Holiday shopping can be tricky, particularly for recipients with very particular tastes and ideals. Finding thoughtful, practical and appropriate Christmas gifts for raw foodists may be especially challenging, until the shopper learns a little about raw foodism.
What is a raw foodist?
A raw foodist is a person who has restricted his or her diet to unprocessed and uncooked foods. Raw foodism emphasizes the use of organic ingredients, such as raw fruit, nuts, seeds, sprouts and vegetables. Many raw foodists are vegans, consuming no animal products at all, although some may partake of raw meats and fish.
Generally speaking, raw foodists may also be rawists, striving to purchase only organic apparel, green cleaning supplies, recycled paper products and other ecologically friendly items.
What great gifts may be found for raw foodists?
The most suitable gifts for raw foodists tend to be raw food items or organic personal care products or items made from earth-friendly materials. Following are five practical and economical gifts for raw foodists, or rawists. The titles offer links to websites offering these gifts and many more.
“Beautifully Raw” Wall Calendar
This 2010 wall calendar, offered by The Raw Table, features color photography to accompany more than a dozen raw food recipes. Measuring 11″ by 8.5″, the “Beautifully Raw” calendar retails for just under $17.00, making it a super gift for a raw foodist.
Ecolution Tri-Fold Wallet
This heavy-duty, waterproof hemp billfold, produced by Ecolution, measures 3.25″ by 5″. The fair trade wallet, a great green gift for a raw foodist, is available from Natural Zing in natural or black for about $15.00.
Identical Twinz Spice Shaker
The Whole Food Farmacy markets a lightweight molded two-compartment spice shaker. Although this easy-to-refill, dishwasher-safe device is produced of man-made materials, it contains pure salt in one section and a trio of peppers combined in the other. The Identical Twinz spice shaker retails for $10.50, but it is available to enrolled members of the site for $5.95. At this price, this is a super low-cost gift for a raw foodist.
Soap Nuts Natural Laundry Detergent
Soap Nuts are actually dried fruits from the Chinese Soapberry tree. These biological nuts contain saponin, an ancient natural, biodegradable, hypoallergenic cleanser and fabric softener. Available from 123 Raw, Soap Nuts come in a 10.5-ounce box, which can accommodate 36 to 50 laundry loads, for approximately $17.00.
A 0.6-ounce package (good for five laundry loads) of Soap Nuts may be purchased for less than $3.00, making a super stocking stuffer for a raw foodist.
Sproutman Hemp Sprout Bag
Fresh sprouts are a staple of any raw foodist’s diet. Raw Guru offers a handy bag for growing sprouts in the kitchen. Constructed of flax and hemp, the bag holds beans or seeds for sprouting. The raw foodist simply drops seeds or beans into the bag, dips the bag in water and hangs it up in the kitchen. This great raw foodist gift, which holds about as many full-grown sprouts as a .75-gallon container, sells for just under $15.00.
Great gifts for raw foodists need not be costly, as long as they are practical and appropriate. In other words, thoughtful shoppers can save plenty of green, while presenting great green gifts. Of course, a raw foodist will especially appreciate a gift that is packaged in recycled or organic wrappings as well.