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Holiday gift guide for foodies
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Holiday gift guide for foodies

Holiday gift guide for foodies
Gourmet salts for discriminating palates.

Holiday gift guide for foodies

In honor of the holidays, Greatist picked 33 gifts we’d love to unwrap this festive season from fun kitchen gadgets to help create healthy meals to cookbooks with rave reviews and good-for-us snacks, all under $65.

A selection of the 33 gifts is below. Go to Greatist.com for the full list.

Gadgets

Nibble Baking Pan 
Because there’s nothing worse than serving sub-par cake, this nifty invention takes the guesswork out of baking.Nibble, a standard cake pan with an additional mini-cupcake hole attached, makes it a cinch to test out a little smidge before serving an undercooked, burned, or totally just-not-right final product. Price: $21.99

Oxo 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer 
This funny looking tool does all the work when it comes to throwing a few slabs of heart- healthy avocado on a sandwich. The 3-in-1 gadget slices the skin, pops out the pit, and slides through the green goodness with ease. Price: $9.99

Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure 
This compact tool measures perfect spaghetti portions for one to four servings. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to keep portions in check. Price: $6.95

USB Cup Warmer 
To keep coffee or tea warm all morning while working away at the office, this inexpensive apparatus plugs right into a computer’s USB port. Price: $3.99

Prepara Salad Chopper 
This funky looking chopper provides three different ways to hack up veggies, and won’t chip or scratch counters or dishware. The tool’s design also allows for in-bowl salad chopping (no messy cutting board required). There’s nothing like manageable bites when eating at the office or in front of somebody you’re trying to impress. Price: $7.99

Drinkable and Edible Stuff

Alter Eco Dark Velvet Truffles 
These truffles are out-of-control delicious. Wrapped up in compostable packaging, these rich, silky chocolates are made of Fair Trade-certified, organic, gluten-free ingredients for a healthier indulgence you can feel good about. Price: $7.99

DIY Hard Cider Kit 
For a gluten-free friend or family member (or just a big fan of cider), this DIY kit is a surefire win. All the home brewer needs to get started is some apple juice — the rest is easy peasy. Price: $49.00
Books

Anything That Moves 
Authored by Dana Goodyear, a writer at the New Yorker, Anything That Moves is a humorous chronicle of why we eat what we eat. Among other subjects, she explores what makes animal blood, endangered species, and insects delicacies in some places but taboo in others. Price: $20.00

Eat to Live Cookbook
Recognized on our 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness, Dr. Joel Fuhrman knows a thing or two about helping Americans achieve healthy lifestyles. In his latest cookbook, the board-certified physician provides recipes with beautiful photos that are both healthy and won’t leave diners feeling deprived. Price: $15.00
 

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