2017 Holiday Gift Guide
I love this time of year. I love finding the perfect gift for someone I care about and seeing how happy they are to receive it when it’s something they are really excited about. I also get a lot of satisfaction from creating gift guides like this. I am always on the hunt for new wellness products, speciality foods and services or anything funky, unique or courses and books that will change other people’s lives. If you want to look at last year’s gift guide, just click here! This year, I’ve organized the guide based on 4 categories: Food, Wellness, Books and Courses or Bundles. I truly hope you enjoy this, find some ideas to get for yourself or a loved one or maybe even a co-worker or teacher in your life. You can visit the website of each item by clicking on the title or on the image itself.
Let me know what you think. Which is the first one you’re going to grab?
Daily harvest is like a meal kit delivery service except for smoothies! They are literally the easiest and most user friendly smoothie kit ever. All the superfood ingredients are inside a cup. You pour the ingredients into your blender wither either water or milk and then pour it back into the same cup, which has a lid and a straw. The flavors are unique and delicious.
Turmeric has many healing and anti-inflammatory properties. I use it in my soups, stews teas and smoothies. And now there is a turmeric latte mix! Combining two of my favorite things!
I have always been obsessed with Halvah – and its not always so easy to find! When I was pregnant, I begged my husband to go find some from me at night, prompting him to go to 3 different food markets before finding it and helping me with my specific craving. When I visited Israel I got to have it every day and it was heaven! Speaking of heaven, there is an entire Boston-based business that specializes in halvah! Of all different flavors too! Its like a dream come true for me. You can order them as gifts as well.
Thrive Market is also one of my favorites. You can shop thousands of organic, non-gmo brands of foods and specialty foods, get them at a huge discount than at brick and mortar stores and then have them shipped to you! They have membership packages too. I highly recommend this company for the quality of items and the great customer service
I have been using Purple Carrot for 2 years now and it was the best decision I ever made. I get 3 vegan meal kids delivered to me each week with all the ingredients pre-portioned and ready to go and in the two years I’ve used them, I don’t think there has been a single meal that I didn’t like. They have several meal options include a high performance meal plan that Tom Brady and Gisele use that had additional protein in them and are all gluten free!
**For a fabulous and extensive review of several other different meal delivery services – CLICK HERE.
Essential oils and using herbs in a medicinal way has been on my to-do list for a while. I know they have tremendous value in terms of health benefits and relaxation but I always felt stymied by all the information and didn’t know where to start. This ultimate bundle in essential oils and herbs gives you $800 worth of ebooks, cookbooks and courses to have you become an expert in using them for you and your family.
This hits all the acupressure points that can alleviate back, neck and sciatic pain. It also comes with a storage bag so that you can travel with it!
Feng Shui means “wind and water,” and these chimes negotiate the tension between the two elements beautifully, bringing calm and quiet style to any space. Handmade from ash wood, anodized aluminum, and various stones, the chime’s understated design reflects its philosophical origins.
Are you trying to jump on the meditation and mindfulness bandwagon? Try this meditation starter kit. I love supporting etsy artists and owners too. Comes with Clear quartz orb with stand, Hand made water vessel, Beeswax candle, Bell, Amethyst point, California sage stick with quartz point, Small Abalone shell, or and meditation instructions to boot!
Yes its just another thermos but what makes this one special is that it can hold the tempature of cold or hot/warm foods for up to 12 hours! This is a game-changer for me because I’m always on the go and get frustrated when my coffee, or tea gets cold quickly or my smoothie becomes lukewarm. Smoothie fail!
This thermos also has a fruit/tea/coffee infuser to bring more flavor.
I’ve been learning a lot about trigger points, facia healing and alternative therapies for working through muscular pain and tightness. These products over ways to do this on your own, daily to coincide with your other healing endeavors like PT, acupuncture, massage and chiropractic work
This book made me realize how much “stuff” I worry about or think about that could be released to create more space in my life for other, more important things. Its funny, relatable and personal. You’ve to to be ok with a lot of cursing to fully be on board with this book – but you probably gathered that from the title.
This book was the most compelling one I read in 2017. I use the philosophy and tenets from his work with my clients every day to help people understand how we establish habits and why they are so hard to change. He also outlines truly specific and meaningful solutions to make meaningful behavioral change in your life.
Shameless self-promotion alert! Have you ordered your copy of my book yet? After writing about my own indoctrination into and eventually unshackling from dieting culture I interviewed over 60 people ranging from 22-70 about their body image journeys and discuss 4 healing body image realms with specific techniques to try every day.
This book touches on how we go from good to great. It takes a deep dive in the concept that each and every one of us has a zone of genius that we need to tap up against but we don’t out of fear and familiarity which can be very alluring. The author helps to watch out signs for when we’re self-sabotaging and why we do it. More importantly, he talks about strategies about how we can move past it.,
I bought this book because I am a self-described clutter fiend. Its a classic case of knowing doesn’t equal doing. I know I need to minimize both in my living space and in my digital world but I didn’t have the tools to do this. This book truly helped me start the process of de-hoarding and in the process clearing space mentally to do more of what I love.
This book hits on all the foundations around food in my work: Food psychology, the sensory and sensual experience of food and our overall enjoyment and experience of food based on our moods, expectations and senses. Its a fabulous read!
I love learning about how we learn. I’m truly fascinated by how we establish healthy habits and/or crowd out habits that no longer serve us. This book does a great job of helping you understand the science of how we learn.
My girl Cait Byrnes created a fabulous food and mood journal which is perfect for anyone who is an emotional eating (hint: we all are). Definitely add this one to your amazon wish list or heck just buy it right now
This book talks all about how our society keeps us in a cycle of craving and consumption by focusing on dopamine (reward centers of our brain) vs. serotonin (the contentment part of our brains. It’s a fascinating read.
If you love Shel Silverstein, you will love this new poetry series by Brett Fleishman. He has books for 3 different age groups and my kids love it! This would make a fabulous gift for a child in your life.
Many people know I used to have a conflicted relationship with exercise. I was either all in, or nothing at all. That was until I found flow and mindful movement. Now I marvel at what my body can do and how good movement makes me feel. This course will get you there too.
Join Sarah, Cait, and I in 5 conversational masterclasses to help you shift your mindset and take action into improving your life and empowering yourself each day!
This is a bundle of 13 meditations with gorgeous visuals to help ease you into mindful eating and body-wisdom. It includes exercises and actual meditations using food. The meditations are yours to keep forever and always refer back to whenever you need some zen in your life.