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Upgrade Your Kitchen With These 25 Gadgets

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The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach … but sometimes, you’ve got to step your presentation up to really make a lasting impression. Whether you’re entertaining new friends or breaking bread with family, these tools will have your guests talking all night long.

1. PASTA MEASURING TOOL; $15

Pasta Measurer Tool
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Your eyes don’t have to be bigger than your stomach anymore. This handy pasta measuring tool is a fit for those with an itty-bitty appetite, or your pals hungry enough to eat a horse.

Find It: Amazon

2. SPICE RACK WITH GLASS SPICE TUBE SET; $27

Why You'll Want It: Muggles, rejoice! This 10-tube spice rack, meant to be filled with the seasonings of your choice, looks like it came straight from a shop on Diagon Alley.

Find It: Amazon

3. CIRCULAR ROLLING KNIFE; $12

Why You'll Want It: Those Friday night pizza parties just got a very special plus one. This wheel blade doesn’t just slice into your favorite pie—it also cuts cakes, veggies, and meats with ease.

Find It: Amazon

4. FRITTATA AND OMELETTE PAN; $28

Why You'll Want It: Have a hunch for brunch? Try preparing your eggs in Nordic Ware’s nonstick pan, built with a hinge that makes your breakfast dishes easier to flip.

Find It: Amazon

5. HERB SAVOR; $30

herb saver
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Lookin’ fresh. Extend the life of your basil, rosemary, thyme, and other garden go-to’s by placing them in the device’s pod and sealing them tightly, and they’ll last up to three weeks.

Find It: Amazon

6. INSTANT POT DUO MINI; $70

Instant Pot
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Talk about an all-in one. Instant Pot is only 8 pounds, but does a host of tasks: It’s a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a slow cooker, a steamer, a yogurt maker, a warmer, and it even sautés.

Find It: Amazon

7. MONKEY PEELER; $13

Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This bright orange peeler is a perfect fit for all of the party animals out there. So perfect, in fact, that your little ones will actually want to help with the kitchen prep.

Find It: Amazon

8. ELECTRIC FOAM MAKER; $15

Electric foam maker
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: For less than the price of two Venti dirty chais, you can make your own froth with the help of this handheld electronic device. Just pour your milk, whisk, and sip.

Find It: Amazon

9. SPIRALIZER; $28

Vegetable spiralizer
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Quitting pasta cold turkey is a tough feat for most, but making your zoodles doesn’t have to be. This spiralizer has three blades to slice your fruits and veggies thin enough to trick yourself.

Find It: Amazon

10. PASTA MACHINE; $93

pasta maker
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Everyone needs a cheat day (or two). Create your own spaghetti, fettucini, and lasagna noodles at home—and transport yourself to the Old Country without leaving your kitchen.

Find It: Amazon

11. BAMBOO CUTTING BOARD

Amazon

Why You'll Want It: You’ll geek out over this periodic table cutting board, which fuses the elements and your ingredients. It can also double as a serving board for game nights or dinner parties.

Find It: Amazon

12. EGG COOKER PAN; $36

Egg cooking pan
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Over easy does it. Your kitchen burners will breathe easier, as this three-cup pan allows you to make eggs, and pancakes at the same time.

Find It: Amazon

13. BURGER PRESS; $25

Burger press
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Prepare for your friends to rave about all of the homemade dinners you’ll get out of this press. It doesn’t just shape burgers—you can also use it for pasta, rice, and other side dishes as well.

Find It: Amazon

14. BREAKFAST SANDWICH MAKER; $24

breakfast sandwich maker
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Go ahead and empty your Uber Eats cart. With one machine, you can warm your bread, prepare a sunny-side-up egg, and heat the breakfast meat of your choice for a sandwich that’d make Ronald McDonald green with envy.

Find It: Amazon

15. MANDOLINE SLICER; $19

Mandoline Slicer
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: One appliance, endless possibilities: This slicer chops cucumbers, grates cheese, spiralizes veggies, and dices ingredients.

Find It: Amazon

16. STAND MIXER; $280

Kitchenaid stand mixer
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Whip your baked goods into shape with the help of this holy grail appliance. The 10-speed KitchenAid, equipped with four attachments, is what your baker’s favorite baker uses to bring life to their batters.

Find It: Amazon

17. DACHSHUND DOG-SHAPED ICE CUBE TRAY; $20 AND UP

Ice cube tray
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Impress guests with these adorably-shaped cubes. Some buyers have even used the trays as molds to make soap.

Find It: Amazon

18. TORTILLA PRESS; $34

tortilla maker
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Taco Tuesdays will never be the same. After making your masa, simply press down to create your own tortillas and taco shell rounds—as well as roti, dumplings, and even plantains.

Find It: Amazon

19. RAVIOLI MAKER; $14

ravioli maker
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Let the carb loading commence. This gadget is a perfect mold for pasta as well as dumplings, stuffed cookies, and mini pies.

Find It: Amazon

20. TEMPERATURE CONTROL CERAMIC MUG; $160

temperature controlled mug
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: In this cup (that comes with a charging saucer!), morning coffee, afternoon tea, or after-dinner espresso stays at your desired temperature until the last drop.

Find It: Amazon

21. PRE-SEASONED SKILLET; $11

pre-seasoned skillet
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Spend less time soaking and more time tasting during dinner. Vegetable oil is actually baked into this pan, ensuring that all of your recipes slide right on out.

Find It: Amazon

22. FOOD PROCESSOR; $35

Amazon food processor
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Let’s not mince words: Any chef (professional or not) needs this tool in their kitchen. From chopping fresh fruits and veggies to blending smoothies, this Ninja topseller saves you half of the effort with full results.

Find It: Amazon

23. INDOOR GRILL; $59

Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Even though it’s freezing in most parts of the country, that doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice your cookouts. Bring the barbecue inside with an electric grill that delivers A+ sear marks—no charcoal required.

Find It: Amazon

24. EGG COOKER; $22

Smart egg cooker
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: It doesn’t matter if you like your eggs hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, scrambled, or in omelette form, the Dash Rapid has you covered.

Find It: Amazon

25. ECHO SHOW; $230

Amazon's Echo Show
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Buyer’s remorse, begone. Aside from making hands-free calls and blasting your favorite tunes, Echo (which is the visual component of Alexa, with a video screen) helps you see your shopping lists.

Find It: Amazon

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19 Unusual Socks for Snazzy Feet
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Kick it in one of these pairs of cool socks.

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1. ART; $15.99

Make your feet a canvas with these artsy socks. This set of eight pairs features classics including van Gogh's Starry Night and Botticelli's Birth of Venus.

Find it: Amazon

2. BOB ROSS; $12

Look at all those happy little trees! It's impossible not to smile while wearing these Bob Ross socks.

Find it: Amazon

3. ALIEN VISITOR; $11.50

I want to believe—in fancy footwear. These alien socks are perfect for Ufologists and other conspiracy theorists who always have an eye on the sky.

Find it: Amazon

4. SHARK CREW SOCKS; FROM $10.98

shark socks
Amazon

These fun socks make it look like sharks are eating your feet.

Find it: Amazon

5. TAPATIO; $10

These socks are hot! Just like the hot sauce they show.

Find it: Amazon

6. LIBRARY CARD; $10.25

Out of Print makes a variety of book-themed products for bibliophiles—and, even better, they donate one book for each pair of socks purchased. This particular pair looks like the library cards you might have found in libraries back in the day.

Find it: Amazon

7. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE; $10

Here's another excellent selection from Out of Print. This pair of socks is dedicated to Where the Wild Things Are. The bottoms say "Let the Wild / Rumpus Start."

Find it: Out of Print

8. STUDIO GHIBLI; $12.50

Lovers of the films by Studio Ghibli will get a kick out of these striped socks. Each pair features a scene from a different movie: Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Howl's Moving Castle.

Find it: Amazon

9. HELLO PUPPY DOGS; $12.95

These adorable socks have polka dots and giant dog faces on the front. Each pair comes with floppy ears that peek over the edge of the socks. The breeds include what looks like a Pomeranian, a Boston terrier, and a French bulldog.

Find it: Amazon

10. EINSTEIN; $12

These are the perfect socks to wear while filling up a blackboard with equations. The pair comes with a picture of Einstein sporting some cool shades.

Find it: Amazon

11. CONSTELLATIONS; $11.50

These fun socks feature a few constellations, including Ursa Minor and Orion.

Find it: Amazon

12. DOCTOR WHO; $14.95

Doctor Who Tardis Women's Knee High Socks
Jet

Doctor Who fans are going to want to get their hands on these knee high TARDIS socks.

Find it: Jet

13. POKEMON; $2.42

Pokemon Ankle Socks
AliExpress

Show off your love of Pokemon with Pikachu, Charmander, Psyduck, and Squirtle socks.

Find it: AliExpress

14. SAILOR MOON; $9.99

Defend the world against evil in the name of the Moon, with these Sailor socks. The pack of six comes with Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter, and Chibiusa.

Find it: Amazon

15. THE LITTLE PRINCE; $10.25

According to the pilot in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic book The Little Prince, the titular character probably hitches a ride off of his planet (B-612) and across the universe on a flock of birds. These Out of Print socks depict the pilot's drawing of the Little Prince taking to the skies.

Find it: Amazon

16. PENCILS; $10

Pencils are key for crosswords, drawings, and jotting down important notes. Celebrate the beloved writing utensil with these incredible socks.

Find it: Amazon

17. STORM TROOPER; $25

Stormtrooper socks
Buckle

These cool socks look just like Storm Troopers from the Star Wars franchise. They fit shoe sizes 9–12.

Find it: Buckle

18. SUSHI; $19.99

Sushi socks
Amazon

At first, this looks like a plush platter of sushi. When you unravel the "food," you'll discover it's actually two pairs of socks rolled to look like salmon and cucumber sushi.

Find it: Amazon

19. LEGO; $12

LEGO socks
Lord & Taylor

Stepping on LEGO bricks hurts, so protect yourself! We recommend this pair of LEGO-themed socks, plus a pair of slippers for good measure.

Find it: Lord & Taylor

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18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting
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Make steeping tea more fun with these quirky tea infusers.

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1. SOAKING IT UP; $7.49

man-shaped tea infuser
Amazon

That mug of hot water might eventually be a drink for you, but first it’s a hot bath for your new friend, who has special pants filled with tea.

Buy on Amazon.

2. A FLYING TEA BOX; $25.98

There’s no superlaser on this Death Star, just tea.

Buy on Amazon.

3. SPACE STATION; $9.99

astronaut tea infuser
ThinkGeek

This astronaut's mission? Orbit the rim of your mug until you're ready to pull the space station diffuser out.

Buy on ThinkGeek.

4. BE REFINED; $12.99

This pipe works best with Earl Grey.

Buy on Amazon.

5. A RIBBITING OPTION; $10.93

This frog hangs on to the side of your mug with a retractable tongue. When the tea is ready, you can put him back on his lily pad.

Buy on Amazon.

6. ‘TEA’ ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE; $5.95

It’s just like the movie, only with tea instead of Beatles.

Buy on Amazon.

7. SHARK ATTACK; $6.99

shark tea infuser
Cost Plus World Market

This fearsome shark patrols the bottom of your mug waiting for prey. For extra fun, use red tea to look like the end of a feeding frenzy.

Buy at Cost Plus World Market.

8. PERFECT FOR A RAINY DAY; $12.40

This umbrella’s handle conveniently hooks to the side of your mug.

Buy on Amazon.

9. AN EGGCELLENT INFUSER; $5.75

cracked egg tea infuser
Amazon

Sometimes infusers are called tea eggs, and this one takes the term to a new, literal level.

Buy on Amazon.

10. FOR SQUIRRELY DRINKERS; $8.95

If you’re all right with a rodent dunking its tail into your drink, this is the infuser for you.

Buy on Amazon.

11. HANGING OUT; $12.85

This pug is happy to hang onto your mug and keep you company while you wait for the tea to be ready.

Buy on Amazon.

12. ANOTHER SHARK OPTION; $5.99

If you thought letting that other shark infuser swim around in the deep water of your glass was too scary, this one perches on the edge, too busy chomping on your mug to worry about humans.

Buy on Amazon.

13. RUBBER DUCKIE, YOU’RE THE ONE; $8.95

Let this rubber duckie peacefully float in your cup and make teatime lots of fun.

Buy on Amazon.

14. DIVING DEEP; $8.25

This old-timey deep-sea diver comes with an oxygen tank that you can use to pull it out.

Buy on Amazon.

15. MAKE SWEET TEA; $10

This lollipop won't actually make your tea any sweeter, but you can always add some sugar after.

Buy on Amazon.

16. A SEASONAL FAVORITE; $7.67

When Santa comes, give him some tea to go with the cookies.

Buy on Amazon.

17. FLORAL TEA; $14.99

Liven up any cup of tea with this charming flower. When you’re done, you can pop it right back into its pot.

Buy on Live Infused.

18. KEEP IT TRADITIONAL; $7.97

If you’re nostalgic for the regular kind of tea bag, you can get reusable silicon ones that look almost the same.

Buy on Amazon.

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