Get Cookin’ Holiday Gift Guide

By Lindsey O'Connell

Nutritious Life is making holiday shopping effortless this year. We have handpicked (and tested so you can shop stress free) the healthiest, most practical and inspiring items for every area of your life. We have something for everyone on your list. We’ll help you (and your loved ones) get better sleep, relax, cook up healthy and delicious meals, sparkle with self-care, and simply be more joyful! 

Here are our favorite items for the person who loves to cook (or who wants to love to cook!). We’ve got everything from must-have gadgets to meal-kits. 


It’s Bacon! 

A bacon gift box may be the perfect gift for the meat lover on your list. Baker’s Bacon is made from sustainably (and humanely) raised, no added nitrates, vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free heritage breed pork sourced from family-owned farms in Iowa. This gift set includes three packages of bacon (two Thick Sliced Double Smoked Bacon and one Thick Sliced Uncured Back Bacon), a Baker’s Bacon lanyard and customizable gift message with clever bacon greetings. 

BAKER’S BACON “I love you more than bacon” box, $42

Make Dinner Together 

Having all the ingredients in one place to make a quick dinner is our idea of a great present. Pastene’s Gluten-Free Pasta Lovers Gift Box has everything needed to cook up a fresh and easy meal. Also, it tastes just like grandma made it.

Pastene Gluten-Free Pasta Lovers Box, $20

Become a Gourmet Chef

Want to impress at your next dinner party? The Levo is the kitchen tool you didn’t know you always needed. Make herbal infused oil, butter and honey at home, without the time or mess of traditional methods. New to the market, Levo is a kitchen tool that will have you whipping up delicious dressings, sauces and even beauty products.  Make a healthy Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing, Kale & Walnut Pesto or even a CBD Hand & Body Moisturizer

LEVO Oil Infuser, $129

Meal Prep Magic

Bentgo makes the cutest on-the-go salad and soup containers and sustainable options for meal prep. They will help anyone get excited about preparing all their healthy meals. Plus, really great options for the kids too!

Bentgo Prep container, starting at $11

Instagram Ready Creations

Ever wonder how those gorgeous food photos are created on Instagram? Well, it starts with some unique ingredients. Lucky for us, Civilized Coffee has recently launched their latest Gift Box “Craft Baking & Drink” which features everything a foodie photographer needs to make Insta worthy baked goods and drinks. You’ll get Honey Crystals, Cacao Nibs, Cocoa Powder, Rock Candy, a bodum Milk Frother and more. 

Civilized Coffee Craft Baking & Drink Gift Box, $99

Breakfast in a Box

Get cozy with the family on a snowy morning and cook up a warm breakfast. The Woodlife Ranch Breakfast Box has everything you need to take your breakfast to the next level. You’ll get Maple Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix, maple syrup, coffee and even a cute cup.  We love that Woodlife Ranch is a family owned working farm in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Woodlife Woodlife Ranch Breakfast in a Box, $89

Coffee Maker Magic

The Clio coffee brewer uses a pressure-brewing system that delivers a sustainable cup of coffee with bold flavor. No watered down java here. Plus, our pods are also made from 50% less material and from fully recyclable material compared to the leading single cup brand.You can also upgrade this gift by signing your loved ones up for Clio’s subscription pod service. 

The Clio Coffee Brewer, $129

Baking Up a Fairy Tale

Supporting small businesses just became more magical.  The Cookie Cups has a number of fun cooking kits for the whole family. Looking for something savory, they also offer a Pizza Making Kit. This may not be your healthy option, but this is a great way to get kids excited about cooking! 

Unicorn Cookie Cup Baking Kit, $49.99

Unique Sipping

There’s nothing better than relaxing with a hot cup of tea. Chariteas works with sustainable tea farms in order to craft custom blends. The Herbal Infusion Tea Flight is a perfect gift for the tea lover to receive the most unique tea blends from countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia and Vietnam. Thanks to butterfly pea flowers, the first infusion changes from blue to purple with the addition of citrus. Plus, Chariteas cares about the environment and with each purchase of tea, they replant trees. 

Herbal Infusion Tea Flight from Chariteas, $36

Stir It Up

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a cooking newbie, the Home Beis Silicone Me Utensil set will make you want to cook. These utensils are chic (love the wooden handle!) and durable (they won’t chip). The best part, they are affordable. A set including a deep soup ladle, flexible spatula, slotted turner, slotted spoon, strainer and pasta server is only $32.

Home Beis Silicone Me Utensil Set, $32

Have a Tea Party

When guests come by, this electric tea kettle is great for a pretty, impromptu tea party. Bella has a number of styles to pick from too. We like this blue aztec style. Best part, it’s cordless and has carefree auto shut-off (we love safety). 


The Ultimate Smoothie Maker

You all know we love our smoothies, so having the ultimate blender is essential. We love the Ninja as you get powerful ice crushing and single serve capabilities. Easy to whip up and go! You can also make soups and sauces with ease. 

Ninja Professional Countertop Blender, $120

High Performance Pans

Created for cooks who appreciate performance, and also ease (goodbye scrubbing pans!). HexClad has all you need—stainless or nonstick, dishwasher safe, oven safe, induction-ready, scratch-resistant and stay-cool handles. Plus they come with a lifetime warranty.  What we liked was that it really was non-stick, so easy cleanup. 

HexClad  7PC Pan Set, $449

Airfryer, But So Much More

Brussel Sprouts, French Fries, Pizza—Oh My! Airfryer meets countertop oven? Sign us up! We are obsessed with airfrying (healthy french fries and crispy chicken tenders, anyone?). So when we tried the Breville Smart Oven Air Fry we were blown away. You can bake, toast, make pizza, slow cook and, yes, air fry. It isn’t overwhelming in size, so can fit comfortably on your counter! 

Breville Smart Over Air Fryer, $280 at Williams Sonoma

Entertain in Style

This is not your grandma’s apron! Tilit and Une Femme have teamed up for a limited edition collaboration. This pairing features hand dyed tie-dye aprons and a new ruby red wine from Napa winemaker Samantha Sheehan of POE Wines. This set has a give back component—what’s better than that? In direct response to the California wildfires that ravaged wine country this August and September, $10 from every set purchased will be donated to TreeSisters, an international nonprofit organization with the mission to rapidly accelerate tropical reforestation by inspiring and channeling women’s leadership into local and global action.

Tilit tie-dye apron and wine gift set, $130

Pretty (and Fast) Water Pitcher

We all need to drinkwater. Now you can get fresh water in less than a minute.Hydros is a sleek looking bottle with the benefit of filtered water five-times faster than other pitchers. We like the crimson and skye blue styles. 

Hydros, $34 and $9.90 per two pack filter subscription 

Party in a Box

We’re spending a lot more time at home—and looking for more ways to spark joy. We love the bluebird in a Box’s guides and goodies that serve up everything you need to party like a professional on any occasion (or a random Tuesday). They have themes like Pumpkin Spice, Game Night, or even Taste of Japan. You get cocktail and meal recipes, fun supplies, and even custom DJ mixes and playlists. 
Bluebird in a Box, starting at $48


(Photo credit:  courtesy of all brands; Shutterstock)

About Lindsey O'Connell
Former Editorial Director, Nutritious Life

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