Stressed about last-minute shopping? Don’t be! I’m highlighting great gift ideas you can pick up in a flash that still feel totally tailored and customized to whoever you’re shopping for.
What It Is: With so many people aiming to live a healthier lifestyle as their New Year’s Resolution, why not give them a jump start by hooking them up with a dinner kit subscription service? HelloFresh is the perfect solution for people who are super busy or a little afraid of the kitchen, but still want to cook healthy, delicious meals for their family. Each HelloFresh box comes equipped with recipe cards and literally everything you need (save for super basic staples like salt or water) to make a meal from scratch, including locally sourced produce and protein, and spices and sauces in just the right amounts to reduce food waste. Available in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia, what I’m perhaps most impressed by is how accessible this gift idea is to so much of Canada.
What’s great is each week you can actually choose which recipes show up at your door. With chef-created recipes like Sticky Cranberry Pork, Zucchini Noodle Lasagna, and Paneer and Spinach Curry, HelloFresh gives you an opportunity to try out different cuisines, interesting ingredients, and meatless meals they might not otherwise experiment with. Choose from a two-person or four-person plan to suit your household’s size and kick back and wait till your yummy, ready-to-cook meal kit arrives at your door.
Who It’s For: Your sibling that’s trying to lose some weight in the new year. Your parents, who love trying new cuisines. Your busy spouse who handles the cooking, to give them a head start on dinner.
What It Costs: HelloFresh offers their plans for either two or four people, with three meals delivered per week (you can pause or skip weeks whenever). For two people you’re looking at $53 per week, and for four you’re looking at $93. Plus when you sign up, you receive three free ‘plates’ (so either close to a full family meal or 1.5 couple meals) as a bonus discount. Hurrah!
Where It’s At: HelloFresh gift cards can be bought online and served up to your loved ones on Christmas Eve!
CONTEST ALERT! Who would like to try out HelloFresh for themselves? We’re teaming up and hooking one lucky reader up with a $130 meal kit giveaway! Here’s how to enter for your chance to eat fresh in the new year!
1) Heads up: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave a comment by January 4, 2017 telling me what type of subscription you’d get from HelloFresh (Pronto for 2 or Family for 4) and what types of recipes from them you’d *love* to try!
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around January 5, 2017 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Follow HelloFresh on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos, or share a photo of your favourite recipe from their website nto your own Instagram! Don’t forget to tag HelloFresh in your post, and link back to it in a separate comment below.