22 Holiday Gift Ideas for Her Under $55

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 11, 2011

Looking for a little gift inspiration this holiday season?

I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite products as well as products I have on my own wish list. Whether you are a foodie, avid cook, fashionista, or man looking for some ideas for the lady in your life, I hope this list gives you a few ideas…all under $55.

I think it probably goes without saying, but this post is not sponsored by any business or brand and reflect my own opinions, as always.

Shall we begin?

Kitchen Products

1. OXO Products (around $5 each)

10-6 oxo

I’ve raved about OXO before and I’m doing it again. I have yet to be disappointed by one of their kitchen gadgets. For the low cost (roughly $5 per gadget), they can’t be beat. I have a snap-lock can opener, citrus juicer, and apple divider that work great time and time again no matter how much my dishwasher beats them up.

2. 6 piece bowl set from Crate and Barrel for $53


I’ve been coveting this beautiful bowl set at C&B for a long time and I finally decided to put it on my wish list this year. The bowls are not only appealing to the eye, but they’ve received great reviews on the website!

3. Glass food storage– durable and eco-friendly! Such as this one from Crate & Barrel for $7-$10 each.


Apparently, Costco also carries Snapware glass storage containers for less (in the US), but not sure about Canadian stores.


4. Immersion blender (starting around $30)


I asked you guys for suggestions on my Facebook page, and here’s what you said.

5. Stainless Steel Grapefruit spoon ($4, Crate and Barrel)


6. Microplane Classic Grater/Zester ($21 from Amazon)


I tend to zest a lot of citrus fruits and the Microplane zester never lets me down. It has a super long blade that grates in both directions for quick zesting and it is also useful for shaving chocolate, and spices (like cinnamon sticks or nutmeg).

7. Silpat baking mat (starting at $20 from Amazon)


The Silpat is amazing for a non-stick surface when rolling dough or lining a baking sheet.

Veg-friendly reading

8. Veg News Magazine Subscription (tree-free version too!)


9. Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan


I recently received this Blissful Bites vegan cookbook by Christy Morgan and I was blown away by it. The recipes are easily the most unique and creative I’ve come across in a vegan cookbook. The recipes I’ve tried out have been delicious and I look forward to trying more. A++++++


Clothing for Her

10. Patterned or textured tights & hose.


Patterned hose are hot right now and they are so fun to wear with a holiday dress. I love these patterned hose by Commando…it’s the only dig-free hose I have come across and they come in a variety of patterns.

11. Mitts/gloves from Urban Outfitters ($20)


I picked up a pair of these gloves (in black) while in NYC and fell in love with them. They are easily the warmest (while still being quite sleek) gloves that I own! They have a ton of different gloves and mitts to choose from.

12. Eternity Scarves (varies, this one is $35 from Etsy)



Nothing is more cozy than a cable knit eternity scarf! I love the look of this one by Lisa Marie.

13. Apron from Anthropologie ($32)


I adore Anthro aprons. They have a wide variety of colours and patterns and they are sleek while still giving appropriate coverage while baking. If you can make it in to a store, they have a lot more variety (including holiday aprons) compared to their online selection.

14. Classic long-sleeved, v-neck, pre-shrunk white shirt by Ellen Tracy (Costco, $10)

I fell in love with this long-sleeved v-neck white shirt by Ellen Tracy (sorry, I couldn’t find a picture). Not only is it Canadian made, but it’s soft and pre-shrunk too. All for $9.99! I’m not sure if it’s in the US, but it’s in Canadian stores now.

15. Cable or knit sweater wraps (starting around $25)

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I love sweater wraps because they are cute and great for layering. Depending on the temperature, you can pair them with tees, long-sleeved shirts, or fitted sweaters. This grey wrap is by Dex.


16. Alter Eco Fair-Trade Mint Chocolate Bar


I recently tried this chocolate bar from Whole Foods in NYC and it blew me away. The chocolate is dark without being bitter and the peppermint sugar is a fun surprise in each bite. It’s definitely my favourite mint chocolate bar that I’ve tried.

17. One Lucky Duck treats (starting around $5)


Eric and I fell in love with One Lucky Duck’s Chocolate Macaroons ($13). I also loved their Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies.

18. Vanilla beans

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Vanilla beans are such a luxury…a luxury that I often don’t bother to spend money on. That’s why they make a wonderful gift because most people don’t buy vanilla beans on a regular basis!

PS- rumor has it you can score vanilla beans at Costco for around $12 for a package of 8. Thanks to Becca for the tip.

19. High-quality dried herbs and spices, such as smoked paprika or saffron threads


High quality herbs and spices make a wonderful holiday gift for the foodie in your life! Then, they can invite your over to dinner to enjoy the meal. :)

20. Gourmet flavoured olive oil (I love garlic and herb infused olive oils)

21. Sweet & Sara Vegan Toasted Coconut Marshmallows or S’mores


22. Homemade Pumpkin Butter or homemade Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp, Flax, and Chia Seed


In other news, we’re still using a gift wrap roll from Costco purchased in 2007!! I don’t see us finishing it anytime soon either. Our family always jokes that they know the gifts from us because they recognize the wrapping paper. Eric and I placed bets on when we’ll finish it. I said 2017 and he said 2015…may the best spouse win.

Sketchie also wants you to know that he has already started his Christmas tree climbing…


and so it begins.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

Oxo products are a gift from the heavens! I can’t imagine using anything but their can opener or vegetable peeler, they’re so much better than all the others out there. This is a great list!


Kelli December 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

Sketchie!!! You are too cute! Watch out for those tree lights, though!! Is that really you in the Youtube video?


Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition December 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

Fun list! I want to try out that Blissful Bites cook book


Amy December 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

Awesome list! I might get some chocolate and spices to go with the limoncello I’m making for my sister. All the gifts I give seem to revolve around food:-) I love your pictures and stories about–they make me laugh!


jenna December 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

Oh, Sketchie :) My dad got me a Veg News subscription a while back and I think it’s my favourite gift ever!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

i love that you have a circa 2007 roll of gift wrap and people know your gifts based on it…on that alone, I hope it lasts another decade. great story!

“The recipes are easily the most unique and creative I’ve come across in a vegan cookbook. ” — that is great to know. Stellar.Review. Thank you!

Silpat = the thing that changed the results of my baking more than any other thing. It’s like food photography…your camera is only so good as your food styling. Well, your cookie dough is only so good as the surface it’s baked on. Love.my.silpat.

Great list, Angela!

and the sara sweet marshmallows…those things rock, yes!


janet @ the taste space December 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

Great list! I made one today, too, with all the “luxury” (yet cheap) items I couldnt live without in my kitchen. :)



ashallann December 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

Fabulous list, I’m adding Blissful Bites to my wish list now, the cover alone has me salivating!


Sabina December 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

Good call on the OXO products! I have a few of their gadgets that are 10 years old and are still going strong!


Hannah December 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

I love those UO gloves! I was almost going to buy a pair but I might put them on my Christmas list since I still wear a pair from like, 5th grade, probably. And I love Etsy….I have not bought anything on there yet because that site is like crack for someone like me who can’t make decisions!


Audrey December 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

Awesome list. Thank you!


Apples N Adrienne December 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I love that apron! Too cute! :)


Carlene @ Carlene's Figments December 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Word to the Silpat! I also love kitchen herbs in pots.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Ok my Christmas wishlist just got a lot longer after reading this post. ;) I forgot about it until now, but I really want an immersion blender! It can already see some yummy pureed squash in my future!


[email protected] KatieDid December 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

hahaha awesome story about the wrapping paper! I can only imagine how mammoth that role is. I love all these idea and I’m hoping to get a cute apron this year myself! Off to check out Anthro’s designs..


Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Such great gift ideas, and I love when people say if they’ve used them themselves because a testimonial adds a lot of comfort when ‘blind buying’! The Anthropologie aprons have always looked so chic and cute, and I am glad for the tip on the Ellen Tracy white V-neck – I’m always looking for a good one!


[email protected] December 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Silpat is SO on my list this year! My mom and MIL are always complaining about their 20-plus year old knives being too dull, so I got them each a oxo professional grade chopping knife…hopefully it encourages them to eat more veggies, too!

Spices are such a lovely and unique gift! I could always use some!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes December 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Such great gift ideas! I love those gloves.


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

All these gifts rock! I love the apron and those tights :D


Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Great list! There is something on there for everyone! I really like making homemade gifts because it shows the person you care.


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Yay! You found the Cuisinart one. I would be happy to receive any/all of these, mwah!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Do you have the cuisinart immersion blender? Is it good?


Emily P. December 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I got my dad the Cuisinart immersion blender for Christmas last year and he loves it. It’s still going strong after a year, though I don’t know how often he uses it. It’s definitely not strong enough to crush ice, but for making soups, whipped cream, and pureeing raspberries for a single glass of lemonade, it’s absolutely wonderful.


Amanda December 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

My anthro apron is one of my favorite kitchen purchases. It’s an instant mood-lifter. :)

I really want to get a couple of silpats. Everyone raves about them, and it would be nice to stop using disposable parchment paper.


Amber K December 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

What a great list! OXO products are definitely the best. And the sweater and scarf as so cute!


hannah alehandra December 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

The vanilla bean idea is good! They are indeed such a luxury to buy!



Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

An immersion blender and a baking mat are already on my christmas wishlist hehe!

Also, I have those gloves from urban in purple and they are absolutely heavenly. They are warm and the insides of them are the softest fleece I’ve ever felt! I’ve received so many compliments on them and highly recommend them to anyone as a gift for someone (or yourself!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I agree, they are my all time fav gloves!


laura December 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Great ideas!


Alyssa December 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Was this a Christmas gift idea list for your readers…Or your Xmas list for Eric? Hahaha…All great gifts though!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I love so many things on this list!


Erin December 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Awesome ideas… I also love Anthro aprons, so freakin’ cute!


Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Thank you for the gift ideas! Heaven knows I need them. ;)


Moni'sMeals December 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm

best list!! One of each please. :)

Love you Sketchie!


Ashley December 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I love these gift ideas! My boyfriend and I are going shopping for each other next weekend, so this post will give him some great ideas!


Katrina December 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! So many good one’s here :)


Jennifer December 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Great list! I especially like the apron and the bowls, and the Silpat is a must – I would never bake cookies without it. Do you have the Cuisinart immersion blender though? And if so, have you used it more than a handful of times? It has a piece inside that breaks easily and not just according to me but according to a whole lot of reviews I read by people who’ve tried to use it more than a few times. Maybe a different one would be better?


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I asked for it on my xmas list this year. That is weird because it was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on amazon and a bunch of peeps recommended it on my facebook page. I guess I will keep the warranty on hand if I get it! do you recommend another?


Heather December 12, 2011 at 1:18 am

Angela, I’m SO sorry! Please don’t post my comment! Just checked and it actually only has 9 speeds, and I just did a bit of research and it appears the one I have is no longer available… :( Weird! It’s model #4KHB100WH1 It really does the trick, but I don’t know anything about the current models. Really REALLY love your fantastic blog btw!!!!


Jennifer December 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I just got a cheap Proctor Silex one that works well, but I’ve only used it a couple times so I don’t know. A lot of those positive reviews say “I just got it and it’s great” but if you look at the one-star ratings, you see that a lot say that they liked it when they first got it, but it broke after not that long. Which is what happened to me. :[


Red Deception December 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I’ll take one of each, please!


Maureen December 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Where do you buy the oxo utensils?


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I cant remember exactly but most home good type stores should carry OXO


Kit-Kat December 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Cute little kitty!
I like those ideas! Great for some friends of mine, and I can even recomend them to my mom so she can get some things for her friends!


Becca December 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm


1) You can buy vanilla beans for super cheap (well, cheap compared to Whole Foods prices) at Costco. I picked up a pack of (I believe) 8 for only around $12.

2) Do you think you could share a recipe (even just a picture) of something you’ve made from the Blissful Bites cookbook? I am intrigued by unique vegan cooking.

3) Love this post idea.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Oh good to know, thanks. I will keep my eyes peeled for them :)

I’ll try to remember to snap a pic next meal I make from the cookbook.


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts December 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

This is a great round up :) I love that Alter Eco chocolate too – also the dark chocolate with quinoa variety from them. I think the quinoa one actually beats the mint for me, which say sa lot as I love mint chocolate!


Alissa December 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Oh my GOSH!! I can’t even pick my top three of what I would like off of this list. What a GREAT job you did, I need to get some of these items on my holiday wish list ASAP!


Roz December 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Great list, thanks Angela. And I have two last words….”OH SKETCHIE!!!” (the photo of him under the tree is priceless)


Edda December 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Great list :)
as for the immersion blender, I’d recommend going for the higher wattage,
200w is rather weak and mine broke after only a year. I upgraded to a 700w Philips, and it hasn’t let me down yet.
Also I’m really happy to Sketchie make his return, he is adorable


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Thanks for the tip!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I know what I’ll be looking for at Costco next time – thanks for the tip! And I’m with ya on those eternity scarves. Lululemon has a really cute one right now that I’m adding to my list! Well, that and the Run:Insulator pullover – that thing is gorgeous!!!


Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions December 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I love, LOVE my immersion blender ~ it’s a Nesco. And I have Silpat baking mats on my Christmas list this year! ;)


Luv What You Do December 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I threw on my anthropolgie apron and got started on my homemade gifts today. I love the immersion wand. I just posted my must have kitchen list and it was on the top. The silpats too…you just can’t bake without them.


Nikki December 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm

great post! and vanilla beans are SO much cheaper at ethnic food stores


Andrew Lowry December 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm


Thank-you for this list. I will share it with my wife and see if anything perks her interest. She actually asks for cooking items as gifts so i’m on safe ground there.

I’m curious have you used any of the Lee Valley kitchen or garden items? Canadian company with great products, mail order and a store about 30 minutes from you. They have a nice zester, http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=32458&cat=2,40733,44734&ap=3 amongst other items.

Again thanks and Happy Holidays.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

The only thing I have from Lee Valley is the spurtle ;) But I always forget they have kitchen tools…thanks for the reminder!


Julie December 12, 2011 at 12:29 am

I’ve always wanted a Silpat. Definitely on my list!


Ashley December 12, 2011 at 2:12 am

Great list! :) Our cat was being so good, not knocking ornaments off the tree for at least a week, but has just started knocking them down. Hopefully the tree loses its allure!


Char @ www.charskitchen.ca December 12, 2011 at 3:17 am

So funny that you posted the mixing bowls as number two! I’ve been looking for colourful mixing bowls, and Dallas just found those the other day. They’re definitely on my wishlist :)

And the immersion blender…mine broke last month :( I miss it, haha


Katie December 12, 2011 at 3:26 am

I love those aprons! They’re super cute and unique, I may just have to order one for myself. Thanks for posting this list, Angela!


Vegan Sparkles December 12, 2011 at 3:48 am

I’m so happy to see my favourite vegan chocolate on your list! NOM!! :-)


Drisana (SoulShineBlog) December 12, 2011 at 6:22 am

I love all the kitchen item ideas – I’ve been looking at the same bowls from Crate & Barrel :) And the tights look pretty cool too, never tired any that have that type of top.


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

I love all the ideas! Ok, I’m totally asking for the mixing bowls from Crate and Barrel and another Silpat! I love Silpats, it works wonderful when making bread or sticky things! Thanks for the list, I think I’ll just forward your blog to my Husband so he can check it out!


LizAshlee December 12, 2011 at 7:32 am

Great ideas..I LOVE my silpat! It is so wonderful for baking and a quick clean-up!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 12, 2011 at 8:14 am

Wonderful suggestions! I definitely want an immersion blender, just waiting to see if Santa brings me one or I have to buy one myself. :-)


K December 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

Not sure if Costco in Canada carries this brand but these are cheaper and way better than the Crate & Barrel glass storage – http://www.amazon.com/Snapware-Glasslock-Tempered-Storage-Containers/dp/B0029U57RA

They’re about $10 cheaper at the US Costcos. Also, I’m a NYC vegetarian and thank you for trying out some places I’ve been meaning to go to!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2011 at 8:48 am

thanks for the tip! I will add that in


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

These are GREAT ideas- I wish I had more foodie friends that would truly appreciate them like I would!!
I’ve tried the Quinoa Chocolate by Alter Eco, and it is FANTASTIC.
Also- regrading the immersion blender- I love mine and use it all the time- but really, I think the chopper attachment is the best feature. It’s so great when you have things to chop up, but don’t want to drag out the food processor!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2011 at 8:51 am

ah, I didnt know it had a chopper too…that would come in handy.


Lisa Broadley December 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

I have a few rolls as well!! But I found a way to use the wrapping paper! Trace xmas card envelopes, cut it out then put the wrapping paper inside…adds another little dimension to getting a card! And uses of ALL that wrapping paper!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove December 12, 2011 at 8:48 am

Such great ideas! I’m getting my sister a custom apron from etsy but I wanted to get something else. I love the kitchen ideas and there’s a Crate & Barrel right by my office so it would be an easy purchase!


Cait's Plate December 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

Oh my gosh so many of these are such great ideas! I love the bowls, the scarf and the apron!! I want to buy these things for myself!! Haha


StoriesAndSweetPotatoes December 12, 2011 at 9:16 am

I’d be over the moon for any of that. Especially bowls and utensils. You can never have enough!


Emily (Edible Psychology) December 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

Ooh I love your list! So many things I need to add to my personal wish list now! Especially the Crate and Barrel mixing bowls. I love the colors.

I posted a list of gift suggestions on my new blog a couple of weeks ago as well, in case you are interested in any more ideas including sports, travel, and photography – as well as a link to Oh She Glows on my favorite related blogs page. :-)



Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

Awesome gift ideas, Angela!!


[email protected] December 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Thanks so much! I was having trouble coming up with some things for a few people on my list, you sparked some good ideas.


Kate December 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The Cuisinart immersion blender is amazing (my mom traded in her Kitchenaid after using mine) but it’s definitely worth it to shell out for the one with the chopper and whisk attachments. I think it’s about $65 (Cdn) but I use the chopper at least a couple times a week – so it’s worth the extra twenty-something dollars.

And vanilla beans = best stocking stuffer. Thanks for reminding me to drop some hints!


Allison December 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I have those Urban gloves in maroon. They’re so soft on the inside! Like wearing clouds on your hands. Love ’em!


Bethany :0) December 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Silipat is #1 on my list!

So grateful to always get a pick me up when reading your posts. Your humor and wit always makes me smile! :0)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Thank you Bethany!


Nikki December 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

Great suggestions!
I am really interested in checking out the Blissful Bites book :)
Thanks for the great post!


Rachel December 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Sounds crazy…. vanilla beans are cheap and organic on ebay.


Baking Serendipity December 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I love Costco…for things like gift wrap and now vanilla beans. I’ve been looking for (somewhat inexpensive) vanilla beans for a while now. I know where I’m going tomorrow morning! Thank you :)


Kristin P December 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Sketchie looks dashing, as always. :)


Bettypark September 24, 2016 at 12:25 am

To be honest, I’m amazed to see all of the cute things in under $55.Indeed, It will help me a lot for the next holiday, thanks mate!!


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