When I retired all I asked for was a recipe book - but a very special recipe book. I wanted people's favourite recipes, written out in their own hand so I had something very personal. Someone then mounted all the recipes in an album and I have the most personal of reminders of the people in my old parishes.
But those lovely people also had a whip round and I got a cheque as well. I decided to spend some of the money on a good quality food processor to help when making up the recipes. I'd had cheap ones before but had hankered after something better so I bought one of these. It's one of the gadgets which stays on the work surface all the time because I use it so much.
Cheese is grated and frozen as soon as I buy it so there is less temptation to nibble. Homemade coleslaw knocks the shop bought version into a cocked hat. Soups are wondrously smooth. (I have a hand held blender but this Magimix is much more thorough.) Old crusts are made into breadcrumbs before freezing. Items needing chopping whether it's to make stuffing or make Christmas pudding cause me no headaches. Lemonade is a breeze.
I could go on and on but I think you get the idea. My Magimix is versatile, strong and valued. It helps me use up tatty ingredients in soup, makes cheese and other ingredients "go" further, and generally is a great ally in the kitchen.
Would I replace it if it broke down? Well, part of its value is that I treasure it because it was part of my retirement gift so I will be sad when it can process food no more but I think it will see me out anyway. If it breaks down before I do, I will probably replace.