Sweaters aren’t the only gifts that nearly everyone unwraps come December.
But since it can be hard to reinvent the wheel each year, we chose some of the most common holiday presents ever—from fuzzy socks to cologne—and offered really cool alternatives that come with a wellness spin.
So you’ll get points for being original—and for making it easier for your loved one to start 2015 on the right, healthy foot.
Here are 9 healthy swaps for typical holiday gifts. —Lisa Elaine Held
Buy: Panatea’s Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Set, $59
Unlike coffee’s quick jolt, sippers of trendy matcha tea say it provides a long-lasting energy boost that comes with mental focus, and cool New York brand Panatea uses the highest quality leaves.
Buy: Alas Sleepwear Isobel Slipper, $198
Organic Australian fashion brand Alas collaborated with designer Tara Whalley to create these chic slippers, which are made with organic cotton yarn and hand-dyed using plants by artisans in Guatemala.
(Photo: Alas Sleepwear)
Buy: Yogasmoga The Pinnacle Scarf, $160
The activewear brand’s is applying its obsession with high-performance fabrics to a new scarf line, made with a crazy-soft blend of silk, wool, and cashmere. They come in gorgeous colors and prints, can be worn as a scarf or a cozy shawl, and will match both your yoga pants and favorite jeans.
Buy: Shashi Cool Feet Socks, $15
With a sleek, mesh design, these seriously up the bar on how fashionable fitness grippy socks can be, and your friend who does regular barre or Megaformer classes will really want to rock them.
(Photo: Carbon 38)
Buy: Fred Water Flask, $19 and up
Water brand Fred Water is taking back the flask from whiskey toters with its new flask designed for sipping good-for-you H20. It’s stainless steel (so no plastic chemicals), fits in your pocket, and is part of an education campaign to encourage people to drink less sugar. Unfortunately, the kickstarter doesn’t offer engraving.
(Photo: Fred Water)
Buy: Indie Lee Holiday Hydration Set, $85
Indie Lee’s products have the same department-story-worthy, pharmacy-chic look, only without the questionable chemicals in the ingredient list. And the face oil, body oil, and body balm combo is perfect for chapped winter skin.
(Photo: Indie Lee)
Buy: Crisp Herb Mincer, $15.99
Crisp makes “kitchen tools for healthy eating,” and while some are more trouble than just using, say, a spoon or a knife (i.e. the avocado tool and pepper corer, for instance), the herb mincer makes chopping cilantro and basil extra quick. Healthy home cooks will also appreciate the bright and pretty bowls for freshly washed berries.
Buy: Portland General Store Dopp Kit, $125
Traditional colognes and aftershaves are filled with artificial fragrance, which is exactly what you don’t want your boyfriend’s skin to be absorbing. But Portland General Store’s kit comes with aftershave, shave soap, and more—all made from natural, essential oils, with masculine scents and a cool bag. Bonus: Everything is TSA compliant.
(Photo: Portland General Store)
Buy: Mobot Foam Roller Water Bottle, $60
Those painted glasses from the holiday market will just take up space in their cabinets. But this genius water bottle-foam roller combo will keep your fitness-loving friend hydrated and pain-free wherever they go.