Holiday Gift Guide 2017
We had Thanksgiving at my aunt’s house and my parents live legit two blocks away from them. I had to zip out of the Thanksgiving feast a couple times to change my laundry over at my house and my 11-year-old cousin asked to join. He just had to get out of the house and away from the hustle and bustle for “a breath of fresh air.” So we drove over to my house to swap out the freshly washed clothes. I started throwing my soap nuts into the wash and dryer balls in the dryer. “No offense Claire, but you’re kind of a health geek,” Will said. No offense taken! You might have one of these kinds of geeks on your holiday shopping list. Take a look at this gift guide for your wellness lover! Yes, the soap nuts and dryer balls are on there.
To-Go Ware Utensil Set: This is a must have! I use them all the time and absolutely cannot part ways even if I had to. These bamboo utensils make it incredibly convenient to have a spoon (this is my most used utensil) on hand for smoothie bowls, soups, or overnight oats at any time. It comes with a fork, knife, spoon, and even chopsticks! The carabiner makes it simple to hook these to anything.
Mesh produce bags: These bags are marvelous for storing your fruits and veggies, straining your nuts if you make your own almond milk, and even as lingerie bags if you knot them! Wash and reuse. Earthwise has them on Amazon in three different sizes. You can also get nine of the same size.
Beeswax wraps: Don’t you hate it when the seran wrap gets all tangled up and you spend forever trying to uncling it? These beeswax wraps are a glorious solution. You can wash them with cold water and reuse them. They fold up pretty easily and cling amazingly to dishes, fruits, and veggies! They’re recyclable and plastic free.
Metal Straws: If your wellness advocate is looking to decrease their plastic consumption, metal straws are key. Some facilities will recycle plastic straws, others not. The size is the biggest issue with plastic straws. They usually fall through the cracks as they travel down the conveyor belt and often get sent to the landfill. Metal straws can be used time and time again. The SipWell straws are made with stainless steel, so there is no metallic aftertaste. These dishwasher-safe straws come in a pack of four with a straw cleaner to really make sure they serve you well.
Chico Bags: If you’re Secret Santa is always carrying plastic baggies around, try these instead! These snack bags make them extremely convenient for packing up your favorite nuts, sandwich, and fruit. Chico Bags come in many different sizes. They’re outstanding for a life on the go or perfect for your kid’s lunch sack. You can even throw them in the washing machine!
Essential Oils: My go-to oils are Peppermint and Lavender, however there are so many more. Peppermint is energizing, lavender calming. I love the doTerra brand but there are plenty out there. I also like the Wild Orange, Balance and On Guard. You can make food with the wild orange, such as orange, chocolate power bars. Make sure they are therapeutic pure grade so they’re not filled with a bunch of chemicals and unnecessary substances. Order these online.
Super foods: I love the brand Imlak’esh. All their products come in glass containers and they source their superfoods ethically from small-scale organic farmers around the world. The Sacha Inchi seeds are out of this world. They have a peanut-like taste and are packed with protein. You can also snag some cacao powder, golden berries, and spirulina. Use “RIDGE10” at checkout for 10 percent off your order.
Sage or Palo Santo: You can purchase these online or through your local “hippie store.” Whole Foods should have them too! Sage is the green bundle of herbs and Palo Santo is a wooden stick. Sage and Palo Santo can be helpful for people with asthma, headaches, lung problems, respiratory issues, coughs and colds, stress, anxiety, depression, inflammation, and emotional pain and more.
Fitness gift card: Whether your health geek is into a little SoulCycle or some yoga, this is the perfect gift to keep them mindful through this holiday season. Studios will usually offer a 5-class or 10-class pack you can purchase.
Soapnuts and Wool Dryer Balls: Soapnuts can be reused 5-7 times. They come from a dried fruit and are hypoallergenic, which means they’re great for babies and people with sensitive skin. The wool dryer balls can reduce your dry time by more than 27% per load. They naturally aspirate and fluff the clothes in a way that dryer sheets just cannot.
Shampoo bar: This is the newest addition to my shower routine. These bars are great for the environment, moisturize the scalp and hair, and cleanse it without harmful chemicals, preservatives, or lathering agents. I’ve tried a couple and love Abbey Brown’s shampoo bars. They are vegan! The bar I use is made with olive, avocado, jojoba, coconut, castor oils with Mango Butter, and essential oils. They have a Bergamot and Lemon Verbena scented bar and a Rosemary & Mint.
I think I know what I’ll be getting Will after telling him about the shampoo bar. He’s got the best flow in the 6th grade and when he had the thought of losing it by 30, he went into sheer panic mode. The shampoo bar better ease his worries.
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