Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus; About $40 on ebay.com
This is the hot item for foodies this year--which of course means it's sold out on amazon.com, bestbuy.com, tiger direct and staples. But, since this is a must for the chef in your life try nabbing one on ebay instead. Made especially for use in the kitchen, the Chef Stand and Stylus eliminates the need for printed recipes pages and gives you the freedom to interact with your tablet while you cook--without worrying about touching your device with messy hands. The case-compatible stand has a non-slip rubber base and two different angles that are ideal for countertop use. The wand allows you to follow recipes of your favorite chefs and browse the web without ever laying a finger on your screen. The stylus' magnetic tip works with any touchscreen including the ubiquitous iPad.
The Triscale by Joseph Joseph; $30 at josephjoseph.com
This unique digital scale brings new meaning to the concept of space-saving kitchen gadgets. When open, its three arms provide a stable platform on which to place bowls and other items for weighing. When closed, the unit folds down to an extremely compact size, enclosing and protecting the screen and controls, which makes it perfect for storing in a kitchen drawer. It has an easy-to-read LCD display, touch-sensitive controls and an auto power-off feature. The device and weighs/measures in the following units: gms, lbs, ozs, fl.ozs and mls and a convenient Add & Weigh function also allows multiple ingredients to be measured in the same bowl during recipe preparation.
Kenwood Cooking Chef; $2,000 at Williams-Sonoma
This might be the only kitchen appliance you'll ever need, available for the first time in North America exclusively through Williams-Sonoma. Originally designed for the European home, the four-in-one Kenwood Cooking Chef combines all the best features of a stand mixer, food processor and blender with an induction heating plate that cooks foods directly in the work bowl. It lets you prepare everything from soups to steamed vegetables to sauces--all in one bowl in a timely fashion. Attachments are available to chop, puree, blend, shred and slice.
The OXO Good Grips Salt & Pepper Grinder Set; $39.99 at www.oxo.com
Oxo, known for 'consistent quality at a fair price' makes an electric grinder set that makes it easy to add fresh black pepper and flavorful sea salt to any meal. The grinders are sturdy and come with Oxo's signature nonslip grip, settings that allow you to grind the spices to your preferred grind and an innovative design that puts the grinding mechanism up top, which means your counter has a better shot at being mess-free. The set contains one Salt Grinder and one Pepper Grinder and comes filled with sea salt and black peppercorns.
Treatful Online Gift Cards; $25 and up at Treatful.com
Give the gift of a night out with online gift cards for restaurants via Treatful. Powered by Open table, they make for unique and personal gifts and great last minute stocking stuffers. Treatful connects customers with local restaurants to allow them to send instant and secure online gift cards known as "treats". To do so, gift givers pick a local restaurant and purchase a suggested amount. Recipients are sent their "treat" via e-mail, and after it's printed out, it can be redeemed at the specified restaurant at any time. As of right now, Treatful is now available in most metro areas, including Miami, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver with over 20 Miami restaurants participating.