My Kitchen Essentials Christmas Gift Guide

sweet and simple Sugar and Spice Shortbread cookie recipe from lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

Call me crazy, but I love receiving kitchen gifts for Christmas. In fact, for the last few years, that’s what I’ve requested. How many woman do you know {including yourself} that has said you should have a 10 year anniversary shower to rebuild your kitchen tools? Well, today I’m sharing some of my favorite kitchen essentials to gift yourself, a friend or family member.

I have so many kitchen favorites, but I narrowed my selection down to the pieces I use regularly and are versatile. Just great, long-lasting classics that make life a little easier and cooking and baking a little more fun!

timeless, classic kitchen gift ideas

To kick it off, I love my Staubs and this essential oven works hard – I use it for soups, stews, pastas and most of my side dishes. It’s so pretty and classic in white and you can even add a brass knob {which I have}.

quick and easy cranberry sauce recipe - made with wine!

My Coq Au Vin works just as hard braising beef and browning chicken evenly. It’s a staple that can be passed down from generation to generation.

As you know, making pasta is one of my passions. If you have a KitchenAid mixer, it’s so easy with this pasta maker attachment, and takes the same amount of time as it does to prepare boxed noodles {which I haven’t done in years!} Just combine flour, eggs, water and salt in your mixing bowl, switch the dough hook attachment for a couple minutes and then to the pasta maker attachment. Drop dough balls in and the noodle of your choice comes out. I put the noodles directly in a pot of boiling water and 3 minutes later, have fresh pasta.

stamped shortbread cookies

I know everyone has measuring cups, but these pretty copper measuring cups make baking even more fun and clean surprisingly well. I feel the same about copper measuring spoons. Pure kitchen bliss. Another copper favorite is this little whisk.

I’m not a fan of kitchen appliances because they consume so much space, but this mini food processor packs a lot of punch. I make salsas, penne vodka sauce, salad dressings and more in it, but it requires minimal storage space.

I use my marble pastry slab when making cutout sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls and even when I’m prepping a lot of pasta to entertain. It even looks pretty sitting on the countertop!

Incredible not-too-sweet Salted Caramel Sugar cookies

A few years ago, I upgraded to Williams Sonoma Goldtouch bakeware and have never looked back. They bake evenly, are easily removed, and are effortless to clean and look just as pretty today as when I received them. I particularly like the quarter size baking sheets, muffin tins, loaf pan and cake pan.

flavorful sugar and spice shortbread cookies | the best Christmas cookie recipe

Another versatile piece is this copper utensil holder. It doubles as a vase!

easy recipe for peas - the best side dish that's always a crowd pleaser

Last year I turned in my non-stick pots and pans in favor of stainless steels pans that are dishwasher safe and cook evenly. I no longer question if we’re getting a little extra “seasoning” in our dinner.

Skip-the-mix fudge brownies recipe - 5 minutes, 5 ingredients

I added these pretty little mixing bowls to our kitchen this year because I love the classic design and the pour spouts. Bonus points for nesting and consuming less space.

Home blogger Julie Blanner's kitchen renovation

When we got marble countertops at our last home, I got a Boos block that’s beautiful enough to leave out 24/7 to use for prep work. 4 years later, it’s still going strong.

You can kick off your kitchen with this giveaway and see my favorite gifts guide here.


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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

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