Okay. I gave all of you some nifty (and expensive) gadget gift ideas last time. Now I've put together some wallet-friendly ideas for the coffee enthusiasts in your life. These all happen to be the products I used when I started upping my game. Simply combine these with the cone dripper of your choice (almost all brands have a budget version), and you've got yourself a very handsome holiday gift basket.
There are a lot of slow-pour kettle options out there, especially if you search places like Amazon. I can't attest to the quality of cheaper, similar-looking kettles, but I can tell you that Bonavita makes a quality budget kettle that will last you a good long while. Especially if you are just starting out with pourover, you can't go wrong with this. I see these in plenty of craft coffee shops. It may not be as flashy as other kettles, but it gets the job done.
American Weigh Scales SC-2KG | $19.99
If you've read my book, you know that, for people who want to up their coffee game, I strongly recommend weighing coffee and water in grams. For that, you need a scale. We would be using this still if we didn't come into an Acaia and gift this one away. It has a 2,000 gram capacity, which is enough for the brewing capacities of most manual methods, and a 0.1 gram resolution, which is nice for precision. (Scales that have higher capacities can't usually measure to 0.1 grams.) You really don't need more than this!
JavaPress Manual Coffee Grinder | $28.99
For consistent results that you can replicate day after day, you really need a burr grinder. The problem is, the electric versions are hundreds of dollars. If you don't mind using a little elbow grease, you can use a manual version. They cost a fraction of the price! They are also great to travel with, and honestly, when you are only making a cup or two at a time, grinding the beans yourself doesn't really take much effort (especially at coarser settings; I might not recommend it for super fine settings, as you would need for espresso). Just promise me you won't afflict anyone with a blade grinder this holiday season. Promise me!