Not Your Typical Holiday List: 2016
The 2016 Updated Holiday Shopping Guide to inspire healthy, fun and occasionally weird ideas for your wish list – or for those who are lucky enough to be on your list this year. There are gifts from $10-1000 – something for everyone. Read this to see how shopping my recommendations helps support the show at no cost to you. Happy shopping!
Gifts Over $500
- Clearlight Far Infared Saunas: So this one’s a little rich. But for the person lucky enough to get one, unlock the door because I’m coming over. And, there’s a couple of ways to get the experience for less, so read on…
What is Far Infared Sauna? Infrared rays penetrate into your skin deeply and they dissolve harmful substances accumulated in your body. The infrared rays vitalize your cells and metabolism. The experience is richly detoxifying and energizing. My former guest Ben Greenfield shares many benefits of the infrared sauna in this Huffington Post article, including:
1. Heart Health and Longevity
2. Detoxification Of Chemicals And Heavy Metals
3. Athletic Recovery
4. Arthritic and Muscular Pain Relief
5. Muscle Gain and Fat Loss
6. Immune System Boost
7. Skin Rejuvenation
8. Better Sleep
9. Increased Cardiovascular Performance
10. Increased Stress Resilience
If you can’t get one for your home, you can get (or ask Santa for) a package of sessions at a local health clinic (just do what I did and web search far infared saunas in your area). I wrote a post about how much this helped me when I was sick, and now I’m hooked. I’m still just buying session in my area, but I want one in my house!
They do have this portable kind, too, if that’s an option for you:
Gifts Over $100
2. Big Berkey Drinking Water Filtration System: This water filtration system is pricey but powerful. It requires no hook up or set up – you simply refill the water tank manually and let it do the rest. Ours sits in the kitchen, and I use it for drinking and cooking water. The Berkey filters out:
- Chlorine and chloramin – Toxic chemicals used to sanitize water
- Fluoride – A highly toxic chemical that should not be in anyone’s water supply
- Microorganisms, bacteria and viruses
- Heavy metals
- Pharmaceuticals – Pharmaceuticals, including disastrously hormone-disrupting compounds, are not removed in city water treatment facilities and circulate in the water system. Berkey removes 99.5% of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics and hormones
You can read this full review from Empowered Sustenance for more info – that’s what persuaded me! (Price: $225+)
3. A Year of Bone Broth delivered to your doorstep (US only): Get a year of Kettle & Fire bone broth delivered to you (or your loved one) monthly with a subscription (or just order a few for stocking stuffers). We first talked about the benefits of bone broth in episode 072 and in this bonus episode I talk to the guys behind Kettle & Fire. Now you can save 15% off of your first Kettle & Fire delivery order (US only for now) using code ELLA at checkout. The monthly subscription is 25% at the time of this writing, so that’s one year for $107.64!
4. Kurt Kinetic Indoor Bicycle Trainer: Ride your bike in the house! This trainer turns your road bike into an indoor bike. Super easy hook up and it folds away…note: get the “riser ring,” too – you’ll need it. (Price: $279+)
5. Breville Juicer: I think I spent more time picking out a juicer than my last car. I settled on Breville, and 4 years later, I am still making green juices like a pro. (Price: ~$125)
6. A Standing Desk that doesn’t require a NEW desk: This is the reasonably priced standing desk that you can simply place on top of your existing desk. You know sitting all day is good for NOBODY – get this for you, your busy executive, your student – anyone who spends a lot of time at their computer. You can hear all about how this helps us stay healthy and agile in this crazy episode with Dr. Kelly Starrett. I bought a light wood color version that matched my existing desk perfectly, and I can take it off whenever. This is helpful for anyone who works in an office where they’re not in control over the furniture choices – it doesn’t require anything special like a treadmill desk, and it’s far more affordable. (Price: ~$140)
Gifts between $25-75
7. Green Earth Frying Pan Set by Ozeri – 100% PTFE & PFOA Free: Get rid of those nonstick pans. Read my post about toxic cookware here. These PFOA-free nonstick pans make a nice gift for anyone who wants to reduce their toxic load – and who wants a reason to cook more! (Price: ~$60 for set of 3)
8. Squatty Potty: Ah, the infamous Squatty Potty. Perhaps you’ve already seen this modern wonder on ABC’s Shark Tank, or perhaps one of your friends has been brave enough to tell you that she owns THREE. (Um, yeah. They’re in most of my bathrooms throughout the house.) Squatting is the most natural position for elimination, and the Squatty Potty is a super simple stool (ha!) that slides under any toilet to make that all happen for you. Watch the clip below to find out why these things are helpful, how they promote health, happiness and world peace (because. they get your loved one out of the bathroom faster.) Read these FAQs if you have questions. I bought the teak, but models come in wood and plastic (from $29+).
9. Natural Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamp – not just for hippies anymore. These lamps are increasing in popularity again (thanks, 1970) as an inexpensive air purifier and mood enhancer. How do they work? You simply plug it in, and let the natural Himalayan salt do its thing. Salt lamps produce negative ions and pollen, dust, dirt, and allergens in the air all carry a positive charge. The negative ions from the lamp neutralize these positive ions so they can no longer be airborne. Additionally, numerous studies show that negative ions boost mood, relieve seasonal affective disorder, and can improve breathing problems like asthma. Due to the negative ion production, himalayan salt lamps are also believed to reduce the toxicity of EMFs. You can even purchase salt lamps that plug into your computer’s USB port to help reduce the radiation from your computer! I have a lamp in every bedroom and my office. PS – they make very soothing, relaxing night lights. (Price: $16-26)
10. Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker: Easiest thing, EVER. Bone broth, warm dishes, soups/stews…you just dump it all in and walk away. (Price: ~$50)
11. Foam Roller: Have a runner in the family? Give the gift of deep tissue massage, when there’s no massage therapist around! This is a must for runners and cyclists, and helpful for anyone looking to loosen IT bands and relieve back tightness. (Price: ~$36)
12. A year of Mary Ruth Organics Premium Supplements – I had to add this one after deciding that I would give the gift of year-long health to a family member (ssh!). I was introduced to Mary Ruth Organics by a listener, and on a whim decided to try out both the morning and evening liquid vitamins. (I try to get most of my vitamins from REAL FOOD, but you know, LIFE.) So, I started just over a month ago and judging by my fingernails and hair, there’s something to this. (I’m serious! They’re growing like crazy!) I’m now on monthly auto-ship (saves 10%), and I find this far easier than pill-popping for some reason. Get a one month supply for $39.95 per bottle, or auto-ship for the year and save a bit more. It comes to about $2.40 a day, and I am a total convert.
Here are some more budget-friendly ideas:
Gifts Under $25
Looking for small gifts to stuff those stockings or someone without blowing the budget?
Books! Who doesn’t love a great book? You can see my recommended reads right here.
Kitchen Gadgets! For the fastest salad ever, Chef’n Palm Mincer Fresh Herb Mincer and Chef’n Kale, Chard, Collard Greens & Herb Stripper make quick work of fresh food prep in the kitchen.
Beauty Kit: Make your own “natural beauty” gift basket. You can include things like a facial scrub, detox clay masks, natural oils & a dry skin brush…All of these items and more are listed in the On Air with Ella Amazon store.
Aircom A1 Airtube Stereo Headsets: Everyone in my family has a set of these. Exciting? Maybe not, but these air tube headsets reduce the amount of cell phone radiation exposure they’re getting, and to me, that’s exciting. I love mine – the sound quality is great (no difference from traditional wired versions). (Price: ~$20)
I hope this inspires some healthy gift-giving ideas for you! You can see more suggested gift ideas (more than 90 items!) in the full Amazon store that I put together for you.
Here’s to happy, healthy holidays!
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