Unusual Cooking Gifts

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Unusual Cooking Gifts
Colour coded knives make a unique kitchen gift. (kitchen image by Daria Miroshnikova from Fotolia.com)

Whatever the occasion, the kitchen is always a good place to focus your search for an unusual gift. Whether your recipient is a gourmet chef, a home cook or someone who prefers push-button meal preparation, there is a unique appliance, gadget or cooking item to suit him. Consider the personality of your friend when selecting a gift to decide whether useful outweighs whimsical, or better yet, find an item that combines the two.

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Appliances

Give the gift of a unique kitchen appliance. From toaster ovens that toast bread and poach eggs, to ones that bake cookies at the touch of a button, countertop appliances have been modified to perform double duty and accommodate food items that were traditionally prepared via the standard oven. Your gift recipient will be able to say he owned these unconventional appliances before they became conventional.

If you're looking for an unusual appliance that is more novelty item, consider a home soda maker or a mini-retro fridge or vending machine that cools and serves canned beverages from a countertop replica of these old fashioned machines.

Cake Molds and Cookie Cutters

From roller skates to pineapples, cake pans come in a wide variety of moulds and can be used to bake cakes, meatloaves and casseroles. Cookie cutters are also available in several shapes and themes and can be used to bring a unique shape to everyday foods like cookies, sandwiches and pancakes. Give a castle cake mould pan with a set of pumpkin coach cookie cutters to the diva in your life. A hamburger cake mould may be the perfect gift for the avid griller who can create a dessert designed in honour of his favourite meal.

Novelty Gadgets

The humorous cook will appreciate the gift of a novelty kitchen gadget. Whether it's a quacking duck can opener or a knife block replica of a circus blade throwing act, you can choose from a large selection of unusual gadgets that range from whimsical to bizarre. Other ideas for novelty gadgets include colour coded knives and cutting boards, adjustable rolling pins and vertical chicken roasters.

Ingredients

Unusual ingredients can be gifted to the adventurous cook. Consider gourmet sauces, novelty condiments, rare spices and cookbooks that feature unique methods of food preparation (think cooking on your car engine or recipes for cooking bugs) --- all are items that can be given alone or arranged in a cooking gift basket.

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