Rach's Favorite Gifts
Start making your list now: We raided hundreds of stores, websites and kitchens to find the best gifts to delight and dazzle everyone in your life -- including you!
Rachael Ray 5-Piece Bamboo Tool Set
Rach says: "I am so excited about my new Rachael Ray 5-Piece Bamboo Tool Set. It includes all the basic pieces a cook needs: a solid spoon, slotted turner, spoonula, stirring spoon and folding tongs."
Italian Lovers Spice Box
Rach says: "Send some 'seasonings greetings' with an Italian Lovers Spice Box, filled with flavorful New York-style herb, cheese and pasta blends. There are great gift boxes for the barbecue and dessert lovers in your life, too."
Look + Cook
Rach says: "My newest book, Look + Cook, is the paint-bynumbers of food preparation. There are 100 recipes featuring step-by-step, full-color photos that illustrate how to create the meal. Plus, flip to the back for never-before-seen 30 Minute Meals with streaming video."
Vrrrmm!! Transportation Sandwich Cutters
Rach says: "Lunchtime just got a whole lot more fun! Your kids will get a kick out of using Vrrrmm!! Transportation Sandwich Cutters to turn their PB&J into cool car, truck, airplane or train shapes."
$17 for 4, spoonsisters.com
The Cat in the Hat Plush Toy
Rach says: "I loved reading Dr. Seuss books when I was growing up, so this year I thought it would be fun to give a collection of his most cherished children's books and a soft The Cat in the Hat Plush Toy to cuddle with during story time."
Fisher- Price Power Wheels Smart Car
Rach says: "Start them thinking green early. A Fisher- Price Power Wheels Smart Car will really get your kids caring about the environment! The sporty two-seater has two speeds and an Energy Star-rated, extra-long-lasting battery. How cool is that?"
Lou Malnati's 9" Pizzas
Rach says: "Deep-dish lovers will savor this Chicago classic: Lou Malnati's 9" Pizzas are handmade with the family's original 50-yearold recipe. Choose from six kinds: cheese, sausage, pepperoni, veggie, spinach or glutenfree crustless."
$80 for 4, tastesofchicago.com
Rachael Ray 10" You Are My Everything Pan
Rach says: "Treat your favorite cook to my Rachael Ray 10" You Are My Everything Pan. The sturdy cast-iron holds in the heat on the cooktop and in the oven, so it's a good choice whether you're stewing, frying or baking."
New Skete Kitchen Cheesecakes
Rach says: "New Skete Kitchen Cheesecakes are absolutely delish, and actually made by nuns! If you can't choose between all the heavenly options, try their sampler: one cake with four yummy flavors, including my fave, Kahlua."
$37 and up, newskete.com
Rach says: "If you know someone who loves flapjacks as much as I do, the Pancake Pen should definitely be on your shopping list. Mix the batter right in the bottle and draw fun shapes or spell out surprise breakfast messages on the griddle."
Out of Print T's
Rach says: "Bookworms, rejoice! These awesome Out of Print T's feature iconic and often out-of-print book covers, and come in styles for guys and chicks. The best part: For every shirt you buy, a book is donated to a community or school in need."
Body Double Magnets
Rach says: "Your friends won't be able to stop laughing at these hilarious Body Double Magnets. Place the character torsos on top of your photos to turn Mom into a pro bowler, your husband into a nerd, or a co-worker into a ballerina!"
Striped Cornhole Game
Rach says: "For the athlete! You'll be the hit of the tailgate with a Striped Cornhole Game. Place the board in the parking lot or on the lawn, then have teams try to sink beanbags through the hole. It's the best thing to happen to pregame parties since the grill. They do custom ones, too!"
Leapfrog Cook and Play Potsy
Rach says: "While you're in the kitchen, your little chefs can also be 'cooking' up a storm with a Leapfrog Cook and Play Potsy. While they're stirring and adding ingredients, they'll be learning about colors, counting, rhyming and even healthy eating habits."
Rachael Ray Oven Lovin' 7-Piece Set
Rach says: "Need a great gift for the baker in your life? They will enjoy whipping up treats in my Rachael Ray Oven Lovin' 7-Piece Set. A portion of the proceeds is donated to my Yum-O! foundation, which feeds hungry kids and funds cooking education and scholarships."
Robot Flash Drive
Rach says: "Need a great student stocking stuffer? Everyone always needs more space -- especially on their computers! A Robot Flash Drive holds 2GB of data and is a fun way to store and transfer your digital files. When transmitting, the robot's red LED-light eyes flash."
$32 each, flight001.com
Rach says: "You can decorate your gadgets (cell phones, laptops, iPods) with your favorite images. Here's Isaboo on my iPhone! Skinit lets you create unique works of art for your friends and family."
$10 and up, skinit.com
Chicago-Style Hot Dog Kit
Rach says: "Give your friends a taste of the Windy City with a Chicago-Style Hot Dog Kit. The gift box includes all the works to create 16 authentic dogs, including bright green relish, yellow mustard, sport peppers and celery salt."
Oscar's Adirondack Mountain Smoke House
Rach says: "One of my faves (and a staple of my picks) are the wood-fired smoked meats and cheeses at Oscar's Adirondack Mountain Smoke House in upstate New York. Order a gift certificate so your friends and family can put together a basket of their faves."
$27 and up, oscarssmokedmeats.com
Sock Monkey Beanie
Rach says: "I can't get enough of sock monkeys. They make me happy, and I bet this will make your little one happy, too! What's cuter than this Sock Monkey Beanie? It's hand-crocheted using soft chenille, so it'll keep his head and ears warm. I wish they made it in adult sizes!"