Who doesn’t love feeling pampered? If you didn’t just virtually raise your hand or nod in agreement I don’t know if we can be friends. Kidding. Kind of. Anyways, Christmas is just around the corner and I don’t know about you, but it’s nice to have a list just incase anyone asks! Additionally, it is nice to have unique and pampering gift ideas for your friends and family. All except number 1 would fall under the ‘pampered’ category although I do feel that having a quality skillet is pampering to your food 😉 In past years my lists have included lengthly links to Nordstrom’s clothing department. I still thoroughly enjoy a good shopping spree as much as the next girl, but as my priorities shift I have found myself wishing for things that will help me in my real food and chemical free journey instead. I created a list for you guys to get the creative juices flowing. Enjoy!
1. A sturdy cast iron skillet: I did not realize until recently that chemicals can leach out when using commercial pots and pans especially when they are made using teflon, aluminum, and copper. Chris Kresser has a great article about how to choose your cookware wisely here. Lodge is a trusted brand and can be found on Amazon. Because it is cast iron, it needs to be seasoned and cannot be used with soap. If this doesn’t sound like something you would like, Le Creuset makes a wonderful Enameled Cast Iron Skillet. Although this skillet is certainly a financial investment, unlike cast-iron , you can clean with soap and it does not have to be seasoned.
2. Essential oils: There are many brands of essential oils out there and this is not a post about essential oils because frankly, I am not experienced to go into detail about them. Scratch Mommy gives a great primer on essential oils here. I have been using lavender essential oil on my pillows at night and using other oils in my homemade tallow balm. One in particular that I think would make a great gift is called parasympathetic essential oil and is sold from Vibrant Blue Oils. It is meant to help bring about optimum digestion, absorption, and assimilation by stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system or the “rest and digest” mode of your body versus “fight or flight”. As a sympathetically stressed culture, I think this essential oil would be beneficial for so many people!
3. Essential Oil Pendant Necklace: Your essential oils wouldn’t be complete without a lovely necklace to use them with! I originally saw this on Liz Wolfe’s instagram page and immediately checked it out. It is a extremely cute necklace and as a bonus, you get to smell wonderful and get the benefits of the essential oils as you wear it!
4. Acquarella Nail Polish: Non-toxic nail polish is hard to find but that doesn’t mean our nails should go bare! This company has tons of fun colors to splash your fingers and toes all without formaldehyde, parabens, mercury, lead, etc.
5. Diamond Crystal Mist and Conditioner Spray: This comes from Morrocco Method and is an excellent spray-on conditioner that detangles and strengthens at the same time! I have yet to find a similar product with such high quality ingredients!!
6. Bentonite Clay: Lauren from Empowered Sustenance has featured a lovely post about possible uses for bentonite clay that range from toothpastes to face masks. It is very potent and acts like a magnet pulling metals and toxins out of the body. There are two different types of bentonite clay: sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite. As explained in the article linked, sodium bentonite is great for detoxing because of its strong negative charge whereas calcium bentonite is wonderful for remineralizing the body with calcium and silica. Both have great function and this gift is so versatile as there are so many different uses for them!
7. Nanotech Reusable Wash Cloths: These are a wonderful choice for removing makeup and thoroughly cleaning your face. The best part? All you need is water! Enough said.
8. Exfoliants: These can be easily made at home with sea salt and dressed up with essential oils. There are also quality pre-made versions available to make your life easier.
9. Boar Bristle Brush: Boar Bristle brushes are hardly new to the scene but they are great at evenly distributing oils throughout your hair to help reduce frizz, condition your hair, and improve the way your hair feels. Who doesn’t want that?!
10. Peppermint Lavender foot soak and heel balm: Great Marsh is a wonderful company and this foot soak looks absolutely divine. I can’t think of a better way to end the night than to soak your feet while reading a good book.
I hope this has helped to inspire you in your gift-giving process this year, let me know what you think of the guide! What’s on your wish list or gift-guide this year?!