Here are 15 unique gifts of the year that your favorite foodies want, or didn't know they wanted until opening your gift:
A cast iron skillet is a gift that keeps on giving. If taken care of properly, it can last for years and can possibly be something they pass down. These types of gifts? Priceless.
2. Quality chocolate
Everyone loves a little sweet treat, but why not give them one that has healthful benefits as well?
3. NutriBullet blender
My mini blender is like my child. You can ask my parents or anyone that has lived with me. Not only do I use it to make my daily smoothies, but for many other things such as grinding coffee, making protein balls, making face masks, creating foamy coffees, etc. The possibilities are endless with the little counter gadget, so I guarantee you will make someone's life with this one.
4. Decorative dishes
If they're a foodie, then they'll respect plating. Different sizes and colors of food vessels make all the difference when trying to impress someone with food. I suggest getting the plates in pairs of 2 or 4, otherwise, a big, unique serving platter is always a fun, original gift.
5. 'Superfood' drink mixes
Health drinks are coming in, and FAST. Mushroom coffee, adaptogen/ superfood and herb mixtures, and tonics are the new (and healthy) afternoon pick-me-ups.
Check out these amazing brands: Four Sigmatic (mushroom coffees & cocoas), Moon Juice & Moon Deli (all things adaptogens) , SUTRA (chai turmeric & hot cocoa charcoal mixes), Goldynglow (turmeric tea herb blends), and Addictive Wellness (caramel elixir blend to die for!) (temporary discounts here)
As cheesy as this may sound, if you know someone who is big on eating protein, easy meal prepping, or just someone who loves eggs, this is the handiest kitchen gadget.
7. Quality nut butters with creative flavors
I used to not be the biggest fan of peanut butter, but I think that is because my mom isn't. But when I moved away to college and started to learn more about eating healthy, I tried it out and got stuck (get it? stuck on sticky nut butters?). Nowadays, I like to try out new flavors because I eat nut butters all of the time.
8. Tea/ dish towels
These are IN right now. And if they are used as much as mine are (quite often), then they need to get replaced surprisingly often due to stains and what not. So why not help out your friend and get them some for them?
9. Quality cooking oils
My top picks are usually refined, organic coconut oil, light olive oil, avocado oil, infused oils, flax seed oil, or truffle oils.
These durable cups never go out of style, and you can never have too many of them. From keeping my water cold to keeping my coffee hot, I carry mine everywhere. (Tip: the more they have, the less often they have to stress about washing them for the following day)
11. Whole foods skin care kit
Get the ingredients for them to make homemade, all natural face masks from scratch. Include instructions to your specific ingredients and better yet, maybe a cute little bowl and paint brush strictly for their face mask use.
I was required to get this book for culinary school and didn't think much of it until I went through it. It is literally the encyclopedia for all things culinary. Perfect for people who like to get creative in the kitchen.
13. Bulk herbs & spices
Spices give life to food, so get creative and give away a set of your favorite seasonings (set of 4 - 8 are great), or maybe even give them some unique ones that you have had fun trying out yourself. Put the spices in cute mini jars and let them know where they can get more when they use it all up. (Tip: Spices can be found sold in bulk at many natural grocery stores, Fred Meyers, and even Winco.)
14. Avocado saver
Everyone knows how fast avocados can go bad, so with this avocado case, your friends won't have to worry as much! Brown be gone!
15. Variety of specialty salts
Black salt, Himalayan salt, etc. These are the coolest to add to any dish, not just for looks and texture, but also flavor!