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6 Kitchen Gadgets That Make Great Stocking Stuffers

The stockings are likely already hung by the chimney with care, but are they stuffed with goodies yet? While toothbrushes, deodorant, batteries and stamps may be the status quo when it comes to Christmas stockings, why not consider incorporating...

The stockings are likely already hung by the chimney with care, but are they stuffed with goodies yet? While toothbrushes, deodorant, batteries and stamps may be the status quo when it comes to Christmas stockings, why not consider incorporating a culinary component for your favorite foodie this year? We've rounded up six of our top picks for kitchen gadgets and accessories just perfect for stocking stuffers, gift swaps, and all manner of small yet mighty gifts.

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How better to stuff a chef's stocking than with cool kitchen gadgets?

1. A Cookbook Holder

Granted, this one might not fit inside the stocking, but it's well worthy of making an exception. Any chef knows the frustration of trying to wrangle a cookbook into obedience when your hands are otherwise occupied with chopping, mixing, stirring and other kitchen tasks. Prepara Chef's Center Cookbook Holder won't just help the recipient see recipes better, but also includes additional, ingenious design elements, such as a protective splash guard screen, adjustability for book thickness and viewing angles, and a lazy Susan base.

2. A Jar Opener

Frustration-free jar opening? We call that the gift that keeps on giving. Jar openers make short work of dealing with unyielding lids. Choose between everything from basic models to high-tech versions, ergonomic versions ideal for people with limited mobility.

3. Kitchen Shears

One of the most versatile, oft-used tools in a chef's arsenal, many kitchens are sadly bereft of kitchen shears. From cutting through whole chickens to stripping even the most delicate herbs, kitchen shears are exceptionally handy, and come with the added benefit of being the perfect gift recipients never even knew they needed. For optimal convenience, look for self-sharpening models with easy-grip handles.

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Santa's favorite kitchen shears.

4. An All-Purpose Food Chopper

While a food processor may be the perfect thing for under the tree this year, a pint-sized food chopper is the ideal tool for quick small jobs for which a larger machine would be overkill. We love these compact versions from Zyliss which include practical features like rotating blades, built-in chopping cups and wipers. The best part? Most can be simply popped in the dishwasher for super-easy cleaning and maintenance.

5. Bottle Stoppers

There's nothing worse than uncorking your favorite Merlot or Pinot Grigio only to realize you've no way to preserve it short of polishing off the entire bottle. Bottle stoppers to the rescue! These are available in a range of styles -- from stainless steel and chrome to eye-popping brights -- so you're sure to find one which will suit the recipient's personal aesthetic.

6. Head Chefs Spatula

Okay, so no one really needs a jaunty, man-shaped spatula, but how can you resist? A great gift for young chefs (as well as for young-at-heart chefs), this tool is as functional as it is fun thanks to sturdy construction, durable silicone material, and suction feet which allow it to stand independently.

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"Adorable" and "spatula" are no longer mutually exclusive terms.

And that's just the beginning. Cilantro The Cooks Shop is chock-full of ideas for stocking stuffers and more sure to make Christmas morning just a little more merry, bright and delicious this year. Browse cookware, barware, grillware, and more at Cilantro The Cooks Shop today.