Lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner suggests stocking up on colorful miniature ceramic loaf pans when they are on sale at your local discount store. They are perfect for gift-giving, and your standard bread recipe will yield about six sweet mini loaves at once. Cinnamon is synonymous with the holiday season. For Julie's Easy Cinnamon Bread recipe, click here.
Homemade jams are easy to make and a great way to take advantage of end-of-season fruits. Spoon your creations into sterilized preserving jars, affix a handwritten label, and tie a colorful ribbon for gifting. Deliver the jam with a basket of fresh muffins or bread for a breakfast treat they won't forget. Get the recipe for this delicious strawberry-cranberry Christmas Jam (and a free gift label template!) from our friends at A Family Feast.
Cleaning narrow-necked glassware can be crazy-making. Enter this magnetic tool, which allows you to pull a soft rubber scrubber across the inside of the glass. | Magnetic Spot Scrubber from cuisipro.com
Guacamole is fantastic, but opening those avocados? Not so much. This invention seems to do it all, from slicing and pitting to removing the nutrient-rich fruit (yes, fruit). | @crispcooking Avocado Tool
The first-of-its-kind automatic sealing function of this BPA-free plastic pitcher means you can entertain outdoors without worrying about sloshing, spills, or sugar-crazy party invaders like bees and wasps. From gocontigo.com
Made in Turkey, this bowl features the same centuries-old design that was used in the bathhouses of Istanbul. Now it can brighten up your counters, thanks to a 100 percent copper core and a silver finish. | Copper and Silver Hammam Bowl from @shoplatitude
With a sturdy steel frame and a machine-washable cotton cover, this footstool opens to reveal a hidden compartment that's ideal for hiding blankets or books. | Bosnas Footstool with Storage from @IKEAUSA
Waiting for butter to get to room temperature is now idiotproof: This tray is orange when its contents are cold, then turns white when they're ready for the bowl. | Taylor TEMPerfect Butter Tray from @surlatable