Holiday Gift Guide – Lunch Style!

Most of the products I’ve posted about on this site, posted to Facebook or have tweeted about are ones I actually use so I thought I should do a holiday guide. After back to school, the new year is the second biggest time for lunch bag sale because of the new resolutions to eat healthy and/or save money.

BUILT Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote
I bought this tote and design as a back up to my Thirty-One tote, which I love but finding and buying from a consultant is more trouble than I want. Since I’m at a job where I can put my lunch in a fridge, I haven’t use it with an ice pack but I like how lightweight, it has a zipper close and it has a long strap. Don’t judge, but I look like a pack mule walking out the door with my work bag, lunch bag and gym bag.

Stackable Lunch Pot
I didn’t think I’d really like this as much as I do, but I’ve found a new love of oatmeal (nice change from my daily smoothies) so I can put fruit in the top compartment and the oatmeal in the bottom and take it to work. Anyone who loves soup or stew and something completely unrelated would probably love this, too. Plus, it comes with a spoon/fork strapped together for easy carrying. It is available in white or black so if you have two people in your house who want one, you can keep track of them. Also, there is Box Appetit Lunch Box

to go ware utensilsTo-Go Ware Reusable Bamboo Utensil Set
When I made my first order from Reuseit, I took advantage of the new customer offers and selected the bamboo utensils. It was a great way to try a new product and discover that I actually like them and would use them for my lunches, instead of taking regular silverware. I ended up buying a second pair so I can clean one pair, let them dry and pack the clean pair. I come home from work, unpack my dirties and repack my lunch for the next day.

SnackTaxi Reusable Sandwich-sack Bag, Snack-sack Bag
After finding the perfect lunch bag, lunch tote, lunch pot or bento box, switching to reusable snack and sandwich bags is one of the easiest switches to make if you want to reduce the number of plastic baggies you consume yearly. I now have two sandwich and two snack bags for the same reason as above so that I can rotate and cleanly them while having a dry set ready. I’ve found that I tend to use these more in the summer than winter because of making sandwiches or going to the pool.

Fresh Snack Pack Fresh Snack Pack Sandwich and Snack Bags with Built-in Placemat
Like the SnackTaxi’s but made of a different material and also serve as a placemat, I tend to use these for when I make a messy sandwich or when I take a BLT because I like to keep my tomato and lettuce in one bag and my bread in another, which I toast at work. I also put fruits and vegetables that tend to be wet in these, while putting dry stuff in the SnackTaxis, like when going to the pool and taking snacks but I don’t want to take the whole bag or box.

pyrexPyrex clear with lids
I swear by my Pyrex. I cook on Sundays and put everything into Pyrex that will packed in my lunch. Extras can be put in the freezer. I know people think it is odd that I don’t buy my yogurt or applesauce in little pre-packaged containers, but rather big ones that I measure out into the 1-cup Pyrex dishes.

rubbermaid find a lidRubbermaid Easy Find Lid
While I’m not a fan of using plastic, I use these but they are not going in the microwave. I’ve found these work well when packing small things like olives (as shown), almonds, cubes of cheese or 16 wheat thins (suggested serving size). For the salads fans, these might work for packing dressing. The lids snap to the bottom so you can store them together and not worry about losing a lid.

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6 Comment

  1. Emmy
    November 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I like your lunch bag. It’s really cute. I know what you mean about being bogged down. In addition to my lunch bag, I have my hoodie and my Lands Ends canvas tote bag. The tote bag holds my purse, glasses, and other necessities like first aid supplies, a mini flash light (my work has lost power more times than I can remember), and phone chargers.

  2. trashmaster46
    November 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I bought some snack taxis a while back and love them. I’ve also got something similar to the snack pack in that it unfolds into a placemat. Very handy when I’m traveling between work sites with my sandwich and I can’t find a plate.

  3. vegantester
    December 1, 2011 at 1:51 am

    beware those rubbermaid containers: they are NOT leak-proof. i too thought the little ones would be great for keeping dressing separate, but if you can’t keep it upright at all times, it leaks out everywhere.

  4. Andi
    December 1, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Good to know since I’m not really a salad eater at lunch. Lin bought small glass jars from the container store to use for dressing, here’s her post

  5. Esther
    December 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Added, I really like your blog! 🙂

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