Health nuts and Free spirits. Whether you like it or you find it highly annoying, it's probable that you have a friend or family member that fits into one (or both) of these categories. Is your uncle Dan a super health nut, posting pics on Facebook of the marathons he runs every weekend and raving nonstop about the wonders of the "paleo" diet? Perhaps your free spirited mom likes to burn patchouli incense while jamming out to Peruvian flute music on the REG. As you likely already know, such personalities can tend to be very picky when it comes to gifts. "Is it fair-trade crafted in Bolivia by indigenous women entrepreneurs?" "Is it gluten, dairy, sugar, and carb-free?" "Will it balance my chakras?" If these incessant, finicky statements make you feel like losing your gift-giving mind, have no fear. I have made it my duty to help you out and have rounded up gifts and goodies that are sure to please these unique individuals. You're welcome. No need to thank me. :)
Free of all the icky, body-disrupting stuff in your usual deodorant.
Give this book to your ever-detoxing cousin, as a hint to someone you love who may eat too many cheeseburgers , or even to yourself. New Year's resolutions are upon us, after all.
This all-natural lip stain gets its rich color from infusions of hibiscus flowers, beet root, alkanet root (not sure what that is) and elderberries. It's also highly moisturizing and softening with Rosehip Seed Oil, Pomegranate extract and Coconut. On top of all that goodness, it's 100% vegan and scented with Clementine and Blood Orange essential oils! YUM!
An attractive minimal shoe for walks, running, cross fit, or whatever athletic endeavors may spark your loved one's fancy.
Okay, here's the thing: I don't usually buy into health fads or novelty items, but I got a Fitbit Flex during the summer and I still wear it just about every day (even as we speak). I am definitely not the epitome of physical sveltness, however this little band has made me so much more aware of my level of activity--and I like it! I use mine primarily to track my daily steps: It syncs instantly with an app on my phone so I can check it whenever. It inspires me to compete with myself to do better than yesterday, or just to reach my daily goal. It has opened my eyes to how far 10,000 steps actually is, as well as how much taking the stairs really does count! I also use this neat little thing as an alarm. That's right, it works as an alarm! Again, you sync it to your phone and whatever time you set to be woken up is sent from your phone to your bracelet, which then vibrates to wake you up. It does all these things nicely and without those terrible loud noises. I am a huge fan of this feature. I don't wake up wanting to kill an alarm clock, which subsequently leaves me in a much more pleasant mood after I get out of bed. My boyfriend has the watch-version and seems to love it, too. Totally recommend.
A super practical belt for storing your phone/ keys/ money/ whatevah while you scale that insane cliff....or go for a jog around the block.
Health nut friends love water bottles. I don't know why. They do a lot of things I'll never understand..... I digress. This bottle is sure to please with its streamlined design and awesome colors.
Kombucha is healthy as Hell, you guys. If you can tolerate it's weirdness, mix up your own with this homemade Kombucha kit. You can whip up a few batches from a single kit in the comfort of your own pantry (and share the crazy science-experimenty-ness with your kids!). The health benefits from this fermented drink seem to be limitless!
These natural masks bring me back to the clumpy oatmeal-honey masks my sister and I used to mix up at slumber parties! The ingredients in these delectable-looking products include cocoa, oatmeal, yogurt, honey, and other wholesome goodies. According to the website, "Using the moisturizing, exfoliating, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties found in your herb garden and kitchen, these powdered masks leave skin soft, rejuvenated, and refreshed". You can mix them up using water, honey or oil. No chemicals = happy skin. I'm sold.
Even health nuts can indulge in a sweet holiday treat! These peppermint sticks are handmade by a badass biker named Wes (you've gotta check out his website--it's candy art!) and feature only the best ingredients. Totally rad!
A Himalayan rock salt lamp. It's said that heating the salt with the included bulb releases negative ions into the air, creating an effect similar to an ionizer, purifying the surrounding air.
Dreamcatchers. Or, even better, a dreamcatcher-making kit.
I looove these hand-cast porcelain-y, metallic-y, crystal-y necklaces. They'd suit so many different styles and really stand out from your average pendant.
Aromatherapy is always a nice gift, especially if it balances your chakras! The site says: "Golden Earth's Chakra 7 oil is designed to increase your higher knowledge, wisdom, certainty, and divine energies with this blend of organic essential oils infused with amethyst crystal. The 7th chakra is located at the top of the head and relates to the pineal gland. When this chakra is out of balance, you may experience headaches, tiredness, and anxiety. When this chakra is in balance, you feel open to all possibilities in life, not fearful, welcoming to divine guidance, and connected to the universe." Booya. This sums me up in a dang nutshell. Need it. It'd also make a great gift for those who tend to get extra stressed this time of year. (And be sure to check out the website for the other health and Chakra-balancing oils!)
Air plants. In crystals. #Winning.
With essences of rhubarb, wild spearmint, jasmine, golden vanilla, and a touch of lily of the valley, this shower gel promises to transport you to a mountain retreat. Great for sudsing up after yoga!
This is just so wildly cool. The Hamsa hand, also known as Fatima's hand, is said to ward off bad energy and keep the owner protected and safe. This would make an awesome mantel statement, or as a keeper for jewelry!
An earthy raw amber necklace not only looks cool, but it also helps ease aches and pains. (Raw amber is also recommended as a holistic remedy for teething pains in toddlers!)
A guide to everything the holistic healer needs to know.
I love this gorgeous turquoise wrap bracelet. The only thing that would make it better was if it came with a vegan leather strap!
Hey. Guess what. You don't have to give these gifts to just the health nuts and free spirits you know! I did my best to post items that I thought would be attractive to a broad range of people, and I never post anything I wouldn't want for myself or someone I love! Stay tuned for the last few editions of the Bert&Lou Holiday Gift Guide--I told you, I'm thorough!