Ready, Set, Shop: Health-inspired gifts for everyone on your list: Part 2.

11 Dec

Here are more of my favorite finds for holiday 2012 – good for giving and getting!

6. Personalized cookbook 

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Though I am enamored with all of the gifts on the list, this might just be my #1 favorite. If you are organized, you may have your most beloved recipes organized by cuisine in a book. If you aren’t so type A, you may have clippings shoved and pinned here or there. In any case, you can create a beautiful cookbook from Blurb.com, complete with family and/or favorite recipes AND add your own pictures. It’s like a picture book and cookbook in one. This seems like an all-consuming project, based on what Sarah over on Clover Lane said, but so worth it. It’s an heirloom. It’s a gift. It’s a gem. Go to www.blurb.com to start creating your own cookbook. Starting at $65. (Image: http://www.blurb.com)

7. Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools Kitchen Stand for Tablets

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How many times have you struggled to prop your iPad (precariously) between kitchen gadgets in order to allow you to read a recipe while cooking? I’ve typically rested my iPad on my cookbook holder, but it’s still not ideal. Well, our problems are solved with this tablet stand from Williams Sonoma. It appears that it complies with any typical tablet (maybe even a kindle?). There is also a bluetooth version (at a higher price point) which allows you to play from your iTunes account. This is perfect for the “cook who has everything”.  Go to www.williams-sonoma.com for more information. Cost: $49.95 (Bluetooth version: $149.95). (Image: http://www.williams-sonoma.com)

8. [Favorite] Recipe Art by Not on the High Street

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I think this is so clever and unique. It’s along the same kinds of cuteness as the create your own recipe book above. The British website NotOnTheHighStreet.com offers personalized prints of your favorite recipe to hang in the kitchen (or anywhere, I suppose). This is just darling. Chances are high that you will have a hard time choosing which recipe to choose, but who says you have to stop with just one? Visit www.NotOntheHighStreet.com for more information. International delivery available (don’t worry!). Cost: $69. (Image: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com)

9. Spaghetti for _#_ ?

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This is probably the most frugal gift on the list so far, and by far the most useful perhaps. Talk about a, “Oh, this is so clever!” moment. The “so clever” item is this spaghetti measurer based on how many portions you are aiming for. Instead of wasting pasta, you can carefully measure out 1-4 servings of pasta. I haven’t got my hands on one yet to see if it’s a 2-ounce of 4-ounce portion. Dishwasher safe. Comes in grey, green and red. Visit www.josephjoseph.com Cost $7. (Image: http://www.9gag.com)

10. Bento Lunchbox

cashew-sandwich-bento-lunchbox

Finally bringing your lunch to work is cool again, in part by the inundation of cute, reusable “lunchware”. If you bring your lunch hiding in a brown paper bag (so 4th grade), you might get glares from your more eco-conscious co-workers (and get yourself a first-class ticket to eating alone in the cafeteria). Dont’ risk the chance: since you are saving so much on lunch itself, invest in a lunchbox that echos your personality. There are so many to choose from, yes, however these Bento boxes are the cream of the crop. By definition, a Bento is a Japanese form of take-out or meal prepared at home in compartments. Believe it or not, there are blogs devoted to the art of bento meals! Visit www.laptoplunches.com. Price: Starting at $23.99. (Image: http://www.laptoplunches.com)

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