If you're the type of geek who dreads leaving the lab behind, check out this Measuring Beaker ($6). The plastic, mod blue beaker is designed to help you measure things in the kitchen, but we're pretty sure it might come in handy for other projects as well. It's dishwasher-safe, and features a deep spout and multiple calibrated measurements.
A nice, big cutting surface is a must for anyone looking to get into cooking, but unfortunately the offerings you'll find at most kitchen stores are overpriced and undersized. The Overboard ($40) solves both those problems by sporting a 20"x20" cutting surface made from end grain solid hardwood. At 2" thick, it weighs in at 15+ pounds and it looks better than similar, smaller boards we've seen selling in the $100 neighborhood.
The problem with kitchen magnets has always been the moving parts — the little springs and clasps that eventually break under the weight of too many delivery coupons. The Endo Clip ($10/3 Pack) fixes this by using a strong magnet with a "springy clippy action" that allows it to act like a clip with no moving parts. It holds up to a pound and comes in three colors, with three more coming soon. Take that, endless stacks of Pizza Hut ads.