December 3, 2019
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January 13, 2020

IIN Staff Picks: Holiday Wellness Gift Guide

This post is not sponsored. These product selections were made by IIN staff members who are fans of the product(s), and IIN is not being paid to feature any product(s).

As much as the holiday season is filled with cheer and excitement, it can be a pretty significant source of stress when it comes to buying presents. Brainstorming gift ideas that your friends and family don’t already have and will appreciate and actually use while keeping your budget in mind… The requirements only seem to grow each year.

Luckily, there are some gifting categories, like wellness, that you can’t go wrong with – no matter where people are on their health journey, choosing an item (or experience) that helps them prioritize their well-being is as thoughtful a gift as you can get!

Here are 16 ideas handpicked by our very own staff members to make your holiday shopping a little smoother!

Kitchen Staples

Cook Once, Eat All Week by Cassy Joy Garcia of Fed & Fit

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“Many of my friends and family talk about how they don’t have time to make healthy meals or eating healthy is expensive. This cookbook is brilliant in the way it does meal prep. Following the weekly meal plans in this book helped lower my grocery bill and made shopping a breeze, and weeknight meals were ready in under 20 minutes. Plus, everything in the book is gluten-free and mostly Paleo.” – Tori Roggen

Garlic PressesAvocado Holders or Other Kitchen Gadgets

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“These gifts are fun and useful – and likely not something that most people would ever think of buying, but they’ll make their lives just a little easier.” – Jamie Wolff

S’well Water Bottles

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“I love that they actually keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for extended periods of time. Perfect whether you want cool, hydrating water for a workout or bone broth to sip on a cold day, without having to worry that you need to chill/reheat it throughout the day.” – Heather Freudenthal

Clean Skin Essentials

Beautycounter Eye Sparklers Palette

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“It’s made from safe ingredients, but they’ve really nailed how to make it sparkle. It’s perfect for a holiday party!” – Anna Glennon

Everyday Oil

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“I love this oil because it’s 100% plant-based, it smells amazing, and you can really use it for anything and everything – as a face wash, a face oil, for your hair, your body, or just part of a ritual to help you wake up or wind down. It truly does it all.” – Laura Borinsky

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

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 “There's nothing worse than dry skin this time of year, and our hands always seem to take a beating! I've tried countless hand creams over the years, but L'Occitane locks in the moisture and makes your hands feel so soft. It's my go-to stocking stuffer!” – Alexa Paolella


Make It a Set

DoTerra Holiday Joy Essential Oil and Diffuser

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“Lifts your spirits and your home with that Christmassy scent!” – Miyoung Kim

“A diffuser is a wonderful holiday gift because it brings a sense of calm during such a busy time of the year. I love diffusing lavender to relax, whether it's after a long day or to simply spread a pleasant aroma throughout my apartment.” – Ashley Hampton

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“It's something someone might want but not think to buy for themselves. It's a simple thing that can really add a lot to the home.” – Noah Zingarelli

NUMI Flowering Tea and Glass Teapot

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“The tea is delicious and the teapot looks beautiful with the tea blossoms.” – Yaffa Seraph

Unwind Live Well Gift Set

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It's got a little bit of everything in it for someone who needs some R&R: a live plant, a beautiful candle, an eye mask that can be used for sleeping or meditating, and a pillow spray for sweet dreams!” – Dana McNaught


DIY Gift Packs

Gratitude Journal and Pen

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“You can put your own spin on a journal by adding prompts on the pages. Gratitude journals help kick off the new year with a powerful emotional shift for the recipient! I include a handwritten note tucked into it with instructions on how to use it and a list of what I personally am most grateful for about them. I sometimes include specific moments when they were supportive, caring, and especially loving in the year that passed. People always get very excited about it and feel super loved and appreciated! You can include a special fancy pen in the gift for added cuteness.” – Roxi Ocasio

Homemade Infused Honey (or Olive Oil, Whiskey, Vodka...the options are endless!)

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“It's made with your love, care, and creativity. Plus, it's inexpensive, sustainable, and practically waste-free!

  • Let 1 tablespoon dried lavender steep in about 8–10 ounces wildflower honey (purchased high quality and in bulk from Costco) for about 2–3 weeks in a dry and cool place.
  • Strain the dried lavender with a small mesh strainer, distribute into cute little jars, and add a cute handwritten tag and maybe even a recipe to utilize the honey.

And there you go!” – Anne Greco

Sugar Scrubs

“Sugar body scrubs are a fun DIY project, not to mention exfoliating, detoxifying, and super hydrating. Plus, they smell delicious! But don’t eat it!

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, cane sugar, or turbinado sugar. (Do not use refined or bleached sugar.)
  • 3/4 cup ground coffee
  • 3–5 tablespoons coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, or Jojoba oil. (Do not use vegetable or canola oil.)

Place sugar and coffee in small container and add oil one tablespoon at a time, mixing in between. You want the consistency to be sandy, not soupy.

*Be careful as shower/tub may be slippery!” Crystal Lee

Wellness, Self-Love Basket

“There’s a little bit of everything: Epsom salts infused with lavender essential oil, a book on positivity, and some dark chocolate. It comes from the heart and my kitchen with love!” – Janet Verney


Experience Enhancers

Massage Envy Gift Cards

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“Everybody can use a little rest and relaxation, especially during the holidays. Massage is great for the body and can really kick-start healing through the season by getting rid of nagging aches and pains.” – Mary Walsh

Himalayan Salt Lamp

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“Himalayan salt lamps are said to ‘ionize the air.’ Whether or not this is true, they give off a warm and healing ambiance, and that is a stress-relieving treat anyone can enjoy! Also, they are safer than candles.” – Marissa LaRocca

Tuition Gifting

As you start your holiday shopping for others, don't forget about your own wish list! For the first time ever, the team at Integrative Nutrition launched a very special tuition gifting opportunity, where your friends and loved ones will be able to contribute tuition amounts towards our Health Coach Training Program! This gift will not only help you feel better, but also help you discover how to feel vibrant, passionate, and fulfilled. Take one step closer to the life you have always dreamed of, while being part of a movement that’s changing the world.

Know someone who wants to contribute towards your tuition? Send them this link!



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