Super Duper 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Super Duper Holiday Gift Guide 2019

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Some of you might remember the 2016 gift guide by the same name! I retired that baby and created a brand new updated post. You’re welcome! I realized a long time ago that I, like many others, are more than just one thing. I can’t be defined by one category and that includes gifts. I am a blogger, a traveler, a foodie, an RVer and a Francophile, and I know that many of you are that and more, so I hope my super-duper guide will have something that catches your eye for either yourself, a friend or a family member

I don’t like to just slap some pictures down and say “buy.” I want you to understand why I’m making the recommendations I’ve made and my experience with the products. If I don’t have personal experience with an item, I tell you. And I tell you why I still recommend it.

Now on with the goodies!

Gifts for Bloggers

Blogger Gift Guide

Whether you (or your blogging friend or family member) have/has been blogging for 1 year or 1 decade, there are always “things” a blogger can use: planners, printables, books, e-courses or that mug to keep full of coffee so you/they can get through that deadline! I have updated my guide for 2019. There are still some old classics that I will always recommend and some new additions too! Rather than repeating everything here, I’m just going to direct you to that post!

See the Blogger Gift Guide for 2019.

Gifts for Foodies

Gifts for Foodies

FOOD BOXES

So much new food to explore, so little time to do it!  The food industry is constantly innovating and reinventing itself! Life gets busier and busier. Food boxes are a great way to try new foods, stay on a particular type of diet or conveniently have food in your fridge during the crazy work weeks.  As a traveler who can’t travel all the time, I can travel through food, which is my favorite way to travel anyway. Any food box – whether it is a subscription or a one-time thing, makes a great gift!

Food Box Recommendations

  • Purple Carrot and Sun Basket are vegetable-forward weekly boxes.
  • Butcher Box is protein/met-forward.
  • Bon Appétit – of course, one of my favorites being a Francophile, but they have delicious offerings!
  • CrateChef – Monthly service where you get sauces, spices, cooking utensils and recipes. It is a great way to try new spices and condiments that you may not be familiar with.
  • Umai Crate – I know this isn’t super healthy, but ramen! This is a ramen subscription service that sends you 7-8 instant ramen noodle varieties every month.

There are cheese-of-the-month boxes, salami-of-the-month boxes, jerky-of-the-month boxes, you name it! Find out what your friend or family member loves and there is a box for that!

BACK TO THE ROOTS
I think the gift sets from this community-minded start-up in Oakland (go Bay Area!) are pretty cool. If you don’t have a garden (or live in the middle of the desert, as I do) or a permanent plot of land or if you frequently find yourself without fresh herbs, their garden in a jar gift set is perfect!

Cookbook Gifts

COOKBOOKS

I haven’t met many foodies who don’t love to drool over cookbooks! Find out what your friend or family member likes to cook and find them a cookbook, or find out what they have always wanted to learn how to cook and pick up something for them, for people trying out a new lifestyle like low carb, there are lots of good choices for gifting.

Some of my favorite Cookbooks from 2019

FOOD (duh!)

A foodie loves food, right?! Think about what your favorite foodie loves to eat or cook with and make a nice gift basket or travel kit for them. There are sometimes little food indulgences that a person won’t buy for themselves, but love to receive. Nuts are always a good gift (for those not allergic) and I am still a huge fan of Sahale Snacks. Good news! If your foodie is also low carb, there are tons of snacks and drink mixes that would make a cute food basket. I shared a few of my favorites in J’adore #82 Low Carb Foods and J’adore #83 Low Carb Snacks. You know going out to a restaurant can be expensive, so restaurant gift cards make a nice present as well.

More Gifts for Foodie Recommendations

  • I am a big fan of Sugarfina candies (although I can’t personally eat them very often these days) – I love their fancy flavors like champagne and sparkling rosè!
  • I do love me some Sriracha, it goes great on everything! So the Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain is essential!
  • I am a HUGE fan of Jacobsen Salt who is based in Portland Oregon, they have a great travel tin (for picnics, etc.) with their flake sea salt, harvested right on the Oregon coast.
  • Pick up fancy olive oil, fancy chocolates or fancy wine – they all make great gifts!

Gifts for Francophiles

Gift Guide for Francophiles

Oh la la! If you have a Francophile in your life then you are going to want to check this list out. Perfectly curated by moi, a longtime Francophile, I would love and appreciate any of these – and many of these items I already have! If you have wannabe Frenchie friend or family member – someone who loves all things French, France or Paris, then this list is for them!

See the Gift Guide for the Francophile in Your Life (updated for 2019).

Gifts for Travelers

Gifts for Travelers

BAGS

Trust me, as a traveler we are always looking to optimize our equipment. Mr. Misadventures and I have been using our suitcases for ten years and love them.  But we have added a few suitcases to our repertoire, some overnight sizes as well as the longer trip variety (Bonjour Delsey!).  We swear by Eagle Creek organizers which we have been using equally as long. These are foundational pieces you’ve got to have.

Then you need day packs. In regular life, you can’t pry my Timbukt2 small messenger bag from my cold dead hands. I’ve used my Osprey Talon 22 backpack for more than 10 years and it is highly functional and durable. For in-between needs, I have my Jambu cross-body bag. For my camera, I have an ONA Bowery that is waxed so it wicks water and is perfect for city adventures and ThinkTank Backlight (18L) for when I am in the great outdoors.

GADGETS

One of the most frustrating aspects of travel is finding/having good gadgets or tools to help you with life. For me that means connectivity! I swear by my Karma mifi. We had some sucky RV park wifi to deal with and while we couldn’t stream with it, I could get internet! I used their pay-as-you-go model so I only spend what I need. I have a mifi I tether to for international travel as well.

Oh my goodness analog scales are so cheap! You can save a ton of money when it comes to preventing overweight luggage fees at the airport. I would never consider a trip to Paris without ours! You can buy digital ones as well. If you have a traveling friend who tends to over-pack or over-shop, this tool is an absolute necessity!

If you know anyone who gets motion sickness you must get them PSI bands. I’ve had mine for more than a decade (the same pair!) and can’t tell you how many times I have been grateful that they were in my bag. You’d be surprised when motion sickness can pop up and these puppies are a savior! They’re pretty too!

BOOKS

Travelers read a lot. About places to go, see, do, what to eat while they’re there and the history and culture of countries and regions around the world. There are endless possibilities when it comes to selecting books that you really can’t go wrong. Here are some new ones that have caught my eye. I am a big fan of history. Food history, historical novels and the history of travel and places in general.

I am passionate about Paris, as many people are, and the city is ever-evolving. That’s why I rely on my pal Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland to keep her finger on the pulse of what’s going on and keep me informed. We’ve been blogging together for many, many, years; have visited in person on trips to Paris, I just love this girl. Her book, The New Paris: The People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement makes a wonderful gift.

Some of my favorite travel books from 2019

PASSES

If you’ve got traveling friends who like to be in the great outdoors then there is nothing better than an annual pass. If you are a frequent visitor you can save (or help your friend save) a ton of money. Mr. Misadventures and I often visit national parks and get great use out of our NPS annual pass. It is paid for many times over! What state does your gift recipient live in or visit often? There’s a pass for that!

Gifts for RVers

Andi in Airstream_Photo Lore Photography
Photo credit: Lore Photography

I am sure everyone knows at least one friend or family member that has an RV, it is a common lifestyle or weekend warrior activity these days. Lucky for you I have 2 years of on-the-road-in-an-RV experience to share. RV owners always have to worry about space and weight so it is something to take into consideration when gifting. Also trying to catch up with a fulltime RVer on the road can get complicated! So I have a handy-dandy gift guide to help you out!

See what to buy RVers for the holidays.

Holiday Giving

You did it! You made it through my super-duper holiday gift guide, at 2000+ words. It’s all about the journey and not just the destination! I hope you enjoyed it and think about supporting many of my friends as they try to make the world a better place with beautiful products and beautiful words. Before I leave you I have one more guide to share. If you are passionate about the state of Arizona, I put together a list of gifts celebrating the state and the small businesses crafting cool Arizona-themed products.

Happy Holidays! How about you? Have a great gift idea for a foodie, a traveler, a francophile, a blogger or RVer? Do share!

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12 Comments

  1. Tasheena
    October 17, 2019

    So many wonderful gift ideas. I see so many gifts that I want to get for my friends and family.

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  2. Amber Myers
    October 17, 2019

    I love these ideas. I am all about books. And food. My kids are all about gadgets.

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  3. Jeanette
    October 17, 2019

    Those are some really good suggestions. I love almost everything on here. And I needed some great ideas for my family for Christmas.

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  4. Melissa Chapman
    October 17, 2019

    So many great gifts so I need to refer to this as the holidays get closer. A good cookbook is so hard to find so i have to try a few of your choices for the cook in our house.

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  5. Nancy L
    October 17, 2019

    Great suggestions! I’m not a foodie blogger but I would still want any of the monthly food subscriptions. I also love the idea of a National Park pass. We could have used it when we were going down the Oregon coast and visiting several national parks.

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  6. Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers
    October 17, 2019

    It looks like you have gifts for everyone on your site. One of the things that I’ve always wanted as a blogger was a decent camera and I was able to get that earlier this year. It has made a huge difference and impact for blogging efforts. There are a few other things that I want but they will have to wait for now. Baby steps. 🙂

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  7. Marcie W.
    October 17, 2019

    Excellent gift ideas! My son would love the Umai Crate and I know my husband would get a kick out of the Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain! Thanks for the fun suggestions.

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  8. Pam
    October 17, 2019

    Man, I bet my son would like the Umai Crate. I need to check that out for him.

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  9. Monica Y
    October 17, 2019

    Those are all great ideas, I really love the idea of gifting food boxes, super practical

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  10. Ruth I
    October 18, 2019

    Fab gift ideas! I always love receiving planners or anything notes or pens.

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  11. Shelly Dixon
    October 18, 2019

    I love how you covered so many areas! I need to check out your blogger gift guide for sure.

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  12. Tammy
    October 20, 2019

    Love the cookbook list and the bag list. Wait, I love them all!!

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