Wellness-focused gifts show loved ones that we care | Health/fitness

Holiday gifts can be exciting when we know we got a gift they’ll really love. But finding that special item can be a challenge, especially for those who don’t like the idea of ​​just getting more stuff.

The gifts that support the health of our whole body—our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being—are gifts that truly keep on giving. And it’s even better when the gift is sustainable or locally sourced, giving back to both the planet and our community.

The takeaway: A well-planned holiday gift can be a thoughtful way to help improve the health, well-being and balance in the lives of our friends and family—and a special way to say we care.

Here are 14 wellness-focused gift ideas to get you started.







Moka is a hotplate coffee maker preferred in Italy.




Better sipping

How about an espresso machine to brew coffee like the Italians? The iconic one Mocha is a hotplate coffee machine invented in the 1930s by the Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti (hence the Bialetti Moka, a standard common throughout Italy). Fill the octagonal base with water, add finely ground espresso beans and heat. In addition to creating a gorgeous cup of espresso, there is no waste and the Moka is designed to last for decades. $40.

The Zojirushi Travel mug keeps liquids hot for hours – even after hours in the freezer. Available in 12, 16, or 20 ounces of polished stainless steel in a variety of colors, the Zojirushi locking system also prevents spills and leaks. Satisfying hot sipping when we’re on the go. $24 and up.

Books to nourish the body and mind

Books for the home cook, baker or mixologist, give the gift of a recipe book paired with ingredients for one of the dishes or drinks. Some of our favorites include “The Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking by Carolyn Ketchum.” a brilliant baker well-versed in plant-based sweeteners and gluten-free flours. Also (our books!)”Craft: The Eat Fit Guide to Zero-Sustainability Cocktails” and “The Eat Fit Cookbook” (Molly’s note: I make no money from the Eat Fit book collection; all proceeds benefit the non-profit community initiative Ochsner Eat Fit). $22-$35.

Books that help us slow down and prioritize: Currently on my nightstand: “essentialism” by Greg McKeown and “Silence is the key” by Ryan Holliday, two books that serve as inspiration and guides to help us focus more on what really matters. $25-27.







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Exquisite Scripture Journals




For journaling Scriptura offers a range of wonderful handmade leather journals ($60 and up); Lionheart Prints has a variety of whimsical notebook style journals ($18 and up) that can provide inspiration for capturing thoughts of the day, moments of gratitude, and goals and visions for the future.

Good for you sweets

Raw chocolate by Fine & Raw Chocolate is 100% organic chocolate made from unroasted cocoa beans without soy, dairy or gluten. The ingredients are strikingly simple; flavors are innovative, ranging from Habanero Salt to Ginger Chocolate to Cashew Butter Chocolate. Available locally at Earthsavers, $9.25.







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Peppermint cookies




Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies? Yes please! Especially the low-carb (and naturally gluten-free) recipe from baking master Carolyn Ketchum (see: “The Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking” above). Added bonus: They freeze well, so they can be made well in advance for holiday parties and gifts. Find the recipe – along with Carolyn’s detailed explanations and teaching moments – at AllDayIDreamAboutFood.com – just type “mint cookies” into the recipe search function.

The gift of green

Herb gardens on the windowsill it can work in almost any kitchen size or space. Create your own or give this herb kit from Modern Sprout as a gift, which is equipped with everything you need to start growing – the perfect solution for those short on time and/or green thumbs. These vintage-inspired jars use a self-watering system that delivers water and nutrients to the herb’s roots, so there’s no guesswork on how much or how often to water. $24.

Support your local farmers market and inspire culinary creativity with a local farmer’s brand gift certificatet (or wooden tokens for our local Crescent City Farmers Market).

Wellness equipment

The Acupressure the Prosource Fit kit looks like a small mat and pillow – which are also covered in tiny spikes. Don’t worry – they don’t pierce the skin; instead, they provide the relaxing and energizing benefits of acupressure (the mat has more than 8,900 pressure points; the pillow has almost 1,800). The mat can be used in a lying or sitting position; the pillow can serve as acupressure for the neck or legs. $29.99

Trigger point rollers take foam rollers to the next level, helping to relieve muscle pain and tighten and increase circulation. The dense 3D surface is designed to replicate the feel of a massage therapist’s hands, a welcome gift for athletes and non-athletes alike. $35 and up.

Relaxation and de-stressing







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Aromatherapy Associates Essential Oil Candles




Essential oil candles raise and add balance. With scents ranging from delicate and light to intense and full-bodied, there’s an essential oil candle for everyone. Available locally at stores like Home Malone and Earthsavers. $19.50-$70.

Aromatherapy oils it can help us relax and unwind. Some are energizing, and others, like lavender, are backed by science that shows they can help us sleep and even reduce our perception of pain.

Gift essential oils along with a diffuser to efficiently and effortlessly scent your space. Earthsavers offers Aromatherapy Associates Atomizer it’s elegantly beautiful, cable-free and water-free. Oils start around $10; The atomizer is $171.95.

New Orleans Tea Company is a woman-owned tea company with an array of organic and Fair Trade Certified teas. It’s available through their website and sold locally at Bottom of Cup, their French Quarter tea room, established by the owner’s grandparents in 1920 as one of the first tea rooms in the US.

In addition to the familiar green, black, white and rooibos teas, the New Orleans Tea Company has a collection of wellness teas, including Jet Lag Herbal Tea, Balance Wellness Tea and Cleanse and Refresh Herbal Tea. $7.98 for 8 bags of two-cup pyramid tea.

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