Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are less than a month away! Don’t fret if you did not get a chance to take advantage of those Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals! There are still a ton of great gifts that are a steal! Not sure what to get those special people in your life? Give the gift of health and wellness. Here is a list of our favorite gifts for a healthy and happy holiday and New Year!
This article was a collaboration written by Jeanette Kimszal, RDN, NLC & Heidi Moretti, RDN, MS, LN
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Give the Gift of Food!
Use these Gadgets for Quick Meals
For the meal prepper in your life, you can get these handy gadgets to make mealtime a snap!
Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker, 4-Quart
Set it and Forget it With the Crock Pot. I have a Hamilton Beach 4 and 6 quart. I like having both sizes so I can cook larger pieces of meat or make a big pot of soup and stew. This 4 quart one runs only $19.99
Magic Bullet Mini, High Speed Blender and Mixer
Start making shakes with this Great Blender. I’ve had this one for 3 years and it has helped me make everything from smoothies, cashew cream, and salad dressings. The price is just right to at only $29.99
Ontel Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta
Want to make your veggies dazzle and delight? Try the Veggetti tonight. Take boring zucchini and make it exciting pasta that everyone will love.
Give the gift of relaxation
This foam roller will help you soothe those sore muscles after a long workout. They also will help you with improving your stretching. Get this for the yogi or exercise lover in your life.
Have You Heard of Dry Brushing? It is a great self-care ritual and can help to improve your body from the inside out. Dry brushing revitalizes and rejuvenates. It aids in lymph flow, alleviates cellulite and eliminates toxins.
ProSource Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set for Back/Neck Pain Relief and Muscle Relaxation
Another great gift to soothe your body is this acupressure mat. I got one for Christmas a few years ago from my sister and it was one of the best gifts I received. I use it all the time when my muscles are sore or I am experiencing PMS symptoms. There are so many ways you can use it. Either laying or standing on it.
Make Something Homemade From the Heart!
Stress can be ramped up through the holiday season due to the cost of buying presents. But it’s not only the cost: we all want to find presents that require careful thought and consideration of the person receiving.
Here are some recipes for do-it-yourself gifts that your friends and loved ones will all appreciate.
Not only are all of these gifts homemade, but they will also help your loved ones and friends be healthy. What better kind of gift could there be? Who wouldn’t want to receive a gift that smells great AND makes one feel better?
The total cost for each of the recipes is under $5. The calculated cost includes the exact amount of material and also the individual amounts of essential oil used.
The oils themselves will cost more than this, but you can use them over and over for yourself. Want to keep it easy? Give an essential oil kit for your loved one this holiday. Get it HERE!
Melt the beeswax in a small saucepan. Add almond and grapeseed oil until combined. Cool for 2-3 minutes before adding in the vitamin E oil and the essential oil. Add to a 2 oz empty tin. I bought mine on Amazon. You could also use an empty tin or cosmetic container that you have on hand.
This salve is a great gift to help keep your air passages clear through cold season. It can be rubbed on the chest and back. Mine gets double duty: I love it as a lip balm!
Perhaps the most affordable and useful gift of all is a diffuser necklace. I make each one for less than 50 cents!
Place the lava rock inside the bead cage. Then add to your favorite color of the cord chain.
Simply add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the lava rock and enjoy the wonderful aromatherapy all day long.
I simply LOVE this lotion. Great for men and women alike, the scent of peppermint and exfoliating effects of coconut oil make this a super healthy gift.
Compare it to “natural” lotions in health food stores: these contain suspect ingredients and preservatives!
The ingredients that you will need:
- 3/4 cup olive oil, refined
- 1/4 cup coconut oil organic
- 2 tbsp organic beeswax, chunks or pastilles
- 10-20 drops Doterra peppermint essential oil
- 1 c. tepid water
A clean dry jar, enough to hold 2 cups of cream, a large tin or mason jars work nicely.
Heat the oil and wax over simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the wax is totally melted.
Take the pan off the heat and stir in the essential oils. If you’re not going to start mixing right away, let the melted oils and wax sit in the water bath, off the heat, so it stays warm.
While the wax is melting, pour 2 cups or so of boiling water into a blender to prewarm it. This will stop the wax from solidifying on the blender walls. Measure out 1 cup of room temp water.
Be prepared because of the next step as it happens quickly.
Empty the boiling water out of the blender or mixing bowl. Pour in the hot oil. Start the blender and pour in the tepid water in a steady stream.
The oil will turn to cream right away. Store your cream in clean dry jars.
You may also use another type of essential oil such as grapefruit, lavender or others depending on your preference.
OnGuard All-Purpose Cleaner
Why not give the gift of natural cleaning? So many cleansers have scary, untested ingredients!
Our bodies absorb over 70% of what we come in contact with. Or we inhale the toxic fumes from cleaners and they get into our bodies.
Make sure to use a glass bottle; plastic bottles leach even more chemicals!
- Buy a 16 oz glass bottle sprayer (found mine on Amazon)
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate
For the label, I buy Avery labels and make a bunch at a time or you can make single ones too. This, of course, is optional.
Simply add contents to the bottle, shake and spray on everything you want to clean. No more awful chemicals on your surfaces.
Perk: your room smells like clove and cinnamon instead of chemicals. OnGuard effectively cleans!
For an even more concentrated antibacterial cleaner, add 5-10 drops of OnGuard essential oil to water. Make sure to shake before using. Clinical research has shown that OnGuard kills daunting germs, even influenza, on surfaces .
You can make other gifts of cleaning by simply contacting Heidi and she will get you more recipes.
Everyone loves homemade gifts, especially the kind of gifts with chocolate. Make your own holiday chocolates with these recipes!
Rice Heating Pad or Eye Mask
This gift is perfect for everyone! Your friend or loved one can use this after a long day to reduce stress. Simply heat it up for 2-3 minutes in a microwave. Use 1 minute for the eye mask.
I then add a couple drops of my favorite oil to the side that will be closest to my skin for the heating pad, or a drop to the side AWAY from my eyes if I am using the eye mask.
For pain-relieving effects, I will add Deep Blue essential oil or rub. I will also use frankincense, Breathe oil or lavender, depending on my mood or desired effect.
Directions to make the heating pad:
Get out your sewing machine for this one. You can make each one for less than a dollar by purchasing remnant fabrics or a towel from a dollar store.
Simply flip the towel inside out, sew up both of the short edges. Flip back right side, then fill with enough rice to feel heavy, but with room for flexibility as shown above. This may take a little negotiating until you find the desired amount.
I then flipped the raw edges of material inside again, and stitched it closed. I hand-stitched the last inch on each side because the material was too thick for the sewing machine.
Directions for the eye mask:
Follow the directions above for sewing. Heidi’s daughter helped her make many of these for gifts!
They had an old eye mask that we traced for a template but gave about an extra half-inch on each side. If desired, add some ribbon on each side to help secure it on your head while relaxing.
Thanks for checking out our gift ideas. I hope you have a great healthy and happy holiday!
If you need help or have questions about your nutrition and health contact me HERE!