Functional, Pretty Kitchen Gadgets You Need Right Now

Before I caught the cooking and baking bug, I focused more on its functionality than comfort or looks. But the more time I spent creating mouthwatering meals, the more I found myself wishing for high quality tools that reflected my personality. They had to work well, but I wanted them to look nice in my kitchen too.

It all started innocently enough. When my trusty vegetable peeler needed replacing I didn’t replace it with the same cheapo one. Instead I found myself reading reviews to find the one that met my needs. In the end I chose a peeler that was ergonomic, since I’m left handed, comfortable enough to withstand lots of potato peels, and of course it had to peel well. The price of the new peeler was more than my old peeler but I was happy. A happy cook means a yummy meal.

I did the same thing when my standard double barrel mixer gave up the ghost. You know the kind of mixer I’m talking about: the one with detachable whisks and two to three sluggish speeds. It wasn’t powerful, but it got the job done.

But I had always wanted a stand mixer that I could leave on the counter for those times when I wanted to bake bread or multi-tiered cakes with various fillings. Like most people, I wanted to do some research before I plunked down my money.

It’s a good thing I spent some time searching for the stand mixer I wanted. There are so many out on the market now that it can feel a bit overwhelming. This was my criteria: robust material, sleek and modern design, large capacity, and affordability. This stand mixer from Mixer Picks met the requirements. As soon as I saw it, I easily imagined it in my kitchen. I won’t lie, I may have drooled a bit.

Besides replacing tools, I’ve also purchased kitchen items that made my life a whole lot easier in the kitchen. My apple slicer comes to mind.

Once a year I make a crazy amount of French apple tarts. Before I got my apple corer/slicer gadget I did all that by hand. No, it wasn’t fun because it took so long and felt so tedious. Yes, I hated apples for a good while. But once I got the corer/slicer tool, everything seemed effortless. It was actually fun turning the crank. That gadget saved me so much time, so it was definitely worth the money.

What else? A kitchen scale is a must have. Mine is a bright red color that has a bright LED light display and is thin enough to slip easily under the cabinet. Every time I see it or use it, I’m just so happy. Not only has it helped ensure accuracy in my measuring, which means successful results, it’s also helped keep my health on track as I meal prep.

One item I splurged on was my blender. I’d always stuck with the less expensive models, but I was always dissatisfied with the quality of my smoothies and mixed drinks. Finally, I bit the bullet and got one of those high powered motors. Let me tell you, I can’t ever go back. I wish I had bought it sooner. Why was I torturing myself just to save money with things that didn’t bring me joy in the kitchen? Yes, my new blender is significantly more expensive, but it has improved my life in ways I didn’t even imagine. Plus, it will last for many years, especially since I use it every day. It was definitely a worthy purchase.

So when you’re in the market for new gadgets or replacing what you already have, keep in mind your criteria. It’s perfectly fine to spend a bit more for quality and features that you truly want and will use. There’s nothing worse than buying something cheap that you hate or that you don’t use because of one reason or another.

If you’re someone who enjoys being in the kitchen, consider your tools an investment in yourself and your quality of life. Make sure the item functions well, but it’s also okay to appreciate the looks of it as well.

Top 5 gift ideas for your man

It is a common belief that buying a gift for a woman is much easier than choosing a gift for a man, since there is a great variety of available options from clothes, to jewelry and books. Unfortunately choosing a gift for a man is much more difficult since the available options are limited. Each gift needs to be personalized and show how much you know the recipient.

In this article, you will find some special gift ideas that are very useful but go beyond the ordinary and for sure they will remain unforgettable.

1. Tools for his garage

If your loved one spends a lot of his free time in a garage and most importantly if he enjoys crafts, then one of the best gifts that you can purchase for him are the appropriate tools that will make his life easier. Usually it takes seven to eight months to find the right tool. Especially now that the technology has advanced, every day you will see new available tools in the market. As a result, you get easily confused about what to purchase. It would be more than amazing to do all the research by yourself and purchase the right tool for him!

2. Coffee Maker

For sure you are familiar with coffee makers and what they can do, but have you seen the most advanced coffee makers and all the new features they offer? The new models not only make coffee, but they also keep the coffee warm (at the temperature you want). Also, they come with the option to program when you want to have your coffee ready which is extremely useful if your man wakes up early in the morning.

One other good idea would be to accompany the coffee maker with a mug that features his favorite TV show or cartoon hero and his favorite coffee blend.

3. Pocket Knife

During their teenage years or middle 20s most men choose a pocket knife that they always carry everywhere they go. Finding the right knife is not easy. It needs to be reliable, easy to carry and last throughout the years. As you most probably know the most famous knives for this purpose are the Swiss knives.

Although it may seem easy to choose a pocket knife, it is not. There are many different types of pocket knives that have different numbers of blades and shapes, depending on the purpose they are going to be used for. As you can expect, the price range varies accordingly. Think of your man’s hobbies and everyday activities and choose the right one!

4. Fitness Tracker

If your loved one is interested in jogging or working out in general, then a fitness tracker is the ideal present for him. The new models are GPS-enabled and are perfect for both those who run and for cyclists. The GPS can pinpoint his location and provide very accurate fitness data like the heart rate and level of activity.

Of course there are many mobile apps that provide the same results, but it is always better to have a gadget dedicated to this purpose.

5. Short trip

If you do not prefer the option of a gadget or a tool and if you want to be a part of his present, then you can organize a 3-day trip near the place you live or even abroad. This trip will not only help him relax and forget all the troubles and work issues he might have but it will also be a good idea for you two to spend some quality time together and bond.

If you search online or in your closest tour agent, you will find many affordable offers for a short trip. Just make sure he is available during the dates you will choose.

Although buying a gift for a man is not an easy thing to do, there are quite a few available options as listed above. All you need to do is be a little creative, think of all the hobbies and interest of your loved one and then simply choose the right present. Be careful not to stress too much though. What matters the most is your good intentions and your efforts to try and find the perfect gift!