So, it’s that time of year again! But for realz, what happened to summer? I feel like I blinked and now it’s gone. For some of you, the holidays bring immense excitement and joy. You may get the sudden urge to throw on your ugly Christmas sweater, chug back a cup of spiced eggnog and then spend hours decorating your house with all the most holiday-est of things. Well, I’m just not one of those people. Nope, not one bit.
What a way to start a gift guide, ammirite? In all fairness, I do love some aspects of this time of year. One of them being the lead up to those handy New Years Resolutions. It’s commonly known that a lot of people get really inspired around the end of the year. They throw out their old habits or ideals, in hopes of setting new and exciting goals in order to kick start their lives. And with that, comes an insurgence of highly motivated people coming into the new year, in search of wonderful healthy goodies to help them along their journey. Which is why, so many of the best products for health and wellness come out around this time! I freakin’ love this part of the holidays.
Here are some of my favourite healthy goodies that you should make sure to check out for yourself, or as a gift for others this holiday season! Can you just feel that wonderful energy shifting? Ohhh, it’s so darn good.
Literally anything from this line. I couldn’t decide which outfit I loved the most, so I just included them all. What better way to stay active than to be stylish and comfortable too? Their aesthetic is unique and super cute, while also allowing for functionality, restorative properties and diversity. Being an inclusive line of activewear, they genuinely encourage people of all sizes and walks of life to participate in the health and wellness lifestyle. Learn more about Gaiam by checking out my post on body positivity.
In keeping with that wearable active theme, why not explore the outdoors – no matter the weather? I made a commitment to myself years ago to never let any weather stop me. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices! So why not warm someone’s noggin with something that’s also fashionable and well-made? Known for their signature brimmed-hats, it takes 23 pairs of hands and 41 steps to make a Tilley hat. They’ve since expanded into also creating fine-crafted clothing for the outdoor adventurer, to go along with their iconic hats. Side note: my grandfather wore a Tilley hat for almost 30 years and now my dad owns it. They’re an epic gift that keeps on giving, my friends!
Now, my question for you is, what the heck can’t you do with Tea Tree Oil? I swear, I use this stuff every day – in some capacity. I use it on my skin (with a carrier oil), in my cleaning products and in my diffuser! It’s antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and even helps to remove odour. Now, why would you want to give someone an essential oil for the holidays, anyways? Well, they’re a great stocking stuffer or even an addition to giving someone a diffuser as a gift! Giving the gift of clean air, clean skin and endless health benefits? Yep, I’ll take it, thanks. Wanna know more about how you can use this stuff? Click here for a hundred uses!
Don’t give yourself or anyone else an excuse to ditch those workouts that you are committing to in the new year! The gear you use is just as important as deciding on what activity you’re gonna do. Switch it up with a yoga mat that has two cute printed sides, to match whatever outfit you’re gonna wear or whatever mood you’re in. These mats are a premium 5mm thickness that offers cushioned support and stability. With a no-slip, grippy material, you’ll stay in place during any of your kick ass poses or movements. Oh and they’re made without the six most harmful phthalates (listen, you put your face and body real darn close to these things), which is good news for the receiver of this healthy gift! You can even wrap one of these babies alongside some of the Gaiam Restore Collection goodies!
Give someone the gift of gut health, immunity, and glowing skin! And honestly, I know some of you might find this a bit strange as something to include as a gift guide, but I would be over the moon if someone bought a bunch probiotics for me. This is my numero uno go-to supplement, above anything else. The latest and greatest research on the microbiome supports the importance of taking these, tenfold. And now, one of the best health companies on the market has introduced their own probiotic line, to compliment all of the other gut-supporting supplements they create. Genuine Health’s extra-strength probiotic contains 50 billion colony forming units (CFUs) with 15 strains, that mimic human gut flora in an allergen- and plastic-free delayed-release capsule for direct delivery to your gut. Happy tummy, happy holidays!
Just because it’s the holidays, it doesn’t mean that you need to stop hydrating! Hydrate all year long, baby! Cause dehydration ain’t cute, so why not stuff a pretty and also super practical water bottle into your loved ones stocking this year? Crafted from 18/8 double walled stainless steel, Gaiam bottles promise to keep your beverage refreshingly cold for up to 24 hours, or pleasantly hot for up to 12. Yes, both hot and cold – for whatever you’re feelin’ on that day! Featuring a no-leak vacuum seal, non-sweat construction, easy-grip and beautiful designs, you can give the gift of hydration, in function and style.
This little gem is something I carry with me everywhere. In my purse, on all my trips – like, everywhere. I even bought two of them so that I don’t have to worry if I lose one. This remedy convenience kit is a great healthy gift because it covers your emergency essential oil needs, all in one place. The Pocket Farmacy includes the Peppermint Halo (great for headaches), Stress Relief (my personal favourite), Eaters Digest (for those food babies), Immune (perfect for when you feel that little scratch in your throat) and Pain Release (yes, it actually helps). They each have a roller or dropper option with instructions for use, so that you can have a natural solution for some of life’s every day hurdles. I feel like that’s one heck of a thoughtful gift!
I mean, come on now. Don’t you or your loved ones deserve some healthy love this Holiday Season? Happy Healthy Holidays!
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Catherine Sugrue, CNP
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