Whether you’re hunting for a stocking stuffer or working on your own wish list, here are a few good ideas to get you started.
A star is born
These heavy-duty, cast-aluminum cake pans from Kaiser let you bake the prettiest star-shaped cakes, and thanks to the nonstick coating, cakes release neatly and cleanup is a breeze.
The large pan sells for about $25 and the small pan for about $14 at Amazon.com.
You might be tempted to save these handcrafted knives for special occasions, but they’re built to hold up to the rigors of everyday use. The blades are forged of high-carbon Swedish stainless steel, the comfortable hardwood handles are impregnated with resins for durability, and the knives have a lifetime guarantee.
The two-piece set comes with a sturdy leather sheath and costs $139 at NewWestKnifeWorks.com.
Have a ball
Shouldn’t ice cream be as much fun to make as it is to eat? With the Play & Freeze ice-cream maker from Industrial Revolution, it can be. Just fill one end of the ball with ice and salt, the other end with ice-cream base (use your favorite recipe), and then play with the ball for about 15 minutes. Next thing you know, you’ll have a pint or a quart of soft, creamy ice cream.
The balls come in a variety of colors; the pint-size version sells for $29.95 and the quart-size model for $39 at Rei.com.
And everything nice
Whether you want just a sprinkle of nutmeg for your eggnog or a teaspoon of cinnamon for your gingerbread, these cute little spice mills make it easy to grind your own.
Peugeot’s new Amboine nutmeg mill sells for $58 at CookSite.com, and Kuhn Rikon’s Vase Grinder sells for $29.95 at PleasantHillGrain.com (fill it with cinnamon bark chips, available for $2.95 for 2 oz. at BakersCatalogue.com.