If you choose only one piece of kitchen equipment for your gift list, make sure it's a Kitchen Aid Mixer. It's the Rolls Royce of mixers and comes with a host of accessories so that you can mix, whisk and knead to your heart's content. The classic retro design won't date and there's 12 colours to choose from, so you can be sure that there's a mixer to co-ordinate with your kitchen. For bold domestic goddesses wanting to add some pizzazz to their worktop, there's this fabulous new purple version for £389. Beautiful and functional. We love it! From £389, Kitchen Aid at John Lewis; www.johnlewis.com.