Kitchen Gift Guide: The Small Kitchen

PBS Food has created this guide as suggested gifts ideas. We do not endorse any specific product listed here. We recommend comparison shopping and reading expert and customer reviews to make educated decisions.

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Pasta Pot for Two

This special pasta pot is specifically designed for small groups and small kitchens. It fits neatly into any cabinet in your kitchen and provides the perfect portions for one or two eaters.

Pasta Pot for Two at Crate and Barrel


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French Press

When you don’t have room for a full expresso machine, a French press can do the trick. We recommend finding a model that catches grounds and is dishwasher-safe.

French Press at Sur La Table


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Handheld Mandoline

When you operate in a small kitchen, any tools that you can minimize or find a foldable version of are essential. That’s why we love handheld mandolines, especially those that can fold up. Our mandoline seems to come out at least weekly, so it needs to be accessible. A fold-up mandoline can be easily stored in any drawer in the kitchen.

Chef’n SleekSlice Collapsible Hand-Held Mandoline, Arugula at Amazon.com


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Magnet Spice Set

Why take up precious real estate in the cupboard for your spices, when you can stick them to a magnetic surface? We love magnetic spice containers. Even if you don’t want to clutter the fridge, its easy to hang a small metallic strip elsewhere in the kitchen to keep your spices accessible.

EVERYTHING HEX: Organic Spice Kit for your Fridge. Includes 24 Magnetic Jars FILLED with Everyday Spices. Unique Gift Idea. at Amazon.com


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Flip Grater

Another folding product: a flip grater. Whether you have a big kitchen or a small one, it always seems like the grater ends up in the way. That’s why we love a small flip grater, its easy to store and use and it saves valuable space in one of your cabinets.

Prepworks HG-1661 From Progressive International Flip Cheese Grater with Etched Stainless Steel Grating Surface at Amazon.com


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Collapsing Measuring Cups

Staying with the trend of collapsable kitchen tools, a set of collapsable measuring cups is another winning gift idea. The cups collapse flat and can fit easily into any drawer.

Collapsing Measuring Cups at Sur La Table


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Folding Cookbook Holder

Using a cookbook in a tiny apartment kitchen can be a real challenge. With limited counter space, you don’t have an easy place to lay the book down. So you need a cookbook holder — this collapsable model will do the trick. As a bonus, this product will also work very well with an iPad.

Joseph Joseph CookBook Compact Folding Bookstand, White and Gray at Amazon.com


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Fold Up Cutting Board

This cutting board is a great addition to any kitchen. The board lies flat while cutting, but then folds up to form a chute by squeezing the handle. The smaller dimensions make it a great choice for a small kitchen. As a bonus, it can be hung up by the handle.

Fold Up Cutting Board at Sur La Table


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Collapsable Dish Drainer

A collapsable dish drainer can be extended or closed to fit the dimensions of your kitchen. But the real value is the way it can be condensed down to only 1/2″ thick. This makes it very easy to hide under the sink or elsewhere in your kitchen when company comes over.

Progressive International Collapsible Over the Sink Dish Drainer at Amazon.com


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In the Small Kitchen

Chronicling two friends’ year of cooking in the real world, the creators of biggirlssmallkitchen.com present a wise and witty cookbook that is brimming with delicious recipes for daily cooking and entertaining on a budget, as well as practical advice for making your kitchen a place you want to be.

In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World at Amazon.com