5 Healthy Last-Minute Gift Ideas
For those of you who have last-minute holiday gifts to take care of, here are a few of my favorites. They can all be purchased online so you don’t have to fight the crowds. And if you happen to live on an island in the middle of the Pacific or some other remote place that won’t receive your shipped items before the desired date, you can always cut out a photo of the item and tape it into a card with a note saying it will arrive soon. Happy holidays!
For the creative, health-conscious chef in your life, a copy of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. This is my favorite cookbook and even when I’m not cooking I like to read through the informational tidbits in the sidebars of the book.
College students, bachelors, and busy people who tend to eat on the go can all benefit from a basic set of glass storage containers like the ones pictured above by Pyrex. What seems like a boring gift can be spiced up with the knowledge that you are saving the recipient from countless amounts of exposure to hormone-altering plastic compounds found in most other food storage containers. So it’s actually an exciting and scandalous gift for their reproductive health – a must-have for every bachelorette party registry!
A very creative and healthy gift idea is to buy someone a membership into a CSA (community supported agriculture) program in their area. Just visit the Local Harvest CSA page and type in the desired zip code to find a nearby CSA. Most CSA programs function on a weekly or monthly basis and make boxes containing a variety of seasonal produce available to their members. Depending on the CSA programs available in your area, you can buy a one-week trial membership for $15-20 or a longer membership if desired. This type of gift is better for someone with some kitchen experience (especially with obscure vegetables). Weekly boxes of leafy greens, kohlrabi, radishes, and spaghetti squash might be a little overwhelming for the novice cook!
For the sparkling water lover in your life, try this soda maker with glass carafe. It’s a little pricey up front, but in the long run it will save money and space in your recycling bin (I suggest buying this for someone in your house so you can reap the benefits also!). If you need more reasons to make your own sparkling water at home rather than buying it from a company, just watch the documentary Flow and see the impact bottled water has on the environment, indigenous cultures, and our health. After I watched that movie I had no choice but to give up my beloved boxes of San Pellegrino water from Costco!