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Home Goods for the Holidays

Gift Ideas for the Happy Homebody on Your Holiday List

 Whether or not the weather outside is frightful, some folks just like to spend time at home.  So bring the holidays home to the nester on your list with these five fabulous home goods gifts.

Christmas Cookery

Forget the poinsettias.  Make the centerpiece of your beautifully set holiday dinner table a Silit Oval Roaster Pan – also a wonderful gift for the cook on your gift list. The German-made cookery combines style – in vivid colors like wild orange, energy red, and crazy yellow on the outside and a dark thermo-conducting interior – with craftsmanship and technology to heat food quickly and evenly, up to the rim, for perfect browning at high temperatures or gentle simmering.  Your holiday turkey will roast up scrumptiously, and the roaster looks so good it can double as a serving dish.  Various cookware pieces priced around $100 and up.  Available at select Bloomingdale’s. See all of the Silit collections at wmfamericas.

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Figgy Pudding Now

Give a holiday gift that will bring the recipient warm feelings for years to come, a Haier 1.1 cu. ft., 1000 Watt Microwave oven.  Its shiny black-as-a-lump of coal exterior will look sleek and stylish in a modern kitchen, and its touch control panel features six pre-set cooking programs for quick and easy cooking.  Defrost features allow thawing at low-level power either selected  automatically or by weight.  A multi-stage setting allows for cooking at multiple powers and time settings without having to stop and re-set and re-start cooking.  Other convenient features include a quick minute program and a child lock.  $105. Available at Walmart.


Good Things Cook in Small Packages

For the lightweight cook who doesn’t need to fire up a big oven for a tray of chicken nuggets, the Calphalon XL Digital Convection oven is one hot gift.  The digital LCD control allows selection for precise cooking customized to the food – whether it’s toast, cookies, pizza or a chicken.  The oven’s digitally controlled heating system features internal sensors that monitor temperature to promote crisp, even browning and uniformly cooked food. The time display lets you know when the oven is preheated and counts down the minutes until it’s done. The oven comes with a heavy-weight coated cooking tray and two wire shelves.  The spacious interior can fit a 9”x13” pan, 12” pizza or six slices of toast, and the front-access crumb tray and nonstick sides, top and bottom makes for easy cleanup.  $199.99. Available at Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s and other retailers nationwide and online, as well as on

Calphalon Convection Oven

 Holiday Mixer

Mixed up about what to give the foodie on your gift list?  Whisk yourself the store chop chop and whip out $69.99 for the Mitutto Hand Immersion Blender, the do-it-all kitchen tool that aerates, purees, blends, dices and more.   The holidays will go smoothly and no one will be crushed to get this handy wand for blending drinks and shakes; making hummus, dips and spreads; stirring up some soups or any of its other many uses for food prep and finishing.  $69.99.  Available at or Sears Stores and

hand blender

Peppermint Par-tay

Sometimes the best ingredients for happy holidays are … ingredients.  Fine flavorings from Nielsen-Massey can make the perfect gifts for hostesses, and they can make your holiday treats superb.  The manufacturer of the pure, kosher and gluten-free extracts may be best known for their vanilla products, such as vanilla beans, vanilla extract, and Madagascar bourbon pure vanilla powder and bean paste, but they have a full line of pure flavorful extracts including peppermint, chocolate, almond, orange, lemon, coffee and rose water.  $10-$20.and up. Available at Williams-Sonoma and grocery retailers nationwide.