Do you have that 1 favorite tool that always seems to be in the dishwasher whenver you grab for it? Buy extras! Those OXO short tongs are a favorite of mine…I use them for everything so I have 3 pairs!
I also love having a variety of spatulas and the larger ones from the restaurant supply store are favorites of ours. Using restaurant tools makes one feel chef-y while cooking (is that a word?!)
And of course I couldn’t live without my digital thermometer…that yellow one by Taylor was a workhorse in our kitchen before we upgraded to a Thermapen MK4, but the Taylor is a nice entry level thermometer if you don’t already have one.
Kitchen twine is handy for trussing our rotisserie chickens so they don’t get cowboy legs while cooking!