If you’re like me this holiday season, you’re not only looking for a gift that speaks to your recipient, but also one that is meaningful. Instead of trolling the store aisles or Internet for hours on end, look no further than the list we’ve compiled below. These gifts are unique, something they won’t already have, and what’s best, they give back to great causes - so you can not only feel good about the money you’re spending on them, but your loved ones can feel good about the circle of helpfulness from their gift.
For the DIYer (or the Yogi You Love)
SOULSPRAY by AumHome
As someone who is always looking for a new touch for my home and an avid yoga practitioner, I love the AumHome Soulspray collection.
This collection features Reiki infused essential oils, colloidal silver and crystal tincture, hand blended by professional yogi, Feng Shui expert and healer Nidhi Huba at her Woodstock Retreat. These sprays are ideal for fortifying and perfuming the aura as well as every room of the house.
$27 per bottle
$54 for custom spray
Each glass bottle comes with crystals in it that can be reused with your own essential oils.
A portion of the proceeds from each bottle benefits children's charities in India and the US. www.aumhome.com
For the Kid In All of Us
Those that know me know that I like to have fun, and there is nothing more meditative and calming on a long flight coast to coast (or winding down) with some coloring!
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies’ (FAPE) Coloring Book Kit engages the individual creativity and is also great for kids as it helps them think big about art, their abilities and the world.
The kit is a colorful collaboration between artists Donald Robertson and EunSun Lee of CMYK+WHITE, INC. Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson is the creative force behind Estée Lauder Company Brands and Creative Director of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Many individuals may also recognize him for his colorful and whimsical illustrations commonly found on Instagram.
The kit includes:
- Coloring book complete with 16 images of FAPE’s Site-Specific Collection (including works of art by Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Bourgeois and others)
- Map and sticker set
- 8 pack of Crayola Crayons
- FAPE Site-Specific Catalogue
$40 for the kit
Proceeds from the kit go towards FAPE’s mission of inspiring cultural diplomacy through art. For details and to order, please visit: www.fapeglobal.org/coloring-kit/.
For the Fitness & Nutrition Fanatic
As a fitness instructor, I love anything that also inspires others to health and wellness. The Perky Fruit Bodies is a fabulous stocking stuffer too!
Founded by raw food educator Gil Cohen and his teenage sons RJ and Tal, Perky Fruit Bodies is an innovative, fun and delicious pocket-friendly snack, made of only pure, whole organic fruit and superfoods such as raw cacao and raw coconut. The roll ups include naturally occurring, fiber, protein, enzymes and micronutrients and are Paleo-friendly and low-glycemic, to provide sustainable energy for the mind and body.
$25 for the holiday special 5 boxes (great for multiple stockings and an alternative holiday party snack!)
Perky Fruit Bodies supports organic farmers and also farming education for formerly homeless families in Florida. To order, visit www.perkyfruitbodies.com
For The Beauty-ista
I’m always experimenting with the latest beauty trends, so I love anything that is multi-purpose, especially as I’m often on the go.
Beauty Buster Skin Care developed by award-winning esthetician Lora Condon, is an all-natural answer to raising the standards of skin care by using all active ingredients and no fillers. It offers multiple benefits including all natural ingredients such as meadowfoam oil for moisture and anti-aging benefits, pine essential oil for healing and anti-bacterial properties and rosewater for soothing hydration.
Celebrating “Strength In Beauty,” Beauty Buster Skincare chose inspirational women and men as celebrity faces of the new line including: Miss Kansas Theresa Vail - “America’s Choice” for Miss America and currently serving in the Armed Forces, Fitness Expert NikkiFitness, Author and former Marine Rachel Luna, and US Army SPC Justin Woods.
Beauty Buster Skincare donates 10% of proceeds to charities benefiting military families and soldiers serving overseas.