A List of 10 Useful Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Cooks
O.K., let's talk Stocking Stuffers for a minute.
I don't know about you, but as hard as finding the perfect Christmas present is, finding perfect stocking stuffers is infinitely harder.
You see, I have high standards for my stocking stuffers. In a nutshell, they have to be useful.
It's so very easy to stroll the aisles of any number of stores and fill your cart with mini-gifts, with the notion that ‘mini' makes them the perfect stocking stuffer, all with the end goal of just filling up that stocking. Raise your hand if you can relate. I know I can. 🖐🖐🖐
But, nothing is worse than cleaning out your junk drawer in June and finding several of your ‘mini' stocking stuffers languishing there and ultimately bound for the Goodwill box or trash can.
I've finally drilled it into my head that it's better to buy fewer, more useful stocking stuffers then to fill the stocking with useless tchotchkes. And at the end of the day, although my fewer gadgets may cost a bit more than my knicky-knacky fillers, I can be more confident that they will actually be used and not just become dust collectors. And I've realized that I have wasted a whole bunch of money on useless stocking stuffers.
And not for nothing, but The Container Store has a ‘Buy 4 Stocking Stuffers, Get the 5th Free' through November 30.
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I bought myself these little Pot Steam Vents because I was so done with my pots boiling over. I kept trying to set the lid just so, balancing it on the pot edge to allow the steam to vent, but still keeping as much heat in the pot as possible. Inevitably, the lid would shift and the liquid would boil over…and always just after I had cleaned the stovetop. Here are the links on both Amazon and The Container Store.
I hope my daughter isn't reading this because these are ending up in her stocking this year. She loves her Swell Water Bottle, but it can not be put in the dishwasher. That would be a non-starter for me, but, whatever. So, when I saw these little ‘scrubber beans', I couldn't pass them up! Here they are at The Container Store and at Amazon.
I'm always hesitant to buy single-use tools, but…IF THERE IS A COOKING TASK I AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE, IT WOULD BE GETTING THOSE ITTY BITTY LEAVES OFF OF STEMS OF THYME! If this tool does nothing more than that, it's worth its weight in gold. But, it will de-leaf kale, parsley, cilantro, oregano, and rosemary as well. Find it at The Container Store or at Amazon.
Do you keep bacon grease in the freezer? Tell me I'm not alone…please. My Grandma did it, my mom did it and so of course, now I do it. We use it when we make cornbread, for warm bacon dressing, for fried rice, for pancakes, etc… On The Container Store and on Amazon.
I am a long-time user of Crisbee Pucks and Stiks and apply the seasoning to my cast iron after every use. I keep a lint-free piece of paper towel in my drawer along with my Stik that I use to wipe down my skillets after cleaning and slightly reheating them.
This chain-mesh scrubber is what I use to clean my cast iron. The mesh gets off any bits of food without the need for soap. After cleaning it with this scrubber, I set my cast iron on a warm burner to completely dry before I apply the Crisbee seasoning.
Now, I don't have one of these, but if my family is reading this post…HINT! I use my phone for recipes all the time and it would be helpful to have something to prop it up on. When I think of ‘useful' this little gadget surely makes the list of ‘Useful Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Cooks.' These phone stands come in a pack of 2.
I have a collection of vintage spoons, forks, and knives that I like to use when serving certain foods, as well as gifting with jars of preserves. These would be a lovely addition to any collection.
What cook doesn't love a new and pretty dishtowel? I'm of the school that you can't have too many.
So there you go my friends, 10 Completely Useful Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Cooks…that won't end up in the junk drawer. If you want to refer back to this page, bookmark it or pin the following image.
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