It may be hard to believe, but an electric kettle is my favorite new gadget. It’s not even new anymore, but I still get a thrill every time the base of the glass vessel lights up blue as the water for my cup of tea starts to heat up. It can boil more than a liter of water in about four minutes, and then it shuts off, keeping the water hot for at least 30 minutes. All year, I’ve been playing around with different gadgets — some handheld kitchen appliances, some no-tech tools that simply make cooking easier or better. A few weeks ago, I headed out to Faraday’s Kitchen Store in Bee Cave, Texas, which has been selling cooking gear for more than 12 years, to ask manager Sharon O’Quinn about her personal favorites and the store’s best-sellers. I mixed some of her suggestions with some of my own to create a holiday gift guide for gadgets big and small. Measuring spoons —Amazon 1. Metal measuring spoons ($14). I’ve had wonky measuring spoons for the longest time — thick, bright green plastic scoops that don’t fit into spice jars. I’d always wanted to upgrade to a nicer set of metal spoons, but since Santa didn’t seem to get the memo, I bought them for myself. I almost went with rounded ones until O’Quinn pointed out that the narrow squared ones can squeeze into smaller jars. Kitchen thermometer —Amazon 2. Good thermometers ($15 and up). When my trusty digital meat thermometer malfunctioned and only displayed temperatures in Celsius, I had fun using Google Home to help me convert to Fahrenheit. But even after I had baked enough chickens to learn the safe temperature in Celsius — 73 degrees — I knew I needed to replace it. The sexiest option out there is the Thermapen, but thanks to the wise council of the Faraday’s folks, I found a less expensive thermometer that doesn’t read the temperature quite so fast but works well for my purposes. I also picked up a candy thermometer because nobody likes getting caramel splattered on their hand while they try to measure the temperature with the wrong tool. Meat claws —Amazon 3. Meat claws ($19). You can find inexpensive plastic and metal tong meat claws everywhere, but the heavy-duty offset metal ones at Faraday’s are a big