Though I’m not the most festive person, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share a few gift ideas this holiday season. This year, conscious consumption has been a huge part of cultivating my own wellness, so I wanted to share a short list of wellness products from some of my favourite Canadian & small businesses. The holidays should be centred around re-connecting with ourselves and the people around us, but there’s no denying that it is nice to give and receive gifts. By supporting local and smaller brands, it’s like you’re giving two gifts in one and it makes gift-giving that much more special.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to unplug & re-connect.
This Saje ‘Unplug to Connect’ is the ultimate way to bring people together during the holiday season and is a nice change from your typical board and card games. It comes with the most beautiful essential oil diffuser powered by nothing but a tea light, and 100 questions to get a good conversation going. No phones allowed!
Both of these things have been a staple in my own wellness routine. Any old journal or yoga mat will do if you’re craving a mindful moment, but sometimes having a beautiful yoga mat (or workout clothes) does add a little more pep on those days where you feel like just being a potato. Just as functional as it is beautiful, the ALWAYSxALWAYS yoga mat has a non-slip surface which actually gets better the sweatier your workout sesh gets!
“Dear Diary,” not your style? The Five Minute Journal is for people who don’t like to journal. It’s so quick and easy to use, and is a great way to extend that holiday feeling of gratitude into the rest of the year.
LOVING THE SKIN YOU’RE IN
Who needs a spa when there’s #SelfCareSunday?
Handmade in small batches right here in Toronto, these Leaves of Trees products are the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love. Give your skin a little TLC with their coffee scrub, and combat winter dry skin with their luxurious body lotions and butters loaded with nourishing argan oil.
The Cardea AuSet mask and mist are the perfect thing to bundle with body scrubs and butters to create the ultimate home spa set. Set the relaxing tone with the calming essential oil mist, and sit back with the detoxifying charcoal and clay mask. Say hello to beautiful, soft, smooth skin!
Doubling as a humidifier, this sleek Saje diffuser is guaranteed to add a beautiful touch of wellness to any space. Breathe in a relaxing scent before bed with the Unwind or Tranquility blends, or start your day with an uplifting blend like Liquid Sunshine.
If you’ve never used a Turkish Towel before…run, don’t walk. They’re super soft, highly absorbent, and just get better with age. The Dahlia and Sons range comes in a handful of beautiful colours and are far more aesthetically pleasing than regular old bath towels, and double as a cute throw for your space. Bundle it with some Palo Santo and give the gift of comfy, cozy, good vibes.
EAT WELL, BE WELL
Because the fastest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.
Greenhouse Juice serves up refreshing cold-pressed juices and delicious bites all over Toronto. They recently just launched their own cookbook and not only are the recipes super nourishing and easy to make, but the photography is just STUNNING. It’s the perfect gift for the health foodie in your life, but it also doubles as a gorgeous coffee table book.
Matcha. Do I even need to say anymore? Gracing every Instagram feed in 2017, matcha has become the new coffee. Full of antioxidants and a caffeine kick, it won’t leave you crashing by 3pm. This stuff can get a little pricey, and not all matchas are equal! I’ve tried many a matcha, and always end up going back to Amoda. They carefully source theirs from Uji, Japan .
This Montreal-based company is making the zero-waste lifestyle cool and accessible. Their Zero-Waste kit comes with all the basic tools you need to start ditching plastic during your weekly grocery shop; 1 bread bag, two small bulk bags, and a large bulk bag. Their bulk bags can also be used as plant milk bags if you’re inclined to make your own. The Lunch Essential comes with THE CUTEST wooden spork and a re-useable napkin. I’m also a fan of their baguette bag which for a long time I used as a yoga mat bag.
Instead of a box of sugar cookies, why not gift some granola this year? Handmade in Montreal, the Oatbox granola (with gluten free options!) comes in delicious flavours like Dark Chocolate Pineapple and Gingerbread Cranberry. The classic box comes with a cute re-useable glass jar which pairs perfectly with the Dans Le Sac wooden spork for a grab & go zero-waste breakfast. Not only that, but for every subscription box purchase, Oatbox donates a complete breakfast to a child in need. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.
WAIT! DON’T GO YET…
I couldn’t just blab on and on about what to buy for the holiday season without giving YOU something in return. In the spirit of gift giving season, I’ve partnered with my favourite brands to give 9 lucky readers a little something. All you need to do is follow along on Instagram, and also show these brands some love on social. For 15 extra entries, make sure you’ve followed the giveaway instructions on instagram, that you’re subscribed to this blog and leave a comment below about your favourite holiday tradition. Don’t forget to mention your instagram username in the comment as well! Good luck!