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The holiday spirit is already here at Oldways! We’re getting ready for Oldways participation in the 31 Nights of Light ceremony in Boston’s Prudential Center, planning a whole grain cookie swap, and looking for big and small ways to make the holiday season simple and delightful.

We’ve compiled holiday gift suggestions in this post to give you a handful of ideas for unique and useful food-related gifts this holiday season.

Reusable shopping bag

Gift Idea #1: ‘Vote With Your Fork’ Shopping Bag

Whether someone shops in grocery stores, specialty markets, or farmers markets, they are sure to appreciate this reusable shopping bag that says “Vote With Your Fork”. It makes a great stocking stuffer, and can even be used as a gift bag for another present. It’s so small it can be carried around in a pocket or purse, so your gift recipient will never need to run back to their car because they forgot their reusable shopping bag.


Gift Idea #2: The Truth About Food: Why Pandas Eat Bamboo and People Get Bamboozled by Dr. David Katz

In The Truth About Food: Why Pandas Eat Bamboo and People Get Bamboozled, author Dr. David Katz provides readers with the information they need to be able to separate out truth from misinformation about healthy, sustainable diets and lifestyles. Readers can add years to their lives and life to their years with the information they take away from this book. Is there any gift better than that?



Gift Idea #3: Oldways 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan Book

If you know someone with a new year‘s resolution to ‘eat better’ in the new year, you can help them succeed by gifting them the Oldways 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan Book. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are extensive and well documented. The diet features a wide variety of foods that are naturally healthy and low in calories.

This 28-day meal plan is a turnkey solution to get started with the Mediterranean diet. It is a specific road map with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes to help people make changes and eat better. The Mediterranean meals in this book taste delicious and are healthy and easy to prepare.

For vegetarians and vegans (or those who aspire to be), you may want to consider the Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan Book instead.


Gift Idea #4: An Instant Pot (aka Instapot)

There’s no denying it — the instant pot is a versatile piece of kitchen equipment. Whether your gift recipient needs a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a yogurt maker, or to keep food warm for an extended period of time — an Instant Pot does it all. It’s an excellent tool for cooking whole grain recipes, beans, stews, and more!


Gift Idea #5: A Travel Adventure

For a really special treat for a gift recipient (or yourself!), we highly recommend giving a travel experience. And, for people who love learning about culture by exploring food, wine, and culinary traditions, there are few travel experiences that compare to an Oldways culinary tour. Our next culinary trip will take participants to the Veneto, a spectacular region in northern Italy. Travel, learn, and experience a one-of-a-kind travel itinerary with Chefs Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi of acclaimed Boston restaurant SRV. Our Veneto culinary tour takes place from April 28-May 5, 2019.

If a trip to the Veneto doesn’t work for schedules or budget, you can give the gift of a taste of the Veneto with Veneto: Recipes from an Italian Country Kitchen by Valeria Necchio.

While gift giving is a big part of celebrating the holidays, the most magical parts of holidays are often the meals and food traditions we share with our friends and family. From Thanksgiving through New Years Day, we wish you and yours many delicious and memorable moments!

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