Is there any gift better received than one you can eat?
‘Tis the season for fun, festive gifts, parties and decorations. There’s candy-canes, chocolate gingerbread houses, and the gift of food to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Food (as I talk about in my TEDx Talk) is more than just for taste. It awakens an emotional aliveness in us, and brings up memories we hold dear. Food makes people happy – mind, soul, and stomach.
So what’s the best gift for the holiday season? A gift basket filled with truffles? Peppermint-scented marshmallows?
Well, then how do you know what kind of food gift is really going to make your special foodie’s day?
Your No-Fail Secret for Foodie Holiday Shopping
Here’s a fun holiday exercise: Go to the supermarket, gourmet food store, gift shop, farmer’s market, or anywhere you feel your foodie might like, and practice role-playing, or mindfulness. Walk through that store as the person you have in mind. Get inside their heads as you take in the whiff of fresh apples, or the bright colors of gumdrops wrapped in shiny cellophane. Pretend this is a movie and you’re playing the lead. Your hands are reaching out for that bag of kettle corn as your intended gift-getter.
I call it…intuitive holiday shopping!
The Most Creative Foodie Holiday Shopping Tip You’ll Find
The best Foodie gift takes some personalized thought, creativity, and heART. And in honor of that, I’d like to share a rockin’ foodie poem I wrote for my older brother Matt last year. My present to him?
I walked through Whole Foods pretending I was him, and put any edible goodies in my shopping cart that I felt my brother Matt might be craving…
…and when I got home, I put together an epic poem as my holiday card! So…here it is!
Matt’s Rockin’ Foodie Poem
You claim to be the guy to beat
When it comes to knowing how to eat
But let me tell you, my dear bro
There are some things that you don’t know!
I took a nice stroll through Whole Foods
And found some things for all your moods
I really think that you will favor
All these goodies here to savor!
For the autumn, here’s your fix
A lovely lump of “harvest nut mix!”
I absolutely couldn’t pass by
Some sweet potato chips from “Late July”
In case all this food gives you an ache
Here’s an all-in-one “vega” nutritional shake!
Getting your fiber in can be a pain
But this “bear naked granola” has 15G of whole grain!
No sweets for you, like apple strudel
But I did get you a microwavable Pad Thai Noodle!
Don’t eat people like Hannibal Lectar
But do drink this Turmeric Coconut Nectar@
Nutrition Bars come in flavors that vary
But I promise that you’ll love this food bar in “blueberry”
I know if I didn’t get this, I’d fail
So here’s your fix of “raw leafy kale” (blech!)
This next food bar is double dark chocolate, OH!
It’s bound to be delectable from “NuGO”
To be a Raw Greens superstar
Try this superfood organic energy bar
This next bar was I the refrigerated section
It’s a “perfect foods bar” – so good for digestion
And there can be no substitution
For this “coconut delight” bar from RAW REVOLUTION!
I could have bought you blankets of Egyptian silk
But I hope you’ll settle for this coconut milk
I knew if I didn’t get this, I would not get break
So here’s “green vibrance” for you nasty shakes
This big raw cookie’s bound to kick some butt
It’s yummy – it’s chocolate hazelnut!
This looks gross enough for Matt
It’s a “Go Chia Nopal!” Raw Power Snack
This drink will make you wanna tango
It’s VitaCoco with peach and mango
If you’re working hard and your eyes start to droop
Heat up some of Wolfgang’s tortilla soup!
This next drink is so far from a doozie
How can you go wrong with a Naked Smoothie?
I hope this next bar makes the list
Enjoy your vegan superfood crisp
This next spread will make you stammer and stutter
It’s great in shakes – it’s almond butter!
When your schedule becomes a really big deal
Just blend up this “Amazing Meal”
You don’t need to drive all the way to Tribeca
To get amazing food – this soup is Butternut Azteca!
So Matt, today I truly tried
To take a very Matt-ish stride
And shop for food I thought you’d love
The food I’d guess that you’d dream of
‘Cause Matt, I only want to see
You successful and happy
And I know more than anyone
It takes good food to get things done!
I’m hoping one of these days to
Take a ride to Whole Foods with you
Shopping till we’re full and giddy
Making quips so fond and witty
Find some time for us to chill
So we can talk and get our fill
Catching up on old and new
“Cause that what brothers and sisters do!
Eat these goodies and think of me
Call me up when you are free
We shop, play, eat and make some jokes
I only hang with real cool folks
So you should feel a little flattered
That I think you really matter
Okay, you’re a pretty cool cat
You’re my big brother, awesome MATT!!!
How Many Foods Did You Recognize?
Recognize any of those items from Whole Foods? Well, Matt had a field day with those giant bags of groceries I brought home. They may not have been specifically holiday themed, but why go for a gimmick when you can get right to a person’s heart…and stomach?
The Gift of Family
Matt and I have a history of exchanging meaningful gifts. Check out how Matt changed my view of creativity forever when I was in third grade. Here’s the most meaningful gift you can get for a kid – thanks Matt!
And the only thing better than the gift of rhyming words and music…is the gift of rhyming words and delicious groceries for your special foodie someone!
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives. -Oscar Wilde
Life is a combination of magic and pasta. -Federico Fellini
There is no love sincerer than the love of food. -George Bernard Shaw
Have a favorite food quote or recipe? Share it below!
Psst….Need a unique card to go with that foodie gift?
Well…I just happen to be selling prints and cards of my favorite original mixed media pieces – check out what’s for sale here!
Holiday gift idea alert? I think so! 🙂