Each year when I make my gift list, I make sure to purchase gifts with purpose and thoughtfulness. My gift-giving criteria includes supporting small businesses and choosing educational and personal gifts. This year looks a little different in our go-to stores, so shopping small and with purpose is the answer.
Here are a few affordable herbal-based holiday gift ideas (as well as some splurges) to please everyone on your list!
Gifts to Spice Up the Kitchen
Naughty or nice, there is always spice! We all have food in common — it's a universal connection. When the time comes to shop for difficult loved ones, why not choose something kitchen worthy?
Vitamix's Compact FoodCycler is an awesome gift for gardeners, cooks, or anyone wanting to improve their household sustainability. My mother gifted me a Vitamix blender several years ago and I use it daily! Now I have my eye on their new sustainable kitchen line so I can compost my household's food in modern style.
Food storage can "bee" fun! Beeswax Food Wraps are reusable tools to preserve food without using plastics in the kitchen. Nature Bee is a wonderful, woman-owned company that makes beautiful food wraps from beeswax that are sure to please the home chef in your life.
Give a unique cookbook to up their beverage game. The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart that teaches you how to make rum from sugarcane and bourbon from corn, and it comes with more than 50 drink recipes — try one at your holiday shindig! It will bring holiday "cheers" to any cocktail drinker in the family while helping you create educational mixology traditions!
Herbal Stocking Stuffers
Ditch the candy and give the gift of health. In today's world, we need to support our loved ones' healthy habits! You can encourage staying safe and healthy with WishGarden Herbs Stocking Stuffers.
I also like to make my own gift sets with herbal formulas. Here are a few favorites:
Serious Elderberry is a delicious formula with no added sugar — it's naturally sweet from the nutrient-dense berries. You could add it to any immune gift set, since it's suitable for any age and complements any other formula. Check out our other immune formulas for more ideas.
Quiet Time Calm & Center For Kids is formulated with calming herbs to give any child (and their parents!) the gift of calmness. It's gentle enough for small bodies, with classic herbs to support a child's nervous system and calm worried behavior. Truly a gift for the whole family! Browse our full range of children's formulas to help keep your little ones healthy and happy.
Rise & Energize Daily Energy Boost gives the gift of sustainable energy! This formula is perfect for anyone who struggles to embrace their inner early bird. Discover more herbal energy and mood boosters.
Promoting self-care during the holiday season is like sending rainbow rays of love in a gift. As plant people, we partner with plant allies in daily botanical rituals externally and internally to provide our bodies with healthy building blocks. Plants soothe our senses and are vital for a healthy lifestyle. Here are some lovely plant-packed gift boxes to give this season:Herbal Vice's Fabulous Home Facial Kit promotes at-home self-care with handmade herbal products. This box includes a handcrafted pink-clay scrub to exfoliate and clean the skin, a facial beauty steam featuring a blend of aromatic florals to balance your skin's PH and help it retain its elasticity, rosy water hydrosol to soften your skin and promote graceful aging, solar eclipse botanical body oil for moisture, and WishGarden's Liquid Bliss to enhance tranquility.
Most importantly, once you've crossed everyone off your list, remember to have a happy holiday and treat yo' self!
Lauren Ann Nichols attended The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and received her certificate in medical herbalism. She is the owner of Herbal Vice, a small batch skin care company, and grows the herbs used in her products. She is currently a customer service representative at WishGarden Herbs.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, or sell any product.