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Gift Inspiration: 5 Kitchen Faves

So Christmas is two weeks away and I don’t know about you but I haven’t even started my shopping yet. Help!!! So in light of that I wanted to put together a post with some of my favorite gift ideas to give y’all some inspiration and me a kick to get with it. I’m going to start with kitchen and I’ll post fitness, yoga and lifestyle stuff later this week.

1) TheroWorks Thermapen


I shared it last year, I’ll share it again this year…the ThermoWorks Thermapen is PRICELESS in the kitchen. I use mine almost every time I cook…especially with steaks, chicken, pork and fish. I cannot recommend an instant read thermometer enough! They are an invaluable tool for home cooks.

2) Propresser Garlic Press


My dad told me about the Propresser Garlic Press and after using it at my parent’s house, I immediately ordered one for myself. I love cooking with garlic but I hate when my fingers smell like garlic. Given that I’m hot, sweaty and touching people when I teach yoga, it’s not the most pleasant thing to be radiating the smell of garlic. This garlic press is great because you can pop the whole clove in unpeeled and it spits out perfectly pressed garlic leaving the peel behind. 

3) 25-Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar


I use my 25 year aged balsamic vinegar all the time for everything from dressing salads to finishing meats to drizzling on fresh fruit. If you’re here in Charlotte, visit New World Olive Oil to stock up. Otherwise, check out this very highly rated vinegar from Williams-Sonoma.

4) Nespresso 


My Nespresso machine is my lifeblood at 5 a.m. Black coffee will always be my go to but I love how quick and easy it is to prepare a shot of Nespresso while I’m getting ready in the mornings. I gave my dad one last Christmas and he loves his machine too. Random side note…I love that the pods are not plastic. Something about plastic and boiling hot water freaks me out a bit.

5) Vitamix 


I received my Vitamix Professional Blender last year for Christmas and I use it almost every single day for everything from smoothies (duh) to soups to food processing.


I know that the price tag can be a little intimidating but I seriously use mine so much that it’s totally worth it. Also, my Vitamix is certified reconditioned so there was a bit of a price break. It still came with a five year warranty!

Do you have any suggestions for kitchen gifts? (I’m always looking for inspiration for new gifts!)

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles December 10, 2014, 7:09 am

    I am always looking for a new (and really nice) paper towel holder, one that maybe could match a new soap and lotion pump set. Pottery Barn has a nice set but it’s not exactly what I had in mind. I know you can’t cook with these things but I like the kitchen to look pretty while I am in it and it could make a great gift (at least for me lol).

  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } December 10, 2014, 7:19 am

    Over the years my Mom has given me a wok and a pizza stone, both of which I thought I wouldn’t use very often, but both I’ve absolutely loved and used regularly.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 10, 2014, 9:22 am

    I am REALLY hoping I get an Excalibur Dehydrator this year!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner December 10, 2014, 10:05 am

    I have the same ThermoWorks Thermapen and the Vitamix and both are totally worth it! I get so much use out of both and recommend them to everyone I know!

  • She Rocks Fitness December 10, 2014, 10:24 am

    If you bake a lot and want to splurge…the standing Kitchen Aid mixer would be fabulous…A slow cooker…Nice wine glasses…That’s all I’ve got right now. 🙂

    • Jen December 11, 2014, 3:04 pm

      I agree! The KitchenAid Mixer is a must! It was the first thing I asked for when I graduated from college and I use it all the time!

  • Liv @Healthy Liv December 10, 2014, 11:46 am

    Usually, it’s hard to find presents for my parents but I got my mom a digital kitchen scale last year that she loves! She uses it all the time when she’s cooking and baking (and when I go home, I love using it, too!)

    • Jen December 11, 2014, 3:03 pm

      yes! good suggestion. those are very helpful to have around the kitchen!

  • tara December 10, 2014, 12:26 pm

    i second the kitchenaid dont know what i would do without mine ! i got a ninja slow cooker this year. the one where it has a stovetop feature so you can sear your meat or brown your veggies in the actual slowcooker before turning it on. so you dont have to waste another pan and i LOVE it. its a lifesaver on late nights for me. i also love my rachael ray oblong stockpot. i use it for everything and its held up fabulously. i also love silicone whisks and spatulas. i dont use it a ton but i love my pizza stone. i have to be gluten free and pretty much if i want pizza i have to make it myself and the stone makes the best pizza ever !

    • Jen December 11, 2014, 3:02 pm

      tara – i agree! i LOVE my kitchenaid mixer. it was the first thing i asked for after graduating from college and moving out on my own. that slowcooker sounds amazing! thank you for the recommendation!

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors December 10, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Between your list and these comments I pretty much have my Christmas list! The only other really great gift I’ve ever gotten was a really good set of knives. You don’t realize what a difference you will have in chopping skills and trying to tackle those tough skinned squash that we all enjoy this time of year. Maybe a few of your favorite cookbooks as well, especially if it is someone new to cooking.

    • Jen December 11, 2014, 3:00 pm

      yes, good knives are totally a must! they make a massive difference when cooking.

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes December 10, 2014, 2:30 pm

    That balsamic vinegar is THE best ever!! And I love love love my nespresso machine!! 🙂

    • Jen December 11, 2014, 2:59 pm

      isn’t it crazy how much different good balsamic tastes than the normal stuff. worth the splurge for finishing and dressings!

  • Claire @ My Life Cravings December 10, 2014, 4:33 pm

    My favourite kitchen gifts have been my Cuisinart 12-cup food processor, my immersion blender, and my Spiralizer. The latter two are really affordable, which is great because they are two of my most-used items!

    • Jen December 11, 2014, 2:49 pm

      my dad just got a spiralizer and loves it. i have an immersion blender too!

  • Jeanean December 11, 2014, 2:13 pm

    If you still end up with garlic or even onion smell on your fingers – you could buy this and use it or I just use a spoon and hold my fingers to the metal under cold water. It really does work.

    • Jen December 11, 2014, 2:34 pm

      Thanks so much for the recommendation. I have never heard of this product. I have tried the metal thing before and it didn’t work for me. Maybe it has something to do with different bodies/ph balances/etc? Who knows.

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