Everybody’s got one: a foodie or fitness fanatic in their life that they need to shop for this holiday season.
Since we’re both foodies and fitness fanatics, we can help. We searched high and low to put together this year’s gift guide for foodies and fitness fanatics.
We’ve included some of our favorite things (please, Santa, please!) including some of the latest and greatest gadgets, the can’t-go-wrong classics, and even some novel, one-of-a-kinds for those who have everything.
Have a green thumb you’re shopping for? “Eating local” is all the rage and these Uncommon Goods Micro-green Kits are about as local as it gets. Help your loved one start their own mini-farm in their backyard, stoop or even windowsill. From organic Japanese mibuna mustard, to daikon radish the Veggie and Spice kits have got you covered. This tiny “farms” include a recycled steel box, soilless growing medium and USDA-certified organic greens seeds.
Not new to the Appetite for Health gift guide but certainly on my wish list this year, the Soda Stream machine is a healthy (and economical) way to enjoy low calorie, fizzy drinks. The SodaStream makes it easy to make your own sparkling water at home and is environmentally friendly with no empty bottles to waste. They even have MyWater Flavor Essences so you can add your own natural flavor infusions; think orange, raspberry, mint and lemon-lime.
Health and Fitness Magazine Subscriptions
I’m a fan of gifting magazine subscriptions; it’s the present that can be enjoyed year-round. This year, give your loved one the gift of health with a year’s subscription to some of the best cooking, nutrition and fitness magazines out there. At the top of my list? I love EatingWell, Shape, Cooking Light, Women’s Health and Fitness magazines.
They may be pricy, but Vitamix blenders are in a class all their own. These self-cleaning machines allow you to chop, blend, cream, purée, and more—through every course of the meal—with a single appliance. With commercial quality and unsurpassed engineering, you can buy a Vitamix once and have it for life. I use mine for smoothies, nutbutters, soups, dips and dressings. LOVE IT!
The New Year is about starting anew, so what better way to bring in 2014 than to give your favorite friend a fruit tree. From Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry to Beurre Bosc Pear, Stark Bro’s has one of the largest varieties of fruit trees. Stark Bro’s also provides detailed tree characteristics, growing guides, and even a tool to help you select the best tree to ensure it’s grown in the right climate and with fruitful success.
A personal trainer in your own home….sound too good to be true? For most of us, it is, until now. Nike+ Kinect Training gives you a personalized training program with real-time feedback and the program evolves as you do to keep you on track. It’s perfect for anyone needing guidance on how to get started, needs a little extra motivation or enjoys working out in the privacy of their own home.
As an on-the-go health and fitness enthusiast, I’m always looking for the “cleanest” bar I can find; one that has little added junk and is big on nutrition. YouBars lets you choose from various nut butters, dried fruits, protein powders and more to create your own nutrition bar and the customizable packaging, they make a great, personalize gift. This year I ordered a few for myself and for some fellow fitness friends.
From Mexican classics like mole and ceviche to traditional Mediterranean dishes including borek and moussaka, these online Epicurious cooking classics will teach you how to create classic dishes from around the world. You’ll learn from some of the top chefs from the Culinary Institute of America, mastering all of the techniques and flavors without ever leaving your home.
All too often our best intentions fall short. How many times have you made a smart choice and ordered the salad but then doused it in dressing? I love the Prepara Oil Mister because you control how much goes on your salad or pasta dishes. A healthier alternative to the overly processed dressings and non-stick sprays you’ll find in the stores, you can use healthy oils and infuse with natural herbs and spices to make the perfect blend.