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Christmas Gift Guide 2019: 15 kitchen gadget gift ideas for food lovers

Season your greetings with this tasty tech

Christmas feasts might be fun to munch, but creating them can be an exercise in festive patience. Coated in cranberry sauce and nursing a soggy nut roast, it’s all you can do not to cancel the banquet and order a takeaway turkey.

Don’t throw in the gravy-stained towel: take the pain out of seasonal cuisine and upgrade your Chrimbo cooking with this clever culinary kit.

From blenders to mixers to digital assistants, add these gastronomic accessories to your Yuletide arsenal and you’ll be plating up like a merry Masterchef.

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Le Creuset R2-D2 Mini Cocotte (£25)

Le Creuset R2-D2 Mini Cocotte (£25)

A whip-equipped R2-D2 would be the ultimate in kitchen utility. Sadly, the iconic droid is yet to be deployed for sous chef duty. Bring the galaxy to your kitchen a different way with this astromech dish from the perennial pot-makers at Le Creuset.

Part of a special range that spans the dark side (Darth Vader Dutch Oven), droids (C-3P0 Cocotte) and dishwasher-safe starships (Millennium Falcon Trivet), this stoneware serving solution apes R2’s legendary blue and white livery with surprising subtlety – and it’s perfectly sized for doling out single portions of hot pot on Hoth.

Anova Precision Cooker (£199)

Anova Precision Cooker (£199)

Sealing food in a bag, dropping it in hot water and hoping for the best is no way to guarantee good grub this Christmas. Sealing food in a bag, dropping it in water and precisely controlling the time and temperature with this improved version of Anova’s smart sous vide stick, on the other hand, definitely is.

Smaller, faster and sturdier than before, attach the revised shaft to one of your pots, pair it with the Anova app via Wi-Fi and prepare to cook like you’re a Michelin-starred dipper.

Eva Solo Measuring Trivet (€25)

Eva Solo Measuring Trivet (€25)

Quantities are important at Christmas. Insufficient brandy and the pudding won’t ignite. Too much of the stuff and you risk a festive inferno – not to mention wrecked relations.

Prevent several sorts of burn with this nifty implement. Use its flexible limbs as standard measuring spoons, before flipping it over for trivet duty: stuck under a hot plate, the silicone stand will keep your table safe from scorch marks. There’s no shot measure, mind, so Uncle Brian will have to take his spirit by the tablespoon.

Sage 3X Bluicer (£300)

Sage 3X Bluicer (£300)

Since the dawn of the smoothie, there’s been a single burning question: blend or juice? For years, those who favoured the squeeze sought supremacy over those who picked the mix, with fruit the delicious victim in the battle of the berries. Until now.

Meet the 3X Bluicer. One base, two ways: this smoothie system lets you juice, blend or both. Drop ingredients down the extra-wide shoot and, with the second container attached, the resulting juice will feed in ready for blending with oats, seeds or whatever takes your fancy. The best bit? Cold Spin smarts mean no toasty extracts.

Pie Fidelity: In Defence Of British Food (£12)

Pie Fidelity: In Defence Of British Food (£12)

Pigs in blankets. Roast potatoes. Brussel sprouts. If there’s a greater celebration of traditional British grub than the classic Christmas dinner, it could only be one with a Lazy Susan, prawn crackers and swathes of sweet and sour sauce.

Intrigued the UK’s eccentric tastes? Work up a hunger well into the New Year with this affectionate account of Blighty’s culinary favourites. From the classic fish and chips to the ubiquitous spag bol, via the Friday night curry, Pie Fidelity sees food writer Pete Brown extolling the virtues of British cuisine with an informed fondness that’s sure to leave you craving crusty pastry.

Drop Colander (£29)

Drop Colander (£29)

Rinsing salad should be a splash-free task, but it’s amazing how a single piece of spinach can deflect water halfway across the kitchen. Contain the spray with this innovative take on the age-old drainer.

Fill the spherical compartment with your chosen foodstuff, swivel the perforated dome shut and run the tap through the handle. After a quick bit of wrist rotation, you’ll have clean leaves with zero spillage.

Amazon Echo Show 8 (£120)

Amazon Echo Show 8 (£120)

Between Christmas dinner and Boxing Day brunch, there’s no shortage of culinary tasks to tackle come Chrimbo week. Problem is, given your partner’s proven inability to peel a potato without wasting half the spud, a suitable sous chef can be hard to find.

Enter the Echo Show: stash this 8-inch sidekick on your kitchen counter and, besides TV shows, video calls and smart home control, Amazon’s voice assistant will be on hand to help with a host of step-by-step recipes and quick quantity conversions. Sadly, it can’t assist with the clean-up.

The Spicery 12 Curries of Christmas Advent Calendar (£30)

The Spicery 12 Curries of Christmas Advent Calendar (£30)

Going alternative with this year’s festive menu? You could order a different takeaway every day. Or, for an approach that won’t leave you knee-deep in tinfoil trays, try this curry calendar from The Spicery.

Behind each of the 12 doors, spice fans will find a recipe card and a special seasoning blend. From a creamy korma to a scorching Madras, there’s something to suit every taste – and, unlike that vindaloo you love to get from Goa Grub, these dishes will actually teach you what goes into a good curry.

KitchenAid Artisan 2-slot Toaster (£199)

KitchenAid Artisan 2-slot Toaster (£199)

After days spent satisfying every dietary requirement of your festive guests, you’d be forgiven for giving up and making toast the dish of the day. Alas, even heated bread can cause division.

Pander to people’s pain preferences with this Artisan toaster from KitchenAid: drop a slice or two in the slots and, with a tweak of the settings, you can select one of seven shades of brown. Diner not around? An automatic sensor can lower the toast back down to keep it warm until they’re ready. How’s that for service?

Petal Chopping Board (£23)

Petal Chopping Board (£23)

Who knew that something as simple as an indent was the solution to escapee onion skins? Crafted from beech and shaped like a petal, this chopping board’s party trick is the sculpted square in one corner: from garlic husks to olive stones, pop offcuts and little bits alike in the recessed area to prevent culinary runaways during dinner prep.

Once everything’s cooked? It also doubles up as a serving tray and dip trough that’s sure to get your guests talking.

Rick and Morty Survival Rations (£25)

Rick and Morty Survival Rations (£25)

Between turning himself into a pickle and causing yet another time-travelling catastrophe, Uncle Rick would arguably be the worst of all Christmas guests. Except, perhaps, a menagerie of Mr Meeseeks.

Get schwifty without risking the end of the universe with these Rick & Morty survival rations. From Morty’s smoky corn relish to Rick’s special recipe sauce, they’re the perfect condiment to accompany your fourth season binge watch. And, yes, there’s a jar of Pickle Ricks.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Travel Mug (£169)

Ember Temperature Control Smart Travel Mug (£169)

Your homemade chai latte might be fire, but you won’t be feeling its spicy warmth if it’s gone tepid on your walk to work. Avoid the disappointment of lukewarm liquid with this nifty heating mug.

Set your temperature preference via the app or bundled base and Ember’s clever cup will keep your drink at that exact level for up to two hours. Besides banishing cold coffee from your daily routine, it also puts paid to the pain of sipping too soon. Talk about a winter win.

Abeego Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap (£15)

Abeego Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap (£15)

There’s little better than festive leftovers when you’re feeling the effects of yesterday’s mulled wine. Trouble is, between the cling film and tin foil, keeping food fresh can be an exercise in wasted wrapping.

Store the scraps the sustainable way with these reusable wraps: crafted from organic cotton, hemp and beeswax, the breathable sheaths are a brilliant way to keep your fridge plastic-free. And with 15% of every sale given to a clean water charity, you can eat the excess free from eco guilt.

Smeg Full Colour Stand Mixer (£399)

Smeg Full Colour Stand Mixer (£399)

Mid-century kitchens might have been more dangerous than today, but they were certainly distinctive when it came to style. Ditch the fire risks but keep the retro look with this throwback stand mixer from Smeg.

With a space-age shell and lines an American diner would be proud of, it’s all you need to mix like it’s the Fifties – except, you know, the spam packets and avocado wall tiles.

SimplyCook Gift Subscription (from £29)

SimplyCook Gift Subscription (from £29)

Buying for a foodie isn’t necessarily a cinch. If they’ve been frying for a while, there’s every chance they’ve already got an arsenal of kitchen utensils to their name. So skip the spoons and send them culinary inspiration, instead.

Stick a gift subscription to Simply Cook in their stocking and your chef friend will get a recipe box at regular intervals. Each comes with all the condiments and instructions they need to cook up four delicious meals from around the world – which, naturally, you’ll be happy to help them taste.