I’m of the mind that food (and food-related items) is a fantastic gift. If you’re shopping for someone you know reasonably well, it’s not a stretch to say that you can personalize it by picking something you know they like (or will enjoy trying). And if you’re a little clueless? Hey, a nice bottle of wine, chocolate, a nifty kitchen item — all good options.
For our holiday gift guide this year, we tried to find a few things that are a bit out of the ordinary. Is it entirely comprehensive? Ha! No. (Although the one over at Fit Bottomed Girls comes darn close.) But there’s plenty of cool stuff that we’re digging and we suspect you’ll like, too.
So, without further ado, we present the 2016 Fit Bottomed Eats Holiday Gift Guide!
For the Buddy Who Always Loses the Bottle Opener:
Tipsy Elves Bottle Cap Sweater ($59). Seriously — the sweater comes with its own bottle popper! You just need to provide the beer … and maybe a good sense of humor.
For the Cook Who’s Trying to Kick All Those Chemicals to the Curb:
Hexclad Cookware ($79.99 and up). Lots of foodies are very focused on what’s in their food, but what about the products on which they cook that food? Hexclad nonstick pans, available in a variety of sizes, as single items and sets, combine tri-ply stainless steel with non-stick surface (without any harmful chemicals).
For the Friend Who’s Never, Ever Without a Water Bottle.
Camelback Chute Stainless Vacuum Insulated ($20). Not all water bottles are created equal — trust us, because we are experts in this field. And this bottle is the bomb. It’s reasonably lightweight (at least the 20 oz. version — it also comes in a larger version that holds 40 oz.) and it keeps liquids hot for six hours … and cold for 24, even without ice. The fact that it comes in a bunch of groovy colors seriously seals the deal as far as we’re concerned, so anyone who’s always carting around water is sure to agree.
For the Pal Who Loves to Be Up on the Hottest New Healthy Snacks:
SnackNation Healthy Snack Delivery Service (Starting at $24.99). There are lots of subscription boxes out there, but we’re digging this new option that focuses on new and uncommon snacks from emerging brands. Until now (like, literally, right now) it was only available for delivery in batches to offices, but now they’re expanding delivery to households … and giving you a chance to try one box out for free. Want to feel even better about your smart snacking? SnackNation donates meals to Feeding America for every box purchased.
For the Person Who Is Seriously Obsessed With an Ingredient:
Delicacies Jewelry ($75 and up). If your pal is crazy about chili peppers or passionate about pineapple, why not treat her with a little piece of jewelry that celebrates that love?
For the Foodie Who Likes to End Each Bike Ride With a Slice:
Electra Domed Pizza Ringer Bell ($9.99). Even if you don’t agree on which parlor has the best pie, you can agree on one thing: Pizza is delicious. Wait — make that two things: This bike bell is freaking adorable!
For the Epicurian Who Loves Knowing Exactly Where Their Food Comes From:
Nudo Adopt an Olive Tree ($79 and up). When you adopt an Italian olive tree in the gift recipient’s name, they receive a welcome pack that tells them about the tree adoption and tells them how to select their tree — that arrives quickly — and tins of oil from their tree (arriving in the spring). If you opt for one of the larger gift items, they’ll receive more oils at different times of the year.
For the Foodie Who Has Everything Else:
Click and Grow Wall Farm Mini ($299). Seriously, guys, it’s a wall full of fresh herbs, fruits and leafy greens. And you can order refills. Could it rock any harder? Couple of notes here, though — for one thing, shipping takes eight weeks, so you’ll want to plan for that if you’re giving it as a gift. But also, if this is a little above your price range, you can opt for a single smart herb garden — it’s just $35.97 and comes with free basil refills.
For that Stocking You Need to Stuff:
We’re all about giving the gift of snacks! Need ideas? Hold tight — we’ve got this:
- This Dark Fudge Peppermint Drizzlecorn is delish.
- These new Color Bars are really tasty and interesting (and you’ve gotta love that short ingredient list).
- Or, hey — make your own! Maybe this fudge, perhaps?
Now, here’s a big question: How do you feel about gift certificates? If it’s for a restaurant or specialty store I really love, I think it’s awesome, but I think it’s important that it be a thoughtful gift you know the recipient will really love using. —Kristen