Need a last minute holiday gift? Here are some of my favorite holiday gift ideas for feeding a family!
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Boy am I late to the party! Hanukkah is over and Christmas is only a few days away, and just now I’m sharing a list of holiday gift ideas. Cue the face palm.
But alas, there are always last minute gifts you need, and I have some good ones for you. Plus, as my 92 year old grandmother says about birthdays lasting a whole year, if you give a holiday gift before next Hanukkah and Christmas, you’re still good to go! (Ok, maybe not next holiday season, but certainly by New Year’s Day!)
I could give you a whole list of great gift ideas that run the gamut from his and hers to kids and so on, but you can find plenty of other lists like that. So instead, I thought I would share some of my favorite holiday gift ideas specifically for feeding a family, a challenge I know so many of you face.
Without further ado, here are my top last minute ideas.
Subscription to The Six O’Clock Scramble
You know how I feel about meal planning – it’s one of the keys to ensuring well-balanced, healthy meals on the table for your family. I share my Menu Plan Monday posts to inspire you, and maybe you even follow them in your house, but if they’re not enough or you know people who need more hand holding, The Six O’Clock Scramble is the perfect gift.
The Scramble is an online family meal planning service targeted at busy moms (and some dads) who want to put a wholesome, healthy meal on the table for their families each night. Weekly dinner plans include customizable grocery lists and recipe instructions that are simple and easy to follow. Personally, I love that the meals include seasonal ingredients and many of them have do-ahead tips, slow cooker options, and simple sides.
You can sign up yourself or family members for a two week trial and then gift them three weeks ($35), one year ($100), or two years ($150).
The Color, Cook, Eat! Bundle
Coloring books are all the rage these days, with kids and adults alike. So what’s better than a coloring book that includes recipes, food-themed activities, and fun facts about food? Three of them! The Color, Cook, Eat! Bundle by Liz Weiss, MS, RDN includes Color, Cook, Eat! Smoothie Bowls; Color, Cook, Eat! Wholesome Family Dinners; and Color, Cook, Eat! Healthy Foods from A to Z.
These are the perfect stocking stuffers or “just because” gift. If your great aunt is asking you what to get the kids, this is it! I can tell you firsthand that these coloring books are perfect for taking to restaurants or on long road trips. My girls were occupied with them for hours and they learned some new tidbits about food too. They’re also a great way to get cooking with your kids, something you know I feel passionately about.
Guides for Feeding Kids
Need a gift for your pregnant friend? Expect the Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy is the perfect fit. Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD recently published the second edition with the latest guidelines and answers to the most frequently asked questions about nutrition and lifestyle habits from preconception to postpartum.
Is your sister ready to feed her baby solids? Starting Solids: The Stress Free Way, by Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD, is the perfect resource. This e-book includes a step-by-step guide to feeding solids (including finger foods and purees) as well as over 50 recipes and meal ideas for babies and the whole family.
Know someone struggling with feeding her kids (who isn’t?!)? The Kids Healthy Weight Project by Jill Castle, MS, RDN is a gift that will keep on giving. It is an online course with all the ingredients to raise a healthy child including food, feeding, and healthy habits. Jill is the co-author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, the guide to feeding kids of all ages and the number one book I recommend to all parents, which is why I know that her online course is amazing.
My kitchen is filled with gadgets and gizmos, including the Instant Pot Ultra, which I recently bought and have yet to put to too much use. Needless to say, there are a lot of items that could go on the following list, but these are some of my favorites that help make cooking and cleanup faster, which means they make feeding a family easier.
- Cast Iron Skillet – This is one of the best kitchen gifts I ever received (thanks again Kaleigh!) and now I can’t imagine living without it. The pre-seasoned pan is especially awesome for cooking foods that would otherwise stick. Since getting it I can make the perfect omelet; pancakes, French toast, and egg in a hole come out better than ever; and I can make pan-seared chicken without using too much oil. The best part? Cleanup is a cinch!
- OXO Good Grips Citrus Squeezer – I add freshly squeezed lemon, lime, and orange juice to a lot of my recipes, so this hand juicer is by far one of the most used in the kitchen. My girls also love putting it to use, and as a bonus it’s a great way to work those bicep muscles!
- Microplane Classic Zester/Grater – This one goes hand in hand with the citrus squeezer. Where there’s freshly squeezed juice, there’s usually some zest. For grating small amounts of food like cheese, this is also much easier to use and clean than larger boxed graters.
- Immersion Hand Blender – Have you tried my Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Soup or Creamy Pureed Mushroom Soup? Both of these (and many of my other soups) are creamy without the addition of any cream, and the immersion blender is in large part to thank. There are a lot of hand blenders on the market, but what’s fun about the Cuisinart Smart Stick is all the colors it comes in! If you want to see other options, check out this Wirecutter article to find out which hand blender is right for you.
- Rimmed Baking Sheets – Sheet pan meals are on trend and I don’t think they’re going out of style. Plus, I use sheet pans/baking sheets for roasting all my veggies. I like the aluminum pans, which I coat with parchment paper or foil to keep cleanup quick and easy. A lip is also a must.
So there you have it – some of my favorite holiday gift ideas perfect for feeding a family. Some educational, some functional, and some just pure fun!
Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and delicious holiday season and New Year!