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?
"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...
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
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.
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.
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