Healthy Eating

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.

Choosing gifts for a foodie can be fun. There can be a lot of options such as dishes, crockery, new recipe cookbooks, etc. You can even gift them a custom embroidered apron with quirky food quotes. You may just have to look for firms like Mato and Hash or the ones like them that can embroider the selected quote on an apron. Gifts like these tend to be appreciated by foodies that like cooking.

That said, 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 eat delicious foods, but do they like cooking? 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 on the dining table. To do that, you may need to choose a healthy meal (from Online menus for restaurants) and then place an order before heading home through a food delivery service.

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. A perfect way to help them make a strong cup of lungo coffee, or a latte; whatever they enjoy!

Cooking Classes

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Set your friends and family members up for success in the kitchen and sign them up for a virtual cooking class.

Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen

Seattle Cucina

The Pantry

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

While most are on hold right now, we’re confident you’ll be able to go in 2021. Look for gift certificates and virtual experiences. 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!