(at least this is what I would want to find under the tree)

A Large-Cup Food Processor – GO BIG OR STAY HOME!!
It may seem non-essential, but having a good food processor in the kitchen can save you time and — should you not be adept at handling a knife — trips to the emergency room. A food processor with multiple blades for chopping and slicing is a definite life-saver. A small-cup food processor will do the trick, sure. But something larger will make life a lot easier if you plan on entertaining or cooking for a big family.

Suggestions:
KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor
Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus 11-Cup Food Processor

A Dutch Oven
Nothing like owning a good, heavy-duty Dutch oven. It’s a multipurpose tool, working as a stockpot, a soup pot, a braising vessel, and more. Pretty much anything you’d want to make, you can make in a Dutch oven.

Suggestions:
Le Creuset
Cuisinart

A Stand Mixer
It may not seem like a necessity but trust us, a good stand mixer will save your life. At least in the kitchen. Whether you want to start new family baking traditions or have an old love for getting in the kitchen, a stand mixer will save you a ton of trouble and time.

Suggestions:
KitchenAid
Cuisinart

An Excellent Set of Knives
A good set of knives should really be at the top of any list. Pick out a good set. You’ll get miles and miles of use out of them and they will last forever.

Suggestions:
Shun
Henckels Knives

Espresso Machine
For the coffee addict, an espresso machine is an absolute must. Sure, you can make a standard cup of brew, but why? Why bother, when you can make a steaming, strong cup of delicious espresso every morning?

Suggestions:
Gaggia
Breville

Roasting Pan
A roasting pan is an important tool to have about four times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and for any big party that requires a large roasted bird.

Suggestions:
All-Clad
BergHOFF

Ice Cream Maker
When summertime rolls around, you’ll be so thankful to have an ice cream maker. Once you make homemade ice cream, you never want the store-bought stuff again. Pair it with some homemade whipped cream, made in your stand mixer.

Suggestions:
Breville
Cuisinart

Rice Cooker – LOVE THESE!!
Cooking rice in a pot with some water is easy, sure. But with a rice cooker, you can toss the rice in and walk away. Leave the hard work to the cooker.

Suggestions:
Cuisinart
Hamilton Beach

French Press or Perk Pot – your choice.
An item meant mainly for the coffee snob, a French press will impress every coffee drinker. It’s OK, indulge your coffee addiction and get a little fancy with it. This is especially useful for the couple who likes to entertain!

Suggestions:
Frieling
BergHOFF

Quality Baking Pans
Good-quality cookies start with good-quality baking pans. Choose a sturdy set and you’ll never have to buy new ones.

Suggestions:
Calphalon
T-Fal

A Good Set of Cake Pans
As a married couple, there will be dozens and dozens of birthdays. Birthdays are the optimum time to make cakes, and any good cake needs a good pan to support it.

Suggestions:
Calphalon
Anolon

A Mandoline
French fries, potato chips, cucumber slices for salads — you name it, it can be sliced thinly. But slicing something thinly often leads to hospital visits and stitches. Instead, invest in a quality mandoline and save your fingers the pain and aggravation.

Suggestions:
Calphalon
Oneida

Good-Quality Tongs
Turning chicken in the pan is made so much easier with a set of great tongs. Choose ones with a metal base and plastic tip. They are sturdy and hold up to a lot of wear and tear.

Suggestions:
OXO
Calphalon

A Wooden Cutting Block
There are multiple reasons to have a wooden cutting block. Practicality, obviously, but also looks factor in. A wooden cutting block is stylish and sleek on any kitchen counter.

Suggestions:
Boos Block
KitchenAid

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
Measuring cups are necessary in any kitchen. A stainless steel pair holds up to the standard use any kitchen brings.

Suggestions:
All-Clad
OXO

Ice Cream/Cookie Scoops
Of course, an ice cream scoop is needed in every kitchen gadget drawer, as there is always a need for ice cream. But the scoop also functions as an excellent cookie scoop, allowing for uniformity and evenly baked cookies.

Suggestions:
Piazza
OXO

A Good-Quality Blender
Whether you use it for frozen cocktails or hot soups, a blender is a great tool to have at your disposal. Especially when the plan is making frosty, yummy cocktails.

Suggestions:
Vitamix
Cuisinart

A Slow Cooker
Married life gets busy fast, with parties and activities and eventually, children. Having a slow cooker can save you a lot of time. Toss a bunch of ingredients in first thing in the morning, come home, and dinner is done.

Suggestions:
All-Clad
Breville

Hope this helps you during this Christmas season! What would you want under the tree?