Looking for a holiday gift idea for someone on the Paleo diet? Look no further! Here are 52 ideas in varying price ranges to satisfy everyone on your list.
UPDATED FOR 2017
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A Paleo baked good wrapped in a pretty package
This one below is the Almond Flour Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Loaf from the Urban Poser
Homemade Beauty Products
I just completed a free 12 Days of DIY Gifts Making Party – but if you are interested in making your own homemade, thoughtful gifts, you can get recipes and coordinating labels in my Homemade Gifts book. It is $14.99, which is higher than the $0-10 of this category, but it would take a LOT of work to rearrange this whole post so please forgive me 🙂 . (You CAN watch the Facebook Live videos I did though showing you how to make everything –> go here to watch to the replays YouTube)
This one is great for your fitness-obsessed friends. Ben Greenfield knows how to do fitness the right way – to look great and to not get chronically sick doing it (trust me, I know how sick you can get from doing endurance events).
Is your gift recipient one of the millions who suffer from insomnia? Blocking blue light at night wearing these glasses while using electronics is a simple fix that can help prevent the melatonin-reducing effects of nighttime light exposure (see this article by Chris Kesser). While not the most glamorous accessory you can wear, it is probably one of the most effective. I wear mine every night while on the computer, iPad, or watching TV. (* these Swannies are the ones I have now but they are a bit more expensive at $69)
See this Paleo Chocolate Apple post for a short video tutorial and recipe on how to make these pretty and sophisticated giftables.
I am partial for either Against All Grain's Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies or Flame to Fork's AIP Chewy “Chocolate” Chunk Cookies (pictured below – delicious whether you are on Autoimmune Paleo or not)
DIRTY MOUTH TOOTHPOWDER
Contrary to popular belief, you do NOT need a sugar and chemical-filled toothpaste to keep your chompers sparkling and healthy. Tooth powders don't prevent the remineralization of your teeth like traditional toothpastes do and I quite prefer the clean mouth feel of the powders to traditional toothpaste.
I have one word to say about Eating Evolved Chocolates. YUM.
Homemade Grain-free Granola
We are partial to the Pumpkin Pie Flavor Granola by The Spunky Coconut. Wrap it up in a pretty bag, box, or jar and I'm sure anyone who eats would be thankful.
Another homemade and inexpensive gift, this one is filled with a pre-made hot chocolate mix that your recipient can easily mix with their milk of choice for a tasty warm beverage. See the recipe and get free printable gift tags in my Paleo Hot Chocolate post
A book about the Paleo diet and lifestyle
Maybe you have a gift recipient who is either already Paleo or looking for a way to make their lifestyle healthier. Mark Sisson's The Primal Connection is a fantastic book with so many ways to slow down, enjoy life, make real connections with others, and to find real happiness. This book was integral in my healing from Adrenal Fatigue and learning to unwind.
Another edible gift, these take maybe 10 minutes to make? I love this recipe by This West Coast Mommy for Spicy Maple Cinnamon Pecans
What can I say about Nikki's Coconut Butter? It was love at first spoonful and I've never looked back. This is my go-to snack/dessert and the Vanilla Cake Batter flavor is even Autoimmune Paleo-friendly.
My fave one that still is available is NomNom Paleo. I believe it is only available on Apple through)
For either a Paleo beginner or a seasoned Paleo enthusiast, a shortage of amazing Paleo cookbooks there is not. Some great ones are: Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo is a great classic one for the beginner, Real Life Paleo by the Paleo Parents and Mediterranean Paleo Cooking by Caitlin Weeks and Nabil Boumrar, and Diane Sanfilippo are good new ones, and my old standbys are Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan and Paleo Cooking by Elana's Pantry by Elana Amsterdam.
*Update 2017 – My must-have favorite ones to add to this list are Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind (the best Paleo dessert cookbook), Well Fed Weeknights (complete Paleo meals that can be made usually in under 45 min) and The New Yiddish Kitchen (amazing Paleo bagels and bagel dogs)
Not the most orthodox gift, but for someone who is trying to fly straight with the all-natural lifestyle, this one is a thoughtful one. Primal Pit Paste is my favorite “store bought” one, or you can make your own homemade deodorant very inexpensively (see how in this post and DIY how-to video)
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is probably one of the easiest food items to make and it makes the perfect gift for anyone who bakes – whether they are Paleo or not. If they are sensitive to gluten make sure you get a gluten-free vodka. The recipe is this: Put 10-15 Vanilla Bean Pods into one bottle of vodka. Let sit in a dark place for 3-6 months, shaking every so often. If you want to give this as a gift now in smaller amounts, just put a few vanilla beans into each jar and portion out the vodka accordingly. (I buy vanilla beans in bulk online to make this process a lot cheaper.)
These guys raise the best meat I've had anywhere, period. We've ordered from many a meat purveyor and hands down, these are our favorite. Tender, juicy meat with some of the best crispy dripping fat. Oh man, I'm hungry. Plus Rachel and Ty are just the sweetest couple you can imagine. High quality pastured, grass-fed meats from farmers who obviously care. Give the gift of a gift certificate or meat package and your recipients will be so stoked.
Epic Bars are made of grass-fed meat, extremely tasty and are wonderful to keep in a purse or diaper bag. Get them for your busy mom-on-the-go friends. Or maybe get a case, only give a couple away and keep the rest for yourself….
If you have never heard of Craftsy, it is an online class platform that has classes in everything from sewing to photography, jewerly making to cake baking, and cooking classes. Buy a class for a friend to spark their creativity or to help them learn how to correctly cook chicken. I've been watching Craftsy classes for several years and have learned SO much from them. (If you are a food blogger, watch the Food Photography with Andrew Scrivani – amazing class).
These jerky bars are 100% grass-fed and taste better than the major snack stick brands. Plus they don't have all the nasty ingredients like MSG or synthetic preservatives that those other bars have. Yet another great gift for recipients that are always on-the-go.
I love this magazine. Beautiful pictures, informative articles, community. It was one of the first things I came across on my Paleo journey and it was definitely one of the reasons I decided to go down this path.
Paleo On the Go SAVED me this past summer when I was on the strict part of the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol. Their AIP Frozen Meals are delicious and can be stored in your freezer for those emergencies like when you and your family were out at the zoo too late and they grabbed some food you can't eat on the way home and you are so hungry you want to die but alas! A POTG meal is waiting for you to quickly heat up and eat. LIFESAVER. Also I am assuming it's amazing for just regular Paleo folks too.
These little desserts are delicious and quite beautiful. We use them for when we have to go to birthday parties and the like and want to partake in the festivities but don't want to cook our own stuff to bring with. These stay wonderfully in the freezer for months.
I LOVE these beauty products. Ingredients I can pronounce and wouldn't blink to keep in my house, and I swear their C-ex and Infiniti and Beyond products make you look younger. I've been using these products for about 3 years and a half and have noticeably less fine lines and wrinkles and my skin glows.
The dynamic duo behind the blog Primal Palate released their own line of spices this year and they sure are good! Fresh, flavorful, amazing. Their adobo spice is to die for. I highly recommend the Signature Blends pack at only $24.95, especially if you are giving to someone who loves to cook. Check them out here.
This is one handy kitchen tool. Make “pasta” noodles out of zucchini and sweet potatoes with this (amongst a whole host of other things). Zoodles? This is what most people use to make those.
Ok, so maybe this one is more a gift for yourself. But trust me on this one, it's so worth it. Once you go with a squatty potty you won't want to go any other way.
This is my favorite kitchen tool. Easily make soups, smoothies, mashed cauliflower, and pretty much any other blended item without having to clean your big blender.
Many people living the Paleo lifestyle drink tea. It's a very warming and relaxing alternative to coffee, and something that can be enjoyed in the afternoon without messing your adrenal hormones nor disrupting sleep. This Tea Forte set is delicious and feels so decadent!
Learning a new instrument is so good for the brain. It helps build new and forge existing the neural pathways that help us retain our memory and abililty to learn as we grow older. It also brings about music, which is one of the most relaxing and expressive forms of communication. I recently started learning the ukulele and it's a very inexpensive hobby that has brought me great pleasure. I can also tell it exercises my brain in a totally different way than anything else I do!
Ukulele Lessons (or other instrument lessons)
To learn the ukulele I don't have time to get formal lessons and I suck at learning things from books. This online course by Ukulele Underground is fantastic for learning both the basics and advanced techniques of the instrument. I was playing really cool sounding Hawaiian and bluesy riffs within days with the amazing teaching of Aldrine Guererro.
Vibram 5 Fingers might be pretty funky looking (or ugly to some) but I swear they are the MOST comfortable shoes on the planet. I LOVE mine. But if you can't bring yourself to wear them in public, Manitobah makes some seriously cute moccasins with vibram soles which to me are my 2nd more comfortable shoes I own.
For the inquisitive type, these kits are a way to figure out your generalized ancestry. Simply spit in a tube, they extract some DNA and send you back a report telling you where your long-ago ancestors came from. It's quite a trip, I found out I was like 1% Mongolian, which I NEVER expected.
Acupuncture is an ancient art that is both relaxing and theraputic. I've personally used it to prevent allergies, help induce labor (2 times!), ease acute back pain, reduce the time of colds and flus, get more energy, balance out an abnormal menstrual cycle, and get amazing relaxation. If you are in Boulder, CO, I see Kandace Cahill of Well Woman Acupuncture.
The American Gut Project is a crowd-funded science project of epic proportions. You submit a very tiny sample of poo and you find out what kinds of microbes are in your gut. Pretty interesting stuff, especially if you have changed your diet and wonder the effect it might have on your gut microbiota. You can even get a sample done for your dog!
Get the ultimate coffee experience with Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Coffee Kit. Your brain will thank you.
A cutting board is a great gift for the home cook. I don't think one can have too many of these.
Relaxation at its best.
For your fermenting gift recipient, this vessel allows you to make a huge batch of sauerkraut, kimchi or whatever you want to fermen
The Instant Pot really lives up to all the hype. It's a pretty amazing appliance that helps you cook SUPER flavorful food in so much less time. The newest model is the Instant Pot Ultra.
KIDS COOK REAL FOOD COURSE
If your recipient has kids, or ARE a kid, the Kids Cook Read Food Ecourse is a fabulous gift idea. Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship teaches this incredible course on how to teach kids to cook. It's paced suitably for kids anywhere from 2-18 and teaches them the fundamentals to really be confident in the kitchen.
If your recipient needs a bit of a proverbial “kick in the butt” to get moving, these activity trackers are great. Keeping you accountable for the number of steps you take each day and gently reminding you when you've been still for too long, they seem to be able to keep you in line even when you want to slack off. Sometimes something this simple is all you need to remind you to get up and get moving. I have an Apple watch that I love and my son has a Fitbit that he loves, so I don't think you can go wrong.
Thrive Market Membership
Thrive Market is one of the biggest gamechangers to the Paleo and gluten-free shopping experience. You can seriously get pantry staples here at a much cheaper price than anywhere else. Plus they also give back to low-income families, so it makes you feel good too! Give the gift of membership (which is only $59.95, and then buy your recipient a gift card so they can get some goodies!)
This might look like a weird device and not an alarm clock, but it is AWESOME. The light slowly comes on about 20 minutes prior to the alarm time and simulates the sunrise, so you gently wake up. We got one of these early this fall and when the mornings stayed dark I noticed I didn't have the same issues waking up that I have had in the past. It really makes me feel like the sun is rising.
A definite “nice-to-have” in the kitchen, this gentle cooking machine is beloved by many top chefs and by Paleo's own Michelle Tam (NomNom Paleo). There is a new crop of affordable versions that have come out recently, making this now attainable for the home cook. This is tops on my wish list this year (hint hint dear Santa).
A chef's knife is an essential kitchen tool, and a nice one is a wonderful gift idea for any home cook. A good size for someone who doesn't have one at all is probably the 8″ version, and a bit more advanced (and my favorite) is the 10″.
If your recipient makes their own kombucha, simplify their lives drastically with a continuous brewer. Once you get it up and running (which is a simple process), you simply have to brew up a gallon or so of tea each week to add to the brewer as you drink your kombucha. That is IT. Drink as much as you want from the tap, and just replace as you go. No need to wait for anything to brew, no need to clean anything (except once or twice a year), and bottle and flavor as you want.
Awesome for cooking soups and stews or for braising a hearty cut of meat, dutch ovens are wonderful additions to any kitchen.
Most of us sit way too much. It is not good for us. A standing desk is one option to help combat the endless hours of sitting. This one converts from a sitting to a standing desk so you can do either.
There seems to be a bit of a competition between Vitamix and Blendtec lovers, and from what I hear, they are both amazing. We have had a Vitamix for about 6 years now and I love mine. I think either way you can't go wrong.
Steve's Paleo Goods
Steve's Paleo Goods is one of those companies that gives back to underprivileged youth, so not only do you get delicious product, but you feel good that you are helping others. They have some starter bundles that would make wonderful gifts, full of an assortment of their grain-free granola and pastured beef jerky.
What are other Paleo holiday gift ideas that you have? If you yourself have a gift idea post, feel free to post it in the comments so others can check your ideas out as well!
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