Here's a great gift guide for the healthy food and wine lovers in your life, along with unique travel and wellness items. Holidays or birthdays, this mindful gift guide has something for everyone.
Whether you're buying Christmas gifts or birthday or graduation presents, here's a gift giving guide for the food, wine, travel and wellness warriors in your life. (Click on the red links to be taken to the product. There are some affiliate links included, but clicking on them does not change the price for you).
Food Lover Gifts
I spend a lot of time in my kitchen so I'm always looking for products that make cooking easier and don't just take up space on the counter for once a year use. My InstantPot has become a favorite in the one short year I've had it. My recipes for chili lime chicken thighs and coconut curry sea bass were super simple using this device. Roasts, steamed vegetables, and stock are huge time-savers with the InstantPot.
I also don't go more than a few days without using my Vitamix. My cauliflower soup is velvety smooth after a spin in here. Some people love the Blendtec just as much for the same powerful blending action.
I usually make a 3 day batch of smoothies in my Vitamix, and then store them in glass mason jars. Each morning I pull a smoothie jar out, add some collagen protein for great-looking skin, and a little Brain Octane Oil for brain clarity, and blend in my smaller NutriBullet. My morning is set. The NutriBullet is good for pesto, dressing, and quick chops. An added bonus is it's dishwasher safe.
As far as cooking goes, I make sure to use environmentally-friendly pans. No use buying organic ingredients and cooking healthy recipes if you're just going to cook them in a pan that gives off chemicals. I've been really happy with Xtrema Cookware. Their cookware is ceramic and great for high temperatures with no issues with toxins getting into your food.
Then there's Le Creuset. Their pots and pans don't have any leaching problems, and they're simply gorgeous. I bought my first one (a big red Dutch Oven) while living in Paris. It served as my oven, since I didn't have one! I love it to this day.
When roasting vegetables, my baking sheets are never without a Silpat. Clean up is super easy, and it also saves the finish on the pans. These roll up nicely, making for great stocking stuffers.
Food always makes great gifts. I love the flavor sea salt adds to dishes. A little can go a long way. You get 7 different finishing salts with the Spice Lab Gourmet sampler from chardonnay oak smoked to alderwood smoke sea salt. That might be all you need on a good cut of meat or fish.
Thoughtfully also has a great line of interesting gifts for the foodie. "A Tea Story" is a pretty set of 9 different flavors that includes english breakfast, as well as more unique blends like lemon and honey green tea and french vanilla. You can also give an entire olive oil kit where you infuse your own flavors with spices and herbs.
iGourmet has a nice collection of monthly clubs where you can get or gift a product to send every month. You can choose from a hot sauce, honey, bacon, cheese, coffee, olive oil, or salsa of the month. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
For the gift that keeps on giving, try an ongoing food delivery service. Graze is nice because they deliver healthier snacks filled with protein. So all those times you go to reach for fried chips, you can graze a little bit better and with less guilt.
If you or a loved one would like some assistance with taking charge or your health and diet, you can purchase my 6-week self-guided nutrition program. There's no better gift than the gift of health!
Perhaps you'd like to give a gift to someone in need. Chef Jose Andres has played a huge role in helping to serve over one million meals in Puerto Rico, and will continue to do so through the end of the year. If you'd like to help feed people in need, you can give to his non-profit group, World Central Kitchen.
Wine Lover Gifts
I've definitely cut back on my drinking since I've become a nutrition coach, but I have not eliminated it. It just tastes so good with food, and everything in moderation, right? When I do drink, I try and watch the sugar and additives that get added, just like food. Dry Farm Wines is a really good company that works with vintners who only use traditional, organic, and natural winemaking methods. The wines are organic, additive free and sugar-free, which is a super win-win-win.
If you already have a huge collection of wine, like me, then you might want to try Just The Wine. These are drops that reduce the sulfites in your wine. Just three drops can reduce the sulfites up up to 80% or more. Try it in your red wine, white wine, or even champagne.
There's also another way to stay healthier when it comes to drinking - drink less! I know it's not always easy - for many reasons - including the one where you spent a lot of money, and don't want the wine to go bad after opening the bottle. Instead of needing to finish the entire bottle, you can use Coravin. It has a thin needle that pierces the cork to allow wine out, while keeping oxygen in. It can keep your wine tasting good for weeks, months or even years after you open it.
The travelers in your family are going to love the glassware from UncommonGreen. There are maps from many different locations etched on wine glasses, tumblers, and I love this carafe with Paris featured on it. You can use it to decant wine, or fill it with your favorite juice or smoothie - another win-win.
If you have a friend or family member in college or just out, and legal drinking age of course, then Drizzly makes a great gift. You can have alcohol delivered fast for game day, parties, or a relaxing night in. Perfect for cold-weather nights when you don't feel like leaving the house.
Travel Lover Gifts
Airbnb is my new favorite way to travel. It feels like a more authentic experience in the city I'm visiting. I used Airbnb while I was in Cuba and loved it. The owners offered to cook for us, they helped us to get around, and were there as little or as much as we wanted. If you've never tried Airbnb, click here, and you'll get $40 in travel credit when you sign up. Travel is always a great gift!
And if you're staying in an Airbnb or a hotel, I think travel candles always make a great item to include in your bag. They rid the air of any unwanted smells and create a nice, cozy atmosphere. I like these soy travel candles from Oojra, and they come in pretty fragrances like jasmine, eucalyptus, and cherry blossom.
You won't find me on a plane without a pashmina or scarf, but then I found these pretty, all-purpose travel pieces from Case + Drift. You can wrap it around you like a scarf, but it also doubles as a towel or a blanket. They're 100% Turkish cotton and they have a variety of pretty colors.
I've been loving my packing cubes from Eagle Creek. I'm big into organization when I travel. When you have multiple stops on a trip as I often do, it's great to have these cubes to pull exactly what you need for each city.
We all know how challenging travel can be and airport delays don't help. Priority Pass is a cool program that allows you access to over 1,000 airport lounges worldwide, no matter what airline you're flying. I even have a discount for 10% off Priority Pass!
I felt a little guilty buying a new point and shoot camera this year. My guilt stemmed from the fact that I thought I should be lugging around my fancy DSLR camera to get the best shot. After carting my big camera all around Cuba this year, I decided I needed something lighter, but I didn't want to sacrifice quality. I went with the Lumix DMC-ZS100. It's got many of the same features as a DSLR with a fabulous Leica lens and 4K video, but it fits in your pocket and takes amazing photos. All my travel pics from this year were taken with the Lumix.
I hope you have some great ideas now for a loved one, or even yourself, to enjoy a holiday, birthday or anniversary!
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