Nutritionist Approved Holiday Gift Guide

As a holistic nutritionist, I go to great lengths to procure and share my favourite things with others and that usually includes sustainable, natural, non-toxic, plant-based, ethical, local, and even organic gifts.  If you’re like me, or maybe shopping for somebody who’s a bit of a health nut, I hope to make that process easier. I’ve complied a Holiday Gift Guide that includes many of my go-to gifts that are sure to appeal to the healthy, sustainable or ethically minded.

Natural skincare products. My absolute favourite gift to give is local, natural, and handmade soap or lip balms. Pretty much everybody loves these gifts, and they make great stocking stuffers! Hand or body creams also make great gifts during winter months. Look for natural products that are free of parabens and phthalates.

Organic Fair Trade coffee, chocolate & teas.  You really can’t go wrong here! 

Kombucha.  This fizzy, effervescent probiotic tea is extremely popular these days.  It also happens to make an a lovely and unique host/hostess gift in lieu of wine.  Alternatively, if you're looking for a gift for a kombucha lover, why not create DYI kombucha starter kit? Last year, I gave my sister-in-law a scoby (the kombucha starter), a bag of organic black tea, organic cane sugar, and a nice big jar for brewing. She loved it!

Essential oils.  Aromatherapy offers countless health benefits, especially during busy (read: stressful) times like the holidays, and cold and flu season.  Essential oils are perfect for stocking stuffers, or combined with a diffuser you have a scent-sational gift.

Gift cards. Although they aren’t as fun to open, gift cards can still be incredibly personal and thoughtful. Pretty much every store or service you can think of offers gift cards nowadays. If you’re in the the market for a health or wellness gift, your best bet would be health food stores, spas, massage therapy, healthy restaurants or meal delivery services, and yoga or fitness studios.

Cookbooks.  Either hardcopy or virtual eCookbooks are a great idea for those who love healthy food and cooking. I currently love anything by Oh She Glows (my friends and clients tell me they prefer the first cookbook), Minimalist Baker, or Vegan Richa. I recently published an eBook of my own. It’s now available on my online shop. Use promo code HOLIDAYS by December 24 for 50% off. 

Nutritious nosh. I love making homemade granola, trail mix, healthy sweets, chia jams, soup mixes, or mustard for friends and family.  N.b.: If you're planning DYI food-based gifts, just make sure you’re aware of any allergies. 

Houseplants.  Did you know that certain plants can actually improve air quality in your home or apartment? Although Poinsettias are popular this time of year, up the ante by giving the gift of an air purifying plant. Mums, Peace Lilies, and Snake Plants can not only pull formaldehyde from the air, but they make an excellent gift. 

Gift basket. If you can’t decide on just one thing, why not create a little basket featuring several of your favourites? 

This article is modified from a piece I wrote for Kardish Health Food Centre’s blog. CLICK HERE to see the original article.