Top Ten Gifts for a Happy, Healthy Holiday

The holidays snuck up on me this year! If you're like me and still on the hunt for parcels to fill the empty space under your tree, you might find some inspiration below. Here are my top ten healthful, helpful ideas for your special someones:

Just One Thing by Rick Hanson

I love this little book! Perfect for a stocking stuffer or a Secret Santa gift, Hanson walks you through 52 ways you can start developing a buddha brain to bring more peace, ease and joy into your life. 

Dr. Tung's Tongue Cleaner

This might seem like a strange gift. But for anyone who's super into dental hygiene or ayurveda, this is a perfect and inexpensive little stocking stuffer idea. Tongue cleaners remove bacteria from the mouth, which helps fight cavities, prevents bad breath, reduces cravings, resensitizes your tastebuds and—best of all—enhances kissing! Pair it with a mistletoe and all of a sudden you have a very sexy gift!

My new favourite coffee shop, Intelligentsia, is just down the street at the Highline Hotel. Their line of herbal teas is so luxurious and my personal fave is the Organic King Crimson, with notes of rosehips, lemongrass, licorice root, and natural citrus flavors. A delightful, naturally caffeine-free gift for your tea-loving loved one. And even better when given along with Intelligentsia's charming teapot!

Probably my favourite new discovery this year. Ann Marie's beautiful skincare products are all natural, hand-blended and made from pretty things like rosemary leaves and sweet fennel. I adore the facial oil and dead sea scrub. At $10 a pop, her sample kits make for a luxurious and affordable stocking stuffer. Or splurge on a gift set! Gentlemen, you'll be a hero!

If you're looking for a big-ticket item for your REALLY special someone who loves throwing healthy ingredients together to make smoothies, soups, dips and more, he or she won't be disappointed to find a shiny new Vitamix under the tree! This has been high on my list for years but alas, I think my magic bullet might have to do for a while longer.


Students often ask me what they can do to keep their hands from slipping as they sweat and flow through their vinyasas. The Manduka yoga towel is the answer! It's super absorbent, quick-drying and non-slip. And if the yogi in your life is like me and practices at many different studios, it's a light and easy accessory to carry around so that you always have something between you and the dreaded rental mat.

Drinking more water is one of the easiest things we can all do to support our health. It keeps us hydrated, flushes toxins, gives us energy, promotes kidney health and keeps our skin beautiful. And it's a whole lot easier when you've got a stylish, BPA-free water bottle from Lifefactory to tote around with you. There's a size and colour for everyone on your list!

Treat the spiritually-inclined in your life to a beautiful, handcrafted mala necklace or bracelet by Salt Spring Malas. There are endless colours and styles to choose from. The bracelet pictured here is made from artistic jasper beads with an antiqued silver OM guru bead and it represents grounding, innocence, centering and entices positive thoughts. Each unique piece comes with a card explaining its significance and a beautiful handmade mala bag.

This blog-turned-cookbook has amazing, clean, healthy recipes that put fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins and natural sweeteners in the spotlight. Recipes like Beer Bean Stuffed Poblanos, Asian Tofu Tacos with Hoisin Slaw, Golden Beet Salad wth Cider Dressing, Seared Scallops with Pomegranate Gastrique, Ranchero Breakfast Tacos and Grapefruit Margaritas with keep the savvy foodie in your life busy and inspired all year long!

Last but not least! Give your health-conscious sweetheart, friend or hardworking employee a gift certificate for a health and nutrition session or private yoga class with yours truly, so that they can make 2014 their happiest, healthiest year yet. Because in the words of Buddha, "Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth."

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