Tracey’s Gift-Giving Guide: Part 1 – Small Appliances

Since Christmas is sneaking ever closer, and because I personally know a lot of people who wait until the last possible minute to buy gifts, I thought I’d do a run of gift ideas posts over the next couple of weeks. Because I know about stuff. Yes, I do.

First up we have some of my favorite ideas for small appliance gifts!

Idea #1: Keurig Coffee Maker

Do you have a coffee lover on your list? Consider picking them up a Keurig single-cup coffee maker! I personally have one of these that my husband and I got as a gift several years ago, and last year we bought one for our in-laws, who love it as well. There are several versions of the Keurig makers, from the Mini – which holds just enough water for one cup and is the cheapest model – to the Special Edition – which has a large water reservoir and three cup-sizes to choose from, and is also programmable – and the B70 model which is the newest, sleekest, and most expensive. During the holiday season these coffee makers often go on excellent sales, so keep your eyes out. My husband and I have the Special Edition version, which is regularly priced at $160, but just last week they were on sale in several stores for $68 (currently, as I type this, they are on for $99).

Personally we love this coffee maker. Even considering that you have to buy the special K-Cups to make the coffee, it’s still cheaper than buying your coffee at a shop, and there are dozens of different flavors you can choose from. You can even get K-Cups to make hot chocolate, cider, and cappuccino. πŸ™‚

Idea #2: KitchenAid Mixers

This is a more expensive investment, but if you’re looking for something outstanding to give to a loved one who enjoys baking and making lots of awesome treats, this is an excellent buy. There are different versions based on wattage capabilities, bowl size, and included attachments, so this gift idea can range from a bit more than $200 to more than $500. I can tell you from personal experience (my mother has one) that they work beautifully and that you don’t have to worry too much about the more expensive models if you’re buying for someone who is a casual baker. My mother’s version is one of the lower wattage versions and so far it has been a perfect fit for her with no problems at all.

This gift also opens up a world of smaller related gift ideas because there are many attachments that can be purchased for it, like the sausage-maker, and a pasta arm. Check it out!

Idea #3: CrockPot Cooker

There are many different slow cookers that you can buy, but it is my personal believe that CrockPot does it best in this case.

This can be a relatively cheap gift (the smaller size of CrockPots run about $30), or you can spend a bit more money for a nicer model with little add-ons (the one pictured above with the hooks to keep the cover pulled down runs for about $60). Any way you go, this is an awesome gift, especially for someone who doesn’t exactly love cooking. Bonus points if you add on a book of slow cooker recipes. I don’t use mine nearly as much as I should, but when I do I remember that it’s the greatest thing ever. You can literally just throw some meat, some veggies, and some kind of liquid (soups are great for flavor) in, leave it cook all day, and ta-da! Deliciousness!

Do you have any awesome suggestions for small appliance gifts? Please share!

Stay tuned for Tracey’s Gift-Giving Guide: Part 2 – Electronics

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