If your gatherings involve lots of pies and other desserts crying out for whipped cream, consider investing in the ISI Gourmet Whip Plus—a professional-grade multifunction whipper. Just pour cream into the canister, and press the lever for instant whipped topping. No more leaving the table to get out the bowl and hand-mixer. (The device is also good for sauces and cocktails.) Isi-store.com
, from $140.