Living away from home for the first time is exciting and wonderful, but without the right kitchen utensils, it can be tempting for college students to resort to a diet of pizza, burgers and frozen microwaveable meals. Here are five simple kitchen Christmas gifts that will make it easy for them to whip up a healthy meal and still make it to class in time.
Breakfast maker – These all-in-one coffee maker, toaster oven and frying pan combo devices are great for space-challenged rooms and apartments. Pop a bagel in the toaster oven, fry an egg over easy on the top and brew a cup of java all at the same time.
Crock pot – For easy fix-and-forget meals, nothing beats a crockpot. Your student can chop up some vegetables and meat, throw them in the crockpot, rush off to class, and come home to a home-cooked meal. It’s also great for handling all the cooking while your student crams for tests. Give this gift with a good crock pot cookbook and your college student will never be at a loss for a no-fuss way to fix a meal.
Rice cooker – Next to a crock pot, a rice cooker may be one of the best kitchen appliances for a college student. It’s great for making perfect brown or white rice every time, and you can also get cookbooks with meal ideas for your rice cooker.
Indoor grill – Thanks to George Foreman, almost everyone now knows the benefit of indoor grills. Indoor grills are wonderful kitchen Christmas gifts because they’re great for making burgers, steaks, grilled chicken, or even for frying bacon, and they can do it quicker than a traditional oven so your student can get back to studying.
Blender – Smoothies can be a great on-the-go drink for busy students, and a blender is essential for whipping up one of these healthy drinks. (Students may also love it for the ability to mix up margaritas, but that’s another story.)
Any of these items can be purchased for less than $50 at most department stores, superstores or online retailers offering kitchen appliances. Pair them with a cookbook and you’ll have kitchen Christmas gifts your college student will be happy to see – particularly if they’re tiring of pizza three times a week. 🙂