While most people look forward to giving and opening gifts with loved ones in December, my family has a different tradition. Between work schedules and the fact that we all live in different parts of the country, we can’t always get together over the holidays, so we exchange gifts over Thanksgiving instead. That means I’m already slightly behind on gift shopping for my parents, siblings, and partner — but luckily, I’ve been gearing up for this all year. As a food writer, I spend hours a week shopping for the best kitchen products online, and I love giving my favorite appliances, dinnerware pieces, and tools as gifts. These are the seven kitchen products I’m gifting this year.
7 Great Kitchen Gifts From Amazon:
Gabriel-Glas Crystal Wine Glasses, Set of 2
My dad taught me much of what I know about wine, so I love impressing him with my latest finds. For previous holidays, I’ve given him trendy gadgets like electric corkscrews and decanters. But this year, I’m going with something classic: a fresh set of all-purpose wine glasses. Delicate in your hand but sturdy enough to withstand regular rounds in the dishwasher, my favorite set from Gabriel-Glas is sized to work with red, white, and even sparkling wines.
Ember Smart Mug
My mom could nurse a cup of tea or coffee over the course of an entire afternoon. She’s constantly popping her mug or to-go cup in the microwave to reheat it, or pouring a half-drunk cup down the drain to make a fresh one. That’s why I’m finally buying her an Ember mug this year. With app-compatible temperature controls, it can heat up to 145°F and keeps drinks hot for up to 80 minutes. She’ll also have the option to leave it on its charging coaster to keep it hot all day long. Right now, the classic black color is 27% off.
AeroGarden Harvest Elite
When they became empty nesters, my parents moved from the suburban home I grew up in to an apartment complex. Ever since, my mom has complained that she misses her old herb garden now that she no longer has a backyard. She says she can never keep her indoor plants alive, but with an AeroGarden, she can grow her own herbs without lifting a finger. Featuring LED lighting and a timed, automatic watering schedule, this little machine lets you grow up to six different herbs at a time without taking up too much countertop space.
Mora Ceramic Flat Pasta Bowl, Set of 4
Every time they come to visit me, my sister compliments me on these terracotta ceramic pasta bowls. Normally, I might let them steal them, but I use my set nearly every day for everything from salads to ramen bowls to, well, pasta. Their shape and neutral hues make them incredibly versatile, and since they’re dishwasher-safe, they’re also easy to clean. I’m hoping a set of these pasta bowls will give my sister one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Smeg Pastel Blue Electric Mini Kettle
My sister-in-law drinks hot tea like it’s water, especially when temperatures begin to dip. When we’re home for the holidays, the kettle remains out on the stove for her to fill and refill from breakfast all the way through dessert. To make things a little easier and more efficient, I’m giving her this electric kettle from Smeg. Not only does it heat water in seconds, but its adorable retro-inspired appearance makes it look great on the kitchen counter. I’m grabbing the pastel blue color while it’s 21% off.
Ninja Max XL Air Fryer
My partner loves leftovers, but some foods are simply not meant to be nuked in the microwave. This year, I’m giving him an air fryer so he can crisp up soggy spring rolls and bring life back into pizza from the fridge. The Ninja Max XL has a 5.5-quart capacity that can handle his heartiest portions. It features seven different cooking functions including dehydrate, bake, broil, and reheat, and it’s one of the fastest Ninja models yet. I think he’ll love that the basket is dishwasher-safe, making it ultra-easy to clean.
Riedel Spey Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 4
My brother is notoriously hard to shop for, so when I recently discovered he broke a few of his favorite rocks glasses, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to snag him some new ones. I love that this swanky set from Riedel is large enough for serving cocktails — most notably his favorite, the Old Fashioned. They’re nice and weighty in your hand, and durable enough not to crack in the dishwasher. I’m adding this set to my cart now that it’s 20% off.