The locally owned store has fun, functional kitchen finds and top-end cooking classes.

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Cook, entertain and learn at Whisk, a culinary classroom and kitchen store. Peruse local cookbooks and foodie finds, discover innovative gadgets and quality cookware, or roll up your sleeves in the state-of-the-art kitchen, with classes taught by local chefs and international experts in a wide variety of cuisine. This staff knows its stuff, and it shows. (10385 Main St., Bellevue, 425-922-9575)

GIFT PICKS:

Cooking Class Gift Certificate ($75–$175). Classes are available for all skill levels and ages, including fundamentals, make-ahead multi-course dinners, dim sum, sausage-making and wine-pairing events with chefs from some of Seattle’s best restaurants.

Ankarsrum Original Mixer ($699). Sweden’s top mixer features 20 speeds, a timer and an open rotating beater bowl with continuous scraping, in 11 colors to match your décor. Whisk is the company’s only retailer in Washington state.

Lékué Macaron Kit ($40). Make your own pretty French macarons with this kit that includes a dispensing pen, specially shaped baking sheet and recipes for the sweet, colorful treat.

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