There’s nothing better than receiving a gift that’s both practical and fun. As we become increasingly conscious consumers, it’s a good idea to consider giving friends and family something they’ll actually use this year.

The kitchen is one of the best rooms in the house: it’s often where we gather to recap the day, grab a snack, and spend time cooking delicious meals—so what better than giving someone a fun and handy kitchen accessory in 2023?

Read on for 6 of our favourite kitchen items, whether you’re shopping for loved ones or yourself…



#1 A recipe book holder

Cook book stand Oliver Bonas

Know any budding chefs? If you’re present shopping for the next Gordon Ramsay, you can’t go wrong with a recipe book holder. We all know the struggle of wrestling to keep the recipe book open while your hands are covered in flour or oil. A recipe book holder doesn’t take up much space, and can be used to display particularly beautiful cookbooks the rest of the time. We particularly love this Oliver Bonas model made of wood and marble.


#2 Sphere ice cube moulds

Sphere shaped ice cube tray

Summer may be a distant memory at this point, but it’s always nice to add some ice to a festive drink. For ice cubes with a difference, try a spherical ice cube mould. They last longer than typical ice cubes thanks to their shape, and they look great in a negroni, too. Mix it up by adding a little something to your ice cubes, whether they’re going in a cocktail or a glass of water. Our favourite flavoured ice cubes to try include:

- Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries
- Chopped mint, basil or thyme
- Sliced orange and lemon
Edible flowers

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not try the viral frozen ‘immunity bomb’? Chop up some orange, lemon, ginger and turmeric, and pop it in a blender. Freeze the blended mix, and next time you feel a cold coming on, add one to a glass of orange juice or a mug of hot water for a fiery fix. 


#3 An egg shaper

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the morning rush usually means we don’t get to fully enjoy it. An egg shaper is just what you need to brighten your first meal. Funny Side Up has everything from dog shapes to robots, and if bento box art is more your style, these bear and bunny hard boiled egg moulds are adorable. You might just convince the pickiest kid to dig in.


#4 Cute sponges 

Okay, okay, sponges might not be on the top of your wishlist, but there’s no denying the cuteness of Scrub DaddyNamed America’s favourite sponge for a reason (yes, that’s a thing), Scrub Daddy sponges come in a range of shapes and sizes. Promising to make you “smile while you scrub”, these sponges can be found in the hippest concept stores, and even feature seasonal editions like this Halloween series. A perfect stocking filler or a cute gift-to-self, Scrub Daddy sponges are quickly acquiring cult status. 


#5 A stylish storage caddy 

 

stylish storage box
Liewood May’s understated pastel caddies: they’re beautiful and stylish, and ultra handy. Best of all, they’re easy to wash, making them perfect for storing your sponges and washing up liquid.  

 


#6 Delicious natural cleaning products

While we’re on the subject of washing up liquid, beautifully-designed cleaning products can also make a great gift this Christmas. Our products were designed to look good on your shelf—no hiding under the kitchen sink. Colt and Willow’s The Essentials pack makes a great gift, with products naturally scented using geranium, rosemary, juniper and rhubarb. For friends and family with little ones, our Fig and Cassis Potty Spray is a good option, and budding Great British Bake Off contestants will be delighted by The Kitchen Combo