Holiday Essentials from the Taste of Home Community [Gadgets + More]

We asked our community members to share the holiday tools, gear, gadgets and ingredients they can’t live without.

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Turkey in roasting pan on table for holiday meal

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Finding the best tools and gadgets for entertaining can be challenging when there are so many things to choose from. But more often than not, the simplest tools are the best ones. We polled our community to find their holiday must-haves.

If you’re prepping for the holidays, you won’t want to celebrate the season without these essentials or our staffers’ must-have holiday gear.


French Rolling Pin From Kristyne Mcdougle Walter

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French Rolling Pin

A rolling pin is a kitchen staple every baker should have, especially during the holidays. Consider opting for the “handle-less” French rolling pin to get better control of the thickness of your dough.

The tapered pin fits perfectly in my hands and been worn smooth after years of rolling out pie crusts, sweet rolls and nut roll dough. When I retrieve them from the pantry, I feel as if I’m greeting old friends.”  —Kristyne McDougle Walter, Lorain, Ohio


Homemade Vanilla Extract From Danielle Arndt

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Everything tastes better homemade—even vanilla extract! Whether you are using it in your own recipes or want to give it as a holiday gift, you can give our easy-to-do vanilla extract recipe a try this holiday season.

Homemade vanilla extract seems to elevate my baked goods to a new level of deliciousness, which is why is it always a staple in my kitchen year round but especially during the holiday seasons.” —Danielle Arndt, Mexico, New York

Our Community’s Holiday Essentials