Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for your loved ones or want to treat yourself, the following 21 items should help you find some inspiration, especially if you want your gift to be in line with your health-conscious mindset.
From kitchen gadgets to tools to help you better deal with stress and healthy (but delicious!) foods, here are some things that I either have already received (or treated myself to) or that are on my list right now. 😉 Click on the images below each description to learn more and buy them directly online.
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Health starts with cooking real food in the kitchen! Adding a few of these gadgets to anyone’s kitchen can make healthy eating a lot easier and tastier too!
The spirooli is really the best gadget out there to make noodles with almost any kind of vegetables. You can transform zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes and many other of your favorite veggies into noodles that you can use to create a grain-free version of your favorite pasta dishes. This should definitely be in the kitchen of anyone trying to eat more veggies!
2. Slow-cooker / pressure cooker
This is one of my favorite kitchen gadget that I use all the time to make bone broth and have my dinner make itself! I have had a few slow-cookers in the past but because I am a bit concerned with the type of lining / coating inside those, I now want to switch to the Insta-Pot. If I don’t get it for Christmas or my birthday, I think I’ll have to get it myself!
3. Safe cookware – Le Creuset
The foods you eat are absolutely crucial to your health but what you use to cook your foods also matters! Unfortunately, many skillets, pots and pans are lined with dangerous anti-adhesive coating. Le Creuset is one of the safest brand of cookware you can find and it comes in all the prettiest colors. My dream is to have a whole set… maybe one day!
4. Food dehydrator
A food dehydrator is a great gift for your health-conscious friend or family member. I love using mine to make kale chips, to dehydrate fruits and fresh herbs, to dry nuts after activating / soaking them and even to make my own green banana flour (one of the best sources of resistant starches, which is great to support a healthy gut flora!).
5. Water filter
Tap water is unfortunately not usually the best type of water to put in your body. Filtering is a healthy (and environmentally-friendly) option over buying plastic bottled water. There are tons of options out there but here’s the water filtration system (Berkey) I have at home. Don’t forget to get the additional fluoride filters if there’s fluoride in your municipal water.
6. Non-Toxic Yoga Mat
Many studies are now showing how effective yoga is as a stress management strategie! But did you know that most yoga mats are made with PVC or vinyl, a known carcinogen? Non-toxic, eco-friendly yoga mats are made from natural rubber (did you know that natural rubber comes from a tree?) Just make sure that the rubber is harvested from a sustainable source. Another good thing about natural yoga mats is that they are biodegradable so you can really feel good and relax while doing your yoga without having to worry about how your yoga mat is affecting your health or the environment.
7. Yoga toe stretchers
I wish I could have a foot massage everyday…. but the next best thing are these yoga toe stretchers! I love wearing them whenever I want to relax or even in bed and they’re really good for the health of your feet, which is so important for the health and alignment of your whole body. If you don’t believe me, read Katy Bowman’s Every Woman’s Guide to Food Pain Relief.
8. Adult coloring books
Adult coloring books are getting really popular, and for a good reason! Studies are now showing that they are as effective as meditation to help you better manage the stress in your life. By using your creativity and focusing on that task, you are really able to switch your monkey brain off and be in the present moment. Don’t forget to also get nice coloring pens to go with your gift!
9. Beeswax candles
Did you know that candles are one of the biggest sources of toxins in your home? The chemicals released when you burn regular and scented candles are the same as those released in diesel fuel fumes! Beeswax candles are more expensive but they last longer, don’t release any harmful chemicals and can even help clean indoor air by releasing negative ions. For extra points, combine with a yoga session or a warm bath.
10. Gratitude journal
Feeling and expressing gratitude are some of the most powerful ways of activating your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part of your nervous system that allows you to feel relaxed, to better digest and to heal. Using a gratitude journal is a great reminder to spend the last 5 minutes of your day cultivating gratitude. It might sounds like an insignificant habit but I dare you to try it and see what it can bring to your health and your life!
You have probably heard the old adage ”Health starts in the gut”. Well, I strongly believe that it is true. If you truly care about your loved ones’ health, you should definitely care about their gut health too!
11. My book & cookbook: Digestive Health with REAL Food
Disclaimer: shameless promotion! In case you didn’t know, I wrote a book called Digestive Health with REAL Food: a practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense diet for IBS & other digestive issues and a companion cookbook Digestive Health with REAL Food: The Cookbook. If you know anyone with digestive issues looking for natural answers, this is THE book to get. 🙂
12. Squatty potty
Everyone should have a squatty potty in their bathroom! Humans are not designed to eliminate seated but if you are not willing to go dig a hole and squat in your backyard to poop, the alternative is to use the squatty potty. This alone can help many people dealing with constipation and hemorrhoids. If you don’t believe me, watch their hilarious video This Unicorn Changed the Way I Poop.
13. Gut-healing gelatin
Gelatin is a superfood / whole food supplement that can not only benefit gut health, but also help with decreasing inflammation, improving the health and appearance of your skin and keeping your joints healthy and pain-free. I love the brand Vital Proteins because their gelatin is made from pastured / grass-fed cows. The green container (see picture below) is great for adding to hot beverages or making tummy gummies (recipe in my book and to come on the blog soon). The blue container has the same properties but can be diluted in cold beverages (think smoothies).
14. Fun silicon molds to make gut-healing tummy gummies
A great way to complement gift idea #13 above is to add these fun silicon molds to make my gut-healing tummy gummies. This recipe is super easy to make and can be found in my cookbook Digestive Health with REAL Food and I’ll post it on the blog shortly too. You can also google ”gelatin gummies recipe” to find a ton of recipes on how to make these healthy and fun snacks for the whole family.
Food and more!
The food you eat every day can make a huge difference in how you feel and how healthy you are. Giving healthy foods is giving the gift of health and love, so make sure to check out gift ideas #15 and #16!
15. My favorite foods at One Stop Paleo Shop
I love shopping at OneStopPaleoShop.com because, as its name implies it, it’s a one-stop shop! You don’t need to eat Paleo to shop there. All the foods they offer are made of the most natural and high-quality ingredients and are all gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and GMO-free. That’s food everyone should eat, really!
Here are some of my favorites:
- coconut secret coconut aminos (soy-free sauce)
- lovebean superfudge spread
- kasandrinos olive oil
- otto’s cassava flour
- epic bars, exo bars, Rx bars
- ghee and coconut oil
- primal kitchen mayo (made with avocado oil)
- jackson’s honest chips
- bone broth co. – grass-fed pasture-raised bone broth
16. Yearly membership to Thrive Market
Thrive Market is another great resource to shop for natural and organic foods at wholesale prices. You can get a free 30-day trial to check it out and then give a yearly membership (only $60) to someone you love who would enjoy the convenience of shopping online.
Personal care products
17. Natural creams, deodorants, tooth powder and makeup
Many of the personal care and body care products we use on a daily basis are filled with questionable ingredients… If you don’t believe me, look up the products you use in the EWG’s Cosmetic Database. Fortunately, there are tons of natural alternatives to try, whether you’re looking for a healthier moisturizer, deodorant, toothpaste or even make up. And these make great gifts too! I personally would really want to try Primal Life Organics’ Vitamin C serum and Fat Face Skincare Body Butta.
* Canadians: Check out Clementine Fields to find all the natural body care products you need. 🙂
18. Multi-gym bar
Confession: I can’t do a pull-up…! But I’m sure that having one of these would be exactly the reminder and motivation I would need to work on it. This multi-gym bar can be installed in most doorways and is great to help you improve your upper body strength and flexibility. Even if you can’t do a pull-up (like me!), you can still use it to stretch your arms and to try to hang for as long as you can. Katy Bowman’s book Move Your DNA would go very well with this to explain how important it is to work on your monkey hanging skills and vary the way you move!
I love standing when I work, especially when Skyping with my clients or even writing. I can never stay in the same position for too long and this is probably a good thing since studies are now showing that sitting kills! I just got a Fluidstance and love how comfortable it is and how it allows me to stand longer without fatigue. For those who can’t afford a standing desk (like me!), putting your laptop on a high table (using a few boxes if needed) and using the Fluidstance is the next best thing.
20. Adopt an organic olive tree
Adopting an organic olive tree is a great way to support organic agriculture and to reap the harvest too! As part of the adoption, you are entitled to receive part of the olive oil your adopted tree produces! Check out this olive orchard in Spain and this one in Greece to find the tree that you want.
21. Scandinavian baths
Water has powerful healing properties and can be very beneficial to support the body’s detoxification abilities and to boost the metabolism. A couple of tickets to Scandinavian baths and hydrotherapy bath treatments make a great gift… and by giving 2 tickets you can keep your fingers crossed that you’ll be invited to join!
What would YOU like to receive?
Please add your favorite gift ideas in the comments below. 🙂