10 Stocking Stuffers for Real Foodies

This list of stocking stuffers is fun to make, but my real hope is that you find it useful! I feel like I am constantly cooking up a storm in my kitchen, and these are some of the items I think any home chef would appreciate. Please be sure to share your favorites with me in the comments.#StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood

  1. Little Red Silicone Spatulas
    Never let the last little bit of sauce go to waste when you have these around! I actually have several of these spatulas and use them ALL the time for various scraping jobs. The smaller ones are more useful than you’d think and with them being all one piece of silicone I’ve found them to be more durable than the alternatives.
    #StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood - spatulas
  2. Kitchen Shears
    Okay, I’ve already professed my love for culinary scissors in a dedicated blog post from years ago …but let me tell you, they are that great! We use ours ALL the time for a variety of tasks including cutting fresh herbs, salad greens, spicy peppers, pitas, pizza, and more. These are a must have for every kitchen (in my opinion)!
    #StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood - culinary scissors
  3. Lock and Lock Storage Containers
    If you ever pack a cooler of food for any reason – tailgating, a day at the park, a camping trip, etc. – then these containers are an absolute necessity! There’s nothing worse than questionable cooler water leaking into your homemade real food you worked so hard to prepare (true story – it happened to me). So we thankfully now have these completely air tight containers to solve that problem and give me some much needed peace of mind.
    #StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood - lock and lock food storage containers
  4. Plan to Eat (Meal Planning Program)
    I understand some people don’t want or need more “stuff” or they simply don’t even have the space in their kitchen for anything new. So, for those minimalists in your life, I’ve got the perfect digital gift idea from our long time sponsor – a subscription to Plan to Eat! This online program helps you track all your favorite recipes, meal plan, and create coordinated grocery lists. Talk about a great way to support the real food lifestyle because, as I’ve said many times, planning ahead is key!
    #StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood - Plan to Eat menu planner
  5. Pastry Cutter
    As much as I cook and bake I honestly just purchased my very first pastry cutter last year. This is a very affordable tool that can come in handy when it’s time to “cut” the butter into your flour when making biscuits or other baked goods. And speaking of flour, you could pair this gift with a bag of whole-wheat pastry flour (my new love, more to come on that later) and a biscuit recipe. I think that combo would make a fabulous gift!
    #StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood -pastry cutter
  6. Set of Mixing Bowls
    I’ve had a set of these mixing bowls since we got married (15 years ago) and let me tell you what …I use them ALL. THE. TIME! They are obviously great for a variety of food prep, but I even use them for serving food or displaying fruit on the counter sometimes too. They are super durable – we’ve only broken one after all this time (and by “we” I mean our 8-year-old, poor girl). I think this is a fabulous, versatile gift for any cook (or aspiring cook) in your life!
    #StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood - mixing bowls
  7. Gravy Separator with Mesh Strainer (read on before you judge!)
    Okay, I agree that a gravy separator does not come to mind as a “must-have” kitchen tool, but ever since I got the pictured one myself I have found so many unexpected uses for it! First of all for straining tea. My daughters were recently fighting colds so we made fresh ginger tea every morning and I quickly learned my gravy separator was the perfect device for straining the ginger out and giving me a super easy way to pour it into their mugs without spilling (something I’m prone to do). I also just recently heated some apple cider with mulling spices on the stove (LOVE that smell this time of year!) and used it for the exact same purpose. It’s also great for straining homemade bone broth and of course separating that liquid to make gravy (which, in my opinion, is delicious any time of year!). 

    Note the pictured separator is no longer available, but here is a newer design option.
    #StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood - gravy separator

  8. Mini Slow Cooker
    Sometimes I get excited about kitchen tools just because they are cute …what can I say? And this 1.5 quart slow cooker is not only cute, but as I’ve discovered a great way to keep dips warm when you’re entertaining or bringing a dish to someone’s house. I recently tried to serve warm homemade queso dip to friends and discovered my fondue pot just wasn’t cutting it for this purpose (due to hot spots and a burned mess on the bottom at the end of the night). So after that experience it dawned on me that a mini slow cooker would be a much better way to keep dips evenly warm AND it’s also way cheaper than a good fondue pot anyway!
    #StockingStuffers for Real Food Cooks on 100 Days of #RealFood - mini slow cooker
  9. Eating Well Magazine Subscription
    This might not be what you typically think of as a Christmas gift, but it’s actually a great idea that lasts all year. Grab the foodie in your life a year subscription to one of their favorite cooking magazines.  I personally love the recipes in  Eating  Well. Just think of the joy they’ll receive every month, as well as all the new recipes they can try out!  eating well magazine on 100 days of real food
  10. My cookbooks, of course! :)
    I’m not just trying to toot my own horn here because I promise I put my heart and soul into these books JUST so they would be the perfect resource for any home cook who wants to feed their family better. My first book contains both a guidebook portion (telling you how and why to cut out processed food) and a cookbook portion with 100 easy wholesome recipes any busy family will love! My second book, Fast & Fabulous, has 100 quick-and-easy recipes and simple cheat sheets that will work with every family’s busy lifestyle. And my third cookbook, On a Budget, has 100 recipes – all of which are $15 or under to make. Oh, and all the recipes only call for simple, common ingredients you probably already have on hand.

    BONUS IDEA: My new Meal Planner!
    This is the perfect complement to any of my cookbooks, and will certainly be a great gift for the person who loves to stay organized. This workbook comes with a year’s worth of blank weekly templates and laminated menu planners for your fridge, 20 one-dish dinner recipes, plus a step-by-step guide for the exact method I personally use to meal plan each week. Since this is for pre-order (release date of Dec. 29th), we’ve included a printable gift card so that your loved one knows what’s coming their way, which you can grab here.
    Meal Planner Template on 100 Days of Real Food

What’s on your holiday wish list this year?

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19 thoughts on “10 Stocking Stuffers for Real Foodies”

  1. I’m so disappointed. I ordered a set of the reusable bags before Christmas & I still haven’t received them! I’ve emailed twice and still no response. I was looking forward to having them available in the car but I may never know how wonderful they are :(

    1. Good luck gifting whole wheat pastry flour along with the pastry blender. Bob’s Red Mill has been out of stock for months. Anybody else have luck finding it? I have been substituting white whole wheat, but it is definitely not the same in crepes, pancakes, biscuits, etc.

      1. Yeah, I do too. I was just wondering because otherwise, what really is the point of having bags with different categories printed on them??

      2. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

        …and the bags are each designed a little differently for the particular category. They really are great bags.

  2. I use my mini slow cooker to make overnight steel cut oats…2 cups water, 2 cups of some kind of milk and 1 cup of oats. Set on low before I go to bed and it’s ready when we wake! Also delicious with a chopped apple and some cinnamon thrown in at the beginning.

  3. I love all of these ideas! I have actually ordered several copies of your cookbook to give to friends, it’s obvious you put a lot of hard work into making it perfect!

  4. No judgement at all! That gravy separator is something I’d use for those same things. And how neat that it has a spout.

    Another foodie must have are those sets of cutting mats that each have their own color (one for veggies, one for beef, etc.).

  5. I might put those spatulas on mine! I have the kind with a wooden handle and the rubbery spatula bit is always coming off.

    A pastry cutter is one of those tools that’s not used a ton, but it’s really helpful when you need it. I also use it to break apart hard-boiled eggs when I’m making egg salad. Works like a charm!

    1. Great idea to use that for egg salad too! And yes, that’s why I love the one piece aspect of those red spatulas …I’ve had the same problem :)

  6. I have been unable to open up the coupon code by Amazon for your cookbook, Lisa. I would like to order several for gifts and I like the $12 price more than the $17 price.
    Thank you.

    1. The amazon coupon code ended last week …sorry about that! $17 is still a lot less than the cover price of $29.99 though.

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