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PNW Holiday Gift Guide: For the Foodie in Your Life

Searching for the perfect holiday gifts for all of the people in your life can be tough. What a relief when someone on your list is especially interested in one type of thing — your aunt loves dogs, or your daughter a big fitness buff.

Well, if anyone on your gift list is a foodie — we have the gift guide for you.

Below are some fun, Northwest-inspired gifts that are sure to be a hit with the healthy food-lover on your list (even if that person may be you!).

Healthy Meal Delivery

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Your friends may like to cook, but do they like going grocery shopping? Every now and then it’s nice to come home from a long day at work and know that you’ve got something delicious and nutritious already waiting for you in the fridge.

Local Coffee

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Support local roasters, like Victrola Coffee in Seattle or quirky Courier Coffee Roasters in Portland, and give the gift that keeps on giving: fresh coffee beans. This is an especially great (and easy!) idea for family and friends who don’t live here in the PNW. You can even go the extra mile with a whole coffee-themed package, complete with a couple of mugs and a pour-over coffee maker or French Press.

Cooking Classes

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Set your friends and family members up for success in the kitchen and sign them up for a healthy cooking class, such as the “Healthy, fresh and zingy” class at Hipcooks in Portland or Seattle. A couple of others to consider are the “Vegetarian/Vegan Delight” class at Portland’s Culinary Workshop or learn to create a multi-course meal using seasonal market ingredients with a cooking class at Eat Seattle. If you’re reluctant to sign someone up for specific dates, gift certificates are always a good way to go.

A PNW Cookbook

The Pacific Northwest is ripe with fresh ingredients to liven up your nightly meal routine. Gift your loved-ones with a Pacific Northwest cookbook to help them feel inspired by these local ingredients.  Whether learning to make a delicious razor clam chowder, or figuring out the best pie to pair with whiskey, this list of PNW cookbooks has a little something for every level of cook in the kitchen. We especially love Simply Real Health by Seattleite Sarah Adler.

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A Juicer or Smoothie Maker

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Your friends will love having a new tool to help turn all their local fruits and veggies into nutrient-packed smoothies. Pair with a smoothie cookbook for a more complete package.

Serving Dishes

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Give the people on your list some new dishes to use while doing all their holiday entertaining. To make it extra special, choose ones beautifully handcrafted by local artisans, like those from PDX-based Pigeon Toe Ceramics or Seattle-based Downing Pottery.

Food Tour

There’s the signature food tour of Pike Place Market, which is especially great for an out-of-town visitor. Enjoy two hours of eating and drinking while hearing stories of the market’s history and get an inside look at market vendors’ business.

If you’re more sweet than savory, consider heading to Fremont for the Theo Chocolate factory tour. Of course you get to taste!

For the more upscale foodie, check out the Gourmet Seattle Walking Tour.  Go from appetizer to dessert at over 2.5 hours and seven restaurants.

Plastic-free Containers

We love waste-free shopping and are betting your loved ones do, too. Check out stores like Scoop Marketplace for reusable containers for both shopping and storing food in the kitchen. Future generations thank you!

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Lindsey Emery

Lindsey Emery is a Portland-based health and fitness writer. Prior to her move to the Pacific Northwest, Lindsey was the senior fitness editor at Fitness magazine. A graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lindsey spends most of her downtime running, biking, hiking and baking. She lives in southeast PDX with her husband, Eddy, and their cat, Reggie. You can find her online at www.lindseyemery.com or on twitter @FITNESSlindsey