We're suckers for beautiful kitchen gadgets, and the Alessi Pop-Up Bottle Opener ($47) is no exception. Made from stainless steel, one simply presses down on this simple ovoid-shaped object to open the bottle below, while the cap is held by a magnet inside the opener, keeping caps from flying around your room. Simple, functional, and gorgeous.
It may cost more than your fridge, but the Wüsthof Ikon Blackwood 22-Piece Set ($2,000) is definitely the only collection of knives you'll ever need. Featuring handles crafted of African blackwood, the Ikon set includes a 3 1/2" paring knife, 4 1/2" and 6" utlility knives, 5" and 7" hollow-ground santoku knives, a 5" serrated utility knife, a 5" boning knife, 6" and 8" chef’s knives, an 8" bread knife, an 8" hollow-ground carving knife, eight steak knives, pull-apart stainless-steel shears, a 10" honing steel and a walnut storage block. A free Wüsthof Handheld Knife Sharpener is also included.
We've covered ice cream makers before, but never one that makes soft serve, and certainly not any this topping-friendly. The Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker ($80) can make 1.5 quarts of fresh soft serve ice cream in just 20 minutes, and features built-in containers for toppings like sprinkles, chips, or candy pieces, that can be mixed directly into the ice cream and into your bowl by simply pulling a tab. Vanilla cone with Reese's Cup bits, here we come.
We're all for two-in-one tools, and this OXO Wine Stopper/Pourer ($11) looks to be a great one. The gadget quickly switches from being a wine stopper to a dripless pourer with the pull of its small lever. As a bonus for connoisseurs, its wide spout aerates wine as you pour.