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6 Holiday Gifts for the Chef in Your Life

The holidays are here, and you know what that means. It's that special time of year when the family comes into town and—oh no! What do you get them? No worries. Small kitchen appliances are the perfect holiday gift for any homeowner, foodie or chef in your life. Here are six small appliances that will make any kitchen go from "nice" to "wow!"

Stand Mixer

With a brand new stand mixer, you can mix it better than grandma can. Say goodbye to the big mixing bowl and hello to easy prep. Just sit back and relax—or stand back—and let this machine do all the work. A classic kitchen staple since the turn of the 20th century, this appliance is perfect for culinary champions and amateurs alike. You can easily mix and prepare cake batter, ice cream, pasta and so much more. Plus, most models come in multiple sizes and with replaceable attachments that take all the hard work out of mixing.

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Coffee or Espresso Maker

Give your loved one something to kick start their day with a coffee or espresso maker. This appliance lets you avoid expensive daily trips to the coffee shop and makes favorite drinks just the way you like them. A single-serve model only requires a small packet and a glass of water to create delicious, hot coffee in just a couple minutes. A French-press model, on the other hand, gives you more portability to choose between hot and cold brew. Need some serious caffeination? An espresso maker is perfect for making everything from cappuccinos to lattes to mochas.

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Blender ­

Is your loved one on a health kick or always on the go? Give that special someone a blender to do it all. Juice, grind and blend to make the best smoothies, shakes, sauces and more. Here's a little secret: If someone you know is a picky eater, this machine makes it really easy to sneak some greens into their diet. A blender is also easy to store. Your loved ones will thank you for not giving them something that clutters the countertop.

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Food Processor

For the home chef who loves to spend time in the kitchen trying out new recipes, a food processor is the perfect gift. You might ask, "Wait, isn't this just a fancy blender?" Not at all. A food processor is designed to chop, shred, grate, puree, mix and knead. You can do anything with this one compact appliance. Sauces come out smooth and ready for any dish, and cookie dough can be made at just the right consistency. Most models take up minimal space on the countertop and come in a variety of beautiful colors. You'd be surprised how much fun it is to turn one of these on.

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Vacuum Sealer

If there's one thing on this list that anyone on your holiday shopping list can benefit from using, it's this one. A vacuum sealer is the perfect gift for families ranging from 1 to 18. This appliance seals fresh leftovers and ingredients in specially designed airtight plastic bags, keeping food fresher longer. By saving space from bulky containers, a sealer makes organizing and storing food easy as well. The bags are microwave safe and can be boiled in water, making leftovers easy to reheat at lunchtime. Seal the deal, and add this to their list.

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Toaster Oven

A toaster is great, but it isn't big enough for certain foods. A range oven is also pretty great, but it's too big for those same foods. This holiday season, consider giving your loved one a toaster oven. They'll love how easy it is to toast an English muffin for breakfast or melt cheese on a pan of nachos. Have a college student that loves those small frozen pizzas? They fit perfectly inside this appliance and cut out the need to preheat the range oven. Not to mention, they come in multiple sizes and with a variety of features that will be sure to fit any lifestyle.

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