Welcome to Well+Good’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guides, where we recommend five (or more) healthy, stylish gifts for everyone on your list (or for you to add to yours!)
When the healthy foodies in your life have kitchens filled with artisanal condiments and family-farm cheeses, regular old tins of caramel corn and baskets filled with sausages preserved for a century are so not going to fly.
What to get the most savvy food lover in your life? We’re thinking these seven gifts—including perfect presents for vegans—which will be sure to please their taste buds (and eyes).
They’ll eat these gifts right up. —Molly Gallagher
(Photos: sugarpaper.com; Mouth)
Spice up your bestie’s two o’clock tea ritual with this luxe set from Big T NYC, which makes organic, loose, antioxidant-rich teas—the perfect sips to combat holiday stress and everyone sneezing around you. This elevated trio will knock your giftee’s matcha-loving socks off with Black and Chinese Oolong tea, infused with maple essential oils; Organic Bai Mudan White tea, blended with goji berries, and Organic Sencha green tea infused with rose and cherry.
The pretty, sustainable filtered-water pitcher brand Soma just debuted a limited-edition black pitcher. The sleek design will look very Dwell Magazine in a foodie’s modern kitchen—and the pitcher gives back, too. Soma provides clean drinking water for one person in Cambodia with every purchase. There were only 700 made—and there are only about 20 remaining, the company says.
Got a super-savvy foodie to shop for? Each Saffron and Kumquats box includes five super specialty ingredients—think sumac and garbanzo bean powder—and five recipe ideas you can use them with.
“The ingredients samples are unique, specialty spices, and dried goods,” says founder Vanessa Larson. “Customers provide the protein, vegetables, and other common kitchen items such as rice, salt, olive oil.” So you’ll look like the Indiana Jones of spices.
(Photo: Saffron + Kumquats)
There’s nothing worse than whipping up a pretty, colorful, and seasonal dish—and serving it in a plastic bowl. If you know a friend who is testing out one of these healthier holiday dishes for her next dinner party, then give her one Lotta Jansdotter’s Scandinavian landscape-inspired serving bowls.
The artisanal foods site Mouth is all about championing local and indie food brands—and this curated basket of vegan goodies is proof of that. It’s filled with Hu Kitchen’s Almond Butter and Puffed Quinoa Chocolate Bar, Blackbird Food Company’s chocolate granola, 3’s Company Triple Berry Jam, and more (um, yum).
This high-velocity blender is Breville’s most powerful to date (and priced to compete with luxe market-leader Vitamix). You don’t need a separate grains jug to make flour, like the one required for a Vitamix, and it even has a “Green Smoothie” button, so you (or your friend) can practically pulse your morning smoothie with your eyes closed.
The founder of Fiji Water is behind this brand and its famed organic ginger, grown in the nutrient-rich volcanic soil of Wakaya, a small island in Fiji. This high-end, good-for-you and good-looking gift set comes with Organic Pink Fijian Ginger, Organic Fijian Turmeric, and Fijian Kosher sea salt—the next best thing to a trip there? It’s fave with Oprah, who uses Wakaya’s ginger powder for everything from stir-fry to tea. So your friend should be able to put it to excellent use, too.