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Holiday Gift Guide – Awesome Gifts for Foodies and Cooks

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products for free so I could review them. This post may contain affiliate links. 

When it comes to holiday gift giving I love finding creative gifts that really bring something of value, something new, exciting and that are also useful. So I thought I would share with you some great ideas for foodies and cooks.  For me it’s all about gadgets and products that let me cook better and I love the idea of being able to make or grow my own food at home.

aqua farm back to Back to the Roots AquaFarm

—retails for $59.99

This amazing little two-in-one invention is a self-cleaning fish tank that grows plants and herbs in a garden on top on the tank. Grow organic produce like basil, lettuce and wheatgrass right from the comfort of your own kitchen.  I love that this is not only a pretty aquarium where you can house the family’s wet pet but it will also provide you with a herb garden that  pretty much maintains itself so it’s ideal for people who don’t really have a green thumb, like me.

The AquaFarm is an at-home, closed-looped ecosystem that was developed using principles of aquaponics in which the fish waste in the water is naturally used to fertilize the plants and herbs and they in turn clean the water for the fish. This holiday season, Back to the Roots has partnered with Revolution Foods to donate healthy veggies to schools.  For each AquaFarm sold, each the customer can logon to a special Facebook page to vote for an elementary school to get a fresh, healthy serving of veggies.

Available at https://backtotheroots.com.

Blooming Kit Regular Kit White Background Low Res Back to the Roots Mushroom Kit

—retails for $19.99

I love mushrooms and it had really never occurred to me that I could actually grow them at home.  The Back to the Roots mushroom kit comes with everything you need to grow edible, gourmet oyster mushrooms in just 10 days and the best part is your mushrooms are certified organic. Utilizing 100% recycled materials as the ‘soil,’ you just add water and watch the mushrooms sprout from the box. This is available at www.backtotheroots.com or you can also get it at amazon HERE.

french press coffee maker Bodum Eileen 8 Cup French Press Coffeemaker, 1.0 l, 34-Ounce

— retails for $39.95
Ever since I can remember my dad has used a french press coffee maker to make his coffee.  This beautiful french press coffee maker was conceived in honor of the great designer Eileen Gray and all the coffee connoisseurs who frequent the bistros and cafes of Paris, Gray’s adopted city. The beautifully detailed stainless steel frame offers extra protection for the glass carafe. The French press brews coffee in 4 minutes that is extremely flavorful. Simple and easy to use; just add coarse ground coffee to the press with hot water, let it sit for 4 minutes and press the plunger to stop the brewing process. I can tell you that coffee brewed in a french press just tastes infinitely better.

pasta maker Marcato Atlas Wellness 150 Pasta Maker, Stainless Steel

— retails for $69.99

I love the idea of being able to create my own pasta.  I hate feeding my family with products that contains all sorts of mystery ingredients and chemicals. The Atlas pasta machine is the most famous pasta machine in the world. With this machine you’ll be able to make fettuccine, spaghetti, flat dough sheet, and tagliolini. It has an easy to use adjustment knob that allows you to control the thickness of pasta – from 0.3mm to 2.5mm. This heavy duty machine has a chrome plated steel body. The rollers and cutters are made of long lasting anodized aluminum. The anodized aluminum is a wellness innovation; rollers and cutters grab the dough better and because they are free from heavy metals, such as chromium and nickel, you get healthier results. Gears are case-hardened tempered steel. Includes clamp for securing to counter, instruction book and recipes. Attachable blades for spaghetti, linguini and ravioli also available (sold separately).

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. She is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on parenting, bicultural and bilingual education and disabilities. She is a passionate advocate for bilingualism, Latino familias and disability rights and the proudest mamá on Earth. In her spare time she likes cooking food from her native Guatemala and experimenting with healthy and kid friendly Latino inspired recipes.

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  1. becca

    these are realy great gift idea love the fish tank one that is really unique
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  2. Nova S

    These are some great gift ideas indeed, I would like to do the same thing too, but i’m afraid that because the people i’ll be giving this with has no interest of such things it might die.
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  3. Janeane Davis

    There are great gifts that any cook would be happy to receive. I like the French press.
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  4. Jennifer Williams

    I had seen the aqua roots tank a few months ago and loved the idea of it. That pasta maker I would love to have, I could make my own gluten free pasta!
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  5. Chubskulit Rose

    Wow, these are all great ideas, thanks for sharing.
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  6. Adin B

    I want all these three for sure! What an interesting product Back to the Roots is. It is something I would love to try at home and see how well it works. The coffeemaker would be wonderful for my husband and the pasta maker for me so I can make fresh pastas at home.

  7. Marms @ Mhar's Display

    Oh dear I love that coffee maker. I need a new one…like this one. :)
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