To the wine connoisseur in your life, give Corkcicle's innovative icicle shaped chilling tool. Designed to be used in lieu of bulky ice buckets, the corkcicle keeps wine at an optimum temperature and can be used again and again. Purchase: Corkcicle Wine Chiller
This is no mere oven mitt. Resistant to flame, stain and steam, the Oxo mitt has a silicone rib design for optimal flexibly and grip. The trusty glove also comes in a variety of colors and has an embedded magnet for easy storage on magnetic surfaces. Purchase: OXO Good Grips Oven Mitt
A set of good knives is absolutely priceless in the kitchen - and these are top of the line. Both pieces feature a hollow edge which allows small pockets of air when cutting in order to prevent extra thin or soft slices from sticking to the blade. Purchase: Wusthof Hollow Edge Chef's Set
Unlike regular scissors, these fancy snippers boast a set of five sharp blades that allow you to cut, chop and mince fresh herbs directly into a pan or over a plate for garnishing. Purchase: RSVP Herb Scissors
Change up your friend's daily grind with an adjustable and easy to fill grinder. The modern design allows you to grind either fine or coarse and comes in a variety of hues. Purchase: Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Grinder
The bright rainbow of colors on this modern whisk isn't the only reason we love it. The design is great and its flat bottom is ideal for saucepan sautés and keeping custards cooking evenly. Purchase: Kuhn Rikon Tornado Whisk
A gift for an experienced cook wanting to expand on his or her expertise, this mini blow torch will open countless recipe doors, from creme brulees to meringues to roasted red peppers. Purchase: BonJour Pro Culinary Torch
The Baggy Rack is an affordable solution for one a cook's biggest kitchen frustrations - holding open bags when there's no one around. The simple design fastens clips to the bag and keep both hands free for pouring in leftovers. Recipe: Baggy Rack Storage Bag Opener
For an easy to maneuver mixer, look no further than the Smart Stick. Available in seven fun colors and featuring a comfortable handle design, this stick is perfect for blending and pureeing drinks, soups, sauces and batters. Purchase: Cuisinart Smart Stick
Finally a sophisticated trivet that can handle all types of dishes and more than one hot plate! The accordion design allows you to stretch it to a desired size and then have it collapse after your meal for easy storage. Recipe: Joseph Joseph Expandable Trivet
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