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Good-For-Them Gifts That Are Easy On Your Wallet

Posted by: on Tuesday December 15, 2020

Affordable gift ideas to promote health/physical activity, local food outlets, growing something at home and help break out of cooking fatigue! Happy holiday giving!

Take-a-break ideas

These ideas are for taking those much needed breaks.

Cooking fatigue ideas

These ideas help to break out of a cooking rut.

  • **Fill a decorative jar w/soup mix ingredients along w/a recipe.
  • **A sauce sampler with ideas about how to use them (sauces to consider including: gochujang, hot honey, Mexican hot sauce, Sriracha hot chili sauce)
  • **A basket filled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (tips on how to choose balsamic vinegar) or rice/pasta alternatives (consider quinoa, lentil pasta, amaranth, farro or whole wheat couscous).
  • **Make a spice/herb sampler in decorative bottles w/ideas for combining and using in recipes.
  • **Make homemade sweet chili sauce and put in a decorative bottle (this is a recipe I like that is less sticky/sweet than store bought: dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 3/4 cup water in a saucepan; add 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon Sriracha and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Bring to a boil until it turns a slightly darker color, then simmer for a few minutes until sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat. Pour into glass jar and cool in refrigerator. Lasts about a week in the refrigerator.)
  • **Cookbook or cooking/nutrition magazine subscription

Kitchen tool ideas

Having the right tool makes food prep oh-so enjoyable!

  • **Spiralizer vegetable peeler or mandoline
  • **Cutting board
  • **Chef‘s knife – oh what a difference a sharp blade makes especially when cutting butternut squash. On sale, I bought one – with a blade cover for about $8.
  • **A basket of gadgets such as a lemon or garlic press, a food thermometer, a rasp for grating.

Get moving ideas

Promote physical activity or jump-start it with these ideas.

  • **Yoga mat
  • **Jump rope
  • **Hand or walking weights
  • **Resistance bands 
  • **Headlamp/reflector for walking @ dusk or in the dark
  • **Water bottle/cap/visor
  • **Earbuds w/a list of recommended nutrition/health podcasts.

Outside-the-box ideas

How about supporting something local that’s food-related or promoting growing something at home?

  • **Donate to a local food charity or food pantry in someone’s name.
  • ** Give a gift certificate to a food store the person typically shops at or wants to try or a local food store to support a local business or a local farmer/vendor such as a CSA (community-supported agriculture).
  • **Grow something at home with a kit: an indoor herb garden starter kit, a mushroom-growing kit or a veggie seed kit.