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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > December 2016 > Let’s stop giving people pointless gadgets!

Let’s stop giving people pointless gadgets!

How much of the stuff bursting from our kitchen cupboards is unwanted Christmas gifts? Aggie MacKenzie, presenter of ITV’s Storage Hoarders, says it’s high time the madness ended

Much as I love Christmas and its comforting rituals, there’s one festive tradition I’d like to consign to history: the yearly giving of unneeded kitchen gadgets. Kitchen cupboards up and down the country, as well as shelves in charity shops and countless pages on eBay, are hosting these space-hogging dust-gatherers: smoothie makers (ever heard of a liquidiser?), wine aerators (what?), quesadilla makers (yes, really), the list goes on…

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Make your Christmas and New Year the best ever with our December issue. Shopping’s a breeze with our last-minute gifts, drinks advice and festive taste test. On the sweet side, there’s cake decoration, Scandi baking recipes and 16 pages of showstopper puddings. The River Cottage’s Gill Meller rustles up a fish pie, Theo Randall slow-cooks Italian beef stew and Raymond Blanc makes the best party canapés. For a stress-free Christmas day cook our classic turkey lunch with timeplan or squash and chestnut vegetarian wellington, then roast our cover ham for Boxing Day. Finally, see out the festive season with our recipes for leftovers. Happy Christmas – guaranteed!