Christmas gift ideas 2014: 12 gifts for health and wellness
Wellness gifts are not for health and fitness fans alone. Everyone can enjoy the good wishes of a better day and some of the tricks nature has to offer.
Choosing the right wellness gift starts from intention and an understanding of your recipient’s way of life.
1. SUPPORT. Do you want to support someone on his or her journey to wellness? This may be the easiest type to gift, as you are there to complement an existing lifestyle.
2. SHARE. Do you want to share products that have helped you? Tread carefully; present products that don’t project your own beliefs on someone else’s. Choose something middle-ground, like a plant, or something enjoyable, like chocolate, or practical, like a water bottle, to be safe.
3. HELP. Do you want to help someone get started on a healthier way of life? Only if you know you are welcome, then go ahead and help find the resources or components needed for that push.
In any case, choose with love. It’s hard to go wrong that way. Try one of these:
1. Aquazorb towel
After a good workout, a refreshing shower feels great. An Aquazorb towel is a smart addition to one’s gym (or yoga or training) bag. It’s very absorbent, which means you'll soon be saying goodbye to heavy, hefty inconvenient types. It’s lighter and smaller and just works so much better.
Price: P330 for a regular sized towel (120 cm x 65 cm); check here for store locations
2. Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker
There are many activity trackers out there, and sometimes, something small and basic is all that’s needed to get the job done. This Fitbit model tracks steps, distance, and calories burned – info that can be synced to the computer and mobile phone. There’s even a social component for challenging friends. For the loved one who has fitness goals to reach, this is a cool, tiny, techie piece of motivation.
Price: Available at Galleon.ph for P3,783.00
3. Earth Therapeutics Holistic Stress Management Kit
There's nothing like stress to derail one’s wellness agenda. Enable a return to a peaceful state of mind with this kit that contains massage soap, silk eye pillow, massage lotion, and eyelid compress selected to combat the effects of stress.
Price: Available at Beauty Bar for P1350.
4. Pure calendula oil, Breath.Easy
Calendula oil is loved for its mildness. Many count on it for a lot of skin problems, like soothing cuts, burns, nappy rash, eczema and psoriasis. Those with sensitive skin will benefit greatly, especially if they prefer to use non-chemical ingredients.
Price: P500 / 50ml
Order via Breathe Easy facebook page
5. All is Well oil and balm, Zenutrients
The copywriting is genius, I must admit. Reading the words “All is well. It starts with believing” is the beginning of the healing experience. It is an all-around mood lifter and pain reliever due to its aromatic essential oils: peppermint, eucalyptus, white tea, lemongrass, vetiver, ginger and, tea tree. It’s minty kind of bliss to calm down the nerves and relax tensions away.
Price: P130 / 10 ml roll on oil, P234 / 50 g balm
Available at all Zenutrients outlets
6. Precious Pain-Away
Aromatic herbs and essential oils make a hot/cold compress therapy a more uplifting experience.
The Precious Pain-Away Herbal Pillow and its natural healing components can be applied as hot therapy for muscle pains, cramps, and arthritis; as cold therapy for sprains, bruises, migraine, or fever. (Always ask your doctor for advice; this is not a substitute for a medical prescription.)
Price: P599 / 6” x 11” small pillow via HumanHeartNature
Available at most drugstores. Also available via Human Heart Nature’s online shop.
7. Honey Pops, Milea
Honey is the best thing when it comes to soothing the throat. Now replace that that therapeutic function with the convenient form of a lollipop. Suck it in your mouth for throat irritation relief, or stir it in tea or hot lemon water. Kids can enjoy this as well, especially when they have coughs.
Price: P120 / 170 g
Shop for a pack online here.
8. Pure unsweetened chocolate by Malagos Chocolate
Can we count the benefits of pure chocolate? We’re not talking about the supermarket-ready candy bar, but the real deal: unsweetened and pure.
Chocolate can help cut the risk of heart problems and stroke, can prevent diabetes, and reduces stress. Plus, dark chocolate lessens food cravings!
It is said that at least 65% pure chocolate is required to reap these benefits, and your wellness-conscious friend will appreciate being able to control her chocolate and sugar content. Pure chocolate recipes are aplenty and can certainly be festive: think warm hot choco, baked goodies, or even chocolate-infused liqueur.
Price: P280 / 266 g
Malagos Chocolate is true-origin chocolate from Davao, and sold all over the country.
9. Superfood starter pack sampler
If you know someone who’s been wanting to get on the road to health and is a little lost where to start, this pack of superfood items will be a godsend. The pack should be good for at least one month and contains nutrient-rich Maca Power, malunggay, cacao nibs, coconut sugar (4 Superfoods). The newbie can easily integrate them in smoothies (the pack comes with a recipe template, and recipes are available here and move on to experimenting with other food options.
Shop at the Superfoodgrocer online store.
10. Water Bobble (filtered water bottle)
The Bobble is fine innovation in the everyday act of drinking: it’s a reusable drinking bottle with its own water filter. It uses a carbon filter that removes organic contaminates from regular sources of water, like an unsure water fountain.
It’s handy to take to workouts and bike trips—and you know you’re not hurting the environment by staying away from plastic bottles, too.
Check out the Philippine Bobble page
Price: P495 / 13 oz, P595 / 18.5 oz, via pormada.com
11. Customized terrarium by Sucker for Succulents
Adding greenery to a space invites a feeling of peace and calm. Small spaces and neophyte plant owners can start with a terrarium, especially something prettily arranged. You can choose how simple one arrangement is for your recipient, if you want them in a wooden planter, glass bowl, or glass cylinder. Think of your gift receiver’s lifestyle (and available space) to personalize your order.
Check out the Facebook page here.
Price: P850 / 5x10 wooden planter, P650 / 5x5 wooden planter, P850 P6x8 glass bowl, P450 / 5x6 glass bowl, P200 / 3.5x4 glass bowl, P550 / 6x4 glass cylinder, P750 / 6x7 glass cylinder, P350 / 5x3 glass cylinder
12. So True Naturals Linen/Room Spray
When thinking of wellness, all senses need to be considered. Oftentime, the sense of smell is forgotten. Don’t make that mistake this time with a linen and room spray that can freshen up a room, bed, and closet.
A scent can certainly dictate mood, so choose wisely. For starters, Groovy Grapefruit is a refreshing blend of grapefruit and a bit of peppermint; The Vert features the uplifting aroma of green tea; Luxurious Lavender is to calm and relax all senses.
Price: P265 / 100 ml
Place your order via So True Naturals online shop
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