If you are looking for a small and unique hostess gift, have a look at Karoto. When Israeli-based designer Avichai Tadmor imagined Karoto for Monkey Business he started by enlarging the basic pencil sharpener. He then added a vegetable peeler to one end. The end result is a 3-in-1 kitchen gadget that lets you peel, sharp and create curly ribbons from vegetables.
Available in yellow or black, Karoto makes it easy to style carrots, zucchinis, cucumbers for a vegetable platter or a salad. And the best things is that everyone will be able to give you a hand with your food preparation.
You can watch this short video to see Karoto in action. At $15 a piece, you may want to stock a few for your small Christmas gifts.
If you want to stay away from the obvious flowers, it can be tricky to find the perfect Mother’s Day since chances are that your mom already have what she needs. This is why I like the stuff by Fred & Friends. They always put a whimsical touch on everyday tableware.
My picks for Mother’s Day are:
+ The Teacupcakes are a set of 4 silicone molds fashioned as a teacup. A matching saucer adds style to the service. $16.34 USD at Amazon.com
+ Short Stacked is a pair of white porcelain espresso cups and saucers. $30.23 USD at Amazon.com
+ If you can find it by Mother’s Day, I suggest the Appkins, a napkin-style snack plates designed by Oded Shorer and Eli Chissick. This brand-new product will be sold in a pack of 2.
One of the more practical (yet utterly unsentimental) wedding gifts my husband and I received was a humble pineapple corer in a basket of miscellaneous kitchen tools. Turns out it was actually a last minute registry addition, courtesy of my pineapple-loving betrothed.
For more than a year it sat tucked in a drawer, forgotten amongst the minutiae of kitchen tools we all accumulate. But when my craving for fresh fruit salad last week coincided with a super sale on pineapple at the grocery store, I decided to finally put our corer to the test.
Made of stainless steel with a plastic release handle, this inexpensive tool from Vacu Vin works like a corkscrew to core, peel and slice pineapple into a spiral shape that would add interest at the center of a fruit platter. It also comes apart for easy clean up. If you’ve ever avoided buying pineapple because of the added work it takes to peel and chop, this cool tool will sweeten the deal.
Netherlands-based Vacu Vin also makes several other innovative and stylish kitchen tools, such as a kiwi guard that protects the fruit from bruising and includes a built-in slicer; a salad cutter that cores a head of lettuce or other leafy greens; and an award-winning set of colorful candy/nut dispensers that help keep snacking hygienic.