Please the vegetable lovers in your life with a veggie-centric gift! From kitchen gadgets to non-kitchen essentials, this Holiday Gift Guide for the Vegetable Lover has something for every budget and style.
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Happy holidays, veggie enthusiasts!
I’m so excited to share my updated gift guide for the 2023 holiday season. Whether you use it to purchase a gift for yourself or to get gift ideas for fellow vegetable lovers, I hope that you find it helpful!
The guide features gifts that cost less than $20, less than $50, and over $50. This year, you’ll see that I also sprinkled in some ideas for cooking with/for kids!
All of these gifts have one thing in common: they help people cook, eat, celebrate, or learn more about veggies. I select the gifts in this guide with the goal of supporting a hobby or passion and facilitating an experience. To me, nurturing or inspiring someone’s interest in cooking is truly the best gift of all — for both the body and the mind.
So without further adieu, let’s get to the guide. I have personally used all of these products, and the Veg World wouldn’t exist without a lot of them. Enjoy!
Having tools that make cooking efficient and easy is huge for maintaining a healthy diet. Here are some of the things I can’t live without, especially now that I’m preparing meals for a toddler as well as my husband!
- Kitchen shears: Heavy-duty scissors to use in the kitchen are more handy than you may realize! I use them several times a week, whether it’s to easily cut up herbs (especially chives, rosemary, and leafy herbs like parsley) or quickly cut my young daughter’s food into age-appropriate sizes. You can also use them to cut things like celery, asparagus, large florets of broccoli or cauliflower, dried fruit, green onions, kale, and more! The best part is you don’t have to get a cutting board dirty in the process.
- Wooden corner spoon: I’m not sure how I lived without a corner spoon before my husband bought one for me last Christmas. A corner spoon has an angled edge to help you stir and scrape all corners/angles of a pot or dish. It’s totally a game changer when cooking veggie-loaded goodness!
- Euroscrubby 3 Pack: These make my gift guide almost every year. They’re so effective at scrubbing pots and pans while still being hygienic. Buy some for a stocking stuffer or hostess gift!
- Reusable fabric bowl covers: My sister got these as a gift for me several years ago, and they quickly became a kitchen staple. I use them in lieu of plastic wrap to cover salads, cookie dough, chopped vegetables, marinating meat, and other foods that I prep in advance.
- Reusable squeeze pouches: These are a genius product. You fill them from the bottom (no funnel required), making the process simple and not at all messy! Plus, they’re easy to clean. I usually load them up with homemade yogurt, fruit, and veggie blends for my daughter, but I’ve also used them for myself. They’re a convenient way for both adults and kids to have a snack on the go. I especially like to fill them with my Beet and Carrot Applesauce.
- Magnetic meal planner: Planning our dinners for the week in advance keeps me sane! I love this meal planner since you can tear off the grocery list.
- Penzey’s Garden Salad seasoning: This is the perfect stocking stuffer for veggie lovers in your life. It tastes great on salads, baked potatoes, and roasted veggies. All of Penzey’s seasonings are delicious, so you can’t go wrong with any of them.
- Silicone muffin tray: If you have made some of my muffin recipes, then you know I am obsessed with this silicone tray. Muffins pop right out of it. I use it at least once a week when I make veggie-loaded muffins for my family! It’s especially helpful for making egg muffins that are prone to sticking.
- Enamel butter warmer: This was gifted to me last year and I get a ton of use out of it. It’s great for melting butter to pour over cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes, and popcorn. Plus, it’s super cute.
- Beeswax-lined bread bags: Toast has been a staple in our house this year, and it turns out that you can totally use it as a vehicle for eating more veggies! Making toast is also fast and convenient and great for both parents and young children. I like to pile it high with hummus, spreadable cheese, or nut butter and add whatever veggies or fruits we have on hand. To store our bread, we use a beeswax-lined bread bag. It seriously keeps bread fresh for days longer than other methods.
- Space-saving spice rack: A spice rack that doesn’t take up much space (like this one) is a great way to keep spices organized right on the counter instead of keeping them in a cabinet where you can’t easily see what you have. I usually don’t like having things permanently on the counter, but this spice rack is a must for me!
- Freezer-safe small glass food containers: I initially used these 4-ounce glass blocks to freeze food for my daughter, but now I use them for just about everything. They’re great for freezing small amounts of cooked beans, mashed veggies (like sweet potatoes), pesto, tomato paste, herbs or garlic mixed with olive oil, lemon or lime juice, roasted garlic, grated ginger, or caramelized onions. Just thaw in the fridge or in hot water to add to recipes!
- Freezer-safe glass baking dish: Speaking of using the freezer for meal prep, I’m in the season of my life where prepping full meals to cook at a later time is hugely helpful for busy nights. It’s great to have a reusable option to freeze veggie-loaded casseroles and bakes. This baking dish is made with glass that’s safe for the freezer, oven, and microwave. If you know someone who likes to meal prep and has the freezer space, this is a thoughtful gift.
- Dinnertime SOS by Yummy Toddler Food: Amy at YTF is amazing at what she does. She offers so many great ideas for adding veggies to kids’ diets. It’s no surprise that her book is a New York Time’s bestseller. It’s at the top of my wishlist for Christmas this year, so I wanted to share it here too!
- Stasher bag bundle: Stasher bags have been a long-time favorite of mine, and their products have only gotten better with time. They are really sturdy, amazing for storing and freezing vegetables and other foods, and come in a lot of convenient sizes and shapes (including bowl and stand-up bags). You can also use them for non-food items, such as makeup or toiletries, baby toys or pacifiers, breast pump parts, or phone chargers.
- Nutribullet: This blender gets so much use in our kitchen that we immediately purchased a replacement when our very old one stopped working this fall. It’s so convenient for making veggie smoothies and blends everything really smoothly.
- Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 baby food maker: Another genius invention, this baby food maker allows you to steam and blend foods without using multiple different tools. I used it everyday to make homemade purees for Sydney when she started solids and later on to steam most of her foods when she transitioned to finger foods. I still use it now to cook veggies and make blended sauces for the whole family. If you know someone who loves to cook and is expecting a baby, this is a really fun gift!
- Teva slip-ons: These are supportive and comfortable, making them a perfect gift for people who are on their feet a lot while cooking. I wear them all day in the kitchen. They’re great house shoes that feel like slippers but have the support of sneakers. I put them on my gift guide every year!
Want a recommendation for something you don’t see on here? Check out My Must-Have Kitchen Essentials List. And remember, telling your fellow veggie lovers about the Veg World counts as a gift too.
Happy gift-giving! – Lizzie