As we approach the Christmas season (can you believe it is almost that time already?) and the madness of Black Friday (which I avoid), I’ve gotten several emails asking for ideas for natural and healthy gifts. I’ve already written about healthy gift ideas for men, but figured a post geared toward the ladies was in order.
The following are some healthy gift ideas that were top voted when I asked on Facebook (and gifts I’ve either received and love or would love to receive). Pretty much all of these ideas are practical and useful, and don’t take up extra room.
I don’t know about you, but I hate spending time fighting for deals in the malls and shopping centers before Christmas and other holidays. This year, our family is focusing on healthy and useful items for Christmas, and most of my shopping is already done… Check out my full gift giving guide here with more ideas for everyone on your list.
The kids are getting photo books as their big gift, along with socks and underwear. Hubby and all of our parents are getting health related gifts (though I can’t say specifically, in case they happen to read this).
In no particular order, my totally biased top healthy gift list (hint hint Honey, if you are reading this 🙂 are:
A Fermented Foods Starter Pack
Including Water Kefir Grains, Kombucha Scoby and maybe even a cheese-making kit from Kombucha Kamp. In fact, even though I already have these, I’m putting the Water Kefir Grains on my list so we can make double batches!
Ok, so maybe I’m a few years late on this one, but my friends have convinced me that a kindle is great, even for those of us who still love the page-turning experience of a book. If I happen to get one, I’ll let you know if I agree :-). Either way, the Kindle doesn’t give off the blue light of a computer or a TV, so if you have trouble sleeping at night or are struggling with adrenal issues, it is a good alternative before bedtime.
A Basic Supplements Gift Basket
This would be best for someone you know well (like a spouse or kids) but I would personally be delighted to get a few months supply of the few supplements that I take. For me, this would include Gelatin powder, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Probiotics.
Ideal for stay-at-home moms or anyone who doesn’t have a gym membership. Kettlebells are practically a whole gym rolled into a cannonball sized ball of iron. They provide high intensity cardio, strength, and flexibility training and can be stored in a very small space. I’ve had quite a few clients get amazing results just by doing kettlebell swings, and I’ll be posting some great how-to videos during December. Personally, I do my workouts of Kettlebells, pullups, pushups, deadlifts, etc. while my kids are napping. Which leads to my next idea…
Pull Up Bar
This is what my mom is getting for Christmas! (Don’t tell her!) This pull up bar hangs on most doorways without needing to nail or screw it in and can also be used on the floor for dips, pushups, and more. If you haven’t gotten your first pull up yet.. maybe a good new years resolution?
Chopped Liver (Ok, or steak)
Food gifts have gotten popular lately, and rather than a basket full of franken-cheeses, sweets, and chocolate covered pretzels, why not give your healthy foodie some grassfed beef, organ meats, healthy beef jerky, or other high nutrition snacks.
A Healthy Mouth
Since over 90% of American adults have some form of gum disease or mouth problem, this is probably the most practical gift on the list. Some people on my list will be getting a gift pack from OraWellness, along with a jar of my homemade remineralizing toothpaste. I just went to the dentist for the first time in a couple of years, and after using this mix and taking some supplements, I effectively remineralized some soft spots and reversed one place I’ve had a gum infection since college (oh, the hazards of cafeteria food!).
Natural Living Kit
A few years ago, I gave my parents and in-laws all the supplies to clean house and make personal care products naturally. It was filled with herbs, teas, essential oils, and elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs along with an all-purpose cleaner, natural sponges, spray bottles, and more. I wrote out the recipes to make All Purpose Cleaner, floor cleaners, laundry detergent and more. This let them clean their house for the whole year without the chemicals in conventional cleaners and it made the transition to natural cleaning much more easily.
A real food foodie likely uses a lot of coconut based products. I’ve definitely asked for coconut oil, coconut flour, and shredded coconut for Christmas before! I get mine from Tropical Traditions, but a lot of stores are starting to carry these products! Just make sure you look for organic, unrefined versions.
I’ve written about Earthing before and how an earthing mat helps me sleep a lot better. The basic concept is that it electrically grounds your body to help reduce inflammation and improve sleep (and even stop snoring!). I definitely notice a difference when I travel and don’t have it.
Here is the one we use, and it comes with a book about the benefits of Earthing, and an outlet checker to check the ground of your outlet. Several people on my list are getting this one this year!
This is one of my favorite gifts of all time. Basically, it is a deep tissue massage at home, so it is a lot cheaper than regular massages in the long run. The big spikes make it great for athletes (my hubby and a lot of men) and people who get stressed out/tense easily (me). My hubby also doesn’t like taking the time to get a massage, especially since the sitting-still-and-doing-nothing for an hour really annoys him. This is the solution!
It doesn’t take up much room and it is wonderful for sore muscles! I use this regularly and it has made a big difference in my muscle tension. Here is the Rumble Roller I got and there are two different sizes and firmness levels.
Phillips Wake Light
For anyone who doesn’t have 4 built in alarm clocks (who chime “Mom, I’m hungry”), a natural wake up light can make a big difference in waking up and energy levels throughout the day. Basically, it is an alarm clock that gradually brightens with a daylight-type bulb and nature sounds instead of a blaring horn sound.
This particular one is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation and waking up gradually and naturally can have a big impact on energy levels and proper hormone production throughout the day.
If someone on your list is working on getting in shape or improving fitness, a kettlebell is a great option. Cheaper than a gym membership, much less space consuming than weights, and endlessly versatile, kettlebells are a great at-home fitness option.
I first discovered them through my brother-in-law who is a certified instructor, but I love them for their simplicity and results. According to Tim Ferriss, just 5 minutes of kettlebell swings 3 times a week can double weight loss efforts (one woman lost over 120 pounds in a year with kettlebells).
This is my favorite workout (along with kettlebells). It is no-impact and only takes 15 minutes. It has been wonderful during pregnancy and is also great for those recovering from injuries, with health troubles or just wanting to tighten up muscles (especially core muscles).
Coconut oil is one of the foods I’d take to an island if I could only bring 5 things to eat for the rest of my life. It is packed with healthy fats, immune boosting MCFAs, and lauric acid and is extremely versatile. It can be used for cooking, skin care, hair care, baby care, as a supplement, and so much more.
It may not be the most glamorous gift idea, but it will certainly be one of the most used!
Here is a list of 101 ways we use coconut oil at la casa de Wellness! 🙂
A Healthy Mouth
With the increasing rates of oral health problems, the gift of natural and chemical free oral health products can be a truly useful one. Personally, I love OraWellness Brushing blend and in combination with my homemade remineralizing toothpaste, my dentist says my teeth and gums have never been healthier.
A Bamboo Bottle
I searched for a healthy and chemical free water bottle for a long time. I found the bamboo bottle a year ago and finally bought it at a sale a few months ago. The hard outer shell protects the glass bottle on the inside and the top is completely leak proof, so I can keep it in my (gigantic and way too full) purse.
I’ve used stainless steel bottles in the past, and they were ok, but they didn’t work very well for really hot or really cold liquids and they were not insulated at all. I like the Bamboo Bottle because it can even be used for coffee, tea, smoothies, etc. without getting too hot or cold and without absorbing the smell at all.
Vibram Five Fingers
This is certainly not a gift for everyone, but for a health and fitness enthusiast who doesn’t mind getting weird looks at the grocery store, it is perfect. I personally wear Five Fingers all the time! They are incredibly comfortable and support natural walking and joint health. They are based on the idea that one can actually build the muscles in the feet and legs and help protect against joint problems by walking in a natural way (as one would walk barefoot).
The Komodo Sports are my favorite but these now come in all colors and styles so you can find one that fits your recipient’s personality.
Again, not a gift for everyone, but a really fun and unusual gift for an adventurous health enthusiast! Fermented foods and drinks can be very health promoting, and things like Kombucha and Water Kefir are gaining popularity (both of these can be made naturally carbonated as a healthy soda-alternative and they provide beneficial probiotics and enzymes). You can purchase water kefir grains here to make Water Kefir as well as starter cultures for kombucha.
This would definitely be a gift for someone you have a special relationship with who won’t take it the wrong way! A Squatty Potty is a special stool that stows under the toilet and lets the user sit in a more natural “squatting” position when doing his business.
I recently received one to review and as weird as it sounds, I can see the advantage to a Squatty Potty– especially for anyone struggling with constipation or hemorrhoids. As an added plus, the Squatty Potty doubles as a great stool for potty training, so it gets a lot of use at our house!
Probably not a good gift for a boss or prim-and-proper relative though!
The classic gift where once can truly find a gift for anyone! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite books here, and this page has a list of all the books I’ve reviewed in the past if you’d like specifics on each one.
I personally love ordering used books on Amazon (saves money and paper since they are re-used) but used book stores are also a great option (and I can spend hours there!).
We haven’t made the switch, but a lot of people love using a Kindle instead of regular books since it takes up so little room and literally hundreds of books can be put on it. I’m a fan of holding a real book when I’m reading, but Kindles are a popular gift this year.
What is on your healthy gift list this year? What are you getting for your loved ones? Share below!