After browsing for a bit, I decided to pass on the chocolate fondue fountain (awesome, but not particularly useful) and went for the kitchen scale instead.
Yes, we chose this one based mostly on price. Not going to lie.
I haven't used it for anything yet, but I'm pretty pumped. :) It makes me think of the year I worked in the inorganic chemistry stockroom at BYU, when I would have to measure out piles of white powder for nefarious purposes for all the Chem 107 students. I think this one will have a little tamer life than those scales.
We also had a little money left over so I got some whisks that have that nifty coating on the whisk part so that they don't scratch up your non-stick pans. Hooray! Now I won't worry about eating teflon anymore!
What are some absolutely essential items in your kitchen?