Holiday Gift Guides for the Cook, For Him and For Her

Holiday Gift Guide For the Cook

Holiday gift guides for the one in your life that loves to cook and host, as well as gift ideas for him and for her.

Holiday Gift Guide For the Cook

2018 Holiday Gift Guides

1. S’well cocktail shaker and glass set: S’well bottles have been all the rage lately, so why not use them in your bar? I love everything marble, and these are a sweet gift for the friend that loves making cocktails.

2. SMEG kettle: Everything SMEG makes is so adorable, and I feel like everyone could use a better kettle! Perhaps pair it with a thoughtful assortment of teas?

3. Cocktail tool set: I currently have a very space-inefficient way of storing my cocktail tools, and this is a dream – so chic and takes up little space.

4. Cake stand: when it was Lu’s birthday, I realized I didn’t have any cake stands! I think everyone should own a pretty cake stand for those special occasions.

5. Mini waffle maker: for that friend who has little kids or lives alone, the mini waffle maker is the best (I saw it on HSN and have wanted it ever since). You can make mini breakfasts or just snack-appropriate portions!

6. Philips air fryer: YES, I’m all about my air fryer now, and I love my Philips one. I have the XXL, but this one is much more space efficient and gets the same job done.

7. Inspiralizer and cookbooks: need I explain? This is the perfect gift for the healthy chef in your life (or the one that wants to be healthier.) We’ll be having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, so wait until then! Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified once it goes live!

8. Mealthy pressure cooker: the past year has been all about the pressure cooker! I got a Mealthy this year and have LOVED it! A great addition to any enthusiastic cook’s kitchen gadget collection.

9. Pancake art kit: OK, maybe I just want this for myself, but I think both adults and kids will benefit from some fun pancake art, right? Christmas tree pancakes, anyone?

10. Ice mold wine chiller: how cool is this? For the entertainer, this wine chiller is also an ice mold, so you can beautifully display your chilled beverage.

11. Cheese markers: I love the look of these cheese markers, and I feel like cheese boards aren’t complete without markers.

12. And one more, a bit different – a Prep+Rally Meal Prep Subscription: my friend Dini created an online meal prep subscription platform that hundreds and hundreds of people are loving! She does Instagram lives on Sundays where she preps all of your dinners for the week, together. She’s offering Inspiralized subscribers a 10% off discount on all subscriptions (1 month, 6 month, or 1 year) – use code INSPIRALIZED. If you have a friend who loves to meal prep or needs inspiration, this is a great gift!

More holiday gift guides

For more ideas, check out my gift guides For Him and For Her, over on Inspiralized Ali:

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

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Wendy says:
Ali, I saw on your gift guide that you are recommending the Mealthy Multi-Pot. Could you go into a bit more detail why you are recommending this over InstaPot? I understand that the extras included with Mealthy make it a good value, but as far as cooking results and any other considerations, is it superior to the IP? I love my Inspiralizer, follow you daily, and respect your judgment on cooking matters! Thanks!
Candice says:
Hopefully Ali replies, but I asked her this once on IG and she said it was simply price! They are both good options!
Carly Glazer says:
Yes! These are both good options, the Mealthy is just the one that we use! - and those extras don't hurt either!

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this is my third time packing a hospital bag, and I've never packed it this early buttttt with identical (mono-di) twins, they tend to come early, so I'm prepared! plus, with everything going on with my toddlers (sleep regressions, potty training, childcare shifts), the last thing I need to worry about is being ready for the hospital. 🥴 🏥⁣

so what's in my bag? 🎒 pretty much the same as my bag with Roma, with a few tweaks for twins. here's the list, in case you're packing yours and want a good base: ⁣

to note: some of the larger & last-minute items I write on a sticky note 🟨 and place it on top of the bag, so I remember and if Lu has to grab my bag, he knows what to add last minute! ⁣

Photo ID & Insurance card⁣
~ Wireless speaker⁣
~ Snacks for post-partum recovery⁣
~ Blanket & pillow⁣
~ Sleep gown & robe⁣
~ Nursing pillow⁣
~ Flip flops for shower⁣
~ Going home outfit (maternity sweats and nursing tank)⁣
~ Extra long iPhone charging cord⁣
~ @fridamom Peri Bottle⁣
~ Charged handheld fan⁣
~ Sleep mask⁣
~ Reuseable water bottle⁣
~ Grip socks⁣
~ Newborn going home outfit x 2⁣
~ Newborn sleep gown x 2⁣
~ Short-sleeve onesie x 2⁣
~ Top knot caps x 2⁣
~ Swaddle blankets x 2⁣
~ Velcro swaddle (@theollieworld) x 2⁣

DOPP KIT (all travel-sized)⁣
~ Face moisturizer⁣
~ Shampoo & conditioner⁣
~ Body wash⁣
~ Toothbrush & toothpaste⁣
~ Deodorant⁣
~ Hair ties⁣
~ Dry shampoo⁣
~ Glasses & contact lenses⁣
~ Nipple cream⁣
~ Facial wipes⁣
~ Body wipes⁣
~ Lip balm⁣
~ Hair band⁣

TWIN MAMAS - anything I'm missing?! 👇🏼👇🏼 #twinpregnancy #hospitalbag #31weekspregnantwithtwins #monoditwins #twinpregnancy #pregnantwithtwins #31weekspregnant #expectingtwins #identicaltwins #identicaltwinpregnancy ⁣


we're a month into summer and the zucchinis are LARGE. 👏🏼 they grow like weeds this time of year and there's only so much zucchini bread, soup, and fritters you can make - time to spiralize them! if you're new to spiralizing and not sure the best way to approach cooking spiralized zucchini, here are my top 3 ways to cook zoodles 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼⁣

1️⃣ SAUTÉ -  this is my favorite way to enjoy zoodles. toss them over medium-high heat until al dente (with or without cooking oil.) the moment you notice them getting soggy, remove them from heat, drain into a colander, and pat dry. I recommend pouring a sauce on top instead of tossing with a sauce, to avoid extra wateriness. I LOVE a bolognese over zoodles.⁣

2️⃣ SIMMER - zucchini noodles don't get soggy in soups, they cook evenly and they are an easy way to add veggies into soups. just add them to the end of the cooking process (3 minutes is all you need to simmer until al dente.) think chicken "zoodle" soups and "zoodle" ramens! ⁣

3️⃣ RAW - you can eat zucchini raw! in the summertime, there's nothing better than a cold zoodle salad, and I love simple pesto zucchini noodles or you can try an Asian-inspired Thai dressing like a peanut sauce.⁣

what are YOUR favorite ways to enjoy zoodles?! #zoodles #zucchininoodles #spiralizedzucchini #zucchinirecipes #spiralizerrecipes #spiralizerrecipe #spiralizer

do these veggies make my belly look big? 😛🤰🏻 🧅🥒🍅 be honest! #29weekspregnantwithtwins #monoditwins #twinpregnancy #pregnantwithtwins #29weekspregnant ...

I'll admit, it's been a minute since I posted a spiralized zucchini meal on here, so I'm throwing it back (and bringing it back!) with this MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN with SPIRALIZED VEGETABLES 🍅, originally made for the blog by my friend @skinnytaste! 🙏🏼⁣

I love the simplicity of this zoodle dish, it's one of those "what the heck am I going to make for dinner tonight?!" 🤔 kind of meals. you can bulk this up with some grains or some grilled potatoes, too!⁣

search the blog for the recipe! 🖥️⁣

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