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Christmas and the holidays are just around the corner! I thought I would create this healthy holiday gift guide for those of you looking for natural and holistic gift ideas because honestly it can be difficult when you are trying to get a gift you know the recipient will like and use. I also like to get people gifts that will better their health. This list is jam-packed full of ideas for the different types of people in your life complete with shopping links. Some of these items you can also handmake if you wish.
In addition to physical items, it can also be worthwhile to give experiences.
Gift Baskets can be an easy way group together a set of smaller, like items based on the recipient's interests. Here are a few ideas:
An herbal tea gift basket: Mountain rose herbs is a great place to find quality, organic herbal teas online. You may also have a local herb shop in your area, so check that out as well. Don't forget to include a tea ball for loose teas!
Personal care products gift basket: You can include healthier items like natural shampoo, soap, lotion, scrubs, deodorant, and toothpaste. Dr. Bronner's also has an unscented gift set that would work well.
Zero waste gift basket: This is a great sustainable gift idea. You can wrap the basket in cloth and ribbon that can be reused. Some items you can include: stainless steel straws, bamboo toothbrushes, lunch boxes, beeswax wrap, loofah, dish scrubbers. You could even combine zero waste items and personal care items together in one basket.
Essential oils and a diffuser: It is nice to give someone a complete starter set that they can start using right away. Essential oils can be used for diffusing, scenting things like soaps or clothes, and can be used for healing purposes. It is important to note whether or not the recipient has pets because some essential oils are unsafe for pets. My favorite essential oils are from Plant Therapy, but I have also had a good experience with the Young Living and DoTERRA oils.
Beeswax candles: Etsy is a good place to look for handmade beeswax candles. They are a healthy alternative to paraffin candles (which are petroleum based and leave behind a black residue).
Grounding mat: Grounding mats are designed to simulate the experience you have when you stand barefoot on the earth. They are perfect for people who live in areas where they cannot easily step outside barefoot or have higher levels of anxiety.
Organic, sustainable clothing: Again, Etsy is a great place to find organic and sustainable clothing made from natural and renewable materials. There are many pretty pieces on there that would be a special gift for the fashion lover.
A gift certificate for yoga classes: This would make a great gift for someone who is stressed and overwhelmed. Learning yoga and meditation are key life skills for navigating the fast-paced, modern world. Check in with yoga studios in your area and see if they offer gift certificates for a set of classes.
For kids, I like to get organic, natural fiber clothing sometimes as a gift. Below I have different toys, games, books, and more that make great gifts for kids of all ages. I try to choose gifts that are stimulating and durable.
Gift ideas for Toddlers: Finger paint and paper, strolley, young toddler puzzles, puzzles, older toddler puzzles, stacking train, toy bus, dump truck, musical instruments, play food, cleaning set, car ramp toy, cleaning playset, blocks, busy board, playsilk; Books: I Spy, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Pout Pout Fish, Dear Zoo
These are a couple more pricey gifts for toddlers and preschoolers: Climbing triangle (you can add on a ramp as well), play kitchen, mud kitchen, kitchen helper tower (you could get them some kid-safe kitchen tools as well), dollhouse, scooter, trike.
Gift ideas for Preschoolers: Art supplies, Magna-tiles, fishing game, stacking toy, spelling board, magnetic letters, play tunnel, toy cars, lacing toy, kinetic sand, sensory bin tools, puzzles, candy land, barn with animals, slide; Books: The Snowy Day, If Animals Kissed Goodnight, Corduroy, Little Bear, Beatrix Potter, Winnie The Pooh
Gift ideas for School Age Kids: Legos, journal, art kit, sewing kit, cross stitch kit, beading kit, marble run, microscope set, paint by number, checkers, croquet, twister, mini trampoline, climbing rope tree swing, zipline, scooter, bike; Books: The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children, I Spy, Nancy Drew, Little House on the Prairie, The Magic Treehouse, The Borrowers, The Chronicles of Narnia
Those who are interested in a healthy and natural lifestyle also typically cook and prepare their own food. There are so many fun gifts for cooks and foodies.
Bread making kit: If you know someone who is interested in sourdough breadmaking, why not get them a kit with banneton baskets, a live or dehydrated starter, and quality flour? You could even get them a dutch oven or loaf pan to go alongside the kit.
Grain mill: Like the bread making kit, a grain mill would be great for someone who is interested in bread making and/or sourdough. The freshly milled flour is beneficial for sourdough starters and tastes delicious. I highly recommend the Mockmill because it produces a more traditional, stone ground flour.
Instant pot: An instant pot would be one of my first choices for someone who likes to cook. It has so many uses: making meals in a hurry, cooking hard boiled eggs, air frying, and slow cooking. Plus it comes with a non-toxic, stainless steel inner pot. I use mine at least every other day.
Kitchen Aid mixer and/or attachments: This was one of my favorite gifts to give and it is a kitchen classic (plus they come in so many cute colors!). Around this time of year, the mixers and attachments go on sale, so keep your eye out! If you give someone a mixer this year, you could give attachments later on.
Non-toxic cookware: Non-toxic cookware like cast iron can be passed down from generation to generation and can make a great gift. You can often find pans in antique stores and garage sales. Non-toxic cookware like stainless steel, cast iron, glass, and stoneware are healthier alternatives to non-stick and aluminum pans.
Collection of family recipes: You could collaborate with family members to locate and copy family recipes. Once you have all these recipes, you can put them together and make a family cookbook. This is not only a touching gift idea, but a wonderful way to preserve your family history and discover old fashioned recipes.
Grocery subscription: Perhaps you know someone who doesn't have access to local pastured raised meat. Getting them a subscription or a gift box from butcher box would be a practical and tasty gift. During the holidays they have holiday gift boxes as well.
Herb growing kit: You can grow herbs even in an apartment or small space. Herb growing kits help you grow fresh herbs to add to your favorite dishes. A good place to keep them is in the kitchen window, so they are easily accessible.
There are plenty of stocking stuffers out there that are not candy and sweets. Here are a few stocking stuffers I have done in the past:
Homemade granola in small decorative bags
Hats and mittens
Natural, homemade hand sanitizer in small travel bottles
These are my healthy holiday gift ideas. I would love to hear your suggestions for healthier holiday gifts, so leave me a comment below!