It’s that time of the year again! Giving gifts, getting gifts, spreading the love! If you have some health fanatics in your life and want to give them practical self care gifts, I have a few suggestions. 30 to be exact. You’ll find here some ideas for the person who’s all about meditation, aromatherapy, fitness, and healthy eating.
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Self care gifts
We can practice self-care in so many ways. Wellness can take many forms – physical, mental, spiritual – and there’s no shortage of holistic gifts for those who want to dive into self-care this holiday season. Whether it is an aromatherapy session, a massage (or self-massage), healthy food, or sustainable fitness products. It all serves the body well and helps us de-stress and contributes thus to general wellness. What can a wellness enthusiast use? Here are some ideas.
Aluminum-free and Baking Soda-free Deodorant
For a health-conscious person, an old-style antiperspirant or deodorant is a no-no. Aluminum, Parabens, synthetic fragrances, and preservatives can be very harmful and have been claimed to contribute to breast cancer, although there is no definite link discovered yet. Still, why risk it when it’s so easy to get a natural, aluminum-free deodorant that works as well or better than an antiperspirant?
Primal Life makes a natural aluminum-free deodorant without baking soda (some people find it better as baking soda might sting). There is also the pit cleansing bentonite clay, nourishing hemp seed oil, odor-fighting zinc oxide, magnesium, coconut oil, and stay-dry-all-day arrowroot powder. It’s also biodegradable (see the adorable cardboard tube), so there is no harm done to Mother Earth with excess packaging.
Organic Plastic-Free Oral Care Set
Primal Life’s Charcoal Tooth Powder contains cleansing, mineral-rich bentonite, kaolin, and French green clays with a touch of alkalizing baking soda. It is flavored only with essential oils “for a WOW your mouth will love every time you brush”. The powder comes in varied flavors such as Mint, Orange, Bubble Gum, and others.
Get the tooth powder and bamboo brush set for a handsome gift that is natural, free of synthetics, and sustainable.
Natural Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
For those who are not ready to make a switch to tooth cleaner powder (I admit, it is a big change and might take some getting used to:), there is always another choice – still a toothpaste, only better!
Grin is a leader in natural oral care, offering a line of excellent toothpaste for old and young. Try this Grin Whitening Toothpaste set for the whole family!
Aromatherapy Self-Care Gifts
Aromatherapy uses are so many. Essential oils can help us get through the day by “improving and maintaining the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.” Therapeutic grade oils can be used in diffusers. They can also be used topically to improve the health and look of the skin. Some even use them internally but if you choose to go that route, make sure to consult a medical practitioner first. Essential oils are extremely potent and should be used with caution.
I found two essential Oil distributors that I trust completely: Plant Therapy and Rocky Mountain Oils. Both provide records of their oils, so you know that you are not buying anything diluted or a synthetic dupe. If you want to begin the oil journey and self-gift or if you dream of introducing someone else to aromatherapy, here are some ideas from Plant Therapy.Top Three synergy blends
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Meditation and Yoga Gifts
For those who meditate or want to start, there are some awesome holistic gifts to try.
These adorable cushions are embroidered with a center mandala and the Seven Chakras. Chakras energy flow and balancing can help heal emotional, physical, and spiritual breaks, blocks, and dysfunction. The cushions are perfect for sitting meditation. They are filled with eco-friendly organic buckwheat hulls, and the cover is made from organic cotton and removable for hand washing.
When trying to align the chakras, essential oils can help and make the meditation so much more sensorily interesting. The kit contains seven blends, one for each chakra. Each chakra roll-on combines the therapeutic benefits of essential oils with the energetic properties of the chakra’s corresponding gemstone by using a gemstone rollerball. They are not only effective but also super cute! And on sale now (43% discounted!)
BeanProducts entire mission is being passionate about Mother Earth. And they’ve been doing it long before “green” was cool, since 1987. Their products are providing superior comfort utilizing sustainable resources such as Organic Cotton, Hemp, Kapok, Buckwheat hulls, Natural Latex, and Recycled Poly fiber.
It’s a larger, thicker, and more comfortable size Yoga Mat with lightweight high grip performance. It comes in many colors, it’s easy to care for, and great for all kinds of yoga such as Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Flow, Vinyasa, Bikram, and Hot Yoga. Free of toxic phthalates, dioxins and furans, phenol and heavy metals. SGS tested and verified.
Here is what Bean Products have to say: “Turn the heads of your yogi peers with our gorgeous handmade organic cotton yoga mat bags. Constructed with durability and versatility in mind, by yogis… for yogis. Available in eight natural, stoic colors. For the Reiki enthusiasts, we have four options embroidered with the seven Chakras and ancient Sanskrit.”
They are so adorable and great for these times when you haul your mat to the studio and want to protect it from the elements. Additional genius idea: the bag includes an outside zippered pocket that fits all your small essentials.
Gifts for Healthy Eaters
To be healthy, we have to eat healthily. The wellness and health fanatic in your life knows it, but sometimes they might not have access to clean, unprocessed food. This is where subscription services come in handy.
Even though I live in an area where health food stores are plenty, I still get these subscriptions, just because they are so easy, affordable, and delicious. And now, during the pandemic, the less time I spend in actual stores, the less the chance of getting infected. So. it’s a win-win in my view. Let’s dig in!
For Grass-Fed, Organic Meat Lovers
Give them a subscription to Butcher Box. It is a game-changer when it comes to taste, flavor, and sustainability. Butcher Box offers beef from grass-fed cattle, heritage pork, and organic, free-range poultry. Lately, they have added wild-caught seafood to their offerings. The flavor is unsurpassed. My family eats meat sporadically but when we do, we go for this.
And now, for a limited time, you can get a free Holiday turkey with your first subscription box.Free Thanksgiving Turkey – New members receive a 10-14 lb, free-range, all natural (no basting or atificial ingredients, minimally processed) turkey for FREE in your first ButcherBox order.
For Veggie and Fruit Lovers
Farm Fresh to You delivers a variety of boxes: veggies only, veggies and fruit, fruit only, and more (you can add farm fresh eggs, dairy products, bee products, etc.). You choose the type, the size, and the frequency of deliveries.
You can let them surprise you or you can pick specific items for delivery. It’s so much fun when it arrives at the door and you can start planning your healthy, delicious menu for the next week!
See if Farm Fresh to You delivers in your area, try them out and enjoy yourself or gift someone you love.
For a Smoothie Lover
For those, who love smoothies but have little time to do the work (washing, peeling, cutting, and blending), there is a delivery subscription by Smoothie Box. And the first box comes with a nice discount! Give it to your friend and let them decide if they want to continue at full price or not.
So much fun getting this box delivered to your box. Open, blend, drink, and enjoy the health benefits!
SmoothieBox Subscription – $99.00
For A Health-Conscious Chef
I wrote about the superior health benefits of Koroneiki Olive oil here. Now you can get your own extra-virgin Koroneiki olive oil delivered to you straight from the Greek olive orchards.
Kosterina extra virgin olive oil is cold-pressed in small batches from a single blend of early harvest olives grown in Crete, Greece. This EVOO has a higher chlorophyll content making it rich in healthy polyphenols, the antioxidants that have been proven to have anti-inflammatory and heart and brain-aiding effects.
Check out these subscription offers from Kosterina.
Kosterina Quarterly Subscription – Half Case (6 bottles) – $139.00
Fresh, true, premium, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil straight from Greece to your doorstep. Choose how many bottles of Kosterina EVOO you’d like to received every three months. Select from 2 subscription options: 6 BOTTLES for $139 per quarter, or 12 BOTTLES for $279 per quarter.
For Those Who Care about Gut Health
Give the gift that keeps on giving! Fermentation starters! I wrote about the importance of gut health here. It is in my view the key to overall wellbeing, both physical and emotional. Without gut health, there is no wellness.
One of the best ways to keep the gut healthy and happy is to give it fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, or kombucha. I get mine from Cultures for Health and I can wholeheartedly recommend them!
For the home baker on your list, give them this adorable Sourdough Starter Kit. It’s a sure pleaser! Look what’s all included. I got my starter two years ago and am baking three loafs every week. What amazing savings!
- 1 x San Francisco Style Sourdough Starter
- 1 x Bread Lame (Scorer)
- 1 x Baker’s Scale
- 1 x Steel Dough Scraper
- 1 x Butter Muslin
- Sourdough Recipes
For Fresh Sprouts Lover
Your health-conscious friend will know for sure that sprouts are concentrated gems brimming with vitamins and minerals. And they are best when eaten on day three or four from the initial sprouting. This is when the concentration of nutrients is the highest. And… the only way to control when you actually eat your sprouts is when you sprout yourself.
So, get a sprouting kit. It is so easy to sprout seeds! All it takes is rinsing them twice per day, and the work is done. Ready to eat in a few short days.
Check out this kit from True Leaf Market. So much fun!
For Tea Lovers
Green tea has so many health benefits. And preparing it the traditional way is just about the most fun way of brewing tea.
If you want to introduce someone to Matcha green tea, this gift set from Matcha Source might be a perfect opportunity.
FOCUS Tea Gift Set – Complete Matcha Gift Set with Choice of Tea – $99.00
from: Matcha Source
For a Matcha drinker who already has all the essential equipment get the 3-pack of this exquisite Match tea. Since good-quality Matcha is not cheap, they’ll be so happy to receive this thoughtful gift of health and culinary pleasure.
Morning Matcha 3 Pack _ Save 10% – $105.00
from: Matcha Source
For Mother Earth Lover
Every health-conscious and eco-friendly person knows of the perils of too much plastic in our life. Not only are plastics harmful to our human and animal health, but they are also a real danger to the health of the planet. Recently, reusable bottles and sustainable straws have become popular. Why not give a gift of sustainability like glass, stainless steel, or bamboo straws from Simply Straws? They surely will be a crowd-pleaser!
Simply Straws offers simple solutions to reduce single-use plastics through our reusable straws, utensils, and drinkware. We strive to use our business as a force for good. We are an award-winning certified B Corporation, a WBENC Certified Women Business Enterprise, and a member of 1% For The Planet.Simply Straws
- Reusable, eco-friendly, durable
- Dishwasher & microwave safe
- BPA Free, non-porous and hypo-allergenic
- Hot and cold approved
- Reduces teeth staining, sensitivity and erosion
Visit Simple Straws to get stainless steel or glass straws. Buy one or a set of six, add a sleeve to go with it, and voila: a thoutful gift of sustainability!Sip sustainably with this Women-Owned, 1% for the Planet donor and award-winning B-Corp!
Check out some amazing eco lunch bags, boxes, containers, and other earth-friendly gifts for the whole family from Eco Lunchbox. These are presents that any Mother Earth lover will truly appreciate.
Self Care Gifts for Kids and Babies
For Kids and Babies on your list, go no further than the organic line of kids’ essentials from Natemia. They offer such cute things, all made with natural fabrics and materials, all sustainable and free of synthetics.
And when you get a bundle, you can save more! (3 products 15% off, 4 products 20% off, 5 30% off). Here are a few ideas:
Baby Swaddle Blankets (2-pack) – White – $27.00
Baby Hair Brush Set (3-piece) – $18.95
Introduce the Little Ones to Oral Hygiene
Get them the adorable Grin Kids Complete Oral Care Pack. It comes in three flavor varieties:
- Berry-Licious with Fluoride
- Strawberry Fluoride-free
- Orange Fluoride-free
from: Grin Natural US Limited
Don’t Forget Your Furry Friends
Give the pup in your life the luxurious lifestyle they deserve with this BeanProducts pet bed, crafted from durable organic hemp fiber and stuffed with CertiPUR Foam. It has a removable zippered cover for easy washing, and it’s made without PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP flame retardants.
Available in 7 sizes to fit any breed – from X- Small 18″ x 12″ to Extra Extra Large 54″ x 36″. Accommodates kittens to Mastiffs – from 1 pound to 120 pounds.
Clean Pet Shampoo
Cleanse and soothe your four-legged friend with Really Good Doggie Shampoo made with 10% Aloe Vera. Made by Keywest Aloe, the gentle, pH-balanced formula is good for sensitive skin, hot spots, and rashes and leaves lasting relief and a fresh, clean scent. It’s totally non-toxic and safe to use up to three times a week on cats and dogs as it does not dry skin or remove natural oils.
Here it is as part of a kit with a deodorizer and a toy for your Doggie.
There you have it! I hope you’ll find something interesting for health and wellness aficionados in your life. They’ll be so happy you did!
Stay tuned for another guide to healthy and holistic beauty and skincare gifts.