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November 30, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Stocking stuffer ideas for cooks: here’s mine, where’s yours?

I am not a shopper. And holiday shopping is not my idea of a good time, unless I’m in a kitchenware shop — where I happened to be yesterday afternoon. While there, I spent some time ogling the Bob Kramer collection of Shun knives and I even did the “Try before you buy!” with a carrot in one hand and a Bob-branded santoku in the other. But as much as I can appreciate the heft, weight and beauty of that stunning knife set, the set that came home with me was this one:

Magnetic nesting spoons, $14.95 at Sur la Table.

That set of Progressive magnetic nesting spoons, with international weight measurements, was something I’d never seen before. And no offense to my trusty ring of long-loved measuring spoons, but the magnetic stainless-steel set, in this cook’s opinion, is one uber-intelligent design. I mean, how many times have you thought: “Why do I have to wash a whole set of measuring spoons when I’ve only used one?” (And don’t tell me to take the ring off and use them individually. I’ve done that. Then, the next time I go looking for the 1/2-teaspoon measure, it’s missing in action. And don’t say, “Well, keep ’em in a Ziploc bag,” because I’ve tried that too, and somehow, just like socks, the loose spoon manages to disappear.)

Oh, joy! Now I can use a single spoon without having to wash (or lose) the others.

That spoon set would make a great stocking stuffer — or gift of any kind — for the cook in your life, and putting my money where my mouth is I bought one for the cook in mine: me.

So, tell me, do: Is there a kitchen tool you love that you’d add to your shopping list (before checking it twice!) in the coming weeks? If you can recall, tell me how much you spent on it and where you purchased it.

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