Mother's Day gift guide for lovers of food, beauty and fun

Gadgets for foodies

Rapid Slicer

Cutting up small items such as tomatoes or grapes can be tedious and time-consuming.  The award-winning Rapid Slicer was created by a husband-wife team Cindy and Rob Fox sells for $12.95 and solved a common problem.  A Rapid Slicer can be purchased here.

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Peugeot Mills Zanzibar – Pepper bar

A good pepper mill is essential for any well-stocked kitchen.  The  Zanzibar from Peugeot Mills has three interchangeable containers where you can ground your pepper and other spices.  It runs for around $60 on Amazon, but it really makes the difference between an okay kitchen and a great one.  Buy yours here.

Zoku 18oz Stainless Steel Bottle

Hydration is key, but one really does need the right vessel.  The 18 oz Stainless Steel Bottle from Zoku looks great and really keeps your beverages hot or cold for a long time.  Many brag that, but few actually deliver.  You can get yours for under $30 here.

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