People slouch on the holiday season for being too commercial. You can certainly go too far in this direction, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving meaningful gifts to the people you care about. In fact, it is one of the nicest acts a person can do. Today’s Primal Gift Guide isn’t made up of pointless consumer paper that your fifteen will enjoy for a day or two until the novelty wears off and they move on to the next step that is where they spend their money. These are useful gifts. Gifts that improve life, that foster our relationships, that broaden our culinary horizons, that force us to experience the world. There is no shame in celebrating the holidays this way as these are good gifts of love, fellowship, and friendship, all of which embody the true meaning of the season.
That said, let’s get to the gifts!
Note: I’ve broken these down into Gifts for Men, Gifts for Women, and Gifts for Children, but don’t let these get you started. I personally enjoy many of the gifts mentioned in the “Women” and “Children” sections below.
Gifts for men
Camp chief lumberjack over fire grill
A large sturdy steel grill with foldable legs so that you can place it directly over the fire to cook directly on the grill, or use the grill as a stand for your pan or griddle. I’ve used these type of grills to cook fresh fish in the sand over a bed of coals as the sun falls below the horizon and there is nothing like it. Those who like to grill or cook in the great outdoors need it.
Ken onion knife sharpener
Do you ever go to the farmers market and there is the knife sharpener with a Honda generator and its belt sander that cranks out razor blades on santoku blades that haven’t been sharpened in 5 years? There is a smaller consumer version, the Ken Onion knife sharpener. I don’t have one myself, but I know a few people who swear by them. They don’t offer the meditative effects of spending 45 minutes on the sharpening stone, but the learning curve is quite moderate. You get in a few minutes with a blunt knife and out with a sharp one.
Butcher Box Free Steak Pack
In case you aren’t aware, Butcher Box delivers grass-fed beef, pork, and chicken from the pasture, as well as wild-caught fish to your doorstep. These are meat and fish whose origin you can be sure of. What could be better than that? Anyway, I’m a big fan of the high quality meat that pops up in my house.
It’s also the perfect gift for any meat lover. And using this link you can add 2 NY strips and 4 top sirloin steaks to any package you order for free.
Guys, you need this. If you’re anything like me – a Type A driven personality, someone who will accept stress even when I shouldn’t be objectively involved and certainly not at fault – you need to get your stress under control . You have to learn how. And that’s exactly what Adaptogenic Calm does: it trains your body to adapt to stress. It helps calm your stress response system so you don’t overreact to the little things that don’t matter. That way you can respond to the stressors that matter. Adaptogenic rest is not a blanket that erases stress regardless of its source. It helps you adjust both ways.
Gifts for women
Pique ode to tea gift box
Pricked tea crystals distill the essence of tea leaves through a unique process known as “cold brew crystallization” that maximizes antioxidant extraction and makes your job as a tea quaffer easier. Because let’s be honest: The actual tea is a capricious, fussy animal. Every tea needs certain temperatures and soaking times to extract the good stuff while preserving the taste. The nice thing about this product is that you don’t have to mess around with all of this if you don’t want to.
The large selection of tea crystals includes a music box in which Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is played every time you open it, as well as instructions that contain ancient and hidden secrets in order to reach your full potential as a person.
Breville Control Grip Immersion Mixer
I’m sure there are better, stronger hand blenders for more money, but I’ve never seen this blender in the eat-in kitchen. It is by no means cheap. However, it is effective and well worth the money. Cheaper hand blenders require liquid to start. It doesn’t. For example, you can make an amazing whipped butternut squash by adding a dash of cream and butter to the steamed squash and running the blender.
Grounding or grounding sandals
Grounding is legitimate. I’m not sure what is happening, but there is something special about connecting with the earth – ideally barefoot on bare ground. However, going barefoot is not always popular. Sometimes you need shoes. Sometimes society expects you to wear them. And so the Grounded Athlete, a one-man operation, created a Tarahumara-style sandal with a piece of copper in the sole, connected to the earth and connected with silver threads that run through the strap attached to your foot . You can hike, run, and exercise in these things while staying connected.
Support a small business that is doing something important and meaningful. Connect to the earth even when you are fogged up. Try Gaia Grounding Sandals.
Primary connection book
Of all the books I’ve written, this one has sold the least. Yet it’s my all-time favorite and it’s the one that gets the most heartfelt reactions from readers. Those who bought it and read it were almost all affected. It helped them reassess their way of life (not just eating and exercising). The way they practice self-care and gratitude. The way they build and maintain professional and romantic relationships. Most importantly, it has helped thousands to have a better relationship with themselves – because that is the relationship that modernity has broken more than anything.
Gifts for children
When I was growing up, my friend had a huge storage tank in his house that his father used to wash the dogs, and we used it as a “pool.” Hey, when you’re six years old, a storage tank feels like a swimming pool in the summer. This is one of the strangest gifts out there, and probably no kid will ask Santa for one, but if you have room for it the storage tank will quickly become a favorite. Don’t ask me why It just works. Get as big as you can.
Amber-colored reading lamps
I have fond memories of sneaking books and a flashlight under the covers after the light went out and reading adventure stories late into the night. But man, I look back and shudder at what it did to my daily rhythm. Fortunately, there are better options for kids who want to trade sleep for a trip into the world of literature: amber reading lamps. These are attached to the book and emit a warm, amber-colored, candle-like glow that is gentle on your daily rhythm and only has a minimal effect on melatonin production. Children need to read, but they also need to sleep. Let them both do that.
Paleo Girl book
I raised a boy and a girl from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. I have to say the teenage years for my daughter Devyn were probably the toughest parents I have ever had. It wasn’t bad, it turned out great, but it wasn’t easy. There is a lot going on in these years. I wish I had this book, Leslie Klenkes Paleo Girl, on hand to at least give her to read. I think it’s an invaluable resource.
Oh, and they’re great for adults too.
What about you guys What prizes are you looking for right now? What are you spending this year? Let us know in the comment section!
About the author
Mark Sisson is the founder of Marks Daily Apple, godfather of the Primal Food and Lifestyle movement, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, which describes how he combines the keto diet with a pristine lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is also the author of numerous other books, including The Primal Blueprint, which is credited with the growth of the Primal / Paleo movement in 2009. After three decades of researching and educating people about why food is the key component in achieving optimal wellbeing, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real food company, the Primal / Paleo, Keto and Whole30 friendly kitchen staples manufactures.
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