When I was little, my grandmother would often draft me to help her in the kitchen. Invariably, she would hand me a whisk, position me at the stove, and instruct me to keep stirring no matter what. Whether there was gravy, pudding, or something else in the pan, she could always tell if I stopped stirring because of the lumps or a sticky mess on the bottom of the pan.
I've found a better option for the constant stirring gravy requires, though: the Stirr is an hands-free whisk that never gets tired or bored. Just set it in a pan and let it whisk your sauces. It doesn't need to be held or adjusted once you've set it up.
The whisk is stainless steel with heat-resistant silicone legs. It's powered by four AA batteries, which come with the Stirr: all you have to do is set it in the pan and turn it on. There are no worries about cords winding up somewhere they aren't supposed to, either. The Stirr is sized for a medium saucepan. Unfortunately, it works less than ideally in much smaller or much larger pans. The automatic whisk is priced at about $23 and is offered exclusively by Lakeland.