Holiday Gift Guide 2018

a Holiday Gift Guide to help you find something for everyone on your list

With the holiday season fast approaching, I thought it’d be fun to put together a Holiday Gift Guide to help you find something for everyone on your list. This is a collection of some of my kitchen favorites, items my family loves, and some things I have my eye on for family, friends–and even myself! Here are my picks:

1. Skinnytaste One and Done

I had to start this list with my latest cookbook: Skinnytaste One and Done. Inside you’ll find 140 delicious recipes all made in one pot, pan, slow cooker, skillet, etc. Easy to make, no-fuss recipes your family and friends will love.

2. Vremi 8-Piece Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set

The best non-stick cookware! This set is perfect for any aspiring chef in your life that may be starting their cookware collection (or anyone who needs some color in their kitchen!) Dishwasher safe and nonstick, this 8 piece set is both fun and functional.

3. The Inspiralizer

My Inspiralizer is one of my go-to kitchen gadgets. There’s so much you can do with zoodlescasseroles, soups, salads, and more. I’ve found that this model by Inspiralized is the best one on the market.

4. S’well water bottle

I’m trying to incorporate more environmentally friendly habits in my routine and a reusable water bottle, like one from S’well, is the perfect way to do just that. They’re BPA-free, stainless steel and keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. They come in various different prints, sizes and designs–one for everyone on your list.

5. Thermos Stainless Steel Food Jar

For packing leftovers, lunch, and meals on the go, I use this Thermos to keep my food warm for up to 9 hours. Tommy uses one for work and Madison has her own for warm, winter school lunches. Perfect for anyone you know that eats on the run.

6. Cast Iron Skillet

A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is a must for delicious skillet bakes, perfectly browned pancakes and the ultimate seared steak. I use mine multiple times a week.

7. Staub Dutch Oven

Another kitchen essential is my dutch oven. A heavy bottomed pot will take your soups, stews, and roasts to the next level. Some simmering pasta sauce cooking on my stove is my ideal cozy winter day.

8. Instant Pot

Of all my kitchen appliances, my Instant Pot might be my favorite (although it’s probably a tie for first place with my air fryer!) As much as I love slow, stovetop cooking, the Instant Pot helps me whip up family favorites in no time at all. It’s been a total changer in my home.

9. Skinnytaste Meal Planner

My Skinnytaste Meal Planner is the perfect gift for anyone on your list trying to keep their healthy habits on track. This planner will help you plan (and stick to) your diet and exercise goals on a weekly basis.

10. Glass Meal Prep Containers

To go along with your Skinnytaste Meal Planner, a set of glass meal prep containers is crucial for planning and portioning healthy meals. I love these that come in a set of five–one for each day of the work week. They’re microwave and oven friendly so reheating your food is easy (and cleanup is minimal too.)

11. Half Sheet Pan Set

A set of good quality sheet pans is a must for any kitchen. From holiday baking to sheet pan dinners, these are some of my most used kitchen tools; I practically use them every day!

12. Calphalon Grill Pan

This Calphalon grill pan is another favorite of mine. It gives your food an amazing grilled flavor without the hassle of cooking on (and cleaning!) your outdoor grill.

13. Marble Cheese Board

A marble cheese board is elegant and sophisticated and a great gift for anyone in your life that loves entertaining.  I particularly like the combination of this board’s white marble and the warm wood accent.

14. Winter Mugs

Mugs are my go-to stocking stuffers. Adding some hot chocolate mix, quality coffee beans or loose tea to a mug is an easy way to make it a more special and personalized gift. This wintery, holiday mug is the perfect base for a cozy holiday drink gift.

15. Funny Coffee Mug

A funny gift is a good idea for those people on your list you just don’t know what to get. This mug has a super relatable message and is sure to get a laugh out of your friends and family.

16. Columbia Women’s Beanie

I got this hat for a recent camping trip and I’m obsessed. It kept me warm the entire time while keeping me stylish too. Also, it’s lined with fleece which makes it extra cozy.

17. Hygge Pillow

I love gifting warm pillows, blankets and other homewares to my friends and family that love to make their homes comfy and cozy. A pillow like this one is perfect for the college dorm dwellers and new homeowners on your list.

18. The Five Minute Journal

The five minute journal is perfect for anyone in your life that’s craving more ‘me time’. Each page has prompts to help you jot down your daily and nightly goals, reflections and affirmations encouraging you to take just five minutes of your day to think about what you’re grateful for.

19. A subscription to Headspace

Headspace is an amazing mindfulness and meditation app with short guided meditations that will help anyone relax, unwind and center themselves.

20. The Superpowers! Book

I recently came across this book (full title: “Superpowers! A great big collection of awesome activities, quirky questions, and wonderful ways to see just how super you already are”) and instantly loved it. Similar to the Five Minute Journal, this kid and teen-friendly book is filled with fun prompts and exercises to help kids build their self-esteem and uncover the unique superpowers that make them who they are.

21. Kiwi Crate from Kiwi Co

One of Madison’s favorites of the year is her Kiwi Crate, a monthly subscription box of creative, hands-on, science projects. I love watching her play and explore with each month’s box and she loves putting the pieces together to create her finished product. There are boxes for kids of all age groups so you can share the gift of creativity with all the children in your family.

22. Amazon Alexa

I had to put my Alexa on the list as she’s made my life so much easier. I use my Alexa to keep track of all my appointments, play music while I’m cooking or writing and build my shopping list as the day goes on. This is the perfect gift for anyone you know who’s trying to keep together a busy household and life.

23. Away Suitcase

I’m obsessed with these Away suitcases. Simple, modern and super functional (they come with a built in phone charger!) they’re perfect for any traveler on your list. They come in a variety of colors and can be monogrammed to add a special and personal touch.