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Holiday Giving List: Best gifts and stocking stuffers for home cooks

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Santa Claus is washing his long-johns in preparation of donning that cozy red suit he wears when sliding down the chimneys; yea, it's that close to Christmas Day! It's time for impulse shopping, panic over menus not planned and getting caught up on all that wrapping (or at least throwing the stuff in gift bags); it's time for selecting perfect gifts, not just settling for gift certificates, and I have some great ideas, including bakery items to come to the rescue, so arm yourself with all the info you can before you go out in the Christmas war zones!

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With all that in mind, I'd love to give you some great ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers for your favorite chefs, things I have tested and loved. I also have an idea for a last minute dessert that will let you arrive with a dish or hostess gift that no one else is going to have. Let's start with that one. Scroll through all the pictures to find out what the items are, and get your credit card ready - you're going to want to do some last minute ordering!

But first, let's start with not only a fantastic gift for a beloved home cook, but a little something all my home cook readers are sure to love for those mornings when cooking a big, time consuming breakfast is just not an option: Hamilton Beach's new Breakfast Sandwich Maker! What a cool and savvy invention this little device is. It takes up just a tiny speck of room on your kitchen counter, or in a corner of a cabinet and will save your life on those busy mornings. Bonus: the kiddies are going to adore this one! And Bonus Two: the older kiddies can even use this one themselves.

Take a look at this amazing little contraption: right here. What is it? It's like a whole breakfast bar in one tiny little package that makes a compact to-go breakfast sandwich that will compete with the McMuffin and any other fast food breakfast sandwiches out there. What my son likes is that it is so customizable, for instance, my son doesn't like eggs, so he simply takes out the egg layer of the sandwich maker. And he doesn't stop at breakfast sandwiches; my son Chris has repurposed the breakfast sandwich maker to make one fabulous grilled cheese. He uses muffins, biscuits, buns and bread - really whatever ingredients are on hand and uses this thing all the time!

So, before you start clicking on all my list items, make sure to check out the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker right here!

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