Put simply, I'm nosy. And if you're anything like me, whether it's looking for outfit inspo, recipes, or your next book, you're prone to social media scrolling for hours, peeking at the pages of people who you love and admire for suggestions. If they love it, why wouldn't you? Well, that couldn't be more true than during gift-giving season. With the holidays finally here, we've tapped a few of our favorite members of the Well+Good community to provide us with a little insight—a sneak peek, if you will—into what wellness products—from fitness products, to skincare essentials, to culinary necessities, and more—they can't wait to gift to everyone on their list this season, to give us all a little inspiration and guidance when it comes to shopping for the ones you love.
- Nyesha Arrington, LA-based chef and former contestant on Top Chef
First up, we have Chef Nyesha Arrington.
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Arrington is a California-based chef who fell in love with cooking at age five while helping out her grandmother in the kitchen. She trained at the Culinary School at the Art Institute of California before working at a variety of restaurants around the country, bringing her uniquely, multi-cultural, California "polished casual" style everywhere she goes. She's been on shows from Top Chef to Selena Gomez's Selena + Chef, and is a regular judge on Chopped: Next Gen. She also uses her platform to advocate against food waste in the industry, is a fitness-lover, a wellness aficionado, and a lover of all things creative. Scroll down to shop the 6 wellness essentials that Chef Nyesha Arrington can't wait to gift this season.
The 6 wellness essentials a Top Chef can't wait to gift this season
“I try to remain as hands-free as possible throughout the day because I am always on the go, so this Lululemon bag is the perfect accessory to keep all my things close to me while running errands,” says Arrington. The best part is that the fabric is water-repellant so you don’t have to worry about anything getting damaged while you’re on the move.
“A friend gave me this book and I haven’t been able to put it down. If you have ‘impossible goals’ I highly recommend reading to help you along in your journey to success,” Arrington raves.
“Tracking my sleep data has improved my life greatly over the last year! Before tracking my sleeping data I thought I was getting a good night’s rest, but actually having the data to look over in the morning has improved my recovery at times that I eat so much.” She also recommends reading Matthew D. Walker’s, Why We Sleep ($19).
“This is my fave curl defining cream. What a journey hair care can be for women of color. The busy lifestyle of the kitchen caused so much stress on my hair and I rarely found time to manage it. After being introduce to this product, I have fallen in love with the richness it brings to my curls.” Arrington is excited to gift this hair-saving find to every curly giftee on her list.
Since Arrington is first and foremost a chef, it’s no surprise that she had to include her favorite kitchen tool on the list. “Chopping ginger and garlic can sometimes be annoying tasks during prep work. A microplane makes really light work out of an otherwise tedious tasks,” she explains.
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