If you are gift shopping for a health-conscious foodie this year, this post is for you. Foodies who care about their health tend to cook at home more. And with the pandemic still going strong, we have all become home cooks at some level, which makes this 2020 gift guide super relevant right now.
I have personally hand-picked these 15 gift ideas for health-conscious food lovers. I already own and use most of them in my own kitchen. That means I can honestly vouch for them and recommend them to you. For your convenience, I grouped them by price range (“up to $20”, “$20 – $50”, “$50 – $100”). Because not all of us have a lot of money to spend on gifts this year, and also because not all the food lovers in our lives are on the “expensive gifts” list. Am I right? *wink*
TOP 5 GIFTS UP TO $20
Here are my great finds guaranteed to excite any health-conscious foodie despite the humble price tag:
MEAT SHREDDERS – BEAR PAWS
Sharp and easy to use. Shred chicken and pork super fast with these claws. The best tool for pulled pork and pulled chicken! Because I eat mostly paleo, I’m often pulling pork or chicken (like these Instant Pot Carnitas) for salads, soups, wraps… I love these claws! And if you’re gifting them for Christmas, you can say they are from Santa Claws (yep, I have the sense of humor of a six-year-old boy).
REUSABLE DRINKING STRAWS
Environmentally friendly and convenient. For health food lovers who drink lemon water, apple cider vinegar, or lemon tea all day, drinking straws are a must to prevent all that acidity from damaging teeth and their enamel. BUT… we don’t want to pollute with plastic straws, endangering animals and the environment even further. Trust me, these straws — in stainless steel or glass — will be highly appreciated. And they’re under $10 right now! I have a set in glass, as you can see in my Apple Cider Vinegar Drink post.
– In stainless steel:
– In glass:
LEMON & LIME JUICE SQUEEZER
Best manual squeezer for lemons and limes. Effortlessly squeeze out every drop of those healthy juices into your drinks, salad dressings, and recipes. If you watch any of my recipe videos, you’ll see me using my own squeezer (in black and red) on multiple occasions. Love it!
Best hand-held spiralizer to make zoodles (zucchini noodles) and all kinds of vegetable noodles. It fits in your kitchen drawer and can travel with you. I’ve had mine for years and it’s still very sharp.
CAST IRON SKILLET, 10.25″
If your foodie friends are health-conscious, they’re already going through their cookware and reconsidering every pot, pan, and skillet they own. I know because that’s what I’ve been doing. Cast iron is safe, non-toxic, durable, and the best material to make every recipe even tastier. Plus, it goes from stovetop to oven! Can’t beat that.
TOP 5 GIFTS $20 – $50
These gifts are the kind I buy myself when I’ve been really good and deserve a nice reward. They are not too expensive, so I don’t feel guilty, but they are within the kind of price range I associate with splurging a little.
But enough about me! Here are my 5 picks in the $20 – $50 range:
TACO HOLDERS – SET OF 6
These are barely over $20. I have them and use them all the time, especially on Taco Tuesdays (see my yummiest Taco recipe post). It doesn’t even matter if the “giftee” already has a set or two of these because one can never have enough taco holders at a fiesta. The more holders the merrier.
MANUAL BUTTER CHURNER
This is a foodie’s dream! Just add grass-fed whipping cream and crank: voilà, you’ve got fresh butter! This item is the exception to my list: I don’t have it yet, but there’s a good reason for it. This is the type of kitchen gadget one would not necessarily need or buy for themselves, but would so love to receive as a gift (hint, hint!). In my book, the definition of the perfect gift is something you don’t need, yet want, but wouldn’t buy for yourself. This little butter churner checks all the boxes and is under $40!
BEST COUNTER SPIRALIZER
I love my hand-held spiralizer for small jobs or when I travel, but for everything else this baby is the spiralizing king in my kitchen. It’s so fast and easy to use! Also, it comes with 7 different blades; one, in particular, makes the perfect thick zoodles (zucchini noodles). They are just right and stay crunchy, always al dente, which for an Italian like myself is everything.
FERMENTING KIT FOR SAUERKRAUT AND MORE
If I had a dollar for every time someone asks me what tools I’d recommend for safe DIY fermenting, I wouldn’t be rich, but I’d have some petty cash. This kit is the most complete fermenting kit I have found online, and it includes the exact type of lids, air pump, and glass weights I use when I ferment (see my Sauerkraut post). The only thing I would add to this bundle is a Sauerkraut Pounder. Adding the pounder to the kit will still keep the whole gift under $50. How cool is that? Any health food lover would cherish this present forever!
– The fermenting kit
– The sauerkraut pounder
BEST TORTILLA PRESS
This cast iron tortilla press is one of my obsessions! Since I bought it, I’ve used it on a weekly basis to make my healthy paleo cassava tortillas. It used to take me a lot longer using a rolling pin, and making them all round and even was beyond challenging. But now, look at me go! (I have to show you this little video I shot, so you understand how wonderful this indestructible tortilla press would be as a gift to a foodie).
TOP 5 GIFTS $50 – $100
COMPACT AIR FRYER
Isn’t she sexy? It’s small, compact, and chic because not everybody needs a huge appliance to fry for an army. This is an air fryer for all your fried cravings, but way healthier and with little or no oil needed. Plus, it works as an oven cooker. Barely shy of the $50 mark. This is a great gift for any foodie with limited kitchen counter space.
AIR FRYER LID FOR INSTANT POT 6 QT
I have this item, and it’s a stroke of genius on the must-have list of anybody who owns an Instant Pot 6 Qt. It takes up very little space in the kitchen and fully transforms the Instant Pot into an Air Fryer. If the IP could talk, it would say, “Air Fryer Lid, you complete me!“
HAND BLENDER & MINI FOOD PROCESSOR
This is essential in any kitchen. I have had this same exact set for so many years, and it’s never given me any issues. I highly recommend it for so many functions: purée, chop, blend, emulsify… I especially use it for blending hot soups straight in the pot, making salad dressings (like my Taco Avocado Dressing), Mayonnaise, Aioli… in minutes! Just jump around my site and see how I use it in so many recipes.
INSTANT POT DUO 6 QT (7-IN-1)
Because if your food-loving friend doesn’t have one already, gifting him/her this IP will make you look like a hero. Trust me, I have the same one and love it. This item will only set you back well under $100 and is a life/time saver for so many healthy recipes. Besides soups and stews, the high-pressure function makes homemade bone broth in just 2 hours! If you don’t believe me, check out my Instant Pot Bone Broth post (go to recipe). Oh, and this particular Instant Pot also makes yogurt. If your foodie friend is into fermenting for gut health, he/she will greatly appreciate that extra function. I use it to make dairy-free coconut yogurt, and it’s a breeze!
SOUS VIDE COOKER
I don’t have it but I want it! It’s an affordable and very well reviewed Sous Vide Cooker. Right now, it’s on sale for just under $100, and I’m thinking that I’ve been a very good girl this year. I cannot give you my personal opinion just yet, but click and check out the reviews. If I get it (fingers crossed), I’ll post about it in one of my next recipes. I’m dying to start cooking sous vide like a proper chef. Oh, the healthy gourmet possibilities with a gadget like this!
So, that is my Gift Guide for this endless 2020. I say that during this challenging year, we’ve all been good, patient, brave, and deserving of gifts that make our lives a little easier in and out of the kitchen. Am I right?
BYE NOW! 🙂
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