The holidays are just around the corner and if you're like me, you haven't got started on your shopping. Don't you worry, I've got you covered! I love the act of giving gifts, and in the spirit of wellness, what better gift could you give to those that you love than that of the gift of health?! Read below for my top 12 Naturopath-Approved holiday gift ideas for 2016 that are sure to wow those nearest and dearest to your heart!
1. A beautiful bottle of local red wine.
Ontario is home to some amazing wineries - so why not shop local this season and pick up an anti-oxidant rich bottle of red vino.
My fave: Norman Hardie from Prince Edward County
2. Healthy/clean lip balm.
Beauty products are one of the biggest sources of chemical exposure in our day to day life. Give the gift of clean beauty with some chemical free, naturally sourced products.
My fave: Hurraw Tinted Black Cherry
3. Carbonated beverage maker.
I'll be the first to admit that water can become boring. Spritz things up a bit with some carbonated water. This is a great way to help your loved one wean off their soda addiction.
My fave: Sodastream
4. A fitness tracker.
It tracks movement, sleep, and so much more. To help inspire healthy change, your loved ones need to know how they measure up!
My fave: FitBit Alta in Pink
5. Herbal Tea
A cup of tea is such a universal way to enjoy company with those you care for. Be careful to avoid tea that tastes like cake - though it might taste delish, it likely has a bunch of added sugar, flavours or artificial ingredients.
My fave: Traditional Medicinals
6. A high powered blender.
Smoothie addicts will totally get this. A good blender takes your breakfast game from chunky to smooth. No one likes chewing bits of kale while trying to enjoy their blended bevy. (p.s. This is one of the best gifts I've ever received... )
My fave: Vitamix
7. A reusable water bottle.
If I had a dollar for everytime I heard someone tell me that they don't drink enough water, I would be rich! Gift your dehydrated friend a water bottle so they have no more excuses. Opt for stainless steel or glass to prevent the bottle from leaching chemicals into the water itself.
My fave: S'well
8. Dark Chocolate
It wouldn't be the holidays without some chocolate! Give your friends and family dark chocolate that is 80% or higher cocoa - it is actually good for their health!
My fave: Giddy YoYo Organic Raw Salt & Vanilla 82% Dark Chocolate
9. A veggie spiralizer.
Spiralized vegetables were definitely a 2016 food trend! For your pals that have not yet jumped on board, expand their pasta and side dish horizons with this neat kitchen tool.
My fave: Starfrit Spiralizer
10. A slow cooker.
Heading home from work on a dark, cold evening is made so much better knowing that dinner is waiting for you at home, cooked and ready to eat! A slow cooker can change everything when it comes to batch cooking, meal planing and healthy eating.
My fave: Hamilton Beach Set 'N Forget Programmable Slow Cooker
11. A health care gift card
For the person who already has everything and maybe isn't into gadgets, give the gift of health-care. Integra gift cards can be redeemed for any wellness or rehab services, including massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy or a Naturopathic visit with yours truly!
My fave: Integra Health Centre
12. Your favourite cookbook.
Whether your loved one already loves to cook, or doesn't know a spatula from a serated knife... cookbooks can help inspire those from expert to beginner to make healthy homemade meals. I love simple and straight forward recipes that are easy to follow.
My fave: Jamie Oliver's Super Food Family Classics
What are you gifting to your loved ones this year? Or what are you hoping might be under the tree for you? Let me know in the comments section below!
Have a Happy & Healthy Holidays,