When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, I’ve never been in the please-give-me-an-appliance camp. Handwritten cards, pots of flowers, whole bean coffee? Yes, please. But a new blender? No, thank you. (Am I in the minority here?)
But good tools make everything more fun, and I have a few tools in my arsenal that I adore so much I’d be delighted to get them as gifts for Mother’s Day, or any other time of year.
Here are my favorites:
Cuisinart immersion blender. I use mine all the time because it’s easy to get out, easy to clean, and easy to put away. They come in stainless and all kinds of pretty colors (I have the red one). I use mine to purée soups and sauces, make homemade mayo, whip cream, blend hummus, mix pancake batter, and—in a pinch—make smoothies.
Chemex coffee maker. Up your coffee game by switching from an automatic coffee maker to this beautiful pourover device. We use ours on the weekends when we’re brewing for two, but if she’s the only coffee drinker in the house, get her a cute little V60 brewer instead for $6.50. Both gadgets reliably make excellent coffee, cup after cup.
Aeropress espresso maker. I bought my husband one of these for Christmas a few years ago after reading a rave review in Cooks Illustrated, thinking that it was worth taking a chance on a $25 contraption that could make espresso. We’ve lovingly referred to it as The Kitchen Gadget That Changed Our Lives ever since. Latté fans: buy one of these beauties to go with it. (This is how we use our AeroPress to make lattés at home.)
Le Creuset dutch oven. These heirloom-quality pots are gorgeous, versatile, and really freaking expensive. I resisted getting this—even on someone else’s dime—because it’s so darn expensive, but I use mine 5 days a week in the winter.
A really great chef’s knife. Another Cooks Illustrated recommendation, and (bonus!) it’s half the cost of other top-rated brands. A good knife will transform your relationship with cooking.
Other tools I wouldn’t mind getting for Mother’s Day (if I didn’t already own and love them): a Kindle (on sale now), a beautiful cookbook (my favorite), a change-your-life design book (heads-up: the hardback is on sale for $12 right now).
And of course, I will always love getting handwritten cards and hand-picked flowers.
What are your favorite kitchen tools?