It’s that time of year again! Fix yourself a mug of hot chocolate, get comfy and get ready to win some incredible food and cooking gear. We’ve got 18 of our favorite food-related items—from vegan cheese to tea to a Thrive Market shopping spree—to give away this month.
With the exception of the Thrive Market shopping spree, you can enter to win all of our Oh My Favorites giveaways daily through the end of the month.
1. $1,000 Thrive Market Shopping Spree
How do we love Thrive Market? Let us count the ways. First of all, prices on favorite natural, organic, GMO-free food, baby, body and household products are consistently 25 to 50% below retail. Your order is shipped right to your door, and membership is only $59.95 per year, which works out to about $5/month. Since its launch last year, Thrive has added tons of brands to its inventory, including old favorites like Dr. Bronners and Late July, as well as newer, artisan and up-and-coming brands that you won’t yet find in your local Whole Foods. Shopping on Thrive is user-friendly, with handy filters for vegan, gluten-free, raw and mom-friendly items, and their blog is full of useful tips, recipes and nutrition info. Plus, for every membership sold, Thrive donates a membership to a low-income family, giving them access to affordable healthy and natural products. Basically, we’re obsessed! Not only are we giving away a shopping spree, everyone who enters the giveaway will receive a one-month trial membership and 15% off their first Thrive Market purchase. Win-win!
Note: The shopping spree prize cannot be applied to the $59.95 Thrive Market membership fee—however, everyone who enters the giveaway receives a free month-long trial membership, during which the prize can be used. While you can enter the other giveaways once per day during Oh My Favorites, you can only enter the Thrive Market giveaway one time.
2. Farm to People*
We’re big believers in purchasing artisan foods from small producers, which is why we love Farm To People. Aside from the obvious benefit of supporting small businesses (something we should all strive to do as much as we can!), food from local makers is almost always made with fewer additives and preservatives and more wholesome ingredients. And the internet makes buying these products so much easier! Farm to People offers tons of unique gifts that are perfect for any foodie on your holiday shopping list. Or, you know, yourself.
If you’re in the New York City area, Quinciple offers farm-fresh food delivered right to your doorstep (or picked up at a convenient neighborhood location!), and they’re teaming up with Farm To People to allow subscribers the option of adding small-batch foods from Farm To People to their Quinciple order. So now you can order from Farm To People alone or as an add-on to your Quinciple box.
3. T-fal OptiCook Hard Anodized Fry Pan*
This high-quality 10-inch fry pan from T-fal is so versatile you could use it every day. Eggs, stir-fries, reheating leftovers—no matter what you’re making, it will be cooked evenly and won’t stick to the pan. The nonstick coating is PFOA-free, and the Thermo-Spot heat indicator shows when pan is perfectly preheated. A big bonus if your stovetop is a little unpredictable.
4. Hand-carved Wooden Serving Spoons*
Serve your holiday dishes in style with these hand-carved olivewood serving spoons from the World Vision catalog. They’re made by Kenyan artisans (complete with a hand-sewn storage bag) to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. We love that the handcrafted gifts purchased through the World Vision catalog—everything from Vietnamese cinnamon bark boxes to bibs handmade in Bali—help provide clean water, disaster relief and medical care to those who need it in America and abroad. Instead of purchasing a gift, you can also make a donation in your own or someone else’s name, and can choose whether your contribution will go to clothing, medications, food, small-business micro loans or other charitable efforts.
5. IMUSA Molcajete Set*
Take your guacamole-making from amateur hour to pro level with this granite molcajete set from IMUSA. It’s big enough to mix up a party-size batch of guac or salsa, and versatile enough that you’ll want to just leave it on the counter for everyday use—it’s great for crushing herbs, spices, or fresh garlic or ginger for sauces, dressings, marinades and pestos. The mortar and pestle is accompanied by two small serving bowls, too. Time to bust out the tortilla chips!
6. So Delicious Holiday Gift Basket*
We’ve sung the praises of So Delicious Dairy Free many times, and that’s because they never cease to amaze us with new vegan products that taste even better than the “real” thing. We’re huge fans of their non-dairy milks, ice creams (seriously, try the new line of cashew milk frozen desserts!) and coconut whipped cream. This year So Delicious has put together a vegan holiday gift basket filled with non-dairy beverages—including coconut milk nog, OMG—and much more.
7. Miyoko’s Kitchen Vegan Cheeses*
The vegan-cheese market certainly has improved over the past few years, but it’s still hit or miss. Many products can pass for a typical shredded cheddar or mozzarella, but what about those of us who miss fancy wheels of artisan cheese? Miyoko Schinner (author of Artisan Vegan Cheese and The Homemade Vegan Pantry) set out to create nut-based vegan products that would recreate the joy of a flavorful cheese plate, and Miyoko’s Kitchen was born. We love the Double Cream Chive on crackers or atop mashed potatoes; the Double Cream Sundried Tomato Basil makes a great vegan cream sauce for pasta, and the Rustic Alpine is reminiscent of a nutty cheddar—perfect for pairing with fruit.
8. Pacific Resources International*
New Zealand isn’t all kiwis and surfing—it also boasts great sea salt and honey. Pacific Resources International is a California-based company that imports the best of New Zealand, including 14 types of Pacific sea salt, natural wellness and body care products, and antibiotic-free Manuka honey. We love the mesquite sea salt to add a touch of subtle smokiness to savory dishes. The Manuka honey, and honey-based products like Dark Chocolate Manuka Honey Mints, are lovely as well. (Pro-tip: keep the chocolates in the freezer for an extra decadent treat.)
9. Hampton Creek Just Mayo*
So you went vegan and now your sandwiches need some help. Without cheese or mayo, they’re a little bit dull and dry. Enter: Just Mayo. Having tried our fair share of vegan mayo substitutes, we feel pretty confident in saying that this is the best one on the market. Flavors like Chipotle, Sriracha and Garlic will liven up any sandwich—and they can also be used as dipping sauces, to make potato salad, as a dressing for slaw, or in almost any way you’d use traditional mayo. This is a game-changer!
10. Lundberg Family Farms*
We had the opportunity to visit Lundberg Family Farms’ organic rice operation in California a couple months ago, and got to see the rice harvest—and production process—firsthand. We love that Lundberg is a family-owned company that’s committed to organic, sustainable growing without GMOs. We also love their products; this brand was in the brown rice game before it was trendy, and they’re constantly introducing delicious new snacks and meals that are convenient and good for you. In fact the new Sweet Dreams chocolate-covered rice cakes are one of the best snacks we’ve had this year!
11. Equal Exchange Tea*
Equal Exchange has been at the forefront of the fair trade movement for years, and we’re big fans of this worker-owned cooperative’s tea, coffee and chocolate. (They even offer fair-trade bananas!) They just launched three cozy new seasonal teas for fall and winter: Organic Rooibos Chai, Organic Ginger, and Organic Green Tea with Ginger.
12. Veestro Meal Delivery*
We tried Veestro‘s plant-based meal delivery service over the summer and loved it. It’s hard to eat healthy when you’re busy, and Veestro is a secret weapon for those times—a secret weapon you keep in your freezer. There’s no subscription pressure, and you can order meals a la carte or in pre-curated packages like Gluten Free or High Protein. We really loved their juice selection, as well as the Veggie Empanadas and the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.
13. EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale
Whether you’re monitoring your calories or just want to be a more precise baker, the EatSmart digital kitchen scale is the way to go. It’s 7 inches wide, meaning there’s plenty of room for a large mixing bowl, and you can measure in ounces, pounds, grams and kilograms.
14. Bare Snacks Banana Chips*
Bananas are literally the only ingredient in Bare Snacks‘ Original baked banana chips, and that’s all that really needs to be there! The plain ones are fantastic on their own or sprinkled over ice cream or yogurt—the Cinnamon and Cocoa are pretty great, too. They’re all vegan, gluten free and GMO free, and we love that they don’t have that greasy flavor a lot of banana chips do.
15. Love’illy Gourmet Pie Mix*
We made pretty much the best apple pie ever with this vegan, gluten-free fruit-filling mix from Love’illy. Just add fruit and crust, and making a pie is easy as, well, pie. Be warned, though: Once you realize how easy it is, you’ll be eating a lot more pie.
16. JOCO Glass Reusable Coffee Cup*
Go to your kitchen cabinet and count how many travel mugs are in there. Now go ahead and throw them all out, because a JOCO glass reusable cup is all you need. We love that these eco-friendly cups are modeled after standard coffee-shop sizes so you’ll have no problem using them at the cafe, and the ergonomic lid means there’s more room for your nose (no more annoying face-jabbing when you take a sip). Plus, they look so much nicer than your average travel mug—and don’t have the weird chemical-y plastic taste either.
17. GAEA Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
There’s been a lot of talk lately about fraud in the olive oil world, but GAEA is the real deal. The olives are sustainably produced by a small network of growers, and cold-pressed within hours of harvesting. You can tell, because this oil is flavorful, fresh and slightly fruity. It’s one of those olive oils that really sings when it’s served on its own with bread or pasta, but it also works well for grilling or sautéing.
18. All-Clad NS1 Collection 12″ Chef Pan*
This Williams-Sonoma exclusive All-Clad nonstick induction pan is perfect for one-pot pasta and stir-fries—and if you find yourself always burning things, the heavy bottom means it has perfect heat distribution. It has high sides and comes with a lid, so you can steam right in the pan as well. (Read our full review here.)
*Disclosure: Most of these brands are ones that we already love, regularly buy, and use often; we asked them if they’d sponsor a prize for the giveaway. Anything marked with an asterisk is an item we decided to include after trying samples sent by the sponsor. This isn’t a sponsored post!