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Seriously Simple: Holiday gifts for home cooks and food lovers

By Diane Rossen Worthington, Tribune Content Agency on

Every year, I look for items that would be fitting for the cooks and food and wine lovers on your list. This year, I have some great ideas that I hope will make your shopping a little bit easier. Many of these are on Amazon, so you can easily shop from the comfort of your home.

LiFu Stainless Steel Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter

This is a conversation starter as well as a great way to open bottles of wine. It's also easy to use. The electric opener removes a wine bottle cork with the gentle push of a button. It includes the foil cutter. Unlike other electric wine openers, it features a transparent corkscrew shell that makes the cork removal process completely visible. If you want to make it a bigger gift, select a bottle of wine to go along with it. Amazon, $29.99

Instant Pot DUO Plus

This multi-cooker has become the hottest gadget of the year because it can do so many different things. A great meal starts with a press of a button, with 15 controlled programs taking the guesswork out of cooking. You can achieve perfect results every time. It's a great gift for anyone who loves to cook and try different recipes, and also for hardworking friends who want a delicious meal after a long day at the office. There are a number of Instant Pot cookbooks that have just come out and would be a nice addition to this gift. Amazon, $119.95

Work Sharp Culinary E5 Electric Kitchen Knife Sharpener

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The premier electric kitchen knife sharpener from Work Sharp Culinary uses sharpening belts to create a razor-sharp edge - the same way manufacturers sharpen their knives. This is the gift to give the serious home chef on your list because it has one-touch programming that selects the sharpening cycle to shape, sharpen or refine the cutting edge. Amazon, $180

Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer

This premium, full-size toaster oven features a built-in air fryer that not only bakes, broils and toasts but also lets users air-fry right inside the oven. The adjustable thermostat and toast shade selector-timer allow food preparation to be easy and healthy. Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon, $179.99 and up

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Espresso Machine


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