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In a year full of doubts, one of the best gifts you can give this year is the gift of self-care. We’ve all been through a lot, and now is the time to make sure we prioritize our health and well-being (and our sanity) in 2022.
Our editors rounded up the best health gifts that have made our lives a little better and brighter over the past few months. From gifts that fix your immune system to those that reduce stress to those that keep you physically healthy, we have something on our list for everyone and each stage of their wellness journey. Read on, and for more gift inspiration, check out the 40 best gifts for foodies this year.
Meditation has been shown to manage stress, support focus, sleep better, and even strengthen the immune system—all components of your health and wellness. Headspace is an app that teaches you mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day. There’s a free version, but if you become a monthly subscriber, you’ll have access to hundreds of guided meditations, expert advice, and relaxing sleep sounds. All you have to do to get started is just a minute out of your day.
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Brighten, smooth, firm, and tone your skin from the inside out with this hydrolyzed collagen supplement. Collagen, a protein found in animal and fish bones, can help improve skin health and reduce joint pain when taken as a supplement. While most collagen supplements are just that — collagen — Mind Body Green combines grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine collagen with other powerful ingredients that also help your body make its own collagen and calm inflammation. It’s one of the most powerful (and delicious) collagen supplements we’ve tried.
Proper hydration is essential after a workout, but if your friend has just given up on the super-sugar, he may not have found a suitable alternative yet. If you want to point them in the right direction, consider giving them a box of Cure Electrolyte Mix bundles. Based on a formula originally developed by the World Health Organization, Cure Concentrate contains a precise proportion of ingredients that have been shown to hydrate 3 times faster and more effective than water alone!
We’ve tried a lot of CBD tinctures, and we can say Healist makes some of the most effective products that actually work. This sleep blend combines organically-armed CBD, active levels of plant essential oils (lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm), and a specially formulated sleep blend of terpenes that we’ve discovered to help you fall asleep quickly and wake up the next day without any grogginess and feeling like you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
Do you have a loved one who constantly talks about how tired they are? Of course, there are many reasons why this happens, but if you want to help them get a more restful night’s sleep, one way to support this is with the Hatch Restore Alarm Clock. The bedside clock acts as a sunrise alarm allowing users to wake up to their pleasant sunrise. With the help of an app, users can program the alarm to turn on a light that gradually lights up before the alarm sounds, using the power of the lighting to support a healthy circadian rhythm. Hatch Restore also features a library of sleep and alarm sounds and also allows you to customize their relaxation routine (to encourage them to finally start reading in bed!).
Cramps, knots and tension started! Massage is off the table for now, but you can still get the luxurious restorative benefits of treating deep tissue muscles with the pocket-sized massage gun from Theragun. De-stress from the comfort of your own home (even while watching a movie).
If you want a more potent nighttime drink, sip on a mushroom blend from Four Sigmatics. This adaptogen pack blends organic cocoa and reishi – a powerful mushroom ingredient that has been used for centuries to help your body manage stress, promote feelings of happiness, promote well-being, and improve sleep. It’s basically hot chocolate with stress-relieving benefits.
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For loved ones you see constantly applying lip balm in drugstores, swap the stick for Kosterina’s olive oil balm. Made with antioxidant-rich olive oil that has the ability to neutralize free radicals before DNA damages skin cells, this nourishing balm gently melts into the skin to deliver moisture without a greasy residue to the areas (lips and even under the eyes!) that need an extra boost of nourishment. .
One way to support wellness is to follow an evening routine that can help signal to your body that it’s time to relax. Evening rituals can support a good night’s sleep by maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle. Mudwtr’s: Comfort is a caffeine-free powder blend made with functional ingredients that promote relaxation, such as valerian root extract and ashwagandha, which can promote feelings of calmness for a more restful night’s sleep.
Practice self-care by making movement a daily ritual. Alo Moves is an on-demand yoga, fitness and mind platform that you can take anywhere. With over 3,000 chapters, you’ll have more than enough options to mix them up and find the right class for your level. You can get unlimited access for $20 per month or one year of unlimited access for $199. Do you want to test it first? They have also released entire free classes on their YouTube channel!
Cut down on all the ingredients you need for an oat milk latte train, and pick up a bag of Clevr. This is more than just an instant oat milk latte. Clevr adds adaptogens, probiotics and superfood enhancers for an epic drink that makes wellness effortless. Choose from four flavors: Matcha SuperLatte, Chai SuperLatte, Coffee SuperLatte, and Golden Turmeric SuperLatte.
If your loved one already has light blue glasses, they may also be interested in trying a supplement that can protect the health of your eyes. Blue light blocking glasses can help reduce eye strain from staring at a computer all day, and this supplement, EyePromise’s Screen Shield Pro, can complement blue light glasses. True health begins on the inside, and when you take off your glasses (even if they’re working), you’re not protecting your eyes. By getting the nutritional intake of Zeaxanthin and Lutein you need, Screen Shield is truly a boon to eye health.
One-third of adults and half of the population over 55 years old report taking at least one dietary supplement daily. But because supplements aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, you rarely know if what you’re taking is safe or if it actually contains what it says. You don’t have to have these concerns with Ritual. This multivitamin subscription company is reinventing multivitamins for women, men, and children using only essential, clean, research-backed nutrients. Each bottle comes with a “Made Traceable” promise, with a visible supply chain so you know what you’re putting into your body.
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Do you mind racing at night? Need a place to jot down your recipe ideas? Looking for a gratitude notebook? While any palette will do, we signed up for A Good Company Stone Paper Journal. The world’s first climate-positive notebook made from recycled stone instead of traditional wood-pulp paper. (This might sound crazy, but we love how easy it is to write.)
We can’t stop talking about the seven amazing benefits of drinking green tea (such as improving cognitive performance and increasing metabolism). So maybe it’s time to add this antioxidant-rich drink to your daily routine. We’re fans of Super’s Power Matcha Mix, a blend of organic matcha and functional vegetables like moringa and wheatgrass. Use it in a latte or mix it with smoothies.
Starting to see a trend? Sleep is an essential part of keeping the body healthy, but 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep, according to the CDC. Sometimes a sleep mask helps block out any light disrupting your deep sleep. While we’ve found that some sleep masks are thin and allow light to seep through, Koichi’s organic masks are completely opaque — and incredibly comfortable.
There are many factors that play a role in getting a good night’s sleep, and one that we may overlook is getting the right sheets. When your sheets don’t fit you, you may experience night sweats or even an itch that can wake you up at night. Give your loved ones something they might not know they need with these MOLECULE sheets that feature advanced and improved TENCEL™ materials to deliver cleaner, cooler sleep and a more focused recovery focus.
Heavy weight blankets are popular these days because they may help relieve symptoms and improve sleep for people who suffer from insomnia and anxiety. Baloo weighted blankets stand out from the crowd because they don’t trap heat, are machine washable and dryer safe. Perhaps the best feature: It’s available in several different weights, from 12lbs to 25lbs.
Founded by actor Chris Hemsworth, this app does it all. Access over 230 exercises – including boxing and yoga – led by world-renowned trainers, a daily meal plan with recipes crafted by nutritionists and chefs, and meditations. You can choose your fitness level for workouts, and the app contains recipes that cater to all nutritional preferences. There are also multi-week challenges if you want to stick to a daily routine. We can’t recommend this app enough – we made it through the stressful first two months of the pandemic, and it helped establish healthy, sustainable habits.
For your vegan friend who prefers getting their nutrients from whole foods, GEM is the perfect gift. These chewable bites of Everyday Nutrition are made with real food ingredients, like superfoods and conditioning compounds, and nothing else.