Now this skillet and lid set is not an impulse purchase. But it will be a good investment, I promise. Cast iron is great for cooking, what with the even heat distribution and adding iron to your diet. But it also lasts a lifetime (more if you take good care of it and pass it on to the next generation). And this unique example also has the added benefits of good design. The octagonal shape allows for easier pouring and draining. The coil handle disperses heat, making it easier to hold and the lid. Don't even get me started on how nice it will be to have a lid that fits your skillet. This would make an excellent gift for anyone who likes to cook (Ooh, it would make a good wedding gift too!). $270 at Hand Eye Supply.