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30 Edible Paleo Homemade Gift Ideas

Get 30 fun and easy edible paleo homemade gift ideas that’ll make put a smile on any food lover in your life!

30 Edible Paleo Homemade Gift Ideas

Some of my favorite gifts to give are homemade ones. Not only are they much more budget-friendly, they are so thoughtful and it’s hard to go wrong with them because they always have a personal touch added. I especially like to give edible gifts that are yummy, healthy, and festive, and they are also great to pull together at the last minute.

To give you some some fun and easy recipes that you can get your whole family involved with, I rounded up some of my favorite edible paleo homemade gift ideas from myself and my fellow bloggers that I hope will help you during the holidays or any gift giving occasion.

For the sweet tooth

DIY Pumpkin Cookies In A Jar by Real Simple Good

Cocoa Mint Holiday Truffles by Paleo in PDX

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies by What Great Grandma Ate

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip BlondiesPaleo Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies by What Great Grandma Ate

Chocolate / Carob Avocado Truffles with a Kick by Whole New Mom

Slightly Sweet Grain Free Granola by Pure & Simple Nourishment

Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows by Recipes to Nourish

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by What Great Grandma Ate

Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge by Texanerin Baking

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3Paleo Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies by What Great Grandma Ate

Salted Pepita Chocolate Bark by A Calculated Whisk

Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Mint Truffles by Tessa the Domestic Diva

For the cozy drink lovers 

Homemade Hot Cocoa & Cinnamon-Maple Marshmallows by Zenbelly

Glühwein: A Recipe for Cozy Times by And Here We Are

Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix by Raia’s Recipes

Vanilla Chai Spiced Ghee + Vanilla Chai Ghee “Latte” by A Calculated Whisk

Nourishing Hot Cocoa with Honey-Sweetened Marshmallows by Prepare & Nourish

Wise Water Tea for Better Digestion by Studio Botanica

For those nuts about nuts

Spiced Maple Rosemary Paleo Mixed NutsSpiced Maple Rosemary Paleo Mixed Nuts by What Great Grandma Ate

Paleo Gingerbread Spiced Almonds by Plaid & Paleo

Roasted Honey Dijon Pecans by Pure & Simple Nourishment

Paleo Vegan Candied Almonds by Texanerin Baking

Spiced Bacon Cashews by What Great Grandma Ate

Sprouted Candied Nuts & Seeds by Raising Generation Nourished

For those into extra special condiments

Whipped Cinnamon Honey Almond Butter by Thriving on Paleo

How to Make Basil Salt by The Rising Spoon

DIY Herbal Honey by Studio Botanica

Crockpot Apple Butter by Plaid & Paleo

Chocolate Hemp Seed Butter by Strength and Sunshine

Slow Cooker Ghee by What Great Grandma Ate

Homemade Vanilla Sugar & Vanilla Salt by A Calculated Whisk

Roasted Sweet Vanilla Pecan Butter by Strength and Sunshine

Immune Boost Vinaigrette by Studio Botanica


Black Friday Deals + Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Check out some amazing Black Friday deals you don’t want to miss out on, and my 2017 healthy holiday gift guide, where you can find something for anyone special in your life!

healthy holiday gift guide

I feel like I say this every year, but how the heck is it the holiday season already? It always feels like it springs up out of nowhere and this year is no different. I do love this season though, and I’m so excited to start decorating with sparkly lights and buying gifts for my loved ones.

If you are stuck on what presents to get, or want to get in on some great deals for yourself, this post is for you! I rounded up some great Black Friday deals and a healthy holiday gift guide that’ll help you find the perfect gift for anyone in your life. So let’s get started!

Black Friday Deals

  1. Half off 30 Minute Clean Eats on a Budget Cookbook. This eCookbook of 80 quick and easy paleo recipes that I contributed to is 50% off from today to Cyber Monday (11/24-11/27)! All the recipes are phenomenal, can be made in 30 minutes or under, and are designed feed a family of 4 for under $20. The book is normally $24.98, but you can snag it at half off for the next few days with code WGGA50 at checkout which is a steal!
  2. 35% off ALL Perfect Brand products, + 10% off with my code: GREATGRANDMA10. This is an amazing deal an opportunity to stock up on some the highest quality supplements out there! Some of my favorite supplements from them include their grass-fed gelatin for making yummy gummy snacks, their grass-fed collagen to put a scoop in my coffee every morning for better skin, hair, and nails, and their desiccated liver capsules for a bit of nutrient boost and liver detox. Don’t forget to use my code GREATGRANDMA10 for that extra 10% discount on top of the 35%!
  3. FREE SHIPPING + FREE Turkey Broth with every 4+ bone broth pouches you purchase at Bare Bones. Oh, did I mention you’ll get an additional 10% off with my code WGGA10? This is a GREAT deal for some high quality gut healing broth you can drink on their own or use in recipes, especially when they are 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal, and my 10% code WGGA10 will only last through Cyber Monday (11/27)!
  4. 15% off any order under 40 pounds at US Wellness Meats with code SEASON. US Wellness Meats is my go-to for all the best quality, grass-fed meats that are delivered straight to your door. They already have reasonable prices for all their products but you can save even more with their code SEASON through Cyber Monday (11/27)!
  5. BIG SAVINGS on the Instant PotIf you’ve been waiting to get your hands on this amazing electronic pressure cooker, now is the time! The standard 6-qt is only $67.99 (down from $99.99) which is a great deal that I’m pretty sure will NOT last. Not only is it a pressure cooker, it’s also a steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and you can even make cakes and casseroles in them.

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Heated pillow massager, $39.95. Okay, so I bought this exact massager about a month ago and it’s one of the best purchases of the year. If you are a massage lover and hold tension in your muscles when you are stressed, you’ll love this little gadget that you use to get the knots out anywhere on your body. It’s super strong, you can control the heat, and you can even use it in the car because it comes with a car adapter. I like to put it on the floor and lay on it concentrating on different parts of my body when I’m watching TV.
  2. Le Creuset Dutch Oven, $200-$600. For those of you looking to splurge a bit on a beautiful kitchen tool, I highly recommend a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I never appreciated what was so great about them until my mom gave me hers, and I just LOVE how food tastes cooked in it. They retain heat really well, and the heavy lids keep all the flavors from escaping. Plus, they are oven-proof, which means you can cook anything in them from vegetables to soups to roasts.
  3. Eco-wise Pendleton Throw Blanket, $109. Pendleton is my go-to choice when it comes to all our blankets because they are high quality, extremely warm, and have some really great designs. I especially love their eco-wise line because these blankets are made with naturally renewable wool and vegetable dyes and they also pass strict standards of sustainability, which I always stand behind. Also… who doesn’t need blankets?
  4. Himalayan Salt Lamp, $21.99. Not only are Himalayan salt lamps visually attractive and calming, it’s a natural air detoxifier. Salt pulls in water molecules from the room, including bacteria and pollutants. When the lamp is on and heats up, it releases water molecules back into the air but holds in the pollutants, naturally purifying the air. It’s also known to increase your energy levels, reduce allergy symptoms, and help you sleep better. It’s a great one for anyone looking for a bit of zen in their life.
  5. Ceramic Campfire Mugs, $14.99 for 2. Speckled campfire-style design is super trendy these days, and I think these mugs are the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone in your life. They are thick to keep the liquid hot inside hot for a long period of time and high in quality so they’ll last a long time!
  6. Matcha making set, $36.49. Matcha lattes are all the craze these days, and it can be an expensive habit if you purchase them often at coffeeshops. However, it can actually be super easy and way more delicious if you make it at home with some simple tools that come in this kit. Great for all the matcha lovers in your life!
  7. Sensationail Gel Nail Kit, $24.88. I love doing my own gel nails, because a) it saves SO much money than getting them done at a a salon and b) they don’t chip and last for 2 weeks! I started using Sensationail because they had the lowest toxicity score on EWG’s Skin Deep database out of all gel nail polish brands. I found that following the directions EXACTLY helps the polish last as long as getting them professionally done. These are a great gift for anyone who love manis and pedis.
  8. BKR Glass Water Bottle, $28.00-$47.62. Everyone can use a fun and stylish water bottle since we all need to hydrate. BKR bottles are made with glass so you won’t get any of those chemicals leeched when you drink from plastic bottles, and they are encased in a silicon sleeve to protect the glass from breaking. Plus, I love their design and if you are like me, you’ll end up drinking way more water if you like the bottle that you are drinking from.
  9. Preluvi Skin Care, $6-$95. You all know that I’m a BIG fan of safer and toxin-free skin care and I’ve been loving Preluvi products for several months now. They are affordable, effective, and made with clean, natural ingredients that you can recognize. You can purchase a range of products, from their lip balms as stocking stuffer (I’m obsessed with the candy cane flavor!) to their bundles as gift sets. I personally love their Grapefruit Beauty Oil and Cleansing Bar.
  10. Essential Oils Scented 100% Beeswax Candles, $21.99. Or, even better, make your own! I’ve talked about why I don’t buy scented candles and why beeswax candles are the best option out there. So if you have any candle lovers in your life, gift them with something that they can enjoy and feel great about using with any harmful effects to their health.
  11. Instant Pot, $127.46. Are you really surprised to see this on the list? The Instant Pot is my absolute favorite kitchen gadget and their newest model even comes with bluetooth connectivity! It’s one of the fastest methods to cook big roasts, soups, eggs, and even casseroles and cakes. It’s a great one for anyone who enjoys home cooked meals at a fraction of the time. You can check out all my Instant Pot recipes here.
  12. Smudging Kit, $23.95. Smudging has been quite popular in the health and wellness-sphere recently, and I love the concept of this mindfulness practice to create positive mood and vibration in your space, as well as clear the energy. There is so much information out there about smudging which can be quite overwhelming, so I love the idea of this kit to get you started right away with easy-to-follow instructions.
  13. Gratitude Journal, $6.88. What better way to cultivate self love and self care than by practicing gratitude everyday? I actually write down 3 things I’m grateful for at the end of each day, and this practice has really changed my outlook on life and improved my health. This gratitude journal contains inspirational quotes, spaces to write down what you are grateful for, and really inspires to be thankful every single day even for seemingly small things. It’s a great stocking stuffer for virtually anyone.
  14. Microgreens Growing Kit, $21.99. Growing your own food at home is one of the best ways to be kind to our earth, eat more vegetables, and get higher quality nutrients from our food. While having a home garden may not be easy or possible for everyone, this organic and non-GMO growing kit makes it so fun and easy to get started for all ages!
  15. An experience, $ varies. This a great one for your family, friends, or your significant other. I always think that the best kind of presents are the ones that you can truly enjoy the experience of, like a trip or an event. My husband and I gift each other this often, especially because it’s a great excuse to go on a weekend trip, a vacation, or a concert that you’ve been wanting to go to for a while. It’s also a great way to spend time together and strengthen your relationship with your loved ones.
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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2016: $50 or Under + Safe Skincare Giveaway!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway
It’s officially holiday season! As stressful as December can be, I do love all the twinkly lights, family time, and decorations. I know many of you have started doing some holiday shopping already, but I wanted to help you out if you need more ideas for those hard-to-get folks and I also have a healthy skincare freebie and a giveaway for you at the end of this post!

I love giving gifts that inspire a healthy and happy lifestyle, because of course I want my loved ones to live a long life full of vitality! This gift guide does just that and these items are also easy on the wallet because they are all $50 and under! Hope this helps your holiday shopping go much easier.

2016 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Naughty to Nice Charcoal Bar and Mask Gift Set, $48. I’ve talked before about my love for activated charcoal for skin care and how much it’s helped me reduce my hormonal acne. This gift set from Beautycounter contains 2 of their most popular items at a reduced price! I love all their safe and toxin-free skin care products, and I use both the bar soap and the mask regularly to detox my skin of impurities and oils.
  2. Foam Roller, $24.97. When I first bought a foam roller, I didn’t realize how much I would LOVE using it! It works incredibly well at loosening up sore and tight muscles, speeding up recovery time after a workout, and my favorite: massaging my back and shoulders. I hold a lot of stress in my neck and upper body, and foam rolling every night has helped a ton in getting out the kinks and stiffness. It’s one of those gifts that the recipient doesn’t even know if he or she needs it until they try it!
  3. Meditation Pillow, $32.95. I’m a huge proponent of meditation, and I think everyone should try to incorporate it into their daily lives. Having something so comfortable like a meditation pillow will make it so much easier to sit on it and learn to breathe. This one comes in 6 different colors and it’s made with organic cotton. I also love that you can remove the inner fill for easy washing!
  4. Salad Dressing Bottle, $6.99. What a fun little stocking stuffer! This glass salad dressing bottle has 8 different dressing recipes on the bottle with fill lines for the different ingredients. Salad dressing is something that’s so easy to make at home and the typical store bought ones contain crazy ingredients and hydrogenated oils. Now this gift can make it even easier to enjoy homemade dressing. Some of the ingredients suggest vegetable oil and sugar, but you can just omit those and it will still be delicious!
  5. Luminous Nudes Gift Set, $48. Another awesome Beautycounter gift set! This one contains Sheer Lipstick in Twig and Lip Gloss in Bare Shimmer, 2 colors that go with every skin tone. I was a bit nervous about buying these colors because of my dark complexion, but they complement my skin really well. I actually didn’t like to use anything other than lip balm until I started using these! They contain jojoba esters and vitamin E to moisturize and nourish, so your lips are never chapped while using them.
  6. Adult Coloring Book, $9.57. Coloring has become one of my favorite ways to unwind and relax at the end of the day, and this coloring book contains such pretty details and designs. It’s become increasingly important for many of us to slow down and do something we enjoy, especially because we are always on the go and busy at all times, and coloring is a great, calming way to do that. I mean, who doesn’t love to color? It works for many people because you don’t have to be artistic to enjoy this simple activity.
  7. Zoya Nail Polish, $10-20. Since I regularly talk about the importance of safe skincare, I’ve been asked several times what nail polish I like to use. I love a good manicure and pedicure and nail polish wasn’t something I wanted to give up on. Luckily, Zoya’s nail polish is toxin-free and made without common harmful ingredients like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). Plus, it stays on for a long time which is important for someone like me who cooks all the time. You can buy their nail polish individually (so many colors!), or they have a some great gift sets that you can buy for a reasonable price!
  8. Stainless Steel Lunch Box, $28.95. I’m all about encouraging bringing your lunch to school or work. You just eat so much healthier and more nutritiously when you make your own food. However, the quality of containers that you put your food in is important as well. This stainless steel lunch box is free of BPA, BPS, lead, toxins, and harmful phthalates, and I love the different compartments it comes with! It comes in 2 sizes, but I would go for the large size to pack meals and snacks to hold you over during a long day.
  9. US Wellness Meats Gift Card, $25-250. Some of us are fortunate enough to live near farmers markets and stores that have a great variety of high quality meats. However, there are others who do not have easy access to grass fed beef and pasture raised pork and chicken near them. Well, good news! US Wellness Meats is an awesome company that uses proper farming techniques to raise healthy and happy animals, and they deliver these meats straight to your door! Plus, I love that they have hard-to-find items like rabbit, liver, bones, and even wild-caught seafood. I think their gift cards, ranging from $25-$250, is a great way to support these farmers while encouraging your loved ones to eat better quality, healthier meats.
  10. Homemade Mixed Nuts, $5-10. I love homemade gifts because there’s always so much thought and love that go into them! It’s even better if it’s something you can eat. There are many recipes out there, but my Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts are a hit every time and people really love them during holiday season! It’s a perfect combination of salty, spicy, and sweet. Put it in a glass jar, tie a bow around it, and it instantly becomes so pretty and fun. These kinds of gifts are also perfect when you are trying to save money over the holidays.

Safe Skincare Freebie & Giveaway time!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

Now it’s my turn to gift YOU something. I’m in such a happy holiday mood, that:

I’m giving anyone who orders from Beautycounter through me in the entire month of December a free sample of the Purifying Charcoal Mask – no minimum orders!

I absolutely love the charcoal mask and I use it about twice as week, and it’s also great as a spot treatment on acne. It really is one of the best methods to cleanse and detox your skin! This offer ends on 12/31/16, 11:59pm PST.  Start shopping HERE!

Now for the giveaway

1 lucky winner will score Beautycounter’s travel set, worth $48, which includes:

  • Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa
  • Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa
  • Daily Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Travel Bag

All these items are safe and toxin free, and perform beautifully. It’s a perfect set to pack for your holiday travels! To win, enter below:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will be open for entry until Friday, 12/9/16 at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced above and will also be contacted by email.

Happy Holidays and good luck!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

2016 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Safe Toxin-Free Skin Care Freebie Giveaway

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