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The holidays are, without a doubt, upon us. Endless emails touting the holiday, Christmas music on the airwaves, and a chill in the air confirm it. If you didn’t finalize your shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or if you’re just looking for deals on some tools that will make eating real food even easier and more “real”istic, then check out this list of 10 gift ideas for that special someone – and maybe even snag a few for yourself! Today we are sharing some great products and services that we’ve discovered over the past year or two…and we know you’ll enjoy them, too!
1. The Fresh 20 Meal Plans
It’s no secret that having a plan is one of the best ways to ensure success on the road to eating real. The Fresh 20 takes the guesswork out of what to make. The meal-planning service uses just 20 fresh, seasonal ingredients each week and mixes and matches them to create five balanced dinners. Purchase a plan for yourself or someone special on your list and get detailed guides to meal prep, five original recipes each week and a shopping list along with it.
>>> Special deal for 100 Days of Real Food Readers: Get 6 months for just $21 or 3 months for $10.50. Both are 30% off of the regular price! Offer good through December 9th.
2. WEXY BAGS
Bag the purely plastic idea and check out WEXY Bags, one of our favorite essentials. In addition to being biodegradable, the eco-friendly BPA-free and disposable snack bags are designed to change the image of “healthy” foods for kids. The characters depicted on the bags are fun, and each have a story behind them that kids can relate to. If your child has ever asked for “fun” foods (i.e. lots of processed foods that are heavily marketed to children) your answer could just be in the bag.
>>> WEXY Bags are super stocking stuffers, especially with a discount! Take $1 off of your order by using the code 100days. Offer good through December 9th, and only for purchase through the WEXY site (not Amazon).
3. Jessie Steele Aprons
Your stylish solution for looking cute while cooking, Jessie Steele aprons are both fun and functional. The vintage-inspired hostess and kitchen aprons come in vibrant colors, flirty patterns and figure-flattering shapes. Find a great gift for your party hostess, a little one who likes to assist in the kitchen, and even for the man who cooks. But don’t forget yourself! These are too cute to pass up.
>>> Special offer for 100 Days Readers: Take 20% off of your purchase through December 9th by using the code REALFOOD.
4. Copy Kids DVD
If your kids already eat all fruits and vegetables, this product is not for you. But if you’re hoping to expand their palate, the Copy-Kids DVD could be just the thing to help the process. The DVD was produced for children ages 6 months – 5 years (but was loved by my daughter who is 8 years old!) and features 12 seven-minute chapters showing adorable and entertaining children eating fruits and veggies including avocados, raspberries, bell peppers and more. The DVD has won numerous awards and many, many children have gotten hooked on healthy and positive habits from its use.
>>> A great stocking stuffer, Buy One Get One FREE by using the code Lisa2012 (input this on page 3 of the checkout where it says “Include a message with your payment”). Get two gifts for the price of one! Offer good through December 9th.
Snacks happen. But a disposable plastic bag doesn’t have to be a part of the plan. Instead, check out snackTAXIs, which are made from 100% cotton, don’t contain lead, phthalate or BPA, and are fun and fresh, boasting designs such as bikes, bunnies, mittens and so forth. Since 2003, they’ve been helping people pack snacks, sandwiches and other foods without the typical plastic baggies. Made in a Massachusetts workshop by local sewers, there are options for organic cotton material and even gluten- and nut-free labeled bags. The company also offers napkins, sporks, containers and other products in addition to their snack and sandwich sacks.
The Christmas List App
In case some of these gift ideas are hitting home, I’d like to tell you about a handy iPhone app that will keep track of all your holiday shopping. This app was actually developed by one our sponsors (and Lisa’s personal friend) and has helped keep me organized, on track, and on budget with my holiday shopping. The Christmas List app lets you input everyone on your list, organize them into groups, list their gift desires, and track your purchases, including store locations, budgets, and status. They really have thought of everything! I don’t leave home without my phone, so this has been invaluable for me. No more little scribbled notes all over the place – now I have my holiday to-do’s right by my side all of the time. It’s available on the app store for 99 cents, which is a small price to pay for something that’s been so helpful for me!
6. Lunchbox Love
A simple saying, a funny joke or a little love note is a simple way to spruce up anyone’s day. Place it on her pillow or send it in his lunchbox and send a smile. Check out the Lunchbox notes for kids or sets (including ones just for the holidays), both perfect for holiday parties, gifts, or simply to share with your own kids. Lisa has been sending these Lunchbox Love notes in her 2nd grader’s school lunches this year, and her daughter loves getting them and reading them to her friends at the lunch table.
>>> Take 20% off your ENTIRE ORDER by using the coupon code 100DAYS through December 9th.
7. Tin Roof Cutting Boards
From beginners to experts, all cooks need a high quality cutting board. When plastic just won’t cut it, wood is a wonderful option. Tin Roof Cutting Boards hand-makes each and every one of their boards from fine woods such as Pecan, Walnut, Maple, Oak, Mesquite Teak and others. They are not stained, but sealed, sanded and moisturized. Be sure to also check out their specialty items (LOVE the Cottage Coasters).
>>> Readers of 100 Days of Real Food can take 20% off of all purchases by using the code 100DAYS. Offer runs through December 9th.
8. Laptop Lunches
When it comes to packing healthy lunches, sometimes it’s not necessary to think outside of the box! Laptop Lunches offers kits and systems that are stylish, eco-friendly and dishwasher safe. We especially love the Bento Jars – perfect for packing soups, pastas, and so much more than a sandwich.
>>> For 5 days only (through December 2nd), take 10% off of your order by using the code 100days.
9. Elizabeth Childs Napkins
Elizabeth Childs is a fellow mother and a self-taught sewer who was looking for a little creative outlet as her kids aged into school. Just a few years later, she’s creating handmade fabric gifts for adults, kids and babies and selling them through her Etsy store. Our favorites are the Reversible Lunchbox Napkins and Cocktail Napkins. Who can’t use a set (or two) of these?! Lisa ordered a set of reversible napkins for her daughters’ lunch boxes and agrees that they’re adorable. Plus they’re eco-friendly and at a great price point.
>>> And right now you can take 15% off of your entire purchase (through December 9th) with the code 100Days.
10. TX Bar Organics Beef
A list of great gifts for “real foodies” wouldn’t be complete without some food itself! TX Bar Organics is a ranch in Northern California that raises and sells 100% Organic Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished Beef. They are USDA Certified and their products, everything from steaks to burgers, stew meat and ground beef, are free of hormones, antibiotics and additives. Skip the stocking with this one and put it straight on the table for a special holiday dinner.
>>> Give the gift of organic beef to a loved one, or prepare a special dish for the holidays. You may even want to try some for yourself! TX Bar Organics is offering readers of 100 Days of Real Food 15% off of an entire purchase. Just use the code 100DAYS when checking out. They’ve also created a few specialty packages for us that are already 15% off … use 100DAYS and get an additional 15% off as well!
Package #1 includes: (4) 5 oz Filet Mignons, (4) 8 oz New York Strip Steaks, (4) 8 oz Ribeye Steaks and (7) 1 lb 85% Lean Ground Beef Packages. Normal price: $340 Special price: $289.99 (use 100DAYS and get an additional 15% off)
Package #2 includes: (1) 1 lb Stew Meat Package, (2) 5 oz Filet Mignon, (2) 8 oz Ribeye, (2) 8 oz New York Strip Steaks, (1) 6 oz Top Sirloin, (2) 1 lb 85% Lean Ground Beef Packages and (1) 2 lb Chuck Roast. Normal price: $200 Special Price: $169.99 (use 100DAYS and get an additional 15% off)
Package #3 includes: (1) 6 oz Top Sirloin, (1)8 oz New York Strip Steak, (4) 1 lb 85% Lean Ground Beef Packages, (1) 8 oz Ribeye and (1) 1 lb Stew Meat Package. Normal Price: $105 Special Price: $89.99 (use 100DAYS and get an additional 15% off)
Well there you have it! I hope these suggestions (and deals) make shopping a little easier. How about your suggestions? When it comes to cooking and eating real foods, what types of gifts are on your list this year?