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The 7 gifts that are on our editor-in-chief's wish list this year

Thanksgiving leftovers are eaten, pie plates have been put away (for now) and we're well into that one week this time of year with little holiday preparations. Hanukkah starts soon though, and Christmas is just around the corner, so that means it's high time to get on with your gift buying.

If you haven't already banged through your list on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we recommend you do as we do and consult with your family and friends for their wishes and needs. And if you can't come up with anything, make the right move and consult my wish list this year. With gift ideas that run from budget-friendly to total splurges (hello, YETI cooler), my list should be right up many of your alleys.

Instant Pot DUO60
I've certainly used/borrowed my fair share of Instant Pots over the last few years, but I have yet to make one my own. I'm hoping that this year is the year, though, so I can finally add recipes like Instant Pot Pork Green Chili and Instant Pot Jambalaya to my regular rotation.
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Dansk Kobenstyle Saucepan ($53.95)
There's no real "good" reason to add another saucepan to my kitchen, but do I really need a reason when a pot is just this darn cute? Dansk's Kobenstyle line is all smooth curves and subtle lines with an easy-to-clean enameled interior and heat-resistant wood handle. It'll melt butter and heat sauces and gravies like a dream.
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Hammer Stahl 3-Quart Saucier ($149.95)
Speaking of saucepans, this curved-interior saucier is like a more practical cousin to that dream pot I've listed above. Best for making flour-thickened rouxs and stovetop mac and cheese, Hammer Stahl's made-in-America saucier is actually something I need and would use on an almost daily basis.
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GIR Bacon Spatula ($17.95)
I've already got a growing collection of colorful, silicone-coated GIR spatulas at home, but what's wrong with adding another one, especially when it's styled like my favorite breakfast meat? All GIR spatulas boost strong, flexible blades that are easy to wash and are heat-safe to 550 degrees, which means everyone should own at least five.
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Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin ($15.59)
I like to think of myself as an expert pie crust-roller, but the truth is that I almost never get the thickness just right. There's always one side that's slightly thicker than the other, which can cause sagging and bunching in even the prettiest crimped edges. This Joseph Joseph rolling pin comes with adjustable guides that would totally solve my problem and make homemade pies appear even more on the regular.
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YETI Tundra 65 Cooler ($349.99)
Is there anyone left in the country that doesn't either have a YETI cooler or truly pine for one? Count me among the latter; I'd use this magical, keeps-food-cold-for-days device on camping trips, climbing adventures and even everyday cookouts
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The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis ($17.46)
I've cooked many of Edna Lewis' recipes over the years, but I still have yet to bring home her seminal cookbook, The Taste of Country Cooking, which is a total shame. This year, I hope to fix that problem and ad the book to my, um, "average" cookbook collection.
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Kate Williams is the former editor-in-chief of Southern Kitchen. She was also the on-air personality on our podcast, Sunday Supper. She's worked in food since 2009, including a two-year stint at America’s Test Kitchen. Kate has been a personal chef, recipe developer, the food editor at a hyperlocal news site in Berkeley and a freelance writer for publications such as Serious Eats, Anova Culinary, The Cook’s Cook and Berkeleyside. Kate is also an avid rock climber and occasionally dabbles in long-distance running. She makes a mean peach pie and likes her bourbon neat.