In honor of the holidays, Greatist has picked 24 gifts we’d love to unwrap this festive season. For all those healthy foodies out there, we’ve rounded up a list of kitchen gadgets to help create healthy meals, cookbooks with rave reviews, and good-for-us food baskets and snacks, all under $100. (Note: We weren’t paid or perked in any way for including these items.) This is a list of gifts The Greatist Team picked out just because we like them.
This funny looking tool does all the work when it comes to throwing a few slabs of heart- healthy avocado on a sandwich. The 3-in-1 gadget slices the skin, pops out the pit, and slides through the green goodness with ease.
These trendy looking containers evenly distribute good ‘ol olive oil (or any other favorite oil) across pans, baking sheets, and grill racks. They come in red, white, green, and black, so feel free to coordinate with kitchen decor.
Instead of chopping away at a mess of herbs that always manages to get stuck to the knife, use this handy device for quick mincing without the bruising (or the mess).
Dress up plain old water by infusing it with seasonal fruits and herbs. Pop out the removable fruit infusion rod, fill it with slices of lemon or fresh berries, and voila! The fruit naturally flavors the surrounding water.
Homemade dressings are fun, rewarding, budget-friendly, and often times much healthier than the store-bought stuff (with ingredients we can actually pronounce). The easy-to-read measurements on this bottle help gauge just how much dressing (or marinade, or sauce) has been used. Health bonus: This puppy is BPA free.
For all those natural peanut butter snobs out there (it’s okay, we love it too), there’s nothing worse than opening a jar to find separated contents. This nifty hand-operated device stirs the oil back into any nut butter without making a royal mess.
This funky looking chopper provides three different ways to hack up veggies, and won’t chip or scratch counters or dishware. The tool’s design also allows for in-bowl salad chopping (no messy cutting board required). There’s nothing like manageable bites when eating at the office or in front of somebody you’re trying to impress.
These cookie cutters don’t have to make cute yoga postures just out of cookies. Use them to cut fruit and pancakes into inspiring little figurines. Namaste, pancakes.
Instead of turning to parchment paper for perfect baked goods or roasted veggies, use this non-stick mat to save money, trees, and scrub time post-cooking. The food-grade silicone means less mess and no greasing.
We know tea is great for us, but this fun infuser makes it even more exciting to sip. Fill the chamber with loose leaf tea and let it skim the water (dun dun, dun dun…) before enjoying.
To keep coffee or tea warm all morning while working away at the office, this inexpensive apparatus plugs right into a computer’s USB port.
Set this little egg-shaped device on the bathroom counter, plop a toothbrush in it, and wait just seven minutes while it zaps up to 99% of the brush’s germs and bacteria. Most toothbrushes remain contaminated even after a post-brush rinse, but the Zapi gets rid of all the gross stuff.
These journals step away from fancy-schmancy apps and revert back to good ol’ pencil and paper (just with a little more jazz). Log diet, exercise, personal goals, general health, and inspirations to keep up on those New Year’s resolutions. There are even resources like food calendars, food facts, measurements, and conversion charts.
For fresh-from-the-garden herbs that can grow in a tiny apartment, these colorful gardens are both compact and functional. The unit is a little pricey, but the herbs themselves will be cheaper and fresher than purchasing them at the store.
For an inexpensive blender that can whip up quick smoothies to take on the road, this is it. Blend straight into a to-go bottle, pop a lid on it, and sip during the morning commute.
This blending machine is the best of the best, so it’s no big surprise thatit also comes with a hefty price tag. On the plus side, it has some of the same functions as a food processor, and crushes ice with ease for the perfect morning smoothie.
For all the favorite nuts in your life, order up a healthy bucket of organic treats. This gift includes granola, mixed nuts, trail mix, pistachios, figs, and even organic gummy bears. They even do all the wrapping for you!
Next to the platters of gingerbread cookies, apple pie, and other sugary treats, the counter may welcome a beautiful arrangement of fruit with open arms. The pear basket is a holiday favorite.
Flower arrangements are nice and all, but all they do is sit and look pretty (and then die). Thankfully these bouquets, made from fresh fruit, look pretty with a purpose. Check out the chocolate dipped fruit options and custom vases.
Create your very own granola bars tailored to fit the tastes (literally) of whomever you’re gifting. Choose your desired crunchiness and add fruits, nuts, sweets, and boosts.
Tim Ferriss, a constant experimenter, focuses his attention on how to cook more effectively and in less time. This isn’t your grandma’s cookbook — there are some pretty zany recipes (mojito bubbles, anyone?), and many of the ingredients are definitely not pantry staples, but Ferriss’s approach to accelerated learning makes for a fun read.
Inspired by Deb Perelman’s blog, SmittenKitchen.com, beautiful photographs accompany the site’s roundup of approachable recipes. No fancy kitchen skills required!
This book details First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to encourage Americans to amp up their intake of healthy, nutritious food. The book centers around Obama’s own trials and tribulations as a novice gardener, plus stories of other gardens that have inspired her to change our nation’s eating habits.
Filled with practical advice, superfoods, and other healthy ingredients, this book — taken from Williams-Sonoma’s extensive catalog of recipes, makes nutritious eating a cinch. Pass on Healthy in a Hurry to anybody looking for easy-to-follow recipes without all the complication.
What did we miss? What health-inspired gifts would you like to receive this holiday season? Let us know in the comment section below, or tweet the author @nicmcdermott.
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