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What are some gift giving ideas to spread the Paleo love this Christmas & what's on your wish list?

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Created November 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM

As my first Christmas Paleo, I'm planning on passively (and rather slyly) spreading the paleo love by giving gifts like some books courtesy of our dear friends Sisson, Kruse, Wolf and Kresser etc, and steak knives but am looking for some more ideas?

Also, what's on your Christmas wish list, paleo-wise?

I really want a set of decent black-out window drapes/curtains! This summer sun is killing me in the morning...

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 10:38 PM

poor james... i also try not and get too carried away by the over-consumerist culture of the festive season. I've developed a good eye for sneakily buying presents that appear to be more expensive than what they really are (unique gifts from obscure little shops are great for this as no one has a clue how much they're actually worth), or buying 2nd hand/recylced gifts and just classing them as 'vintage pieces' of priceless value ;-)

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 10:31 PM

I totally forgot about Etsy!!! thanks!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 10:29 PM

i scored myself a near-new slow cooker a couple months back for $10 off ebay!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 10:28 PM

love the idea of the meat slicer!

Medium avatar

(10611)

on November 30, 2012
at 06:41 PM

I've been using the heck out of my Gokujo filleting/bonong knife, much preferred to the heavy knife I used to use.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on November 30, 2012
at 04:39 PM

Practical Paleo is a great gateway book! More and more people I know are coming to me saying they were just diagnosed with gluten intolerance, and it's a fantastic book to work with, even if you eat gluten-free grains. :)

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on November 30, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Ditto. I'm giving Practical Paleo to a few people, but only because I know they'll appreciate it. I'd probably be a bit miffed if a vegan knew my lifestyle choices and decided to give me a book on becoming vegan.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 30, 2012
at 03:23 PM

I wanted to go with a touch so I could do web browsing while pissing around the house, but the size of the nano is just about perfect.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Edit: purchased their*

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Coconut Bliss - Also, one thing I love to do is browse the wall of William Sonoma. All of their little kitchen gadgets are great stocking stuffers! Over the summer I purchased there strawberry stem remover and various other peelers. My bro is getting my Mom a new lemon juicer from there.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:29 PM

My iPOD Nano broke last September. I love the news ones! They have a clip attached to the back which makes commuting with it nice and easy. I love the news screens and icons. My old one was really old. I think received it as a Christmas gift during my first year of college.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 12:23 PM

Well in the past two weeks I've lost about 5 pounds. So I'm hoping to lose another 15 by Christmas and get down to around 200 pounds.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:26 AM

thanks for the heads up about the drapes. love the gift basket idea! are you saving the ultimate weigh-in until Christmas morning?

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:25 AM

ah yes! the immersion blender! thanks for reminding me that I want one of those... ;-)

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:24 AM

ah yes! the immersion blender. thanks for reminding me :-)

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:23 AM

yeah, good point. I'll keep the book giving to my immediate family since they know of my lifestyle changes and the positive changes it has made on me personally and are open to new ideas.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 12:21 AM

I love PRACTICAL PALEO! That was my first Paleo book I purchased when I started educating myself on the lifestyle!

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00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on November 30, 2012
at 12:51 AM

If I got any type of dieting book unsolicited, I'd sell it on Amazon the first chance I had, and I'd be pissed at the gift giver.

Most people will approach you about what you eat when they see long-term changes in your appearance and manner. The only times I talk at all about the way I eat is if someone comments on my meals directly or the talk turns to weight loss in general, and I mention that I've maintained a 50-lb loss for more than a year.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:23 AM

yeah, good point. I'll keep the book giving to my immediate family since they know of my lifestyle changes and the positive changes it has made on me personally and are open to new ideas.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on November 30, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Ditto. I'm giving Practical Paleo to a few people, but only because I know they'll appreciate it. I'd probably be a bit miffed if a vegan knew my lifestyle choices and decided to give me a book on becoming vegan.

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on November 30, 2012
at 06:18 AM

I hope that people put up more good ideas, because so far everyone in my family just wants to give me meat. I love meat, but that stuff has to sit under the tree for days. And then there's all the pictures of me holding up a roast with a smile on my face. Don't even get me started on the stocking stuffers.

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97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

on November 30, 2012
at 12:01 AM

In reference to gift ideas, you could always make Paleo goody baskets containing such items as coconut oil, almond meal, raw unfiltered honey, grass fed jerky, etc.

My Christmas list:

  1. Cuisenart 9 Cup Food Processor (Chrome)
  2. 2 Sil Pats
  3. A couple pairs of yoga and/or compression capri pants for Crossfit
  4. Sleeveless t-shirts from Under Armour for Crossfit

However, the #1 Christmas gift I could ever receive is to find out I lost weight after being strict Paleo for 2 months (started beginning November) and doing Crossfit (started Foundations class this week).

NOTE: I used black out drapes in college because my room faced the sunrise in the morning. They worked well. Some of the really nice quality brands even make black out drapes that can help keep your room cool.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:26 AM

thanks for the heads up about the drapes. love the gift basket idea! are you saving the ultimate weigh-in until Christmas morning?

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Coconut Bliss - Also, one thing I love to do is browse the wall of William Sonoma. All of their little kitchen gadgets are great stocking stuffers! Over the summer I purchased there strawberry stem remover and various other peelers. My bro is getting my Mom a new lemon juicer from there.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 12:23 PM

Well in the past two weeks I've lost about 5 pounds. So I'm hoping to lose another 15 by Christmas and get down to around 200 pounds.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Edit: purchased their*

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on November 06, 2013
at 03:02 AM

Chocolate dipped bacon, 85%, mixed nuts, or nonfood items (maybe camping gear, kitchen supplies, camping supplies, or blue light blocking glasses)

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on November 05, 2013
at 04:53 PM

Good quality olive oil, fresh spices with a small grater, and a good bottle of wine always make a nice gift basket.

Last year we gifted ourselves an Instant Pot-- electric pressure cooker that also works as a slow cooker, vegetable steamer, rice cooker. Makes the BEST bone broth EVER! Great for cooking grassfed meats to tenderness. I even hard boil big batches of eggs in it. it has a stainless steel pot that's remove able for easy cleanup. Highly recommend it.

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on November 05, 2013
at 06:46 AM

/\yea i really want a dehydrator and a smoker along with a high carbon fry pan, a mandolin, a chinois, and an ice cream maker.

then there's knives of course, you can never have too many knives. Ive got a santoku and a western style chef knife with a japanese blade, but i use them at work. I wanna get a masamoto gyuto for at home, i need to get a boning knife too, and a sujihiki would be nice to have as a slicer

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on November 05, 2013
at 02:52 AM

Any of the following would be fantastic:

  • cuisinart stand mixer
  • dehydrator
  • squatty potty
  • smoker
  • sous vide supreme

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A290e65929059a692504949cc6fe3e6a

on November 05, 2013
at 02:51 AM

I'd love to get any of the following things:

  • dehydrator (mmm, bacon jerky)
  • squatty potty
  • cuisinart stand mixer
  • sous vide supreme
  • smoker

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on November 05, 2013
at 02:30 AM

I've been doing paleo for the last 2 weeks and am absolutely converted. After our family day paleo Christmas feast, as our gifts to each other this year my hubby and I are hiking for 5 days down South Africa's wild coast from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay. We will be hiking 12-15km a day, living off the land and overnighting in the local Xhosa communities. Cannot think of anything I would rather be doing and I'm so glad I found this way of life. Never felt better.

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on November 30, 2012
at 07:20 PM

My wish for this year....

To make it to new years without being in financial ruin. My wife believes the amount you spend is directly proportional to your love for that person, and no gift means you don't love them, so I have never had a good Christmas.

But I can wish right?

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 10:38 PM

poor james... i also try not and get too carried away by the over-consumerist culture of the festive season. I've developed a good eye for sneakily buying presents that appear to be more expensive than what they really are (unique gifts from obscure little shops are great for this as no one has a clue how much they're actually worth), or buying 2nd hand/recylced gifts and just classing them as 'vintage pieces' of priceless value ;-)

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(10611)

on November 30, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Clams, oysters, crabs, fish, roasted hazelnuts and a new walking stick.

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on November 30, 2012
at 06:15 PM

Local Harvest has some nice food-related gifts on their shop, and you can refine by location for whoever you're buying for! Also, some of the farms sell "shares" of the next harvest (Spring right now), which is really cool. Most of the subscriptions are kind of pricey, but throughout the season you get weekly portions of fresh veggies/fruits depending on the farm. A lot of the farms (but not all) require that you pick up your portion rather than offering delivery, so if that's the case it's definitely a good idea to make sure the farm is close by the person you're buying for and that they'll be willing to go get their fresh produce. I believe there are also similar services for meat and eggs. Great for a locavore/foodie/cooking enthusiast! Local Harvest only serves the US, so if you live in another country maybe try looking for farm co-ops etc. that do the same thing. Also, a cooking class or series of classes might be a nice gift, especially if you can find a paleo cooking instructor! If you like the CrossFit thing (or any other paleo/primal type exercise) and your gift recipient is into fitness or has expressed a desire to get in better shape, you could give them a class/training session. Try LivingSocial for classes/experiences that you can give as gifts (and they're discounted!).

And I second the crock pot idea! On my personal list is new cookware (All-Clad stainless, I'm so sick of my crappy non-stick pans!!), replacements for all the plastic things in my kitchen, like measuring cups, spatulas, etc., some natural shampoo like this one (bye bye scary chemicals!),and pretty much anything else on Etsy. There are shops that sell paleo desserts you could give a friend with a sweet tooth (replace those Oreos?), tons of natural toiletries/make-up/cleaning products, etc. Etsy is definitely my go-to for gifts (especially for myself).

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 10:31 PM

I totally forgot about Etsy!!! thanks!

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on November 30, 2012
at 05:06 PM

The Eades' would love it I am sure if you got someone a Sous Vide Supreme! http://www.sousvidesupreme.com/

For those who don't know, Dr. Michael Eades of Protein Power fame owns the company.

This is the cookbook I want! Modernist Cuisine is stunning achievement with paleo applicability.

Or a cheapo crock pot :)

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 10:29 PM

i scored myself a near-new slow cooker a couple months back for $10 off ebay!

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on November 30, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Nom Nom Paleo has a blog post about he Paleo kitchen essentials. It might be a good place to find something gift-worthy. http://nomnompaleo.com/post/34989917794/essential-paleo-kitchen-tools

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 30, 2012
at 02:19 PM

Last year my big gift was a meat slicer. I love it, and use it ALL the time. Every time I make a roast I slice some and have "deli" meat for snacks -- except there's no added junk in my meat!

I also got a butchering knife set which I love. I tend to prefer large cuts and then to butcher it myself. Getting a really good cleaver, butcher knife, and bone saw was awesome!

This year I am asking for:

    iPod Nano(mine broke)
    Smoker -- I've been using an old Weber grill, but I'd like a better one
    A new suit -- dropped weight and now I look like a kid at homecoming in his dads suit

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:29 PM

My iPOD Nano broke last September. I love the news ones! They have a clip attached to the back which makes commuting with it nice and easy. I love the news screens and icons. My old one was really old. I think received it as a Christmas gift during my first year of college.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 30, 2012
at 03:23 PM

I wanted to go with a touch so I could do web browsing while pissing around the house, but the size of the nano is just about perfect.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on November 30, 2012
at 06:41 PM

I've been using the heck out of my Gokujo filleting/bonong knife, much preferred to the heavy knife I used to use.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 10:28 PM

love the idea of the meat slicer!

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on November 30, 2012
at 12:18 AM

I just bought two copies of Practical Paleo. One for my sister (plus a julienne peeler!), and one for a chinese gift exchange gift. I also bought some Choffy for other gift exchanges. :)

I'm requesting Practical Paleo (hah!), Carnivore by Michael Symon, The River Cottage Meat Book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price, a bunch of random kitchen supplies (SilPats, enameled cast iron stuff, good knives, stovetop espresso maker, immersion blender, etc.)

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:25 AM

ah yes! the immersion blender! thanks for reminding me that I want one of those... ;-)

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on November 30, 2012
at 04:39 PM

Practical Paleo is a great gateway book! More and more people I know are coming to me saying they were just diagnosed with gluten intolerance, and it's a fantastic book to work with, even if you eat gluten-free grains. :)

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 30, 2012
at 12:21 AM

I love PRACTICAL PALEO! That was my first Paleo book I purchased when I started educating myself on the lifestyle!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:24 AM

ah yes! the immersion blender. thanks for reminding me :-)

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