Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Made with Style: Cute Gifts for the Kitchen

We think the perfect recipe for romance (or cupcakes?) starts with cute kitchen accessories!  It is no secret that families spend a good amount of time in the kitchen, so why should your kitchen lack style or character?  Luckily we have come across some unique items that can help add a little spice to your kitchen. These items would be excellent as bridal shower gifts, a birthday present for a fellow foodie, or just a little something fun for yourself.

Here is a gift you can give that is not only functional, but incredibly adorable! We love items that serve dual purposes and these Russian Matryoshka Nesting Dolls do just that!  They will look great as decor on your counter when not in use, but when you need to measure out your ingredients for a recipe they break into 6 measuring cups from 1/4 cup to 1 cup.   Available from one of our favorite stores, Urban Outfitters, for just $12.

There are all kinds of measuring spoons out there on the market -- from your regular old plastic ones, to ones on rings to keep them together, to magnetic ones.  But none of those options exactly attractive or pretty, and they all just end up getting lost in a drawer. So why not give someone a useful kitchen gift that can enjoy as a decorative item as well?  We recommend these cute spoons from beehivekitchenware.  These are measuring spoons that are meant to be displayed!

Butter deserves a beautiful home too! This milkmaid butter dish available at Anthropologie is perfect for holding your butter and keeping it fresh. The trick is to set your butter out for 30 minutes in room temperature before serving it alongside your bread -- that way it will be perfect for spreading! 

How romantic!  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we think it is certainly necessary to surprise your loved one(s) with a breakfast that really shows how you feel about them.  These little silicone cups, available at from Amazon, poach your eggs in the shapes of charming little hearts!!

Unique dishware says a lot about who you are! Having guests over for dinner? Serve that mac and cheese in these unique casserole dishes that are handmade in Peru by designer Tammy Milani.  Fresh, modern colors and patterns give these dishes a look that is sure to intrigue guests and spark conversation!

Who wouldn't want to play in the kitchen with this adorable critter baking pan from Crate & Barrel. This aluminum pan is sure to provide some tasty treats, and think of all the fun you'll have with the frosting!

And, of course, no home is complete without a kitschy set of salt and pepper shakers. You can get pretty much anything and everything in salt shaker form, from the overly cutesy to the ultra modern. Our pick are these ninja shakers from Patina, because they make seasoning your food fun.  Go ahead, add some salt and pepper...your dinner guests will never see it coming.

Jen & Saira


  1. the ninja salt shakers and the russian dolls are sweet, but who uses a butter dish?

  2. Butter dishes are for classy dinner parties, Henry! :)