Kitchen & Home Holiday Gift Guide 2018

by W. Andrew Powell
Breville Bambino Plus

Give the gifts that keep on giving this holiday season with six things that will really leave them saying “wow”. From espresso, exercise, and cooking, to cleaning, television, and audio, I’ve got you covered with some of my favorite goodies of the year for the kitchen, and home.

Breville Bambino Plus

The Breville Bambino Plus is an espresso-making dream, with some of Breville’s best technology and design to date, all bundled in a machine that will fit on just about any counter, without compromise.

The Bambino Plus heats up in just 3 seconds for perfect espresso extraction every time. The design is also gorgeous, and modern, and it makes coffee like you’d expect from a barista.

The espresso machine features a professional quality portafilter, and it’s extremely easy to use, especially thanks to the automatic steam wand that textures milk for you.

Yes, this is the perfect gift for the espresso or fancy coffee lover in your life.

$699 | Available:, Amazon, and The Bay.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

Cleaning shouldn’t be a chore, and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute actually makes it easier because it’s not just powerful, it’s also convenient, with a range of tools for every job. For an entire family, or just someone who needs a big vacuum upgrade in their life, it’s bound to bring a smile to every face when they realize what a difference it will make.

The Cyclone V10 has an impressive motor that really draws dirt out of carpets, it has a battery that lasts for up to an hour, and it has three power settings to match whatever you need cleaned.

With six attachments included, for a range of jobs, the Cyclone V10 makes short work of dirty floors, cleaning blinds, or upholstered furniture. Once they’ve used it, they really won’t know how you survived without it.

$849 | Available:, Best Buy, and Amazon.



LG’s C8 OLED TV is absolutely a thing of big, bold beauty. If you love movies, HD TV, or gaming, there’s a lot of impressive features packed into this stunning display.

The OLED TV is one of this year’s best televisions, and that’s because of all the details. The 4K HDR display, with an a9 Intelligent Processor, is literally stunning, and the TV features intelligent voice control so you can drop the remote to get to your favorite content quicker.

The LG C8 TV also has impressive sound, a nearly bezel-less frame, and the interface is wonderful to use. For the loved one who loves watching TV, this is a major “wow” gift, to say the least.

Starting at $2,499 for 55″ | Available: Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

Peloton Bike

Peloton Bike

Bring the exercise revolution home for your loved one with the Peloton Bike, a cycling experience like none other.

The Peloton bike features a screen that connects you to Peloton’s cycling classes that stream live daily from their studio in New York. Your loved one can choose the right workout that suits them, or follow along with their favorite instructor, and cycle their way to one of the best cardio workouts around. And the system includes thousands of on-demand rides.

Best of all, the classes all include a really diverse range of music, so they can pedal along to some excellent playlists too.

Peloton has been huge in the United States, and earlier this fall the company launched in Canada with five showrooms so far, and more to come next year.

Starting at $2,950 | Available:

Calphalon Elite Nonstick Pans

Calphalon Elite Nonstick Pans

For the home cook in your life, the Calphalon Elite Nonstick Pans are a dream. Versatile, strong, and easy to clean up after any meal, they’re exactly what you want in a nonstick pan.

From stove top, to oven, and back again, the Calphalon Elite pans can take a lot of punishment too. They’re even dishwasher safe, and you can use metal utensils with them, thanks to their triple-layer surface.

Best of all, they’re PFOA-free, and sure to become any cooks best friend. The Calphalon Elite Nonstick pans are available exclusively from Williams Sonoma.

$139 | Available: Williams Sonoma

Google Home Max

Google Home Max

Finally, bring one of the best, most powerful smart speakers home for the holidays this year, and turn up the music with the impressive Google Home Max.

Combining a powerful speaker with the Google Assistant, the Home Max practically goes up to 11 (okay, not really), and when it’s not playing music, it’s great at helping control your smart home devices, reading recipes, or giving out handy information like transit times to your next appointment.

There is a whole lot to love about the Home Max, and it works with very little setup, so you can practically plug it in, and start using it within minutes.

“Hey, Google – how many days are there until Christmas?”

$499 | Available:, Best Buy

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