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Wellness Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Posted on December 8, 2016

It’s that time of year, and I wanted to compile a heart-centered list of health and wellness gifts for the season. I’ve seen other wellness gift guides, but they seem mostly centered around fitness, so I’m taking it in a different direction.

From reflexology tools, books on spirituality and health, to Tarot and oracle cards, to essential oils and sprays, these are some of my personal favorites that help me find health and balance and connect to my intuition. I hope you find them helpful (and fun) and perfect for someone on your list (or perhaps something for yourself!).

Giving and receiving can be a beautiful cycle, and here’s to opening up to this, and savoring time with loved ones during the holiday season.

Hope you enjoy!

Here are the categories I cover for the best gifts for stress relief and relaxation:

For Reflection: Journals & E-Courses
For the Mind: Must-Read Books & Hypnosis Tools
For Intuition: Tarot & Oracle Cards
For the Nose: Essential Oils & Sprays
For the Taste: Teas & Spices
For the Feet: Reflexology Tools
For Ease of Use: Gift Certificates


For Reflection: Journals & E-Courses

5 minute journal

5-Minute Journal
Using the principles of positive psychology, this journal helps you cultivate gratitude, promote inner growth and self reflection, and overcome negative thought patterns in 5 minutes a day—sounds like one of the top gifts for stress relief, right? I’ve been using it every day for over a year and noticed a huge difference in my mindset.

Here’s more about my personal experience using it.

Create Your Shining Year Workbook & Calendar
 Leonie Workbooks

This is my third year using the
Create Your Shining Year Workbook & Calendar: it’s a powerful and inspiring tool to help you focus on accomplishing your dreams and goals in a heart-centered way. This is my #1 planning tool; I don’t know what I did without it. It’s a workbook. One for you to write in and fill out. (hard copy or e-book, whichever you prefer). And it helps you set goals (and have fun) for the year in all areas of your life.

78 Mirrors E-Course

I’ve taken most of Susannah Conway’s e-courses, and love how she helps people explore their creativity and intuition. She has a 6-week e-course, 78 Mirrors, starting in January to help you cultivate your own inner wisdom and creativity using the Tarot.

I also recommend her free 5-day e-course to find your word of the year, as well as her free Unravelling the Year Ahead e-book. 

 

For the Mind: Must-Read Books & Hypnosis Tools

May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
Gabby Bernstein offers a straight-forward plan to release fear and allow gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through you. The book makes change manageable, giving bite-sized exercises to do each morning and evening. I loved how the daily exercises built on each other over the course of 40 days, making transformation sustainable (and enjoyable!).

The Tapping Solution
This book by Nick Ortner provides a great foundation about how EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as tapping) works, as well as chapters that cover how to use it to alleviate pain/illness, lose weight, create healthy relationships, make money, and eliminate phobias. It’s one of the most powerful tools I use with clients and among my favorite gifts for stress relief.

Here’s a past post I wrote about how EFT works and tips to make it more effective, as well as a part two addressing frequently asked questions on EFT from clients.

Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs
This a new EFT book for kids. Kids are people, too, and I love that they can learn at an early age how to manage stress and worry.

Greens Glorious Greens

Looking for gifts for healthy eaters? I love this cookbook with more than 140 delicious recipes for beautiful, leafy greens. It gives me creative (yet easy) ways to incorporate more veggies into my meals. Yum.

Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business

So many people I know are making big career changes. Looking for gifts for new business owners or know someone in your life who wants to become a wellness practitioner of any flavor (Reiki, reflexology, massage, acupuncture, hypnotist, or life coach, etc.)?

I wrote Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business to help practitioners find clients in person and online, market to their ideal client base (even for those practitioners that think they don’t like marketing), put together creative packages and promotions, and avoid burn out.


Want more book recommendations? I’ve compiled best book lists in the past, and you can read them here and here.


Hypnosis Recordings
Uncommon Knowledge offers an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues (some of their most popular help with exercise motivation, procrastination, self esteem, focus and concentration, weight loss, insomnia, and even drinking less wine!). I like their recordings and approach a lot (and even bought one for my Dad for Father’s Day to help improve his golf game–after all, most professional athletes use some form of hypnosis for peak performance).

While recordings aren’t able to be as personalized as one-on-one hypnosis sessions, it can be helpful between sessions or to try hypnosis out and see if it’s something you can benefit from. These recordings are fabulous gifts for relaxation.

 

For the Nose: Essential Oils and Sprays

Essential oilsWyndmere Essential Oils
Wyndmere oils are high quality yet affordable, and I’ve been using them for years. The sense of smell is one of the oldest parts of the brain and therefore one of the fastest ways you can change your state of mind.

Some of my favorite blends include Serenity, Anxiety Relief, and Stress Relief.

I also love the Neroli hydrosol (orange blossoms!), as well as the Rose Garden and other roll-ons. 

(Whole Foods and some health food stores carry Wyndmere as well.)

Alaskan Essences
This brand includes a combination of essential oils and flower and gem essences. They are more delicately scented than regular essential oils.  The sacred space gift sets are lovely and Calling All Angels Spray is my absolute favorite (everyone I’ve given it to loves it!) The Combination Formula Kit also offers a wonderful range if you really want to dive into it. 

 

For the Taste: Teas & Spices

Rose Tulsi Tea is part of my morning routine. Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has stress relieving properties. There are many delicious flavors to choose from, but my inner-grandma adores anything rose.

Genmaicha Green Tea with toasted brown rice is my go-to afternoon tea at the office. It’s much more subtle than most green teas. Again, Choice Organic Teas has many delightful flavors and a wide variety of teas to choose from.

(You can also find both brands of tea at Whole Foods and health food stores. Perfect gifts for tea drinkers as these flavors are distinctive and go beyond the everyday black tea.)

Cinnamon Hill
This company sells fresh cinnamon you can grate yourself. I use cinnamon every day (delicious and super healthy). This one is on my Christmas list—Mom, are you reading this?

 

For Intuition: Tarot & Oracle Cards

Quan Yin Oracle Deck   Tarot
This deck speaks to me every time I use it—full of gorgeous images, as well as powerful messages in the accompanying book by Alana Fairchild.

Vintage Wisdom Oracle Cards
This deck is a recent acquisition and includes beautiful old-fashioned montages artfully crafted from French vintage postcards and sepia family photographs. So pretty and nostalgic!

The Fountain Tarot
I love this modern adaptation of the Tarot—clean and sleek. And the accompanying booklet breaks down the meanings in a way that deeply resonates with me. I even used it with my mother-in-law—isn’t she the coolest?

The Devas of Creation
This deck illustrates the concept of the invisible energy patterns in the universe—wow, right? These cards are magical and can be used in many ways—for journaling, meditation, or daily guidance.

These decks are all powerful gifts for relaxation and self-reflection.

 

For the Feet: Reflexology Tools

My list of health and wellness gifts would not be complete without my top picks for reflexology tools.

Reflexi Reflexi
My all-time favorite reflexology tool is the
Reflexi. I love its flexibility in the various ways you can use it, allowing you to really focus on specific reflexes and parts of the feet.  

 

Wooden Foot Roller
The tried and true wooden foot roller: simple, inexpensive, and effective.

Foot Rubz Ball
This ball can be used on both the hands and feet (see this article on how to use it).

The Stick Foot Wheel Massager
Quite a name, eh? Karen Ball, a wonderful reflexology teacher, found this reflexology tool (if you know me, you know I’m ALWAYS looking for new gadgets to try and my feet are pretty happy about this). I’m putting this one on my Christmas list.

 

For Ease of Use: Gift Certificates

No health and wellness gifts guide would be complete without including gift certificates for a healing session.

I’ve had clients request gift certificates from their loved ones for both sessions and Reiki classes—what a great idea (yes, I’m biased!) Of course, they also purchase certificates to give to others.

Give gifts for relaxation and stress relief with a Reiki, Reflexology, and/or Hypnosis session or class gift certificate.

  • $150 for an hour session
  • $225 for a 90-minute session
  • $300 for a 2-hour session
  • $350 for Reiki I course
  • $375 for Reiki II course


I’ll email you a Gift Certificate PDF and you can forward it to the recipient. If you prefer, I can mail you a hard copy gift certificate card with matching envelope, just give me your address or the address of the person you’d like me to send it to.

Less stress for you in terms of shopping, and you’re helping by giving gifts for stress relief for your loved ones.

 

Whew! Quite a range of health and wellness gifts, eh? I hope this helps you find something special and heart-centered for your loved ones.

Need easy tips on how to handle holiday stress?

Happy holidays!

 

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