Hey, friends!! So, the time is coming when Christmas gift shopping kicks into high gear, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite Christmas gift ideas with ya’ll. I’ll likely be doing a few of these posts, each with different gift categories. Today we’ll start with Kitchen and Kids. You’ll likely find something that fits perfectly with someone on your shopping list, or even a little gift for yourself. 🙂
For the Kitchen
You should’ve known that the Frugal Farmer would’ve started with this category. 🙂 It’s no secret that I love to cook and bake, and I can tell you that cooking is much more fun when you’ve got the right kitchen tools to go with your own great cooking tips. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Amco Rub Away Bar For under $10, you can have a whiz of a kitchen tool that will benefit nearly every cook. The Rub Away bar works like a bar of soap, rubbing away odors from garlic, onion and the like within seconds! No more smelling like garlic for several hours after you make that awesome Italian dish. Just “wash” your hands with this stainless steel bar, and odors disappear.
Wolfgang Puck 10 PC Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set (Red)I loved this set so much I had my mom get me one for Christmas. The bowls are sturdy, and the rubber bottoms ensure they won’t wobble around as you’re mixing. There’s nothing quite as useful in the kitchen as a quality set of mixing bowls, and for under $40 with free shipping, you can’t beat the price!
3. KitchenAid KHM7210ER 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk – Empire Red What better gift to go with the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer than a matching hand mixer? Or, for those not accustomed to spending $300 on a hand mixer, this hand mixer is the perfect blend of style and quality.
4. EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale, Silver There’s nothing so helpful in the kitchen as a decent kitchen scale. This highly rated, sleek-looking scale weighs in at about $20 too, making it a fancifully frugal gift for the kitchen gourmet.
5. Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression This is one of my go-to books for cheap recipe ideas. Entertaining as well, Clara’s Kitchen shares witty and fun stories about Clara’s life growing up during the Great Depression. For under $15, this one’s a great stocking stuffer too.
6. CUTCO Model 77 Super Shears I raved on my post about my 30 favorite cooking tips about how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my kitchen scissors. But I can only recommend the Cutco brand. Cutco knives and scissors come with a lifetime guarantee, free sharpening at any time, and awesome customer service. At $118 or so, they’re spendy, but they’ll last forever, so they’re well worth the price.
For the Kids
1. Curious Chef 17-Piece Measure & Prep Kit Is this adorable or what? This real cooking set is perfect for the budding chef. It’s not a toy cooking set – it’s the real thing, complete with quality cooking and baking pieces, wrapped in the safety features for kids that you’d expect. For under $25, this is the perfect gift for the child who loves to bake and cook.
2. Running Free Running Free 2: Lightning’s Escapade Running Free 3: War: A Life Changed Forever If you’re looking for good, clean adventurous fiction for your 8-12 year old, look no further than the Running Free series, authored by none other than The Frugal Farmer daughter. Our Maddie authored this first book at 11, and the other two at age 13. I wouldn’t recommend them to you if I didn’t think they were the perfect gift for kids who love to read. Available in both Kindle format and paperback.
3. The Rookie (Full Screen Edition) One of our all-time favorite movies for kids and adults alike, The Rookie does not disappoint. A story about dreams, goals and the willingness to “go for it”, The Rookie is an uplifting, feel-good movie for anyone who dares to dream.
4. LEGO City Fire Station 60004 My kids never tire of building different scenarios with the Lego City Building Sets. The intricate details of each set are amazing, and the fact that the child can build the set from the ground up (with easy-to-use instructions) or making up their own design means that these sets are huge for encouraging independence and creativity in your child. The Lego City building sets also come in a variety of sizes, hobbies and professions. There’s fire and police sets, a garbage truck set, a tow truck set, a camper, and much, much more.
5. LEGO Friends 41039 Sunshine Ranch Similar to the Lego City sets but geared more toward girls, these sets are also super popular with kids and encourage creativity big time. Along with the Sunshine Ranch (my personal favorite 🙂 ), the Lego Friends series has a high school set, a city pool set, a bakery set, a juice bar set and much, much more. Get the kids on your Christmas list a gift that encourages creative and interactive play.
6. Game of Life If you really want to get your kid on the building wealth bandwagon early, buy him or her the game of Life. What better way to learn how to manage money and life and have fun at the same time?
What are your favorite gift ideas for the kitchen? For the kids?