The $5 Dinner Mom’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

I’m all about the practical. And products that make my life a little easier. Or help me spend less money. While I love a good splurge every now and again, it’s the gifts that get used that I love the most. And it’s those gifts that I love to give the most. (Like the spoon rest that I got for my brother and his new bride. I thought about getting them something “fancier” or nicer, but decided to go with a couple smaller more practical things on their registry, that I know they’d use. And sure enough, just days after returning from their honeymoon, he texts me a photo of the spoon rest “in action.” Made me smile inside.)

So that’s what you’ll find on my holiday gift guide…practical and helpful gifts!


Well, I couldn’t not include these! They will help you spend less at the grocery store. Every week. And they will bring some diversity and fun to your table. Well worth the investment.

Kitchen Gadgets

Here are a few of my favorite gadgets that I use on a daily…daily…daily basis. They are all at least 9 years old…and still going strong!

The Oxo Good Grips Garlic Press ($15.99)

Oxo Good Grips Can Opener ($12.99)

Oxo Good Grips 3 piece Angled Measuring Cups ($19.99)

Oxo Good Grips 5-piece Nylon Tool Set ($17.66)

Small Kitchen Appliances

These small kitchen appliances will make your life a little easier…

Black & Decker 3-Cup Rice Cooker ($14.99)

Hamilton Beach HomeBaker Breadmaker ($63.61)

Oster Electric Griddle with Warming Tray ($31.60)

Oster MyBlend Blender ($29.50)


We were very blessed with Henckels International Knives as wedding gifts. And I love them dearly. I’ve used a number of other brands over the years and they just don’t do the trick for me! I am a firm believer that a good set of knives are well worth the investment. And the good news…there are some fantastic deals on knife sets these days.


Visit the One Dish Dinners Cookware page for more ideas…

Farberware Pro 8-Inch Open Skillet – Durable Teflon Platinum nonstick interior for added scratch resistance, easy cleanup and quick food release; NSF Certified, guaranteeing the highest construction and performance standard; Restaurant-styled cookware for fast, even heating; Nonslip silicone handle; Oven safe to 400°F.

Edible Gifts

I love giving edible gifts…because you know they’ll get used, er, eaten!

Organic Maple Syrup ($17.85 with Subscribe & Save)

Organic Coconut Oil, 2-pack ($14.69 with Subscribe & Save)

Honey Whole Wheat Bread Machine Mix, 6-pack ($11.53 with Subscribe & Save)

Hopefully these products will make your gift giving a little simpler and easier…Happy Holidays!


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I have a Sunbeam bread maker that I bought at WalMart for 25$ and I love it. I’ve used mine twice a week for a year now and it still work’s like new. Check the thrift stores before you pay full price for a bread maker.I paid 5$ for the one I got my sister and then went online and downloaded and printed the instruction manual for her. A lot of people get them,use them once or twice then end up getting rid of them.

I just bought a bread machine at Amvets (a local thrift store) for $6! I am so excited! My hubby found the manual online and I just need to give it a good cleaning before I use it! OH, I am looking forward to that smell! YUMMY

After years of using a bread machine, I have resorted to using the machine that are my hands. The machine only last so long, takes up space, is funky to clean, and makes funny shaped loaves.
I discovered that after I got the hang of it, I could easily spend 5-10 minutes every few days and make a perfect loaf the old fashioned way.
In terms of thrift, my hands are the best. I know it doesn’t promote the products, but it does play into an inexpensive, healthy family meal.

good for you. I have a bread machine bu only use it now for making pizza dough. I grind my own wheat. 1/2 the price of flour and much healthier for you. I make 6 loaves at a time thanks to a friend with a great recipe. Its so simple and easy I would never go back to a machine.