OMG, I cannot believe the holidays are already upon us!
I’m personally a huge fan of the holidays (yes, I am one of THOSE people that listens to Christmas music nonstop, watches every holiday movie possible and makes every single Christmas cookie/treat out there), but I get that the holidays can also be a chaotic, stressful and lonely time for many.
I’ve been doing my healthy holiday gift guides for quite a few years now, and if I’m being honest, my lists have been getting much smaller and more intentional over the years.
As I get older, I realize I crave memorable experiences much more than tangible items, and oftentimes less actually IS better (especially when it comes to hormone health).
That being said, I do love a good product, especially if it inspires health, happiness, joy or presence in some way. I also try when possible to support smaller or local businesses or female entrepreneurs that are eco-conscious, practice inclusivity, and focus on giving back to individuals in need, the community or environment.
So, you’ll find that every.single.item in this 2021 Hormone Healthy Holiday Gift Guide fits into the criteria above. Every product is also either something I adamantly use, love and support or an item on my personal holiday wishlist after plenty of careful research.
Aaand it probably goes without saying, but each gift will work in some way to help you or your loved ones balance your hormones, in order to feel your best and live a vibrant, full life.
I hope you find this gift guide helpful, and wishing you all the happiest, healthiest holiday season (and life) ahead.
It’s probably no surprise that Primally Pure is #1 on my list, and for good reason. You guys, I absolutely adore this company. It’s female founded and led, with a huge emphasis on community and giving back (they just had a major campaign contributing to breast cancer prevention partners in October), and every single product they create is completely non-toxic, made with the purest of ingredients, smells amazing and actually works.
Our whole family uses a ton of their stuff (my hubby and I share all of our products and my toddler/baby use the baby balm and oil), but I’d have to say my latest fave is their skin specific collection. We use the plumping line, which contains line-smoothing vitamins, natural humectants and bioflavonoids to stimulate cell renewal, restore skin elasticity, plump skin and promote a smoother, firmer complexion (real talk my skin has NEVER looked better, and I’m 36!)
For a different gift idea, I also absolutely love their autumn home collection, which smells incredible (everyone who comes over compliments/asks about it!)
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I’m a big fan of the sustainable period product movement, as conventional products like tampons and pads contain aluminum, alcohol, fragrance and bleach that lead to cramping, painful periods and hormone imbalances like endometriosis (umm no thanks). They’re also a huge source of environmental waste, adding up to over 200,000 tons of waste each year.
Thus, products like menstrual cups and period underwear solve both problems by eliminating harmful toxins and additional waste with one fell swoop. I most recently tried Saalt’s french cut high waist period underwear in black and they are incredibly flattering and even, dare I say, sexy? I also love that the company is hyper-focused on giving back to young women around the world who don’t have access to period products.
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If wanting a set of towels for Christmas is wrong then I don’t wanna be right! I’m absolutely obsessed with Parachute’s bedding (we have the Percale sheets in cream and the Cloud Cotton Duvet Cover Set). It’s sooooo comfortable, breathable and Oeko-Tex certified, meaning everything is safely made without any harmful chemicals or synthetics.
So now that our bedding is on point, I’m craving some luxurious towels to go alongside, and these plush, Turkish cotton towels are really doing it for me!
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Well, if I’m asking for the towels, I need a comfy robe and cozy pair of booties to go with, amiright?! But seriously, I’ve never owned a robe in my life and since I spend SO much time at home, I am really craving items that elevate that time and bring a little more joy and luxury to everyday experiences (like getting ready).
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As a mom of two little girls and full-time business owner, it’s rare I can make it to a studio class anymore these days. That being said, moving my body is something I prioritize daily because of how positively it impacts my energy, mood, mental health and overall wellbeing.
Enter in P.volve, which is a super affordable digital full-body workout program that uses resistance-based, low-impact movements (much like pilates) to help you strengthen, sculpt and tone. The classes are fun but hard, and you really do get results (I just started a few weeks ago and my hubby was already commenting on my arm strength :)).
But my favorite part has to be the new women’s wellness focused series, which helps you sync your workouts based on where you’re at in your menstrual cycle, which is critical for optimizing energy, period symptoms, fat burning and hormone balance.
PRO-TIP: Don’t skimp on the equipment, it really makes such a difference in the intensity of the workouts and the results.
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A MUST for anyone out there that struggles with SIBO or digestive issues in general. This cookbook has a ton of gut-healing recipes that are super yummy, but it’s also like a guidebook to help you navigate the complex world of digestive issues and SIBO. I was diagnosed with SIBO many years ago, and I wish I had something like this to help me through it back then. If you know of anyone that has tummy troubles or pain, I think they’d find this an invaluable asset.
If you’re in my kitchen, it’d be hard to miss my collection of Our Place pots and pans. I’m not kidding when I say I use them every day (cooking eggs or pancakes, making stir fries, etc.). Every pot and pan is super cute, majorly functional and made with non-toxic, non-stick ceramic coating free of health and hormone-disrupting chemicals like PFOAs, PTFEs, PFAs, lead, cadmium, metals, etc. (Spoiler alert — most non-stick pans are also filled with chemicals that leak into your food when cooking). My latest face is their perfect pot in spice, which I’ve been using regularly to cook up all of my favorite seasonal soups and casseroles (it doubles as a dutch oven!)
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My absolute favorite nut butters on the planet, I love that this company delivers on the most delicious, clean and fun flavors AND is hyper-community focused (they provide job opportunities to women overcoming diversity). Right now I’m absolutely obsessed with their Gingersnap and Salted Eggnog (they taste so good blended into hot cocoas and cozy holiday beverages!) but you really can’t go wrong with any of their flavors.
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As a hormone-health coach, I focus on helping women balance their hormones by adding in more of the good stuff, vs. restricting or “taking away” things. We know alcohol can negatively impact our hormones, but instead of telling my clients to give it up I like to offer alternatives that are still enjoyable. Enter in Surely Non-Alcoholic Wine, which comes in a bunch of delicious flavors (the sparkling rose is my fave), are made super clean (sourced from California vineyards and low-sugar, gluten-free + vegan) and make an awesome option when you want that experience of a enjoying a glass of wine without all of the side effects. PRO-TIP: This would be a great gift for any pregnant mamas out there!
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After hitting max capacity with my client-load and fully booking my waitlist, I knew I wanted to help more women out there struggling with the same symptoms I was seeing my clients experience day in and day out, including stubborn weight loss/gain, painful or symptomatic periods, fatigue, burnout, brain fog, low libido, lack of motivation, anxiety, PMS, moodiness, postpartum imbalances, fertility challenges, etc.
And so, the Hormone Balance Reset Plan and Fertility Boosting Fundamentals Guide were created, as a way to offer many of the same solutions (the most delicious, nutrient-dense recipes, tips to testing and getting to the root cause of hormone imbalances, supplement and lifestyle suggestions, etc.) at a fraction of the cost, to as many women out there as possible. A perfect gift for any lady in your life that values health and nutritious food, desires to have a baby one day, or just wants to feel and look her best. *10% of each ebook purchased now through December 25th will be donated to the Welcome Baby Fund, learn more below.
It’s no secret I’m an insane chocolate lover (for years I packed a bar around with me in my purse wherever I went to have after meals, LOL), and this brand is hands down my absolute favorite. The ingredients are completely clean and hormone-health friendly (i.e. no refined sugars, sugar alcohols, emulsifiers or palm oil, etc.), each bar is made with high quality organic dark chocolate, and the flavors are INSANE (umm hi cashew butter + vanilla bean). This holiday collection featuring gingerbread, pumpkin spice, hazelnut coffee and almond crunch would make an awesome gift or stocking stuffer for any chocolate lovers in your life.
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Embracing intimacy and sexuality is an important component of hormone health, with studies showing that women who engage in regular sexual activity (once a week or more) have more regular menstrual cycles, a more fertile basal body temperature, a reduction in PMS and even a boosted immune system. However the struggle to get it on can be real, especially if you have hormonal imbalances like low estrogen, are on birth control or are postpartum. Enter in this CBD arousal oil, which helps naturally increase blood flow to promote arousal, along with relaxing muscles and easing tension to help you get more comfortable.
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While I’m a big fan of a good ole mani/pedi, I’m less than thrilled with all of the hormone-health disrupting chemicals and toxins used in conventional nail polish products. Enter in Olive & June, an online mani/pedi system that makes non-toxic nail polishes that are 7-free (meaning the polish doesn’t contain any of the following ingredients: dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene).
So yeah, not only is it a much cleaner and safer option than most nail polishes out there, but the colors are INSANE (so so good, especially their neutrals),the polish lasts super long (10-12 days), dries fast and is super easy to apply on both hands thanks to their mani and pedi systems. Their polishes would make such a cute stocking stuffer or gift, especially their new winter mani kit.
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I’ve been a long-time user of Elix’s Cycle Balance Blend to help regulate my cycle and offset PMS and uncomfortable period symptoms, but as of late I’ve been especially loving their healing immunity support duo (because hello cold and flu season). Both Get Well and Stay Well are made with medicinal and antimicrobial herbs such as ginseng, ginger, astragalus, etc. that work to strengthen your immune response, fight the onset of symptoms and build long-lasting immunity resilience. Plus they taste good and are made in clean liquid extracts that are super easy to add to your water, tea or just take straight from the bottle. This would make an awesome gift for anyone with compromised immunity (i.e. autoimmune conditions, PMDD, endometriosis, etc.).
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I don’t own a ton of cookbooks (as a recipe creator I mostly make my own stuff :)) but Sweet Laurel’s Bakery Cookbook is one of the few on my shelves, thanks to it’s super delicious grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. This holiday I’m asking for their latest savory version, which includes recipes for grain-free bagels, pizza crust and all things savory, gluten-free baked goods.
Unfortunately, most fragrances are highly toxic and disruptive to your hormone health, with more than 3,059 materials used in fragrance compounds that do not have to be disclosed in the ingredient label (a big one being phthalates, which are used to make fragrances last longer and linked to many health conditions including reduced sperm count and fertility challenges, liver and breast cancer, etc.)
I had stopped wearing perfume altogether until I discovered Nue, which is completely non-toxic and only made with pure ingredients (green cardamom, iris, palo santo, cedarwood, and violet) that smell amazing and are proven to help you reduce stress. Both my hubby and I use this fragrance as it’s non-gender specific, so it would make a great gift for both men and women in your life!
Tis the season for giving, and almost nothing feels better (or reduces cortisol more effectively) than being able to help out others in need. Every year during this time, I pick one charity to donate 10% of my ebook sales to, and this year I’m so honored to be able to support Welcome Baby USA, which provides low-income mothers across the nation with everything she and her newborn need in the first four weeks of life (as a new mom this one hits especially close to home). Feel free to drop them a donation, or contribute to other amazing charities like Black Mamas Matter or Global Health Education.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that any of your gluten-free friends or foodies out here would appreciate a delivery of this gluten-free sourdough. The taste and texture is SO good (like legit bread, not cardboard) and it’s made using traditional fermentation with just gluten-free flour and sourdough starter (i.e. free of common allergens like eggs, soy, nuts, refined sugar, dairy, etc.). I’m a big fan of both the classic and seeded flavors, which taste especially yummy in my gluten-free stuffing!
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I love making tea and warm beverages during this cold season, and have been eyeing this kettle for quite some time to elevate the experience. It’s beautiful, simple to use and you can set it to the EXACT temperature you want, so no waiting around for your bevvie to cool down (hello efficiency).
Saving one of the best for last, there’s almost nothing right now getting me more excited than these House of Wise CBD Gummies. I love that they’re created by a female-founded company on a mission to help women take care of their sleep, stress, sex and wealth through effective and hemp-derived CBD products (if you want to learn more about CBD read this post). So far I’ve had all of the gummies and each one truly helps you relax and get out of your head and back into your body (not to mention they taste LEGIT and help me satisfy my sweet tooth). Such a great gift for any busy, overwhelmed or stressed out women and mamas looking for intentional ways to be more present and enjoy more of life (soooo basically all of us?! lol).
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