Great Ideas for Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving

A knife sharpener helps cooks prepare meals faster and more safely.

(StatePoint) The holidays come and go so quickly, and while many tokens of love and friendship are enjoyed and then forgotten, this year, consider items that make a more lasting impact.

Not sure where to start? Here three gift ideas that will keep on giving, all year long.

Taste Sensations, Delivered

These days, there are food subscription boxes for just about anything you can think of -- from exotic spices, to gourmet candies, to meats and delicacies. Take the tastes of your loved one into account and consider keeping their kitchen well-stocked all year long with monthly deliveries of amazing food and ingredients. These subscriptions make culinary variety, extravagance and exploration convenient for recipients, who need only await the arrival of their next boxed delivery with anticipation.

A Well-Honed Kitchen

Even serious home cooks who seem to have every new kitchen appliance available, may not realize how important it is to have a knife sharpener. When knives dull, they become more difficult and dangerous to wield, slowing food preparation and making slips of the wrist more likely to occur. But you can fix that for the cooks in your life.

Help loved ones to chop, slice and dice more efficiently and safely with a knife sharpener they can use as soon as knives begin to dull. Look for a model built to last through many uses. For example, the Compact Electric Knife Sharpener from Smith’s Consumer Products, features a synthetic sharpening wheel that guides the knife at the correct angle and has an ergonomic design that makes it easy and comfortable to use. To learn more, visit Walmart.com

New Hobbies

Whether it’s salsa dance, classical guitar or French cooking, many centers that offer arts and music lessons allow gift-givers to buy credits for loved ones. This gives recipients an opportunity to select for themselves what they want to learn about on a schedule that works for them. But this gift goes far beyond a temporary diversion. Learning a skill offers lifelong opportunities for new pursuits, friendships and accomplishments.

Reconsider your holiday shopping strategy, focusing on items that will improve the lives of loved ones, well beyond the season.

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