Who’s in the holiday spirit?
With a healthy, feel-good twist, of course.
Read on for 15 of our gifts we think anyone health-minded would dig getting this year.
(Most of these we were sent a sample to review, so you know we’ve put ’em through their paces and our recommendations are the real deal. In some cases, we loved the product so much that we became an affiliate, so clicking through to make a purchase is a great way to help support the site if you feel so inclined. And we hope that you do!)
MySolMat Boho Mat ($59)
Everyone loves the gift of zen, but don’t just get any yoga mat for the loved ones on your list — get them one that is as functional as it is cute — as it is good for them and the planet! All of MySolMat yoga mats are free of latex, PVC, and chloride, while also being antibacterial, eco-friendly, recyclable, reversible, and totally soft and cushy. And we mentioned cute, right? We love the striped mat above, but see all of MySolMat’s fun designs here (there’s even an avocado one!).
Feetures Everyday Socks ($13.99-$22.99)
We’ve already shared our love of Feetures running socks here (and why, yes, they really make a difference for running — and would make for a great gift any time of year), but if you’re looking for a gift that’s a little less runner-y and a little more lifestyle-y, try some of these adorbs socks from the Everyday line. We tried the Everyday Women’s Cushion Crew that are SO soft and comfy with targeted compression in just the right spots, as well as the Women’s Everyday Hidden (in normal rise and a super low cut that’s shown above) and in addition to being available in some super cute patterns, they also keep feet dry with moisture-wicking properties and happy with a seamless toe. Give the gift of happy feet!
Flow Stationary ($12.95-$14.95)
For the planner in your life, consider gifting them a few items from the whimsical yet very practical Flow Stationary line. There are cute little inspirational books they can doodle with thoughts, drawings, ideas, or anything else; adorable to-do lists to fill up and check off; beautiful little sticky notes to post any and everywhere; and even a mindful day planner note pad that can help them plan their day — hour by hour — along with a spot for what to let go of. It’s a beautifully designed line.
ooly Mermaid Magic 6-Click Multi-Color Pens ($1.99 each)
And to go along with that fun stationary, maybe consider some playful art supplies, too? With sweet designs and the ability to choose from six colors with just ONE pen, these pens hearken back to our days in grade school. Yep, just as fun as it was when we were eight years old.
The Future Is Female Wall Calendar ($15.99)
Calendars are always an obvious gift that keeps on giving year round, but we are really digging this one that focuses on female empowerment through bold artistic images and inspirational quotes that uplift, inspire and ignite the activist in all of us. The calendar also comes with 12 postcards and a poster. A portion of the calendar’s proceeds is also donated to Girls Write Now, which is damn rad.
The Good Thing Coffee & Vinyl Club ($34.99 — One Time or Monthly)
There seem to be subscription boxes for EVERYTHING these days, but this one got our attention for not only its uniqueness, but also its enjoyment factor. The Good Thing is a monthly coffee and vinyl subscription from Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland, Maine. For $35 a month, you can gift a 12-inch record and one tasty 12-ounce bag of joe (you can see what they’ve sent out in past mailings here). Jams and java? So cool.
Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Butter Masque ($2.99)
We’re big fans of Not Your Mother’s beauty products, and as they say: the best things in life are shared! Which is why we like to gift this Blue Sea Kale and Pure Coconut Water Sean Minerals Butter Masque. Deeply hydrating, it leaves hair silky soft without sulfates, phthalates, gluten, silicones, parabens, and dyes. It’s not an expensive gift by any means, but it’s one that feels really luxurious when you use it. It’s a great gift to pamper those you love!
Keebos iPhone Necklace ($28.95)
Part-accessory, part-fuctionality, I (Jenn) got one of these to try out after having my twins — because I knew my hands would be full! And, the Keebos necklace is so simple and yet so handy. Simply pop your phone in the case, style as you’d like (crossbody or as a necklace at varying lengths), and then go about whatever you’re doing that day — whether that’s shopping, rock-climbing, biking, or (like me) wrangling kiddos. I especially like how free it keeps your hands, while also allowing you to easily grab your phone and take a picture or respond to a text. It makes for a really great gift for parents or, really, anyone out having adventures who like to have their phone accessible but also safely secured.
Eco LipsLip Scrub Brown Sugar ($3.97)
Whether it’s in a stocking or on its own (hey, maybe paired with the butter masque above?), this little jar of lipscrub is organic, non-GMO, 60 percent Fair Trade, and 100 percent the antidote to dry, flaky lips this winter. Made with real sugar, it exfoliates and moisturizes — leaving lips smooth and protected.
Combat Flip Flops Let Love Rule ID Tag Necklace ($39.99)
It’s sleek and stylish and carries a great message — and when you realize that this necklace is made from unexploded ordnance (UXO — or, as you might call them, land minds) and funds the clearance of three square meters of UXO, well, it looks even better.
JBL FLIP 5 Portable Waterproof Speaker ($119.95)
Pump up your workouts — and any parties you care to throw — with the touch of a button. This speaker offers 12 hours of play time, is waterproof up to three feet (so, you know, feel free to sweat on it, blast it near the pool when you’re swimming laps, or use it for a drizzly outdoor workout), and it gives off serious sound. If you think you need more boom from your box, though, you can link multiple JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers together.
TheraBox (starting at $34.99)
This self-care subscription box is designed to provide a monthly reminder of the importance of self care, providing a variety of tools to help make showing yourself some love a little easier. Each box (over a $100 value) includes a happiness activity meant to be practiced throughout the month (or longer!) in addition to six to eight full-sized wellness items for the mind, body, and soul. Our box had a Self-Love Workbook, a hand-poured soy candle, a gorgeous pen, a lovely necklace, a variety of skincare products, tea, and more.
Nathan Exodraw 2.0 Insulated Handheld Water Bottle ($54.99)
Some people can go out for a long run and just hit whatever water stops they come across. I (Kristen) … am not those people, and I’ve gotta say, if you’re shopping for a runner who never leaves home without hydration handy, this bottle is an awesome gift. Not only does it hold 18 oz. of water, but it also (cue deep breath): is slosh resistant, is insulated (keeping water cold 38 percent longer than non-insulated soft flasks), has a pocket to stash keys or nutrition, features a comfortable, breathable grip, and feels remarkably lightweight (so, once it’s empty, a runner won’t feel bogged down carrying it like they might a more rigid, weighty bottle). Nathan offers many of its bottle designs in an insulated version, so if this particular model isn’t quite right but you like the idea of keeping that aqua cold, be sure to poke around the site!
Ruffwear Grip Trex All-Terrain Paw Wear ($74.95)
If your four-legged friend goes where you go, no matter how rugged (or slippery) the terrain, these dog boots could be a real game changer. They’ve got a rugged Vibram outsole to provide great traction, and the breathable mesh upper offers protection from dirt and debris. You’ll need to take some measurements to ensure a proper (paw-per?) fit, but it’s well worth the effort if it keeps your pup’s paws safe from sharp rocks, slippery ice, hot pavement and more. (I actually used them for my senior dog who was struggling and sliding on our tile floor when she began losing some strength and balance, and they worked like a dream. Plus, they were simple to put on, and she had no trouble adapting to walking in them.)
Erin Condren Softbound LifePlanner ($30)
More than a just a day planner, the 2020 LifePlanner (which lies flat, making it perfect for righties and lefties alike) includes monthly and weekly planning spreads, note pages, dated calendars, inspiring quotes, productivity pages, and more. And, speaking of more, you guys, this brand offers pretty much everything someone who loves organization, journaling, or stationary could want — stickers, bookmarks, washi tape, pens, wipe boards, markers … and it’s all presented so beautifully that one item or a whole group will make for a special gift.
See any that you might put on your holiday wish-list, too? —Jenn & Kristen