Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry! It’s up to all of us to bring the ‘merry’ to this equation, but it’s time to spare a thought for those who are in charge of the ‘eat’ portion. Because behind every table laden with delicious things is a slightly exhausted and frazzled foodie in the kitchen. Some start menu-planning in October with military precision, while there are those who take more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants approach. (NB: this author firmly sits in the first camp and breaks out in a cold sweat at the very thought of casually approaching Christmas lunch.)
It doesn’t matter if they’re a cook or a chef, a gourmet or a gourmand, strategic or spontaneous – we’ve got you covered.
The KitchenAid Classic is a timeless, practical and stylish addition to any kitchen and one of the best stand mixers of all time. Plus, bonus points awarded for the incredible range of colours. Picture your loved one whipping up egg whites for a pavlova or creating shortcrust pastry for mince pies. Yes please!
Tefal Pro-Selection' 3-Piece 20cm, 26cm & 30cm Frypan Set
The wise know that you can’t have fun without the fundamentals, and the Pro Selection series three piece set of Tefal frying pans are a kitchen essential. Sophisticated, contemporary and durable, they have solid stainless steel handles that are oven safe to 260 degrees. And for those who need induction cookware, they are induction cooktop compatible.
JURA Z6 Automatic Coffee Machine
The JURA Z6 Automatic Coffee Machine is an impressive showcase of Swiss innovation. It achieves a brand new standard of quality across the whole spectrum of speciality coffees, from the short, fiery ristretto to the popular, mellow flat white. A self-explanatory operating concept with many customisable options prepares up to 13 different coffee specialities. – it’s perfect for those who love a bit of instant gratification.
Weber Spirit II E310 LP Black
Its the gift that keeps on giving. Treat the BBQ boss in your life to the Weber Spirit II and they'll treat you to the creations of this glorious griller. Armed with the strong GS4 grilling system and iGrill 3 ready, this premium three-burner gas barbecue is sure to take their grilling to the next level.
KitchenAid 9 Cup Food Processor
KitchenAid is making festive dishes a much simpler 'process' with the 9 Cup Food Processor. With features like a one-click, twist-free, bowl assembly and latched lid that is very easy to use and clean. The blade and disc fit inside the bowl to make storage effortless. Simple Controls with 3 Speed Options (High, Low and Pulse) handle a variety of ingredients with great precision, and the easy-press paddles and illuminated LED controls make operation simple. Chop, Puree, Shred and Slice your way to the perfect Christmas feast.
Pop a Samsung microwave under the tree this year. A true kitchen workhorse, their 32L Microwave Oven comes with stylish ceramic enamel interior, LED display and functions like Auto Soften, Melt and Steam Clean. Fun fact: its interior uses cool technology that helps reduce the growth of certain bacteria.
Breville Fresh & Furious Blender
Frankly, we would buy this just for the excellent name alone! Not just a smoothie maker, the Breville Fresh & Furious is upgraded with a more powerful motor, digital timer, auto clean, improved pulverizing capability and better handling of heavy blending. And yes, it does have a dedicated green smoothie function.
Smeg Retro Style Kettle & Toaster
Kitchen essentials need not be boring! Rock a retro vibe with this Smeg electric kettle and four-slice toaster bundle. Endlessly instagrammable, choose a colour that best suits their kitchen aesthetic – available in black, white, cream, red and (our favourite) the pastel green and pastel blue.
Sunbeam Non-Stick Wok
For fresh, healthy meals made easy, wrap up a wok this Christmas! This electric wok from Sunbeam has a Teflon Platinum Pro non-stick surface that is safe for metal utensils. Plus, we love that when you’ve finished cooking, simply remove the control probe and it becomes dishwasher safe. The future is now.
Philips All-In-One Cooker
Hands up who knows what a multi cooker is? The Philips multi cooker is a kitchen beast, capable of performing multiple cooking tasks and preparing many different types of dishes. These types of intelligent cooking systems develop cult followings, and it’s not hard to see why!