Kitchen Capers customers were buying Christmas gifts as early as July this year, with choices ranging from the traditional holiday fare to new items owner Myra Botts calls “fun, practical and pretty.”
Options start at less-than-a-dollar cookie cutters and can get as pricey as a $2,300 60-inch X 24-inch hanging copper pot rack.
Most purchases, however, fall somewhere in between.
Botts says people love buying interesting kitchen tools.
“We don’t call them ‘gadgets’ because gadgets go in the drawer, but a tool is something you use,” she says.
Those tools, and some of the specialty Christmas items, have been favorites this year.
Silicone lids that range from $8.98-$14.98 replace disposable plastic wrap or aluminum foil and can be used in the oven, freezer, refrigerator, or microwave, and are pretty enough to bring to the table.
Men especially see the logic in that, Botts says.
“You don’t throw them away, they’re practical.”
Along the same lines, silicone food pods are perfect for cooking eggs, and you can lift the whole pod out of the water without getting burned.
Paper bake ware such as different sized bundt pans are great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts, Botts suggests, and says Christmas-wrapped soap and traditional Christmas candles are still good sellers.
She suggests gift certificates as presents because “they can come in and buy a lot of little things or they can apply it to a big piece they’ve wanted for years.”
German Wusthof cutlery is a favorite with Kitchen Capers regulars, as are Le Creuse products.
Fun food items are always nice for Christmas gifts, Botts says, particularly the Gullah Gourmet items such as she crab soup and shrimp and grits that out-of-towners enjoy.
Another suggestion she made is specialty olive oil.
“Everybody doesn’t want to bring a bottle of wine as a hostess gift, and a bottle of fine olive oil is very nice instead.”
Also in the interesting food category is Savory Saltine Seasonings which changes ordinary saltine crackers into an amazing party treat.
Lucite and stainless dip chillers are very pretty, and there are lots of dip options to go with.
Giving a gift of cooking classes is another unique Christmas gift Botts suggests.
The $40 per person demonstrations are offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights or by reservation other nights for parties of at least eight.
“The entire meal is prepared and served, recipes are provided and you can ask all the questions you like,” Botts says.
She says people like shopping in her store because the merchandise is useful as well as fun.
“We have things that are different,” she says.
“People don’t want to just give something to someone for Christmas. They want to give something people will really enjoy. And that’s what giving is all about.”
Kitchen Capers is at 5001 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach. For more info call 449-4221 or visit kitchencapers.com.