When it comes to picking out gifts for my favorite people, I often draw a blank. And I’m surely not the only one who’s overwhelmed by the awesome choices that abound from the endless gift guides this time of year. They’re totally necessary, but, man, sometimes it feels like there are too many great choices.
So the Well+Good Council‘s gift recommendations are kind of a present to you, the gift-giver. Since these experts and gurus in the wellness scene totally know their stuff, you can confidently trust their advice. The curated gifts are so solid, you’ll probably end up making your own wish list.
See the Well+Good Council’s gift guide below.
1. Mckel Hill, RDN, founder of Nutrition Stripped
“I love gifting functional items that loved ones can enjoy year-round: from the slippers you never want to buy for yourself and a gourmet stash of teas (love Pukka Tea lately) to tea mug and an essential oil diffuser (love Vitruvi in white stone), body and facial oils like the ones from Tata Harper and Herbivore Botanicals, journals, and Palo Santo bundles.”
2. Latham Thomas, doula, author, and founder of Mama Glow
“I’m giving the gift of glow this holiday season: Everyone is getting the Good Medicine Beauty Lab, Glow Time Ritual Beauty collection for the holidays. It’s a self-care kit in a box designed to help women nurture themselves and reclaim their self-care through rituals. There are five incredible products, and you get a booklet that outlines rituals for self-care for each product in the collection. I also want everyone in my immediate circle to benefit from the gift of meditation. I realize that not everyone can go into a studio to practice, but nearly everyone has a smartphone. I’m giving people Inscape gift cards for stocking stuffers, so they can participate in person or on the app.”
3. Robin Berzin, MD, functional medicine doctor and CEO of Parsley Health
“Well, of course The Parsley Assessment is a great gift! Give your loved one the ultimate gift—the gift of health—with an in-depth, personalized history physical and set of diagnostic testing. A Parsley Health physician will give them a health plan to follow for the year, plus a session with a health coach to ensure it all really happens. Also, I love gifting a pack of 10 yoga classes at Kula Yoga, which has studios in New York City, or a pack of five sensory-deprivation floats at Lift Floats in Brooklyn.”
4. Jill Blakeway, DACM, acupuncturist, women’s health expert, and founder of the YinOva Center
“I just returned from Japan where I saw for myself the healing power of a ritual bath. Someone on my holiday gift list who is particularly stressed will be getting this bath meditation set. Several people on my list will be getting unusual and beautiful arrangements from Fleurs Bella, which was founded by Bella Meyer, who is the granddaughter of the artist Marc Chagall. Born and raised in Paris, Bella grew up watching her grandfather paint flowers, and these days she and her team continue that legacy using the real thing. For the people on my list who have been too nervous to try acupuncture, I’ll be gifting the Healthy Holidays Bundle from YinOva. It’s a great introduction to Chinese medicine, consisting of an acupuncture starter pack (one initial consultation and two follow-up treatments) and a one-ounce herbal elixir, specially mixed by YinOva Chinese medicine practitioner to address their specific pattern. And for the astrologically inclined, I’ll be buying a zodiac necklace.”
5. Lila Darville, sex expert and relationship coach
“I’ll be gifting the Women for Women gift, Sun Potion Yin Power, a Thrive Market membership, Love Heals jewelry (they plant 10 trees for every design sold), this CBD sports massage balm, the crystal wand from my website, and Thinx panties.”
6. Norma Kamali, fashion icon with a (healthy) wellness obsession
“Nothing is more fantastic than a great night’s sleep. I am loving this weighted blanket—it has actually contributed to a very restful sleep. I was afraid it would be claustrophobic, but in fact, it is just the opposite. The cocooning effect is truly experienced here.”
7. Joey Gonzalez, CEO of Barry’s Bootcamp
8. Lily Kunin, healthy chef and founder of Clean Food Dirty City
“I love items that feel like everyday luxury. That means True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil (luxurious and fights dry winter skin), anything from Starling Jewelry, everyday pantry staples like CAP Beauty Coconut Butter or Big Spoon Roasters Chai Spice Nut Butter, and, lastly, my cookbook, Good Clean Food. It has some great holiday recipes but is also an awesome way to reset for the new year.”
9. Claire Wasserman, career expert and founder of Ladies Get Paid
“I’d been following Wildfang’s Instagram and so when l went to Portland, Oregon, where it is headquartered, I jumped at a chance to visit the store. I bought this badass jacket and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg pennant, both of which I’ll be gifting since you can never have too many lady-power things, in my opinion. Also this Hu$le necklace, which is a collaboration between Anna Sheffield, Bing Bang Jewelry, and Ricardo “It’s a Living” Gonzalez. I bought this for myself when iI quit my job to start Ladies Get Paid a year and a half ago, and I rarely take it off.”
10. Candice Kumai, rockstar healthy chef
“I’ll be gifting How to Build a Bike by my big sister, Jenni Kumai Gwiazdowski who lives in London town! For all you lovely hipsters out there, this is a simple and intriguing guide to being more DIY, fixing sh*t and getting your hands a bit greasy. And my next book, Kintsugi Wellness, on Japanese wellness is a heritage-based guide to Japanese inspiration, living, and recipes that will transform your whole mind body and uplift your spirit. Lastly, this must-have women’s health, self-care, wellness kit and adorable travel bag by my friend Lo Bosworth!”
11.Drew Ramsey, MD, psychiatrist and farmer
“The Onewheel—pasture surfing changed my relationship to my farm. Best core workout, is fun, and dangerous enough that there’s a rush. As well as the Luci Light, I love these lights. Perfect for travelers seeking to add soft light a hotel room or the kids bedroom for story time and it’s nice in a tent too. And mini milk frothers – I like foam. These are great for making dressings extra snazzy—like frothed lemon vinaigrettes and mustard foam. It’s the most fun you can have in the kitchen for under $10.”
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