Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping for the health buff or foodie in your life gets easier every year since there are so many healthy new products on the market. From skin care to yoga gear to books, you’ll have plenty to choose from!

Naturally Beautiful

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 2.51.58 PMWhen it comes to skincare, go pure! Check out this raw coconut cream that’s natural and a great make-up remover and moisturizer. Super creamy in texture with a clean ingredient list (certified organic coconut oil), it will be a welcome addition to any girl’s medicine cabinet.

Looking for a small treat for the active girl who’s always on the run? Shop for luscious lip care by Pangea Organics. She can tuck it into her gym/yoga bag or purse. I love the wide surface, amazing scents (my fav is the lavender with cardamom), and the all-natural ingredients soothe my lips with all natural ingredients.

I love using essence oils to scent my home and for my yoga practice but I find that a lot of the blends smell too strong or remind me of grandma’s perfume. Try these Chakra Oils by Aura Cacia that not only smell amazing on their own but can be used for her yoga practice or as perfume.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 3.34.59 PMIf you’re a health buff that also cooks and does a lot of dishes like me, hand cream is the ideal gift! I’ve been hooked on Eminence, a divine organic Hungarian cosmetic company — the scents are lovely and their skin creams and silky smooth.

Their Eminence Clementine Spice Gift Set is the perfect holiday-inspired gift set or stocking stuffer. If you’re a dry skin sufferer, there’s another great product from Eminence that is a must-have: Add a drop of this Calendula Oil to the coconut cream above or to your daily moisturizer for a boost of skin protection.

Work-Out Queen

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 4.05.56 PMIf your buff is a dedicated yogi, you’ll want to treat her to the only yoga mat she’ll ever need from Manduka. I’ve had mine for almost a year and it’s still in mint condition (and I’m crazy about the color). You can choose from a wide selection of groovy colors, textures and weights. These mats were designed by yogis for yogis and once you try them you’ll see why.

If you want to gift a soft workout blankie that’s ideal for yoga, the beach or just providing a non-slip surface for yoga, check out these Jade Microfiber Blankets. They are soft and cuddly — word to the wise: if you’re a dog lover, buy two — my dogs snatch this blanket for their bed.

Have a runner on your Christmas shopping list? These Pro-Tec Knee Patellar Guardscan keep knee pain away, they have worked wonders for me on my runs, I never leave the house without them.

Healthy Foodie

An Edible Mosaic

Here’s an unusual cookbook for the healthy foodie in your life! An Edible Mosaic is a glorious collection of Middle Eastern fare with gorgeous full color photos by Faith Gorsky who I met last fall at Earthbound Farms.

Every healthy hostess who entertains on a regular basis is usually down a few wine glasses. Why not keep the party going and get her a set of 12 stemless wine glasses that can be used for water as well. The stemless glass is a lot harder to break and survives the dishwasher too!

tea-hornIf your foodie is a major tea toddler like me, she’ll appreciate a chic tool to steep her leaves. Plus here are some loose teas to add to the gift or turn it into a gift basket — start with any of these delicious caffeine-free flavored redbush tea — all the flavors are amazing!

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