What to Buy The Kitchen Geek This Holiday Season

What to buy the kitchen geek for the holidays.

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Morning coffee becomes an even greater pleasure when poured out of this Tin-Man-gone-high-fashion stainless steel coffee pot, designed by Paul Smith for Stelton ($499 at Barneys New York).
A coffeemaker, but also a museum piece and a coveted design item, the Chemex traditional model is made of heat-resistant glass, and reportedly makes coffee that never tastes bitter. The Six Cup Classic is only $35.90.
Little known fact: If you beat egg whites in a copper mixing bowl the chemical reaction between the metal and protein results in super fluffy and voluminous eggs (from $65.95 for a two-quart unlined copper mixing bowl, to $89.95 for a six-quarter at Broadway Panhandler).
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This espresso set won a student design contest and is now sold at MoMA. Perfect for serving desserts too, it comes with a bamboo tray with inset saucers, and six porcelain cups and stainless steel spoons ($48).
For those who like perfect portable meats there's this compact grill, which is ideal for tailgating and camping trips ($199.95 at Williams-Sonoma).
Why go out for ice cream when you can make it home? There are few better ways to show off in the kitchen (Cuisinart Supreme Commercial Quality Ice Cream Maker, $299 at Zabar's).
If you know someone who cares deeply about cocktail preparation, get him this ice-sphere tray so he can effortlessly channel the pros ($16 at MoMA).
Maybe the geeks you know aren't self-identifying yet, so do them a favor and get them this book. By Jeff Potter, it's not your average cookbook, adding food science facts, plenty of how-to, and more to its pages (Amazon, $22).
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Gifting a set of knives may send the wrong message to some, but the absolute right one to others. For the kitchen geek, these stainless steel-and-Swedish-Warikomil-core blades are available in six sizes (from $64 to $206 at The Bowery Kitchen).
This two-speed bistro juicer by Bodum comes with a set of cups and adds a pop of color to an overly stainless steel kitchen ($69.95).
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If their kitchen is already outfitted with pro-equipment, add this ceiling pot rack to the mix. The metal grid comes with a dozen hooks ($149.95 at Crate and Barrel).
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Somewhere between a gag and a functional toy, the mini-robo vacuum zooms over crumbs and inhales them ($20).
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This digital thermometer gets the stamp of approval from the National Science Foundation, so will surely get the same from whomever unwraps it. It checks temperatures of food and liquids with split-second accuracy, and there's even a thermocouple microtip probe! We don't know what that is, but it sounds impressive ($99.95 at Williams-Sonoma).
This compact folding easel for the iPad makes following a digital recipe a piece of cake ($39.95 at Apple Store).
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Inspire overachieving desserts with a compact version of the torch pastry chefs use for their crème brûlées ($39.95 at Williams-Sonoma).
Because skewering meat on a spit shouldn't be left to restaurants. This rotisserie kit by Kitchen Aid is $249.
The three-nozzle iSi Gourmet Whip dispenses hot and cold stuff, from frosting to soft cheese, and jellies ($140 at Williams-Sonoma).
Some home-cooks may perceive the cupped edge of the boomerang wok as a training wheel, but the smart design will not be lost on amateur stir-fryers ($140 at The Conran Shop).
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Designed by water research scientists, the Ovopur water filter promises maximum hydration. The Humpty-Dumpty-shaped conversation piece is small enough to sit on the counter ($699 at ABC Carpet & Home).
Disregard the Darth Vader-like appearance of Kitchen Aid's pro-line baker: It turns out beautifully golden Grand Belgian waffles ($249.99).
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