I would add this to the list, but I don’t know what it is called.
I get asked every year what I want for Christmas and my birthday. Likewise every year I have to figure out what to get others. While I’ll probably still be stumped about both items, I thought maybe I could help some of you out with a list of items I have enjoyed and think are TOTALLY worth the money, even if it is a splurge. Maybe you can use this article to talk someone into buying an item for you! For the record none of these companies pay me to say nice things about these products. (Although I wouldn’t exactly be sad if they wanted to.) This is just my little old opinion not in any particular order. I tried to have a variety of price range items. If you would like a list of items for babies or toddlers, I’d suggest clicking here for that list.
1) KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I have the Artisan size with the wisk, regular paddle, and the dough hook. They now come in so many fun colors! For me the space it takes up on the countertop is worth it. Although technically I have mine on a Baker, which solves that issue. My grandfather used to have pull out cabinets that he kept his in.
2) Local Zoo Pass: Our zoo pass is pretty affordable. It is equal to three trips there for us, so if you go more that three times you come out ahead! Our small children love the zoo!
3) Compost Pail: I provided a link to the pail I have because I love it so. I can put scraps in it and don’t have to walk outside to dump them right away. The carbon filters prevent it from smelling.
4) Quality Cookware: Certain brands of cookware have lifetime warranties and/or amazing reputations, which make them worth the little bit more you pay upfront. Calphalon is one such brand that I’ve heard good things about. I’ve also heard good things about All-Clad. (Perhaps some of you have brands you’d like to share about.) Other than lifetime warranties, it is worth paying for stainless steel (18/10 is the thicker gage), or hard anodized cookware. The spray-on type (Teflon) coating just doesn’t last and peals off into your food. I’ve been through several of those. In the list of quality cookware I have to add a quality Dutch Oven. I have a Staub, and I LOVE it.
5) Real Wood Furniture: I personally feel that it would be better to buy pre-owned, real wood furniture than newly made, mass-manufactured particle board furniture. I’m not saying this because I’m a snob. I’ve actually owned both types. For the money the real wood has some advantages. 1: It is usually more durable. 2: It is easier to fix. You can’t buff out a knick in a laminated piece of wood. 3: Over time, and especially with heat, the laminate tends to separate from the particle board and peal off.
6) Food Processor: I tend to cringe when I see commercials for the Baby Bullet. The reason is that for the money you can buy a food processor that not only will make baby food, but will slice, chop, grate, and mix other foods as well. Sure the “bullet” has those nifty jars, but I find milk bags work just as well and you can freeze them flat, stack them nicely, and label them.
7) Canning Jars: These things are becoming popular lately as “redneck” drinking containers, but honestly they are so much more!! I find them very nifty for making yogurt, canning things, and pickling things. They hold liquids very well for drinks, soup, or whatever your little heart can imagine. I really like that I can pour hot things in them. The lids can be written on, and are easy to come by if you lose them, or need new ones due to canning. The jars come in a large variety of sizes.
8) Quality Spices: I think spices really are the spice of life. I am a HUGE fan of Penzeys which has a gigantic supply of spices from around the world. Did you know spices start to lose their flavor after 6 months? Did you also know there are at least four kinds of cinnamon? Did you know there are different types of cocoa, salt, pepper, and paprika? If not, check out Penzeys. There are so many tastes out there you may want to meet. I’ve had a lot of fun changing up food around my place.
9)Immersion Blender: Ok this one falls into the want category pretty far, but I like mine a lot! I think I really like that it blends up hot liquids right in their pots. Pouring hot liquids is a bad idea for me, so this is A LOT safer! I use mine for baby food, refried beans, soup, chili, curry, spaghetti sauce, milkshakes, and whip cream. It cleans up easily if you clean it right after you use it. I don’t suggest letting stuff dry on. That does NOT come off easily and you risk cutting yourself if you try to scrub the blades. The only real downside to the one I have, other than the cleaning, is that I can’t use it on ice.
10) Costco Membership: I should probably just work at Costco I am there so often. They have awesome stuff, good prices, and free samples of food! What’s not to like? If you don’t have one near you, which is tragic, they have an online website. Oh I know some of you have Sam’s Club memberships, but I’ll just assume that is because you don’t know the beauty of a Costco membership. :) Some people may be put off by the membership fees, but they have a Costco American Express card which has no fees and gives you cash back on your purchases. I use mine enough that the cash back more than covers the cost of our membership!
So there you have it. Ten items I like, and a bonus mystery item! I did mention a few items with blades, and/or moving parts, so PLEASE read all the safety information on these products prior to use.
How about you? Do you have something you love and think everyone would want if they only knew how great it was? What is on your wish list?