When we talked about creating the Ultimate Christmas Gift Ideas for Foodies, Home Cooks and Kitchen Enthusiast, I literally got butterflies. Searching for gift ideas feels like registering for wedding presents. Well, my husband has already got his present. We bought Final Cut Pro as a pre-Christmas gift for him to keep editing better and better recipe videos like these. So this is my project, MY DREAM WISH LIST. I hope you get some good ideas for you or for your foodie friend. Happy browsing!
Or how I’d like to call it THE One and Only KitchenAid Standing Mixer. This has been the number 1 on my list for so long. It is sturdy, effective, gorgeous and versatile. Who doesn’t want one? Probably, who has one already.
If you are planning on eating lots of yummy plant-based food, having a good food processor is essential. You can make under 2 minutes(!) e.g. a pie crust like this one, veggie burgers like this one or veggie mince for bolognese like this one. I have an old Philips one, which you can see in this video, but I would change it to this Hamilton for a heart beat. Wink-wink fingers crossed if my husband reads this.
Why would you need a high power blender such as this Ninja? If you’ve heard of nice creams, then you know why. If not, let me explain. Nice creams are one of the greatest discoveries of this century. You freeze overripe bananas and any fruit of your choice, then blend them (still frozen). Voila! Healthiest and tastiest ice cream of all times.
This is my new love since we focus on eating healthier. This is the main kitchen tool for anyone not only eating plant-based, but WFPBNO (Whole Foods Plant Based No Oil). This lovely product uses only hot air to fry your favourite food without added oil. Are you dreaming of crispy french fries or sweet potato fries? Then this one will definitely do the trick.
It is advertised as “6 kitchen appliances in 1: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer, which prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle.” Ain’t sounds bad at all. With 2 kids at home I can do with some extra time especially helpful to batch cook and meal prep for the weekdays.
Life doesn’t get any better unless you grain your own flour. I read somewhere that freshly grained flour is more nutritious than store-bought as with storage the flour is losing from its nutrients day by day. Also no cross-contamination issue for coeliacs as you grain your own gluten-free flour in your gluten-free kitchen.
Have you thought about how much non-dairy milk you and your family drink during a week including cooking and baking? And how much the store-bought milk costs? It is maybe a worthwhile investment to have a milk maker. You get approx. 1,5 liter plant milk from a small cup of soy, nuts, grains or legumes. Furthermore, with a plant-based starter you can make even home made yoghourt.
Small Kitchen Essentials
If you have a food processor, you might have a slicing/shredding disc that you can use instead of a mandolin. However, some times it is worth to have a quick tool, if you need to shred or slice only 1-2 veggies. This mandolin is perfect e.g. to prepare thin slices for scalloped potato or cut carrot and zucchini julien for a lo mein.
The latest trend in plant-based cuisine is the low carb and raw vegan zucchini spaghetti. Have you tried it yet? It is a tasty and fresh alternative to the regular pasta. The only way to have zucchini spaghetti as thin and long as the real one is if you use a spiralizer.
The only reason I don’t have this waffle maker YET 🙂 is that I don’t like to throw out perfectly working kitchen tools. Unfortunately, my old waffle maker is still working despite that fact that it is no-name and brandless. However, as soon as it is down, I am placing an order for this one. It has dish-washer safe removable plates you guys, so easy to clean them. Awww…
Slow juicers are amazing. You get to have healthy 100% fruit juices without any added ingredients that store-bought juices would contain. First my mother-in-law bought one then me. It works much better than a juice extractor, as you get more juice and less pulp. However, to be honest pulp from a juice extractor makes delicious pancakes.
The next one on the list is also a must for all plant-based eaters. You can make veggie dips like these or soups like this or the famous cashew cheesecake like this one. I usually chop and puree the onion for veggie burgers with the other extension. A good hand blender is indispensable don’t you think?
We do actually have this milk frother and we love it. We are thinking about writing a post about which non-dairy milk will give you the largest and fluffiest floth for your morning coffee. Hint: it is among these three: cashew, hazelnut and unroasted almond.
You can never have enough non-stick baking pan, am I right? What if you fancy a cupcake or a banana bread or a pizza and you don’t have the means. It is a great starter set. But if you are looking for more e.g. all-edge brownie pan or two pies in one pan.
Fun foodie gifts
I think it is a fun idea to have an apron with your favourite quote or text. You can choose from almost 2,000 aprons with vegan or plant-based captions. I particularly like “I look this good because I’m vegan” or “Bitch please I am vegan” or “Peace Love Veggies”.
I think it is an awesome idea. We have been thinking about buying a cutting board with “My Pure Plants” written on it. It would look so cool in our recipe videos, don’t you think?
I don’t know if it just happens with me, but some of the ingredients somehow end up on my cookbook pages. I am placing it here and there, but somehow managed to find just the “right spot” where it gets greasy, saucy or floury. This is a very neat cookbok holder with transparent cover to save your cookbook from any kitchen accidents.
Ok, seriously I want one. This sounds just way too fun for a foodie like me. Do you have you next board game for game night? If not, you might want to take a look at this one. And they have Wine Wars for wine geeks.
Gifts for zero waste foodies
Aspiring towards zero waste is an important aspect of our life, although we do not blog about it… yet. 🙂 Here is a list of items you can start your zero waste life with.
Baristas agree, pour over brewing unlocks coffee’s full potential. Not to mention zero waste if you don’t use paper filters. It comes with stainless steel coffee bean containers and 2-pack espresso shot glasses.
We hear on the news now all the time that single use plastic is everywhere, but unfortunately not only single use. I really like these eco-friendly lunch boxes as a great alternative to plastic lunch boxes.
500 million plastic straws are thrown out in the US per day. Metal straws and bamboo utensils are a great and eco-friendly alternative when you eat out.
You can avoid taking any plastic cups if you have your eco-friendly water bottle with you. It is vacuum insulated so you can keep your favorite coffee warm, but have ice cold water after a workout. Not to mention I love their design. I think I would choose the blue one with mountains and rivers on it.
I think they are just plain cute. Have you seen photos of gorgeous smoothie bowls served in these coconut shells? Here are some examples from Instagram. And yes, they are real coconut shells collected, cleaned and sanded. If you would like a coconut bowl with a unique design, these are lovely ones.
Bea Johnson is called the Priestess of Waste-free Living. She provides step-by-step guide and pratical pointers on where to start. If you are interested in making any steps towards zero waste, this is a great book to start.
It is a practical guide on how to travel zero waste as a vegan. She is the founder of Eco Godess Community and the first zero waste shop in Southern California.