Sometimes coming up with gift ideas can be stressful. Creating wine or foodie gift baskets do make great gifts, but since splurging on decadent food and drinks often goes along with holiday celebrations, it can get to be too much. When it comes to gift giving, skip the sweets and treats and opt for something that can be used all year long. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

  • Kitchen gadgets.

These items make preparing our food easier, especially our fruits and veggies, but we hate to spend our money on them.  An apple slicer, a mandoline slicer, a chopper or citrus slicer are a few great examples.  You can check out some of my favorite kitchen gadgets on my Pinterest page.

  • Candles.

Cake, cookies and candies have calories but not if you buy the inedible kind. Having a cake shaped candle burning in the kitchen brings the smell of home baked without the temptation to eat it.

  • A cookbook or a cookbook holder.

There are cookbooks on the market for every need: vegan, gluten free, low fat, low calories, cooking for one, etc.  A great gift for a working mom or dad is a book of recipes for their slow cooker. And they are a lot more likely to use that cookbook if it is sitting out on the counter where they can see it, held up in a cookbook holder.

  • Color coded cutting boards.

I always stress the importance of keeping raw and ready-to-eat foods separate. Color coded cutting boards make that easy.

  • Magazine subscriptions.

This is the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Loads of magazines have a nutrition section that includes recipes or ways to lighten up your favorite dishes, while others devote the entire magazine to cooking.  Eating Well, Cooking Light and Food and Nutrition Magazine are a few examples.

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