krups

Krups Immersion Blender
For the perfect mashed potatoes and creamy soups. Whether whipping up warm soups or iced-cold smoothies, the KRUPS Immersion Blender is powerful enough to blend, chop and puree delectable sauces, soups and dips for your holiday feast with the touch of a button.  Its durable stainless steel shaft removes with a click for easy storage, while six variable speeds are controlled on the dial on handle. The easy-to-read LCD handle display shows selected speed, surrounded by a Soft Grip Ergonomic Handle with one-touch power. The Immersion Blender comes with a measuring beaker and wall mount. $99
http://www.amazon.com

Krups Beer Tender
For the Party Animal!  Always a party favorite, make sure the drinks are flowing as the in laws, cousins, neighbors and friends wreak havoc on your home. KRUPS, the worldwide leader of kitchen appliances and Heineken, the leader in European Premium Imported Beer have partnered together to create the ultimate beer drinking experience at home. The BeerTender system is compatible with the Heineken, Heineken Light, and Newcastle DraughtKeg systems. The BeerTender silent cooling system provides constant and consistent cooling, and will keep it beer the ideal temperature of 41 degrees F. $149
http://www.crateandbarrel.com

Krups Juice Extractor
oin the juicers in a healthy lifestyle with the Krups® Juice Extractor. Stainless steel juicer makes smooth, nutritious juices. Easily select high or low setting with buttons at side.  Three-inch feed tube and 2.2L pulp container allows for insertion of larger fruits and vegetables. Stainless steel blade maximizes juice extraction from delicate fruits and tough vegetables. Safety locking arm. $149
http://www.amazon.com

From Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty - Pancake Maker
Easy to use and great for kids. The Hello Kitty Pancake maker makes flavorful flapjacks in the shape of the Hello Kitty character.  It's a great addition to any home or dorm room. $39.95
http://www.amazon.com

From Crcok-Pot.com

NFL Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cookers

Football fans can support their favorite team on the field and score a touchdown in the kitchen with the brand new NFL Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cookers series featuring NFL team logos.  Now, football fanatics can personalize their Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker with any of the National Football League’s team logos and artwork.  Whether fans are hot for New Orleans jambalaya, craving Chicago-style dogs, or in desperate need of Texas-style spicy BBQ wings, these new NFL Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cookers are ready to rock any local game day cravings. The perfect gift for friends and family this holiday season, the limited-edition NFL Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cookers are available exclusively at Crock-Pot.com while supplies last. Starting at $29.99
http://www.Crock-Pot.com

From Ball

Ball Fresh Tech Automatic Jelly & Jam Maker
Create personalized gifts of homemade jam or jelly for the most important people in your life in just 30 minutes, from start to finish, with the Ball® FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker!  Nothing tastes better than a homemade gift of jam made with fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries, peaches and other flavorful fruit.  SmartStir™ Technology consistently stirs during the cooking process ensuring no-burn results and a bit of freedom from standing over a hot stove.  Quick start guide with recipes, dual setting buttons and a nonstick interior make this one of the easiest appliances to use and clean and a perfect gift for foodies.  $99
http://www.amazaon.com

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