December is here and with that comes a lot of excitement: Holiday parties, baked goods, get-togethers, coming home and shopping. If you’re anything like me, the holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially when you don’t know what to get that special someone in your life.
What do you get for a person who (like me) isn’t really materialistic? I’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find some of my top gift ideas!
In Your Body
Moon Juice offers amazing adaptogens, superherbs, potions, elixirs, you name it! Based in CA, they have three physical locations, and a fantastic online store. One of my favorite products? These dusts, which are full of powerful adaptogens, superherbs and mushrooms that help the body deal with stress. Each dust is meant to aid in a particular area of the body, so if you’re like me (and you want them all), this variety pack is where it’s at!
Tocos is as yummy as it is good for you! This rice bran soluble is filled with tasty vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fatty acids, and helps create glowing skin. My favorite part? It literally tastes like a dream (think the sweet cereal milk you used to drink, as a kid)! I love to mix it in with smoothies, lattes, cookies, you name it!
$22.99 (Thrive Market)
Vital Proteins is a staple! Their gelatin and collagen create healthy bones, joints, gut, skin, hair and assist in sleep, as well! Plus, they contain a great amino acid profile, and are great additions to any drink, or baked good. Their gelatin is something I consume each morning (in my magnesium, warm lemon water). It definitely has helped my gut health, and the best part? You can’t taste it! Remember: gelatin can only be dissolved in hot liquid; collagen dissolves in anything!
$28 (16 oz.)
Lord Jones has become a staple-brand for so many! Their high-CBD products are infused with full-spectrum CBD, and contain no THC. The coolest thing about them (aside from their amazing packaging, helpful products, and social media presence)?! The variety of products! Each box contains nine gummies, 20 mg of CBD per gummy, and come in a variety of flavors (some especially for the holiday season)!
$50 (holiday flavors) $45 (non-holiday)
Four Sigmatic is one of my favorite brands! They combine adaptogens with mushrooms to create some of the best (and tastiest) options out there. Every option comes in a powdered-form, which makes it even more convenient to bring healthy, delicious superherbs with you, on the go. They’re known for their mushroom coffee (which is delicious), but this newer “Chai Latte” is my current fave; it’s caffeine and dairy-free, and contains turkey tail reishi, which are both great for the gut!
$20 (get 10% off with Code “KATE10”
On Your Body
I picked up my first Soaptopia bar at Lakewinds Co-op, a few months ago, and was hooked after first smell! These bars are made from deliciously-moisturizing, natural oils, as well as essential oils, to give it a smell unlike any other. They are “100% Junk Free” and leave your body feeling moisturized, clean and delicious-smelling.
Arcona has been my natural-skincare of choice, for the past few years. I absolutely love the natural, but powerful ingredients and the way it makes my skin look and feel. This “Magic Black Ice” mask is a wonderful exfoliator. It leaves my skin feeling clean and cool, and works to minimize pore-size, congestion and oil.
Everyday Oil has been a staple, in my after-shower routine, for the past few months. Containing a blend of organic, cold-pressed plant oils, and essential oils, this product smells delicious and keeps all parts of the body moisturized. This is a beautiful oil to apply after dry-brushing!
Do you suffer from dry winter hands? Yeah, me too. Before trying Weleda, the tops of my hands would get so dry they’d bleed, each and every winter. Since using Weleda “Skin Food”, each night before bed, my hands can cope so much better, with the winter cold, and don’t bleed like before.
Odds & Ends
Palo Santo is another staple, in my household. Ancient traditions have mentioned palo santo warding off negative energy, bringing good luck and clearing the space for new opportunities (when burned). Aside from these benefits, I like to burn some, after cleaning, as an additional “natural air freshener”, since I try to stay away from other fragrances.
Teeki has been one of my favorite brands since I started practicing yoga, back when I lived in Des Moines. At first, it was their bright, unique and beautiful pant designs that caught my eye. While the designs are worth the purchase, alone, the brand strives to keep plastic out of landfills; their fabric is spun from fibers made out of plastic water bottles. Each piece of clothing is hand hand-sewn, and all made in the US. These pants are literally the most-comfy!
Dry brushes help in many different ways: they stimulate the lymphatic system, increase circulation, can reduce cellulite and exfoliate, creating smoother skin. I like to use mine after each shower, always brushing upward (toward the heart). After dry-brushing, I follow with my Everyday Oil.
Alisa Vitti is a hormonal health guru, and has written this amazing book for women looking to naturally-regulate their hormones. I first purchased this book a few years ago, and reference back to it often. I’m currently working to develop a hormone course, based on some of these best practices, and recommend each female I work with buy this.
There are a few essentials I never leave the house without, and my Swell bottle is one of them. Swell is BPA-free, and made from stainless steel. It keeps cold beverages cold, for 24 hours, and hot beverages hot, for 12 hours. The bottles come in different shapes and sizes, and have unique artwork, making them a fashionable add-on, anywhere you go.
$35 (17 oz.)
The Midwest winters are cold. Period. My feet always seem to be freezing, and when my feet are freezing, so is the rest of my body. I picked up my first pair of Smartwool socks a few years ago, and have been wearing the same three pairs I own, continuously, each winter. Made mostly of Merino wool, these babies are sure to keep your feet comfy and cozy all winter long!