Yes, it’s that time of the year again! The holidays are upon us and already I’m planning out where the Christmas tree will go, when to hang up the outdoor lights and how to get rid of some clutter to make room for the decorations.
I can already smell hot apple cider simmering, pumpkin pies baking and a huge mess in the kitchen that I’ll let someone else clean up.
But what I love is watching as someone opens up a gift with a huge smile because it’s not a gift card but a thoughtful and useful gift they’ll enjoy. I want to be clear, I’m not into buying things just for the sake of having something to unwrap. But the fact is that things do wear out and interests change and so, why not buy or make something that’s responsibly sourced?
So with that in mind, here are some of my top picks for holiday gifts.
For the Cook
As an Autoimmune Health Coach, one of the biggest challenges I see for my clients is making a plan for made at home meals. It’s no fun going to the grocery store every day of the week because you forgot something or can’t see beyond the next 12 hours of what you’ll make. It’s tough, I know.
So a fun solution for this conundrum or really anyone wanting to save some money and reduce food waste is this cheeky meal planner journal from Knock Knock Stuff. The great thing about this is that you can recycle your weekly meal plan once a month and recycle monthly meal plans each year. No need to reinvent meals for 52 weeks a year!
Of course, it’s helpful to have a nice cookbook as well. Dr. Mark Hyman launched his latest book recently called Food, What the Heck Should I Eat. This cookbook includes Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free and Dairy Free recipes for every meal of the day.
For Those in Need of Self-Care
Oh how I wish people would do more self-care. The wold would be a happier place because how can you be upset if you’ve just had a nice hot soak in a bath?
Speaking of which, here are some bath products that might be perfect for a friend or family member.
First, dry brushing is a great thing to do before a hot bath or shower. It helps to wake up your skin, exfoliate and to get your lymphatic system moving in the morning. Goop has an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified natural bristle brush for just $20.
Next, what bath would be complete without a bath bomb. You can make your own to gift by following these simple instructions from Wellness Mama. Or you can buy some from my new favorite shop Packaged Free.
After your lovely bath, it’s time for some restful sleep. Now most of us live in the city or suburbs where street lights leak in through our windows. If you don’t have blackout curtains, it’s so important to have a soft organic sleep mask to block out the light. This organic sleep mask by Coyuchi, one of my favorite organic sheet company could do the trick.
For the Self Help Book Lover
I have to admit, I have such a weakness for any book that promises me the clutter free beautiful home, uncomplicated life and totally high vibe mind I’d love to have. Sure I implement some of what I read but mostly I just read… a lot.
Here are some of my favorite books.
A Well-Crafted Home by Janet Crowther is filled with easy do it yourself projects but mostly I just love the feel of the photos. Lot’s of texture, soft colors and not cluttered. This is a good one for a DIY friend.
The Health Habit by Elizabeth Rider is an excellent book for the friend or family member who really wants to get her stuff together. This is a great book to help gals form healthy habits before they end up sick from binge drinking and too many pizzas.
Want to be inspired by another culture? Try reading Lagom, the Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life. This book is filled with great advice about slowing down, keeping things simple and getting out into nature. I may just have to re-read this one! Full disclosure, my hubby is a Swede.
Make it From Scratch
Another wonderfully thoughtful option for gifts is making something from scratch. I mentioned the DIY bath bomb above. I have a few more options to share.
- Find a local craft class for making holiday gifts. This is perfect if you’re not too crafty but would like to be. Check your local bulletin boards, ask friends and go to your local craft store for class info.
- Make your favorite holiday treats to share in simple mason jars wrapped with colorful ribbon.
- Create the start for your favorite recipe with instructions on how to finish it. One year my husband and I made the vodka spice infusion for Swedish Style mulled wine. All they had to do is add red wine, honey or sugar, and simmer.
I’ll leave you with one last thought as you plan your holiday shopping or gift making. Instead of rushing with the hoards for the holiday specials, why not take a nice hike in the woods? Or stay at home and do a bit of crafting. The holidays are only stressful if you let them be.
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