25 Healthy Gift Ideas for Foodies

 

Need a gift idea for the foodies in your life? Add these picks to your holiday gift list. I've got you covered from stocking stuffers to splurges!

 

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This is my favorite time of year, and I love shopping for presents as much as I l've to receive them. I'm a believer that every foodie in my life should receive hand-picked gifts, which is why I put together this list of my favorite food and kitchen finds to help with your holiday shopping!  

 

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STOCKING STUFFERS

 

1. Start crackin'.

This stainless steel, heart-shaped piece is as functional as it is beautiful. It's a walnut splitter that'll help the mom in your life achieve healthy snack time. 

Alessi Nut Splitter, $21

 

2. Flavor with zest.

I love adding lemon or orange zest to recipes, and this grater makes doing so easy! It also works well with hard cheeses like Parmesan.

Microplane Classic Series Extra Coarse Ribbon Grater, $14

 

3. Make mini muffin baking a breeze.

Mini is the perfect size for smaller portions of muffins, cupcakes, and even egg cups. A great stocking stuffer for any cook or baker, these mini FDA-approved silicone cups are reusable, resulting in less paper cup liner wastage. They're safe for both the oven and the freezer.

Casabella Mini Muffin Cups, $7 for 12

 

4. Scoop up cookies.

This small silicone spatula is designed specifically to flip cookies. I also find that it's perfect for making omelets!

OXO Cookie Spatula, $8

 

5. Make a sweet breakfast.

What's lovelier than a heart-shaped breakfast? Use this heat-resistant egg ring to whip up eggs or berry pancakes. Then make the egg ring part of the present!

Trudeau Heart-Shaped Silicone Egg Ring, $7

  

6. Whip up veggie noodles.

Spiralizing is still all the rage, and this sweet handheld spiralizer allows you to cook up veggie-based versions of your favorite noodle dishes, like Pad Thai and "spaghetti" Bolognese. 

Progressive Prep Solutions Veggie Pasta Maker, $7

 

7. Make the perfect cake.

This simple tool allows you to test baked goods for doneness. It's thinner than a toothpick so won't leave a mark.

OXO Cake Tester, $9

 

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Edible Gifts

 

8. Wild your jam.

I always look for jams with fruit (in this case, wild Maine blueberries) as the first ingredient, not sugar. This jam tastes fab on scones or as a topper to brie

Stonewall Kitchen Wild Blueberry Jam, $9

 

9. Grow your own herbs.

I don't have a green thumb at all. But this herb in a can requires almost no work and yields mint for the picking.

Back to the Roots Garden-in-a-Can Organic Mint, $11

 

10. Get gourmet with mustard.

I'm a sucker for low-cal condiments that pack a ton of flavor. This set includes all the dijon you could ever ask for: Original Dijon, Honey Dijon, Old Style Whole Grain Dijon, and Rich Country Dijon.

Maille Dijon Mustards 4-flavor variety, $50

 

11. Add flavor to anything.

I'm kinda obsessed with truffles, and I'm a fan of adding a small amount of this flavor-packed truffle salt to omelets, grilled vegetables, roasted chickpeas, and more.

Casina Rossa Truffle & Salt, $21

 

12. Grind fresh nutmeg.

This spice mill is a find because it allows you to easily grind fresh nutmeg, adding a powerful flavor punch to baked goods, oatmeal, and more.

Peugeot Daman Nutmeg Mill, $45

 

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Gifts for a Pretty and Organized Kitchen

 

13. Serve up healthy eats

I enjoy hosting almost as much as I do cooking and baking, so I was excited to find this stoneware serving platter. It's oven safe, perfect for easily reheating gourmet pizza slices and other appetizers.

Le Creuset Stoneware Serving Platter, $46

 

14. Organize your knives.

I have a lot of knives that didn't come in a set. It would be difficult to store them if not for this sleek slotless knife block, with flexible plastic rods that settle around the knives to secure them in place.

Kapoosh Rondelle Stainless Steel Knife Block, $40

  

15. Experience kitchen comfort.

I love this cushy mat because it reduces the stress and discomfort that can come from hours of standing in the kitchen. It's a good pick if you're going in with your siblings for a larger gift.

GelPro Elite Premier Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Comfort Floor Mat, $125

 

16. Read recipes easily.

When I cook and bake, I'll often load a recipe onto my tablet and tweak it to make it healthier. I may sub in applesauce, pumpkin puree, blended cottage cheese, or Greek yogurt for some of the oil or butter. That's why this holder is a find: The angled stand is ideal for reading recipes, and the water-resistant shell protects devices from minor ingredient splashes.

Logi Blok Protective Case for iPad Air 2, $55

 

17. Protect your knives.

Softer than most cutting boards, this one is made of pretty Japanese cypress, yielding a product that gives as you cut so slow down how fast your knives dull. The size offers an excellent canvas for slicing and dicing.

Shun Cutlery Hinoki Cutting Board, $50

 

 

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Functional Gifts

  

18. Prepare a custom coffee drink.

I love cappuccinos and lattes and am happy to whip them up at home! I can do this, thanks to a gourmet coffee maker. Although this gift is a definite splurge, it allows the recipient to be her own barista and customize a drink with regular milk, pistachio milk, and more.

Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista, $133

 

19. Make an instant vinaigrette.

This mister is space efficient, with storage slots for both oil and vinegar. It also features adjustable setting so you can customize a light salad dressing. Plus, you can use the all-oil setting for misting pots and pans. 

Kalorik Oil & Vinegar Mister, $17

 

20. Light up your baking.

For someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, I've waited awhile to get my own hand mixer. That's why I'm glad this beauty exists. It provides a light to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together. Plus, it stores upright, so I can leave it on my kitchen coutner.

OXO Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer, $32

 

21. Blend a smoothie.

I've been obsessed with smoothies lately: They're the perfect solution for busy mornings, and I even freeze and eat them as dessert sometimes. This compact blender comes with to-go cups and blends ingredients into an ultra-smooth meal. 

NutriBullet Pro 900, $100

 

22. Roast (and don't burn!) vegetables.

This non-stick mat makes it easy to roast veggies like eggplant slices without burning the bottoms. You'll save calories since you won't need any oil with this mat. You can also use it to cook meat and to bake cookies.

Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, $15-$24

  

23. Whip up veggie "pasta."

I love spaghetti squash, but it's harder to find during certain seasons. That's why this vegetable spiralizer is a great tool: You can turn zucchini, carrots, and more into low-cal "noodles." Then top with a pesto, marinara, or cottage cheese Italian herb sauce. This spiralizer comes with five blades, allowing you to choose from flat ribbons, angel hair, and many other cuts.

Paderno Spiralizer 5-Blade, $30

 

24. Create the perfect stir-fry.

I waited years to get a wok. It's now one of my favorite kitchen tools: It cooks my tofu and veggies at a constant, even heat, without requiring any oil. Instead, I use vegetable broth as the base. 

Swiss Diamond 11" Nonstick Wok with Lid, $160

 

25. Bake your own whole-wheat bread.

This bread maker couldn't be easier to use. You just place the ingredients in the machine, choose the level of browning, and two to three hours later you have fresh bread! Bonus: The machine has settings for dietary needs, from salt-free to gluten-free bread.

T-Fal Actibread, $120

 

A version of this article originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.

 

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Amy Gorin

is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,  media personality, and writer in the NYC area.