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12 Days Of Self Care Holiday Gift Guide

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

There is nothing quite like giving a gift of enhanced health and wellbeing, truly the gift that keeps on giving. When it comes to the season of giving you really can't go wrong with something that pertains to self care and adds value to your loved ones life whether it's your family, friends, or significant other.

As a Holistic Lifestyle Coach I love recommending products that help people build a nourishing lifestyle for themselves. Products that focus on restoring and maintaining systemic health as well as nurture the mind, body and soul as one. It's not one single ritual that creates true health but your entire way of being. Some of these gift ideas promote relaxation and inner peace, some are non toxic beauty products, and others perpetuate deeper levels of health. There is something in here for everyone and one thing you can count on is each of these gifts will provide positive impacts. Simply click on the underlined heading to check out the product, enjoy!

This is the perfect addition to anyone's skin care routine. The number one benefit of these tools is that they encourage lymphatic movement and drainage. The lymphatic system removes cellular waste whilst providing bodily tissues with nutrients. Lymph is fluid that is meant to flow freely, however, this system can become backed up via poor lifestyle choices like low quality foods, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, poor sleep, contaminated water supply, and toxic self care and home products. When the lymph fluid doesn't drain and renew properly it recycles the toxic, cellular waste back into the body. This can result in acne, puffiness, lackluster skin, dry, bumpy and itchy skin, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, foul body odor, and water retention. When these tools are used consistently they not only enhance skin health but systemic health as well.

The jade roll and gua sha also increase blood circulation, deeper penetration of skin care, decrease wrinkles, and work out tension in facial muscles. The jade roller is specifically great for rolling out the jaw area and temples to relieve tightness and alleviate jaw clenching. I LOVE mine and use it just about every night. Keep it in the freezer for an extra cooling effect, it feels amazing!

For proper use start by washing the face, moisturizing and applying a high quality face oil. Use the gua sha for slow, upward sweeping motions starting with the neck, working your way up to the jaw, cheeks, and forehead. Use the jade roller to gently roll out any areas of tension.

Laundry and cleaning are regular occurrences. We all need clean clothes and living space for optimal health and wellbeing. These rituals can actually severely harm our health if we're using toxic products that are loaded with harmful chemicals. I will gladly be the bearer of bad news here, most of the conventional products found at the stores are a health hazard, even the products that claim to be “clean and clear” contain compounds known to harm human health and even cause cancer. It’s an absolute shame that these products are legal to sell but that is the current reality we live in. All we can do is become aware and make aligned swaps so that our health isn't being damaged by companies who don't care about anything besides money.

Branch Basics is by far the best cleaning brand out there using nothing but safe ingredients from plants and minerals. Their products are void of fragrance, chemical preservatives, VCOS, parabens, phthalates, chlorine, phosphates, and sulfates while still being effective at cleaning and removing grime and stains.

Conventional products include all of those plus more which all have negative effects on gut health, liver function, hormone balance, respiratory health, brain and nervous system function. They have the ability to cause autoimmune disorders, cancer, reproductive issues, childhood development and behavioral issues, painful or irregular menstrual cycles, mood disorders, brain fog, worsened allergies and asthma plus more.

The chemicals used in household cleaning products are no joke and should be avoided like the plague. This is a gift that can truly make a difference in one's health and wellbeing. The one I linked above is the ultimate starter kit but they do have other great bundles to suit individual needs! Did I mention there's refill options for each product, saving you money and reducing environmental waste!

Coloring is an effective stress reliever and a great way to practice mindfulness. Not to mention it can connect you back with your inner child if coloring was a loved pastime of yours. This can be incorporated into a nighttime routine and replace other rituals that aren't supportive like watching television, scrolling on the phone, playing video games, and even mindless unhealthy snacking. Give the gift of relaxation and peace with a nature themed adult coloring book and a variety of colored pencils.

Most whitening strips on the market are made with ingredients that not only harm teeth but overall health. While we hang out with the strips on our teeth for about thirty minutes we are also swallowing whatever is in them. The toxic compounds in most whitening strips can cause teeth and gum sensitivity, damage enamel, and negatively impact the gut and liver.

Luminuex is a wonderful non toxic alternative to conventional whitening strips that still yield the results you want. They use ingredients like coconut oil, lemon peel oil, sage oil, and dead sea salt that aren't harmful to health and dont cause tooth and gum sensitivity or enamel damage. A no brainer in my book if you desire pearly whites!

Oil diffusers are a must have in every home (in my opinion). Not only do they add a cozy, relaxing vibe to any room, it's an effective, healthy way to fragrance a home. With just water and pure essential oils filling the air, you don't have to worry about the nasty chemicals that are found in other home fragrance methods like candles, room sprays, or wall plugs. Plus essential oils actually eliminate odors rather than just masking them with synthetic scents.

Each essential oil has its own health benefits too that boosts mood, reduces stress, relaxation, eases headaches, improves asthma and allergies, boosts mental clarity and focus, relieve coughs and congestion, helps with anxiety and depression, promotes restful sleep, and many of them contain anti inflammatory, antimicrobial properties. The essential oil kit that I linked above contains a variety of ten different therapeutic grade, pure oils. Always make sure to get high quality essential oils and not fragrance oils. It's fun to do a bit of research on each one to see what specific health benefits they offer!

Until Today written by Iyanla Vanzant is such a special gift to give anyone in your life. It's a book of 365 daily devotions, an entry to read each day, that helps one elevate spiritual growth and peace of mind. It's an incredible self help book that provides a new daily ritual, life lessons, mantras, and tools for personal growth. It gives you something to focus on and look forward to each day.

I began mine at the beginning of this year and it's been such a pleasure to read. I can't tell you how many times an entry resonated with me on a specific day. I start my day off with it as I sip my coffee, it's one of my favorite parts of my morning routine. It's a book that can be reused year by year to serve as reminders.

The winter months are notorious for causing dry skin, a high quality moisturizer that actually works is a must! The brand 54 Thrones makes an amazing African beauty butter that feels luxurious and actually works to heal dry skin and keep it nourished with key ingredients like shea butter, baobab and jojoba oil. There are no harsh chemicals, nasty preservatives or artificial fragrances. This balm can be used from head to toe including the face. The mini sample box is perfect for stocking stuffers!

Infrared light therapy is a game changer and can really take your health and wellness journey to the next level. It offers a bunch of benefits and the best part is it can easily be done at home nowadays vs. going to a salon or medspa. The lamp linked above is an easy, convenient, affordable way to integrate infrared light therapy into your daily routines. Just 15-20 minutes per day can yield amazing results. Make it an extra peaceful, nourishing ritual by reading, meditation, or practicing deep breathing while soaking up the infrared light on as much bare skin as possible.

The health benefits include cellular regeneration and repair, reduces inflammation, prevents wrinkles, promotes healthy glowing skin, skin purification, enhances mood and general sense of wellbeing, pain relief, reduced muscle tension and joint pain, improves blood circulation, detoxification, improves sleep, boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure, promotes general healing, and is an effective treatment for eczema and psoriasis.

Mushrooms seem to be all the rage these days and for good reason! Each different type of shroom is loaded with their own unique benefits. This is the type of supplementation I'm all about, natural forms that come from the earth as they are highly bioavailable. The body is able to absorb and utilize them efficiently vs synthetic versions that mess with the functionality of the body. Remember, we weren't created to consume things made in factories.

Adaptogens include herbs, roots, mushrooms and other plant substances that stabilize physiological processes and promote homeostasis. They improve the body's ability to deal with daily stressors like air pollution, mold exposure, internal stress responses, chemical exposure, and nasties hidden in food like pesticides. They can help restore hormone balance, improve brain function, restore the nervous system, heal the gut, enhance skin health, improve liver function, and more.

Our goal is to restore and maintain homeostasis, this can only be achieved through living a healthy lifestyle. Like I said earlier, it's not one single thing that creates true health and optimal wellbeing but our way of living as a whole. Supplements are a fantastic addition to an already healthy lifestyle, they are never meant to be depended on and will not work well if the gut is unhealthy. Absorption of nutrients depends on the state of the gut.

The tonic I linked above is the 7 Mushroom + Camu Camu Adaptogenic Tonic from one of my all time favorite brands Anima Mundi Apothecary. The mushrooms included are Reishi, Agaricus, Lions Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, Maitake, and Shiitake. I highly recommend checking out their other products too, I’m obsessed with pretty much everything they offer!

This is an amazing gift for the person in your life who is passionate about health and wellbeing. The 7 mushroom tonic is perfect for enhancing general health and wellbeing. With benefits from seven different adaptogenic shrooms plus camu camu in liquid form making absorption levels even better. Some of the health benefits include better energy levels, uplifting general sense of wellbeing, improved sleep, boosts immunity, supports organ function, enhanced mental clarity and focus plus more!

This tonic can easily be added into tea, your daily cup of coffee, matcha latte or other superfood drinks, smoothies, soups, oatmeal, and chia seed pudding.

Ahhh, the gift of a regulated circadian rhythm, I don't know what's better than that! The hatch alarm clock is designed to connect you back with a natural sleep cycle. To rise with the sun and set you up for a restful night sleep by designing a wind down with audio and light experiences. Soft natural lights signal to the eyes which signal to the brain to begin making more melatonin and less cortisol to sleep properly. Peaceful sounds help to fall into a deep sleep as well as wake up peacefully.

On average, humans need 7-9 hours of restorative sleep. This means the brain goes through the proper sleep cycles without interruption. Sleep is absolutely essential for health and wellbeing, there is no negotiating and there is no replacement. The brain needs proper sleep in order to clean out waste and the body needs it in order to restore itself. Gut health, hormones, mood, the nervous system is all affected by sleep. Improper sleep is highly associated with anxiety, depression, stress levels and management, obesity, skin health, ability to think logically and main decisions, dementia, alzheimers and more.

Regulating the circadian rhythm is key to achieving restorative sleep. This is your sleep-wake cycle. Unfortunately a lot of people do not have healthy circadian rhythms. Going to sleep late, waking in the middle of the night, trouble falling asleep, sleeping in super late, not feeling rested upon waking. None of these things are normal but they have become common. We should be able to fall asleep with ease at around the same time each night and wake naturally around the same time each morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This alarm clock helps with that and can help one to maintain healthy sleep-wake cycles.

The most beautiful, most zen lamp out there that provides some pretty great health benefits. Himalayan pink salt lamps can help elevate mood, improve sleep, ease allergy and asthma symptoms, and cleanse the air. The lamp provides a soft pink glow that attracts pollutants and toxins in the air as well as releases negative ions which counteracts the effects of positive ions.

Despite the name, positive ions are not so positive when it comes to human health. We are surrounded by them via electronics. Positive ions are known to cause negative symptoms like impaired brain function, suppression of the immune system, lack of energy, headaches, irritability, anxiety, difficulty breathing and much more. Negative ions are found in nature, they revitalize the body on a cellular level. Keeping this lamp lit in any room will help mitigate harmful effects of modern day life and elevate health and wellbeing.

Another gift of relaxation. If you have someone in your life who loves to take baths this is the gift for them! Romanticize their bath routine with this gorgeous bath bar where they can place a cup of tea, flowers, books, and of course their magnesium flakes!

Magnesium is an essential mineral responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions and regulatory processes in the body. The average person does not get enough magnesium which means health is not optimal. That does not mean we should start taking magnesium supplements as synthetic forms of supplementation are not effective, can be dangerous, and actually end up depleting mineral stores. Natural forms of supplementation is the way to go and magnesium flakes are from nature, this one specifically from the Zechstein Seabed in Europe.

Pure magnesium flakes are superior to epsom salt as they are more bioavailable, again because they are from a natural source. We get magnesium from food sources but we tend to benefit from it more by absorbing it through the skin as it goes directly into the bloodstream thereafter.

Magnesium helps provide anti-inflammatory benefits, general relaxation, better sleep, muscle recovery, calming the nervous system, balanced mood, improved energy levels, promotes heart health, healthy menstrual cycles, strong bones, and more. We need sufficient magnesium in order to prevent diseases like osteoporosis, dementia, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

I hope my 12 Days of Self Care Holiday Gift Guide helped check off everyone on your list, including yourself! Every holiday season, in the midst of buying for everyone else do be sure to treat yourself to a gift of self care as well!

P.S. My seasonal self care guides are full of other amazing products that aren't listed here, check them out for more gift ideas and even some recipes!

Wishing you a beautiful, peaceful and fulfilling holiday season ✨

Much Love,

Bellamy Ryder

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