Gift ideas for health and happiness
It's that time of year again. A time for family, feasting and sometimes gifting! I love to give DIY gifts, healthy activities or perishable goodies as a sustainable gesture to celebrate with your loved ones.
I've thrown together a little gift guide that celebrates health, happiness and high quality, local producers. Not only does this list include some of my favourite things, but all gifts are also supporting those in my local community who have supported me. Many of the small businesses below have provided for Primal Junction seminars and events or prizes and I know that every gift on this list is supporting an amazing team of human beings who work their butts off in small business! Shop local this holiday season and support those who support you.
Note: I did not receive any incentive for including these guys in this list - they just rock!
An organic fruit or vegetable box
Such an awesome gift idea! You can buy your loved ones a big, beautiful box of organic fruit or veggies and have it delivered directly to their door. If you're not sure when they would like it or don't know their address - grab them a gift voucher so they can order it when they like. Sarah and her team at Organic Angels will always provide an incredible customer experience and know their stuff. I love their veggie only box – it’s so exciting to open and see what’s on the menu for the week!
Ethical and grass-fed meat
I am constantly expressing the importance of sourcing high quality meat for a sustainable, ethical and healthier protein source. Sam and his team at Cannings Butchers have been an incredible support to me individually and in business. Always open to brainstorm ideas to find ways to improve the health and education of our local community, Sam is one very knowledgeable, caring and ethical butcher! A voucher from Cannings (or your local grass-fed butcher) is an awesome gift if you know someone who cares about where food comes from (shouldn’t we all?) and especially if they won’t stop talking about bacon! Butcher shops also often stock some great little fine foods extras to pop into the hamper below.
A health-food hamper
Why pack a hamper with poor quality food like crackers, chocolate and wine? There is nothing better than a hamper jam-packed with local, delicious and guilt-free goodies. I love to hit up the local Op Shop for a recycled basket to fill with products that provide health and/or support local business. My favourites include:
Funch Foods ball mixes, Loving Earth raw chocolate, Pukka Tea or other organic herbal blends, Paleo Pure muesli, pink Himalayan salt, spice blends, Rumbles Paleo treats, nut mixes and freeze-dried berries, all topped off with a bottle of delicious biodynamic wine!
If you’re Hawthorn/Melbourne based, The Common Good Store is the perfect spot to stop in and stock up your hamper with Meneka and her team.
The gift of yoga
A membership pass to a local yoga studio is an amazing gift that promotes relaxation, health and wellbeing. Our friends at Light Space Yoga are based in Balwyn and Mitcham (Melbourne) and have a fabulous range of classes and their 1 month unlimited membership is a great gift idea (I have been fortunate enough to receive this gift myself!). In my opinion, the gift of yoga at any studio is always welcomed with open arms and complete gratitude.
A float-tank experience
If you haven’t read my post about my floating experience at Gravity Float, be sure to check it out here. Floating is an amazing relaxation and stress-relieving experience. It’s SUCH a treat and perfect if you know someone who might forget to treat themselves to a little bliss-time every once and a while! If you’re Melbourne-based, I’d highly recommend Gravity Floatation Centre (in Northcote and Malvern) and Elevation Floatation and Yoga in Camberwell. If you’re finding a new place online, I’d recommend heading in to meet the team (and trying it yourself!) before purchasing a gift voucher.
Epic training gear from lululemon athletica
If you have any active friends (guys or gals), lululemon gear is ALWAYS appreciated! It's comfy, long-lasting and sweat-friendly. Did you know: lululemon gift vouchers never expire?!
Paleo recipe book (shameless plug!)
My little Paleo bookazine is the perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer and is jam-packed with over 55 gluten, dairy and refined sugar free recipes that are beautifully photographed and SO easy to make.
What are your favourite healthy gist ideas? Who do you love to support at this time of year?