It’s not easy to come up with fresh gift ideas every year, so I’m here to help! Whether you have a health foodie or fitness lover on your list or you just want to spread a little healthy holiday cheer, here are 12 healthy gifts I’m loving this holiday season:
Wine is always a welcome gift at my house, especially wine that comes with less of a hangover! Frey Vineyard’s biodynamic wine is organic (toxic pesticide free), and has no added sulfites, a synthetic preservative. Choose from a gift pack of four wines, a subscription or a case.
Christmas just means gifting chocolate to me – Godiva is my downfall! Here’s a wonderful healthier alternative – Lake Champlain chocolate, made in Vermont, is SO DELICOUS and offers organic, fair trade and even vegan varieties. Love the dark chocolate snowman, organic fair trade hot chocolate, and Vermont Country Chocolate Gift Basket with varieties of chocolate and pure maple syrup.
Chalkboard herb kit, $25
There isn’t a healthier or more delicious way to flavor food than with fresh herbs, and these herb kit varieties are so cute! I especially love this chalkboard kit you can decorate yourself! Amazing way to brighten up the kitchen windowsill for the winter.
Paderno Spiralizer, $47
This is definitely my favorite kitchen tool! Discover a whole new (grain free!) pasta world by creating spaghetti shaped noodles out of veggies. Buy as a set with a cookbook from Williams & Sonoma or add on the Inspiralized cookbook for inspiration!
We all have that family member that loves to snack. These healthy snacks like dark chocolate almonds and nutty power clusters are delivered straight to your door as a one-time gift or monthly subscription. Choose from vegan, GMO free and gluten free treats.
Watercolor yoga mat, $68
Blocking any intruding light is so important for getting a good night’s sleep, so I always keep a mask by my bed and bring one with me when I travel. This mask also has a calming lavender aromatherapy that will lull you into a deep sleep. This is great as a stocking stuffer, a small gift for a friend or colleague or paired with something else!
Any health foodie needs a good blender, and Vitamix is the king of blenders. From easy homemade smoothies to soups to ice cream, this is a staple I use every single day. Well worth it splurge item! Tip – check out the “reconditioned” blenders – you can save over $100 and they work just as well.
Organic flower subscription, $42/month
Beautiful organic, sustainably produced and fair trade certified flowers to brighten up your winter. Buy a subscription for a few months and it will be the gift that keeps on giving.
January, February and March don’t have to mean you feel cold and sun deprived! If someone on your list gets the seasonal blues, jet lag from travel, or does a night shift, this sunshine supplement light could be a lifesaver – the natural spectrum light mimics real daylight, helping to elevate mood, energy and alertness.
Acupressure mat, $30
This may not seem like the most glamorous gift, but if someone in your family suffers from back pain, they’ll be obsessed with acupressure mat, which is designed to hit pressure points and relieve muscle tension!
If you still need ideas, try a gift certificate for something local like a spa that gives great massages or hydrotherapy or a super yummy healthy restaurant. Hope these ideas inspired you – here’s to getting your list checked off!
And since the holidays can be stressful, here are quick tips for staying sane and feeling in balance:
- Don’t expect too much of yourself or others.
- Practice patience with family members.
- Hold onto your healthy routine to stay grounded, such as hot water with lemon, meditation, exercise, a green smoothie, etc, even if you’re traveling.
- Be proactive about making fun healthy alternatives for traditional treats. Make lots of yummy veggies sides with your holiday dinner, and create some new dessert options without gluten, dairy or refined sugar, like this chocolate pudding.
- Don’t beat yourself up about indulging in a small amount of holiday treats here and there, when you actually really want it. The new year is a great time for a cleanse – I’ll be doing one!
Wishing you health and happiness this holiday season!
Lots of love,
[Note that I orginally wrote this post for Arielle Haspel of Be Well with Arielle]