Ultimate gift guide for paleo folks, foodies, cooks & fitness nuts

0 comments

paleo gift guide

How often have you received or given a gift that was neither here nor there,  the  kind of gift that spent the next 12 months at the back of a dark cupboard? Whether it’s Christmas, birthdays or Father’s Day, wouldn’t it be nice if people always received presents that are functional, relevant and practical? This paleo and primal oriented gift guide will give you plenty of ideas on what to get for your friends, your loved ones or for yourself.  I wanted to focus on gifts that can help anyone achieve a healthier lifestyle, eat good food, get fit, learn something new and enjoy life’s simple pleasures – they don’t even have to be into paleo.

For the kitchen

Eco-friendly, re-usable lunch box

planet_box_lunch

I love these lunch boxes and I really really wish I get one for Christmas this year. Eco-friendly, easy to clean and fun to pack, PlanetBox Rover Lunchbox, $59 from Amazon, is one awesome way to transport your lunch around and would make a great gift for both kids and grown-ups. Made out of safe, non-toxic, and recycled materials – no lead, PVC, phthalates, or BPA – this lunch box features multiple compartments so you can fit your portions of meat, veggies, fats and snacks in one neat package. It’s a massive hit with kids and although it might seem expensive, I see it as a little investment.

Speaking of food transportation, this funky blend and go smoothie maker is a perfect gift for those of us always on the run. Throw in some berries, coconut milk, nuts and some protein and breakfast is ready. You can pick one up at Amazon for $30-40 depending on the colour.

smoothie_blender

Moving to slightly larger gadgets, a food processor is an absolute must for anyone cooking paleo. I can’t say enough how much time it saves having one of these on a  kitchen bench. I do a lot of my chopping, mixing, blending, pureeing and processing of ingredients in a food processor and I guarantee that it would be a very valuable gift. And don’t listen to anyone telling you it’s offensive to give a food processor to a woman  - it will become her best friend. You don’t have to spend a fortune either, you can pick something like Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor, White for $99 at Amazon.

processor

When it comes to cooking food, a crockpot, also known as a slow cooker, is another handy paleo kitchen asset.

crockpot

Slow cookers are like magic – throw a bunch of raw ingredients, herbs and spices in the morning and have a fantastic dinner waiting for you in the evening with minimal effort. This Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is a nice crockpot with a clear lid so you can see what’s going on inside.

If you want to spurge, something like a Vitamix Blender will put a smile on most foodies faces. If on the budget, a simple mortar and pestle will make a very useful kitchen addition. And for coffee lovers an addition of Chemex Coffeemaker might be exciting.

Yummy things 

Who doesn’t like edible gifts, especially those you can share with friends and family?

paleo gift guide

One gift idea that is rather unconventional but is totally practical and fun in my eyes is a meat tray!  Not a dodgy pub raffle kind but the one filled with fresh grass fed beef steaks, free range bacon, salt bush lamb and free range chicken sausages. Or why not get them half a cow or half a lamb?  You can check out these online stores specialising in pasture raised cattle meat or check with your local butcher: Urban Meat Market , Spring Hill Beef Hamper, Mitchell Grass Meats. If you’re in America, the  US Wellness Meats online store even sells gift certificates.

If meat idea doesn’t rock your boat, how about a paleo food hamper? You can stuff it with yummy goodies like gorgeous extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nuts, beef jerky, olives, gourmet mustard, cacao powder, spices, Celtic salt, coconut butter, coconut aminos, raw honey, quality maple syrup and raw chocolate.  Herbie’s Spices have lots of awesome spice kits to tickle anyone’s senses or you can get individual paleo kitscoconut productspaleo chocolate or even coconut yogurt and wrap those as little gifts. Another option is to make your own paleo friendly chocolate, cookies, slices, pesto, granola and onion jam and use those as gifts.

For coffee and tea lovers, check out the mystery coffee delivery service from Dispatch by Decaf Sucks or pick up a gift certificate or a pack from T2 Tea or Tea Tonic. Cultured drinks and products are fantastic for our gut flora. You could pick up some fermented veggies from Kitsa’s Kitchen or make some Kombucha. Kombucha Brooklyn sell home brewing kits or you can pick up a Kombucha Tea Starter Kit here.

Lifestyle

A lot of folks are into growing their own food these days so why not get them something for their little veggie patch. Both kids and grown ups would enjoy this Veggie Patch Kit or Herb Patch Kit  from Planet Eco. A bunnings card is another good idea – it’s a ticket to the candy store for many! Green Thumb Gifts has lots of cool options.

How about a hipster coffee print for your caffeine obsessed buddy or a new designer iphone cover for an animal lover.

Vouchers are always a good idea and you could get a gift card for Lululemon (chicks totally dig that), Red Balloon (for an adrenalin or experience junkie), your local spa or massage therapist (everyrone needs a little me time) or you could donate money to a cause like helping out our farmers or small start-ups in Africa.

If your loved one enjoys food and learning, a cooking classes is always a fun gift. I might be a little biased here but I would totally love something like Butchery 101 or a Seafood BBQ cooking class. Search for what’s available in your area.

Fitness

fitness_figts

For power junkies, a home installed pull-up bar could be a go or you could order a set of kettle bells. For water babies, I would opt for something like a waterproof ipod shuffle or a set of snorkeling gear if relevant to their location. For snow bunnies, you might get a new set of snowboarding gloves or some warm running gear. Other primal fitness ideas include a pair of new hiking boots, a skipping rope, a set of resistance bands,a yoga mat or perhaps a trial membership at a local crossfit gym. And if you think they’re interested in tracking their health and progress, there are some cool gadgets on the market like FitBit’s activity and sleep tracker or Jawbone’s Up wristband that tracks how you sleep, move and eat. Or how about a new cool water bottle? So many options.

Books

There are so many great books out there that I think would make a great gift for anyone interested to learn more about paleo and primal lifestyle as well as cooking and food in general. Here is a list of my favourites.

 

These are just some ideas to get you started. Of course, the gifts will depend on your budget, your location and seasonality but at the end of the day it’s the thought that counts.  And perhaps this guide will become your own wish list like it has for me.

Do you have any other gift ideas or suggestions?

Still can't find what you're looking for?

  • Or pick a category

  • My cookbook

    Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook Promo Image
  • Rejuvenate Program
  • My favourite resources

  • Herbs Spices Guide
  • Connect Daily

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Follow Me on Pinterest
  • - - Foods That Will Naturally Clear Your Skin - - Great simple food additions that will make your skin glow -- For me, the good news is that #11 and #12 are my favorites! lol

    Pinned: 17 Aug 2014
  • Baked Lemon Sole With Ginger and Chilli Sauce | via eatdrinkpaleo.com.au

    Pinned: 14 Aug 2014
  • Oven Fajitas // make a big batch to enjoy throughout the week, great to take to work too

    Pinned: 5 Aug 2014
  • Jalapeno Coconut Paleo Bread With Chipotle Butter | Eat Drink Paleo #paleo

    Pinned: 28 Jul 2014
  • Jalapeno Coconut Bread With Chipotle Butter - paleo friendly, grain and dairy free, 21DSD and IQS friendly. Via eatdrinkpaleo.com.au

    Pinned: 28 Jul 2014
  • Make these Chicken Burgers in advance and enjoy later, hot or cold, with a side salad or steamed vegetables.

    Pinned: 25 Jul 2014
  • Wholegrain mustard & sesame crackers - gluten and wheat free, nut free and low carb. Via eatdrinkpaleo.com.au

    Pinned: 15 Jul 2014
  • How to cook a perfect steak - two methods via eatdrinkpaleo.com.au

    Pinned: 15 Jul 2014
  • Beach House Decor Ideas - Nautical Decorating Ideas - House Beautiful

    Pinned: 15 Jul 2014
  • Spicy Tuna Cakes by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

    Pinned: 14 Jul 2014

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • Breakfast fry up! Total cost £3.35 for 2 people. I'm preparing a talk for Health Unplugged conference in London in October and my topic is Paleo On The Budget. I'm recording all my budget meals and will share them, together with my tips and tricks with the audience. Find out more about the event on Facebook.com/healthunplugged or click the link under the name above. It will be lots of fun with many cool presenters including @fitnessexplorer #paleo #paleouk #paleobritain #primal #primaluk #primalbritain #paleolondon #healthyeating #healthyliving #budgetpaleo #food #yum #eatdrinkpaleo #ancestralhealth

    eatdrinkpaleo: "Breakfast fry up! Total cost £3.35 for 2 people. I'm preparing a talk for Health Unplugged conference in London in October and my topic is Paleo On The Budget. I'm recording all my budget meals and will share them, together with my tips and tricks with the audience. Find out more about the event on Facebook.com/healthunplugged or click the link under the name above. It will be lots of fun with many cool presenters including @fitnessexplorer #paleo #paleouk #paleobritain #primal #primaluk #primalbritain #paleolondon #healthyeating #healthyliving #budgetpaleo #food #yum #eatdrinkpaleo #ancestralhealth"
    219
    5
  • Eating healthy as drawn by my boyfriend after spending a month on his own while I was away and realising how much I've changed his eating habits. He always makes me laugh! #paleo #infographic #healthyliving #healthyeating #food #health #wellness #jerf #fitfam

    eatdrinkpaleo: "Eating healthy as drawn by my boyfriend after spending a month on his own while I was away and realising how much I've changed his eating habits. He always makes me laugh! #paleo #infographic #healthyliving #healthyeating #food #health #wellness #jerf #fitfam"
    80
    7
  • Sunday treat of #paleo pancakes, bacon and maple syrup. I have a recipe for my pancakes on the website. #breakfast #food #paleotreats #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes

    eatdrinkpaleo: "Sunday treat of #paleo pancakes, bacon and maple syrup. I have a recipe for my pancakes on the website. #breakfast #food #paleotreats #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes"
    201
    9
  • Gut health mission! The last two months have been busy, a little stressful and filled with various indulgencies, lots of flying and not having a routine. This often (more like 100% of the time) leads to disrupted gut flora and generally poor gut health, which in turn compromises out immune system. 😷😰😣 So on top of getting my diet back to normal (I eat mostly paleo) and getting into my usual sleeping and fitness routine, I'm stocking up on probiotics. I made a batch of kefir (way too easy) and got some ready made raw sauerkraut (I should really make my own but that's for next week). If you feel like you often come down with colds, flu or just feeling off, look at your gut health first. Always helps me 😃 #guthealth #healthyeating #healthyliving #paleo #nourishing #kefir #jerf #westonaprice #fermentation

    eatdrinkpaleo: "Gut health mission! The last two months have been busy, a little stressful and filled with various indulgencies, lots of flying and not having a routine. This often (more like 100% of the time) leads to disrupted gut flora and generally poor gut health, which in turn compromises out immune system. 😷😰😣 So on top of getting my diet back to normal (I eat mostly paleo) and getting into my usual sleeping and fitness routine, I'm stocking up on probiotics. I made a batch of kefir (way too easy) and  got some ready made raw sauerkraut (I should really make my own but that's for next week). If you feel like you often come down with colds, flu or just feeling off, look at your gut health first. Always helps me 😃 #guthealth #healthyeating #healthyliving #paleo #nourishing #kefir #jerf #westonaprice #fermentation"
    83
    10
  • After a month on the road, it's very nice to be back in my own home. Even if I'm up at 5am. #homeiswhereyoucanwearnopants #jetlag

    eatdrinkpaleo: "After a month on the road, it's very nice to be back in my own home. Even if I'm up at 5am. #homeiswhereyoucanwearnopants #jetlag"
    80
    2
  • Check a new recipe on the site! It's a whole baked lemon some with ginger and chilli ghee sauce with lime. Served with an Asian slaw salad. All sorts of yum! #paleo #food #paleoforeveryone #primal #glutenfree #fish #recipes #cooking #jerf #lowcarb #lchf #yum #eatdrinkpaleo

    eatdrinkpaleo: "Check a new recipe on the site! It's a whole baked lemon some with ginger and chilli ghee sauce with lime. Served with an Asian slaw salad. All sorts of yum! #paleo #food #paleoforeveryone #primal #glutenfree #fish #recipes #cooking #jerf #lowcarb #lchf #yum #eatdrinkpaleo"
    104
    4
  • Had to do some work in my hotel room tonight so I picked up a few things from the supermarket at Siam Paragon. Chicken cashew, greens, kimchi and pomelo (aka mild grapefruit tasting citrus fruit) #paleounbangkok #food #travel #healthyeating #glutenfree #bangkok #thaifood #yum #fastfood

    eatdrinkpaleo: "Had to do some work in my hotel room tonight so I picked up a few things from the supermarket at Siam Paragon. Chicken cashew, greens, kimchi and pomelo (aka mild grapefruit tasting citrus fruit) #paleounbangkok #food #travel #healthyeating #glutenfree #bangkok #thaifood #yum #fastfood"
    82
    1
  • Thai lunch for one 😉 Salmon tartare, grilled chicken with herbs, veggies and fish cakes. Fresh coconut with lime! At Cafe Chilli (Siam Paragon). Great food but overpriced as you can get equally good grub much cheaper at the markets or in a street cafe. Paying for the aircon. At least I'm doing research 😋😎 #bangkok #food #thai #foodie #travel #recipeplanning #paleo #primal #glutenfree

    eatdrinkpaleo: "Thai lunch for one 😉 Salmon tartare, grilled chicken with herbs, veggies and fish cakes. Fresh coconut with lime! At Cafe Chilli (Siam Paragon). Great food but overpriced as you can get equally good grub much cheaper at the markets or in a street cafe. Paying for the aircon. At least I'm doing research 😋😎 #bangkok #food #thai #foodie #travel #recipeplanning #paleo #primal #glutenfree"
    112
    2
  • Bangkok's cabs are as colourful as its people #visit#6 #bangkok #thailand #travel #foodie

    eatdrinkpaleo: "Bangkok's cabs are as colourful as its people #visit#6 #bangkok #thailand #travel #foodie"
    117
    10
  • You might think this was taken in Copenhagen but it's in fact in front of a tiny boutique hotel in an alley way in central Bangkok. I love this city for its crazy contrast of hip and cool against kitsch and derelict. I just love coming here, getting up early and walking the streets observing the local life. Today's is the Queen's bday and the national Mother's Day and the energy is already electrifying at 8am. #bangkok #travel #digitalnomad #thailand

    eatdrinkpaleo: "You might think this was taken in Copenhagen but it's in fact in front of a tiny boutique hotel in an alley way in central Bangkok. I love this city for its crazy contrast of hip and cool against kitsch and derelict. I just love coming here, getting up early and walking the streets observing the local life. Today's is the Queen's bday and the national Mother's Day and the energy is already electrifying at 8am. #bangkok #travel #digitalnomad #thailand"
    134
    6