My additions of "Cookware" items to my personal gift list have been complete failures, receipt-wise. :-) I don't know if they're viewed as too boring, or silly, or expensive, or... what?
Two years ago I had a selection of J-knives, ranging from $50 petits to $300 gyutos.
I understand, it's kind of expensive to folks who aren't "into" knives.
I got none.
So, I went shopping on my own at the post-holiday sales.
Last year I had a nice leather strop, CrO wax stick, new waterstone & a Nagura on my list.
I understand, this is probably not the most exciting list in the family.
I got the CrO stick.
After the holidays I made my own strop.
This year, I'm trying to be both reasonable AND devil-may-care.
I have the same $40 waterstone from last year & added a $90 Boardsmith cutting board.
The only other items I'm intersted in right now are espresso-related & way beyond what anyone would reasonably spend for someone to make 1-oz of coffee.
What's on your list? :-)