Stuck for healthy gift ideas for a friend or loved one, or perhaps your loved ones need some inspiration for what to get you? Either way, I’m here to help, and prove that giving healthy Christmas gifts need not be boring.
- Infra red sauna vouchers
My current weekly addiction is infra red saunas (thanks so a non-existent spring and slow start to summer). I haven’t been too good at hitting my own ‘off’ switch lately so this is enforced rest and relaxation. I sleep like a baby after these sessions and experience a number of health benefits (which I’ll post more about in the New Year), and clearer skin. Sunlighten Saunas in Clarendon Street, South Melbourne is like the Mac Daddy of infra red sauna places – with several different types of saunas and programs to target various health goals. When I’m in Sydney I love going to Nimbus & Co in Bondi Beach.
- A meditation course
Meditation is a skill I wish I’d had all my life and a truly amazing gift to give someone you care about. When I’m consistent with my meditation practice it transforms all areas of my life – from better sleep, energy, mental clarity to improved productivity and resilience to stress. I learned transcendental meditation with Sue Griffith of Griffith Consulting Group, which is a course conducted over four days. Sue and Steve Griffith learned to meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in the 60s – their knowledge and passion is second to none and I can’t recommend their program highly enough. It gives you the tools to meditate anytime, anywhere, without the reliance of an app (or teacher).
- Mindful colouring in books
Another new favourite pastime and tool for reducing stress and helping me sleep is colouring in. It’s a great way not only to calm the mind but also to bring awareness to your thought patterns (i.e. judgement, self-criticism, the need for rules and processes) and learn to let go of them and bring yourself into the present moment. This is another great gift for anyone whose mind is ticking over time.
- Essential oils
My collection of Do Terra 100% pure certified therapeutic grade essential oils is probably among the things I love most in the world – I use them for so many different things on a daily basis, as perfume, in cooking, drinks, in body oil, hair washes, in my bath, diffuser. I also use them to make home cleaning products. They are the creme de la creme of the worlds essential oils, second-to-none in terms of purity and potency, and also the way in which they are sourced (through co-Impact sourcing from environments in which they naturally grow). They are an amazing way to empower someone you love to phase out toxic chemicals and nourish themselves with ridiculously amazing smelling and tasting oils you can use for so many different things. You can order them online at wholesale prices via this link.
- A Combined Therapy Cocktail with Amy Crawford of The Holistic Ingredient
We all have times in our life when we are feeling stuck, don’t way? Without doubt the most important thing I’ve learned is that our mind is our most powerful tool when it comes to our health and wellbeing. This year I was lucky to be treated to a 2 hour Combined Therapy Cocktail session by my good friend Amy Crawford and it was so powerful in shifting my mindset on things that had been weighing me down and transforming my energy (literally within 20 minutes of the session commencing).. If you want to help someone start the new year with a bang Give them a gift to help them start the new year with a bang, this is the ultimate way to do it.
- Toxin free pampering
We all love a bit of pampering, don’t we? The problem with most hair and nail salons is the amount of toxic chemicals used – evident in the smell when you walk through the door. My go to places for pampering in Melbourne are Organika Hair (in Elwood and Carlton) and Miss Lui nail salon (in High Street Armadale). I’m not aware of any other salons like these but would love to know of any others in the comments section below.
- A Soda Stream
My recent plastic detox challenge (which you can read about here) brought back my childhood love of the SodaStream. Only now, instead of putting sugary cordial in my glass of fizz I use my essential oils. Wild Orange is just like having fanta, lime, lemon, grapefruit and ginger are great additions too.
- Gravity Floating
Floating in 600kg of epsom salts is another way I love to relaaaax. Think one hour of darkness, floating on body temperature water. The healing benefits of epsom salts are well documented and I feel deeply relaxed after these sessions – even more so when you do them consecutively. The first thing I did when I returned home to Melbourne with a sprained ankle this year was book myself into Gravity Float and I was amazed at just how much the swelling reduced after just one sessions.
- Okay so I’m completely biased, but the Made With Love by OMG Christmas bundle makes a pretty awesome Christmas gift for under $50. It includes my Light My Fire premium sugar free hot chocolate mix, Walking On Sunshine turmeric spice mix and detoxifying bath salts – which are fast gaining a cult following thanks to their ability to lull you into the most peaceful slumber.
- Lola Berry’s Summer Food
You can’t go wrong with the lovely Lola’s latest cook book under the Chrissie tree, with lots of easy, delicious, healthy recipes to help your loved one (or yourself) kick start the new year with food that will make you feel great.
Though this is the giving season it is of course the time spent with loved ones that is the most important thing. May you and yours have a truly wonderful festive season. x