I remember when I first saw a Danish dough whisk, I thought it had been used to clean out the garbage disposal while it was still running, but when I found its usefulness, its become one of my favorite tools in the kitchen.

I’m using it here to stir risotto, but also use it for polenta, potatoes, or other food with thick, batter-like consistencies. We use it to mix our sourdough starter each day. The design allows for adequate mixing without getting caked up and leaving more on the whisk than in the bowl.
If you have a cook on your Christmas shopping list, check and see if one of these is not in his or her utensil drawer.
Restaurant tools that work at home