We all have that friend or family member who has everything, which makes shopping for them rather difficult. When it comes to kitchen gadgets, I am definitely that person. Since I've purchased and tried so many things, I wanted to share a list of some of my favorites. My hope is that the wellness minded person in your life could use one (or more) of them!
1. Rechargeable Travel Milk Frother
This is probably one of my most used kitchen gadgets. I actually own 3 of them (one for my kitchen, one in my travel kit, and one in my travel trailer). This handheld frother is what helps me create the perfect morning coffee with thick coconut milk foam on top. There are many options out there, so depending on what you are looking for, make sure you check out all the features. For your eco-minded friend, consider the USB rechargeable version HERE; for your friend who loves to travel, consider one with the travel case HERE; and for your friend who loves to cook/bake, consider one with multiple speeds and whisk options to choose from HERE.
2. Silicone Straws
This is an especially thoughtful gift to your eco-minded friends and family members. Silicon straws are a thoughtful alternative to glass, stainless steel, or bamboo. They are unbreakable and temperature-safe, so they won’t get too hot or cold to the touch. Reducing single-use plastic in general is an important goal of mine in 2020. Back in 2018, I saw a national geographic picture of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose. It tugged at my heart strings and ever since then, I've been trying to reduce my use of plastics. There are nearly 7.5 million plastic straws lying around America’s shorelines, according to one estimate. Switching over to these bendable, eco-friendly, and perfectly portable silicone straws lets you ditch the disposable plastic versions for good—it’s a small, practical, and doable-for-everyday change. Food 52 has a fantastic kit with 10 dishwasher safe straws, 4 carrying cases and 4 squeegees complete in a biodegradable, compostable box for $25 HERE.
3. Tea Mug with Stainless Steel Filter
Let's face it, most of us need to be better about drinking water! These filter bottles are fantastic for herbal teas, fruit infused water, iced drinks and cold brew coffee. I use a double walled odor free glass tumbler which keeps my drinks cool or warm for much longer without sweating and leaking. There are many options online, but my favorite has a neoprene sleeve for safe travel and removable lids on both sides for easy cleaning HERE.
4. Himalayan Salt Lamps
Himalayan salt lamps are decorative lamps that are carved out of pink Himalayan salt. They are believed to have various health benefits that can include cleaning the air in your home, soothing allergies, boosting your mood and helping you sleep. The Wellness Mama wrote a great article on Himalayan salt lamps HERE. I personally have one in both my living room and bedroom and love the warm light they omit. Styles and sizes vary largely, but you can find great lamps for around $20 online HERE.
5. Microplane Stainless Steel Herb Mill
One of my favorite condiments, especially on grilled steak or vegetables, is herbed butter. Having an herb mill can make grading the herbs quick and easy! Sur la Table has a great one that will strip and grind herbs for $25 HERE.
6. 100% Pure Cosmetics
I love this company! 100% Pure creates cosmetic products that are all natural (defined by them as "an ingredient or formula composed of plant, mineral, and/or marine vegetation that undergoes chemical changes due to biological processes such as fermentation, distillation, and cold processing") and actually work! Their coffee bean caffeine eye cream ($29) is one of my favorite items, but I use the makeup line too. They have a fantastic skin care line that is great for both men and women. Check them out HERE!
7. Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps
Part of my personal mission since 2018 is to use less plastic. These wraps have been a wonderful alternative to single use plastic wrap. Like many people out there, I don't always finish my food. These washable, reusable beeswax wraps have helped preserve leftovers while creating less waste. There are many companies out there creating colorful, multi-sized wraps, but Sweet Green Studios is one of my favorites. Check them out HERE.
8. Book Lovers Bundle
For your book loving friend! Digital and audio books are convenient these days, but reading (and sharing with friends) an old fashion book can't be beat. This kit is a fun addition to any book lovers library and especially thoughtful when gifted with your favorite read. This kit can be purchased from Knock Knock for $22 HERE.
9. Sous Vide
Wondering what sous vide is? It is a method of cooking that involves preparing food in pouches, submerged in water that is held at a precisely controlled temperature. A sous vide will cook your food to the precise temperature needed to achieve the best cooked texture and results. One of my favorite recipes for sous vide is this Paleo Salmon Recipe HERE. You can find many styles of sous vide online, but the one I use is HERE.
10. Instant Pot
It's 2019 and the likelihood that your wellness minded friend already has an Instant Pot is high. But do they have 2? I do, and I love them both. I have a large pot (8 quart) for my savory dishes and a small pot (6 quart) for my sweet dishes. To be honest, I only really cook 1 thing in my small pot, and that is coconut yogurt (you can find the recipe HERE). The glory of having 2 instant pots is that your sweet foods don't have the aroma or flavor of that chicken curry dish you cooked last week. If 2 instant pot just seems excessive, consider an accessory kit instead, which you can find HERE.
From the kitchen connoisseur to the eco-minded, my hope is that this list of a few of my favorite things helps make your holiday shopping a little bit easier this year!
Tiana Rockwell is a certified nutritional therapist, avid endurance athlete and dark chocolate lover. She believes that by eating REAL food, we can balance our body and reach optimal health and wellness!