Searching for a few perfect Christmas Gift Ideas for your foodie loved ones? Me too!
I adore giving Christmas gifts to food lovers because most foodie gifts are consumable. I’ve found that, generally speaking, most of us have enough stuff. Why add to someone’s cluttered life?
That’s why I like to give handmade gifts and gifts that the recipient is sure to gobble up quick (YUMMY FOOD!) or use quickly.
This Christmas season, these are the gift ideas I’m falling back on for my foodie friends & family.
Real Cinnamon Sticks with Hand-Crafted Grater
You’ve never tasted cinnamon until you’ve tried real, fresh cinnamon.
Have you ever noticed the bitter aftertaste in most store bought cinnamon?
If you use real, freshly ground cinnamon, you’ll never experience it again.
Cinnamon that undergoes industrial processing usually has a somewhat bittersweet taste, and the fullness of flavors real cinnamon offers is absent.
Freshly ground cinnamon — ground by our own hand in your own kitchen — retains all its essential oils and nutrients as well as its depth of flavor, which is why many people (myself included!) consider it to be a sweetener in its own right. If you buy it fresh, and grate it yourself, you won’t believe the difference in taste!
That’s why a few of my friends will be getting The Cinnamon Lovers Grater Pack from one of my sponsors, Cinnamon Hill this Christmas.
Real Olive Oil is the New Wine
Not long ago, my husband and I would arrive at dinner parties toting a bottle of wine. It was a standard go-to gift idea that was sure to please.
These days, a bottle 100% real, extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil is our gift of choice. That’s because almost all store-bought extra-virgin olive oil is fake, so it’s hard to get your hands on the good stuff unless you’re connected to an olive grower you know and trust.
My friend Karl Burgart with Olea Estates Distribution (that’s us in the photo!) is bringing some of the finest olive oil Greece has to offer to the United States! This olive oil comes from a single family estate, is pressed fresh and immediately bottled.
Why do I call it the finest?
It’s not only sustainably grown & harvested and 100% unadulterated, but it’s also got an award-winning flavor profile — the perfect blend of fruitiness with a hint of pepper and almost no bitter aftertaste.
Combine all that with a high total phenols (antioxidant) level of 270. Usually when the phenol levels go up, so does the bitter after taste, but not with this year’s Olea Estates Olive Oil! It’s rare to find such a high phenol level in an oil with such a wonderful, smooth taste.
Karl was even so generous as to give Food Renegade readers a 10% discount on all olive oil. Just use coupon code RENEGADE at checkout to save 10% on all your orders!
Paleo Holiday Survival Kit from EPIC Bar
(Also benefits The Savory Institute)
The Paleo Holiday Survival Kit is a seasonal gift designed to help you overcome the temptations of grandma’s Pecan Pie and thrive through the winter months!
It not only includes EPIC bars (my favorite, 100% pasture-raised, meaty snack), but other goodies from my other favorite snack companies like Hail Merry’s and Justin’s and Jackson’s, too.
In the true spirit of the holidays, EPIC is donating the proceeds of your purchase to our friends at The Savory Institute. For those of you who don’t know about The Savory Institute, here is my two-sentence pitch… The Savory Institute is a non-profit, working to restore the world’s grasslands through the use of properly managed livestock. By doing so, the organization is dramatically transforming soil health, ecosystem diversity, local economies, and even sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and returning it to the soil (reversing climate change). Yes, I am telling you that cows can save the planet…
And, if all these legitimately awesome treats don’t catch your eye, there are other Gift Baskets available that will also benefit The Savory Institute.
Paleo Living Spice Blends
You know you want it for yourself. That means it’ll make the perfect gift!
These spice blends were born out of necessity. Before they came on the market, it was impossible to find tasty store-bought spice blends that were:
(Seriously, hidden MSG and gluten are in just about every spice blend out there!)
So not only are these a delicious way to liven up your food, but they come in lovely, gift-worthy packaging. Plus they taste uh-mazing!
What sorts of Christmas gift ideas are you looking at getting for your Foodie friends & family?