As we roll into December, I hope you are finding peace and comfort in the warmth of your home and through the love of your family. This next phase of this pandemic necessitates that we (again) hunker down to protect ourselves and our vulnerable community members, and I know how difficult this is. I hear it every day from worried, tired, and overwhelmed patients. My friends and colleagues are no exception. We have some challenging months ahead, but we’ve been here before, and we can do it again. Remember the strength of your spirit and keep looking for silver linings – I promise, they are there if you are open to seeing them.
When I was in college I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a life-changing experience in so many ways. One of the highlights of my experience was learning about “hygge” (pronounced HOO-guh), or “hyggelig” in its adjective form, a Danish concept that truly guides Danish life and culture. Hygge is defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Doesn’t that sound divine? Several years ago, a book was written about this concept, maybe you even read it. If not, it would make a great holiday read, or a gift for someone who needs more hygge. My wish for you this holiday season is that you seek out all of the hygge in your life. It’s there, and you deserve every cozy ounce of it. Find it, wrap yourself up in it, and let it carry you through to the other side of this tough time.
With that, in the spirit of hygge and giving, I present to you the first annual Swan Integrative Healthy Holiday Gift Guide! I’m so excited! I consulted with all of my health and wellness besties and colleagues and put together this fun list of gift ideas. May it lift your spirits, inspire you, and bring smiles to the faces of the recipients.
Swan Integrative’s First Annual Healthy Holiday Gift Guide
*please note that other than Beautycounter, I have no affiliations with any of the companies listed, they are just products and brands that I really like!
A subscription to a meal or food delivery system:
This is an awesome gift, especially as we do more cooking and eating at home. Here are some companies that have been vetted by me and my colleagues:
Butcher Box – well-sourced meat and fish
Sakara Life – vegan meals and snacks
Vital Choice – wild caught fish and organics
Smoothie Box – smoothie packets delivered to your door
Daily Harvest – healthy and delicious bowls (harvest bowls, chia bowls, etc.), smoothies, soups and more
Misfits Market – organic produce delivered to your door at a discount. It may be a little, uh, ugly, but it still tastes amazing!
Kencko smoothie packets – real, whole ingredients for smoothies on the go
Thrive Market membership – Whole Foods meets Costco, delivered
For your loved one who needs more hygge in his or her life:
The 5-Minute Journal – the easiest and most effective gratitude journal ever
Why We Sleep – see my previous post – this is a MUST READ to help you learn about how to optimize your circadian rhythm
Weighted eye mask – like a weighted blanket, for your eyes
Magnesium bath salts – great for post-workout, pre-bedtime, or anytime, really
The Little Book of Hygge – see above 🙂
A weighted blanket – many to choose from, at different price points. Here is a nice review.
Hatch bedside sound machine / sleep savior
Decaf Hot Cinnamon Tea – our favorite is from Harney & Sons
HelloMello lounge wear – seriously the softest, coziest jammies ever
For glowing, healthy skin:
Vital Proteins Collagen Sampler Pack – if you or someone you love isn’t hooked on collagen yet, this is the perfect way to try some out
Beautycounter gift sets – safer skincare and cleaner cosmetics, who doesn’t need that? My favorite Beautycounter gifts are the Counterman Fresh Essentials (for men!), Golden Hour All-In-One Palette, and of course the Flawless in Five set (6 products for a 5 minute glow)
Timber and Thyme body butter – this is a local company that makes amazing products, including hand sanitizer, soap, and candles, too!
Gadgets and gifts for foodies:
Almond Cow – make your own nut milk at home in seconds (literally) – I have one and am obsessed!
Vitamix – we know they’re pricey, but you can get a refurbished Vitamix at a pretty steep discount, so worth it
InstantPot – believe the hype
Forest’s Feast – beautiful cookbook full of veggie-based delights
Cook Once Eat All Week cookbook – 26 weeks of gluten free recipes to make your meal prep SO much easier
Glass water bottle – BKR is a fave
Peloton App – even if you don’t have a Peloton bike, you can use the app for access to thousands of fitness classes, from yoga to bootcamp to running to meditation. Free 30-day trial then $12.99/month
If you have ideas to contribute for next year’s list, let me know! And feel free to tag us in photos of your loved ones opening their health-inspired gifts. Find us @swanintegrative on Instagram.