Get the gift you really wanted

Get the gift you really wanted

Although Boxing Day once had an entirely different meaning, today it’s one of the busiest days at the mall as folks return or exchange gifts that weren’t quite right, or shop for newly discounted items. Either way, Consumer Reports can help you find the best buys and top performing models from our tests of hundreds of products.

In addition, the Home team, which covers everything for your house including appliances and remodeling products, is now on Facebook, where we highlight new … (read more)

Sneak peek at this holiday season’s hot gift ideas

Sneak peek at this holiday season’s hot gift ideas

Things don’t seem to change a lot year to year when it comes to holiday shopping. Americans will spend a lot on holiday gifts—an average of $ 537, down a bit from last year. And the list of most desired gifts remains pretty much the same: Gift cards, clothing, electronics, CDs, DVDs, video games, and books have topped wish lists for the 10th year in a row, according to the National Retail Federation.

And, of course, budget-conscious … (read more)

10 Mother’s Day gift ideas today’s moms will love

10 Mother’s Day gift ideas today’s moms will love

There are just a few things to know about Mother’s Day. First, remember the holiday. This year Mother’s Day takes place on Sunday, May 12, so you don’t have many shopping days left. Second, book a table. Restaurants are packed on Mother’s Day, so if you’re going out to celebrate, get on Yelp, OpenTable, or some other dining site now. And third, don’t limit yourself to the classics and the clichéd. When choosing a Mother’s Day present, the sky’s the … (read more)

Sometimes the best gift is a CR Best Buy

Sometimes the best gift is a CR Best Buy

You don’t have to spend a lot to give a gift that exceeds expectations. Some of the top-performing small appliances and housewares in Consumer Reports tests are also the most affordable. We call them CR Best Buys and include them on our top picks lists. In our labs we’ve found such bargains as a knife set for $ 60, a $ 30 drip coffeemaker, a versatile blender for $ 40, and more. Here are some standouts to include on this … (read more)

NinjaBread Man – Silent and Deadly Cookies

Tired of regular boring old Gingerbread men? We are. We’re ready to make the Ninjabread Man switch. These stealthy warriors are set to sneak into your kitchen and stage a cookie coup. Cut, bake, decorate…and then watch them disappear. Ninjabread Men are molded from rugged, food-safe ABS plastic and packaged in a colorful giftbox.


December 2010 Monthly Round-Up for Kitchen Contraptions

Happy New Year! December 2010 was another amazing month of Kitchen Contraptions – filled with kitchen gadgets, small appliances, and other kitchen wonders along with our Holiday Gift Guide. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers for visiting us each day, and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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What Kitchen Contraptions Did You Get this Holiday Season 2010? Happy Holidays from Kitchen Contraptions – 2010 My Very Own Toy Kitchen


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A Weber Genesis Grill Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift

If you pool your holiday spending resources and get a grill for the person in your house that does all the grilling you won’t be sorry. Think about it – next Summer you’ll benefit over and over, but they’ll just be happy they have a new grill. This Weber Genesis is quite nice, and only costs about $699.

Features include:

New front mounted control panel; 3 stainless steel burners; individual electronic ignition system; 38,000 BTU per hour input 507-square-inch primary cooking area; 130-square-inch warming rack; 637 square-inch total cooking area Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates; … (read more)

The Best 10 Gifts for the Chef in Your Life

In keeping with our Holiday gift picks and gift guide, we’re always trying to provide more gift ideas for the kitchen gadget person in your life. We found this really good gift guide with 10 suggestions on what to buy.

The gifts include:

TB Groupe Evercut Knife Boos Cherry Cutting Board Ozeri Touch II Kitchen Scale Meat thermometer (newfangled or “original”) Silpat Baking Mat Steel Dough Scraper Something made of cast iron from Le Creuset High-quality Olive Oil Cooking shows on DVD or iTunes

At 10 Tasteful Gifts For The Aspiring Chef

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