Looking for an amazing Christmas gift idea for the cook in your life? Sure, new pots and pans might do the trick, but this year step it up a notch with the ultimate Christmas gift: a luxury appliance! Luxury appliances might seem excessive on the surface, but once you understand the value and convenience they can add to your home, you may have a change of heart. Plus, a great appliance will get used for years to come–that is, unlike the do-dad you bought last year that barely saw the light of day.
What’s the rage? Unlike a conventional appliance manufacturer, companies like SubZero, Wolf, U-line, Miele, and Scotsman design appliances with convenience and added value in mind. Appliances like the U-line modular refrigerator, for example, are designed to keep food (especially veggies and fruits) fresher longer than a typical refrigerator. If you cook with a lot of fresh vegetables, this can make a world of difference in the quality of your food, and eliminate waste from spoilage, wilting, or freezing. Plus, these small units can be installed anywhere (like next the chopping station), so they promote efficiency in the kitchen.
The Christmas Gift Ideas List
Ice on Demand: Upgrade your kitchen with the Scotsman Brilliance Nugget Ice Machine and want for ice never again! Your typical refrigerator ice makers only produce between 5 and 10 pounds of ice a day, which might sound like a lot, but in reality is only a few full glasses. One round of drinks in the hot summer will empty your bin in a flash. If your family uses a lot of ice, consider purchasing an ice machine. The Scotsman Brilliance Nugget produces up to 80 pounds of soft, chewable ice in 24 hours. The 15-inch undercounter design will fit snug and discretely in your kitchen or bar area. If mom’s always yelling about an empty ice bin, then this is the gift to choose!
Hot Dinner for Busy Families: Do the cook in your family a huge favor and purchase the Wolf warming drawer this Christmas. Why a warming drawer? Well, warming drawers are a great investment for families with hectic schedules. Imagine this: The teenagers are at sports practice, dad’s working late, and your fitness class begins at 7pm. On days like this, no one will be ready to sit down for a warm meal at the same time, but everyone still needs to eat. Simply place dinner in the warming drawer and everyone can eat as they make their way home. This is also great for keeping plates warm on cold days or keeping Sunday breakfast warm for the sleepy heads.
Efficient and Fresh: Do you hear mom complaining about storage space and wilted vegetables? The U-line modular refrigerator is the answer to her problems. These small units are great at maintaining the quality of fruits and vegetables. The Modular 3000 Series U-Select® has a pre-programmed Market or Root Cellar Mode to keep vegetables fresher longer. Plus, since the unit is small, it can fit right under the kitchen cabinet near the chopping station.
Your Own Coffee Barista: The Miele Built-in Coffee System is the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life. The sleek design incorporates seamlessly into your kitchen (unlike a bulky espresso machine). Enjoy pre-programmed drink options such as Cafe Lattes, Cappuccinos, Latte Macchiatos, and regular drip (to name a few). The self-cleaning mode makes maintenance relatively hassle free. If you consider the cost of a coffee house to-go drink, you’ll quickly realize that doing it yourself from home is more cost effective in the long run.
Wine Storage? Yes, Please!: Give mom the gift of her dreams. With six roll-out racks and a 26-bottle capacity, the SubZero wine cooler is perfect for storing mom’s moderate collection of wine. This unit is SubZero’s compact, affordable model, so it won’t break your bank. Why does mom need a wine cooler? Because wine coolers regulate the storage temperature between 45°F to 55°F, so heat won’t despoil the flavor of the wine (which in non-wine speak means that it will taste delicious). The humidity controls help prevent dry corks, which makes opening the bottle a breeze. Cheers!