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Shopping for presents can be overwhelming, but gift giving doesn’t have to be stressful! This holiday season, help your friends, family members, and loved ones by giving gifts that make it easier and more enjoyable for them to take care of their own health and wellness. Below, you will find a collection of gifts that are more than just objects: each of these items provide actual benefits for everything from relaxation and mindfulness to detoxification and fitness. There’s something here for every health goal and every price range. And this year, give yourself full permission to treat yourself to one or two gifts on the list that you know would help you, too!
Diffusing essential oils is a great, natural way to make a home smell beautiful, and essential oils offer all kinds of benefits for relaxation, restful sleep, energy, stress relief, immune system function, and healing. This diffuser is elegant and efficient, and includes optional ambient light settings to enhance the relaxation experience. With 20 pure essential oils including lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, cinnamon, jasmine, and juniper berry, the recipient of this gift can try out endless combinations and discover new favorites. Purchase here.
Possibly the coolest 2-in-1 invention out there, the Mobot is the ingenious marriage of a water bottle and a foam roller. This is an amazing way to both stay hydrated and restore tired out muscles on the go, and it makes a great gift for those who travel or who are active and spend a lot of time hiking, running, or working out. The water bottle is made of a thick and durable stainless steel so that it can handle the weight of the person using it, and it’s covered in high density foam for rolling. Available here.
Annmarie is one of the best companies out there when it comes to natural, effective skin care. All of their ingredients are organic and wildcrafted. The herbs and plant extracts are carefully selected, infused into aloe vera and beneficial oils, and crafted into soothing and nourishing formulas for all skin types, needs, and routines. None of their products contain synthetic fragrances or chemicals. Their moisturizers, serums, cleansers, foundations, and masks are feel-good products in every sense of the word and make great gifts. Check out their products here.
Give the gift of reduced tension! The Backnobber II is an S-shaped deep massaging tool that helps to relieve pain and tension in muscles and trigger points. It’s easy to use for back, neck, shoulder, hip, and leg muscles, and it’s also easy to store and travel with as it comes apart in the middle. Available here.
Cold-pressed juices made with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are delicious, and a great way to take in nutrients without too much pressure on the digestive system. Juicing offers benefits for those who are healing from a chronic illness as well as those who are healthy and looking for effective ways to enhance their well-being. There are many different options available when it comes to juicers, but for the best nutritional value, a masticating option is best, as it slowly crushes fruits and vegetables without excessive heat, keeping more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in the juice than other kinds do. Purchase here.
A good quality mat can make a huge difference when it comes to comfort during a yoga practice. The Jade Harmony mat is made sustainably with natural rubber, and is designed for optimal grip and comfort. Jade also plants a tree for every yoga mat sold through their partnership with Trees for the Future, which is a wonderful added benefit! The Jade Harmony mat is available here.
Pair the Jade mat with a subscription to YogaGlo, which offers thousands of yoga and meditation classes across all devices covering multiple styles and different skill levels.
For many people, the biggest challenge when it comes to keeping up with healthy habits is that they’re always busy or away from home, which can make regular practices difficult. The Blender Bottle is a great solution, as it makes single-serving protein shakes and smoothies on the go. Just drop in protein powders or other powdered ingredients and water or other liquids, shake the bottle, and you have an instant liquid meal that can be made and taken anywhere. Available here.
Giving the gift of reading is always amazing, but it can be almost impossible to pick out books for other people! A subscription to Audible.com is the perfect solution. With a subscription, you get one new audiobook credit every month, and can choose from thousands of different titles. To sweeten the deal even more, include a pair of high quality, comfortable silicone fitted earphones for the best possible listening experience. Bose makes a couple of great options:
Bose SoundSport Earphones: Any audio enthusiast will tell you that a good quality set of earphones can make all the difference; this goes for music lovers and podcast or audiobook addicts alike. Bose SoundSport earphones are a great choice for a number of reasons. The sound quality is fantastic, they fit comfortably, and they come with volume controls and pause and play buttons built right in so that you don’t have to constantly be taking your phone out of your pocket. These are also great for anyone who makes a lot of phone calls, as it’s uncomfortable to hold the phone up to your ear for long periods of time, and it also increases your exposure to harmful EMFs. Available here. Make sure to check whether you’re ordering Apple or Android compatible earphones!
Bose SoundTrue Earphones: Bose SoundTrue are also a great option for their ability to block out all of the noise around you. Perfect for those who travel often or spend a lot of time in crowded places and want to listen to something without any distractions. Available here. Make sure to verify whether you’re ordering Apple or Android earphones.
There are many proven mind and body benefits of writing in a journal as well as practicing mindfulness. The Mindfulness Journal combines the two, with thoughtful daily prompts separated into weekly mindfulness topics. All of the prompts and lessons in the journal are ultimately designed to increase self-reflection and awareness, reduce negativity and stress, encourage gratitude, and inspire a positive mindset. The guided practice of contemplation and writing can also be relaxing and fun! Purchase here.
Infrared saunas offer amazing healing, pain relieving, immune system enhancing, and detoxifying benefits, but a full-sized sauna is not necessarily the most practical (or affordable) gift. The good news is that anyone, anywhere can reap the benefits of infrared technology with the Therasage portable infrared sauna, which is well designed for healing as well as for convenience. When not in use, the entire thing folds up and can easily be stored in a closet. It features full spectrum heating panels and gemstones that generate air-cleansing, mood-enhancing, health-boosting negative ions, and it’s been designed to block harmful EMFs. Especially great for anyone who is stressed or dealing with a chronic illness. Available here. Enter the code “drjay” for an extra 5% off.
Are you someone who is on your feet all day and have sore arches? Or do you carry constant tension in your upper shoulder? These LAX Star balls are a great way to release tension in the body and focus on relieving sore trigger points, allowing you to relax. Available here.
This one is for the wellness warrior who has everything. VitaJuwel gemwater bottles are absolutely beautiful, and they provide all kinds of healing and energizing benefits. Crystals are increasingly popular in the wellness world, but it can be hard to know where to get started or how to work them into your life or routine. VitaJuwel adds gems to the bottom of their high-quality glass water bottles (sealed off so that they don’t actually touch the water) so that you can reap the benefits of crystals throughout the day, while keeping yourself hydrated! There are 17 different gem blends available with names like “Wellness”, “Balance”, and “Passion”. The “Vitality” emerald & quartz blend pictured here is a great gift option with an emphasis on renewal and rejuvenation. The awesome thing about the VitaJuwel is that the “gempods” are interchangeable, so once you’ve purchased one bottle, you can try out all kinds of different blends! Available here.
Are you someone who is scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram up until the moment your head hits the pillow? Any kind of electronic screen (phone, computer, television) emits blue light, which increases your cortisol and decreases melatonin, your sleep hormone. It’s best to avoid screens completely for two hours before hitting the hay, but if you absolutely can’t, invest in some blue-blocking glasses. Blueblocker glasses are available on Amazon for less than $10. They’re glasses with orange lenses, which use Spectrum Control Technology to block out 98%+ of blue light. Have to answer some emails before bed? No problem. Just pop these glasses on as you do it, and you’ll avoid disturbing your stress and sleep hormones. It’s worth the small investment to buy these for the whole family–and they’d made a great stocking stuffer! Available here.
If you know anyone who uses a standing desk, the Topo standing mat is the perfect gift. There are a number of benefits to using a standing desk, including increased energy and a healthier metabolism, but the missing component that most people haven’t thought of is the discomfort that comes from standing on flat ground for extended periods of time. The Topo mat is specially designed to encourage subconscious movement while standing, prevent fatigue, and increase healthy blood flow. With high quality material for cushioning and support, it also feels good! Available here.
When you hear “instant”, you may think “unhealthy”, but the Instant Pot is anything but! The Instant Pot is the fast and easy multi-cooker for the health conscious, combining a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and saute pot– and it makes yogurt! This is the perfect gift for the person who needs to be relieved of some of the stress and burden associated with cooking without sacrificing the nutritional value, whether they’re impossibly busy or unwell and unable to spend a lot of time and energy on meal preparation. Get it here.
It’s hard to go wrong with soothing bath products as gifts. These Dead Sea salts are especially calming thanks to the addition of carefully selected, organic essential oils that work together with the salts in order to promote relaxation and deep sleep. The scents of lavender, rosemary, and ylang ylang are exceptionally soothing, and you can rest assured that you are not bathing in any chemicals or artificial fragrances. Purchase here.
BrainTap programs, based on principles of neuroplasticity (the power of the brain to change itself), are designed to relieve stress, enhance focus and brain function, improve bad habits, and retrain the brain for positivity and balance. A subscription to the service (available on Apple and Android devices) allows the user to stream dozens of different programs based on the science and philosophy of neuroplasticity for anything they wish to achieve or improve, from stress reduction to better athletic performance to sleep quality, from anywhere. Check it out and get a free trial here.
The TheraFlow handheld massager is a deep tissue massage that you can do from home (or really wherever you are). There are three different attachments and various intensity settings so that you can truly customize your experience. This massager helps to relieve stress and pain, ease tension, and relax tight muscles. It makes a great gift for anyone who needs a bit of stress relief. Available here.
Give the gift of light! Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), otherwise known as the winter blues, is extremely common, and is primarily caused by a lack of direct exposure to sunlight. Many people, especially those who work indoors or who are unwell and unable to spend much time outside, suffer from lack of direct sunlight all year long, and it can affect mood, energy levels, chronic disease risk, and overall wellbeing. Regular indoor lights are nowhere close to being bright enough to make up any of the difference, but a light therapy lamp can be extremely effective for reducing the winter (and overall) blues. The Aura Daylight lamp emits up to 10,000 lux of bright light, making it just like the light we get from the sun. It also offers a dimming option for those who may experience mild side effects such as headaches or nausea from too much bright light. It can be placed on a desk or side table, or even mounted on the wall. Regular use of the Aura lamp can boost mood and increase energy and focus. Purchase here.
The concept behind this heart-shaped bowl is simple but beautiful: it is a reminder to include self-love in your day, both by selecting foods that are nourishing and healing, and by taking the time to be mindful of the importance of taking care of yourself. Originally designed as a breakfast bowl, the possible uses are endless, but the message behind the gift is one that we can all use: don’t forget to make time and space for self-love. Get it here.
Regular use of cell phones and other wireless devices can be detrimental to our health as they emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) that affect everything from brain cells to blood pressure to cancer risk. Cutting back on excessive smartphone use, especially at night, is great, but it’s not realistic to completely avoid EMF emitting devices. For the health conscious individual who is not quite ready to give up their smartphone, an EMF shield is a great gift. The Hedron EMF Shield reduces the heat emitted from cell phones and the EMFs they emit without compromising call quality. Help a loved one protect themselves! Available here.
Give the gift of a luxurious and healthy bath soak. This blend of Himalayan & Dead Sea salts helps to promote healthy circulation, soothe aching muscles, and detoxify. It also smells wonderful, is made with all natural ingredients, and improves skin health! Purchase here.
The importance of clean, purified water is impossible to overstate, but choosing a filter is a daunting task as there are so many different options out there. The Berkey system is one of the best choices in terms of power and effectiveness. It is actually classified as a purifier as opposed to just a filter because of its superior ability to remove pathogens. The Berkey system purifies water by removing parasites, pathogenic bacteria, pesticides, fluoride, toxic metals, and chemicals, and leaving behind essential minerals. It’s great for use at home for individuals or families. Available here.
Oil pulling is a practice that is used by many health and wellness experts around the world to naturally detoxify both the mouth and the body. The practice essentially involves holding and “pulling” oil in the mouth for several minutes in the morning in order to remove bacteria. It can be done with a bottle of coconut oil, but these sachets, which include a blend of lemon, chamomile, peppermint, myrrh, and spearmint oils along with coconut, offer additional benefits as well as a nice taste. They’re also convenient for use on the go. Give one or two 14-day supplies in order to help someone improve or kick start a new wellness routine for the new year! Available here.
This book covers strategies, protocols, and tips for holistic, balanced Lyme treatment, learned and gathered both from years of working with Lyme patients, and Dr. Jay’s experience healing his wife’s chronic Lyme disease. As all cases of Lyme are unique, the approaches and methods outlined in the book can be worked into each individual’s case in different ways. An invaluable resource for anyone working to understand and heal from Lyme disease. Available here.
It feels good to give the gift of wellness! What gifts are you looking forward to giving this year? Let us know in the comments!