While shopping for apartment-warming gifts for my sister-in-law, I found one of the best kitchen prep items ever - The OXO 2-cup angle measuring cup. Instead of kneeling down/bending over and repeatedly pouring in /dumping out ingredients like you would normally do when using the average measuring cup, you can stand up, pour the ingredients in, and read the measurement from above! Also comes in a mini-version for smaller amounts. Needless to say, Katie will be using this wonderful tool in her new apartment kitchen, and I will be buying them for all of my lady family members for xmas this year - I'll make sure to buy one for myself, too!
$7.95 @ Crate & Barrel: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=744&f=6611
$3.95 for mini