As you begin making your list and checking it twice, it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of gift options beyond showering your loved ones with sugary treats, high-tech electronics, and over-the-top labels this holiday season. While giving the gift of health and wellness may sound too practical at first glance, it’s actually a thoughtful way to show just how much you care about your recipients’ goals, mental and physical well-being, and longevity. Which is why we’ve put together this healthy holiday gift guide for everyone on your list.
We’ve compiled 21 ideas at varying price points that anyone on your list will be excited to receive—and, because we know there aren’t enough hours in the day this time of year, you can pick most of these products up while doing your weekly grocery shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods Market, or Natural Grocers. Or just order online for Cyber Monday. Have a happy, healthy holiday!
For Healthy Living
Keep the holiday spirit alive all season long (and beyond!) with this trio of essential oils—cinnamon leaf, pine, and sweet peppermint—Aura Cacia makes from pure botanical ingredients. When used for aromatherapy, cinnamon may help ease congestion, pine helps elevate mood, and peppermint boosts energy.
Sourced from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan, Evolution Salt Co. lamps contain 84 minerals and trace elements that are essential for the human body — and those who swear by these lamps say that the negative ions released into your space help decrease depression, increase energy levels, and create a Zen ambiance.
There’s plenty of CBD products promising to ease pain and inflammation, but Planetarie is the world’s first and only USDA certified organic CBDa manufacturer—CBDa is the raw, acidic cannabinoid derived straight from the hemp plant in its purest form (read: it’s more potent). Choose from topical salves and muscle rubs to body butters and liquid infusions.
Think you can’t afford to gift someone an entire gym? Think again! Jennifer Jacobs of Beachbody, who founded The J METHOD, has packed everything you need into the ultimate on-the-go workout kit: 3 resistance bands, a jump rope, a recovery ball, instructional cards, and a mesh travel bag to store it all. The Best part? It’s only $149.
Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to crystals. That’s why GeoCentral offers miniature collections, like the Compassion + Care Mini Energy Set. The green polish aventurine protects the heart chakra while the raw rose quartz attracts love.
Spent all day on your feet? Add some nourishing Epsom and Dead Sea salts from Feeling Smitten to a foot bath, inhale that intoxicating peppermint aroma, and your tootsies will feel like a million bucks in just 20 glorious minutes.
There’s no better place to reflect on your day, set intentions, or catch up on your favorite self-help book than in the bathtub. The Harper & Ari Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar offers 12 days of exfoliating bath and shower sugar cubes featuring shea butter, aloe vera gel and exfoliating can sugar to soften, scrub and hydrate.
For Home Chefs
Mix up smoothies and protein shakes whether you’re at home, work, or traveling with the BlendJet 2, a powerful and portable blender that holds 16 ounces of liquid (think: salsa, soup, guac and cocktails, too). Plus, it’s waterproof and gives you 15+ blends on a single charge.
Written by holistic nutrition coach and chef Carrie Bonfitto, the What to Cook, Why to Eat It cookbook delves into the nutrition facts and health benefits of various ingredients—including information on why specific foods help cut cravings, improve digestion or regulate blood sugar. She also includes many easy-to-follow and low-carb recipes rich in nourishment and flavor.
The charcuterie trend is still going strong, so step up your party presentation with the Viking 20-inch serving board. Made from acacia wood, this elegant block is water- and bacteria-resistant, and contains three separate sections perfect for holding condiments. The other side can be used as a cutting board, with juice grooves to contain spills.
For Fashion & Beauty
Skip the fast fashion and give the gift of sustainable apparel with a hat or ear warmers from Andes Gifts. These items are handmade by artisans living in rural Peru and Bolivia (the Andes Mountains), using traditional knitting techniques — this allows these women to provide for their families while working close to home.
Fight back against dry winter skin with ShiKai Hand & Body Lotions, made with shea butter, aloe, and vitamin E. With fruity and floral scents, such as Honeysuckle, Yuzu, Sandalwood, and Starfruit, your recipient will enjoy a mini aromatherapy session with each application.
Whole Foods Market is bringing back its popular 12 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar, filled with a mix of mini and full-sized high-quality products. Expect such cult-favorite brands as ACURE, cocokind, Burst’s Bees, and Dr. Hauschka.
This educational line of eco-friendly toys is produced in the Netherlands and made from the remains of sugarcane plants. These giraffes come in 14 pieces, encouraging creativity and fine motor skills from your little ones.
It’s never too early to teach children the importance of making a grocery list and going food shopping. Not only will they learn life skills through role playing with this grocery basket, but it’s a screen-free way to interact as a family.
The decline of bees is not only negatively impacting our food supply, but also that of our pets. That’s why Project Hive Pet Company creates dog chews and toys with a purpose, donating 1 percent of each purchase to the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund. Interactive toys are BPA-free, dishwasher safe and recyclable, and the treats are non-GMO and vegetarian.
Keep your pup hydrated on the go with a Dexas cup, which features a one-cup liquid capacity. It literally collapses down into a flat disk when not in use to help save space (making it ideal for hiking, camping, and trips to the dog park), and is dishwasher safe.
Who’s a good boy? Your dog, and that’s why he deserves a holiday treat all his own. Bocce’s Bakery is a family-owned business that makes oven-baked biscuits sourced from local ingredients. Choose from such seasonal flavors as Lumps of Coal, Santa’s S’mores, and Figgy Pudding.
For Stuffing Stockings
Did you know that 20,000 pounds of hair elastics are thrown into the garbage each day in the United States? Switch to super soft, biodegradable and responsibly created plastic-free hair ties, scrunchies and headbands by KOOSHOO — they are made with organic cotton, sustainably harvested natural tree rubber, and certified non-toxic dyes.
Developing a mindfulness practice doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Thankfully, practice makes perfect, so build the habit with Levenger’s box of 60 cards containing such prompts as, “Write a letter to a friend” or “Cook while listening to music.”
Help your loved one reach his or her health and wellness goals faster, by providing the perfect way to track workouts, meals, water intake, sleep and more. This wellness planner by Erin Condren (who also offers meal planners, grocery lists, and inspirational stickers) reminds the lucky recipient that consistency is key.