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Kitchen Gift Guide: The College Student

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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Krups Beertender

For many of us, beer is a quintessential part of the college experience. Now, it no longer has to be just bad light beers in cans. The slick and sleek Krups Beertender has a silent cooling system to keep a consistently cold brew. The system works with a number of Heineken products. (This works better for older students and recent grads. Don’t break any laws.)

KRUPS B100 BeerTender at


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Deep Fryer

From chicken tenders to fries, a deep fryer will be a popular gift for any college student. This Prest-brand deep fryer is big enough to serve six, but won’t take up a ton of room in a cramped kitchen.

Presto 05411 GranPappy Electric Deep Fryer at


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Indoor Electric Grill

Its not optimal to try to keep a charcoal grill in a dorm room or college apartment. But that doesn’t mean your college student can’t get a grilled cheeseburger. An indoor electric grill is the perfect substitution.

Wolfgang Puck WPRGG0010 1800-Watt Reversible Nonstick Grill and Griddle at


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Toaster Oven and Broiler

Space is at a premium in most college housing. So help your student maximize efficiency and flexibility with a combination toaster oven and broiler. Perfect for bagels, toast and reheating pizza slices.

Cuisinart TOB-155 Toaster Oven Broiler, Stainless/Black at


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Pizza Stone

Help your college student spice up their homemade pizzas with a pizza stone. We really love this set of 4 smaller stones. Combine them for a big pizza, use one or two for just a slice. These stones also hold up to the heat better and are less likely to crack. They also work on a grill!

Dough-Joe® Pizza and Baking Stone at


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Nonstick Fying Pan

Any college student or recent grad will need a solid nonstick frying pan. We especially recommend finding a dishwasher-safe pan, because lets face it: Doing dishes are not high on any college kid’s priorities.

T-fal E9380564 Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator 10.25-Inch Fry Pan / Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware, Black at


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family recipe book

Send your student off to school with a collection of his or her favorite recipes. While we love a homemade book, we understand you don’t always have time to put one together. There is a wide selection of empty recipe books, such as this model from C.R. Gibson. And if you have your recipes digitized, you might consider creating an e-cookbook as well.

CR Gibson Pocket Page Recipe Book, Black Leather Initial Gourmet, 8.31-Inch by 9.38-Inch by 1-3/4-Inch at


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ipad chef sleeves

iPads and tablets are wildly popular among college students. Chances are good they will end up in the kitchen. You can help your student protect their tablet with these special sleeves designed especially for use in the kitchen.

Chef Sleeve for iPad 25 pack at


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Homemade Soda Machine

Nobody goes through soda faster than college students during finals. Not only will a student be able to save a few bucks, but he or she can also enjoy an endless variety of fresh, sparkling sodas.

SodaStream Genesis Black Sparkling Water & Soda Maker 3-pc. at


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electric tea kettle

From ramen to tea to instant coffee, every college student needs an electric kettle. This model, from Adagio, offers a temperature control that allows you to heat your water to exact temperatures.

Adagio Teas 3 UtiliTEA Variable-Temperature 30-Ounce Electric Kettle at


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