There are plenty of small appliances that will likely end up on wish lists this year. It might be an appliance someone needs replacing. Or maybe it’s something they have had their eye on for a while but haven’t taken the next step. There are really useful ones that are relatively new in the small appliances space as well. Sure, way back when we might have gotten away with a stand mixer, microwave, toaster, and hand blender. But nowadays, the options are endless and can help your cooking creativity run wild.

Which types of small appliances might make the best gifts?

Here are some great choices you can’t go wrong with.

Instant Pot

Instant Pot

Any time I talk about small appliances, the Instant Pot always comes up as one of my favourites. Having owned one for years, I can’t remember how I ever lived without it. The versatile multicooker can pressure cook, slow cook, saute, steam, bake, and even air fry with the optional air fryer lid. With some models, you can even experiment and make homemade yogurt. It’s the perfect complement to an oven, used for quick meals, side dishes, and more. If you know someone who doesn’t yet own an Instant Pot, it’s a perfect gift. For novice cooks, carve out some time to walk them through the basics. They’ll become pros in no time.

Sous vide machine

Breville Joule sous vide

For the person who seemingly has every small appliance under the sun, surprise them with a sous vide machine that will help them taking their cooking to the next level. Slow cook everything from meat, poultry, and fish, as well as side dishes, in a vacuum-packed bag in water. This helps preserve all the proteins, something health-conscious people will appreciate. It also results in a juicy, tender final product that will impress guests at the next dinner party. For someone who is into experimenting, it’s a great gift idea.

Personal blender

Many households have a full-sized blender, but a personal blender is a nice small appliance that can be tucked away in a cupboard and used when needed to make single servings. Make everything from a protein smoothie after a run or homemade hummus to snack on with pita and chips. The versatile small appliances can also be taken with you to use at a cottage, hotel, or friend’s home.

Coffee machine

Breville Barista Express

If you added up how much you spend every month on coffee from the local cafe, especially if you opt for specialty brews like cappuccinos, lattes, or espressos, you might be shocked to see the tally. Having a good coffee machine at home will save you money in the long run, not to mention it’s more convenient. And when you decide to treat yourself to a cappuccino after dessert or have some extra time in the morning before heading to the office, you can get something high quality instead of what’s there to make in a rush. For the self-professed “coffee snob,” consider a high-end espresso machine that goes beyond your standard cup of java. Some even come with accessories or built-in features like milk frothers and coffee grinders.

Multifunction small appliances

multifunction appliance

Multifunction small appliances can be fabulous option for those with limited space. Maybe you want all three but don’t have room for a microwave, air fryer, and toaster oven, for example. For someone who’s old microwave might be on the fritz and is considering an upgrade, grab them a multifunction appliance that can accomplish more than one thing while taking up minimal space. The options run the gamut, including even an air fryer pizza oven with a rotisserie feature that the team reviewed last summer!

Small appliances make great gifts

If you know someone who has been using an old, outdated microwave or has been talking about wanting an air fryer for years, you can buy a replacement and it will be a much appreciated gift.

How do you choose? Consider the size of the kitchen and the needs of the family or individual. Think about items you own as well as ones they might have mentioned in passing that they have been thinking of getting. If the gift is for someone in your own household, consider what you know they’ll use and love.

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Christine Persaud
With 20+ years of experience in trade and consumer tech journalism, I have covered the tech space since before social media was a "thing" and the smartphone as we know it was even invented. Writing for various technology, lifestyle, and entertainment sites, I have covered and reviewed hundreds of tech products, from home appliances to wearables, fitness tech to headphones, TV entertainment products and services, and more. I'm also a passionate foodie who loves to cook and bake, a TV show fanatic (happy to give what to watch recommendations!), and proud mother to a 12-year-old son.


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