29 Weird & Wonderful Kitchen Gifts — For Under $29

It's the most wonderful time of the year! You know — the holidays. That time of too many parties, end-of-year work stress, and spending every penny you have on other people only to get lame gifts yourself.

But there's no need to spend an entire paycheck on extravagant gifts for loved ones, especially if they like to spend time in the kitchen. For just 30 bucks or less, your boss can be the proud recipient of a snow-globe sugar bowl and your Secret Santa might actually appreciate this year's present.

Do your foodie friends a favor and skip the apron. In the weird, wonderful world of kitchen gadgets, there's something perfectly suited for everyone on your list.
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For the drummer in your life — or, perhaps more realistically, the aspiring drummer in your life. You can never have too many wooden spoons in an active kitchen, and these are just too fun. Turn on the Zeppelin and rock out while you stir the pasta sauce.

Mix Stix Drumstick Spoons, $11, available at Fred.
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Ever dreamed of waking up to thin, fluffy crepes filled with Nutella and strawberries from your own kitchen? The dream can be real with this perfectly priced crepe pan. Purchase this for a roommate or live-in significant other and reap the benefits!

de Buyer Blue Steel Crepe Pan, $24.95, available at Sur La Table.
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For the cat lover on your list. Winter is for snuggling at home with kitties and wine — everybody knows that. And this adorable corkscrew comes in both black and white.

Tirebouchat Corkscrew, $16.80, available at Pylones.
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File under: a thing you don’t need but is kinda perfect for a friend or boss who has it all. Enhance the magical ritual of making s’mores with delightful iridescent tools — no dirty twigs allowed at this campfire.

S'more Technology For S'mores Glow-In-The-Dark Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, $14.99, available at Think Geek.
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File under: incredibly adorable. This little guy hangs on the side of a bowl of olives or can rest on the table next to cubes of cheese. Perfect for someone who likes to entertain, or really anyone who ever gets food stuck in their teeth.

Kipik Toothpick Holder, $28, available at MoMA Store.
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Never feel embarrassed by the trail of crumbs from the bread basket to your plate again. These little guys scuttle across the table sucking up dropped bits and crumbs.

Aspimiette Tabletop Vacuum Cleaner, $11.40, available at Pylones.
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The snow globe mimics a perfect winter wonderland with just a few shakes. In this kitchen gem, the snow is actually sugar crystals. Chances are your recipient has been storing sugar thus far in its original packaging. Let it snow...sugar!

Peleg Design Sugar House, $20, available at Peleg Design.
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Sipping through a straw at home is already such a luxury — why not take it to the next level? These elegant copper drinking implements will enhance an already delicious Moscow Mule.

W&P Designs Copper Straws Set, $16, available at Urban Outfitters.
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First of all, it comes in pink. Second of all, it’s tiny and makes waffles! Easy to store and easy to clean, this might just change the life (or at least the Sunday mornings) of someone on your list. Include a handwritten recipe for chocolate chip, peanut butter waffles for a personal touch.

Dash Mini Waffle Maker, $18, available at Urban Outfitters.
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For the perfect cocktail, you’ll need perfect spheres of ice to float in the glass. This high-tech model makes six perfect, round spheres for the perfect Old Fashioned.

Prepara EZ Fill Ice Ball Tray, $13.99, available at Wayfair.
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This dozer will delight everyone from toddlers to grandfathers. Sure, it’s adorable, but it’s also a perfect crowd-pleaser. Show up to your next holiday party with a store-bought pie and this baby and you’ll be the belle of the ball to your happy hosts.

Peleg Design Cake Dozer, $16.50, available at Peleg Design.
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So here we’ve got more of a game than something that’s actually useful. However, bring this to any holiday party (or any party, for that matter) and you’ll get laughs and a bit of side-eye.

Urban Outfitters Wheel Of Shots Game, $15, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Just like in those really intense shaving commercials, this bad boy pivots like no peeler you’ve seen before. A perfect peeler is so essential, especially if you’re churning out Negronis at a holiday party.

MoMA Store Pivoting Peeler, $15, available at MoMA Store.
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With extreme precision, you’ll be able to master the most complicated pastry recipes. This tiny scale is perfect for small kitchens or for the simple and artful task of making the perfect cup of pour-over coffee.

The Brooklyn Kitchen Digital Pocket Scale, $19.99, available at The Brooklyn Kitchen.
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For the Kinfolk reader on your list: a speckled enamel spoon. This glamping-chic spoon will be welcome in any well-used kitchen and is the perfect gift to get your host hooked on speckled enamelware. Next year, you’ll be ready with the mugs.

Fishs Eddy Black Speckle Slotted Spoon, $9.95, available at Fishs Eddy.
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This contraption started making the rounds on the internet about two years ago, and now it’s finally available in the U.S. One lucky person on your list will now be able to manage watermelons with ease.

Uncommon Goods Melon Cut and Serve Tool, $20, available at Uncommon Goods.
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This elegant animal has lots to do around the holidays. Wrap up one of these with a sack of roasted chestnuts for the perfect office-party gift.

The Brooklyn Kitchen Squirrel Nut Cracker, $9.99, available at The Brooklyn Kitchen.
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No kegerator here, kids, all you need is a watermelon and your favorite spirit. Insert this contraption into the large fruit of your choice (after removing its insides and blending them with the aforementioned spirit) for a delicious party trick.

Uncommon Goods Fruit Keg Tapping Kit, $19.99, available at Uncommon Goods.
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This one is particularly brilliant because not only can you infuse soups with spices, you can also infuse drinks. There’s nothing better than a house that smells like mulling spices (usually cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove) in the winter months. For the intelligent cook who can appreciate good design.

Uncommon Goods Soup Pot Flavor Infuser, $24.99, available at Uncommon Goods.
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Squeeze the bunny ears to season your food. Adorable, yes, but also extremely useful in a pinch. Magnets on the back keep your salt and pepper bunnies in plain sight on the fridge.

MoMA Store Bunny Salt & Pepper Mills, $15, available at MoMA Store.
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This elegant but slightly terrifying syringe is the gateway to perfectly flavored meat and poultry. Instruct your lucky recipient to load it up with crushed garlic and lemon, and fill a lowly chicken breast for insanely delicious meat.

The Brooklyn Kitchen Marinade Injector, $25.50, available at The Brooklyn Kitchen.
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Place this piggy over vegetables in a boiling pot of water to reduce the bubbles and ensure the food cooks perfectly. Important for mashed potatoes and other high-volume holiday sides!

MoMA Store Pink Pig Cooking Lid, $25, available at MoMA Store.
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For the aspiring pro on your list: a mini torch! The new proud owner of this kitchen flame will slay crème brûlée with the touch of a button and perfectly toast the peaks of meringues.

Messermeister Mini Cheflamme Culinary Torch, $24.37, available at Amazon.
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Sylvia Plath would probably turn her nose up at this, but we think it’s wonderful. Instead of flimsy plastic wrap, your onions will be on display and last for days in the fridge. The bell jar will keep onions, lemons, apples, and holiday treats safe.

Belle-Fresh Pod Fruit & Veggie Keeper, $12.47, available at Amazon.
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Perfect for friends with tiny kitchens, this two-in-one bowl saves valuable space. The hidden win here is salad: Wash and drain lettuce in this bowl, and you’ll never need to break out (and clean) that clunky salad spinner again.

Uncommon Goods Easy to Strain Bowl, $25, available at Uncommon Goods.
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Making rice can be a harrowing experience: getting the measurements and timing right is hard to begin with, and there’s always the possibility of mush. Rice cookers are wonderful objects, but they're not practical if rice isn’t on the menu every day. This contraption makes perfectly fluffy rice in the comfort of your own microwave.

Lekue Microwave Rice and Grain Cooker, $19.95, available at Amazon.
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These elegant table-savers will come in handy during stew season. Stacked on top of each other, they make a sculptural centerpiece. The glamorous rose gold pairs perfectly with an iPhone.

CB2 3-Piece Range Metal Trivet Set, $14.95, available at CB2.
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This implement is the Zeus of all garlic crushers. Designed by geniuses with a mind for design, it's got a flat end that is used to break the clove away from the skin and a ribbed area that minces the garlic, releasing the oils without losing any of the goodness. You’d be silly not to grab one for yourself as well.

Royal Garlic Crusher, $24, available at Amazon.
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No one makes cherry pie anymore. It’s always apple or pumpkin or peach, and it might be because cherries are so hard to pit. Well, not anymore. With this contraption, the loving baker in your life will be churning out cherry pies and hopefully sharing with you.

The Brooklyn Kitchen Mason Jar Cherry Pitter, $10.99, available at The Brooklyn Kitchen.
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