We really don't see why toaster get such a bad rap on gift lists: quite frankly, we'd love to update ours every year! Which is why the new Brillante toaster (£59.99) and kettle (£59.99) from De'Longhi, with their multi-faceted light-reflecting surfaces, have quite literally caught our eye. Available in Jet Black and elegant Ice White, these worktop essentials are beautiful and functional making them perfect additions to any home no matter how long you've been there. We like the rapid boil function on the kettle and the handy crumb tray on the toaster. Available from John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com)