The holidays are upon us and you may be looking for gift ideas for your loved ones. Here are some of my favorite wellness-related gifts that are perfect for this unusual time we find ourselves in. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a holiday surprise. You’ve earned it!
Chopping Block Gift Certificate
I honestly would not have survived this past year if it wasn’t for my friends at The Chopping Block. It is the biggest recreational cooking school in the country, and they have done a fabulous job going virtual. It is such a fun activity to do solo or with your family from the comfort of your own home kitchen. This is also a great gift for the budding chef as they offer kid and teen bootcamps.
Home Kitchen Essentials
As we have all become home cooks, giving simple kitchen essentials is a perfect gift for the holidays. Everyone needs a chef’s knife, cutting board, measuring cups and spoons, vegetable peeler, can opener, cheese grater, garlic press, mixing bowls, baking sheets, cookbooks, and the list goes on. Bed Bath & Beyond and Sur la table are great places to buy online. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, The Chopping Block will allow you to book a personal shopping session and assist you in making the perfect selections.
Since we’re all going to be spending a lot of time at home this season, a holiday candle is just the thing to bring some comfort and spice to your home. I especially like Thymes Hot Cocoa Blends and the NEST Holiday Collection.
Home Gym Equipment
Many of us have gotten accustomed to working out at home. Adding simple equipment to your home gym is a great way to take your workouts to the next level. For a fun take on traditional equipment check out the Bala Bangles and Band Set In addition, a TRX is a terrific way to elevate your workouts in a small space.
My clients are all obsessed this year with Peloton. You can splurge on a bike or treadmill, or simply gift the PelotonApp which provides live and recorded classes all day long in strength, yoga, meditation, and bootcamp formats to name a few.
Give the Gift of Mindfulness
This year has been extremely trying and we could all use a little mindfulness to regroup as we start the new year. Rifle Paper Co makes beautiful journals, notebooks and matching pens. ChillAnywhere is the perfect meditation app for the novice and longtime practitioner with daily live classes and recorded meditations. Mindfulness Cards are a perfect way to practice gratitude every day.
Stylish comfort can really improve your mood during the winter months at home. I really love the spiritual vibe for women at Spiritual Gangster and practical comfort at Athleta. There are also great selections for men at Vineyard Vines and Ugg.
When all else fails go for a gift card. Here are a few of my favorites:
Carbon38 – fabulous workout gear
Amazon – ANYTHING safely delivered to your doorstep
Thrive Market – your favorite organic brands delivered to your doorstep
Butcher Box – high-quality protein boxes that are cost-effective