Christmas Gift Guide: My six favorite kitchen items (and you can win them, too!)

A number of months ago, Federated Media (my ad network) contacted me about possibly doing a Gift Guide for Christmas. I’ve never done a Gift Guide before because I’m a minimalist and all and didn’t think I could come up with enough items I could wholeheartedly encourage you to considering buying to actually put together a gift guide!

But the more I discussed the possibility with Federated Media and thought about it, the more I realized this could be a great win-win! So, I’m excited to tell you that Pier 1 is underwriting my first-ever Christmas Gift Guide and for the next six weeks, I’ll be sharing about one of my favorite kitchen items every Wednesday. This will be an item which has been given as a gift to me and which I’ve used over and over and over in my own kitchen.

Not only will I be telling you about my six favorite kitchen items, but I’ll be giving one (or more!) of each of them away to a reader here each week!

First up, Marie Madeline Aprons. Head over to see some adorable pictures of my girls and to enter to win a Marie Madeline Apron of your choosing (to keep for yourself, or give away to someone!).

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      • Lee says

        @Crystal, I’m so envious…I would love to have one. I have a sunbeam now and am hoping to get a kitchen aid by saving my penny’s over the next 2 years. I use mine mostly at the holidays when I do a lot of baking. I keep a small handheld for quick jobs!

        • says

          I would totally give you mine if you lived nearby! I got it from my Grandma when she died — hoping that I’d fall in love with it like everyone else has, it seems. But I was never raised with one, so I just can’t seem to “get it”. I’m hanging onto it for my girls, hoping one of them will want it!

    • jessica says

      I got a kitchenaid stand mixer and didn’t like it either. I emded up returning it and getting a high quality hand held. So much simpler and works better too (I think).

        • Lyla says


          Crystal, you have company. I’ve had my KitchenAid for over 2 years. I’ve used it once. A very costly dust collector. :-) Also, very heavy to move around too much. I received a GE hand mixer for a wedding gift in 1964, and I’m still using it. I will be devastated if anyhting happens to it. It looks and works just as it did from day one…with the exception of some wear on the bottom of the beater and the “high, med., low” being washed off from years of cleaning it. The unit and beaters are made of material that we can never find in appliaces today. They were meant to last a life time, and are well on their way to proving that. My daughter-in-law has her eye on that KitchenAid. I absolutely adore her, so very soon she’ll have her hands on it, too. :-)

  1. says

    I absolutely agree that an apron (or two!) is a kitchen must-have. I too feel feminine and industrious wearing mine. Both my littles have their own little aprons and as soon as I tell them to get theirs on, they know they’re in for an adventure!

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