For those who may not be receiving returns this year, a few tips for squeezing extra value out of ordinary kitchen items:
In addition to their overt purpose, standard issue rounded stainless steel measuring spoons are also excellent for neatly removing cores from halved apples and pears, balling melon and making small, perfectly round ice cream scoops (to make ice cream orbs come out easily, dip the spoon in warm water before scooping, and after scooping rub the back of the spoon back and forth across the palm of your hand a few times to warm the metal slightly).
Instead of tossing takeout chopsticks after one use, give them a rinse and keep them handy. Chopsticks are all-purpose kitchen utensils that can be reused again and again or sacrificed for a higher purpose (like lighting an oven pilot), as the situation merits. Skewers, delicate tongs, stir sticks, long "matches", oven door props, impromptu drain clearers and last-minute trivets; I have even used them as guides for rolling small sections of dough to a consistent thickness and specific orthogonal shapes and sizes.
And, finally, a few tips that I wish I could lay claim to but, alas, cannot:
Mason jars for small blender jobs: no need for mini-preps or Magic Bullets here.
Cleaning grandma's silver? You can forget harsh, expensive chemical cleaners and polishes when you have salt and tin foil on your side.