It can be challenging at times to buy gifts for healthy foodies. Those of us that follow the culinary nutrition way of life tend to be selective about the foods and ingredients we consume, plus we are careful about mindless consumption of products that will create both food and environmental waste. That means you can’t just grab a box of chocolates from the drugstore when heading over for a holiday dinner, but gift-giving becomes much easier when you know what to look for! That’s why we’re sharing our best last-minute holiday gifts for culinary nutrition enthusiasts so you don’t need to worry.
With these holiday gift ideas, you will become everyone’s favourite gift-giver!
Holiday Gifts For Culinary Nutrition Enthusiasts
1. Kombucha Starter Kit
Kombucha is one of our favourite fermented foods and it’s super easy to make at home! We like the starter kit from Tonica Kombucha because they are local to us, but you can find other kits online. And once you’ve got your starter kit, grab our free guide to brewing and flavouring kombucha.
2. Abeego Food Wraps
These are an amazing re-usable food wrap that completely replaces plastic wrap or aluminum foil for food storage. We adore the Abeego wraps because they are eco-friendly, come in a variety of sizes and are made of soft, pliable beeswax. They’re great for wrapping up half-cut onions or lemons, covering leftover food in its baking dishes, or wrapping up sandwiches or snacks.
3. That Clean Life Menu Planning Membership
Healthy eating is a lot easier when you’ve got everything planned out for the week! That Clean Life is a menu planning service that makes healthy eating super easy and delicious. It includes themed programs, from Paleo to low glycemic to low FODMAP and more, plus there are shopping lists so you’re covered.
4. Indoor Herb Garden
Anyone can learn to cultivate a green thumb with these easy indoor herb gardens! All you need is a windowsill, some sunshine and a positive attitude. We like Back to the Roots, where you have the choice between multiple herbs, mushrooms, and tomatoes, plus you have the options of growing in super cute cans or mason jars. This is a really fun project if you have kiddos in the house, too.
5. Glass Straws
Glass straws are the best for sipping up your blended dairy-free smoothies. They are re-usable – that means no plastic waste – and dishwasher safe. Our fave is Strawesome – they have beautiful designs (they can even customize your straw for you) and offer a lifetime warranty. We’ve been using them for years and they are very tough to break, so no need to worry about safety.
6. Medicinal Mushrooms
Mushrooms, like chaga and reishi, are some our favourite herbal adaptogens. You can certainly glean the benefits of mushrooms by eating them, but the mushroom extracts are a more concentrated source. We prefer to dual-extracted mushrooms from Four Sigmatic, as the owners really know their mushrooms. Mushroom powders are easy to use – you can either mix them with water or dairy-free milk, or toss them into your favourite elixir recipes.
7. Healthy Cookbooks
Recipes are everywhere on the internet, but they will never replicate the enjoyment of cracking the spine of a printed cookbook, thumbing through the crisp pages for inspiration and bookmarking the most appealing recipes to try. Check out our Top 30 Clean Eating Healthy Cookbooks – there are tons of great ideas for holiday gifts in there!
8. Food Grade Essential Oils
We love using essential oils in cooking – oils such as lavender, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, grapefruit, cinnamon, thyme and more are a wonderful way to add potent flavour + health benefits to your food. However, it’s important to choose food-grade essential oils that are safe for internal consumption.
9. Raw Dairy-Free Chocolate
No one will be disappointed by receiving chocolate as a gift. We like raw chocolate because it is high in antioxidants and magnesium for relaxation (which some people may need during the holiday season!), and is rich in flavour. Aim for dark chocolate, as it’s going to have more cacao and less sugar, as well as a more robust taste.
10. Nut Milk Bags
We love making our own nut milks and nut milk bags help to get them super silky smooth. You might be surprised to learn that you can actually use your nut milk bag in a multitude of ways, like for sprouting and juicing. It’s a great all-purpose holiday gift!
11. Tea or Tea Subscriptions
A hot cup of tea is incredibly nourishing and soothing, plus you can use them as the base in elixir recipes. We like Mountain Rose Herbs for teas because they have something for everyone – both the basic teas like chamomile and fun concoctions.
12. Grocery Gift Cards
Why not let your recipient choose his or her own gift? You can buy gift cards from local grocery stores or farmers markets, or opt for an online gift card. We like Well.ca here in Canada, and Thrive Market is great for those in the United States.
13. An Easy Edible Gift
Edible gifts are simple to make, even at the last minute. It doesn’t take long to whip up a batch of cookie mix in a mason jar or toast some spiced nuts. We’ve got 8 gluten-free, plant-based edible holiday gift ideas for you to check out for inspiration.
14. The Gift Of Your Time
Perhaps the best holiday gifts of all are the ones that mean we get to spend time loving the people in our lives. Instead of a tangible gift, you could offer the gift of your time. This could be taking a walk, having a cup of tea or going for a hike. It may be an inexpensive experience, like going to see a movie or attending a yoga class with a friend. Maybe you offer to babysit a friend or family member’s kids – many parents would appreciate that!
No matter what kind of gift you choose or how much it costs, when it is given with appreciation and love it’s guaranteed to be received with gratitude.
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