I couldn't let the Holiday Gift Guide go by without mentioning my favorite item in my kitchen – – My KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I know a lot of women who love to bake and across the board we pretty much all agree that this is a fantastic appliance. I had been yearning for one for several years until two years ago when I finally got it!
This particular KitchenAid model is considered the “basic”. It comes with three attachments: a flat beater, a whip and a dough hook. They all attach and detach in only a second or two and are easy to clean. The mixer itself looks great. Even though I have a small kitchen, this is one appliance I leave sitting out on my counter. It does come in a variety of colors, so it can match any kitchen.
At the time I'm writing this, the Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer is 25% off at Amazon. List price is $269.99 and it is on sale for $198.96. If you want to go “all out” they also have the Professional 600 series and Artisan series mixers with prices ranging all the way up to $600, but personally, I am more than happy with my basic model.