Sorry folks, you don't need a lot of really expensive toys.
You don't need ceramic knives, copper mixing bowls, and enameled Dutch ovens. You can do just fine with a few inexpensive toys.
What exactly do you need? We went through our cabinets and drawers and made a list of all our favorite tools and what you should look for when shopping. All the tools below are items we have tested personally and merit our Gold Medal Best Buy Award. Here's an idea: Sign up for Amazon's Gift and Wish Registry and link to the products you'd love to get.