For bargain shoppers, creative gift-givers and home decor aficionados, the most wonderful time of year is the winter holiday season. What truly makes the season so special is the daily love and cheery sentiments. Although, in this month of festivities, who doesn’t enjoy a silly secret gift exchange or meaningful present from a loved one? Now in our third year, it’s our tradition to showcase our favorite holiday gifts that promote wellness. Check out our newly-released 2016 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide that includes ideas for kids of any ages. Hopefully these will impress and excite your favorite wellness warrior, fit kid or friend who’s ready to take small steps toward better health.
How do you holiday shop for your kids?
Do you urge them to create a list and then shop-til-you-drop searching for those top items?
Or, do you look for the hottest sales and find toys that you know your child will love?
I’ve found a middle of the road approach. I, too, love providing my son with what he really wants. I’m sure this year the holiday ninjas will be dropping a few Ninjago Legos upon our door. However, I’m also on a quest for presents that educate and inspire him to understand healthy living – think toys, games and other kiddie activities that teach a lesson, while focusing on fun. We shared our ideas last year on PrettyWellness.com with our first Healthy Holiday Gift Guide for Kids. Since it was a success, we’re making this an annual feature.
I’ve always loved speaking about health and wellness, so this morning was really exciting. After I posted the Healthy Holiday Gift Guides for kids and adults, Fox CT invited me to come in-studio to showcase some of them. Anchor, Erika Arias, and I had some fun chatting about a few of my favorites for this season.
There’s a fine line between buying holiday toys that will make my child leap through the roof and ordering every single gimmicky item on his list. The past few years, we cleared the shelves of most Thomas the Train models. And now we own at least 45 Thomas trains with different facial expressions and sizes because we loved our son’s energy-filled reaction when opening them. However, he played with each for a few weeks and then asked for newer, shinier trains leaving the “old ones” behind. So this season, I’m determined to deliver enjoyable gifts that can also provide joyful times for our entire family. As I focus on wellness, I try to be a good role model, but also rely on surrounding his world with images, stories and activities that showcase the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. In time for the holiday shopping season, I’ve created my own healthy holiday gift guide with fun-filled, activity-driven gifts for kids.
I love to shop. When walking through grocery stores, clothing boutiques, and even The Home Depot, I always come up with excuses for why I need that new product or household tool. While these new additions to my life make me smile, I truly find more joy in shopping for others. Now that I’m living an organic, low-toxin lifestyle, I’ve sought new gift ideas that focus on health, wellness, and being beautiful organically. I’ve attended holiday events, scoured the web, and read through some of the 2014 Hottest Toy lists. So whether you write to Santa, the Holiday Armadillo or just need to give a gift, here are some of my favorite thoughtful healthy holiday gifts focused on wellness.