Can’t tell if it’s a toaster or a big white plastic brick? Good — that’s part of the charm. The Rowenta Jasper Morrison Toaster ($135) features an übermodern design, cord storage, and a photo sensor that keeps an eye on the toast, ensuring an even, consistent level of browning even when switching breads. Kind of amazing out of something that looks like an overgrown Chicklet.
When it comes to slicing foods into ultra-thin slices, nothing comes close to a well-made mandoline. The OXO Good Grips Mandoline ($70) features a simple to use design that produces professional results, whether you're making a deli sandwich or home-made onion rings. A soft handle and generously-sized food holder keep you out of harm’s way — because we all know mandolines have a reputation for being finger-eaters.
Expensive liquor is great and all, but when you're trying to plan for a party of 40+ things can get a little too expensive. The solution? The Grey Kangaroo Liquor Filtration System ($30). This gizmo takes your cheap hooch and filters out impurities and stray particles, leaving that $10 handle of cheap vodka tasting like it was $30 or more.