Can we all agree to skip the scented candles this year?
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Ground Beef Chopper

There are things that we would be hard-pressed to live without as far as our modern kitchens are concerned—a ground beef chopper is not one of them. A good whisk, a sturdy colander, a cast-iron skillet (preferably passed down), these are the necessities. A tri-blade spatula? Not so much. That is until you use one.

It’s not often you see friends posting about a cooking utensil on social media. The last time I saw such fanfare involved the now cult-status Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. As it turned out, the social-posting masses were on to something then and I have a feeling they’re also on to something now. Enter the latest doodad I’ve seen popping up in my Instagram stories: the ground meat chopper. And I think it’s going to be the season’s best hostess gift (bold choice, we know, but trust us on this one).

I’ve seen a few different brands represented, but this Amazon-Prime eligible OXO Good Grips Ground Meat Chopper gets my vote thanks to its 204 5-star reviews. One reviewer wrote “I can’t tell you how much I adore this meat chopper. It takes large pieces of ground round, chuck or beef, and turns them into a much finer consistency for the best dishes. I’ve even purchased these as gifts and EVERYONE comes back and says they are a wonderful addition to their kitchen tools.” We are so on board with this gift idea. One of the best parts? It’s Prime eligible, which means it can be on your doorstep before your weekend holiday social engagements.

This year, it’s time to think beyond the hostess-gift standards: the classic bottle of wine or bubbly, the tea towel, and (of course) the scented candle. You know what no one else will show up with? A ground beef chopper. You and your nifty gifty are bound to be the hit of the party.

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We'll leave you with one last word to the wise: Don’t forgo the presentation. Drop it in a clear cellophane bag along with some tissue paper and tie it up with a pretty holiday ribbon. A holiday gift tag will really make this a home run.