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 2022 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!
This Holiday Gift Guide for the Vegetable Lover is broken down into two categories: Kitchen Essentials and Non-Kitchen Essentials. For the kitchen essentials, I identify which gifts cost less than $20, less than $50, and over $50.
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!
This year was a big one for my family. We welcomed our beautiful baby girl Sydney in May and I took 4 months off to be with her. Getting back to work in September was definitely a big adjustment. As I’m sure any parent can relate, it can be challenging to prioritize healthy eating and exercise with parenthood and work.
Professionally, it was a big year too. My latest book, The Complete Guide to Anti-Inflammatory Foods, hit the market and is now available wherever books are sold instead of just exclusively at Five Below. In addition, the Veg World continues to grow every month, and providing high-quality content and recipes for all of you is my top priority.
To keep up with preparing nutritious meals in the midst of this big year, I found myself relying on the following kitchen essentials time and time again. 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 our schedule is even busier.
The Complete Guide to Anti-Inflammatory Foods: My latest book is a comprehensive guide on 50 foods that fight inflammation and promote health. It’s full of practical tips and includes ways to eat more of each of the foods, plus some recipes! You can also find it on Bookshop.org.
Large Silicone Fork: This has been such a good addition to my kitchen tools. You may remember seeing it on last year’s guide, too. It’s great for mashing avocados for guacamole, breaking up ground meat while it’s cooking, whisking eggs, and more.
Thirteen Chef’s Mineral Oil: This food-grade mineral oil is ideal for maintaining bamboo and wooden cutting boards. It’s a great stocking stuffer for an avid home cook who regularly uses those types of cutting boards.
Silicone Garlic Peeler: I love this handy kitchen tool for removing tough skins from cloves of garlic. It’s another great stocking stuffer!
Nature Nate’s Honey: Give your favorite foodie something sweet in their stocking! Nature Nate’s is my go-to honey brand and now comes in these great squeeze pouches that are easy to use and don’t create a sticky mess. (For the record, their regular bottles don’t create a mess either…) In case you are not aware, I am a Nature Nate’s ambassador, so I get free products and gifts from them.
Potato and Onion Storage Bags: I recently got an onion bag to keep on my counter, instead of having loose onions out, and it’s been a game-changer! The onions last a long time and my counter is less cluttered. A win-win. Try this hack for potatoes too with this storage bag set.
Euroscrubby 3 Pack: Throw out your sponges and start using the legendary Euroscrubby. It’s so effective at scrubbing pots and pans while still being hygienic. I’ve used them for years. They make a wonderful stocking stuffer or hostess gift!
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.
Vegetable Cookbook for Vegetarians: My cookbook is a great gift for veggie-lovers, beginner cooks, and experienced home chefs alike. To support independent bookstores, purchase a copy from Bookshop.org.
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 a spice rack is a must for me!
Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat: I finally caved into the Silpat hype this year and gifted myself this baking mat to use with my Nordic Ware baking sheet. OMG. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get on the Silpat train. It’s definitely worth the price for how much parchment paper you save by using it. I’ve tested it with both roasted vegetables and cookies, and both things cooked beautifully on it. I linked to the half-sheet size here, so be sure to change the dimensions if you are going to use it with a pan of a different size.
Nordic Ware Baking Sheets: These glorious kitchen essentials made the list last year and I’m running them back for 2022. If you’re getting someone the above Silpat baking mat, then you should totally pair it with one of these baking sheets! They really are the best and definitely live up to the hype. Plus, Nordic Ware is a local-to-me company (St. Louis Park, MN represent), so I love to support them!
Oven-Safe Soup Crocks: Soup season is one of my favorite times of year, and lately I’ve been loving these oven-safe soup crocks that I recently added to my kitchen. They’re great for making my French onion soup. Plus, they’re sleek and beautiful, making them just perfect for serving soup when entertaining.
Chef’n Handheld Citrus Juicer: When the paint on my old $5 citrus juicer started peeling, I went to a local kitchen store to pick up another one. They only had one brand available, and although it cost a bit more than I wanted to spend, I’m so glad I bought it. It’s the BEST citrus juicer out there!
SpaZa Dish and Bowl Cover Sets: 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.
Cuisinart 11-Cup Food Processor: I really got a lot of use out of my food processor this year. It saves me so much time when I’m making salsa, hummus, and energy balls. I also love using it to make shredded Brussels sprouts that are perfectly thin and ready in a minute’s time. Plus, I could even use it to make Sydney’s first purees!
Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil (3 liters): Giving someone a tin of olive oil may seem odd, but it’s actually an awesome gift for someone who cooks a lot (especially veggie dishes). This olive oil is my go-to brand, and the big tin lasts a LONG time! Pair it with a refillable olive oil bottle to complete the gift.
Immersion Hand Blender: Who has time to transfer soups to an upright blender? Not me! I use my hand blender at least once a week. It’s great for blending vegetable soups right in the pot, but you can also use it to make smooth salad dressings and baby food.
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.
Here are a handful of things I use before, during, or after cooking.
- Teva Slip-Ons: These are supportive and comfortable. 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!
- Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream: My skin really takes a beating in the winter, both in the kitchen and outside in the cold. I love Ursa Major’s products, and this recovery cream is my go-to face lotion.
- Ilia Tinted Lip Oil: Chapped lips are the worst, especially when you need to cook and taste recipes (anything with salt burns!). This Ilia tinted lip oil has quickly become a favorite of mine. It’s so hydrating while also providing a pop of color. I use it at home and for going out. If you’re like me and don’t wear or own a lot of makeup, this is a great multi-purpose item. Get it as a stocking stuffer!
- Burn by Herman Pontzer: My latest nutrition read. I listen to the audio book while cooking!
- Athleta Fleece Vest: I need to wear something with pockets everyday to hold my phone, recipe notes, a pen, and so many other things. I love to rock this Athleta vest in the winter as an extra layer with functional pockets.
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
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