Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Top 10 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas
My Annual Picks for 2016!

Every year I share a few of my favorite things for gift ideas.

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Gift Ideas
For the last few years, I've been sharing gift ideas for your health conscious friends and family. After reviewing them, I still recommend each and every one. Check them all out!

See my 2013 post on Great Christmas Gifts for Healthy Cooking, or

my 2014 post on Chanukah and Christmas Gifts Ideas for Health-Conscious Cooks (Many gifts under $20 and $35) and,

last year's post, 10 Holiday Gift Ideas under $25.

Here are my picks for 2016:

#1 - Last year the kids bought me a Nespresso espresso maker with a milk frother. I love this little machine. It's super easy to use. Doug enjoys espresso and my favorite is a decaf cappuccino. The milk frother works great with non-dairy milk, especially soy and oat milk. It's pretty reasonably priced at just a tad over $100.

Nespresso Inizia Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

#2 - Looking over my past gift ideas, I can't believe that I forgot to include the Yonanas Healthy Dessert Maker This simple machine makes a delicious dessert from frozen fruit that tastes just like gelato! It's amazing. Everyone we have served this dessert to has gone out and bought one - again, just a tad over $100. My favorite combination is frozen bananas and cherries. 

Yonanas Elite Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker

#3 - Kind Bars make a yummy gift. There are lots of flavors but do check each flavor for allergens. Most of them are gluten free but not all of them are dairy free. If you have friends or family who are on the go, this is a great gift.

Almond and Apricot Kind Fruit and Nut Bar
 is gluten and dairy free.

#4 - My favorite gift recommendation this year is a rebounder. It will especially come in handy after the holidays, when everyone is trying to lose those holiday pounds. My Stamina 38" rebounder is less than $50 and will provide hours of bouncy fun while helping circulate the lymphatic system.

Stamina 38-inch Intone Plus Rebounder

#5 - Saffron is a very luxurious spice. I love putting a little pinch in my rice cooker whenever I make rice. It's also the key spice in paella. But it is very expensive. I asked Doug to pick some up for me one day and he came home with a single gram of Pensey's saffron for about $20. You can buy illegal drugs for less! So I was very happy when I found this 2 gram tin of pure Spanish Saffron on Amazon for a little over $6 a gram. I've bought from this company twice now and I really like their product.

2-gram tin of Spanish Saffron

#6 - An aroma therapy gift set makes a wonderful gift. Here's a set that has an Essential Oil Diffuser bundled with a selection of JuJu Aroma Oils.

The Smiley Daisy Diffuser comes with lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and sweet orange essential oils.

#7 - My office is not near the kitchen so when I want a cup of tea, I have to walk up the stairs and across the house. So I really appreciate this Brentwood Stainless Steel Tea Kettle.  You can spend a lot more on these, but this simple kettle costs less than $20 and does the job. The reason I selected this one is because the inside is stainless steel, not plastic. Many of the others on the market have plastic in contact with the boiling water. 



#8 - I use my kitchen scale every day. This inexpensive EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale has been working flawlessly for years and it's less than $20.


#9 - Garlic is a pain to mince. Since my friend Christine gave me her Pampered Chef Garlic Press, I've been pressing garlic in most every recipe now instead of mincing it. This kitchen jewel is also very easy to clean. 



#10 - For the wine lovers on your list, buy them a Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator. We love ours. If you have a wine that is a bit young, this aerator allows the wine to breath and gives it the depth that it would have gotten if it were aged. Plus it makes a cool sucking sound when you pour the wine through it which always entertains your guests!



Of course gift giving isn't everything. Enjoy a holiday meal with your friends and family and provide the love and support to each other that everyone can use about now.

Happy Holiday!

1 comment:

Margarite Olmos said...

Excellent ideas! Thanks.