Gift Guide 2014 with Jasmine Hemsley

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Jasmine Hemsley is the co-founder of Hemsley + Hemsley, a healthy but delicious recipe site she started with sister and fellow “it” girl Melissa Hemsley five years ago. “They are their own best advertisement,” writes House & Garden UK of the London-based duo, “clear-skinned, full of energy, and a genuine delight.” Today, the sisters are best-selling authors of The Art of Eating Well, a cookbook containing the best of their grain-, gluten-, and refined sugar-free recipes, and they regularly contribute to The Guardian, lifestyle website Sous Style, and Vogue. Below are Jasmine’s holiday gifts picks; check out Melissa’s, too.


Photo: Jasmine Hemsley

What are your top 5 food-related gift ideas for the holidays?


1. A Le Parfait Terrine jar full of our homemade Cinnamon and Buckwheat GranolaPhoto: Le Parfait


2. Our cookbook, The Art of Eating Well, signed by Mel and me, of course! Photo: Amazon


3. I love this "Christmas Forever" pint glass—colorful and fun—and a reminder to stay hydrated during the festivities. Photo: Urban Outfitters


4. I’ll be getting this gorgeous tray for a girlfriend to match her palm print tea set. (I’m secretly hoping she gets it for me, too!) Photo: House of Hackney London


5. We love making batches of some of our favorite refined sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free treats around Christmas and gifting them to friends. Our Mint Choc Pavé is perfect served after dinner or as a mid-afternoon snack. The inclusion of coconut oil provides satiety and helps to rid those Christmas cravings! And if I didn’t have time to make our pavé, I’d pick up my favorite chewy mulberries covered in raw chocolate Photo: Hemsley + Hemsley

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given? 

Love taking a big punch bowl of Pink Love Juice, a.k.a. Blueberry, Lime, and Lavender Cocktail, from our book to festive get-togethers! Raw honey, rather than sugar syrup, lightly sweetens the cocktail and blueberries, lime juice, and coconut water help to keep you hydrated!


Photo: Lane Crawford

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
My Bao Bao Wan diamond and gold necklace from my other half, Nick, three Christmases ago. It’s tiny, but he put it under the tree in a huge box that used to have a Hoover in it to throw me! And my cat, Tina, for my birthday 10 years ago. Both are treasured (along with Maggie, my other cat, who I got myself six months earliermust mention her!).

What are your plans for the holidays?
This year has been so busy that I can’t wait to catch up with lots of friends and family. We’ll be at our parents’ house, so I’m looking forward to seeing all our childhood family friends who are still local.

What’s a great last-minute gift?
Our simple yet stunning Avocado Lime Cheesecake! Free from refined sugar, flour, and dairy, this cheesecake will leave everyone wondering how anything this tasty can be so nutritious.

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