air fryer gift christmas

Over the past year, I’ve cooked at home more than I ever have, and there were many nights when I completely gave up on healthy in favour of fast and easy. What I didn’t realize until halfway through the year was that by adding one small appliance to my kitchen, I could cook quite a few family favourites and those dishes would be healthier than if I ordered takeout. I’ve made the crispest french fries, deep-fried pickles, and chicken strips at home since then, and that’s why my editor’s pick for our 12 days of Christmas series is an air fryer.

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 5 is the Air Fryer

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An air fryer is a small appliance with a heating element and a fan. While it’s not the same as a convection oven, an air fryer uses the same type of technology. Hot air is circulated around your food that sits on a tray or in a basket. That speedy circulation in a small space is what makes the food crisp.

Air frying is an extremely fast, efficient way to cook, and it’s healthier because you don’t have to add oil or submerge your food in oil to get that deep-fried taste. I’ve always told people asking about air frying that if they put two dishes in front of me, one that was deep-fried and one that was air-fried, I probably couldn’t tell the difference.

There might be a lingering taste of oil on the deep-fried dish that would give it away, but they would both be crispy. It’s nice to have that healthy option when serving your family dishes like French fries or other traditionally deep-fried foods.

What can you make in an air fryer?

Air-fry-hashbrown-recipeThe beauty of an air fryer is everything you make turns out the way it would if you were served it in a restaurant or pub. French fries come out crisp and delicious, chicken strips have a crunchy exterior, and you can make dishes like mozzarella sticks and deep-fried pickles without submerging them in a vat of oil.

I tested out the Insignia Air Fryer Oven and I made so many great dishes including roast chicken, poutine, homemade potato chips, and even a two-person brownie that was unbelievable.

What kind of air fryer should you choose?

air fry optionsAir fryers are available as stand-alone units or air fryer ovens, as a feature on toaster ovens and microwaves, on smart ovens, and as a feature on full-size ranges. However you choose to add an air frying option to your kitchen, you’re going to be happy you did.

Because they are available as a stand-alone small appliance or as a feature on other great small appliances, if someone on your gift list this year wants a toaster oven, you can just choose a toaster oven with air fry and give them even more cooking options.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to cook or you want to add a small appliance to your kitchen to serve pub-style food that tastes just as good as it would in a restaurant, I can’t recommend an air fryer enough. For more on how to choose an air fryer, take a look at the buying guide.

There are a lot of great options when choosing an air fryer, and you’ll find all of them on Best Buy right now. I wish you and your family a very happy holiday!

Read about the other 12 days of Christmas gifts for this season.

Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag


  1. I want an air fryer this year for homemade fries, but you have me very interested in that two-person brownie too!!

  2. I have heard about these over the last 2 years and keep thinking I should buy one! Thanks for the article and clearing up a lot of info about air fryers!

  3. I’d make chicken wings. We currently bake them to make them a bit healthier but this would be so much faster!

  4. This sounds like a great product. I love to eat fries and this would be great for making them and being crispy while using no oil at all.

  5. Air Fryer’s are the perfect combination of an oven, deep fryer and microwave. You can cook things you normally would in an oven, get close to deep fryer consistency such as crispy wings and get the speed of a microwave. It’s the best!

  6. I would love to have an air fryer since I’m trying to eat healthy and this will help me enjoy my food without all the oil!

  7. This looks like a Incredible multifunctional appliance. Would save time and also a great conversation piece when entertaining.

  8. Would love to have one I think it would be amazing to have. Love trying new things out and I think we would use this alot.

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