If you're looking to surprise the cook in your family, check out these gift-worthy gadget ideas our Editors and Test Kitchen
Professionals can't live without.
Mini Bundt Pans (left)
For the baker on your Christmas list, try a decorative mini Bundt pan. Cooking Light's Orange Mini Bundt Cakes make delicious holiday gifts, too.
– Holley Grainger, Food Editor, MyRecipes.com
If a Zojirushi rice cooker is considered a gadget–then that's my kitchen lifesaver. Great steamed rice that never scorches.
–Julia Rutland, Senior Editor, Coastal Living
I love my fish spatula and use it for flipping things other than fish. It's really thin, so it's very helpful with delicate foods like fish and especially vegetables on the grill.
– Ashley Strickland, Test Kitchens Professional, Oxmoor House
I have newly discovered immersion blenders ... Love mine! It's perfect for soups, gravy, homemade dressings, and clean up is easy.
–Marian Cairns, Test Kitchen Specialist, Southern Living
Silicone Pinch Bowls
I love these little pinch bowls because they're not only bright and cheery, but they are also very useful. You can do a little mise en place with them, or just use them to serve dipping sauces or make a spice mix.
–Frances Largeman-Roth, Senior Editor, Health
Mini Springform Pans
I'm a dietitian so I'm always preaching portion control but I also have an out-of-control sweet tooth especially when it comes to cheesecake. So to help keep me in check, I make a rich, decadent cheesecake in these mini springform pans because one little pan is perfect for two people to split.
– Anne Cain, Senior Food Editor, MyRecipes.com
I bake cookies year round and was always searching for a solution to keep them from sticking to the pan. I recently started using a baking mat and love it because it never needs greasing, releases food easily and is a cinch to clean. My worries are no longer about broken or stuck cookies but instead keeping my husband and daughter from eating them all.
–Allison Lowery, Brand Manager, Oxmoor House
My Tokoname kyusu teapot is made by artisan hands and reminds me to slow down to enjoy a perfect cup of green tea. It's the perfect blend of form and function. Plus, it's easy to find authentic ones for affordable prices.
–Kim Cross, Editor, CookingLight.com
This super-sharp, super-fine, easy-to-clean grater is an ingeniously repurposed carpenter's rasp. It makes zesting citrus a breeze. You can also use it to grate hard cheese (like Parmesan), fresh ginger, and whole nutmeg. I use mine practically every day.
–Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset
My Standing Mixer from KitchenAid is a must. Instead of looking at a recipe and saying, "Meh, I don't feel like mixing that all together," I can throw the ingredients for cake, cookies, or even bread in the bowl, drink a glass of wine while it stirs, then pour or drop on a pan and pop it into the oven to bake.
– Ashley Kappel, Associate Editor/Producer, MyRecipes.com