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They'll love these gifts. Housewares and kitchen appliances make terrific gifts, some of which are great time savers. Here's my top picks of housewares and appliance kitchen gifts in the $40 range.

1. Baker's Edge Simple Lasagna Pan

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Truly the best lasagna pan out there. No kidding. The 'maze' design allows great heat distribution to every 'row', noodles stay stacked during cooking/serving and the pan construction is the best for optimum baking results. The hard anodized finish makes it easier to handwash too. Really a winner and a must for lasagna lovers.
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2. Microplane Rotary Cheese Grater Model 39005

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A handy rotary cheese grater that comes with an extra drum. This nicely designed Microplane Rotary Grater would be a hit for grating hard cheeses right at the dinner table.

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3. Simplehuman Sensor Pump

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Stylish yet practical and with sensor dispensing to pamper a little, the Simplehuman Sensor Pumps would make a great gift idea for anyone on your list. This pump can be used for dispensing soap, hand sanitizer or lotions. Simplehuman® has an extensive line-up of dispensers and sensor pumps to chose from including wall/shower mounted units.

4. Chocolatiere Deluxe Chocolate Melting Pot

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An updated model from the original Chocolatiere, this dual pot model allows you to melt dark and white chocolate at the same time, saving you a lot of prep time when baking holiday goodies.
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5. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Maker

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Inspired by the popular egg and muffin breakfast sandwich, this model saves on counter space, while allowing you to make your favorite egg sandwich. This is a very popular item especially for those on the go.

6. Babycakes Waffle Stick Maker

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This is a delightful little breakfast maker that makes waffle sticks, rather than the traditional square or round waffles. It works very well, is compact to store and fun to use. Waffle sticks are fun to eat and add a nice variety to the breakfast fare.
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7. Ginsu Stainless Santoku & Cutting Board Set

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A handy and practical Santoku knife that stores inside a hardwood cutting board. The board is designed with a cut-out handle so it can be hung or carried. The knife is made of quality Japanese steel and performs well. A nice set at an affordable price. Ginsu brand knives offer tremendous quality and durable workmanship for the price

8. Presto Electric Griddle

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Consumers find the Presto Griddle the best out there. Ideal for two or making family breakfasts, the Presto Griddle is easy to use, handy and cleans up quickly. You can make breakfast fare or other foods on the nonstick cooking surface. An excellent gift and they'll never believe the price you paid.

9. Umbra Bento Bamboo Board 7-Pc Cut & Prep Set

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I love the concept of this cool food preparation set that makes for efficient work in the kitchen. With five measuring cups that range from 1 to 3 cups in size neatly tucked under the bamboo cutting board and ready to pull out and use, the prep counter is always ready for action. Very innovative and this set would certainly be an appreciated gift.
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10. Aroma Super Pot

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You can't beat the value and function you get for the price of this electric grill.  Best features include size, premium nonstick finish and high sides, so it can be used for cooking or grilling various meals.  Convenient and ideal for a couple or small family, this electric grill works well, looks nice and is so functional.

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