If you are reading this, it’s a safe bet that you or someone close to you is a foodie, most likely a healthy foodie, and you’re on the hunt for some healthy gift ideas.
Remember way back when food was mostly consumed for sustenance and to stave off hunger? Me neither. Food is a major hobby now and foodies are its enthusiasts. And what a great time to be one! Still, it can be a little work finding quality foods that are tasty AND healthy at the same time, especially if you are looking for healthy food gift ideas.
From birthdays to holidays, finding gift ideas for healthy eaters can be daunting. At Manhattan Fruitier, we’ve made it our business over the last thirty years to offer healthy gifts to our customers. So, we know a thing or two — or seven — about perfect gifts for the healthy foodie.
#1. Organic Fresh Fruit Baskets
It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway – organic fresh fruit baskets are the gold standard for healthy gift ideas. Who wouldn’t be thrilled with a gorgeous fruit basket filled with pick-of-the-season, ripe organic fruits? Our organic fruit baskets are like edible floral bouquets, bursting with flavor, freshness and fragrance.
There is no other gift in my mind that is so universally appealing and appropriate than an organic fruit basket. What other gift could you send to a business colleague you don’t know very well or to your dearest Mom and delight them both?
#2. Vegan Gifts
Choosing Vegan gifts for healthy eaters is an excellent idea if you want to give a gift of food that promotes good health, is thoughtfully delicious, and is a safe bet if you aren’t sure if your healthy foodie steers clear of all animal and dairy products.
Be careful though — sometimes foods we think are vegan actually aren’t. Honey isn’t. Most refined sugar isn’t either. Stay away from most packaged shelled peanuts and some soy-based cheeses, sauces and dressings (gelatin and anchovies being the culprits). And unless specified, skip the marshmallows and gummy bears too.
If you want to find vegan gifts for healthy eaters that won’t give you any pause, just applause, consider our Strictly Vegan gifts. We’ve chosen each item in our vegan baskets for their quality, uncompromising adherence to vegan standards and ingredients that are so delicious you can gift them to any discerning foodie.
#3. Organic Teas
Tea is the new coffee for healthy foodies. A great healthy gift idea is a sampling of organic teas. White, Green, Black — they all have different health benefits and are a sustaining gift that can be enjoyed for weeks or months, depending on how avid a tea drinker your Healthy Foodie is.
At Manhattan Fruitier, we feature two types of tea, an Organic Oolong and an Organic Black Ceylon, both from Bellocq Tea Atelier in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Organic High Mountain Oolong is a prized tea, appreciated by tea connoisseurs like a superior wine. Each mountain region where it’s grown produces an Oolong tea with its own perfume and flavors, and like wine, a harvest that changes every year. Our Oolong is grown organically in the ancient soil of the Vietnamese mountains and is made from the larger leaves of the lower part of the Camellia bush.
All types of tea, except herbal tea, come from the dried leaves of the Camellia Sinensis bush. How oxidized the leaves are determines what type of tea — white tea being the least, black tea being the most.
High Mountain Oolong has a short fermentation period that creates a green tea with a verdant, floral aroma and a bold earthy taste with subtle honey notes.
The Queen’s Guard is a decidedly elegant tea for a healthy foodie. This Bellocq Tea blend was inspired by classic, dew-studded English gardens. It’s an ethereal blend of loose full-leaf organic Ceylon tea, organic rose petals and organic lavender. Ceylon tea is from Sri Lanka and is widely known for its high polyphenolic (micro-nutrients that contain important antioxidants) content.
#4. Pantry Items and Spices
Most healthy foodies do a fair amount of cooking at home. With so many once exotic ingredients now readily available at your local Whole Foods Market or specialty-food store, it’s easy to travel the world without leaving your kitchen.
When considering healthy gift ideas, a really good one is healthy food gifts for the home pantry. Maybe an extra-virgin olive oil from a small producer in Italy; or a sampling of unusual cooking ingredients for savory dishes like artisanal soy and fish sauces, or preserved lemons from Tunisia.
A great and sustainable pantry gift for healthy foodies is a sampling of heirloom grains and legumes from visionary American farms like Anson Mills and Rancho Gordo. These growers have rescued organic heirloom varieties from the brink of extinction.
Salts and spices from different regions of the world are always a welcome gift for healthy eaters too.
#5. Juicers and Blenders
Juices and smoothies have never been more popular than they are right now. Whether your healthy foodie is starting a cleanse or just needs to switch up a boring breakfast routine, a juicer or a blender is an excellent gift that, yes, keeps on giving for months and years to come. Gifting a blender is a more versatile choice for your healthy foodie since that would also give them an option to make soups and sauces too.
Most of the love lately goes to Vitamix blenders, but I’m partial to the Brevil Boss blender. It has just as much horsepower and velocity for pulverizing raw beets and greens, but is much prettier on your countertop.
#6. Dried Fruit and Nuts
A list of healthy gift ideas wouldn’t be complete without adding great quality dried fruit and nuts to the mix. Dried fruit, especially non-sulfured, natural, and organic dried fruit is a fantastic, universally appealing gift for a healthy foodie.
A sampling of dried fruits as a gift for healthy eaters is like giving a fruit basket they can eat for more than just a few days, as dried fruits and nuts have a very long shelf-life and require no refrigeration.
Even though they are highly caloric, studies have shown eating a handful of nuts can play a role in weight maintenance and longevity. The wooden box of dried fruits and nuts pictured above is a classic beauty.
#7. Healthy Comfort Foods
Sometimes they feel like a health nut, sometimes they don’t. Either way, a gift like our best-selling Pop-Up Party basket satisfies both the yin and yang of a Healthy Foodie’s hunger pangs.
When looking for healthy gift ideas, this one is all upside and packed with traditional party foods that bring an uncommon twist of happy and healthy to an impromptu gathering of friends or a Netflix night, sofa for one, please.
Snacks like a microwave popcorn made from ancient heirloom, non-GMO corn kernels and real butter(!), a huge bag of organic jumbo barrel peanuts in the shell, tortilla chips made from falafel paired with a salsa of fresh tomatillos and serrano chiles. Rounded out with roasted chickpeas and caramel corn in six unique flavors. Did we have you at microwave popcorn?
We hope these 7 healthy gift ideas for the foodies in your life will inspire you to always keep health in mind when a gifting occasion comes along. By inspiring people to stay healthy, you’ll most likely be inspired to stay healthy too!
When the next gift occasion arises, take advantage of yoga’s ever-increasing popularity for a fresh take on traditional gift giving. In addition to the millions of yoga devotees already practicing in the U.S., another eighty million people (34% of the population!) will give yoga their first try this year. So, why not consider a yoga-themed gift?
Chances are high that one of your friends, family members, or co-workers are enjoying the benefits of the mat. Maybe you know someone with a committed daily practice, or have a friend that’s musing with an intention to start.
Of course, finding the perfect gift for yoga lovers can be challenging, but you already have a leg up – or a down-dog split – knowing their interest. So, you’re on the right track but still stumped on what you should get the yoga lover in your life? You’ve got this. Take a deep, controlled breath and get inspired by our choices for the top ten best gifts for yoga lovers.
#1. Aromatherapy: Essential Oils and Room Diffusers
Essential oils are a simple, wonderful gift to enhance a yoga or meditation practice by helping yogis connect with an intention. Often essential oils can help capture the spirit of certain qualities. For instance, Lemon is associated with mental clarity and attention. Peppermint, a joyful exuberance and energy. Lavender, relaxation and peaceful communication. They can also make a room smell pretty!
Two or three different essential oils with an ultrasonic room diffuser are great gifts for yoga lovers. Just a few drops of an essential oil combined with water in it’s base can instantly create a soothing or stimulating atmosphere. Yogi’s choice.
I’m particularly fond of the exceptionally high-quality DoTerra brand of pure, cold-pressed essential oils, and for a tasteful, modern ultrasonic diffuser that would unobtrusively work with a decor, Muji’s is the best.
#2. Water Bottle
Gifting a water bottle for a yoga lover is a no-brainer, but it can be a struggle to find one that’s kind to the earth, has style for days, and is light enough for the gym bag. We picked this one for our line of yoga gifts because it satisfies all three of those requirements. Designed by LAB[O] in Montreal, CA, our water bottle is actually made of glass, but don’t worry, it’s protected by a zippered silicone sleeve. BPA and phthalates-free to boot. How refreshing!
#3. Yoga Travel Mat
Gifting a yoga mat to a yoga lover can be tricky. With different types of mats suited for different yoga practices, where do you start? A thicker mat is a great choice for a yogi who enjoys a more restorative practice. Look for a mat that will have a stickier grip for those who enjoy a higher energy vinyasa or bikram class to help them avoid slipping and sliding out of their poses.
So, you know they love yoga, but what if you aren’t sure which kind? Trust that most yogis already have a mat they like. What they probably don’t have and where you can help them the most is by giving them a Yoga Travel Mat.
Oftentimes, a vacation can wreak havoc with even the most dedicated yoga practitioner. Even standard-size mats can be awkward, heavy and prohibitive to carry. A travel mat can easily fold or roll into a carry-on bag or backpack to bring their practice with them wherever they go. My personal favorite is the Manduka eko superlite.
One of the most valuable lessons yoga students first learn is the importance of “just showing up”. It’s a lot easier when the mat can come with you!
Stylish and sweaty doesn’t have to be an oxymoron if you work it right. A great, affordable gift for a yoga lover is a headband that can absorb the side effects of a vigorous yoga workout, while keeping their hair suitable for any before or after class errands. Ponytails and barrettes are great, but a headband can keep distractions like pesky flyaway hairs and perspiration out of their eyes so they can focus on the important stuff, like breath and alignment.
Choose a wide headband that can serve a dual purpose. A headband like this can be easily pulled down over the eyes for a blissed-out savasana.
#5. Organic Fruits and Snacks
The revered yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar, who is credited with bringing the ancient practice of yoga to the West said “Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.”
Making the right food choices plays an incredibly important role in any yoga student’s well-rounded practice. Nourishing the body with wholesome foods lays a foundation for nourishing the mind.
We believe one of the best gifts for yoga lovers is one that extends their practice from the mat to the dining table. Our Organic Bounty gift basket does just that. Filled with certified-organic fruits, both fresh and dried, and organic nuts, cheese, crackers and jam, it’s a universally appealing gift for yoga lovers of any age or gender, beginners or advanced.
#6. Homemade Yoga Mat Cleaner Sprays
How lovely to craft a yoga gift yourself and have it be a gift they actually need! Every yoga lover can benefit from a yoga mat cleaner and making one is not as hard as you’d think! Here is a super-simple 3-ingredient recipe (distilled water, witch hazel, and essential oils) you can make in minutes that will keep yoga lover’s mats fresh and clean for many vinyasa classes to come. Rather than one big bottle, this recipe makes a trio of 2 oz. spray bottles, each with a different scent, for easy, everyday travels back and forth to yoga class.
Simple Steps and Ingredients for a Homemade Yoga Mat Cleaner Spray:
– Fill each 2oz. spray bottle (found at any beauty supply store or Amazon) three-quarters of the way full with Distilled Water.
– Shake three drops of either tea tree, eucalyptus, or peppermint essential oil (all known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties) into each spray bottle.
– Fill the bottles the rest of the way up to the top with witch hazel, close tight and give them a gentle shake. Give them a quick spray. Do they have enough scent? Go ahead and add another drop until it’s to your liking.
– Last step, the fun part. Find some adhesive labels and get creative with a signature design and brand for each bottle.
#7. Yoga Bolster
Every yoga enthusiast has a mat at home for their practice, but most yogis only take advantage of a bolster when they are at a yoga studio. One of our top gifts for yoga lovers is a bolster for home use. A bolster is an important tool or prop used in a wide range of restorative yoga poses that can have the added bonus of being used as a meditation cushion.
Meditation and yoga are so closely intertwined that people who practice one are really also practicing the other in one form or another. Both practices explore the mind/body connection and having the proper tools within reach makes achieving a daily dedication to one’s practice so much more attainable. When choosing the perfect bolster as a gift for yoga lovers, choose a rectangular bolster with exceptional firmness and support with an upholstery-grade fabric covering. This bolster is my favorite.
#8. Yoga Blocks
In addition to bolsters, another yoga prop most people only access at their local studio is yoga blocks. These are an integral part of any yoga practice, no matter what experience level. Lightweight cork or recycled-foam yoga blocks are a great gift for yoga lovers who appreciate the tools that get them closer to good alignment, balance and stretch!
Yogis and non-yogis alike would all benefit from a Supported Fish Pose for a few minutes a day. This pose, supported by yoga blocks, expands the chest and throat, which is a great counteraction to the inevitable afternoon slump.
#9. Yoga Gift Baskets
Our absolute favorite gift for yoga lovers has to be our collection of Yoga Baskets. A woven bamboo basket combines organic fresh apples, organic maple glazed mixed nuts, and organic banana and mango slices, and, of course, essential yoga accessories. In addition to a thick, cotton strap for reaching those deeper stretches, and a silky eye pillow for a restful savasana, we’ve added our unique and so very chic water bottle designed by LAB[O] in Montreal, CA to the healthy mix. So good!
#10. Gift Certificate to their favorite Yoga Studio or Retreat
When you are thinking about a gift for a yoga lover, perhaps the most appreciated gift you can give them is a gift certificate to a local yoga studio of their choice.
While a lot of practicing yogis are already enrolled in a monthly membership to a yoga studio or gym that has yoga classes, most yoga studios have special workshops or events that are not included in a rolling membership and are outside of this monthly payment. That’s where a gift certificate can really come in handy.
I have a monthly membership to a yoga studio in Brooklyn that covers unlimited classes, but my mother just treated me to a gift certificate at the same studio which I used for a four-part tai chi workshop. Thanks Mom!
Whatever gifts you end up choosing for the yoga lover in your life, know that picking a gift that is closely connected to a practice that brings health and happiness to their life will make you feel great too!
Thankfully, as the demand for organic products has increased, so have the number of options for organic gift ideas! Not only have new companies sprung up that sell only organic, many well-established companies have devoted space to a line of organic products.
It’s easier than ever to find great gifts for organic lovers. Whether you are looking for the best organic food gifts, or other gift ideas, you will be able to find a wide selection to choose from. The important factor is to match the preferences of your gift recipient. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for organic lovers!
An organic fruit basket is, not surprisingly, one of our top gifts for organic food lovers. It looks beautiful and tastes good! And your gift recipient will appreciate the extra care you took to send an organic fruit basket. Organic fruit is more expensive than conventionally grown fruit, but when it’s better for the environment, healthier to eat, and tastes better too, it’s worth it!
Organic food lovers don’t have to say “no” to chocolates! There is a myriad of organic chocolate makers in the market now. Just look at the chocolate displays in your local natural food store and you will be overwhelmed by all of the choices.
A lovely organic food gift idea is to collect an assortment of organic chocolate bars: milk chocolate; dark chocolate with a range of percentages of cacao (i.e. 35% to 85% which, by the way, tells you the relative amount of cacao to sugar – the higher the cacao content, the healthier it is to eat); chocolates that are single source; chocolates that have unusual ingredients added such as lavender, chili pepper, ginger, and nuts and berries for example.
It’s fun to try new chocolates, because you never know when you might just find the next best thing! We love the organic chocolate bars made by Caco Prieto in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The cool designs on the wrappers make the bars look particularly gifty.
Organic Coffee & Tea
For the coffee and tea lover, think about giving a gift of organic coffees or teas.
Similar to the situation with organic chocolates, there are so many choices nowadays. There are companies that sell only organic coffee and tea, and others that sell both conventionally grown and organically grown products. At specialty tea ateliers you can find exotic blends of organic teas and botanicals from around the world like this organic High Mountain Oolong Green Tea from Bellocq.
Espresso bars aren’t just serving coffee anymore, they are blending and brewing the coffee beans they carefully source with the precision of science and the magic of art. If your local espresso bar doesn’t offer an organic option, there are plenty of companies you can find online that are happy to ship. A lovely organic gift idea for coffee aficionados.
There are several mass market organic cheese brands that are readily recognizable in your supermarket cheese case, but finding certified organic cheeses made by small farmsteads are harder to come by. Small batch cheese-makers pride themselves on producing the tastiest cheeses while adhering to the strict criteria required to be labeled organic.
It is an expensive, time-consuming process that takes at least three years and is difficult to maintain, and many small farms simply don’t have the resources to get through the process.
One of our favorite organic cheeses is the grassy, nutty-flavored Tarentaise from Thistle Hill Farm in Vermont. We pair it with organic fruit and other assorted organic treats for a totally organic experience!
While not as ubiquitous as organic fruits, or organic coffee and teas, organic and biodynamic wines are becoming easier to find and this makes a thoughtful organic food gift for the oenophile who wants to drink pesticide-free. Have you noticed that more and more restaurants are adding a few organic selections to their wine lists?
That’s because more and more people are requesting it. Organic wine produced in the United States does not contain added sulfites typically used in the winemaking process, and taste may be sacrificed as a result. Some wines labeled as organic and produced outside of the United States do contain sulfites. They may taste better, but the additives may not meet the definition of “organic”.
Think about pairing a farmstead organic cheese gift with an organic wine for the best organic food gift imaginable!
Organic Make-Up, Skin, & Hair Products
Not all of our best gift ideas for organic lovers are food-related. If you are giving a gift to someone who likes living organic, consider organic products for skin, hair, and make-up. Just stroll down the Beauty, Bath, & Body aisle of your neighborhood health food store or natural apothecary and you will see that there are so many products that we use every day that can now be found in organic versions.
Think soaps, shampoos and conditioners, facial cleansers, massage oils, bath gels and bubbles, moisturizers, lipsticks and mascaras just to name a few. Organic lovers usually like putting organic food into their bodies and organic products onto their bodies!
Certified organic cotton is made from cotton plants that grow with no pesticides, herbicides or non-natural fertilizers for at least three years and use no chemical dyes or fabric “finishings” that may negatively affect the environment or irritate your skin.
Organic cotton bathrobes and tee shirts are easy to fit a variety of body types and are always welcomed gifts. An especially thoughtful gift for organic lovers who are new parents are baby clothes and soft toys made from organic cotton. You aren’t limited to cotton in your organic clothing gift choices. You can also find clothing in organic silk, knits, wool and cashmere.
Organic Sheets, Towels, & Decorative Pillows
If your gift recipient loves organic food and organic fabric, then they will love receiving a set of organic fabric sheets and/or towels – even accent cushions for the bed or sofa. Consider environmentally friendly organic bamboo or luxurious organic silk. Organic fabrics cost more, but your gift will show that you acknowledge their preferences. Make sure the labels say Certified Organic.
Sustainably Sourced Wood Products
It’s quite heartening to see that there are companies making beautifully hand-crafted wooden products for the home using reclaimed wood or wood from trees grown and harvested in sustainable forests. Wooden cutting boards, bowls, serving spoons, salad sets, and even photo frames (if anyone actually prints out photographs anymore — I think I’m one of the last hold-outs!) are great gifts for anyone who loves organic products.
Products come with tags that fully detail the source of the wood used. Organic lovers will definitely appreciate that.
There is an organic movement going on! To learn more about the organic certification process and other topics interesting to the organic lover, check out www.organic.org.
Mother’s Day only comes once a year so it’s important to make your Mom’s gift extra special. We make it easy by offering a selection of gifts that combine many of what we believe to be the key ingredients to a spectacular Mother’s Day gift basket. Here’s our list of the top 7 essential components to a perfect Mother’s Day gift basket.
Nothing says “Mother’s Day” like a beautiful bouquet of flowers in the hues of spring. Pastels are de rigueur: think baby pink, peachy yellow, pale orange, or dusty rose. For our Mother’s Day gifts this year, we selected three varieties of gorgeous pastel peach colored roses: Big Fun, a real performer with bi-color peach hues and a splash of pink inside the petals, and two types of garden roses: Old Peach Garden in the most delicate shade of cantaloupe, and Peach Campunulla, the same tone as Old Peach Garden but with ruffling on the petals. All grown for the purpose of making Mom smile with delight!
Moms expect to be indulged on Mother’s Day, so chocolates are always a key element to a Mother’s Day gift basket. So many decadent ways to make her feel that she is special!
Hand-made chocolates filled with exquisitely flavored cream ganaches, delicate salted caramel chocolates, and chocolate-dipped toffees. Our exquisite Jewel Box Bon Bons by “Stick With Me” are extra special for Mom because each delectable piece looks like a little gem! If you can’t buy her a real ruby or sapphire, these bon bons are an affordable and delicious alternative.
#3. Tea & Scones
There is nothing like a gift of brewed tea and fresh scones to make a Mom feel cosseted. And that’s the point, isn’t it? Join her if you can and share a proper English afternoon tea on Mother’s Day. You can provide all the ingredients to prepare a beloved English tradition with our Proper Tea & Scones gift. Start with a most deliciously fragrant loose leaf tea blended with rose and lavender by Bellocq Tea in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This tea is aptly named “The Queen’s Guard”, to celebrate regal Moms across the country! To complement the flowery aromas and flavors of the tea, we chose apricot ginger pistachio scones made by our favorite local bakery, Sweetleaf, here in Long Island City. These generously sized scones are rich and buttery with a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. With a jar of delicate wildflower honey collected from the Catskill Mountains by Catskill Provisions, a lovely little antique brass tea strainer and tea filters, Mom will be ready to enjoy teatime.
Delicate and flaky cookies are another essential component to your Mother’s Day gift basket. Remind Mom that she is un-mistakenly the BEST with these hand-iced Best Mom cookies made by Duane Park Patisserie. The sweet trio spells out M-O-M in big letters that express your largesse. Include them in a gift basket of fresh fruit or with flowers and chocolate. These cookies speak the sentiment!
#5. Petit Fours
We can’t resist petit-fours for Mother’s Day gift baskets — they are so pretty and refined — and your Mom won’t be able to resist the charm of these little cakes either. Hand-layered and iced in a pastel Spring palette by the wizard bakers at Duane Park Patisserie. Gently arranged like flowers in a window box, these delectable treats will make your Mom feel as elegant as they look.
#6. Chocolate Fondue
We’ve already cited chocolate as one of our top 7 essential items to include in your Mother’s Day gift basket, but hey, chocolate deserves to be mentioned twice! Chocolate comes in many forms, and fondue is a really fun and social way to enjoy the dark and creamy sweetness of chocolate. We could probably all agree that chocolate tastes great on just about anything — but especially yummy on fresh fruit and dried fruit, plain biscotti and crystallized ginger. Our chocolate fondue gifts are like a party in a basket! Surprise Mom on Mother’s Day by presenting her with a new way to enjoy chocolate!
#7. Something Personal
The last essential item to include in the perfect Mother’s Day gift basket is perhaps the most important. Put something of yourself in the gift. It can be as simple as a really personal note to your Mom. Open your heart and find the words to tell her how much she means to you the whole year through. Remind her of a memorable day you spent together in the past. Write about a time when she made you laugh or a time when she dried your tears. Or spend some time looking through old photographs and find a good one of the two of you to frame for her.
Mother’s Day is all about making your Mom feel spoiled, pampered, special, loved, appreciated, and indulged. Mother’s Day gift baskets should include ingredients that will make her feel just that way! Whatever you do for you Mom, be sure to make a fuss.