Our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

BY : PUBLISHED : December 4th, 2020 UPDATED: January 30th, 2022
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Looking for the ultimate holiday gift? I totally understand! The holidays are fast approaching and we are sooooo ready! I've got my Chrismukkah playlist on repeat. Our tree is up, our menorah is out, and I've been pouring soy nog in my tea on a daily basis!

You know what I've also done? I have finished our holiday shopping AND sent out our holiday cards! Since I'm done, I thought I'd help you out a bit. 🙂

First, I'll start off by saying that I want to normalize purchasing used gifts. And, actually, you can buy sooo many items that are new with tags. People (myself included) sometimes buy things they don't end up using, and that's where you swoop in and give it a new loving home—all while saving $$! This year, I used eBay and Poshmark mostly.

If you're still brainstorming for some hard-to-shop folks, here are some of my recommendations. Also, pro-tip for holiday shopping, make sure to download the Rakutan app to save extra money. I've saved hundreds of dollars this year!

On to gifts ...


Is it okay that I start with my own books? I reeeeally believe that Plant-Based on a Budget and The Friendly Vegan Cookbook are excellent resources for anyone who is considering eating more plant-based meals. They have photos with nearly all recipes, were written with a welcoming and friendly tone, and are both really well-reviewed. 🙂

Cover of the Plant-Based on a Budget Cookbook.
Cover of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook.

Other books I recommend:

Kitchen Gadgets

My pressure cooker is by far the most used kitchen appliance. In fact, I have several of them! I can whip up wholesome meals quickly, cook dried beans and brown rice in less than half the time, and it's so perfect for soups, chilis, and curries! If you want to give a gift that will improve someone's life, this is it!

Last year for Hanukkah, my husband got an air fryer, and now we use it ALL the time. We use it for tofu, vegetables, fries, and vegan meats. It's really helped us lessen our oil consumption without sacrificing taste.

An air fryer.

Klean Kanteen's insulated canisters make for fantastic gifts, storing holiday leftovers, and other warm meals like curries, stews, and soups.

klean kanteen canister with lid open to bean soup and ingredients in the background

With all of the activity in the kitchen for the holidays, one thing you’ll need is a nice sharp knife! Chef's Choice electric knife sharpener was chosen as the best knife sharpener by America’s Test Kitchen. It makes for a great gift, too!

chef's choice knife sharpener with a knife and cut and whole fruits in the forefront

Other kitchen appliances I love:

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Kitchen

In my quest to become more eco-friendly, I started using these reusable produce bags. They're washable, see through, and a great gift or stocking stuffer for anyone trying to live greener.

Apples, oranges, and bananas in reusable mesh produce bags.

If you're looking for both beautiful and functional cooking essentials like sustainable cookware, handmade wooden utensils, fair trade kitchen towels, and handcrafted table linens, Made Trade is a wonderful place to shop for your favorite cooking enthusiast! Shop all of Made Trade's ethically made and sustainable gifts and find something perfect for everyone on your list here!

various made good items on a tan background surface

Other eco-friendly and sustainable Ultimate Holiday Gift favorites:

Subscription Boxes

Another fun gift is a start for an Imperfect Produce subscription box! This allows people to have a box of "imperfect produce" —not pretty enough to sell at the grocery store — delivered to their home. It prevents food waste, saves people from making an unneeded trip to the grocery store, and best of all, it's cheaper produce which saves money! Plus, you can save $10 using this link.

Other great Ultimate Holiday Gift subscriptions:


I've recently been verrrry into gardening. These are some things that I love:

Vertical ceramic farmstand in a backyard with plants growing in the holes.

I got this Lettuce Grow vertical farmstand a few weeks ago and it's been making me so happy! You can store it indoors or outdoors, it's self-watering, self-fertilizing, and generally awesome. I don't have a lot of space in my backyard, so I love that I can grow upward! Save $50 using this link.

multiple garden beds with various growth and pathway stones shown

My Vego Garden beds are probably some of my favorite things I own. Plus, you can save 5% with my discount code!

Some other Ultimate Holiday Gifts for my garden that I recommend:

Don't forget some Ultimate Holiday Gift stocking stuffers:

About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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