The holidays are upon us…Thrive’s top recommended finds to give the gift of wellness this year in this week’s Wellness Holiday Gift Guide.
Do you remember being a kid and every December, counting down the days, one by one, until Christmas?
In my house, we had a velcro countdown calendar, and every day, my brother, sister and I took turns placing a small velcro plush toy into “Santa’s bag,” leading up to December 25th.
Time dragged on, like watching paint dry, and everyday was like pulling teeth in order to “get there.”
Fast forward to adulthood and something funky happens to time and it goes by like pressing the “2x” turbo fast speed on a podcast.
Sooooo…there’s about two full weeks until the next round of holidays begins (Christmas and Hanukkah), which means the weekend roads and shopping malls and calendar festivities are a bit more busy than usual.
Anddddd…gift buying and giving is on the minds of many….
As I’ve grown older, not only has time flown faster, but gifts—and stuff—have become A LOT less important to me.
A former fashion diva, it was a sin in my book if I ever repeated the same outfit twice, or violated a faux pas—like wearing khaki pants, socks that showed, or a turtleneck (i.e. “grandma”).
Today, put me in a pair of Luxtreme yoga pants and a pony tail in my hair, and I am a happy girl.
Likewise, gift giving and receiving are not my personal “love language” (find out yours here ), so when it comes to the holiday hype, I, at least, like to put some thought and uniqueness into the gifts I do buy.
If you’re looking for something off the beaten path for your giving (or receiving) list, why not give the gift of health and wellness (a gift that will keep on giving).
Here’s Thrive’s Holiday Faves: Gift Giving Guide (plus all the posts you missed out on this week, of course):
From the Blog this Week…
Should You Go Gluten Free? Truths, myths and indicators IF you should or shouldn’t be gluten free.
25 AIP Lunch Ideas (Brownbag Friendly). Face it. Packed lunches can be so boring…until now. (Bonus: Gut friendly)
How to Become a Morning Exerciser Habits were meant to be made…Starting your day off with movement can do wonders for your productivity. 7 simple tips to find your inner Rocky.
Soy: Good or Bad for You? Get the Truth. No one can seem to agree—is soy unhealthy or healthy? An unbiased look at the facts of soy
*Faves Friday Bonus*
Thrive’s Health and Fitness Holiday Gift Guide
Some ideas to keep the holidays merry and bright for loved ones. Do you have any fun or unique ideas? Let know and I’ll share!
Body Butta- Fat Co $20-$50
Best. Ever. “Lotion.” Ghee-based body cream=supple, smooth skin. The 8 oz. jar goes a longgggg way.While you’re at it, you CAN’T go wrong with the Fat Stick—a moisturizer for every part of your body that easily packs on the go.
The Dirt Toothpaste, $10+
Toothpaste for the holidays?! Not just any toothpaste…but chocolate mint toothpaste, rose cacao and cinnamon toothpaste that you can…eat. Yup. Edible, AND good for you. Made is REAL food ingredients that actually strip away bad breath. Get the special tongue scraper while you’re at it.
“They’re Real” Blue Mascara, Benefit, $24
Perhaps not the most sustainable brand, but fun! Make the peepers (eyes pop) with this guy. Mineral Fusion (sold at Whole Foods) also makes an awesome hypo-allergenic blue mascara that I love (in “Midnight” for the Volumizing one).
Feeling Good Natural Skin & Body Care
Skin Foodie, $20+
Skin Foodie is my latest “feel good” pamper obsession. Solely built on “real food” ingredients for your body and face, the creator Amy Lupton believes our body eats what our skin eats—it’s true. Here are a few of my suggestions from her line with some fun little add-ons.
- Face Coffee Serum Wake up skin, tighten and tone wrinkles and feel energetic from the outside in. Win, win, win. Pair it with an energy boosting iTunes gift card (for downloading some pump up music), a new pair of workout shoes for the pep in the step, or some invigorating Peppermint Essential Oil (+ diffuser) to breathe in and out lots of energy.
- Lyrical Dreams Magnesium Foot Spray Put some zen in a stressed-out loved one’s life with some calming spray (plus, you could throw in a yoga mat or yoga class gift card, face mask and herbal tea)
- Gift Kits
If you want to just take the thought out of making your own kit or gift pack, Skin Foodie’s taken the thought out of it for you already!
On-the-Go Coffee, Tea or Smoothies
Tumbler Cup, Yeti, $20-30
Some like it hot. Some like it cold. The Yeti classic cup is perfect for the on-the-go smoothie or coffee drinker. Throw in some fresh coffee beans (like Wild Foods Coffee Roasts) + Vital Proteins Collagen, MCT Oil and Ghee for making their own version of Butter Coffee at home) or my favorite protein powder by Pure WOD.
Water Filter, $30-500 (Range, depending on type)
One thing I am asking for this year is a water filter—like a really good one. Contaminated water makes up approximately 75% of Americans’ drinking water in some form or fashion. You can also get a simple pitcher for the fridge, like this one by Brita. Once you try pure, filtered water, there’s no turning back. A great water bottle is also a solid option. I love this water Bottle- Klean Kanteen.
Meal Delivery, $100+
Who doesn’t love a good meal cooked for them? Consider ordering a month’s worth of good eats from a company like: Pete’s Paleo, ButcherBox, and Trifecta Nutrition to save hours in the kitchen.
For the gal who likes to cook, update her cookbook collection with one of these guys:
- The Healing Kitchen
- The Autoimmune Cookbook
- Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
- Fed & Fit
- Well Fed for Weeknights
- Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook
- Stupid Easy Paleo’s Performance Paleo Cookbook
Instapot takes the hours and hours out of the crockpot cooking time—down to one. Chicken broth, pulled pork, chicken roasted…bon apetit.
Workout & Lifestyle Fitness Wear (Beyond Lululemon), $15+
Loving Kate Hudson’s latest venture: Fabletics —an activewear lifestyle brand with a subscription program for home delivery of workout wear . (Also BONUS: Think a subscription is something like $15/month!). While you’re at it, check out Outdoor Voices. The “Catch Me if You Can” Hoodie is oh-so-comfy , the signature Athena Crop doubles as a sports bra and tank in the gym and for a starter outfit, they’ve created “The Kits.” Check it out.
Kendra Scott Earrings, $50+
If you havent heard of Kendra, you must live under a rock. Simple elegant stones with a little bit of flare=fashion forward. You can’t go wrong with the signature Tessa in Iridescent Drusy.
Give One, Give One
Fair-Trade Necklaces, Bracelets & Accessories, $25+
The 1-for-1 model is huge here in Austin with several local “100% impact” small businesses, seeking to empower women in foreign countries. Noonday’s Drop Necklace is perfect for layering, Raven & Lily has an entire Holiday Gift idea page with everything from bags, to jewelry to scarves—all supporting women’s empowerment all over the world. And Tribe & Glory’s funky beads and necklaces support the entrepreneurship and business efforts of women in Uganda.
Grace & Lace Leg Warmers, $28
As seen on Shark Tank…the 80’s is back…and way cuter! Leg warmers with some “grace and lace”—designed by Melissa— a girl who turned a tragedy into triumph when she started her business while on bedrest with her baby girl, at 5 months pregnant (read it here).
Josie Maran Natural Makeup, $20+
Best. Makeup. Ever. Update her makeup bag with clean foundations, mascaras, lip gloss, cheek color and body care—all made with argan-oil and NO synthetic ingredients. Fresh. Clean. And lasting. Their serum foundation camouflages to match your skin tone , the Illuminator adds the ‘just right’ amount of shine, and the mascara does not clump or feel weighty.
Thoughts, Dreams & To-Dos
Notebooks & Paper Fun, May Day Designs- $15+
May Day Designs’ beautiful journals, paper and stationary may be so pretty you don’t want to write on them. Perfect for the daily upkeep of life, dreams and plans. There’s too many great ones to choose from, but you really can’t go wrong with any one of them. The best part? You can design your own! I am digging the “Meal Planner”, Health & Fitness Planners, and Bullet Journal.
Passion Planner, $30
Get ready for the new year! I talk about the Passion Planner alot—a perfect source of inspiration (instead of overwhelm) for getting your thoughts on paper. Erin Condren’s planners are also wonderfully girly and make organization fun and easy, not stressful.
Jesus Calling, $10
Start the day (and mind) off right in the Word. A 365 day devotional with tons of scripture-breathed passages and verses throughout.
Book buying for the book worm can be tricky—especially if they have everything in the book (No pun intended). If they are on the go all the time, how about an Amazon Audible membership or Kindle gift card credits? As for titles that make great gifts of inspiration:
- Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (my daily must-read)
- The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- Master Your Inner Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- A favorite childhood book, with a reflective inscription
How’s that for starters?
You’re off to the right foot (and probably better than me…since I havent started yet).