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
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
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!
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
- Taste the Wild: Recipes and stories from Canada – Canada is so beautiful and has such amazing regional foods!
- A New Way to Food from friend Maggie Battista – details the journey she took to transform her approach to food and she generously shares her recipes she created that helped her through her transformation into a healthier, happier person.
- 3 Keto/Low Carb favorites: Keto All Day Cookbook from Martina Slajerova; I Love My Air Fryer Keto Diet Recipe Book by Hey Keto Mama Sam Dillard; and Super Low-Carb Snacks by Martina Slajerova (we make her zucchini muffin recipe all the time!)
- Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World by Chris Sheperd- an awesome way to explore local culture while respecting the ingredients it is sorted by ingredient – a novel approach!
- The Gaijin Cookbook by Ivan Orkin – there is NO food I love and appreciate more than Japanese so this cookbook is a dream! Recipes and stories and more recipes!
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
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
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.
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!
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
- Alone Time by Stephanie Rosenbloom – the perfect for a traveling introvert!
- Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious by Seth Kugel- how to rediscover what travel is truly all about.
- Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin – set in the early 20th century the (fictional) story of the Paris’s Hotel Ritzmanager and his American wife and the adventures they encountered.
- La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World by Dianne Hales – as much as I love France I also adore Italy and so does the author of this book!
- Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, The World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West by David Wolman and Julian Smith – I love this story because the origins of Hawaiian cowboys are Portuguese (my family is Portuguese) and Hawaii’s cowboy history is fascinating!
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
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!
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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