As both a college student and someone who loves grocery shopping a little too much, I find myself spending A LOT of my money at Whole Foods, my local food co-op and other fun places. So naturally, I’ve found yet another way to give my money to the industry.
If you–like me–want to get your friends thoughtful gifts that are delicious and high utility, this post is for you.
For the chewer: Simply Gum
Nothing says holidays than peppermint, cinnamon and ginger. Luckily, these are the flavors that Simply Gum comes in. Not only are they tasty (my fav is the mint, but I’m a mint gum kinda girl) but they’re made with minimal ingredients and processing. Plus the packaging is super pretty.
For the hedonist: Fair trade chocolate
I mean, chocolate is kind of obvious. Duh. But when it comes to the holiday season, give a little extra by choosing fair trade chocolate. They’re not only better quality, but also give back to the farmers involved in the original growing of the cacao. Some brands I like are Theo, Alter Eco, ChocoLove and Eating Evolved, but any good quality fair trade chocolate is sure to make a perfect gift for your chocoholic.
For the one who can’t eat anything: Hail Merry
If you have a friend who seems to have allergies or intolerances to everything, I highly recommend Hail Merry snacks: they’re free of tons of stuff, like gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Oh, and they come in tons of flavors and are delicious. Both the cups and the macaroon-type ones are really good, but keep in mind that they need to be refrigerated up until you gift them; these aren’t that great for under the tree.
I hope this post was as helpful for you as it was for me to photograph (and eat). Holiday shopping is hard, but food is delicious. Happy Holidays everyone!