Big ticket items:
1. Stand mixer - There are many different brands/models/price ranges for this item, so do your research before purchasing. They also come in many, many different colors, so be sure to have an idea of what the recipient's kitchen style and taste is like. This is the exact mixer that I received as a graduation gift a few years ago and honestly, there is nothing I would change! I love the colorful mixers, but I am probably not currently in my "forever kitchen" so I'm glad I decided on a more neutral color. Plus, I am a little black dress kind of girl, so I like that my mixer reflects that.
4. Magic bullet - Michael and I have been going back and forth with our love/hate of the Magic Bullet since receiving it as a wedding present 6 years ago. At first, of course, we were disappointed that it didn't perform exactly like it did in commercials. Then, we started using it to make individual smoothies and blended drinks and thought, hey, now this is what the Bullet is meant for! Now, you've seen me use it time and time again to quickly blend up a batch of baby food for Peanut. It definitely has it's uses and as long as you go in knowing it's not actually magical, you will love it, too.
1. Dutch oven - Who doesn't love these pretty pots? There are many different brands, colors, price ranges for these, and I love 'em all! Here's the one Michael got me recently. It's very reasonably priced, the perfect shade of blue, and so far, cooks perfectly!
2. Lazy susan - I can't find the exact model I have, but another of my favorite bridal shower gifts was a small lazy susan that I use for spices, etc. in one of my cabinets.
3. Spice rack or organizer - My favorite organization solution for spices is this type of spice drawer organizer. Two of the smaller drawers in my kitchen island are dedicated to spices (alphabetically organized and everything!). I love this alternative to the traditional spice rack because it frees up space on my countertop.
Lower priced items and stocking stuffers:
2. Pastry rolling pin - this inexpensive roller is perfect for pizza dough and pastries. The small design gives you so much more control, especially with small jobs. There is also a pampered chef version thats really nice.
3. Whisks - all sizes, shapes, colors, etc. Some of my favorites are this butterfly whisk and one similar to this tiny whisk (they say it's for sauces, but I like it for beating eggs, too).