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Bridal Shower Gifts for the Kitchen

Great gift ideas for a bridal shower or wishing well gift

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Whether you need small gifts for a bridal shower or for a wishing well at a wedding, there are plenty of kitchen tools and gadgets that any bride and groom would welcome. Here are some of my top picks for bridal shower gifts for the kitchen.

Mario Batali Silicone Work Mat

Mario Batali Silicone Work Mat
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Measuring a generous 16 by 24 inches, this flexible silicone pastry mat is useful for rolling out pie or cookie dough, kneading bread dough or forming biscuits. It has recipes for pizza and pasta dough printed right on the mat, and circles that can be used as guides for rolling out pie crusts or pizzas. There's also a ruler along the side and a conversion chart.

Bonus Gift: Include your favorite pie recipe – and perhaps even an offer to give a lesson on perfecting their crust.

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Quick-Read Thermometer

CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer
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A reliable thermometer is essential when you're checking meat for doneness, warming water to activate yeast or tempering chocolate. The CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer measures temperatures in 6 to 8 seconds, and is waterproof and shatterproof. The sheath, which is on a cord so you can wear it (great for outdoor grilling!), has a temperature guide for a variety of foods and liquids.

Bonus Gift: Combine the thermometer with a masculine denim chef's apron to encourage the groom to do more cooking, especially when it comes to steaks on the grill!

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Silicone Spatulas

Chef'n SwitchIt
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A silicone spatula is likely to become a cook's most reached-for tool in the kitchen, and the Switchit Dual Ended Silicone Spatulas from Chef'n are even more versatile than most. One end is wide, the other is narrow, so either can be used, depending on the task at hand. It's available in 7 colors, including cheerful Apricot, shown, and is heat resistant up to 650 degrees. Switchits come in a number of shapes, including a double-ended spoon, a slim shape and a spreader - why not give a gift of several different shapes, in assorted colors?

Bonus Gift: Tie the spatula with a ribbon around your favorite cookie cookbook.

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Coffee Carafe

Leifheit Columbus Carafe
Leifheit International USA, Inc.

For breakfast in bed (newlyweds have all the luck!) or their first dinner party, a grown-up carafe for serving coffee, tea and other beverages is a must. The Leifheit Columbus carafe is elegant and whimsical at the same time, with its sleek lines and rounded shape. It has a 1 liter (8 cup capacity), can be operated with one hand, and can keep liquids hot or cold for up to 12 hours.

Bonus Gift: A bag of coffee beans or a package of tea from your favorite café will make them excited to use their new carafe.

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Microplane Zester

MicroPlane Grater/Zester
MicroPlane

The classic Microplane Grater/Zester is now available in fun colors like green and orange, but it's still the workhorse it's always been. It ca be used to grate nutmeg, chocolate, garlic, ginger, hard cheese or chocolate, and never seems to lose its sharpness.

Bonus Gift: Plan on the fun color of this grater by pairing it with a stack of fluffy kitchen towels in the same color.

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