Secret Santas, grab bags, stocking stuffers—there are all kinds of reasons why under-$10 gifts are clutch. But you don’t want to give anything lame, even at a low price point. So we tracked down some easy on the wallet but still awesomely useful items perfect for the healthy cooks in your life.
Get the toast ready—this super-handy item splits the avocado, pulls out the pit and makes Insta-worthy even slices. Now, if only it could tell you when that avocado was perfectly ripe…
What’s better than a perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg? One in the shape of a bunny, car, heart, fish, bear, or star. Great for kids’ lunches (or grownups’!). They make adorable rice balls, too.
We don’t know why crinkle-cut potatoes, carrots, zucchini and other vegetables are so appealing—we just know they are. This sturdy stainless-steel cutter makes it easy, and it’s dishwasher safe, too, so cleanup is a breeze.
Fresh herbs are loaded with nutrients and can really elevate a dish, but picking them is a D-R-A-G. At least it was, until this cool tool came along. Place the stem in the hole, pull it through, and the leaves collect right in the cup. The cup even has measurement marks on the side, so the whole process is streamlined.
One of the minor annoyances of cooking is trying to keep a pot partially covered during cooking. You don’t want the lid all the way on or all the way off, so you prop it precipitously and hope for the best? No more. Simply clip one of these cute little silicone guys (chicken, lamb or pig), and your lid stays open just enough to allow air to circulate. When you’re done, toss it in the dishwasher.
The perfect gift for your fave fitness enthusiast. The cubes that come out of these trays are narrow enough to fit in a water bottle, so your lucky recipient can stay hydrated and cool during Barry’s Bootcamp.
Cooks who do their proper mise en place are always in need of little prep bowls. We’d love to get this 4-piece set in our stocking (hint, hint); the 1-cup capacity is so convenient and the colors will brighten any cooking endeavor. They’re microwave- and dishwasher-safe, too.
No more having to wash and dry your hands (or get your keyboard dirty) just to look up how many milliliters are in a cup (237) or how many ounces of grated cheese are in a cup (4). Stick this useful chart on any magnetic surface and stop yelling at Siri.
Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner, $9.95
Fill this hilarious little statuette with vinegar and water and microwave her for 5 minutes. Stains and cooked-in grime soften up so you can just wipe them away. We want to know when they’re coming out with the Angry Dad Recycling Remover?
Dash Red Mini Waffle Maker, $9.99
What’s better than a waffle for breakfast? One you don’t have to share, made in a waffle maker tiny enough for the smallest urban apartment kitchen. It makes the cutest little 4.25-inch waffles, and it’s nonstick, so it just wipes clean.
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