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December 2, 2013

Happy Herbivore's Gift Guide (for Herbies & Minimalists!)

It's that time of year to start thinking about what to get your friends and loved ones for the holidays!

Whether you're shopping for a Herbie, a home cook, or a Minimalist, here are some ideas on what to buy!

I'll begin with a bang:

*Annual meal plan subscriptions* are back for Cyber Monday!

(TODAY ONLY!)

Get the annual subscription! We will not be offering this deal again.

For the holidays, we are also offering gift subscriptions to the meal plans.

(You set the date when they start receiving them and we have a pretty gift certificate you can give them).

Our gift to you: If you gift anyone a meal plan subscription for the holidays, we'll give you (and them) a FREE 20-page eBook overflowing with tips for getting healthy, happy, and finding your balance this year. I'm really excited about this bonus gift -- I'm getting super personal and sharing everything I've learned in my journey to health. (It's a great companion to Light & Lean!)

Speaking of cookbooks...

For the herbie (or foodie) in your life:

Gift them the Happy Herbivore Cookbook collection ;)

Happy Herbivore Light & Lean (NEW!)

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook

Everyday Happy Herbivore

Happy Herbivore Abroad

If you live in the U.S., Amazon is the best deal (or support your local bookstore). For my international friends, go to The Book Depository (free worldwide shipping!).

Happy Herbivore apparel (NEW!) -- By popular demand, we now have HH T-shirts and hoodies! Mens, Ladies Fit, and all sizes (up to XXXL) in green, grey, white & black! Plus our super cute buttons and stickers!

Check out the Happy Herbivore store to get your swag on.

*Order by December 10th to receive in time for the holidays!

NOTE: We won't be offering all the different Tshirt options and colors after the Holiday (so get the one you love while you can).

For the home cook:

Here's what I use and 100% recommend:

Knives: A good knife will totally change your experience in the kitchen! Nothing beats a Wusthof Classic ($99.99) but the more affordable Victorinox Chef's Knife ($27.99) is also fantastic.

Microplane: I love my microplane zester — It's my favorite kitchen accessory! Necessary? No. Worth the purchase? YES. ($10.75)

Pressure Cooker: About two years ago, a friend of mine talked me into buying an electric pressure cooker. BEST INVESTMENT EVER. I use it every. single. day. It's great in the summer — no hot stove required! And it really makes my life easier when I'm doing batch cooking since it uses an outlet (thereby creating more cooking space on the stove! Woo!). I use my PC mainly to cook beans and potatoes, both of which we eat a lot of. I was buying canned beans before for ease, so switching to dry beans made the PC pay for itself in a matter of weeks. (I'm forgetful and don't have the patience to soak and cook beans for hours and hours, but the pressure makes beans a 15-minute reality!). Instant Pot is another popular model among my friends.

Cutting Boards: Nothing beats bamboo! and it's eco-friendly! When I moved into my house, two different friends gifted me huge, bamboo cutting boards -- my fave gifts by far.

Food Processor: I have both a mini food processor and a 7-cup food processor. While I managed to live without both for a year when I was living in the Caribbean (I relied on my blender or chopping skills), having them both back in my kitchen has made all the difference — they save me so much time! If you can only get one, go for the big guy. It's a great present!

Glass Straws: I know — a straw sounds like the lamest gift ever but I love mine and gave these out as a sort of "stocking stuffer" a few years ago. Everyone thanked me several times over. It was a popular gift.

Cookware Set: I use Emerilware, Emeril's line of kitchen pots and pans. It's a splurge, but worth every penny! I also use this high-quality non-stick skillet for a few token dishes. I have a flat double nonstick broiler as well for pancakes. More great gift ideas for the cook.

I'm also in love with parchment paper and silicon cookware: mats, muffin cups, and beyond!

Nutritional Yeast: Because everyone needs a bag of nutritional yeast in their stocking!

For the minimalist:

Gift Cards (I always gift grocery stores gift cards)

Charitable donations in their name

Food :)

Happy shopping!

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