Quirky might not be your first thought when it comes to holiday gift giving, but these kitchen gadgets will bring a little fun to an otherwise stressful time. Everyone – from expert to novice – can appreciate these innovative ideas because they are also practical tools. In addition, they are all available on Amazon, so you can get them in time. Don’t wait too long though, you only have a week left!
This Magic Mushroom looks like a mushroom, but turns inside out to become a funnel! It fits both wide-mouth jars and skinny bottles, so it’s good for decanting liquids, cooking oil, ground coffee, and more.
“This is the cutest little funnel and I love it,” said one Amazon reviewer. The “mushroom top” folds up to make a funnel and then folds back when not in use. The funnel opening isn’t super big and you only want to use liquids in this…but it’s perfectly cute sitting on the countertop…”
You don’t have to be in a bad mood with this adorable gift! You can use this adorable red silicone crab as a spoon rest or as a steam trap – just place it to hold the pan lid open while you cook.
It’s a hit with this Amazon reviewer: “One of the best purchases I’ve made! I love this little guy so much. It fits pots and pans perfectly and can hold spoons (and scissors) when sitting on a shelf surface. He’s so victorious! So pleased with his culinary skills!”
Do you have a tea drinker in your life? Consider this Cup of Nessie tea infuser mug. Simply fill Baby Nessie’s “body” with loose leaf tea and then add hot water. It resembles a Loch Ness monster floating in a teacup. Cute!
One Amazon shopper calls it the perfect gift. “This is the perfect gift for anyone who has ever loved the Loch Ness Monster! sitting in a loch in Scotland.”
Now this is a bear you actually want in your kitchen. Barry the Bear is a box grater not only for cheese, but also for carrots, cucumbers, zucchini or whatever you want to shred.
“Barry the grater is great,” said this five-star review. “Works great for grating, grating garlic and a small amount of cheese. It’s great for small jobs. Its belly only holds about a cup, which is enough to prepare a meal for one or two people. Plus he’s cute and easy to clean.”
Add even more fun to pizza night with this fun pizza cutter in the shape of an axe. It’s a great idea for kids and lumberjack wannabes alike.
This Amazon shopper agrees that it makes a nice gift: “It’s super sharp, cuts well and it’s definitely a super cool gift, affordable, that will put a smile on everyone’s face. Worth all the money just for decoration! We absolutely love this pizza cutter!”
Keep the vampires at bay with this fun garlic press. It peels and crushes several cloves of garlic in seconds without a knife. Perfect for the garlic lovers in your life!
One Amazon shopper said he actually bought it as a joke and then fell in love with it. “THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST PURCHASES I HAVE EVER HAD!!! This little buddy processes about 3-5 cloves at a time (depending on size) and is the easiest garlic processing item to clean IN EVER HISTORY!!”
This Hello Kitty ramen bowl set comes with a pair of built-in chopsticks. Perfect for all kinds of noodle soups.
“Ordered this for my granddaughter’s 9th birthday,” said this lucky buyer. “She’s just discovered non-American foods and she likes Ramen style soups… This is a nice weight bowl, the images are very clear and bright.”
Print Baby Grogu on every sandwich you ever make with this smart panini press. Perfect for the Mandalorian fan in your life, or anyone who can’t get enough of baby Grogu.
“Bought this for Christmas, everyone loves it,” said one five-star review. “It’s super easy to use and clean up is easy too. Every Wednesday (when new Boba Fett episodes come out) it’s officially grilled cheese night.”
Separating yolks and egg whites just got easier — and more fun. This cute silicone egg separator will bring a smile to the whole family.
“This thing saves time and eggs,” said this eager shopper. “This little frog gets the job done efficiently and prevents the waste that occurs when the yolk breaks. Plus, it’s just fun to use in the morning. I wish it was a little easier to clean, but otherwise a great buy.”
With the Marna Pink Piggy Steamer you can microwave leftovers without making a big mess. Just place it over your food and destroy it for a few minutes. It’s also great for steaming veggies!
An Amazon shopper said it was life-changing. “Wish I had bought this a long time ago, it’s so handy. It’s perfect for covering a bowl of soup or other leftovers. (We use the IKEA 365+ soup bowls and it fits just right.) It holds tightly to the come and I’ve never had overflow… A month after I got this smaller size, I ordered the larger one.”
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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Fortem Trunk Organizer
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iRobot Roomba 694 robot
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OKP Life K2 robot vacuum cleaner
Black+Decker Dustbuster QuickClean cordless handheld vacuum cleaner
Lodge LCC3 cast iron combi cooker
Instant Vortex Plus hot air fryer
Amazon Basics 12.5 inch non-stick ceramic skillet
Ninja NJ601AMZ professional blender
Bedding and house
Cozsinoor Bed Pillows 2-Pack
LuxClub 6 Piece Queen Sheet Set
Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows, set of 2
Topcee Twin Size Weighted Blanket, 15 lbs.
More holiday gift ideas
Find more expert picks, like the best tech gifts on Engadget, the best gift ideas for car enthusiasts on Autoblog, gifts for the young (and young at heart) at In the Know, and picks for just about everyone on your list (moms, dads, teens, nurses, you name it!) in Yahoo’s holiday gift ideas section. On AOL, you’ll find gift ideas for seniors shopping for moms, dads, teens, and toddlers.