2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Is it just me, or has this year been flying by?! We’ve had more than our fair share of distractions over here, so it feels like I blinked on Halloween night and all of the sudden it was time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Christmas is going to be here before we know it!

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I didn’t make it to a single store on Black Friday this year, because there isn’t a sale on Earth that could make me tackle those crazy crowds with two kids, so I plan on doing all of my Christmas shopping online. There’s nothing like shopping from home in your PJs!

In case you’re using the same strategy, I thought I’d share some of my favorite gifts that you can find online, along with some special Cyber Monday deals (look for the deals in bold lettering). I hope they help to inspire you!

Kitchen & Home Gifts

gifts for the kitchen and home

Instant Pot. This is one of the only small appliances that has earned a permanent spot on my counter. I bought this pot nearly two years ago and use it at least twice a week to make speedy batches of rice, quinoa, soups, stews, baked potatoes, spaghetti squash, and more– all in 30 minutes or less. It’s perfect for fixing fast and healthy weeknight meals!

Inspiralizer. I love turning healthy vegetables into “noodles” and this little gadget is the best spiralizer on the market. I love how securely it sticks to your countertop! For Cyber Monday, the Inspiralizer 20% off– discount taken automatically at checkout. 

Cast Iron Skillet. The only other pan I use in my kitchen on a daily basis is my 10-inch cast iron skillet. I love the price point, and it will last forever! The more you use it, the more non-stick it becomes, without the need for potentially toxic non-stick coatings.

Le Creuset Dutch Oven. This pot is hands-down the most used dish in my kitchen. (I actually have it in two sizes– a 2.75 quart and a 5.5 quart.) I love how it can go straight from the stove top, to the oven, to my dinner table as a pretty serving dish. It’s durable to last forever, and the perfect non-toxic cooking dish.

Kyocera Ceramic Knives. I don’t have time to maintain and re-sharpen metal knives, so that’s why I love my ceramic knives. They’re insanely sharp and I don’t have to do anything to maintain them. They make prep work a breeze!

Contigo AUTOSEAL® West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug. This is the only travel mug that is leak-proof enough that I’ll actually toss it in my purse and not worry about hot coffee or tea spilling on my wallet. It’s the best travel mug I’ve tried!

Farmhouse Pottery. I only discovered Farmhouse Pottery this year, and I’m in love with their creamy hand-dipped pottery. Sipping my morning tea out of these cups makes me so happy! Use promo code CYBER16 to get 15% off your entire order– ends Monday night.

Nespresso Milk Frother. I got one of these frothers when I had to give up coffee during my first pregnancy. It creates lovely foam from non-dairy milks for homemade steamed milk drinks, and I use it most often for re-heating coffee and tea. (It’s an easy way to skip using a microwave!)

Gifts for Parents

gifts for parents

Door Monkey. If you have a toddler, this non-permanent door lock is really handy. My son likes to have his bedroom door cracked each night, and this lock keeps it cracked while also keeping the door securely in place– my 3-year-old can’t get it open, no matter how hard he tries. I’ve heard it’s perfect for families with cats, who want to provide cats with access to a litter box while keeping kids out, too.

OK to Wake Clock. This silent alarm clock has been my life saver during the daylight savings change. When we introduced this new alarm clock, our son soon learned that he couldn’t get out of bed until the “green light” came on– so he happily stays in bed until a reasonable hour each morning, giving our family much-needed sleep. I think it’s also going to help make the transition to a “big kid” bed easier!

Funtainer Straw Cups. These stainless steel straw cups are the by far the best leak-proof travel cups I’ve found. I’ve read that straws are preferred over sippy cups by speech pathologists, so you can use these cups with children as soon as they are ready to drink water.

Ergobaby Carrier. The Ergo carrier is my most-used and favorite baby item, as it let’s you be securely hands-free, while also keeping your baby close and happy. I also love the Baby K’tan wrap for the early newborn days, but if you only want one baby wrap, the Ergo is my #1 choice– particularly because it can be sized to fit a variety of care takers! (So my husband can wear it, too.)

Countablock. This book has been one of my son’s favorites for over a year now. It has helped him learn to count to 100, and I love how sturdy and colorful it is! (Many of our other books have ripped or missing pages…) There are three other book in this series, too: Alphablock, Cityblock and Dinoblock.

Mini Popsicle Mold. These mini molds are the perfect size for toddlers! It’s just enough of a treat, without it melting down their hands before they get bored with it. I like to repurpose any leftover smoothie that my son doesn’t drink by pouring it into these molds and making colorful (and healthy) popsicles for later. If you have older kids, this larger mold is perfect.

Covered Goods. My sister-in-law introduced me to these multifunction nursing covers, and I love them so much that I bought two– just so I’d never be without it if one got dirty. Most nursing covers run the risk of falling off, but this one is a stretchy loop of fabric that comfortably covers you and your baby, and it also can act as an infinity scarf, carseat cover, or shopping cart cover.

Hanna Andersson PJs. I originally thought these pajamas were too pricey to even try them, but then they went on sale (like they are right now!) and I realized that they are one of the BEST made pajamas ever. Hanna Andersson uses organic cotton and these PJs are durable enough to hand down to younger siblings in the future! We got matching pajamas for our two kids this year, and I can’t wait to see them wear them on Christmas morning. For Cyber Monday, all organic pajamas are just $24. (Reg. $44)

Natural Beauty Gifts

beauty gifts

Tata Harper. I was introduced to Tata Harper products a couple years ago, and I’ve been in love with them ever since. They use essential oils to make their natural & non-toxic creams and lotions smell lovely, and I always feel like I’m at a spa when I use them. For Cyber Monday this year, they’re giving away free full-size products with your purchase when you meet a certain dollar amount. You can get more details here.

Ellovi. I’ve also been using this 6-ingredient lotion for the last couple of years, particularly in the winter when my skin gets extra dry. Use it immediately after showering to lock-in moisture! For Cyber Monday, all Ellovi products are buy 1, get 1 free. 

Shea Moisture Body Oil. When I switched to using more natural body products, I missed smelling good, like I had walked out of Bath & Body Works. This body oil uses essential oils and extracts to create a similar scent, without using artificial fragrances. I rub it into my skin after showering to lock in moisture. (I found the Lavender & Wild Orchid scent at Target, but several scents are also available on Amazon.)

Leila Lou Roll-On Perfume. It’s taken me years to find a perfume scented with essential oils that I actually like. This one actually smells girly, while also being clean and fresh.

RMS Beauty. This is been my go-to makeup since I found out I was pregnant with my son, nearly 4 years ago. I use the un-cover up and living luminizer for a fresh and glowy look!

Wet Brush. I honestly don’t know why this hair brush works so much better than other brushes, but it’s a miracle worker– particularly on wet hair. I have naturally curly hair, and this brush tackle any tangles with ease! I’m never using another hair brush ever again.

Piggie Paint. This non-toxic, low odor paint is perfect for giving your nails some color! I think it would make a great gift for young girls, as my 6-year-old niece is a big fan.

Spruce & Co. Cleaning Wipes. These plant-based wipes are perfect for cleaning your glasses, computer screens, and cell phones (especially during flu season!) and they’d make a great stocking stuffer. I love that they are individually packed so I can keep a stash in my purse and diaper bag! For Cyber Monday, you’ll get 15% off + free shipping.

Books

favorite book gifts

How Not To Die. If you’re not familiar with Dr. Gregor, he’s the brilliant doctor behind the nonprofit site NutrtionFacts.org. He’s a wealth of scientific nutrition studies, and in his book he shares research on how to battle and avoid common health problems through diet. It’s a great resource to keep on hand for reference!

Everyday Detox. My first cookbook is an affordable gift to make healthy eating and cooking as easy as possible. My family still uses many of the exclusive recipes in this book on a weekly basis, and as always, I make a point not to use hard-to-find ingredients or have the recipes be too complicated. (The recipes in my next book will be even easier– but we have to wait until February for that!) All recipes are 100% gluten-free, and many of them are vegan and paleo friendly, too.

The 52 Lists Project. My husband and I were both drawn to this book when we saw it at Anthropologie. It gives you general guidelines for each week of the year, to help you accomplish your goals and keep track of your inspirations one week at a time.

Celebrations. Danielle Walker’s newest book is gorgeous(!!), and perfect for celebrating special holidays when you need to be on a grain-free diet. She covers recipes for special events throughout the year, including Easter, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays, and more.

Life-Changing Foods. I know several friends who have turned their health around using Anthony William’s advice, and in his latest book he focuses on the healing powers of over 50 fruits, vegetables, and herbs along with recipes to help you incorporate them into your routine.

Engine 2 Diet. I love giving this book to the men in my life, because it makes eating plants a little more appealing, and it’s coming from the mouth of a firefighter– so they won’t worry about losing their muscle mass, and there’s still plenty of food on this plan to keep them feeling satisfied!

Big Magic. If you know someone who needs to be inspired and motivated, this book will help! Perfect for any creative people in your life.

Charity Donations

If you’d prefer to make a donation to a charity in lieu of giving gifts, check out this guide from Consumer Reports to help find a cause you want to support!

Reader Feedback: Do you have a favorite gift you want to share? Please leave a link in the comments below!

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Laura ~ Raise Your Garden

Would love anything on this list! Last year, got the inspiralizer and use all the time. But with a little boy on the way…..so happy after 4 years with secondary infertility would be so pleased with any gifts for parents too. Threw out all my original baby stuff when docs said I had zero percent chance even with IVF of conceiving. Cleanup up my diet 100%, got even more active, and avoided all BPA and ended up getting pregnant on my own, naturally, no meds after 4 years of strenuous treatments. Clean living is the way to go!!!!

    Megan Gilmore

    Oh, I’m so happy for you! What a wonderful surprise, and what a testament to what clean living can do for you! Yay!!

    Karen

    Congratulations. I read your comment and it made me smile. It’s nice to hear happy stories from people. Especially around the holidays

Karen

You convinced me on those Popsicle molds. My two year Is home sick and there’s not much I can do but try to keep him hydrated. I was thinking of your Popsicle recommendation… and I think my regular Popsicles are a bit too big for him to manage.

Sandy

HI Megan,

I love your recipes! A while back you tested some blenders. What was the verdict? I want to add it to my Christmas wish list:) Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Sandy!

    You can read my full post on the blender comparison here: https://detoxinista.com/2016/05/vitamix-vs-blendtec-which-is-better/

    The Vitamix has been my favorite for the last 8 years, but I also recently had the opportunity to try the new KitchenAid Pro Line Blender– and it’s also comparable to the Vitamix if you’d prefer more color options. The main difference between the two is that the Vitamix pitcher has a more narrow pitcher at the bottom, and I prefer that for making smaller batches of things, like my dairy-free queso dip. Other than that, they both get smoothies super-silky smooth. Hope you get what you want for Christmas! 🙂

shea

Do you have any suggestions on a hand held spirilizer? I have the one that you recommend and love it, however, it doesn’t work well with carrots that are not perfectly shaped and during the winter months when zucchini is so small there is not much yield once the core is removed.

    Megan Gilmore

    I really didn’t care for the handheld spiralizer I tried, but this peeler has a julienne slicer on the other side that makes great skinny noodle-like strands: http://amzn.to/2hat2xq I’ve had it for 2 years and it’s still super sharp!

sarah

I’m late for the holiday gift-giving part, but this is generally a GREAT list – especially with a 2yo and another one on the way. I’ll be sure to look out for your 2017 list BEFORE the holidays! Thanks for this!

Amy

Hi Megan!
Thanks for this. I was thrilled to see a recommendation for a more affordable option for awesome knives- your endorsement was just what I needed to finally take the leap and invest in a set. I also finally ordered a new cast iron skillet using your recommendation, but feel intimidated about cleaning it because i’m so worried I’ll ruin in. Have you ever talked in a post about your process and/or shared the brush you use to clean it?

Thanks!

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