Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

by Kristine on November 27, 2015

in Blog, Kristine's Favorites

This year I thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide with some of my favorite gift ideas. Its easy to get stuck in a rut doing Christmas shopping, so here are some great ideas that I think any guy or gal would like.

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Below you’ll find all the products with a description for each, plus the approximate cost of each item. I’ve also done my best to provide a link where it can be purchased if you click on the title. Most can be bought online but some are readily available in local stores. In this gift guide I included a range of products, including some that are available in Canada, the US, and a couple are local to Vancouver.

Texture: Online Magazine Subscription – $28-$150

One subscription, unlimited stories. With an entire library at your fingertips, including back issues of all your favorite titles, and access on up to five devices, there’s no end to what you’ll discover on Texture.

Experience your favorite titles like never before with enhanced digital features you won’t find in print editions such as videos, animations and other dynamic interactive content. Plus iOS users now have new features like Highlights, My Collections and Search.

At home or on the road, your favorite titles can go wherever you go. Download titles when you’re online and read them anytime, anywhere. You can always set up automatic downloads so they’re always ready when you are.

Give a gift, or gift yourself with a 30-day free trial and try before you buy! 🙂

Connect with Texture: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Little Life Box: Holiday Box – $24.95

Little Life Box is a subscription box that contains healthy food and personal items. They have a great selection and most are vegan and gluten-free. I love getting mine, its like Christmas every time one arrives at my door! Its also introduced me to great products that I might not have tried otherwise.

The holiday box is a great gift. Its a single box that you can send as a gift. It contains a mix of their most popular items. Ranges from products from big brands to local artisanals. In the holiday box, there is 8 to 12 new items, which is a mix of full size products and samples. You can choose between an original or vegan box. Includes interior gift wrapping and personalized note.

Save up to $15 when buying five gift boxes (one shipping address per order). The boxes will be sent at the same time to the same address and can all be the same. Ideal if you want to give them out as gifts to your loved ones

Shipping takes 2-6 business days. Boxes will be received between December 16th and 22nd

Coupon code: For 10% off a holiday box, use my code: BBHHOLIDAY10  OR for 10% off a monthly subscription use my code: busybuthealthy10 for 10% your first month.

Connect with Little Life Box: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Polar: A360 Fitness Tracker with wrist based heart rate – $274.99

This waterproof fitness tracker is the first to have both a wrist-based heart rate monitor and Polar personalized training guidance, as well 24/7 activity tracking. It even has smartwatch features like smart notifications and a color touchscreen.

I love using my Polar FT7 at the gym. Mine has a chest strap, which would be great to eliminate. Polar is one of the first to have a wrist based heart rate monitor with many other great features.

Alternatively, Fitbit just came out with a wrist based activity tracker as well. Called the Fitbit Surge and Fitbit Charge HR. My hubby has the Charge HR on his Christmas list this year 😉

Connect with Polar: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Thermos: Vacuum Insulated Food Jar – $29.99

This to-go food jar uses vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold. It has a durable stainless steel interior and exterior. The extra wide mouth is easy to fill, serve from and clean. Its also cool to the touch with hot liquids and sweat-proof with cold contents. It also includes a full-size telescoping stainless steel spoon.

I love having great food storage containers on hand. Makes it much easier to enjoy leftovers if you’re limited with your re-heating options and these do a really great job of keeping warm items hot. Especially in winter.

Great gift for anyone on the go!

Connect with Thermos Brand: Website // Facebook // Twitter

** Stocking Stuffers **

Cookina: Re-Usable Baking Sheets – $9.99

I was recently introduced to the Cookina baking sheets as an alternative to parchment paper. I really like it, it works great, and its re-usable, so its a lot less wasteful than throwing away parchment paper continually.

It protects baking sheets, pans and your oven. Ideal for everything you cook in the oven. 100% non-stick, fat-free cooking. Alternative to aluminum foil, parchment and wax paper. Keeps your oven and baking trays clean. Easy to clean.

Food glides off the PTFE (NO PFOA) coated non-stick and easy-clean fabric. Easy to clean with hot water and brush included. Made for high-temperature cooking, up to 550°F (288°C)

Connect with Cookina: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Pure Anada: Lipstick – $14.00

Made in Canada, Pure Anada is a beautiful line of natural cosmetics created for women of all ages, skin tones and personalities. Their goal is to produce a healthier alternative to traditional cosmetics by eliminating unnecessary, harmful ingredients. 100% natural & vegan.

I absolutely love this lipstick. I love that its natural, and I actually prefer how this lipstick feels on my lips compared to conventional lipstick. I find in winter, most brands of lipstick dry out my lips even more. Whereas the Pure Anada doesn’t do that. Its actually helped make my lips less chapped. It feels lighter than traditional lipstick, yet still has rich colors and lasts a long time, definitely no less than other lipstick. I think it actually stays put longer.

Lipstick Ingredients: organic castor seed oil, organic jojoba oil, unrefined, organic, shea butter, organic meadowfoam seed oil, candelilla wax, carnauba wax, mica, iron oxides, vitamin e, tangerine essential oil

A great stocking stuffer and they have a lot of great colors.

Connect with Pure Anada: Website // Facebook // Instagram

Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate: Milk or Dark Chocolate – $4.00

Green & Black’s has always been an organic brand. They believe that by only using organic ingredients, it creates great-tasting chocolate. I agree, this brand of chocolate is probably one of the best I’ve tasted. I tend to prefer milk chocolate over dark chocolate but they have a variety of both and all of them are amazing.

They also believe that farmers who grow their crops organically are often more interested in, and concentrate on, the quality and taste of what they grow. They choose varieties and growing methods that ensure they can successfully grow their crops without the use of synthetic chemicals. Their farmers grow their beans under the shade of rainforest trees alongside other crops like avocado, pineapple, coffee and bananas; such natural biodiversity helps safeguard the cocoa against disease.

In short, Green & Black’s is premium chocolate that uses organic ingredients which are ethically sourced. Thumbs up!

Connect with Green & Black’s: Website(USA) (Canada UK) // Facebook (USA) (Canada) // Instagram // Twitter

Scrubs & Bubbles Soap Company: Artisan Soaps – $8.00

Scrubs & Bubbles Soap Company has a place in my heart as they’re local company. I try to support local business where I can, and I’ve been very impressed by this natural skincare line. My girls love the Fruity Rainbows soap, and I’ve been very satisfied with everything I’ve tried.  The artisan soaps are so pretty and make such a great stocking stuffer. All the products smell great and they use all natural ingredients. Important to note that their products don’t contain any of these things:

No propylene glycol
No parabens
No phthalates
No sodium laurel sulfates
No tridosan
No DEA, MEA & TEA

All body products are hand made in small batches, to ensure longevity and freshness. Free from chemicals and toxins and created using organic, non-gmo, natural and locally sourced ingredients. Their body care products good for your skin, and good for the environment.

I also love their Oatmeal & Coconut Milk Bath ($15.00) & Bubbling Bath Salts (great for sore muscles!) ($25.00)

Connect with Scrubs & Bubbles Soap Company: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Cream de la Crème – Natural Deodorant Stick $13.00

This is another local company owned by a lovely woman named Jolanda. All her products are handmade with care.  I’ve tried a few of her products and love them. I especially like her deodorant. I’ve had a hard time finding natural deodorants that work, so I’m happy to be adding another to my (it works!) list. I’ve put it through so tough workouts and no body odor from me! I especially love the Ocean scent, and that it comes in a tube so application is a touch less messy than applying from a pot.

Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Cypress Essential Oil, Ocean and Rosemary Essential Oil.

I also love her Natural Foaming Face Cleanser ($11.00) as it takes off my makeup very easily and leaves my face feeling clean and free of build up.

Coupon code:  <<< Christmas >> for 15% off. Valid with a purchase of $15 or more, before tax. Ends December 18, 2015

Connect with Cream de la Crème: Website // Facebook

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I hope this healthy gift guide makes your holiday shopping a little bit easier!

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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