If your typical office lunch involves waiting around for a microwave to free up so you can finally enjoy your meal, you’re going to love this simple solution.
Thanks to its smaller, travel-friendly design, this $22 Mini Crock-Pot makes it easy to enjoy warm meals on-the-go or at your desk—transforming a boring office lunch into an extra cozy, delicious meal. Amazon shoppers love it so much, they’ve given it over 2,000 five-star reviews, with many calling it a “Godsend,” “amazing,” and a “great value.”
To buy: $22; amazon.com.
Just like other slow cookers, the portable Crock-Pot serves up hot and healthy dishes, and features a removable container that’s easy to wash. However, this clever 20-ounce version is lightweight, perfect for one person, comes with a travel-friendly lid and handle that’s offered in a series of colors, and can be plugged in just about anywhere.
Simply fill it with foods that you prefer to enjoy warm (your go-to slow cooker recipes, leftovers, soups, casseroles, oatmeal, you name it), plug it when you arrive at work, and you’ll have a hot meal ready in about an hour with no prep work or mess to clean.
Owners of all professions—teachers, hospital workers, and corporate employees alike—rave about the food warmer, labeling it a “must-have for healthy office lunches.”
“As a teacher, I get tired of turkey sandwiches [and] after growing tired of having semi-hot or having to wait for forever on the microwave at work, I decided to purchase this,” one reviewer wrote. “It is wonderful. I plug it in about an hour before I have to eat lunch and my food is perfectly warmed. One of the best things is that I don't have to worry about microwave explosions or having to clean up after someone else—highly recommend.”
“I work as a massage therapist in a space with absolutely no room for a microwave, and my workplace is very smell-sensitive,” another reviewer wrote. “I had gotten into the habit of buying fast food which was very expensive (not to mention unhealthy). Today I was able to eat homemade curry and now I am in love! I plugged it in a few hours before my break, and when I opened it, the food was steaming hot. I was also happy to discover there was virtually no smell coming from it. I am so happy with this product and wish I would have known about it years ago!”
To buy: $24; amazon.com.
Plus, it’s a thoughtful gift for friends, family, and really anyone who enjoys a home-cooked meals. “These little crock pots are adorable!” another reviewer wrote. “I personalized them and gave them to the teachers as Christmas gifts—and they love them!”
Go ahead and grab one for yourself now, so you can test it out before the holiday season arrives. We have a feeling the affordable little gadget will be the perfect present for everyone on your list.