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Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers Under $20

Great gifts don’t have to cost a fortune; our tastings and testings team often finds top-notch kitchen tools that are also budget-friendly. In this week’s guide, we’ve put together all our favorite gadgets that are under $20, including a handsome, well-made cheese plane; an easy-to-use milk frother; and a few of our winning spatulas. With low prices, compact designs, and the test kitchen seal of approval, these are perfect picks for all those last-minute gifts.

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Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers Under $20
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SaveBrands Beer Savers

These silicone bottle caps fit the tops of 12-ounce glass beer and soda bottles. Tough but slightly stretchy, they come in packs of six, 12, or 54. (If you lose the top of a plastic bottle of seltzer or soda, they’ll fit that, too.) Testing was fun: We downed half of a beer, capped the rest, and set it in the refrigerator. The beer was still effervescent the next evening. But don’t wait too long: After 48 hours, the cap blew off one bottle and another beer was left a bit flat.

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BUY FOR $10
Purchased for $6.99 for six-pack at time of testing
Bear Paws Meat Handlers
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Bear Paws Meat Handlers

Looking more like a pair of bear-sized combs than actual paws, this device has thick, sharp tines and stay-cool plastic handles that helped us lift hot meat easily and safely. Its widely spaced tines allowed shredded meat to pass through them without getting stuck.

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$11.86
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Grandpa Witmer’s Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer
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Grandpa Witmer’s Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer

This simple, well-designed device solves the problem of mixing natural peanut butter, making a messy job easy and neat. It’s basically a jar lid with a hole in the center. A detachable hand crank slips through the hole and into your jar of peanut butter to mix the oil and solids with a few turns of the crank. This effective appliance has a few more nice touches: The rubber gasket inside the lid automatically wipes the crank clean as you slide it back out, and the whole thing stores in a small cloth drawstring bag.

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BUY FOR $10
Purchased for $9.95 at time of testing
GIR Skinny Spatula
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GIR Skinny Spatula

Seamless silicone surrounds a sturdy polymer core, making this spatula easy to clean and comfortable in hand. The flexible head handily maneuvers in tight corners and edges but is strong enough to scoop heavy food. It’s also available in a mini version, perfect for petite jars.

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BUY FOR $10
Purchased for $12.95 at time of testing
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Di Oro Living Seamless Silicone Spatula—Large

This model is firm enough for scraping and scooping but also fit neatly into tight corners. Its straight sides and wide, flat blade ensured that no food was left unmixed. The all-silicone design eliminates any crannies that could trap food. It felt exceptionally comfortable. Its smaller blade fell short in our folding test.

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BUY FOR $15
Purchased for $10.97 at time of testing
BNTO by Cuppow
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BNTO by Cuppow

Inspired by the Japanese bento boxes for which it’s named, this 6-ounce plastic container transforms Mason jars into two-part food storage containers. The small tub fits neatly inside wide-mouthed Mason jars 1 pint or larger, but it stays at the neck of the jar thanks to a wide, flat rim, which creates plenty of space for snack duos like yogurt and granola, hummus and carrot sticks, or vinaigrette and salad. It formed an impressively tight seal, preventing leaks both inside and outside the jar even when we packed liquid ingredients. It’s top-rack dishwasher-safe.

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BUY FOR $10
Purchased for $8.99 at time of testing
Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler
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Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler

Don’t be fooled by its featherweight design and cheap price tag. This Y-shaped peeler easily tackled every task, thanks to a razor-sharp blade and a ridged guide, which ensured a smooth ride with minimal surface drag.

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BUY FOR $5
Purchased for $3.50 at time of testing
Aerolatte Milk Frother
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Aerolatte Milk Frother

The lightweight 8 1/4-inch battery-operated wand works like a mini immersion blender, and it's a snap to use, clean, and store.

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BUY FOR $17
Purchased for $19.99 at time of testing
OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel
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OXO Good Grips 4" Pizza Wheel

This wheel did it all—it was comfortable to hold and allowed for a powerful grip. Its streamlined design didn’t trap food, and it still looked brand new after 10 rounds in the dishwasher. Its blade was sharp and visible for precise, straight cuts. The blade was tall, too, at 4 inches, so it rolled right over stacked toppings and towering crusts with ease.

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BUY FOR $13
Purchased for $12.99 at time of testing
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Microplane Premium Classic Zester/Grater

This Microplane grabbed the top spot thanks to its great performance and its soft, grippy rubber handle that was slightly more comfortable and secure than that of our old winner. Otherwise, their grating surfaces are identical, so they both shredded cheese, zested lemons, and grated nutmeg, garlic, and ginger with ease. The Premium Classic came sharp, stayed sharp, and looked as good as new after testing. We do wish it had a wider surface so it didn’t form a trench in our cheese while grating, but it’s still the best option out there.

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BUY FOR $13
Purchased for $14.95 at time of testing
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Wüsthof Gourmet 4 3/4-inch Cheese Plane

This cheese plane produced perfect, clean-edged, even slices of ideal thickness every time. With a comfortable handle, a relatively long blade, and one of the thinnest and most flexible heads in the testing, it was a pleasure to use.

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BUY FOR $23
Purchased for $19.95 at time of testing
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Finum Brewing Basket L

This basket-style tea strainer had the biggest capacity in our testing, equivalent to 13.5 tablespoons—more than enough for good water circulation. With a 2.5-inch opening, it was easy to fill and clean. And its tightly woven mesh basket kept even the finest leaves out of the finished tea. As a bonus, it has a top that can also be used as a saucer, holding the basket and catching any drips after or between infusions.

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BUY FOR $17
Purchased for $9.95 at time of testing
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KitchenAid Cookie/Pastry Lifter

Our winner excelled in all tests thanks to its perfect-size head and lengthy handle with rounded grip. This model easily removed tightly packed brownies, and cookies stayed secure on its plastic head. It also moved around nicely in a nonstick skillet and slipped under pancakes and eggs with ease. We noticed a tiny divot in the handle after resting it in a hot skillet for a full minute, but it was barely noticeable and didn’t impact performance.

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BUY FOR $13
Purchased for $8.00 at time of testing
Imusa 12" Cloth Tortilla Warmer
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Imusa 12" Cloth Tortilla Warmer

After a 30-second stint in the microwave, this brightly colored fabric warmer kept tortillas hot for just shy of an hour and a half and fit even the largest wraps. It looks like a circular pocket and has triple layered sides with two layers of fabric sandwiching a sheet of insulating plastic; the fabric wicks moisture from the tortillas but holds it close, so they stay soft and pliable, not soggy.

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$19.99
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