MEGATech Showcase: Gifts for the Kitchen Geek Beth Snyder November 27, 2012 Features You know this is me, right? I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets, especially the ones that make me giggle yet seem like they might actually work. Unfortunately, I’ve wasted untold amounts of money on some that do not work at all, but along the way I’ve come across some gems that were definitely worth whatever I paid for them. This gift guide has some things I want, some things I have, and some things I’m just not sure about. But if you know a gadget freak who also cooks, you just might find something here that will make them incredibly happy when they open their presents. This first one is just silly enough that I want one. Because if there is one thing I definitely need, it’s more places to store the dozens of cookies I make every year. And…it’s a Tardis cookie jar. Seriously. How do you not buy this? It makes genuine Tardis noises when its lid opens, so you’ll always be aware when someone is stealing one of your favourite confections. And I think it goes without saying that it’s bigger on the inside, right? The Tardis cookie jar measures 11″ x 6″ x 6″, and runs off three 1.5V G13 button cell batteries (included). Each one costs just $19.99 US on sale. Source: ThinkGeek OK, so this isn’t so much of a gadget. But it makes me giggle. Most of you probably aren’t old enough to remember when TV dinners actually came in aluminum trays with aluminum covers, and were served on, well, TV trays in the living room as a special treat. I am. This one is printed with what looks like Salisbury steak, along with the requisite peas and corn. You can tell it’s a deluxe one because it also has the cherry dessert. Constructed of metal, it measures 15.5 inches long by 11 inches wide, and costs $11.49 US. Source: Perpetual Kid So you say you live in an area where there is winter, but you love grilling? I suppose not everyone is dedicated enough to shovel a path to the grill, or to set it up outside the back door so you can just lean out to cook in the snow, although that is an option. However, a better option would be to buy an indoor tabletop grill, right? Well, why not a m.iGrill? It’s so much more than just a grill, though…this also will play your tunes using your phone or MP3 player, since it features speakers and an amplifier you can power either with the included 110v power cord or four AA batteries (not included). You get 160 square inches of grilling surface, with 8,500 BTUs of searing power. It does require a 1-pound disposable propane container, which is not included. The m.iGrill measures 17.5″L x 11.5″W x 24″H and can grace your tabletop for just $129.99 US. Source: Brookstone This, I own. And if you care at all for the person who spends all his or her time in the kitchen making you food, trust me on this…buy one. Buy it now. They will love you forever and ever. You might even get lucky, especially if you clean up the kitchen after dinner. It feels that good on your feet. These are GelPro Original Gel Filled Anti-Fatigue Mats, and they come in a variety of sizes, colours and shapes. We received one of these for Christmas last year, and it is easily in my top five favourite presents. I can’t say enough good about these. As I said, there are several styles available, with pricing starting at $59.99 US (although the style shown starts at $129.99 US). Source: Bed Bath & Beyond Here’s another one I own, and it is fabulous. It was another Christmas gift, this one coming two years ago now. I can’t say I use it every day, but I do use it more than once a week. And it is invaluable for any of your older relatives who have trouble grasping jars to open them. It fits just about any size or shape of jar (the top lifts up to accommodate taller jars), and the lids really do come off in just seconds when you press the button. It works better than any of the 847 jar openers I’ve tried over the years, which makes it worth the cost. You can make one yours for $119.99 US. Source: Sears Are your friends the type to show up at your house and drink all your alcohol? Are you the type of person who can’t figure out how much alcohol to use in a drink, so your friends end up wasted and have to stay on your living room floor? This might be able to help you. The Global Decor 170 Rotating 4-Bottle Dispenser holds, as is obvious, four different bottles of alcohol at a time. Each bottle is held securely in place with spring-loaded rods. The dispenser will let you pour precise, measured 1 1/2-ounce shots of whatever alcohol you choose, so no worries about overpouring. The dispenser is made of aluminum, and features a broad base to help prevent tipping. It also spins around, making it easy to choose whichever bottle you need. Order now to have one in place for your holiday parties, at a cost of just $39.99 US. Source: Amazon So you’ve got your recipes on your iPad, and you don’t want to go through the hassle (and use the paper) to print them? It’s portable, just take it to the kitchen. But then that’s just asking for trouble, isn’t it? Sure, you could keep it in a large Ziploc bag, but why not get some of these Chef Sleeves made just for iPads? Because in addition to protecting your iPad from spills and other mishaps, these are touch-sensitive. Which means you can still actually use it while it’s in there, without having to breach the seal or worry about what’s on your fingers. These were designed for iPad and iPad2, but also work with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other similarly sized tablets. Each pack of 25 reusable sleeves costs just $19.99 US. Source: ThinkGeek Share This With The World!