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11 Totally Raw Unique Gift Ideas

1.    Cocotap

This ingenious little tool enables you to open a coconut and drink the water inside, even when it’s a hard one you pick from a tree. As you may have seen in my latest video, I initially struggled to use it, but later found a much easier way that was so obvious but that I missed in my first attempts. I will show you that in a future video. In any case, I wouldn’t leave on a trip without it! You never know where your next coconut will come from…
Check it out: http://www.cocotap.com/

2.    Raw Botanicals

I discovered the most amazing cosmetics company right here in Costa Rica (where I’m spending the winter). It’s called “Raw Botanicals”, and they have a great line of cosmetics (including shampoo, insect repellant, creams, and more) made from the highest ingredients. In fact, the cosmetics are so pure you could almost eat them. It’s all hand-made in Costa Rica, using local ingredients, and a percentage of the proceeds go to local animal rights charities. You can order from their website and they will ship anywhere. Makes a great gift.

Check it out: http://www.rawbotanicals.com/

3.    Breville Juicer

I always had a good blender (mine is the Vita-Mix), but somehow always settled for a cheap citrus juicer. It was a pain to use, and needed replacement every so often. So I finally decided to invest in a quality citrus juicer. My choice went to the Breville. It’s a pure joy to use and the juice is the best I’ve ever tasted. It literally extracts almost 100% of the juice and leaves the orange completely dry, all in one effortless movement. It’s a little expensive, but well worth it.

Check it out at: http://tinyurl.com/yhg2kse

4.    Box of Dates from Date People

Dates are so delicious, especially when fresh and in season. Fortunately, the date season happens to be right now. The best dates in the world I had are from the Date People. They will ship to anywhere in the world. Their dates made it to Costa Rica, where I spend the winter, so I’m sure they will make it to your corner of the world. Go for their Barhi dates, they’re the best. It also makes the perfect gift. I tried their website and it seems to be offline, so contact them by email at: datepeople@wgn.net

5.    Fenix Flashlight

This may not be a “raw” gift, but I must say I completely LOVE this flashlight. And who doesn’t need a good flashlight? It also makes a great gift. If all you’ve had in your life is a cheap flashlight, you will be impressed like I was. And best of all, it’s reasonably priced. Get it online: http://tinyurl.com/ydkuent
Also, a great accessory is the diffuser wand, that turns the flashlight into a “torch”: http://tinyurl.com/y8hyowf

5.    DVD Set: “The Raw Vegan Cuisine”

This is a shameless plug, but over 1000 customers who enjoyed my latest raw DVD series “The Low-Fat Raw Vegan Cuisine” can’t be wrong. I created these DVDs because I saw something missing in the raw food movements. All raw food recipe DVDs only showed you how to make extremely high-fat recipes based on the “gourmet” raw diet popular these days. This series is different, and shows you a much healthier and tastier way to eat. It’s also a great way to introduce someone to raw foods, because unlike a book where they may raise many objections based on the arguments, these DVDs go straight into food preparation, which answers the number one question people ask “What can I eat on this diet?”

Check it out here:
http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/lowfatdvds/
NOTE: Use the coupon code GIFTIDEAS to save $19.95 and get the bonus DVD for free. This coupon expires in 72 hours.

6.    YouBar

This intriguing company makes their own dried-fruit and nut bar, but here’s the interesting part: you get to choose your own ingredients and even put your own label on it! What could be a better gift idea? Check it out online at:
http://www.youbars.com/

7.    Oxo Good Grips Salad Spinner

I looked long and hard for a good salad spinner, and couldn’t find one that I really liked until I found this one. Everyone eats salad, so it makes a great gift. Get it online:

http://tinyurl.com/y88xjzc

8.    Extra Tamper for Vita-Mix Blender

If you know anyone that uses and abuses their vita-mix, chances are that at some point or another they’ve mishandled or lost their plunger. This happened to me more than once. So what could be a better gift than an extra pair of Vita-Mix tampers?  Get them online: http://tinyurl.com/yathpjt

9.    Amazon Kindle

I must say I’m a big fan of the eBook revolution. I used to go on trips and carry a back-breaking pack of books. Now all I bring is my thin little Kindle DX, with electronic ink and packed with dozens of books or more. I also found that I get a lot more reading done using this device than regular books. Other friends using one have reported the same thing. Now that the price has come down and the Kindle works almost anywhere in the world, it’s probably the right time to get one, or gift one. Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/ye77msj

10.    Frontier Seasoning Blends

Raw food recipes can be a bit boring without a good seasoning. One of my favorite organic seasonings come from the company Frontier. Available online in different flavors: http://tinyurl.com/yjva8m7

11.    Toothsoap

My favorite dental health product has gained tens of thousands of fans over the years. Many of them have reported improvements ranging from less sensitivity to overcoming receding gums. It’s called Toothsoap, and makes a great gift:

http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/toothsoap.html

I hope you’ve enjoyed these gift ideas.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.