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Posted by Tricia Jo Webster on Dec. 12, 2018, midnight

If it’s true what they say – the kitchen is the heart of the home – then the holidays afford a splendid time to make that heart happy. From frivolous finds to practical presents, we’ve scouted around to compile a collection of goodies meant to make time in the kitchen a little less taxing and a lot more fun.

The perfect gift for the potato person on your list! Constructed of heavy-duty commercial-grade cast aluminum, this sturdy device cranks out restaurant-quality French fries right in your home kitchen. The pivot arm and short-throw handle make quick work of even the biggest pile of potatoes, with just one smooth stroke. Included is a 3/8” stainless steel cutting plate, and replacement blades (sold separately, $19.99 each) give the option of ½”, ¼” and wedge-cut fries. Large suction-cup feet keep this cutter in place, but serious spud-lovers can opt to keep this baby within arm’s reach at all times by using the wall-mount bracket (sold separately, $25.99). Because, really, who doesn’t want fries with that? $89.99, Available at Cabela’s

Once you have a mess of fries cut, cook 'em up in this easy-to-use air fryer that uses little to no oil to create your favorite crispy snack. Fry Delight uses 3D Air Pulse Technology, which operates using an upper heating element and an optimized airflow, ensuring that food is crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. You can also grill, roast and bake a variety of dishes,  everything from pizza and apple pie to onion rings and chicken fingers. $129.99, Available at The Kitchen Engine

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This little cutie is as fun as it is functional! Suitable for nuts of all varieties, this grinder makes easy work of chopping shelled walnuts, pecans, peanuts and almonds with just a twist. Simply tilt the critter’s head back to fill the grinding compartment with whatever nuts you need, then turn the tail and collect them in the detachable glass jar. A clever gift for cooks, bakers and snackers with a sense of humor, it’s so adorable there’s no need to squirrel this one away when it’s not in use. $14.99, Available at Cost Plus World Market

Bring a retro touch to your morning routine with this cute-and-quirky appliance. Ideal for tiny kitchens, this little workhorse has everything you need to create a complete homemade breakfast all in one compact spot! The nonstick griddle up top is big enough to cook a couple of eggs and a handful of sausage links, and the multi-function toaster oven underneath has room for four slices of bread, making easy work of baking, toasting and reheating food. Set the auto-timer on the 4-cup carafe and the perfect pot of coffee will be ready and waiting to perk up even the most comatose cook. $69.99, Available at Kohl’s

Wrap this one up for the avocado aficionado on your list. The serrated plastic blade on this easy-to-handle multipurpose tool is sharp enough to cut through avocado skin and reach the core, but it’s not sharp to the touch. The pitter at the center has three small stainless-steel blades, designed to remove the seed with one easy twist, and one poke from behind pops the pit right out. An incorporated fan blade simultaneously pulls flesh from the outer skin and slices the fruit into seven perfect pieces that’ll likely leave your friend wondering how they ever got through life without this clever invention. $10.79, Available at Target

Here’s one for friends who love to grill year-round but aren’t super excited about standing outside in frigid temperatures. There’s no need for coals, fire or gas, because this grill is ready to go as soon as you plug it in. With almost 55 inches of cooking space, grilling dinner for two (or breakfast on the included griddle insert) on the non-stick titanium and ceramic cooking surface is a snap, and can be done in the cozy comfort of any kitchen. $79.99, Available at Bed Bath & Beyond

Just in time for a chilly evening at home spent snuggled under blankets for family movie night, comes this charming microwave popcorn popper. The uncomplicated design makes it fast and easy to use, and its retro appeal earns it a place at the table. Just pour kernels into the heat-resistant glass vessel, slip some butter into the silicone lid and in less than three minutes you’ll have a delicious batch of freshly popped corn covered with melted butter. Quick, healthy and cute … now that’s a trilogy worth raving about. $22.50, Available at Williams Sonoma