2016 Gift Guide for the Plant-Enthusiast or the Plant-Curious Friend

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I have a hard time with giving and receiving gifts.

I love the thrill of giving a gift to a friend or family member that is just so them! However, a lot of the items given and received over a lifetime are what I would classify as "junk." In other words, it doesn't help the recipient or provide more than five minutes of joy. It might be obvious that this person felt obligated to give a gift, but didn't know what to give you. This is why I think gift cards are not "impersonal". You're not a jerk if you give someone a gift card unless it's for a business they would never want to shop with. Put a bit of thought into it. 

If you have a friend who loves to eat veggies OR they are interested in eating a more plant-based diet, but they need a little nudge in the right direction, then this gift guide is for them! If not, go with a gift card! 

1. A membership with Thrive Market. All the fancy food brands at a fraction of the price. Cut out the middle man (the supermarket). 

2. Reusable snack bags. Or these cute printed ones! Never use (and throw out) a ziplock bag again! Plastic doesn't break down in landfills and it has already entered our food chain. Womp womp (downer moment in the middle of a gift guide). 

3. Reusable produce bags. It makes me feel fancy to bring these to the grocery store. I can't explain it. I invite you to try it for yourself! 

4. A KitchenAid food processor. I can't begin to tell you all the fun things you can make with a good quality food processor. Okay here is one. And another. One more for good measure.  

5. A serious knife that can handle any plant it encounters. I hope you are on good terms with someone if you give them a knife as a gift. Just saying. 

6. A knife-skills class so that you or your "friend" doesn't slice their hand open with their new fancy knife. Learning knife skills will also positively impact the amount of time you spend doing food prep. It's easy to google and find one in your area. 

7. Nom Yourself is one of my favorite cook books. I keep making her recipes over and over. They are easy to read, taste delish, and are totally healthy. Thank you for the fabulous work you do Mary Mattern!! 

8. The low-key kitchen tool that will help you turn (almost) anything into a noodle- a spiralizer! I am a zucchini noodle fan, but you can also use it for carrots, squash, and potatoes.