Who really wants to say “no, we don’t need a rubber gorilla” three hundred times, or leave the line you’ve been waiting in for 45 minutes because someone is doing the potty dance? Not me, which is why I’ll be pointing-and-clicking my way to gifty goodness without ever setting foot into a mall.
If you’d like to skip the crowds, too, here are some gift ideas from my holiday shopping list that you may find helpful. Some are past purchases that I’ve loved and/or given away, and some are on my wish list this year.
For Us (The Girls)
1. “Because Kids” Wine Glass – So, maybe your kids never help reorganize your pantry by dumping EVERYTHING on the floor. But some do, and their parents would probably love this glass. 🙂
2. Shhh, Almost, Now You May Speak Mug – For the houses that run on laughter, love, and coffee. I chose these because most of the white mugs are made in China, and I couldn’t confirm that the glaze used was lead-free.
3. Monkey Tea Infuser – Because sometimes it is your circus, and they are your monkeys.
4. Basket Tea Infuser – For strong teas or herbal infusions I prefer this tea infuser because it allows herbs to circulate more.
5. Essential Oil Tote – I keep this small tote in my purse for day-to-day use – the sides are linked with little pockets that hold essential oils bottles. It would pair perfectly with a car diffuser as a gift!
6. Essential Oil Carrying Case – For longer trips, this essential oil carrying case is really useful. Depending on the destination it can be helpful to include oils for immune support, restful sleep (super helpful if jet lag is an issue), sunburns (which hopefully won’t be needed), etc.
7. Tree of Life Diffuser Necklace – Scents are deeply interconnected with our limbic system – the part of ourselves that connects, feels, experiences intuition, inspires and motivates. Essential oils can help to soothe and calm us, or invigorate us and lift our mood. Diffuser necklaces are a beautiful way to experience their benefits throughout our day. I also love this Flower of Life necklace.
8.Essential Oil Room Diffuser – I love the way diffusers can transform a room, whether it’s to make things feel more cozy, or fill the room with the fresh scent of lemon and lavender while I’m cleaning. This is the one I have in my bedroom – you can see it here. I absolutely love it!
9. Essential Oil Room Diffuser – I just bought this one for my living room because it’s gorgeous and has great reviews.
10. Essential Oil Car Diffuser – Oh my goodness, this makes road trips and errand running so much easier with kids!
11. Alter Eco Fair Trade Chocolate – I like this particular bar because it’s organic, fair trade and made without emulsifiers.
12.Beeswax Candles – Unlike paraffin candles – which release carcinogens like toluene and benzene into the air– beeswax candles burn clean and bright while releasing a faint honey scent. This candle is handmade with 100% beeswax and will burn for up to 45 hours.
13. Roomba Vacuum – A robot that does all the vacuum cleaning? Heck yeah! This one can be scheduled to clean seven days a week and gets rave reviews for performance.
14. Wellness Mama Cookbook – Why on earth did I order THREE of these for the holidays even though the cookbook won’t ship until the 27th? Because the author, Katie, has arranged for you to get all kinds of amazing stuff to put under the tree along with the card telling your recipient when to expect their cookbook – over $100 in products and coupons. One is a coupon code for $25 off $50 order from Thrive Market. I shop there anyway to save money, so I used the $25 to get a friend three gorgeous candles made with coconut wax and essential oils. There are also essential oil diffusers, personal care gift sets, and other goodies that are about the same amount as the gift certificate. To get all the bonuses, just go to this page after you make your purchase in any store (Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com) and enter your order information for immediate access.
15. Wool Dryer Balls – Yes really, because the best part of the week is the five seconds all the laundry is done! These wool dryer balls reduce drying time so that your recipient can get through each load faster. They also soften clothes naturally.
16. Konjac Sponge Set – Made from a root vegetable, this sponge gently cleanses and exfoliates delicate skin, making it perfect for use on the face or with babies. I love this set, which includes one plain sponge and one that has been blended with activated charcoal, which is helpful for detoxing skin and keeping it clear.
17. Adult Coloring Book – Coloring isn’t just for kids! In adults, it can help with relaxation and creativity. I’m buying this book for several family members this year. Don’t forget to include some colored pencils!
18. Lotus Wood Skin Brush – This dry skin brush is abolutely amazing for skin. It comes with a bonus pair of exfoliation gloves, too.
19. Real Plans Membership – Know anyone who could use a personal assistant in the kitchen? It’s WAY more than a meal generator or menu planner, it’s a personalized experience that takes your schedule into account, knows your dietary quirks, and even delivers a shopping list to your phone so you never forget anything. Did I say you? I meant your gift recipient. Or you, if you need an assistant, too! Check out my video tour of Real Plans here.
For The Dads, Brothers & That Guy Who Drinks All The Egg Nog
1. Honest Amish Beard Balm – Made with organic and natural butters and waxes + wild crafted essential oils, it softens and tames beard scruff while making it smell yummy.
2. RTIC Tumbler For Hot & Cold Drinks – Very similar to a YETI, but more affordable. The one I linked to has over 6,400 five star reviews on Amazon!
3.DefenderShield Phone Case – Independently tested by the FCC, this phone case uses conductive, non-conductive and advanced absorption shielding materials together to block, divert, and absorb EMFs, Radio Frequency (RF) and heat radiation.
4. Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat – I bought this for my husband for his birthday and he LOVES it! I borrow it a lot, too. 🙂
5.Bulletproof Coffee – It’s processed and stored in a unique way that reduces mycotoxins, which many people react negatively to. Add in butter, Brain Octane or coconut oil, and grass-fed gelatin for a rich, creamy treat. Find it here.
6. Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat – This model works on the neck, shoulders, lower back, thighs and calves.
7. Gourmet Habanero Sauce – This stuff is so good I order it by the case!
8. AVE Meditation Device – My husband started using this device to help him “rewire” his brain after an injury, and it was so helpful we invested in one. It uses light and sound to guide the mind toward alpha waves (for relaxation), beta waves (for energy and focus), theta waves (for creativity), or delta waves (for sleep). Here’s my full review. (Quick note: When I use these at night I wear the meditation glasses over my blue blocking glasses because I’m weird like that.)
9. Mentioned below but GREAT for guys: Blue Blocking Glasses
For People Who Love Sleep (My tribe!)
1. Blue Blocking Glasses – Computer screens, t.v.’s, phones and even regular light bulbs emit blue light, which the body perceives like sunlight. Blue light exposure after sundown can suppresses the release of melatonin, which disrupts our bodies process of preparing for sleep at night. My husband and I used to wear these glasses, but they scratch easily and made the screen look a little fuzzy when we tried to watch movies. We now use the ones in this guide – they’re much more comfortable and crystal clear for watching movies. I find that I fall asleep easier on the nights that I wear them.
2. Magnesium Flakes – Magnesium helps to relax achy muscles, mitigate the effects of stress, and calm the mind by supporting the production of the neurotransmitter GABA. This study also suggests that magnesium may improve sleep quality by increasing melatonin levels and decreasing cortisol levels.
3. Wakeup Light – Our circadian rhythms – which orchestrate the ebb and flow of cortisol and melatonin – are tied to light and darkness. This wakeup light simulates sunrise in your bedroom, which helps your body synchronize it’s internal clock (which is often dysregulated due to blue light at night, etc.) so that it know when to produce the hormones which produce energy, and when to make the ones that help us drift off to sleep.
4. Pillow and Mattress Topper from intelliBED (or a mattress) -After years of looking for affordable non-toxic bedding, I’ve finally found a company I love. Best. sleep. ever. Read about what makes them different here, and make sure to use the coupon code MOMMYPOTAMUS to save 10% on your entire order.
5. Blackout Curtains – In order to avoid the problems associated with too much blue light at night, we need to do more than cover our eyes. We now know that our skin senses light in ways we used to think only the eye could, so light can disrupt our circadian rhythm even when we’re wearing a mask. Blackout curtains are a much better option, and they don’t just come in black.
For People Who Love Good Food
1. Dry Farm Wines – This is hands down the healthiest and best collection of wines I’ve ever tasted. Every wine they make is grown with organic practices and doesn’t contain added sulfites or other ingredients that are commonly used (like sawdust and food coloring, ewww!), and each batch is virtually sugar-free, containing less than 1g/L of total sugars (including fructose and glucose).
3. Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator – For making jerky, fruit roll-ups and yogurt, and also drying fruits and herbs
4. Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker – If you’re not familiar with the Instant Pot, it’s basically a programmable pressure cooker, crockpot/slow cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker in one. Unlike other products with iffy glazes or non-stick surfaces, the inside of the InstantPot is stainless steel. (Phew!)
5. Ceramic Waffle Maker – Finally, an electric, teflon-free option!
6. Chemex Glass Coffee Maker – This year I retired my French press after tasting coffee made with the Chemex. As I shared in my post on why I switched, it’s much less acidic and more smooth, and there’s literally no plastic involved. Don’t forget filters!
7. Portable Glass Tea/Fruit Water Infuser Bottle – I like that this one comes with a stainless steel insert and a protective sleeve.
8. Kombucha Brewing Kit – For all things kombucha, my friends Hannah and Alex of Kombucha Kamp are my “go to” resource.
1. Charcoal Soap With Bonus Konjac Sponge – This gift set can be very helpful for teens with acne prone skin.
2. Pure Plant Mint + Vanilla Wish on a Star Coconut Wax Candle – Made with coconut wax and essential oils
5. Amazon Gift Card – Because Amazon has just about everything!
1. Olive Kids Sleeping Bags – My kids love to “camp” inside, which is why I was thrilled to find these sleeping bags that have not been treated with chemical flame retardants.
2. Buddha Board – This is basically a “Zen Etch-A-Sketch” that allows you to paint and then watch your art fade away like disappearing ink. My daughter selected this as her souvenir on a trip and it was such a hit.
3. Magna Tiles – These were an investment but my boys love them and play with them for hours on end each week.
4. Small Glass Perfume Spray Bottles – I pour a little vodka and a few drops of essential oils in these to make my daughter “perfume.”
5. Q&A a Day -Ask your kids one fun question every day for a year and write down their responses. Then the next year, you ask them all the same questions and see how their responses change as they grow.
6. Wildcraft Board Game – As I mentioned in this IG post of my family playing, Wildcraft teaches about edible and medicinal herbs. Also, the players increase their chances of winning when they help each other. That’s a perspective on success I can get behind!
7. Mushroom Growing Kit – The kids get a fascinating look at the natural world, and you get edible mushrooms. Win win!
8. Chronicles of Narnia Audiobook – This version from BBC Radio is my kids absolute favorite. Hard copies range in price from $45-400 (yikes!), so we downloaded it and put it on my husband’s iPod, which is now basically my daughters iPod. It’s loaded with classics that she listens to when we’re running errands and around bedtime.
9. Gorilla Gym – I learned about this indoor gym from Katie of Wellness Mama. Or actually, my kids discovered it at her house and had some serious fun with the swing. It’s such a great way to keep kids decompress during the winter months when it’s too cold to go to the park.
10. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? – This book explains that everyone – grandparents, friends, siblings, etc. – has a bucket in which they hold good thoughts and feelings. It talks about how to be a BUCKET FILLER and discusses “bucket dipping” – or trying to fill our buckets by making others feel bad – and why it doesn’t work long term. Such a simple concept but I know it’s going to help my kids “get it” at a deeper level.
11. Kids Cook Real Food eCourse – A clutter-free gift with no shipping, and at the end someone makes dinner instead of you? Yep!
12. Piggy Paint Nail Polish – Free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone.
14. Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide For Little Inventors – I bought this book for my kids a couple of years ago. It’s more than a project book – though it does contain a lot of fun ideas. It’s a guide to creating an atmosphere that encourages creativity, exploration, and innovation. It doesn’t provide a lot of picture-perfect “final” shots that will leave kids insecure if theirs don’t look the same. There is gorgeous photography for sure, but most of it focuses on enjoyment of the process.
15. Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play – 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventure – On my list for this year!
16. Gorgeous Memory Game – Vibrant colors and nature-inspired scenes.
17. Ocean Science Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts – This award-winning box includes eco-friendly activities that promote art, science, imaginative and active play.
18. Rainforest Science Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts – Like the one above, this award-winning box includes eco-friendly activities that promote art, science, imaginative and active play.
19. What happens to your food? – My kid love this colorful flap book about the “food tube” and digestion.
20. Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet – I like this kind more than others because the oil is on the outside of the bracelet rather than touching the skin.
22. The Kings Equal – This is one of my favorite fairy tales, because there’s a twist at the end that reveals a different kind of beauty and wealth.
23. I’m ordering several books from this article: 29 books to read your kids if you want them to be kind and brave. The article doesn’t link to the actual books, so I’ve included links below to the ones I chose . . .
- The Empty Pot
- Giraffes Can’t Dance
- Rosie Revere, Engineer
- Horton Hears a Who – “After all a person’s a person. No matter how small.” How do I not have this already?
I live at the end of a dirt road on 40 acres. My definition of luxury is the fact that Amazon Prime delivers here. So when I decided to order a sauna for myself, I seriously considered not telling you about it. It has been such a huge gift to my whole family, though, so I decided to share. Here are eight science-backed benefits of sauna bathing, and this is the sauna that I chose. It’s available at a huge discount through December 16th – you’ll find the details at the bottom of this post.