Raw foodists are perhaps the most difficult people to find Christmas gifts for – if you’re looking to buy them food or cookbooks related to their diet, that is. Even more staunch than vegetarians and most vegans, raw foodists do not eat meat or products and food derived from meat sources, anything dairy, and anything sugary, processed, fatty, and the like. If you’re buying Christmas gifts for a raw foodist, you might think they’ve cut everything fun out of life and made it very difficult for you to find appropriate gifts for them, but it’s not as hard to find just the right presents as it might seem.
Here’s five low cost options that will help you find the perfect gift to give to the raw foodist in your life this Christmas.
One: Health Food Gift Card
Not everyone lives near an organic outlet or health food store. Believe me, I know. However, you can find health food departments in certain grocery stores, especially some of the locally-owned chains. My family has given gift certificates specifically for the health food department in a grocery store to vegetarian-leaning friends before, and it’s been a great Christmas or birthday present. That way they can pick just the foods they want to buy, and you won’t feel guilty giving them something they won’t eat.
Two: Raw Foodist Cookbook
If you fail to find the perfect foods to give the raw foodist in your life, give them a raw foodist cookbook. One of the bestselling raw foodist cookbooks is available on Amazon for less than $25, called Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow.
Three: Raw Foodist Gift Basket
One thing most raw foodists eat in quantity is wheat grass. Now, I can’t imagine this is too tasty all by itself, but I do happen to think it tastes pretty good in the Naked Juice. You can get Naked Juice at just about any grocery store, and it makes a great addition to a raw foodist gift basket.
You could also include a gift card in the gift basket, along with other more “special” foods, like goji berries, homemade sun tea, and carob chips. Some raw foodists will even eat pure dark chocolate, like the kind that is made by the company Green and Black. This kind of chocolate is a great gift to give around the holidays, as that’s usually when grocery stores stock them.
One thing raw foodists can’t do is drink juice made with lots of preservatives, corn sugar, and additives. That rules out pretty much everything in the drink aisle and the frozen concentrate department. So, they’ll have to juice a lot of their own food, like carrots, oranges, and apples. So, a juicer is a great gift for a raw foodist. Unlike your mother-in-law, who put this item on her list last year and has only used it once, a raw foodist will use it much more often and appreciate it besides.
As far as price, juicers can range anywhere from $20 to $300. Choose a less expensive one to start out with, and if your raw food eater really get into it, buy them a better one next year.
At some point, any raw foodist will have to face up to this fact: Unless you live near the beach and have access to great fruits and vegetables every day, when winter comes around, you won’t get near as much organic food anymore. That means they’ll have to dehydrate food to save for winter. One staple most raw foodists need is a dehydrator, so it makes perfect sense to give this appliance as a gift for Christmas.
Most dehydrators can be purchased for less than $70, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a suitable one near the $40-$50 range, which is pretty inexpensive, all things considered.