With the marathon shopping season finally about to give way to the holy, jolly holidays, it’s a good time to take a breath and let yourself experience gratitude for the blessings of the year and the family and loved ones with whom you will be spending time.
This is also right about the time when you’ll probably realize there are still a few names on your gift list to check off. But we’re here for you. Here are some of our very favorite gifts perfectly geared toward those in your life searching for wellness, health, balance, or at the very least striving toward #NewYearsGoals.
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The sleek ceramic dispenser of essential oils goes a long way toward creating a peaceful home environment, and looks great on a coffee table. (The company offers an array of essential oils as well, including seasonally appropriate varieties like frankincense and peppermint.) $119,
Yoga wheels have become a staple for intermediate to advanced practitioners, used to enhance stretches and poses; they can also provide a nice destressing back massage. This one, designed in conjunction with legendary yogi Sri Darma Mittra, has a sticky rubber surface with extra grip to avoid slips. $50,
They’re stemless, so they don’t tip; they’re stainless steel, so they don’t break (two good features at holiday time). They’ll keep a glass of wine cold up to nine hours (hey, bottoms up already!) and a cup of tea warm forever. Also, they look pretty cool. $22-$25.
wildly popular leggings add considerable function and style to exercise wear, featuring an adjustable waistband, a neat phone pocket at the hip, and a cropped ankle. $125. thisisaday.com
Made of high-performance tech fabric, this sweater is great for golf or hiking, and when you start cooling down or the wind blows, the cowl neck converts to a hoodie to keep you from catching a chill. $92,
Chlorophyll waters have been shown to help clear skin, aid in digestion, and even detox the liver. Who can’t use some of those benefits, especially during this time of year? Verday waters come in a variety of flavors, including blueberry and cucumber. $39/dozen 16 oz. bottles.
Lumi’s assorted vegetable and fruit blends are additive-free and delicious, and of course rich in the nutrients no one is getting enough of. Available in a variety of packages. From $14.95.
These Bluetooth phones will graduate someone special from fussy earbuds to total sonic absorption at a relatively modest price. The memory foam pads bring an extra comfortable fit. $129,
When we think of golf gifts, we usually have men in mind. But women golfers have needs too! Like a primo pair of shoes. The Casual Hybrid 2’s soft leather uppers provide optimal fit and comfort, and the outsoles are designed to keep the foot stable during the swing. They’re also water-repellent, and you can wear ’em to and from the course. Which is nice. $129 (select colors),
For some people on your list, bending over and/or tying shoes can be difficult or embarrassing. Some others may just be lazy. For the former, ZeroTie sneakers could be a godsend. For the latter, they’ll have less of an excuse to go to 7-Eleven in slippers. With the patented system, you roll back a little wheel in the heel to tighten and kick a little button to release. The ZeroTies are also high-quality kicks, suitable for walking, hiking, and even some running. $125-$145,
At first glance, this pillow looks kind of like a flying saucer, but with it’s breathable meshlike cover and memory foam/shredded memory foam filling, the Embrace offers maximum comfort whatever position you’re in — and thus minimum tossing and turning. And so much good comes from a quality night’s sleep. $74,
Finally, let’s not overlook Fido’s well-being. The Link’s app is like a Fitbit and a GPS for your dog. Some non-dog lovers might find this a bit excessive, but it’s easy to get misty-eyed while reading testimonials from owners who credit the device with saving their pet. $99 (current sale price; $9.95/month for service),