HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

These gifts are perfect for your favorite at home chef, food blogger, or someone looking to get into a healthier lifestyle! I have arranged them from more expensive to more cost effective depending on your budget. I hope this helps give you some inspiration for someone special this holiday season!


 

ON THE EXPENSIVE SIDE: $$$

 

Vitamix High-Speed Blender

This is definitely a must have in your kitchen if you want to be a plant-based chef! From blending creamy soups to sauces to cashew creams to plant based milks, I use a stand mixer at least once a week. The most important part is that it is a high speed blender like the Vitamix so it can handle whatever plants you throw at it. While this mixer may seem a bit pricey you get what you pay for- something that will last! They range in price depending on the model but I think anything from this company will do you well.



Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

This is another one of my kitchen essentials and is key for all of my bakers out there! As long as I can remember we have always had the same Kitchen Aid in our kitchen (that means about 22 years of baking!) This beast of a machine can make cookies, roll out pasta dough (with the proper attachment), and whip up just about anything you need. Once again this is a pricier item but will last a lifetime in your kitchen.






Lululemon

This may be an obvious one but some Lululemon never hurt! While leggings are always a classic option I actually like their accessories too. Something like a nice quality gym bag can help inspire a little trip to the gym or a workout class or even be great for travel! I actually found one on Poshmark that I bought for myself that I love. If you are looking to be a bit more cost effective a pair of their winter gloves or ear covering headbands are great options for someone who likes to walk or run even though it is freezing outside!





Staub or Le Creuset Dutch Oven

This has to be my most used kitchen item that I own. From soups to sauces to baking bread a Dutch Oven is a must have in your kitchen. It is a cast iron ceramic coated pot that can withstand high temps in the oven and is perfect for simmering soups and stews. There are many different sizes you can purchase but I have the 5qt. Staub in Grenadine and find it's the perfect size as I often cook for 1-3 people. If you are cooking for a larger family I do recommend sizing up. Where-as if you only cook for your self the 4qt may be enough for you! My family and I range in our preferences for Staub vs. Le Creuset. While we grew up with our mom only using Le Creuset and absolutely loved it I have since made the switch to Staub with my sister, while my brother remains a die hard Le Creuset fan. The key differences that I note are that on a Staub you have a metal handle (meaning it can get hot, so use an oven mitt!) and it has a cast iron interior that is incredibly non stick! The Le Creuset's have a ceramic coated interior and a rubber handle (so that it doesn't get too hot, but it also can't take as high of temperatures in the oven for extended periods of time). Both are incredibly great options for your kitchen. Alternatively if you want to start with something more basic, Magnolia has a nice Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven at Target for a fraction of the cost. I also usually find a bunch at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods.


Chef's Knife

I actually recently received my first high quality chef's knife from my brother and his wife for my birthday! Thanks Bill & Ana! This is definitely another game changer in the kitchen and honestly makes me enjoy chopping veggies a bit more. While it is a bit scary having such a sharp knife it is actually safer than using a dull knife as you have to apply much less pressure. I think that a chef's knife is always a great knife to start with but if you are looking for a smaller gift idea a pairing knife would be a great idea as well! This knife is from a Japanese brand called Shun Cutlery and has treated me very well so far! My other favorite quality knife brands include Messermeister (my sister's favorite) who makes very beautiful wood handles and Wusthof who are very popular for their utility.

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Shop Messermeister Knives Here


 

IN THE MIDDLE: $$

 

Apron from Anthropologie

Ok, so I may be impartial to the ambience that Anthropologie sets every time I walk into their stores but man, it just makes me feel some sort of way! I have a few Anthropologie aprons that not only keep my outfit clean when cooking but actually make my outfits better! Company is always impressed by how gorgeous they are too. While you can get a pretty basic apron anywhere I think that one as beautiful as these is not something someone would often splurge on for themselves. I know I would love a gift like this! Not to mention you can easily add on matching oven mitts, dish towels, a beautiful mug or candle or literally anything from this store!









Third Love Work Out Set

Third Love is a company I didn't know much about but now am obsessed! They make beautiful undergarments that would be a wonderful gift for a significant other in addition to high quality workout attire. I always loved the idea of workout sets but have never actually bought one myself and now that i have I completely understand why people love them! It just makes you feel more confident. They have such a wide variety of products that you can definitely find something within your price range that will match whoever you are shopping for.


Use the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS to get 20% off your purchase!





Cookbooks + Cookbook Stand

Cookbooks are always on my Christmas list as they are a great way to stay inspired and find new favorites! Find out what kind of food your friend/ family member likes or is trying to get into and see what you can find, there is pretty much a cookbook for everything these days! A cute little addition to a cookbook would be a nice stand to prop it open in the kitchen.

Here are a few of my favorite plant based cook books:


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The First Mess Cook Book

Food 52 Vegan

The Homemade Vegan Pantry

The Complete Vegan

Mississipi Vegan

The Korean Vegan

The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook

The How Not to Die Cookbook

The How Not to Diet Cookbook