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Dec 2, 2008 01:19 PM

Inexpensive gift idea

SO's father is into cooking gadgets. Looking for a holiday gift in around the $20-range that would be be something new and different and fun but also at least partially practical. Any suggestions?

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  1. "inexpensive" gadgets are tricky because the quality is often pretty crappy. is he a meat guy? you could get him something along the lines of a digital probe thermometer...

    1. iI like gadgets too, but most of them are garbage. A few things I have that fit your description (especially about being practical for the $)
      outdoor grill light
      those oven gloves
      mini chopper
      does he have a rice cooker? a few bux more, and voila - you get a decent one.
      those deep fryers are really cool. The novelty wears off after using it four or five times though.
      really good tongs? (always a great gift in my eyes - NOT cheap ones!!!)
      A set of oxo good grips gadgets - the peeler is really good, so is the pyramid cheese grater. The soft grips really come in handy for those.

      A basket filled with some oxo gadgets, some tongs, and bbq/grilling rubs?

      If they don't have a rice cooker, I think I'd suggest that first. Rice cookers a just great.

      1. I generally prefer edible or drinkable gifts, but if doesn't have a microplane for grating cheese and other things, they're pretty inexpensive and quite useful

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        1. re: chuckl

          Second the microplane idea. I love mine. It's grate for ginger, cheese, and citrus zest and even garlic.

          Another idea -- if the person likes to grill ... I bought my BIL a personalized branding iron (3 initials) for use on the outdoor grill and he loves it. Uses it all the time -- burgers, steak, etc. He even branded his Thanksgiving turkey when it came out of the deepfryer! I got mine from Williams Sonoma but I think they are available in many places on line.

        2. I love gadgets as well. i just haave to try and conserve space!

          heafy measuring cups? silly colored paring knives?

          i've been wanting a butter warming pot and some silicone potholders(the kind that slip over the pot handle) crate and barrel often has fun and reasonably affordable gadgets too- i recently picked up .50 pastry brushes and a champagne plier that works wonderfully for about $6

          1. How about a couple of wine collars with decorative stoppers? They're great for preventing messy drips. I like the decorative plastic & silicone air-tight wine stoppers sold at Bed Bath & Beyond which can be had for a couple of dollars each.