Healthy Gifts For The Holidays (A Healthy Eating Gift Guide!)

Interested in gifting something more purposeful than traditional Christmas gifts? This gift guide will help you to select the best gifts for your family members and friends who like to cook and eat healthy. In this gift guide, you’ll find numerous healthy gift ideas including gifts for healthy eaters, gifts for healthy living, and gifts for chefs.

Healthy Gifts (A Healthy Eating Gift Guide!)

December is here. Which means the Winter holidays are just around the corner. Are you excited? I know I am. And my kids are definitely excited, too.

While I love Christmas and everything it entails including the food part – oh, who am I kidding, that’s one of the most important parts – I know this time of the year can be very stressful. There are so many things to do and so little time. We have plans to make, gifts to buy, errands to run, parties or gatherings to attend or host, food to cook, cookies and desserts to bake, and so many other things to do. That’s hectic. And stressful.

I don’t want you to be stressed or to give up your healthy lifestyle during the holidays and that’s why I share healthy, no fail, and delicious recipes you can prep and cook. But, this year, I decided to do a little more and help you out with some gifts for healthy living.

If you want to make your family and friends a little healthier and happier this holiday season, this gift guide that includes a list of cooking tools, kitchen tools, best cookware, kitchen gadgets, meal prep storage, and healthy pantry staples will definitely come in handy. It will also make your job easier ‘cuz this gift guide includes all the kitchen essentials and kitchen appliances needed by someone who wants to change their lifestyle or who is already on a clean eating journey. You don’t have to spend time researching, you have everything in one place.

So, if you want to surprise your loved ones with purposeful gifts that will make their life easier and healthier, you are in the right place.

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These healthy cooking tools and healthy kitchen gadgets help me a lot. Some are kitchen essentials that are mandatory in every kitchen while others are just useful tools that can make our lives easier. They are all tried and tested. I know I wouldn’t be able to prep, cook or bake so many healthy recipes without them and that’s why I think they make great gifts for healthy eaters.

I divided this list into 5 categories – meal prep storage, healthy kitchen gadgets, healthy cooking tools, best cookware for healthy cooking, and healthy pantry essentials. There’s definitely something for every preference and budget in this gift guide so all you have to do is select your favorite healthy gift ideas and add them to your Christmas gift shopping list.

Sound good?

An overhead image of four glass containers each with a serving of Healthy Chicken Parmesan served with zucchini noodles ready to be placed in the refrigerator for meal prep.


I’ll start this gift guide with meal prep storage because I truly believe the key to a healthy lifestyle is planning and meal prepOpens in a new tab.. Meal prep storage is definitely an awesome healthy gift idea. And you have a few options:

  • Airtight containersOpens in a new tab. – you can opt for glass or plastic. I prefer glass containers but plastic ones are good too. Airtight containers are definitely a MUST in any kitchen and, in my experience, the more airtight containers you have the better so they definitely make great gifts for healthy eaters.
  • Besides the classic airtight containers, you can add mason jarsOpens in a new tab. to your list. Some meal prep is stored better in mason jars including jar saladsOpens in a new tab., smoothiesOpens in a new tab., salad dressingsOpens in a new tab., homemade lemonadeOpens in a new tab., and overnight oats.Opens in a new tab.
  • Airtight containers for storing dried goods are great as gifts as well. And you can find so many amazing ones. I particularly love this canister setOpens in a new tab. that is perfect for storing coconut sugar, flour, and other pantry essentials.


I love my kitchen gadgets. They make cooking so much easier and they are totes amazing as gifts for healthy living. Granted, kitchen gadgets are more expensive than other kitchen tools and they take up a lot of space. They are great gifts but make sure you gift them only to people you know very well so you can make sure they need them and they have the space for them.

  • Veggie spiralizerOpens in a new tab. – I have this oneOpens in a new tab. that comes with various attachments. It’s perfect for making healthy pasta (hello zucchini noodles, sweet potato, beet, and carrot pasta) but it’s great for salads too. If you are curious what a spiralizer can do, check out my spiralizer guideOpens in a new tab..
  • I use my blenderOpens in a new tab. to make smoothiesOpens in a new tab., cakeOpens in a new tab.s, sauces, meal sides such as homemade gravyOpens in a new tab. and other healthy meals and treats. Owning a blender is amazing and I think everybody should have one.
  • Food processorOpens in a new tab. – this kitchen gadget is another one I couldn’t live without. I use it to make breadcrumbs, to crush almonds, to make peanut butter, and to puree cauliflower and pumpkin.
  • Slow cookerOpens in a new tab. or instant potOpens in a new tab. – both are amazing and easy to use. And both can make cooking so much easier. Plus they make everything taste better and they make meal prep very quick.
  • I don’t know about you but I use my grill year round. I have the Weber Spirit GrillOpens in a new tab. and I love it. If a grill is out of your budget but you know someone who owns a grill and loves to use it, you can opt for grill accessories.
  • Digital thermometerOpens in a new tab. – a useful tool in general but particularly good for those who do not have a lot of experience in the kitchen.
  • Many foods require blending – whether it’s soups, sauces or desserts we’re talking about. An immersion blenderOpens in a new tab. is great to have around. Check my immersion blender recipesOpens in a new tab. to see all the things you can do with it.
  • Kitchen scaleOpens in a new tab. – a kitchen scale is a gift for healthy eaters because it helps during the cooking process for precision but also for portion control.

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Off to healthy cooking tools now. We have all the kitchen essentials here including cutlery, utensils, and other useful kitchen tools.

Food Prep Set

The kitchen tools I can never have enough of are:

To be fair, there is a lot of cooking going around in my kitchen every day. That plus testing new recipes. So clearly I need many mixing bowls and measuring spoons all the time. However, these kitchen essentials are great in any kitchen. And a food prep set that includes all these kitchen essentials makes a great gift for healthy eaters.

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Set Of Knives

A set of knives is another great gift for chefs or people who love to cook. The chef knifeOpens in a new tab. is the most important one but having a good bread knifeOpens in a new tab. and paring knifeOpens in a new tab. is also great. And you can include knife guardsOpens in a new tab. and a knife sharpenerOpens in a new tab. in the knives set to make the gift even better. If you want, you can add cutting boards too – extra largeOpens in a new tab. or smaller onesOpens in a new tab..

Mixing bowl filled with the steamed sweet potatoes, ground cinnamon, and pure maple syrup, being mashed by hand using a potato masher.

Cooking Tools

These cooking tools are not only kitchen must-haves that are used all the time but they are also versatile and they can be used for many, many things. Good quality kitchen tools make a great gift, peeps.

Cauliflower grits used as a base for Healthy Harvest Buddha Bowl in a mixing bowl.

Kitchen Utensils

I don’t think I have to tell you why they are important but I can tell you that they do belong on your healthy gift ideas list. I recommend silicone utensils because they are safe to use in all types of pans, pots, and skillets, are very easy to clean, and they look very cool.


Anything cookware and bakeware makes great gifts for healthy eaters and that includes pans, casseroles, and cast iron skillets.

Close up of spinach and ham being sauteed and tossed in the skillet to make egg whites scramble.

Best Cookware

A skillet set is great for pretty much anyone since they can use it to meal prep all kinds of food. If you know someone who needs one of these pans, don’t have second thoughts and get one for them.

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  • A stock potOpens in a new tab. makes a great gift too. It’s great for steaming veggies or boiling pasta.
  • The Dutch ovenOpens in a new tab. braises meats in the oven and makes flavorful meals.
  • Casserole dishesOpens in a new tab. – perfect gifts for healthy eaters because they are great for large batch meal prep.

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Best Bakeware

  • Baking sheet panOpens in a new tab. and a cooling rackOpens in a new tab. – perfect bakeware pair but the baking sheet pan is also great for roasting veggies in the oven and for other healthy recipes. That’s why I think these 2 make great gifts for healthy living.
  • Loaf panOpens in a new tab. – for healthy breads and other healthy recipes.
  • Pie platesOpens in a new tab. – awesome gifts for healthy eaters because it will allow them to try homemade pies which are, obviously, the best pies.
  • Muffin tinOpens in a new tab. – no one says no to muffinsOpens in a new tab. because healthy muffins are always a good idea. Having a muffin tin is amazing because they are versatile and can be used to make so many different types of muffinsOpens in a new tab..

An overhead image of a kitchen counter with all the ingredients for the Banana Protein Pancakes including uncooked rolled oats, a ripe banana, eggs, egg whites, baking powder, sea salt, ground cinnamon, vanilla or unflavored protein powder and ground flaxseeds.


To start and to keep eating healthy one needs to make sure their pantry is stocked with the right pantry staples. The healthy pantry staples. I included these pantry staples in this gift guide because I believe helping someone to stick to their healthy eating habits is a great gift.

We have 5 categories in this pantry staples sections – oils, sweeteners, dried goods, spices, and herbs. Plus some suggestion to transform them into awesome gifts for healthy eaters.


Oils can be expensive. Especially the healthy ones. To make oils into great gifts for healthy eating, you can make:

  • An olive oil basket that includes extra virgin olive oil, flavored olive oils, balsamic vinegar, and spices.
  • A coconut oil gift basket that includes extra virgin coconut oil and a mix of dried goods and spices for baking.


These healthy sugar alternatives can be paired together in a basket and gifted to someone who wants to explore the wonders of healthy baking and healthy eating.

  • pure maple syrup
  • raw honey
  • coconut sugar

Overhead image of a bowl of rolled oats for the Overnight Oats recipe.

Dried goods

You can gift these healthy pantry staples in healthy baking baskets paired with the sweeteners I listed above or in a healthy cooking basket paired with spices and olive oil.

  • whole wheat flour
  • quinoa
  • rolled oats
  • protein powder
  • nuts and seeds
  • unsweetened dark cocoa powder

An overhead image of a bowl with homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning made with black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, flaked sea salt, dried onion flakes, poppy seeds and dried minced garlic.


Spices are a great way to add flavor to healthy meals and they make great gifts for those who want to explore the aromas of different cuisines. You can create an American mix, an Italian mix, a Mexican mix, an Asian mix or a seasonal mix, such as pumpkin spice.

Here are my favorite spices:

  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • ground cumin
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • ground ginger
  • cayenne
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • cloves

Dried Herbs

Dried herbs are just as important as spices since they can easily change the flavors of food. For gifting, they can be paired with the spices to create seasonal or cuisine mixes.

The herbs I recommend:

  • basil
  • oregano
  • rosemary
  • bay leaves
  • thyme

Healthy Gifts For The Holidays (A Healthy Eating Gift Guide!)


I know this is a gift guide but this post wouldn’t be complete without my favorite holiday recipes. Not to mention these are actually very good gifts for healthy eaters. Edible gifts are great in my opinion particularly during this time of the year when so much cooking is required.


This delicious and easy Homemade Cranberry SauceOpens in a new tab. is perfect for the holidays. It’s my favorite side dish BTW.

Close up horizontal image of the best homemade cranberry sauce, topped with fresh orange zest.

Made with only 4 ingredients – cranberries, raw honey, orange juice, and orange zest, this Cranberry Sauce is so flavorful and yummy you won’t be able to tell it’s refined sugar-free. Get the recipeOpens in a new tab..


The classic Peanut Brittle got a makeover and turned into Quinoa Peanut BrittleOpens in a new tab.. It’s healthy peanut brittle, friends!

Close up of the quinoa peanut brittle which has been broken up

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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