Monday, December 24, 2012

Last Minute Gifts that Inspire

Need some last minute gift ideas for Christmas?  Bookstores and grocery stores are great for this.  Books make beautiful gifts, especially a glossy photo rich book that covers a favorite subject.  For vegetarian foodies, I am in love with RIPE, by Cheryl Phlipot.  It's full of gorgeous photos of fruits and vegetables, highlighting what works of art they truly are.  Brilliantly organized by color, Ripe is well rounded including recipes, tips and anecdotes along with those mouth watering photos.

Another foodie book, though not vegetarian, is Tender, by Nigel Slater. This is basically a love letter to the garden.  A guide to growing and preparing vegetables, it also has gorgeous photographs, but you'll want to read it for the prose.  And re-read. The author writes with passion and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Major inspiration to prep for spring gardening. Slater also has a book called Ripe, and I can't wait to read it and everything else he has written. 
Your local food co-op or Whole Foods Market has a ton of stuff that would make great gifts and stocking stuffers. Threads for Thought hoodies are US made from organic cotton with low impact dye.  Proceeds benefit the International Rescue Committee.

Whole Foods brand has luxury bar soaps made in France and wrapped in petty recycled paper perfect for stockings.  They're 80% organic and come in different scents and colors.

Some organic chocolate or sipping chocolate would be a great gift, it doesn't have to be expensive.  I'd rather get one awesome organic chocolate bar than a more expensive gift with less substance. 
A nice bottle of organic olive oil, some seasonal fruit in a market basket...the options are endless if you are creative.  Christmas eve is a wonderful time to buy gifts, last minute can be glorious!