Need a gift idea for the foodies in your life? Add these picks to your holiday gift list. I'n my gift guide, I've got you covered from stocking stuffers to splurges!
Love to give your loved ones healthy holiday gifts? If you need inspiration for healthy gift ideas, here are lots and lots of ideas for the wrapping!
It's here. It's the most wonderful time of year! I love to see the holiday cheer everywhere I go. While I was wrapping more presents today, my fiancé asked me, "does anyone love the holidays as much as you?"
Well, I sure hope so! I've been shopping for months because I start looking for presents while traveling and then continue through to file in with the last-minute shoppers.
I also love hand-making gifts. So you could say I have lots of gift ideas, and most of them will help inspire the recipients to be healthy. If you're looking for store-bought ideas, I have a list of RD-approved kitchen tools that you can order with a simple click.
So what cooking tools and healthy eating goodies are worth giving your loved ones this season? I've got a a few (read: lots!) ideas for you! I also have a list of expert-recommended healthy cookbooks to help your pals stay on track with their nutritional goals.
And if you have a few minutes to spend in the kitchen, I have ideas (some take just five minutes!) that you can whip up and wrap up in a jiffy. You'll definitely want to stock up on wrapping paper this year. Whether you want to assist your bestie in becoming a meal prep master or help your sibling save time cooking, there's a must-have healthy gift gadget specifically for it. You'll find everything from small tools that work perfectly as stocking stuffers and big-ticket items that'll win over your mother-in-law.
Now, grab a mug of cider and let me help you with the last of your holiday tasks so you can be prepared for a healthy and nutritious new year!
Whenever I make a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond or Target, I always find myself in the home goods section, scoping out the newest kitchen gadgets and cooking essentials. Since I already have a well-stocked kitchen, I usually fight the temptation to impulse buy a blender or garlic chopper.
So maybe you're not a whiz in the kitchen. Not in the mood to deal with crowded stores, either? No worries. Order up these foodie-approved gifts to help your loved ones cook and eat healthier in the new year.
I use one of these items to serve up recipes like my flatbread pizza and other delicious and healthy meals all the time.
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 holiday gift guide of my favorite food and kitchen finds to help you with healthy gifts with your holiday shopping!
But now that the holidays are right around the corner, I have an excuse to buy all of my friends and family the healthy gifts I'd want to keep for myself!
Stocking Stuffers for Foodies
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
Edible Gifts for Foodies
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.
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 and more for the picking.
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.
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.
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.
Bonus idea: DIY food gifts!
Bust out your cooking and crafting supplies! Nothing's sweeter than receiving (and giving!) homemade presents. If you're not a craft superstar, you don't have to avoid personalized gifts from the heart! I'm giving you not one, but 30 ideas for DIY gifts for food lovers in my blog post that are super simple yet will make your friends feel oh-so-loved. Give this sangria mocktail a sip while you craft.
These gifts are just as fun to make as they are to eat, and what's even better is that they land on the healthier side of things. With budget-friendly options like these, you'll want to make extra to provide that last-minute holiday cheer. Your pet sitter, favorite coworker, and even your personal trainer will be excited when your DIY healthy eating gift ideas make an unexpected appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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, or blended cottage cheese 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.
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.
Functional Gifts for Foodies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Bonus idea: healthy cookbooks!
Trying to find a nutritious recipe online can be overwhelming, so make it easier for your pals to toss together healthy dishes by giving them one of the cookbooks featured in my article for The Healthy and in this extended list of healthy eating cookbooks on my blog.
Don't worry, each of these cookbooks received
glowing reviews from nutrition experts, so you can be confident in the recipes and their good-for-you attributes. Want more healthy-eating inspo? Gift your loved ones with my mix-and-match meal
More Healthy Gift Ideas
If you didn't get all the ideas you wanted for the perfect gift from the above list, here are some more ideas to help encourage a healthy lifestyle:
- alarm clock
- subscription box (try a fruits and veggies box, a healthy meal kit box, or even a bride-to-be box!)
- gift card (for coffee, workout classes, etc.)
- healthy snacks variety pack
- relaxing essential oil
- water bottle
- gym bag
- yoga mat
- foam roller
- resistance bands
- hands-free phone set-up
This blog post was updated in May 2020. A version of this article originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.
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What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite holiday gifts for foodies? Let me know if you have any healthy holiday gift ideas to add to this list! Which healthy gift ideas have your loved ones enjoyed the most?