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1. Toddy Cold Brew System
Get a coffeehouse-style coffee or tea served steaming hot or iced cold in the comfort of your home—and for much less than signature coffee drinks. Cold brew aficionados will be clamoring for this cold brew system that uses regular coffee beans to create smooth coffee concentrate with 67% less acid than coffee made with hot brew methods. It's easier on sensitive stomachs and all with no electricity required.
The Toddy Cold Brew System is available for $34.95 on Amazon.
2. Click and Grow Smart Garden 9
Give a DIY gardener the chance to grow year-round with this Scandinavian-style indoor planter. The kit comes with 3 mini tomatoes, 3 basil and 3 green lettuce pods. Read ATK’s review.
The Click and Grow Smart Garden 9 is available for $199 on Amazon.
3. Cocktail Kingdom Koriko Hawthorne Strainer
For your special someone who prefers to craft their own craft drinks, the Koriko Hawthorne Strainer developed by Don Lee is the best in class. Its extremely light coil makes it easy to do a true split pour, and fits large and standard mixing glasses. Read ATK’s review.
The Cocktail Kingdom Koriko Hawthorne Strainer is available for $15.99 on Amazon.
4. Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
For someone who doesn’t mind a bit of work for the perfect espresso, this handsome machine requires that you learn to tamp properly and move the portafilter of grounds from the grinder to the brewing position. However, it features the convenience of built-in grinding and automatic weighing of coffee, as well as push-button brewing. Read ATK’s review.
The Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine is available for $580 on Amazon.
5. Excalibur Food Dehydrator
This highly praised dehydrator may be the size of a microwave, but it gets the job done efficiently and deliciously. As reviewed on ATK, its spacious trays fit long slices of beef jerky and slides easily into the unit. The lid can be removed to quickly check the progress of drying foods, and the timer allows for truly hands-off, walk-away dehydrating. Read ATK’s review.
The Excalibur Food Dehydrator is available for $295 on Amazon.
6. Presto Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator
This more-affordable, runner-up food dehydrator still gets the job done in record time. As tested by ATK, the drying trays are smaller but stack together quickly and easily. This machine’s lift-off lid allows you to check on food in progress and features a timer with automatic shut-off.
The Presto Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator is available for $67 on Amazon.
7. Victorio Stainless Steel Multi-Use Canner
Canning has been used throughout time as a way to preserve produce. The durable stainless steel canner can also be used as a large pot for soups and other dishes. This canner is an essential kitchen tool for anyone interested in large-batch canning. Read ATK’s review.
The Victorio Stainless Steel Multi-Use Canner is available for $69.95 on Amazon.
8. Breville Juice Fountain Plus
The holidays are an excellent time to develop healthier habits. The Juice Fountain Plus is capable of juicing whole fruits, such as apples, pears and oranges in seconds. It’s smooth, rounded parts prevent pulp from sticking and make cleaning under the tap quick and simple.
The Breville Juice Fountain Plus is available for $142 on Amazon.
9. Babymoov The Duo Meal Station: 6 in 1 Food Maker
For DIY parents who want to make their child’s baby food themselves, the Babymoov: 6 in 1 Food Maker features a two-tier steamer that allows for cooking a lot of things at once, or cooking various types of food in separate baskets. In addition to steaming food, parents can simultaneously use it to warm bottles, reheat, and sanitize. Read ATK’s review.
The Babymoov The Duo Meal Station: 6 in 1 Food Maker is available for $128 on Amazon.
10. SodaStream Source
Is there someone on your list who's tired of buying sparkling water? SodaStream allows users to transform ordinary tap water into sparkling water in seconds. By applying light pressure to the carbonating block, users are able to choose between light carbonation and intensely fizzy bubbles—whichever they prefer. CO2 canisters last a long time and can easily be exchanged at dozens of retail stores.
The SodaStream Source is available for $129 on Amazon.
11. Maverick Mince Master 575-Watt Meat Grinder
Give the gift of making quick work of beef, pork, venison and poultry with this powerful meat grinder. ATK says it makes the cut thanks to its powerful (but surprisingly quiet) motor. This grinder also features an automatic thermostat in the event of overheating due to extended use during that holiday meal prep.
The Maverick Mince Master 575-Watt Meat Grinder is available for $94.29 on Amazon.
12. USA Pan’s New England Hot Dog Bun Pan
It’s never too early to start planning for grilling season. This hot dog bun pan allows cooks to bake their own New England-style split-top buns—which tend to be hard to buy outside of the region. After testing the product, ATK said the buns resembled the store-bought versions once they were slice, and tasted even better.
The USA Pan’s New England Hot Dog Bun Pan is available for $30 on Amazon.
13. Chef's Choice 838 Waffle Cone Express
Who doesn't love a waffle cone year-round? Enjoy delicious, homemade sugar cones or waffle bowls in just seconds. The whole family will be sure to thank you for it.
The Chef's Choice 838 Waffle Cone Express is available for $180 on Amazon.
14. Shun Classic Meat Cleaver
For the person on your list who needs some chopping power behind their cooking, the Shun Classic 6-inch Meat Cleaver is an ATK favorite, and features a thick blade suitable for processing larger cuts of bone-in meat or breaking down whole poultry. Read ATK's full review.
The Shun Classic 6-inch Meat Cleaver is available for $180 on Amazon.
15. Zoku Classic Pop Molds
Ice pops are an easy treat to make yourself, and this mold was the easiest to use of all those we tested. Its detachable molds had clear fill lines and wide openings, making them a breeze to fill and clean. And it featured slender plastic sticks with unobtrusive drip guards and long, textured handles, making the resulting pops easy to grip and eat. Read ATK’s full review.
The Zoku Classic Pop Molds are available for $19.99 on Amazon.