I gave this as a gift to my husband two years ago, and we are still bragging about this ice cream maker. The only downside is that it is an attachment, and you must already own a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Other than that, I have never made ice sream so fast, easy, and clean. The bowl must be set in the freezer for at least 10 hours before making ice cream, and you simply replace your standard mixing bowl with this special, double walled frozen bowl that keeps your ice cream mixture cold while the new attachment paddle whips air into the dessert.
Once enough air has been whipped into the mixture, making it look like it has expanded in size in the bowl, simply empty the ice cream into a second container to firm up in the freezer for at least an hour. Within an hour and a half (if your bowl is already frozen) you will have perfectly whipped ice cream made exactly as you like it. It honestly only takes about half an hour to actually mix the ice cream, and you can add large chinks of ingredients, like Oreo Cookie or crumbled Heath Bar without bits getting stuck in the paddle. The paddle is dishwasher safe, but the bowl will rinse clean away to be put back in the freezer with simple water. The outer walls are plastic, but the inner bowl is stainless steel.
While this might not make the best Christmas present (not too many of us want ice cream in winter), it is a perfect gift for the foodie in your life who already owns and loves their Kitchen Aid mixer. Be sure to look on amazon for the best price and to buy it with the Ben and Jerry's ice cream recipe book.