The season of giving is upon us, so I have rounded up all my favorites to share with you!
My Self-Care Holiday Gift Guide is a list complete with food, skincare products, electronics, and my favorite local spots in town that will leave you feeling nourished, hydrated, relaxed, and most importantly balanced.
Top 10 Self-Care Gifts
1. YETI RAMBLER 26 OZ BOTTLE
Stay hydrated 24/7 with the Rambler in stainless steel. Gifting this is giving someone the perfect every day water bottle because they're equipped with double-wall vacuum insulation and made of durable stainless steel to keep your beverage hot or cold. I promise this Rambler will be your go-to whenever you head out to the office, the gym, or a on hike.
2. APPLE WATCH
I've had my Apple watch for almost a year now and I don't know what I did before it. There's a built-in GPS, it's water resistant, and full of features to help you stay active, motivated, and connected. It is the perfect gift for someone who is goal-oriented and wants to lead a healthy life.
3. JAYBIRD WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Going completely cordless is trending right now and these are the perfect truly wireless earbuds for your workouts. They're not only comfortable, but they sound great and offer solid reception. Whether for yourself or a loved one, these headphones will make for a great holiday gift.
4. EXHALE SPA
Fitness classes, spa + healing, and wellbeing - you can have it all at Exhale Spa. I frequent their Back Bay location for a long sweaty flow. The best part about going to yoga classes at a boutique spa is that you can take advantage of the amenities afterwards - the zen lounge, the steam room, and take a nice-long-hot, relaxing shower before you have to head back to the real world. A gift certificate to Exhale Spa (for a massage, facial, or yoga) is the perfect gift for the person in your life who is always go, go go and needs some serious R&R.
5. VITAL PROTEINS
Oh boy do I love me some collagen! Our bodies need adequate collagen for strong bones, joints, and skin. I use this powerful, healing superfood to strengthen my hair and nails, for improved digestion and gut health, and for a deeper sleep. It also packs a protein punch, boosts hydration in the skin for a more youthful appearance, and lubricates the joints for increased athletic performance.
Some of my favorite products include:
Collagen Peptides to stir into water, juice, oats, smoothies, yogurt bowls, soups and baked goods
Vanilla Collagen Creamer to stir into your morning coffee
Collagen Beauty Greens to stir into water, juice, and smoothies
Marine Collagen to stir into water, juice, oats, smoothies, yogurt bowls, soups, and baked goods
Beef Gelatin to stir into juice, broth, or herbal tea
Matcha Collagen for your matcha latte, water, coconut milk, smoothies as an antioxidant booster, or desserts that call for matcha powder
6. GIFT CARDS TO DIG INN, SWEETGREEN, AND JUGOS
What do these three businesses have in common? They all inspire a healthier community by preparing real (and delicious) food from scratch daily. All three are also transparent, plant-based, and have built a community of individuals and loyal customers who support real food. Perfect gift for the health-food junkie that still likes to dine out!
Dig Inn - serving American food, mostly veggies, from locally sourced farms and partners.
Sweetgreen - simple, seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls made in-house from scratch using whole produce delivered that morning.
Jugos - serving freshly made juices and smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, coffee and matcha, and sandwiches.
7. EATING EVOLVED CHOCOLATE
People say diamonds are a girls best friend, but I can live without diamonds.. but what I can't live without is CHOCOLATE! I learned about this chocolate company on Instagram and their coconut butter cups and primal chocolate is heavenly. The best part is that when I indulge a few times a week I do not feel guilty. Eating Evolved chocolate is sweetened with coconut sugar and there is only (on average) 4g of sugar per serving. With nothing unnatural included, all of their products are organic, dairy free, gluten free, paleo, and vegan. Eating Evolved chocolate is a perfect stocking stuffer or go all out and gift someone one of their gift boxes.. I'D DIE FOR THAT.. hint hint, family.
8. RISE BEAUTY STUDIO CO
RISE has been the newest destination for Boston babes looking to cut out their dreaded morning routine of applying mascara. Lash extensions and lash lifting have been the newest beauty service on the up-rise (see what I did there?), replacing beauty budgets like mani/pedis. These lash enhancement services allow women (like me!) to roll out of bed looking like they’ve spent time on eye makeup, but with more volume and length…a massive game changer for the busy and the active. Located on the fourth floor of an inconspicuous building on the corner of Newbury and Hereford (i.e. no signs - it’s like a little secret), the open-concept studio is the perfect getaway to take a quick nap (during the service, where your eyes stay shut) or catch up with your latest podcast, waking up to a whole new set of lashes. Tell them Beth sent you using discount code: BALANCEBYBETH at checkout for 15% off your first appointment. I highly recommend a classic look extension and an eyebrown clean-up and tint. Give the gift of #nomoremakeup to someone special in your life!
9. COCOKIND HOLIDAY GIFT SETS
Skincare that empowers women? I'm sold! Organic and non-toxic, Cocokind products are clean and conscious products made with superfood ingredients like organic virgin coconut oil, organic matcha tea powder, and organic spirulina powder to name a few. The gift sets are a great way to give someone the ultimate gift of self-care along with glowing and hydrated skin for the ultimate youthful appearance.
Some of my favorite products include:
Organic Facial Cleansing Oil
Organic Eye Firming Oil
Organic Matcha Face Moisturizer
Organic Matcha Body Moisturizer
Organic Chlorophyll Mask
Cocokind Collective - Set of Three
10. SOUND MACHINE
Give the gift of a great nights sleep this holiday season. This adjustable volume control sound machine is both noise-reducing and sleep-inducing. It is quite magical, let me tell you! It has completely changed the way we sleep in our home and we now bring it everywhere we go - weekend getaways or vacations - it always does the trick. This sound machine is the perfect gift for loved ones, a yankee swap, or a Secret Santa this winter.