buying guide/giveaway

2014 Holiday Gift Guide and a Giveaway

Posted November 29, 2014 by Stephanie
i am a food blog 2014 gift guide -

I really love kitchen tools and what you’ll find in my kitchen is a good mix of super-specific items and general use. I don’t tend to get a lot of one use items, but when I do, I think long and hard before I purchase. This is my ultimate kitchen gadget-y wish list – a mix of high-end and affordable products. To make these products even more affordable, you might be able to find some voucher codes! I would love to receive any of these items this holiday season and I’m sure the cook in your life would too!

gift guide: nomiku -

Ever since I tried rigging up a ghetto-sous vide machine to make Momofuku’s 48 hour short ribs, I’ve been wanting a sous vide machine. Nomiku just came out with a new wifi home sous vide machine and I backed it because I was so impressed with their past incarnation. Essentially, a sous vide machine lets you cook food (usually in a vacuum sealed bag) in water bath set at an extremely low temperature. The sous vide machine both heats and circulates water and your food is gently cooked to scientific precision.

searzall: nomiku -

If you’re going to ask for a sous-vide machine, the next thing you might want to add to your wish list is a Searzall. I don’t have one of these (they just finished their kickstarter and are gearing up to sell on Amazon), but it’s definitely on my radar. It’s basically a portable salamander – use to sear sous vide steaks, melt cheese, or finish dishes off with a blast of heat.

gift guide: gir spatulas -

The above two items are things that I think I’ll love, but they’re definitely more things I wish I had rather than things I need. These spatulas on the other hand, I have in my drawer right now and reach for all the time. I’ve talked about my love for silicone spatulas previously and I’m still a big fan of them. These colorful guys from Get It Right make me happy every time I reach for them. They make a perfect little gift. They’re unibody (which means no grotty parts to clean), hold up to heat well, and are dishwasher safe.


One of my favourite kitchen tools is a garlic press. I actually like mincing garlic (I’m weird, I know) but I don’t really like my fingers smelling like garlic every time I do it. Garlic presses take that problem away. This press from Savora is both pretty and functional. It’s an excellent gift for a garlic lover.


I wish I could send everyone a holiday present but since I can’t, I’m doing the next best thing and hosting a little Le Creuset Giveaway!

Giveaway: I’m giving away a Le Creuset Cherry Wok, a Le Creuset Balti Dish and a cute little Le Creuset Condiment Pot. They’re cherry red and perfect for the holiday season – thank you Le Crueset!

Enter: Leave a comment letting me know what the best gift you received was and why and then use the widget to enter. Open to US residents only. Winner will be selected at random and contacted by email. Good luck!

Update: Congrats Vicky! Get ready to start cooking! :D Look for an email from me shortly.

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  1. Anjya Thomas says:

    The best gift I ever received were a pair of mini cast iron skillets. My boyfriend at the time was shocked that I wanted something so inexpensive and seemingly practical. I loved them and still do (which is more than I can say about that boyfriend :))!

  2. Lily says:

    Is it bad that I can’t think of particular gifts I’ve received? I think plane tickets to visit family would be up there.

  3. Dana S says:

    my parents flew me home when I hadn’t seen them in a while. I was so happy!!

  4. I got a very early Christmas gift this year – The kitchen aid Stand Mixer. It cancelled out everything on my Wishlist !!!

  5. bekah says:

    On the first birthday I had after becoming a mom, my husband gave me a book I had been wanting to read (wish I could remember the title) and let me stay in bed all day and read the whole book while he took care of our daughter. I remember that it was the most decadent feeling to be able to stay in bed all day and do absolutely nothing! Nothing has topped that in 14 years.

  6. Emily Love says:

    my kitchen aid food processor!

  7. Love these – the le creuset set is gorgeous!

  8. Brittney says:

    My 10-year-old brother gave me a cheese grater because he thought it was “sleek”. Ten years later, I still think of him every time I use it!

  9. JG says:

    Not sure about best gift ever- but one of my favorite kitchen stocking stuffers is my microplane zester.

  10. Jennifer Jacquet says:

    The best gift i ever recieved was a box set of the Little House on the Prairie books. I’ve read them nearly to pieces over the years! When I was little, I told people I wanted to be Laura Ingalls when I grew up.

  11. Kara says:

    A calphalon non-stick omelet pan has been my favorite gift because I use it every morning to make my breakfast egg.

  12. Lubov Grigoryeva says:

    The best gift I received was my DSLR camera for all of the adventures I got to capture.

  13. Rust says:

    The best holiday gift I’ve received was a leaded glass hummingbird, picked out by my son and daughter when they were about 4 and 5 years old.

    1. Rust says:

      I forgot to add ‘why’: Because even at that age they understood and honored my love of all things nature.

  14. Meredith says:

    A really nice set of all the essential herbs and spices from a local shop.

  15. kristi p says:

    This might seem small but I have 3 of those silicon spatulas in my kitchen drawer and I love them!!! They are seriously good for everyday use in the kitchen whether cooking or baking. Whenever I think about gifting others, I think of buying those gems.

  16. Anson says:

    Best gift for me wasn’t one I received but one I gave my wife for Christmas a few years ago. She had been wanting a mixer so I got her a bright red Kitchen Aid with all sort of attachments, including a meat grinder and sausage stuffer (OK, so those two were for me).

    To date, the mixer has only been used to make sausage. Best. Gift. Ever.

  17. Katie says:

    Best food gift I ever got was a chef’s hat from my two boys when they were little. So cue and I had to wear it. I have no idea where they came up with that!

  18. Katie says:

    Best gift ever was an AAA membership from my aunt last year. Didn’t realize it until I locked my keys in the car at the airport with the car running and music blasting while dropping off a friend. An eventual end to the humiliation was priceless :)

  19. Cindy M says:

    I have loved all of the homemade gifts throughout the years! In particular, my sister paints some amazing things and I love decorating my apartment with them!

  20. Jen says:

    The best gift I ever received was my engagement ring!

  21. Shawn says:

    My cast iron skillet and my trusty spatula because then I could try new recipes!

  22. Kelly D says:

    The best gift I received was a necklace with my son’s birthstone in it and it was the Christmas after he was born, so that is why it is my favorite.

  23. Donna says:

    I can’t think of a particular holiday gift, but I dod get engaged close to Christmas, so I have to go with my engagement ring!

  24. gal Flam says:

    A homemade book with mix CDs for every season!

  25. Lolo says:

    My Le Creuset dutch oven. A wonderful gift that I use to make comfort food for my family.

  26. Jaime says:

    A food processor!

  27. Christina says:

    Best gift ever was a family vacation to Hawaii!

  28. Teresa T says:

    Best gift I received was about a couple of years ago when I received an easy bake oven (I was 21 years old) from my boyfriend. He had recalled me saying that I always wanted an easy bake oven as a kid and I never got one. So he got me one off of eBay that was dated around the time I was a kid, not a brand new one, but one that was authentic to the kind that I would have wanted when I saw it on TV.

  29. Li S. says:

    the best gift I ever received was a pair of diamond studs the next day after I complained to my BF that I had lost one of my beloved earrings at the gym. he’s so prompt! <3

  30. Rachel Taylor says:

    A bread machine last Christmas! I love Le Creuset!

  31. Liz says:

    i received my grandmother’s silver for my wedding – the best gifts are passed down!

  32. The best gift I ever received was my camera!

  33. Jeff Hipon says:

    I love my electric kettle. Every time is tea time!

  34. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    My best gift was my son being born the day after Christmas!!

  35. Darla Boyd says:

    When I was a kid, I knew I was destined to be a rock star. My parents didn’t understand all that, of course, and never appeared to be listening to the plan. So when I got a guitar for Christmas, that became and remains the best gift ever.

  36. Leslie says:

    Plane ticket to spend the holidays with family

  37. Adrianne B says:

    The best Holiday Gift I received was my KitchenAid Mixer! It’s so incredibly versatile!

  38. Isabelle T says:

    The best gift I ever received was my 20th birthday when all my friends knew I loved eating rice. So for my birthday, they made me a rice cake, kind of like a cookie cake.

  39. Jaime says:

    My very first dslr. It finally allowed me to capture moments the way I wanted to remember them.

  40. My parents flew me home to the States from Seoul, Korea for Christmas one year as a gift. It was so wonderful to spend time at home with friends and family after being overseas for years missing out on the holidays!

  41. Natasha S says:

    The best gift I’ve received is a box of homemade truffles.

  42. Samantha Hodgson says:

    The best gift I have ever recieved was my kitchen aid stand mixer! Always on the far off wishlist but the best surprise!

  43. Hillary says:

    I think the best gift I ever received was a set of hand painted canvases which showed the four seasons in leaves. They were painted by my boyfriend (now husband) and now hang in our home!

  44. Resa says:

    Definitely the All-Clad frying pans my mother got me before college! I use those things everyday, and they’ve held up fabulously over the years.

  45. Emily R says:

    The best kitchen gift I ever received was a 2-pack of Calphalon nonstick skillets, as a wedding present. Those skillets are amazing and have held up so well over the past 4 years!

  46. plane tickets to go to hawaii!

  47. Dawn says:

    Best gift – Le Creuset Dutch Oven!

  48. Jodi Lemons says:

    The best gift I ever received ( and continue to receive) are the drawings my 4 sons give me every year. I tell them to draw whatever they would like, it just has to have color. ( Otherwise, it would be all in pencil!) They’ve been doing this for about 11 years. I put them all in a frame together. I love to see how their interests and drawing skills change over the years. Makes my heart smile!

  49. Dorothy says:

    The best christmas gift I got was a microscope when I was in second grade.

  50. Kristen D. says:

    The best gift I ever received was a kitchenaid stand mixer! So many uses!

  51. Megan M says:

    A trip to Buenos Aires! Can’t wait to go back!

  52. Kelsi says:

    The best gift I’ve received is my Nikon DSLR!! ^_^

  53. Anna says:

    The best gift I ever received was a old fire extinguisher my uncle gave me when I turned five. You fied it with water and it had a pump and was super cool and all summer we had water fights :)

  54. Allison Kim says:

    One of my best holiday gifts received was a trip to California to see my family members, who I hadn’t seen in 16 years. It was really an amazing reunion!

  55. Jessica Buton says:

    My favorite gadget present was my wustof serrated bread knife.. makes cutting bread like slicing butter!!

  56. Rebecca says:

    A picnic basket my favorite gift. My husband and I love to take picnics in the summer in our local rose garden.

  57. Yoojin says:

    the best gift i ever received has to me my blendtec blender from my parents a few months ago. i don’t go a day without using it! i had the bullet before and had to replace the blades on it too often…i guess i’m an ambitious blendie :)

  58. Ashley says:

    The best holiday gift I received was a sleeping pad last Christmas. It led to planning a summer backpacking trip which is where my boyfriend of 6 years proposed to me. It was an unforgettable trip.

  59. oooh what a great giveaway! the best present i ever received wasn’t a kitchen tool, but the flavor bible cookbook which i use for reference every time i try and make a recipe from scratch. it’s basically an index of ingredients and what other ingredients/flavors they pair with.

  60. Soma says:

    My husband bought me a kitchen aid stand mixer. I just love it, it was in my wishlist for so long. And now baking has been really easy for me.

  61. Tessa says:

    The best gift I’ve received was a suitcase for my high school graduation from my grandparents. I thought it was boring at the time, but it ended up accompanying me around the world on many an adventure.

  62. Mariah says:

    The best gift I received was a teapot. I could finally stop using a microwave to boil water in the mornings and instead listen for the whistle in the mornings to enjoy a cup of tea.

  63. Vickie Martin says:

    My boyfriend bought me a kitchen aid stand mixer 12 years ago. By far the best kitchen present I have ever received. Everyone loves it.

  64. Kay says:

    Best gift ever was a trip to Istanbul from my partner. Almost cried with joy!

  65. BT says:

    Best gift I ever received was when I was about 5 or so. I wasn’t a terribly active kid, so I typically wanted your standard issue plastic figures/toys/playsets/etc. I would’ve been ecstatic to receive gifts that fell entirely in that category. Particularly, I remember asking for some huge, expensive, playset of one of my favorite superheroes of the time, Captain Power – now, as an adult, something I recognize and acknowledge as an expensive hunk of useless plastic, but as a child, of course, the object of my imagination. On Christmas morning, I found a large box under the tree, which I was sure was this very playset I’d asked for. However, when I unwrapped it, it was instead my first bicycle. Not going to lie – at the time, I was a bit let down. But that all went away when I first was able to ride that bike on my own (after plenty of trial and error, of course). That first ride on a bike, with no training wheels and no help from your parents, is an irreplaceable childhood memory.

  66. The best gift I’ve ever received was a trip to Nigeria to meet my family for the first time. I was 21 and about to graduate from college, and I came in to surprise my grandmother on her 80th birthday. It was amazing to finally see so many people I’d only spoken to over the phone. The amount of love I received was amazing, and the food was just great.

  67. Eva says:

    Recently, it’s been my kindle paperwhite! I take it everywhere!

  68. sarah ma says:

    Favorite present of all time….a vintage cake platter.

  69. Theresa Sea says:

    Hubs got me a 5 quart bowl-lift mixer for Xmas last year. It’s a powerhouse compared to the 4.5 qt tilt-head that I had and nearly blew the motor out of. I use this new one at least once a week!

  70. Dylan Smith says:

    The best gift I have ever received was a knife set from my parents. I had started getting serious about cooking for myself and nothing helps cooking along better than a good set of knives.

  71. maren says:

    best gift I ever received was a salsa-making kit.. complete with my aunt’s “secret family” recipe that she had never shared with anyone before!

  72. sofija says:

    a memebership to an art museum in the city i had just moved to, from my little brother! it meant so much that he wanted to celebrate my new home with a gift he knew i’d love

  73. Grace says:

    Best gift I’ve ever received might have to be my engagement ring from my husband, as it most certainly changed our lives!…. but I’m also ridiculously in love with my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer which was a gift from my sister-in-law. :)

  74. nikki says:

    a couple years ago, my husband gave me a Le Creuset Dutch oven. I think I probably use it at least 3 or 4 times a week!

  75. Alix Gonzales says:

    The best present I ever recieved was a hand made quilt. It is gorgeous and big enough for our queen sized bed. Every time I see it, I think about all the time and planning that went into making it and the person who made it for us.

  76. Renee Richardson says:

    My husband surprised me with a Galaxy Tablet two years ago. It really took me by surprise because we always focus on the kids during the holiday. It was something I really wanted and I was touched. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)


  77. Arleen Arreola says:

    I would say my best gift was tickets for chicago to go see my brother (and my mother’s side of the family!) because i thought i wouldn’t get a chance to see them for the holiday season… and then receiving the silver spoon cookbook — which made it all even better!

  78. christina says:

    A kitchenaid stand mixer, which is great because I use it ALL the time!!

  79. Nikki says:

    I received a bright red kitchen aid mixer two years ago, and it is amazing! I even used it to make my own wedding cake. Best. Gift. Ever.

  80. Jillian says:

    it’s a tie between my Kitchenaid stand mixer and my Nikon DSLR camera!

  81. Maggie says:

    My cast iron pan, and a list of things NOT to do with it!

  82. May says:

    My favorite holiday gift was a Fossil bag. It was my first big girl purse and i kept getting compliments. Soon, I started to dress nicer at work and in my personal life, to make my bag proud.

  83. Melinda says:

    A Sunbeam hand mixer with a mixing stand/bowl that my friend gave to me during college as a precursor to the kitchen aid, “for until you can afford the official one”. Best present ever :)

  84. Christine says:

    The best gift was a food processor! So useful!

  85. Greg says:

    My mom gave me a Dutch oven a few years back after I (think I) mentioned one (okay, maybe I asked for it), even though I didn’t cook much back then. I hauled it to university after one break and now love using it for chicken noodle soup, pot roasts, and no-knead bread!

  86. Joanne says:

    The best gift I eve received was a waffle maker for my new kitchen. It’s a simple device but it has revitalized Sunday breakfast!

  87. Leslie says:

    one of the nicest gifts I ever received was a large picnic basket (super large) filled with all the accessories to make a grand picnic. It was very touching. Now all I want is a Kitchen Aid and some Le Creuset pieces!

  88. Best gift? 130 people showing up to our wedding in Mexico when we were expecting only 60 :) Then having enough flexibility to feed everybody.

  89. Jacquie H says:

    The best gift I’ve ever received was my great-aunt’s ring, which she gave me when I turned 21. She passed away last year. I wear it everyday and think of her.

  90. Janet Stott says:

    The French Laundry Cookbook – awesome and inspiring. Man’s reach should exceed his grasp.

  91. Nicolette B says:

    Being together at Christmas AND snow on Christmas day! : )

  92. Patrick Wohlmut says:

    The best gift I received from my wife last year was cooking lessons. I never learned to cook from classes or other people. I learned from books, and YouTube videos, and TV (bless the holy name of Julia Child!). In one evening I learned five different cooking techniques, which we used to cook five different dishes. Having that kind of hands-on help, being guided through the steps, and having the opportunity to bring together the separate skills I’d picked up on my own, was invaluable.

  93. Lee says:

    Well the best gift… Wow that is a hard one… I think it was a Thai Amulet that was given to my father when he went to the Vietnam war.. When he passed away it was given to me by my mother. It is always around my neck. The other was the gift of cooking.. Learned from my mom and the travels I have done and all the cook books it have read…… Great ? …. Makes you really think… Ha ha ha

  94. Sabrina says:

    The best present I ever got was my parents surprising me by letting me fine dine with one friend this year for my 21st birthday. They know all I like to do is eat and cook, so this was the best, thoughtful surprise and present I ever got from them or anyone. (Also super excited for them to buy me a food processor to have in my first apartment!!)

  95. Meaghan says:

    the best gift ive ever received was a nice chef’s knife. i use it everyday!!

  96. Joe says:

    My best holiday gift was my grill pan. I use it almost 5x a week whether for grilling toasts or some pork chops or fish. It heats perfectly, and can go in the oven. Since I live in an apartment, I can’t have a big grill, but this is almost as good. I always get compliments on my stovetop/oven “grilling.” Happy Holidays everyone!

  97. Sophie says:

    My first cast iron skillet. One year later it’s looking pretty beautiful!

  98. Jeremy says:

    My education!

  99. Karishma says:

    The best gift I ever received was a cast iron skillet for christmas because I literally use it

  100. Matty says:

    Lasik Eye Surgery – I can see perfectly now! and not on my dime, thanks parents!

  101. Zoe says:

    A trip to Disney World :)

  102. cathy says:

    Food related gift but in a roundabout way. Hubs got me a French Brittany pup to point and retrieve quail, grouse, pheasant and hopefully chukkar someday. I would highly recommend one in every one’s kitchen:)

  103. Jem Jia says:

    My first Christmas being married, my husband made me an ornament that he fashioned using jewelry wire. It was beautiful and effervescent. It depicted my husband and I hanging off of a heart facing each other. He is wearing a top hat and I am wearing a flowing skirt. It was the most perfect and meaningful present I have ever received. My husband is not good at arts and crafts at all and so the time and care he put into making this present for me really touched my heart. I will treasure the ornament for the rest of my life.

  104. Trish says:

    The best gift I ever received was definitely a dslr camera! Definitely spoiled that year.
    Fingers crossed!

  105. Kristin says:

    I’m typing this on the new computer that my husband and I are ‘giving each other’ for Christmas. So excited for a laptop that works!

  106. Brian Fleetwood says:

    Best gift I ever received was an NES when I was like 7 or 8 because I was 7 or 8 and it was a Nintendo. Best kitchen/food related gift I ever got was the El Bulli cookbook because it was an extravagant gift from someone who cared a lot about me.

  107. Rachel Cohen says:

    Best gift I ever received was my first Pokemon card set with a holographic Charizard in it. My 8 year old self couldn’t handle the sheer excitement. :)

  108. Jen M. says:

    I can’t think of a specific gift, but I really love the ones that seem to be kind of lame or oddball when you receive them and then end up being something you use a lot.

  109. allison says:

    Every year my family all goes on a trip to Mexico in Feb instead of giving gifts. So many memories from those trips!

  110. I love garlic presses too! I hate mincing garlic haha.

  111. Best gift I ever received was my very first laptop- it isn’t in working condition, but I held on to it!

  112. Madeline says:

    A cello from my husband. It wasn’t a fancy one, but I had always wanted to learn to play and he gave me the opportunity!!

  113. Randilea says:

    No lie my SO got me a Vitamix and I love it!! It was highly unexpected which makes it even more special.

  114. Quyen Nguyen says:

    I received a Blendtec for Xmas and that’s the best thing I could have gotten.

  115. Kathleen says:

    The best gift I received was a treasure hunt from my sister. It was so much fun.

  116. Mariah Bloom says:

    The best gift I ever received was the DSLR I have been using for the past 6 years. Because of that camera, I have recorded memories of my travels and my life!

  117. Lauren says:

    The best gift I ever received was finding out I was going to be an aunt!

  118. Iris R. says:

    The best gift I received was a leather satchel from my boyfriend. It’s been about four years and it still looks new! I lvoe it because it’s functional, so I get to use it every day, and it STILL makes me happy every time.

  119. Anne says:

    One of my most favorite gifts was my Le Creuset dutch oven…it’s been with me ever since and I use it for everything!

  120. Carla S says:

    The best holiday gift I received was a caldero because I can now cook large amounts of food at once in a pan.

  121. Amy says:

    My immersion blender. I use it for everything!

  122. Ali D says:

    My kitchen set as a child :)

  123. Adam says:

    Last year my best friend and I got each other 12-inch cast iron skillets and it has turned out to be the most indispensable piece of cookware ever. I had always thought cast iron was so finicky, but it’s the most easy to use, simple to clean thing I own. I take pleasure in massaging saved bacon fat into it every night to make sure it stays happy.

  124. Nicole says:

    The best holiday gift I received was one of those bamboo steamers, but not a new one, the one that my Mom had since I was little. It was given to me my first xmas while I was in college, where I finally had a kitchen of my own. It was the best gift I received mostly because of sentimental value, and made me remember all the times when my mom and my sisters would sit around the kitchen table wrapping wontons as a kid.

  125. Matt P. says:

    The best gift I’ve ever received was a Le Creuset oval dutch oven from my parents last year – I was just starting to get into cooking and just had lousy non-stick pans that had gathered over the years. I use that dutch oven constantly and now I’ve added larger and smaller round ovens.

  126. Tyneisha Fondren says:

    The best holiday gift I received was a new set of knives! I loved it because I felt so fancy in the kitchen :)

  127. Julie Fundenberger says:

    My father paid to have my bicycle fixed. I know it sounds stupid, but it has really expensive parts and there was no way I was going to be able to fix it myself. Riding a bike is one of the few exercises I can do that don’t trigger my asthma, so it’s pretty vital to my weight loss plans.

  128. Lacey Burd says:

    Last year my sister & brother n law crafted me a wooden wine rack with spots underneath to hang my wine glasses from. I loved it because it was made with love and was SO perfect for me!

  129. Holly Beach says:

    My boyfriend took me to Budapest for Christmas years ago, and it the best! A great experience, and so much better than more stuff.

  130. Jenny says:

    the best gift I ever received was my engagement ring!

  131. Meghan W. says:

    A puppy when I was 12 years old. I’d wanted a dog for what seemed like forever, so I was incredibly happy when I held her in my arms the first time. I’ll never forget that day.

  132. The best gift I received was a Thai cookbook from my sister – I use it all the time to make curry!

  133. Hannah Deming says:

    My dad made me a trunk to store my sentimental items when I moved across the country

  134. Sherry says:

    Kitchen stand mixer…I use weekly.

  135. Slick says:

    The best gift I ever received was my engagement ring from my fiance. :0)

  136. Ashley C says:

    The best gift I received was when my husband surprised me with a DSLR camera, I didn’t expect it at all but it was sweet to capture my kids on camera rather than just through iphone pics


  137. Tisse says:

    The best gift I’ve ever received was a beautiful Peugeot pepper grinder!

  138. Natalia says:

    Ticket to go home for the holidays! YAY!

  139. tammigirl says:

    My favorite holiday gift would be the sapphire and diamond pendant my husband gave me a few years ago. I wear it every day. He chose well!

  140. Sonia says:

    Best gift (in terms of a thing) would be my engagement ring last year :-)

  141. Natalie Klamm says:

    The best gift I ever received was a mushroom tote bag my mom gave to me when I graduated from school. I love mushrooms so it fits me perfectly!

  142. Linda says:

    It would have to be an immersion blender because it saved a ton of time and trouble…no more gingerly pouring hot soups into the blender!

  143. heather says:

    A handmade blanket was the best because it was so beautiful and special.

  144. It sounds silly, but my parents got me an air mattress when I moved into my first apartment a few years ago. It’s been far and away the best present I’ve received, because I’ve gotten so much use out of it! Now my friends don’t have to sleep on the floor when they visit :)

  145. christy says:

    I am a gadget geek for sure…but my cuisinart food processor is a star! best gift ever!

  146. Carly says:

    I honestly can’t pick one, but my amazingly sweet dog Tater was definitely the best get well gift from my Mom and Dad. I had to take a semester off from college to deal with health issues as well as PTSD from an abusive relationship and my Mom took me to look at foster puppies one day when I was really down. Long story short, she surprised me by putting my name on the adoption list and one week later we brought home my sweet little girl. She has definitely helped me through tough times and continues to keep me company as I battle a very rare disease.

  147. Ammy Belle says:

    Best gift ever? Probably the hot air balloon ride my husband got me – can’t beat an experience like that! Thanks! :)

  148. Tracy says:

    KitchenAid stand mixer… not sure what I’d do without it now that I have it.

  149. the best gift i’ve received was a box full of sweets, cosmetics, and trinkets from my best friend’s trip to france! it’s the closest i will get to pierre herme and it felt amazing knowing that she sent them halfway across the world just for me!

  150. Elenie says:

    The best gift was probably when I was really young. I hinted to my parents that I wanted this GameBoy Color game ‘Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons’ since I had the companion, Oracle of Ages. Because we didn’t live in the US, and games were hard to purchase at the same, I didn’t really expect it. My parents had asked my cousin who was studying abroad to fetch it for me. I remember being so surprised on Christmas Day I had barely opened the wrapping, saw the Legend of Zelda logo and I just knew. It was pretty great. The game was fun but looking back on that particular Christmas makes me super grateful that I am so lucky.

  151. Bernadine says:

    A baseball glove from a boyfriend who wanted to teach me how to play baseball.

  152. julianne says:

    the best gift i’ve ever received is my copy of ‘mastering the art of french cooking’ for my fiancé. she had seen me pining over it and bought it for me for my birthday a few days later. i haven’t tried to cook anything from it yet but i can’t wait to try!

  153. sandi says:

    A first-generation DLSR Camera. It’s allowed me to capture so many moments over the last 10 years. Including food pictures.

  154. Jennifer says:

    vintage pyrex nesting mixing bowls!

  155. Jennifer M. says:

    Probably my MacBook! It’s always on me.

  156. Nicole Dz says:

    The best gift I received is my Blendtec blender, it has helped me make so many different recipes, and saves me time in the kitchen and that is why I love it.

  157. Kady says:

    My mom got me a stand mixer that allowed me to try out so many new recipes and try so many new techniques. It really allowed me to grow as a baker and cook and I love every time I’m able to use it.

  158. Sara H. says:

    I recieved two super soft throws last year and have used them every day since!

  159. Sarah Ortiz says:

    The best gift I ever recieved was a vintage watch from my Dad. He had seen me eyeing it on a trip to the jewelery store and ended up picking it up for me later on. I opened it on Christmas morning two years ago and haven’t taken it off since!

  160. Summer Bonner says:

    The Best Holiday Gift I received was a Set of Ear Rings that were my great grandmothers…passed down from many generations and I love the History in in and Love from all my Family’s Heritage.

  161. I once received a trip to Costa Rica!

  162. Angel S. says:

    My husband bought me a complete Italian dish set with accessories. Loved it!

  163. Patricija says:

    Last year I got a cat for Christmas. His name is George and we sleep together (yes it is a toy). Much needed love :D

  164. Courtney says:

    The best gift I’ve been given was my Kindle Paperwhite! I love being able to have all my books in one place since I fly between Tennessee and Sweden fairly often!

  165. Amy L says:

    The best gift I ever received was a commercial size Kitchenaid mixer which my husband and kids gave me one Christmas. I love to bake, especially for the holidays, and I make a family recipe that makes 14 loaves of a nut-filled sweet roll every year. The larger mixer makes the job so much easier. It also helps me make large batches of cookies so I can share them with my family and also take some to work for my co-workers.

  166. Jackie says:

    Best gift ever food-wise was the Silpat from my grandparents. Gram was all apologetic, saying “I don’t know if you’d ever use something like this…” And then I interrupted her with a big “F yeah! Silpat!”

  167. Monica says:

    A blender was the best gift! I use it almost every morning to make myself a mocha frappucino. I’ve saved a ton of money! : )

  168. latanya says:

    My husband got me a necklace with my son’s birthstone in it and that is a fave because I like personalized gifts like that.

  169. Elizabeth G says:

    My favorite Christmas present is my iPad mini…it goes everywhere with me and I use it for business and pleasure every single day!

  170. Jonathan del Rosario says:

    My fiance gave me book of professionally shot boudoir photos. Its my favorite gift ever because its so personal and nobody will ever have a gift just like it. Plus, she’s sexy as all hell.

  171. Joan says:

    My 14 inch cast iron skillet…with lid…Lodge, pre-seasoned!

    I could throw away most of my other pans & that old toaster, too :)

  172. Kaitlin says:

    My food processor!

  173. The best gift I received was a canning set. It inspired me to start growing food for my family and learn how to can delicious, fresh fruits and veggies for the chilly winter days! I love knowing I can provide food for my family this way.

  174. Lisa Brown says:

    A much needed vacuum; my old one was working right.

  175. kate says:

    the best gift i’ve received was a trip to the vancouver islands from my husband. love your blog!

  176. Julia says:

    Honestly, mine was an electric wine opener! I use it quite a bit during the holiday season :)

  177. Nikki says:

    The best gift I received was probably the year my bestie and I decided to spend our christmas money for each other (and a whole lot of extra money!) on a trip to London. It was easily the best christmas I’ve ever had!

  178. Best gift ever… It’s definitely my schnauzer Fala. She’s the greatest check out #FalaDoesntCare on instagram if you don’t believe me. Kitchen related though my gf gave me a 8″ Victorinox Chef’s knife with the fibrox handle for my last birthday and it may be the best thing ever!

  179. Liza Richards says:

    The best gift I have received was my lecreuset pan and casserole. It’s versatility from stove to oven has allowed me to whip up dishes from entrees to deserts without the hassle of switching pans.

  180. Kim Byer says:

    One Christmas, about seven years ago, my husband surprised me with a trip to Iceland. The surrealness of the moment overwhelmed me because that very morning I had been wondering what I was going to get for Christmas; I was secretly wishing for a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland. Of course it was a trip we had never discussed– to a country we’d never discussed. The moment I unwrapped the travel brochure was almost more than my head could process. I can’t remember loving him more than that very moment– the moment I knew he could clearly see inside my heart.

  181. Kata says:

    Homemade advent calendars – so thoughtful and personal.

  182. Lezley Woodring says:

    My favorite was my chef’s knife!

  183. Jensen says:

    I got a mini instax camera last year and it’s been so fun to be able to capture life’s little moments without all the fuss!

    also, if you rub a spoon over your hands while running them under cold water it gets rid of the garlic smell, easy peezy!

  184. TaraO says:

    The best gift for me is always a photo gift. I am a hobbyist photographer and love pictures of my kids!

  185. Kate says:

    My first bicycle was the best ever!

  186. Anne Weber-Falk says:

    My children. I love them so very much. They bring me so much joy and pain and craziness and calm and they keep life more interesting. I cannot imagine my life without them. If you were thinking of something more retail related then it would have to be my stove. My son and his girlfriend bought me this stove. It’s a convection oven and has big beautiful grates on the top and a power burner and a griddle. The thing is also stainless steel and it’s fabulous.

  187. Melia says:

    The best gift I received was LASIK eye surgery. I have been wearing glasses/contacts since I was in 4th grade…over 20 years ago! Without them, I would be legally blind. So, needless to say, it was an amazing gift from my grandmother…the gift of vision…waking up in the morning and actually reading the alarm clock, seeing the leaves on a branch out my window…simple pleasures. However, what made it even more special was because my grandmother had passed away and left me an inheritance to pay for the cost of the surgery. Now I will forever be thankful, each and every day.

  188. Claire says:

    The best gift I’ve ever received was my Grandma’s vintage coach bags. I’ve used them for years and get compliments on them all the time!

  189. Realia M says:

    the best gift i ever received was a set of breyer horses when i was a kid! i loved them!

  190. Kathie Minella says:

    After complaining to my daughters that did not have any current pictures of them together, they decided give me just that for Christmas. They went out one day with a friend who had a camera and took all kinds of pictures, candid shots, casual and then some close-up more portrait shots. They put all these pictures together in a book that they had printed and gave it to me for Christmas. When I open that book and saw all the pictures of my two girls it just brought tears to my eyes I had a whole book of just them that I can look at whenever I want.

  191. Shawna says:

    The best gift I ever got was a gift certificate to the humane society – so my husband and I picked out 2 kittens to be part of our family!

  192. celia r. says:

    My favorite gift I have gotten in the past few years was a panini maker. Now every week me and my roommates have panini Mondays, and it makes the beginning of the week something to look forward to.

  193. Wendy says:

    I loved getting a mini camcorder a couple of years ago, it’s helped by capture a lot of fun memories.

  194. iona says:

    the best gift i have ever received was a pair of clog maryjanes that my mom gave me. they were perfect!

  195. Becky C. says:

    The best gifts that I’ve ever received were always foods, because they promote happiness and health (that is, when the foods are healthy, which they usually are in my case). For instance, my family often gives away vegetables that we’ve grown in our garden to relatives and friends, and they also give us yummy food in return. Wishing someone a longer life by encouraging their health is one of the most meaningful things you can do to show your appreciation for that person.

  196. Cali says:

    a pendelton blanket because I use it every day.

  197. April says:

    When I think about it, I think the best gift I ever received was my garlic press. I definitely agree with you on the smelly fingers part! Mincing has never been more easier.

  198. Sarah says:

    Cooking wise, it has to be my beautiful stock pot. I get so much use out of it and it’s such a nice piece.

  199. Geoff K says:

    I’d have to say it was the pair of Radiohead tickets my sister bought me a few years back, mostly because I was able to give her the second ticket and have an unforgettable experience seeing my favorite band with my big sis!

  200. Zsofi says:

    An electric fondue set last year!

  201. Jennifer says:

    Best gift was a dozen vanilla beans!

  202. Alyce Poalillo says:

    Several years ago I got a KitchenAid mixer that I had coveted for a very long time and I have really enjoyed using it often since then.

  203. Pui San says:

    Best gift ever was a bamboo steamer. Having Asian ancestry, typically we do what our mums did, and my mum did well with the steamer that came with the rice cooker, and whenever I move to a new place, a stainless steel or aluminum steamer is my must-haves. Then recently, since moving to Boston and taking a wee break from work, I started cooking, meaning serious cooking, getting acquainted with some basic recipes for Dim Sum (which up till now, have only found pleasure in the eating), some basic recipes for Southeast Asian desserts, and more. Then one day my husband bought me this bamboo steamer. He read somewhere that it would be best for reheating/re-steaming the homemade red bean paste buns avoiding the occasional ponding of water at the base of the plates. It is true and it makes better dim sum in general! Best gift ever! Sometimes you never know what you’re missing in life until you have it…

  204. Ashley says:

    Christmas pajamas – we open them every Christmas Eve & it always evokes such wonderful family memories.

  205. Laura Fugate says:

    My favorite holiday gift was a diamond ring.

  206. Betsy Chou says:

    My friend gifted me with the New York Times cookbook by the incredible Amanda Hesser, and it remains the best gift I have ever received. Meanwhile, my cookbooks wanted list grows toward infinity…

  207. Lucy says:

    The best gift ever is coming in the mail now…a kitchen aid stand mixer! Finally!!

  208. Lauren G. says:

    The best gift I’ve received was a trip to Kauai with my husband.

  209. Alexa Martin says:

    The best gift I ever received was a collage that my husband made for me when we celebrated our first Christmas we together. One side of the collage represented him and his interests – Spanish, computer science, and rollerblading. The other represented me – French, history, and violin. In the middle of the collage was a silhouette of a couple dancing, which represented us together, since we did swing and ballroom dancing. It was incredibly thoughtful and romantic; I know I will treasure it for the rest of my life because it represents the beauty of our relationship.

  210. Margaret Smith says:

    When my sons were little, my husband had gotten me a gold heart locket and had my sons photo’s put inside. What was really special and still is special to me, is that my husband and I didn’t really have the money to exchange gifts. He had worked extra jobs, to save enough to surprise me. Also, he’s a great guy, but never was one to be too romantic and this gift was just so thoughtful, romantic and perfect.

  211. Amber says:

    My engagement ring, because now I’ve got the best husband!

  212. Danielle D says:

    Gift card wasn’t expecting it.

  213. Greg F says:

    The best gift I ever received was a ticket to a UNC Duke game– what a rivalry and amazing to see it in person. I ended up going to grad school at Duke and got to see a few more in person, but it is still special to think about the first time.

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  215. Yoo Jin says:

    I had gotten a wine fridge from my friends! It came already pre-stocked with WINE! I was delighted!

  216. Mary Calabrese says:

    I got a beautiful gold necklace from my now husband. it showed me how much he cared for me.

  217. Michelle says:

    My brother gifted me with a Wusthof paring knife years ago and it’s still one of my favorite things ever.

  218. The best gift I have ever gotten was a brand new camera. It was a total surprise and it made me so so so happy.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  219. shanley says:

    best gift i ever received: my husband took all my random recipes and made me a homemade personalized cookbook, all organized and pretty. love it and use it all the time!

  220. Vera K says:

    My best holiday gift i got was an engagement ring.

  221. Rita says:

    My fave gift ever was a Le Creuset dutch oven. I can cook anything and everything in it and love it. Would love to have more of their products !

  222. Stardancer says:

    I dream of owning Le Crueset! I’m currently a little too post-college to afford to buy it yet.

  223. allison says:

    this is a little sentimental, but it has to be a plane ticket home for thanksgiving. my first few years out of college making very little money, my parents would make sure i could fly across the country and get home for our favorite holiday. the older i get, the more i value those trips out west and the time spent cooking and hanging with my family.

  224. Rachel says:

    my best gift ever was my winter uggs boots from my mom when i moved away from the west coast to the east coast for college. nine years later…still keeping my toes warm during the winter months :)

  225. Meeble says:

    It would have to be the kitchen aid mixer. I don’t have to knead my dough so hard. although, now I have weaker arms from disuse haha.

  226. Brandon D says:

    The best gift I ever got was the America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook. The 15th anniversary edition with every recipe in it.

  227. Deb K says:

    Mine was a Mother’s Ring with all my kids birthstones.

  228. Jess says:

    One of my favorites was an aeropress- before aeropresses had become hip. My boyfriend was the sciency type and when I opened the gift, I thought, “oh jeez, what is this?”- and it turned out to be one of the best researched gifts I’ve ever received! For a person who travels and backpacks as much as I do, it’s the ideal situation for coffee!

  229. Bryn says:

    Every year my husband buys my gym membership. He knows that I need some “me” time but that I hate spending the money on myself. Love him.

  230. Tiffany says:

    The best gift I’ve ever received was a collection of apple things: caramel apple oreos, apple cider, apple butter, etc. It was really sweet because I love apples and didn’t want anything too elaborate.

  231. Ann Fantom says:

    The best Christmas gift I ever got was a dog I got when I was 8 years old. I wanted a dog so badly I cried when I saw him

  232. Elise Gahan says:

    Back when I was a kid my Bitty Baby was my favorite gift!

  233. Kim Henrichs says:

    My mom used to give me pajamas every Christmas Eve even way into adulthood. It was always so special to me.

  234. D Schmidt says:

    The best gift was an album filled with pictures of my Husband as a baby, we have our own children so it was nice to see the resemblance.

  235. Melissa says:

    The best gift I ever received food-wise was a kitchenaid stand mixer. So useful!

  236. Sue Barney says:

    My engagement ring because I received it from the Love of my life!

  237. Joanna Luper says:

    My Le Creuset dutch oven!

  238. Chantal Huynh says:

    The best gift from my mom is my mini food processor! I’m in a lunch club at work so every 2 weeks I cook a dish for 8 of my coworkers. The food processor has been a savior. I’ve made some savory sandwich spreads, pesto sauce, and the best herbal glaze for potatoes! I couldn’t imagine my kitchen without one. It’s simply the best kitchen essential.

  239. Chantal Huynh says:

    The best gift from my mom is my mini food processor! I’m in a lunch club at work so every 2 weeks I cook a dish for 8 of my coworkers. The food processor has been a savior. I’ve made some iu sandwich spreads, pesto sauce, and the best herbal glaze for potatoes! I couldn’t imagine my kitchen without one. It’s simply the best kitchen essential.

  240. Deb says:

    My best gift was a homemade crossword puzzle in which many of the clues and answers were about me – my likes and dislikes, facts about my life, and the like. I was so touched that someone had given that much thought to me!

  241. Last year my parents gifted my husband and I a large cusinart food processor. LIFE CHANGING.

  242. Stephen K says:

    What a great giveaway. The colored spatulas are marvelous.
    The best gift I’ve ever received was a cooking class – not only do you get to learn the skills related to cooking but you get to eat the results of your labor. What a treat!

  243. JoeyfromSC says:

    A handmade hat from my Granny when I was little! she put alot of love & time into it & I cherished it! Thank you for the chance to win!

    Joey J.

  244. L says:

    One of my favorite presents I’ve gotten is a bird feeder that attaches to the window with suction cups. I work from home alot and it always makes me smile to see the chickadees and cardinals coming to the window. In terms of kitchen presents, I love the food processor I was given a couple years ago…

  245. Anh says:

    I love to bake and I could never bring myself to splurge on a stand mixer. My boyfriend got me a Kitchenaid our first Christmas together. Every time I use it, I proclaim loudly, “Best Christmas gift EVER!”

  246. Maria Teresa says:

    The best gift I ever received was a ThermoWorks thermometer!

  247. Caroline says:

    The best gifts I’ve received are airline miles from my parents, allowing me to travel!

  248. Jonathan Perelmuter says:

    My best friends totally reorganized my totally disorganized apartment while I was away for a weekend. This included an insane influx of new containers, a label gun and excel spreadsheets. The organization lasted an impressive 3 months.

  249. Bethany says:

    my favorite gift ever would have to be my engagement ring!

  250. Meghan says:

    The best holiday cooking related present I’ve every received was a slow cooker from my Mother and a small deep fryer from my Mother in-law in the same year. Heaven!

  251. Kristine Tserunyan says:

    It has to be the kitchen aid stand mixer my husband bought me after he learned I had been wanting it for years.

  252. Eliza says:

    The best gift I ever received is the silver hamsa necklace that I wear everyday. It’s supposed to protect me from evil, and it seems to have truly done a great job all these years (thanks, mum).

  253. Ashley says:

    Oh goodness, best gift ever?? Well, one Christmas my loved ones each bought me a well-loved book. So now I look at my bookshelf and smile, feeling their love and thoughtfulness–plus, they’re pretty good books!

  254. Aaron says:

    I receive Bozo Buckets when I was six – it made me happy =)

  255. Anne says:

    best gift of my life was my son coming home from the middle east last year for the holidays. best gift ever.

  256. Nicole says:

    The best gift I received was a trip to Japan from my dear boyfriend. We haven’t gone yet – our trip is coming up in late March, during the height of the cherry blossom season. Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited for the adventure (and the accompanying food) awaiting us!

  257. danielle Marie says:

    i think my rachel ray cookware a few years ago. awesome and useful! thanks mom. :)


  258. Amy Pratt says:

    My best Christmas gift was when an anonymous person left a stereo on my front porch. How kind was that?

  259. Terry F says:

    THe best gift was a beautiful hand crafted quilt from my mother!

  260. Cynthia C says:

    My Kitchen Aid stand mixer with lots of attachments is the best gift I ever received. I use it often for so many things.

  261. Denise says:

    A Global paring knife! I use it for absolutely everything.

  262. Christina says:

    A Canada Goose jacket! It gets real cold, and it’s weather-appropriate and very practical.

  263. Ashley W says:

    a crockpot! It’s amazing how much I’ve come to rely on it.

  264. Abbey says:

    Definitely a surprise trip to Chicago. The entire trip was planned–including all of the great restaurants I got to eat at!

  265. Cheryl says:

    I think the most useful gift I ever got was my iPad. I used to schlep around whatever book I was reading every day to and from work so that I could read on my commute. My bag is so much lighter now! :)

  266. Dana Hannsgen says:

    Best gift I ever received was my food processor. I use it for everything from smoothies to homemade almond butter. Nothing it can’t handle!

  267. derek says:

    I received a Shun knife a few years back and I can’t say enough good things about it. Not only is it just beautiful to look at, it is a incredible tool. I encourage all my friends to make the investment and quit using “cheap” knives.

  268. Vittoria says:

    I think it would have to be my chef’s knife…nothing gets more use in my kitchen and I’m thankful to have it every time I chop!

  269. Mary Cloud says:

    One year I received a whole set of things to go with a baby doll like a cradle – it meant a lot because my dad had just passed away and my mom was struggling to provide for us.

  270. Vera says:

    My favorite kitchen gift was my Mac knife years ago. I’ve added more knives to my collection since then, but my that one’s still my favorite! :)

  271. Charles says:

    My first kitchen knife set!! It kickstarted my passion for cooking!

  272. cristina says:

    When I was little a pack of 24 color pencils. What made so great was that I finally had silver, gold and “skin” color pencils

  273. Sara MacKay says:

    Last year my now husband gave me an engagement ring! It was the best present every because it led to the best day of our lives in September :)

  274. Cynthia says:

    The best gift I ever received was my vitamix. I love it for so many reasons.

  275. Holly says:

    the best cooking gift I’ve received is my dutch oven :)

  276. emily says:

    my kitchen aid stand mixer from my wonderful aunt. i was so excited as i had always thought i would have to wait until marriage to get one!

  277. Rob says:

    Best cooking gift ever – Wife and I received a 4 QT All-Clad sauce pan as a wedding gift and it has been used almost every day for the past 15 years. Should have bought stock in the company.

  278. Pamela B. says:

    The best gift I’ve ever gotten was a donation made to the shelter where I got my dog from my boyfriend!

  279. Molly says:

    My neurotic little rescued French bulldog was definitely the best gift I’ve received!

  280. Maggie says:

    My mom got me a kitchenaid mixer my first year out of college – the most thoughtful (and useful) gift she’s ever given me!

  281. Lauren says:

    The best Christmas gift I ever received was my enamel cast iron dutch oven. Although it is not le creuset, it works beautifully and I love it!

  282. Emma says:

    I got a camera a few years ago and I use it all the time!!!

  283. Helene says:

    It might sound strange, but the best (culinary) gift I’ve ever received was an immersion blender. I’ve built up a lot of my kitchen tools on my own but never thought of purchasing an immersion blender. My grandmother gave me one for Christmas a few years back and it has made my soup adventures a thousand times easier and better! Thanks for the gift guide, I’ve been dying to get a sous vide machine – I hear the Anova is great and pretty affordable!

  284. Michelle Schmitt says:

    Any handmade presents from my kids were my favorite gifts. It was like a moment in time frozen to remember always.

  285. Mia Klein says:

    my grandmother’s pearls!

  286. Adrienne gordon says:

    my husband took us all to Hershey Park as a family, est gift ever.

  287. Hilary says:

    Certainly my most useful was getting a new iPhone (and attached data plan)!

  288. Sabrina says:

    I’ve gotten a lot of great gifts but kitchen and food wise my favorite gift has been a spice rack/condiment shelf that hooks onto the door. It’s almost like a tall cabinet door that has very narrow shelves, 6 of them, and just sits on the hinges of the main door… I’m not describing this well, but I have a postage stamp sized kitchen and this has made my life so much easier!

  289. Sarah V says:

    A subscription to I love doing genealogy research!

  290. Joanna says:

    The best gift I ever received was a huge dollhouse when I was 10. My parents tricked me into thinking I didn’t get it and then brought it out at the very end of the day. Great childhood memory!

  291. The best holiday gift I’ve ever gotten was an electric kettle – it sounds weird, I know! – because it was the first present I ever received from the guy who ended up becoming my boyfriend. Now we live together and we still have that kettle. It’s kind of cute!

  292. Brandon says:

    The best gift I ever received was my very first dutch oven. It completely revolutionized cooking for me and has become my best friend in the kitchen!

  293. Matt says:

    The best gift I’ve recently received was a cuisinart food processor. Having this guy handy really opened my cooking world. I have now made a number of different sauces, soups, and chutneys that would have been extremely difficult/inefficient to make before. It’s been a staple and makes me super happy!

  294. Marcelina says:

    The best gift i’ve ever received has been the nest thermostat we received as a wedding gift! Sleek and helps us save on our electricity bills!

  295. Brittany says:

    The best holiday gift I ever received was from my grandmother – her old, well used iron skillet – it has been in the family for decades and I think of her every time I use it! Honestly one of the best tools in my kitchen. :)

  296. Clarisse says:

    The best gift I received was a meat thermometer. I was always afraid of serving undercooked meats, specially chicken and fish, and ended up overcooking them. And those of us that have eaten overcooked chicken know how terrible it is! So happy with my thermometer! Can’t cook without it anymore!

  297. Stephanie says:

    Best gift ever: cowboy boots! I wear them all the time. They are so practice for yard work and construction sites, but are definitely dressy enough to wear anywhere.

  298. jane says:

    the best gift i received was my first le creuset dutch oven!

  299. itzia says:

    the best was a mixer.

  300. Sonya says:

    My boyfriend isn’t always the greatest gift giver, but one Christmas he surprised me with my first le Creuset dutch oven. I about died.

  301. Liz R. says:

    I like experience gifts. The best holiday gifts have been trips! The anticipation is half of the fun.

  302. Yen says:

    The best gift I gotten was from my husband was the Kenwood personal chef mixer. I’ve been wanting that mixer for awhile. I bake a lot of cakes and although my 14 years old Kitchenaid mixer was terrific, this personal chef mixer took it to a whole new level. It can actually cook (like risotto) with a constant stiring so that I don’t have to stand over the stove for hours.

  303. Kaitlin says:

    Best gift ever is probably the leather boots my parents gave me a couple winters ago. They are beautiful, and I wear them pretty much every day each winter so super useful as well.

  304. Kelly says:

    A KitchenAid mixer! I love to bake and the mixer greatly expanded my repertoire!

  305. Nicole says:

    The best gift I’ve gotten is my Golden Retriever, Sophie. She is an amazing companion that makes my life complete!

  306. Kaitlin says:

    the best gift I have ever recieved was a plane ticket to Paris. I was able to eat delicious food and have experiences I will forever rememeber!

  307. Ben Capps says:

    The best holiday gift I ever received was the glass Chemex that my wife got me several years ago. I had no idea I wanted it so badly. That one gift spiraled into a love of craft coffee that has become one of my favorite hobbies.

  308. Katherine says:

    My calphalon pans love them and use them every day

  309. Monique Rizzo says:

    My kitchenaid mixer, because I use it all the time.

  310. Heather L. says:

    Last year my husband got me a beautiful stainless steel All-Clad pot, 4 quarts. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d ever use it, but now I use it everyday!

  311. Celia says:

    Each poochers that I got as a stocking stuffer, makes the perfect egg everytime!

  312. Christine says:

    Best holiday gift I received was my Kitchenaid Pro600 about 8 years ago. Love it so much and it gets lots of love mixing, making ice cream, and rolling pasta.

  313. Andrew R says:

    The best holiday gift I’ve received was a job interview (from a family friend). It may not sound like much but it got me in the door and I nailed the interview so I’ve always been incredibly thankful.

  314. Billy says:

    an immersion blender. I don’t use it very often, but it comes in handy at times.

  315. sam knaut says:

    flying to Germany to surprise my boyfriend for christmas a couple years ago and getting to spend the holidays with him was the best present ever.

  316. Sarah P. says:

    Ahh! I love the giveaway. What a great time of year! I received a Mac knife last year that I adore… knives are always awesome gifts.

  317. Jose Losada says:

    My two children !!!!

  318. Edlyn says:

    The best gift I ever received is time with my family. I know I sounds so sappy but I love waking up and having us all together and then taking in front of the tree. It’s a gift I don’t take for granted

  319. Shannon says:

    Last year my husband bought a getaway at a couples resort for us! It was a much needed vacation even if it was just 2 days!

  320. Adam says:

    A surprise holiday trip to a warm sunny beach. Best remedy for the long, grey winter!

  321. My dad built me a dollhouse when I was little.

  322. Suzie says:

    Love my Le Crueset! I found my first one in a thrift store for $7 and had to have more. I mixed it up with sizes and colors.GREAT gift for your favorite cook…and to treat yourself!

  323. serena says:

    As a moving-away-from-home/19th birthday present, my mom gave me a rice cooker and a jar of chilies she roasted and crushed herself. She gets me.

  324. Kimberly State says:

    The BEST gift I ever received was a Vitamix!! ❤️

  325. Brett Jackson says:

    Hmmmm this is tricky! But not really because the best present I have ever received is my amazing pug Augusta! Commonly referred to as Gooser and sometimes Chunker. She is truly the gift that keeps on giving and the amount of joy I get out of poking her nose and squeezing her little fat rolls is disturbing. You rule by the way!

  326. Rachel says:

    The best gift I ever received was a ‘welcome home’ present that my fiance greeted me with at the airport. He got me a balloon, which was wonderful because balloons are basically visual happiness, and a container of garlic-chili marinated olives from a local deli – i.e. the perfect snack.
    Totally the most romantic gift ever because it was tailor made for me.

  327. AG says:

    Best gift I ever recieved was a digital video camera. Being able to hear the voices of loved ones and them being able to make me laugh when they aren’t always around is priceless!

  328. Betty says:

    My JCrew cocoon coat from my then fiance, because it keeps me warm everyday :)

  329. Kristen says:

    A handful of years back I received a Williams-Sonoma gift card from my in-laws, which I used to purchase a gorgeous Le Creuset dutch oven which was deeply discounted and I never would have been able to afford otherwise. I use it on a weekly basis.

  330. Elissa Shortridge says:

    The best gift I’ve ever received was a pair of slippers shaped like otters. Random, I know, but my parents always stick pretty close to whatever I’ve asked for, and I’d never even seen these before. I love otters, and had been talking a lot about a story my friend and I were writing about a super hero otter, but never would have guessed that my mother was paying attention. I still love those slippers.

  331. Julie says:

    After having shoulder surgery, my boyfriend brought me home a Le Creuset French oven to cheer me up. It had been on my wish list for a very long time. That beautiful gift inspired me to get up, get moving, and to create. It’s definitely my favorite possession. The way it cooks delights me!

  332. Eric says:

    I received a blank cookbook that you fill in with your own recipes, I love it and cant wait to hand it down to my kids!

  333. Carrie Lam says:

    Best gift I received was a unique necklace from my mom that she had searched all around town for, and was my good luck charm for my SAT exam :) It’s been over a decade but I still have the necklace with me always

  334. Maria says:

    One of the best gifts I received is my cast iron dutch oven; it’s fantastically versatile and I’ve used it about a gazillion times since I got it a few years ago. And it’s a horrific orange color which I love. :)

  335. Michelle says:

    Best gift ever was my mint Kitchen Aid mixer! It had been on my wish list for years!

  336. Kira Weinberg says:

    The best gift I’ve gotten is my Kitchenaid stand mixer! I use it for everything – even made mashed potatoes this year with it :)

  337. The best holiday gift I received was my nativity set one year after a very hard time with my child’s illness. My mom and husband surprised me early with an expensive set I had been wanting. I think about it every year as I put it on display!


  338. Bethany Kocher says:

    One of the best gifts I ever got was a crochet blanket that my great grandmother made.

  339. Kari says:

    Kitchenaide mixer! Use it all the time.

  340. revital says:

    my new kindle voyage! total surprise and a total treat

  341. Suzie says:

    I think books are always the best gifts. It’s just stories and information! What’s not to love. Especially books by one of my favorite authors.

  342. Meghan Malicoat says:

    A few years back my husband got me a full 10 hour day at the spa. I was a new mom at the time and I was so stressed out so it was the perfect gift at the time.

  343. Ariana Wilfley says:

    The best gift I ever received was my husband flying home early (to my surprise) from being away for work for 6 months. It was a gift because my parents were in on it (and paid for the plane ticket). Sweetest surprise :)

  344. Sarah says:

    One of my favorite gifts ever has been my (cherry red) Kitchen aid mixer and the ice cream attachment to go along with it. I love using my mixer to mix up baked goods, but by far the thing I make with it is ice cream! It’s so much fun to try out different flavor combinations – one of my favorites has been lavender honey!

  345. Ottilia Schafer says:

    The best kitchen gift I ever received was my KitchenAid Standing Mixer. I love it so much.

  346. Dina says:

    The best gift I’ve ever got was tickets to see Frank Sinatra in concert when I was 15!

  347. Gabriela says:

    The best gift I received was a back scratcher my Grandma gave me last year. Since then, I lost her to cancer, but that back scratcher will always remind me of all the times she would rub my hair until I got sleepy.

  348. lizb says:

    candle sticks my mom picked up from a yard sale – they are so completely me and so completely not her, and it was the first gift she ever surprised me with that was more about what I might like to get than she would like to give ;)

  349. Vicky says:

    Ahhh the rainbow spatulas are so pretty too!

    Not sure I can remember the best gift I’ve received, but last year my sister and brother-in-law gifted me a camera lens mug which I loved! (They even got me a Canon one so I wouldn’t confuse it with my actual Nikon lenses, hah.)

  350. Rachel says:

    My best gift was my Shun chef’s knife

  351. Jennifer Davis says:

    One of the best gifts I ever received was a monogrammed pendant for my 19th birthday from my mom. It had my initials on the front and an inscription on the back! I’ll have it forever.

  352. Beckah says:

    Best gift ever? My bright red crock pot. I can’t even count how many cold winter evenings that cheery simmering gizmo has brightened!

  353. LC says:

    LOVE IT.

  354. Jessica P. says:

    the best gift i’ve ever received is a watch my mother gave me in high school. she took me shopping with her and told me to help her pick something out for her boss’s daughter. i chose this gorgeous silver watch with a light pink face. on christmas, i opened my gift and there was the watch! it hasn’t left my wrist ever since and that was 12 years ago. :)

  355. Patty says:

    The best gift I ever got was a new car with a giant bow on it from my husband — to replace my beat-up commuter car and get ready to safely cart around a new baby. :)

  356. Chelsea says:

    My son picked out a necklace for me last year. I love it so much because he’s five and already has a total sense of style and is just so thoughtful,

  357. Caitlin says:

    My husband and I gifted ourselves with a memory foam mattress when we got married–awesome~

  358. hmmm, the best holiday gift was a handmade cd from my brother – it wasn’t expensive, but it was incredibly thoughtful.

  359. Maggie Smith says:

    My sons, they were born just before Christmas 2010

  360. Heather S says:

    My favorite gift was from my kiddos a few years ago….two framed poems they wrote for me…treaures! :)

  361. Tricia G says:

    I still love the personalized jewelry box my hubby gave me!

  362. Alanna says:

    My mom had gotten me a dollhouse kit for Christmas when I was 11. My dad and I were going to put it together but never did. For my 21st birthday he had put it together and it was beautiful. He worked on it for months and everything was perfect down to the tiniest detail. Most heartwarming and thoughtful gift I have ever received and something I will get to hand down to my children.

  363. Allea says:

    One of my all-time favorite gifts is a wool scarf that my little sister knitted for me. I get compliments on it all the time and I love being able to tell people that my sister made it for me!

  364. Michelle Chan says:

    The best holiday gift I received was a dyson vacuum. That thing sucks up all the dirt and pet hairs in my house!

  365. beth shepherd says:

    The best gift I have ever received was a mixer. I could do so much with it and I always wanted one.

  366. Karissa says:

    It’s hard to pick one favorite gift ever so I’ll limit mine to foodie things. I got a KitchenAid Mixer from my Mom a few years ago at Christmas and I love using it!

  367. Shelley says:

    My kitchen Aid Epicurean Stand Mixer & Cuisinart Food Processor – 2 of my very favorite kitchen helpers.

  368. Terann says:

    The best gift I received was a pestle and mortar from my kids. Every year I create new spice mixes and grind them myself to give away as gifts (sneezes and all) to family and friends. My forearm muscles have become very defined from hand grinding pounds of spices!! :)

  369. NolanRyyan says:

    My favorite gift has been a cheap small wooden cutting board that I received about four years ago. A fourth of the cutting board has since fallen away but it is the first thing I run to when prepping ingredients for a meal. If it isn’t clean I am deterred from cooking.

  370. Michelle says:

    My best gift was having my student loans paid off for me!

  371. Carolyn G says:

    My hubby took me to Cancun

  372. Megan says:

    My favorite gift was from my boyfriend – he bought me a beautiful KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I’ve been making him sweet treats ever since! :)

  373. Casey H says:

    We got our puppy just before the holidays 4 years ago- best slobbering gift ever!

  374. Amanda says:

    macarons, because they were amazing

  375. Aleksandra says:

    The best holiday gift I’ve recieved was actually a holiday, I am so young and I have already seen corners of the world I couldn’t have imagined and I am grateful for those experiences all the time :)

  376. Justin Wall says:

    The best present I’ve ever received was a hand-me-down ’97 Toyota Camry. It has been my lifeline.

  377. Tera says:

    Best gift ever was a hair crimper in 1984. I was 13, it made me feel pretty. It finally got thrown away in 2008.

  378. Ivan C says:

    nintendo 1 from my parents back in the day. lots of childhood memories playing on it.

  379. Cynthia says:

    Le Crueset is awesome!

  380. Ceinwyn R says:

    One of my favorite gifts was my first cast iron pan. It’s still as good as the day I got it and will be for years.

  381. Hui says:

    A scrapbook my friends made for me

  382. JoAnn F says:

    My own laptop because I could go on whenever I wanted.
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  383. Adam says:

    DVD set of Alias – my favorite show!

  384. Emily says:

    The best holiday gift I’ve received was just last year! I had spent a few days for Christmas at my parents’ house before traveling back to my current home six hours away. I was bummed that my boyfriend had to work throughout the rest of my holiday break, but he ended up surprising me with a two-night addition to a day trip we had planned to see one of our favorite bands. We got to see them play in two different cities and spend a snowy night in rural Vermont in between our two stops. Can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year!

  385. James Perng says:

    Best gift i received was a chef’s knife from Tokyo!! Quality is out of this world!

  386. Lizzie says:

    Last Christmas, my boyfriend got us a reservation at a hotel in our city for Christmas. We did nothing but order room service, go swimming, and lay around. Best gift ever!

  387. Round-trip plane ticket to San Francisco (I’m banking on this one being “the best” since it is what I’m getting this year! So excited to go there and work on a farm and at BAR TARTINE and spend time exploring the city and all it has to offer!

  388. Henry Wu says:

    best gift? a watch. :)

  389. shaunie says:

    I am going to say my pet hamster that I received years ago.

  390. AC says:

    The best gift I got was when all of my friends came out to celebrate my birthday with me last year. :)

  391. Tiffany says:

    my favorite gift was a zoku!

  392. Salomon Meij says:

    The best holiday gift I ever got was a P7 headset from B&W. They just sound amazing and are just great. Really a perfect gift for any music lover.

  393. Natalie Rose says:

    A gold bird’s nest brooch of my grandmother’s the year before she passed away.

  394. mike aronson says:

    been curious as to which of the sous-vide to make the gamble with.

  395. Ming Chiu says:

    I got a slow cooker and food processor from my sister!

  396. terri says:


  397. Allison says:

    I’m still obsessed with my food processor. It makes everything so easy!

  398. Wendy Cutcher says:

    The best gift i received was from my mother before she passed away. It is a heart shaped box from things remembered with a personal inscription to me on it. It’s a beautiful pewter and inside had little metal hearts with words she had engraved on each. I cherish it.

  399. Karlie says:

    This is an odd one, but there was a dress I absolutely loved in a movie but it was way, way, way out of my price range. Years later, my mom found that the company had re-issued it much cheaper and got it for me for Christmas. It was the thought more than the actual dress that I love (although I do love the dress lol)

  400. Natalie says:

    I think the best gift I’ve ever received was when my parents took me to a Michelin starred restaurant for my birthday, which is three days before Christmas!! That still remains the most unforgettable and favorite meal I’ve ever had (: It inspired me to cook more and to experiment in the kitchen!

  401. Kristy Reynolds says:

    The best gift I ever received was a Le Crueset Dutch oven. I use it almost every day. It’s functional and nice to serve from too!

  402. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I got a baby brother for Christmas one year, most of the time… I think he is a great gift.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  403. David says:

    Greatest gift was easy gourmet!

  404. Michael martin says:

    My dad got me some quintessential albums. My collections tend to stick in a certain genre (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade, Typhoon, Menomena) and some classics. But I needed the standards and some new standards. I rec’d Portishead “Live at The Roseland”, Billy Joel “Piano Man”, Led Zepplin “Houses Of the Holy”, Donald Fagen “The Nightfly”, David Bowie “Lets Dance”, and 3 others. My dad knows what’s up, and has always enjoyed music.

  405. Erica B. says:

    My best gift was a dog!

  406. Samantha says:

    Oh man, I don’t know what it says about me that I can’t really nail down one “best” Christmas present – I would probably have to say the Wii video game console, which, at the time was very difficult to find. My boyfriend pulled some strings for me at work because he knew I wanted it badly, and managed to get me one!

  407. Kirsten says:

    My husband had a necklace made for me with charms that had my girls’ names and birthdates, plus their birthstones.

  408. Eugenia Hall says:

    One year my parents got me the kitten I’d be hoping for.

  409. My closest friend gave me a package containing arborio rice, a black truffle, truffle slicer and a quart of chicken stock. Basically a risotto kit.

  410. triana says:

    a kitchenaid stand up mixer is the best and most recent gift i’ve received! :)

  411. joni says:

    My hubby got me tickets and VIP to see and meet my favorite band.

  412. Caitlin Restivo says:

    The best gift I ever received was a massage gift certificate after having a baby. Having an hour to relax for myself was amazing :)

  413. Leanne Godfrey says:

    The best gift I received was a coffee mug from my little girl which she bought at her school’s gift store. I use it just about every day.

  414. Karrie says:

    The best gift i received was a pound puppy. I was so attached to it and still am to this day. It is the oldest gift I have received and still own.

  415. Tee A says:

    My children. They are my world and such a blessing in my life.

    thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!

  416. Gina Marie Benway says:

    A homemade key ring, Because it was make by my children and came from the hear!

  417. Paula Hafner says:

    Back in the 80’s my Papaw managed to get his hands on a couple of Cabbage Patch Dolls for my and my sister. We were not expecting it since they were so hard to find! I still have her along with the other ones that he bought me later on. All of my kids have played with them which is special since he passed away before they were born.

  418. melissa Resnick says:

    got a horse for my daughter and myself

  419. Susan Chester says:

    The best gift I ever received was a leather purse from my boyfriend because it was the first gift he ever bought me.

  420. Christina says:

    My favorite gift was a Kindle. It made reading so much easier and I was able to plow through several books that I had wanted to read in a short amount of time.

  421. jules m. says:

    my daughter made a book for me, she drew pics from all the books i read to her as a child. it was so thoughtful and sweet!

  422. Carolyn Daley says:

    One of the best gifts I ever received was a collage of family photos full of treasured memories.

  423. Carol Mclemore says:

    My apple ipad air love it!

  424. shaunie says:

    The best i received was a hamster… because I had never received anything like that before as a present (and because it was something I really wanted)

  425. Andrea says:

    Best food gift was my Vitamix blender!

  426. Renata Lavach-Savy says:

    The best gift I received was a pretty lame one…towels! We were only married for a year & I sorely misjudged how many towels 2 people go through in a week. It was a really appreciated gift!

  427. Jennifer J says:

    My mom bought me a flamingo colored Fiestaware Chip and Dip tray. I am a Fiestaware collector and my favorite color is pink. Thanks and Happy Holidays!!!

  428. Diana says:

    Spending extra days with my loved ones and eating all the yummy foods is the best Christmas gift and I get it every year!

  429. Ashley says:

    I would have to say the best gift I ever received was my Le Creuset 5qt French Round. I was just getting into cooking after college and living on my own, and it was truly the perfect multi-use piece to begin my kitchen collection. I could make everything from soup to risotto to roast chicken in it. 5 years later and I still use it all the time!

  430. Dyle Hein says:

    I wish I wasn’t poor, so I could buy nice cooking equipment.

  431. Richard Hicks says:

    I got a gold seiko watch once and love it because I had been wanting one for years!

  432. Judy Chapman says:

    My Rachael Ray cookware ,I love it and use it everyday.

  433. Vivian says:

    I had just moved earlier during the spring this year and for my birthday, my boyfriend surprised me with a brand new stand mixer that I have been wanting for years. As a baker, life is much sweeter now.

  434. Autumn says:

    It wasn’t really a gift for me but a gift given by me – an iPad mini for my kids so they weren’t using mine!

  435. tina reynolds says:

    My husband helped my three kids make the cutest jewelry box. It was so special you could just see how much love and though made me feel very special.

  436. Lisa Garner says:

    The all time best gift I every got was the doll house me father made me when I was a child.

  437. heather s says:

    I didn’t have very nice jewelry and one Christmas I got a pretty sapphire/diamond ring. It was special.

  438. Karen says:

    My daughter. She was born right before Christmas…..20 years ago.

  439. shawna says:

    My parents coming to visit, don’t get to see them enough.

  440. Jenny says:

    The best gift I received was a trip to Hawaii. It was a great way to celebrate the end of school.

  441. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    I received a mixer I loved

  442. Breanne says:

    A necklace because I love the design.

  443. Jessica J says:

    Best gift I ever received was a lifesize barbie doll when I was about five haha.

  444. Brittney House says:

    I would say my first car because it allowed me to start working because I now had transportation.

  445. Sonya says:

    I got an amazing pan 2 years ago, a wide stockpot that lets me do way more than a standard stockpot!

  446. Sarah Parker says:

    I got a bike when I was little and LOVED it!

  447. Trisha McKee says:

    I was making dinner on Christmas Eve (this was twelve years ago)- a turkey. I was stressing because I was not sure how to cook it, how it would fit in the oven, how I could get through it. My husband told me to open my gift early. It was a roaster. This man is not romantic, usually isn’t aware of emotions, but he knew i was nervous. I still have that roaster. I use it every year.

  448. Roxann says:

    The best gift I got was a puppy. I was pregnant and the puppy and my son grew up together. She was very protective of him.

  449. Dawn Reid says:

    My best gift was a kindle that has been wonderful to read books on

  450. Melissa Mason says:

    Last year my boyfriend got me a gift certificate for a massage. That was pretty nice.

  451. Amelia says:

    My best gift was my dog Rowdy! He’s such a sweet angel beast!

  452. When we lived in the Midwest, Chris and I would often forego xmas gifts for each other so we could pony up the dollaz to fly home for the holidays. Getting to spend Christmas in (not-at-all-snowy!!) California, surrounded by family, was a pretty good way to go! :)

  453. Brian E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… I will always remember the Xmas I was about seven years old when my Mom gave me a green Schwinn Sting Ray bicycle with a silver-white seat. It was delivered the day before Christmas, and I remember her making sure that I was the one who answered the door when it arrived. I have great childhood memories riding that bicycle everywhere with my friends, back before the days of “helicopter parenting”: during the summers I would leave our house, riding the bike, in the morning, and not return until dusk…no worries, just absolute childhood freedom !

  454. Jamie Feldman says:

    I received a 5 qt Dutch oven. It’s not made by any big name, but it’s useful and I love it!

  455. Jennifer M says:

    My favorite holiday gift was a foodsaver because it’s saved us a lot of money and is incredibly easy to use.

  456. cynthia Dawson says:

    The best Holiday gift I recieved is my new Husband, we just got married! Why? Because he loves me unconditionally!

  457. Lauren E. says:

    My fave gift was a photo picture frame, preloaded with family photos

  458. Tracy Amedio says:

    I received a food processor last year and its amazing, first because it was a gift that i can use to keep giving in return when i cook and second because it make my life so much easier by it doing the work for me

  459. Julie Smith says:

    I live in Ohio, where it’s absolutely icy and dangerous on the roads in the winter. The best Christmas gift I ever received was a set of new tires for my car. The reason why is how I was surprised with them. I visited my then-bf, and he asked to use my car, which I thought was strange, since he had his own, but, I just shrugged and gave him the keys. Perhaps an hour or two after he came back, he asked me to take a ride with him. I am apparently oblivious, as I didn’t notice that my car was no longer in the parking lot. We drove around to a tire store, where there were sparkly new tires on my little car! He had walked back home from the tire place after dropping off my car, and it was COLD outside!

  460. Michaela R says:

    The news when my niece was being expected :)

  461. Francine Anchondo says:

    Kindle Fire and anything made by my kids.

  462. Tom Coyle says:

    Best gift – Gaggia Coffee grinder. It is a wedding gift that has been going strong for the last 22 years, and I suspect I will be wkilling it to my son.

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  464. Kate Newton says:

    The best gift I have received was the birth of my youngest son. Thank you for the opportunity to win! Le Creuset is my favorite!

  465. Theresa Clift says:

    Actually it was January last year but I call it a Holiday gift because she was diagnosed during Thanksgiving. My MIL’s cancer was low grade, completely removed by removing that lobe of her lung and didn’t require chemo. That was a gift because I doubt she would have survived the treatment at age 70 in her frail condition.

  466. Jennifer Ludwig says:

    The best gift I ever received was a package of Broadway show tickets to Playhouse Square in Cleveland (including babysitting services by my in-laws). It provided many date nights when funds were short and babies were little!

  467. Laura B says:

    My favorite gift was an indian food cooking class, I learned how to make amazing pulao and my own paneer, better than any I’ve tried in Indian restaurants. As a novice cook who’s used to ordering out all the time: it truly showed me the value of home cooking.

  468. Joy Q says:

    My best Christmas gift was my first set of cookware that I received when I was getting ready to move.

  469. Rachel Ellis Freer says:

    The best gift I received was a ring that was identical to my late mothers wedding ring.

  470. Siqi Hsing says:

    A Le Crueset Pot is one of the best gift i have this year from my wedding. Love it!

  471. Emily says:

    Best gift was a big basket full of fresh fruits, veggies and some homemade bread. It was delicious and came at the right time, around the holidays when we were indulging in too many sweets and junk food.

  472. Charlene Kuser says:

    The best holiday gift I received was a nice assortment of knives and they are very sharp and get
    the job done.Anything to make life easier.

  473. Teresa D says:

    The best gift I’ve received is my Kitchen Aid mixer…love it!

  474. Laura P says:

    The best gift I received was my engagement ring :) :)

  475. Penny Snyder says:

    The best gift I ever received was a stand mixer – still using it till this day!!!

  476. Beverly Metcalf says:

    An engagement ring for a Christmas gift was special. Thanks!

  477. AEKZ2 says:

    Believe it or not, my favorite gift was a vacuum because I didn’t own one. I can’t stand having dirty floors.

  478. Jen Roulston says:

    The best gift I received was my food processor. I use it often!

  479. Judy says:

    the best christmas present ever, was my kitchen aid stand mixer! I can make as many cakes and cookies as I want!!!

  480. Timothy says:

    So far I have received a nice warm coat.

  481. Deborah Gardner says:

    Definitely my optigrill, it is amazing!

  482. Jake B says:

    This year I am getting a dessert bullet, I can make healthy desserts! I will no longer feel guilty eating unhealthy junk desserts.

  483. Connie Tucker says:

    My best holiday gift I ever received was a beautiful nativity scene snow globe from my husband. It was special to me because he told me later how he had shopped for months to find one he thought I would really love and he couldn’t have picked a better one!

  484. Rosey says:

    The best holiday gift I received was the kids all coming home last year. We thought the second oldest wasn’t going to make it for work, so it was awesome when he could.

  485. Lisa Vanhook says:

    My beautiful baby boy was my lifetime of Christmas gifts.

  486. Jessica says:

    I love your gift ideas!

  487. Annette says:

    The best gift I received was a gift certificate to the mall. I was able to use it to buy many things I needed, but probably wouldn’t have made great gifts.

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