Are you struggling to find that perfect paleo gift? Are you immersed in a paleo lifestyle and need to hint to your loved ones what’s on your mind for this holiday season? Or maybe you are just a complete foodie looking for the hottest new ingredients and tools? Pass along this paleo holiday gift giving guide and you won’t miss out!
I really have a love/hate relationship with christmas shopping. I love the experience of giving gifts, but I HATE shopping…unless it’s for food, kitchen, and paleo grub! I was planning to get this out a few weeks ago, but narrowing down all my favorite goodies was a little harder than I expected. That’s what happens to me when shopping, I love it all and can never decide. I took some time to bring you 3-5 solid choices for each category, with some varying price ranges. Complete with DIY gift suggestions, this paleo holiday gift giving guide includes some of the best paleo foods, books, lifestyle products, and kitchen must haves available for purchase with the ease of one click. That’s my kind of shopping!
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$: Under $25
$$$$: Above $125
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo
Referred to as the paleo bible, this book is the foundation to any paleo collection. The book includes over 120 recipes, tear out guides, 30 day meal plans that include specific plans for various health conditions and athletic performance, and tons of information on the hows & why’s of paleo. $
Nom Nom Paleo: Foods for Humans by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong
This book is a must have for the visual learner (and anyone with even an ounce of a sense of humor). Michelle, her husband Henry, and their two adorable children bring you a book packed full of recipes and step by step photo instructions. This is a great resource for developing and building cooking chops. $
Every Last Crumb by Brittney Angell
While there are other paleo baking books on the market now, and some of this book steps outside of the normal parameters of paleo, it will always have a special place in my heart. This book helped me to recreate foods that once were, foods I thought I would never see again. Brittney Angell is a creative baking genius who uses her good to really take care of those with food allergies. $
Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes and Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker
These books need to no explanation, Danielle is a paleo legend! Healing her severe autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle changes she is a great example of the power of a positive mindset and real food diet. $
Make It Paleo and Make It Paleo II by Haley Mason and Bill Staley.
The photography really sets these books apart. Bill and Haley not only create delicious food, but even more delicious photographs. Seriously, I want to eat the books every time I open them. Make it Paleo II has a fun projects section including homemade bacon! $
Down South Paleo: Delectable Southern Recipes Adapted for Gluten-free, Paleo Eaters
Jennifer Robbins is the genius behind yuca dough. This book brings back all things southern in creative and simple ways. $
Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook: Over 100 Gluten-Free Recipes to Help You Shine from Within
If you follow Juli over at PaleOMG you know why you need this already. $
The Healing Kitchen: 175+ Quick & Easy Paleo Recipes to Help You Thrive
The highly anticipated new book from Sarah Ballantyne and Alaena Haber. $
Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog
A great reference for nose to tail eating and all things pork. $$
The Frugal Paleo Cookbook: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Paleo Cooking
A must have for any budget minded paleo eater. $
While Practical Paleo is the paleo bible, The Paleo Approach is the autoimmune paleo bible. A must have for anyone in your life dealing with an autoimmune disease, this books takes you through all the science behind autoimmune issues, lifestyle, and diet. It’s also great for anyone just wanting to know the science behind paleo. $$
I couldn’t live without this book. A serious must have for any foodie or person learning to cook, this book helps you to pair ingredients and boost flavor combinations. Just look up any ingredient you have on hand and you are met with a list of the best matched ingredients for it. $
Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe of RealFoodLiz.com.
Liz puts our food system on blast, peeling back the lies on fat, cholesterol, protein, carbs, and calories that we’ve been told all our lives. Liz’s snarky style and easy to understand approach makes this the perfect gift for the real food die hard and the real food curious alike. Package this book with a carton of pastured eggs and bacon and you have the perfect intro to paleo gift. $
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky.
I was first introduced to this book in a Family Medical Therapy course in grad school – instantly hooked. Dr. Sapolsky is a crazy haired brilliant researcher who writes in a informative but humor filled style. After years of research living and observing stress response in baboons, he connects how stress impacts physical health and provides guidance on how to combat this effectively. He’s great – watch his Ted Talk. $
SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES
I think I’ve praised the Instant Pot enough. If you can only buy one gift this year, THIS IS IT! With 7 different features and full safety controls this is the most used small appliance in my real food kitchen. Search Instant Pot in my search bar for recipes. $$$
An immersion blender is a great addition to any kitchen. Making sauces, dresses, mayo, even doughs possible in seconds it’s super convenient and easy to clean. It’s a must have travel item for me. $$
A spiralizer is an inexpensive and great way to bring back old favorites like pasta with the benefits of using vegetables. This little gadget will open up a world of possibilities. Pair it with the Inspiralized cookbook. $$
This is a great gift for that extra special foodie in your life. Choosing a certified refurbished blender is a great way to save some money while still getting the great Vitamix warranty. This machine is a beast and is in daily use in many paleo kitchens. From smoothies to hot soup to pizza dough, this baby does it all. It’s even ridiculously easy to clean – just blend some soapy water and rinse! $$$$
You can’t go wrong with a food processor. I use mine to make grain free cheese its, doughs, nut butters, nut flours, ice cream, sauces, pestos, and even use it to grind meats! It also comes with attachments to easily slice and dice vegetables. $$$
COOKWARE & MISC KITCHEN
Cast iron is my favorite cooking pan. No toxic chemicals, easy to clean (you don’t have to!), and super convenient for cooking as they can go from stove top to oven with no problems. They can be used on glass top stoves as long as you don’t slide them across the surface. $
Gummy recipes are super fun & great for kids. They are a staple in my weekly routine and are a easy way to get in extra gelatin. There are tons of different molds to choose from. Check out the Christmas Story leg lamps! $
Every home cook needs a great knife. It’s on my wish list too.. $$$
Pyrex glass dishes are a sustainable and non-toxic way to bake and store food. They make great practical and inexpensive gifts. $
Because…UNICORN POOP! $
Julienne peelers are a convenient travel friendly tool for making zucchini or vegetable noodles in a pinch. $
Glass straws are a fun, eco friendly addition to those morning smoothies.$
Because a stocking isn’t a stocking without the obligatory make you smell good item. Might as well make it aluminum and paraben free! $
I’d seriously squeal if I found this mayo in my stocking. It’s a bit more expensive than normal mayo so it tends to be something people won’t justify buying for themselves, but would love to have. If you have a Thrive membership, grab it there! $
Ok, I’ve never done crack, but I imagine it to be something like this ghee. The rich caramel tone of the brown butter is perfect for both sweet & savory dishes…or right from the spoon. And it’s lactose and casein free! For those crafty people out there – the leftover jars are awesome! $
Primal Palate Spices make an incredible gift for any foodie in your life. They carry the highest quality organic spices and blends. The one of everything kit is a steal. Whatever you do make sure to grab the signature blends – they will quickly become a kitchen staple. These are a super simple way to elevate all the flavors in your cooking!
Thrive Market is an online health food store that stocks various ingredients, health, home, and personal products at steep discounts. A membership purchased results in a membership donated to a family in need.
Cold extracted from greece, this olive oil is certified organic and packs the best flavor I’ve ever tasted in an olive oil. This is liquid gold!
LIFESTYLE & HEALTH
Blue blockers help to regulate circadian rhythm and increase melatonin production to prepare us for sleepy time. Wear them after sundown, especially when using electronic screens. These work so well that even my 11 year old cousin swears by them! $
A multi-purpose fitness tracker – activity, sleep, and heart rate! $$$
I know this doesn’t quite fit into the category, but this watch is too cool for me not to include. My husband received it as a gift one year and loves it! It is made from 100% natural wood and the company plants a tree for every watch purchased. $$
My favorite item on the list, the squatty potty is the most ingenious invention ever…and it makes for a hysterical yet useful gift. I’ve raved about it before and I will continue to rave. It’s how we are meant to poop. Totally caveman style! Order through Amazon or on the squatty potty website. The Squatty website gives you the option to buy a triple pack at a steeply discounted price. They also have the best squatty related wrapping! $$
DIY GIFT SETS
A Do It Yourself gift is a thoughtful and creative way to express how much you care. I like putting together ‘survival kits’ in baskets or interesting reusable bins that I find at thrift stores. Below are suggestions for Paleo themed DIY gift sets.
Paleo baking is a fun way to learn new cooking skills while recreating those old time favorites. Put together a paleo baking starter basket for that special someone. Throw in a paleo baking book, some baking tools, and sit back and wait for some cookies – this is the gift that gives back! For something extra special print off favorite or hand picked recipes and make a personalized recipe book. $-$$$
Paleo baking starts with a tasty & reliable flour. There is only one, it’s Otto’s.
Sleep & Stress Relief Basket
Sleep and stress are two of the most important pieces to managing chronic health conditions and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, yet it’s often the most overlooked. Pair this basket with a gift certificate for a massage or sensory deprivation float for ultimate relaxation (and brownie points). $-$$$
I hope this paleo holiday gift giving guide makes your shopping a bit easier this year. Sign up for the email list above to receive great recipes for all those new kitchen gadgets!