Struggling to think of an awesome gift for your Paleo friend/significant other/family member for Christmas or Hanukkah? The fact that they’re Paleo may actually make this easier because there are some things you KNOW are important to them: the food they eat and possibly the activities in which they partake. We have some gift ideas for those people. If you’re trying to get someone into the Paleo or Primal way of life, many of these ideas will work for them, too.
1. (Shameless plug) Membership to Paleo Plan’s Meal Planning Service – $9.99 for 1 month, $89 for 1 year
We save you time and money by planning your meals every day, taking the worry out of deciding what to eat. Our shopping lists make sure you’ll have everything you need, right in your kitchen, without wasted food at the end of the week.
Honestly, this is one of the most useful tools in my kitchen. It allows me to grate, chop, and mash fruits, veggies and even meats better than I ever could on my own. And way faster.
3. Merrell Men’s Barefoot Train Sonic Glove – $93-$125
I have the women’s version of these, and I’m wearing them right now. They make all my other shoes feel clunky and awkward because, well, they are clunky and awkward.
4. Merrell Women’s Pace Glove Trail Running Shoe - $63-$135
I have these in blue. They make me want to run, and that’s saying a lot. I wear them around town, on hikes and just around the house if it’s cold. I waited to get barefoot shoes until they were making toe-less versions because I think those look a bit odd. These shoes are everything I was hoping for and more.
5. CrossFit Membership or Introductory Class (or any gym, for that matter) – Cost depends on the gym, but could be up to $200.
The initial investment is sometimes what keeps people from actually going to the gym. Take care of that for someone and you may just change his or her life!
6. Paleo Comfort Foods Cookbook – $19
I think I own all of the Paleo/Primal cookbooks out there and this one has some of the prettiest pictures of food I’ve ever seen. I mean, all of the cookbooks have awesome recipes – this is just me picking one out of a hat. For all our other cookbooks we recommend, check out this page in our Amazon store.
7. The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf – $15
Or Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint or Loren Cordain’s The Paleo Diet, or you could even pre-order our upcoming book (out in April ’12), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Paleo by Neely Quinn and Jason Glaspey. All are good, thorough intros to Paleo/Primal eating and living. For even more books, here are our recommendations
8. U.S. Wellness Meats Gift Packages or Gift Certificates – $25-$250
U.S. Wellness Meats is an online store for grass-fed, pasture-raised meats of all kinds, including rabbit now. You can buy a gift certificate or a pre-determined gift box of delicious meats, or just buy them something you know they’ll love.
9. 7-Quart Crock Pot – $29
I use my crock pot so often that it stays permanently on my counter. In fact, I have a grass-fed beef arm roast simmering in there right now… This is an invaluable tool for the person who doesn’t have much time or desire to cook. Just throw some ingredients in the crock pot before work and you have a delicious meal to come home to. No bells or whistles necessary.
10. (Yet another shameless plug) Paleo Plan Quickstart Guide and Paleo Challenge ebook – $29
Last but not least, this is an easy-to-read ebook that gives you the info you need to understand Paleo in a short amount of time, clearing up all kinds of Paleo/Primal confusion along the way. Of course, coming from Paleo Plan, it also provides you with a 6-week meal plan. As a challenge to eat Paleo, the book helps you track your progress through the weeks, and helps keep you accountable. It’s a great way for anyone to get psyched about changing their life and to start eating Paleo right away.