2020 Holiday Wellness Gift Guide
Updated: Dec 15, 2020
I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving with your family despite the crazy circumstances this year. We spent thanksgiving weekend (which also happens to be my birthday weekend) outdoors, hiking and soaking in some sun.
I know I'm a little late in the game, but I bet some of you are still looking to buy gifts for your loved ones. So I compiled a Holiday Wellness Gift Guide for you to help you in your search. Most of these gifts are eco-friendly, natural and/or wellness-related.
But before we dive in, I want to be mindful that this year might be slightly different for some of us, financially. Sometimes a simple card or an experience is worth more than any material gifts. That said, I've tried my best to choose products that are economical and budget-friendly.
Important - All the products listed below are the ones that I've personally used, liked and recommend. I only partner with companies that truly believe in what they stand for! I've also partnered up with with some amazing small businesses to help them during these tough times. Please show them your love by purchasing their products. It's good karma :)
Here you go!
GIFT IDEAS FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES:
Vitamix 5200 : I've had this for a little over a year now and it's become my go-to blender for everything from smoothies to dosa batter :)
Instant Pot: This is a god-send! Such a time-saver, especially if you have little kids at home.
Premier Small Wet Grinder: If you have Idli-obsessed kids like mine, this is worth the buy. Pretty compact and easy to clean (I'm very particular about this in all the kitchen supplies I buy)
Lodge Cast Iron Griddle: Perfect for making dosas or pancakes
Cuisinart Chef's Classic Set: If you are looking to get rid of all your non-stick cookware, then I highly recommend you buy this set. I bought this 13 years ago and I have no regrets. This is the same set I use in all my Youtube videos. It cooks really well and super easy to clean. Totally worth the buy.
Apron: A cute apron is what all bakers need this time of the year.
I do my best to be mindful of the environment and our planet and try to buy eco-friendly and natural products as much as possible. Here are a few of my favorites:
Zero Waste Starter Kits from zerowaste.com: Love this company's mission! Choose from zero waste kitchen kit or zero waste bathroom kit or zero waste starter kit and make a pledge to live sustainably in 2021. USE CODE 'BRIGHT20' to get 20% off your starter kit. This is for US residents only.
Eco-friendly Dish Cloths: These are washer and dishwasher safe. I just toss them in the dishwasher every night and they are as good as new.
Reusable Storage Bags: These, I absolutely love. I usually carry homemade trail mix or my Cacao Almond Energy Bites with me when I'm out and about and they come in quite handy. Best part, they are freezer safe.
Glass Spray Bottles: These Glass Spray Bottles are super useful for making DIY cleaning liquids.
Stainless Steel Straws: If you or your kids love drinking from straws, like mine, I highly recommend these. I carry them with me wherever I go. You probably have seen me talk about them on my Instagram stories. I prefer these over the glass ones honestly, since these don't break.
Stainless Steel Cups: These are great alternative for plastic cups. They are unbreakable, eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and will last forever.
Skin and Hair Care:
Winter is the time of the year when our skin and hair could use some extra pampering. Below are some products that I love:
Pure Ishvari : Woman-owned business with Ayurvedic skin and hair care products. Each and every product is locally made in the US and handcrafted with a lot of love. They have all kinds of massage oils, body butters, sleep balms etc. I personally love their Rose Sandalwood Body Butter. USE CODE 'Brightandlight15' for 15% off.
Wholly Kaw: Another US based small business founded by a dear friend. They have a range of products from hand creams to shaving supplies. My husband is a big fan of their After-Shave Balm. Makes for a great gift for the man in your life. USE CODE 'WKBKWPVT' at checkout for 10% off your orders through December 31st.
100percentpure Bright Eyes Mask: I absolutely LOVE this under eye mask. If you have dark circles under your eyes or puffy eyes, then you are going to love this.
Farmacy Beauty Gift Set: Another clean beauty brand that I absolutely love. They have a lot of holiday gift sets to choose from.
Dry Brushing Body Brush: I love dry brushing. It gets rid of dead skin cells and helps with blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, An easy way to eliminate toxins from your body. Also, makes for an amazing gift.
Jade Roller & Gua Sha Tool: Pamper the woman in your life with these amazing self-care facial massage tools. They help with blood circulation and help reduce wrinkles. Pair it with Pure Ishvari facial oil for an amazing after-glow.
Clever Yoga High Density Yoga Mat: I love this product. It took my yoga practice to whole new level. This yoga mat is thick and gives you the right kind of grip you need for your practice. Whether it is yoga or pilates or barre, this mat is great for all workouts. The thickness is great for people who are recovering from knee injury or generally have sensitive knees as it gives additional cushioning. They also have Yoga Starter Kit with all the basic essentials for those who are just starting their yoga practice. While you are there, also check out all their other products and apparel. USE CODE 'PRAJ' at checkout to get 10% off.
Wellness Planner: This is an amazing tool to have on hand if you are planning to begin your wellness journey in 2021. It has a monthly calendar, to-do lists and amazing quotes and affirmations to keep you motivated throughout your journey.
Glass Water Bottles with Straw: Another great product to help you drink more water. I work with a lot of clients who need reminders to drink water and a bottle like this is something they find very useful. Plus, it makes for a pretty gift.
A membership to a local yoga studio or online fitness classes: This not only benefits the person you are gifting this to but also supports local businesses that might have got a hit due to the pandemic.
Essential oil diffuser: This is a great gift and an eco-friendly way to make your house smell great this holiday season
Essential oil Starter Kit: These Plant Therapy essential oils are my favorite. They are great for diffusing and helps you de-stress in no time.
Electric Tea Kettle: We are tea lovers and this is one gadget that is most frequently used in our home. We almost always have hot water in it at all times. Best gift for a person who loves tea
Teas: Teas are an amazing way to get in some antioxidants to the body. Plus, they are so relaxing and help you feel calm and de-stressed in no time. Some of my favorites include Nighty night tea for a good night's sleep, golden milk powder and Matcha Tea. You can also find the recipe for my Turmeric Milk here
Bamboo Japanese tea set: This one's for the Matcha lover. It comes with all the tools needed to make the perfect matcha latte.
Wines: A really good bottle of wine for the wine lover. Maybe light up some candles and cook up my Baked Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash Sauce and have a romantic date night with your loved one :)
Wine Pourer: If your family or friends love wine, they are going to love these animal wine pourers. They not only look cute but also help aerate the wine.