We tend to spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so any gadget, gizmo or appliance that can make cooking easier, faster, more convenient or efficient is a very good thing.  Fortunately, there are a number of handy kitchen gadgets designed for kitchen use that do just that.

Below, you’ll find a cross-section of handy kitchen gadgets that will make the chef in your life smile.  If you’re looking for great gift ideas, we’ve got you covered!

1. Ergonomic Tongs

Tongs tend to be unwieldy and hard to use and store.  Those problems are solved with OXO’s ergonomic tong design.  They’re much more versatile than your average pair of tongs too, because of the nylon heads, which makes this item safe to use even on non-stick cookware.  An excellent addition to any kitchen.

2. Steampunk Coffee Grinder

Say what you will about the Steampunk aesthetic, but one thing is certainly true.  Products designed along these lines are invariably beautiful and durable, and this coffee grinder is no exception.  Few things beat freshly ground coffee, and when you combine that with a beautiful, functional piece, it’s just a perfect win-win.

3. The Kitchen Aid 5-Quart Mixer

Probably the ultimate mixer, it’s big enough, and powerful enough to handle anything you throw at it, and KitchenAid has a reputation for quality and durability.  This one will make any chef’s day, and makes a truly excellent gift.  It comes in a wide range of colors too, so you can get one that perfectly fits in with whatever color scheme you have in your kitchen.

4. Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender

hand-blenderSometimes, you don’t necessarily want, or need to haul out the big guns when blending or mixing, in which case, you need a smaller, more refined hand tool to get the job done.  This is one of the best in the industry.  Absolutely brilliant design, and powerful enough to handle just about any job you give it.

5. The Rabbit Corkscrew

There’s nothing like a great glass of wine with dinner, right?  Of course, sometimes, getting the bottle open presents some challenges, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  In fact, the Rabbit corkscrew makes it simplicity itself.  Once you’ve got this tool in-hand, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

6. Salad Spinner

salad-spinnerIf you love a good salad with your meal, you know there are few things worse for a salad than soggy greens.  OXO’s Salad Spinner solves the problem decisively.  A quick and easy way to drain and dry your greens before putting the finishing touches on your meal.

7. AccuSharp Knife Sharpener

Nothing makes cooking prep go faster than a good, sharp knife, and Accusharp’s knife sharpener is hands down the fastest, easiest, most convenient way to see that all your kitchen knives are ready to go at a moment’s notice.

There are, of course, dozens of other indispensable kitchen gadgets for the chef in your life, but these will give you lots of great gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on any cook’s face!