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Period Talk, Personal, Sustainability

November 7, 2018

Jenna Bee Nutrition Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are coming up fast and if you’re a planner like me, you’re likely making gift lists for your loved ones.

But where to start?! I know how overwhelming it can feel, especially for people who provide vague wishlists (or none at all)! This is why I’ve put together a quick holiday gift guide – here’s to inspiration!

For reference…

$: $5 – $20

$$: $20 – $50

$$$: $50 – $100

$$$$: $100+

All things periods

I know I’m not the only one trying to make my period less messy, less wasteful, more cost-effective, and overall more fun. These gifts are perfect for the period lovers in your world.

Woman Code by Alisa Vitti | $

I simply cannot recommend this book enough. It really jumpstarted my journey to hormonal healing and left me feeling empowered to take charge of my cycle. I wrote about my experience with the book’s 4-day cleanse (my first ever!) if you’re interested in what the potential benefits are!

Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden | $

Another must-read for that person in your life who wants to learn everything they can about their menstrual cycle! This one addresses many specific symptoms and period problems from the perspective of a naturopathic physician.

Menstrual cup | $$

Switching to a menstrual cup literally changed how I deal with my period, plus it’s much better for our planet and wallets in the long run. I use the Diva Cup, but there are plenty of options out there! *For this gift, you might want to let your loved one pick it out then offer to purchase it!

Period Underwear | $$

Period-proof underwear that are cute AND work | Jenna Bee Nutrition

Another staple during my cycle. These are chic, absorbent, and provide extra protection from any leaks. I personally love Thinx for their mission and high-quality undies. Save $15 on your first purchase through my link here.

Tampon/pad delivery subscription | $ – $$$

For those who want to stick with the traditional methods. There are a handful of these subscription services that focus on organic, non-toxic products + have amazing social impact missions. My personal favorite is This is L., plus they have non-toxic condoms, too.

Send your friend an introductory box or surprise them with a full year subscription!

Moon Cycle Bakery | $$ – $$$

I fell in love with Moon Cycle Bakery almost a year ago now. Maybe I’m a bit biased because I was an intern and now collaborate with them on a regular basis, but I truly love the treats and their mission.

Not much beats opening a beautiful package full of tasty goodies just when I need it most. Feel free to check out the treats and subscription options here.

Sustainability

Maybe you have a friend who is constantly on the search for new eco-friendly products. Or possibly a family member who could use a nudge in the less wasteful direction.

Simple Acts to Save Our Planet: 500 Ways to Make a Difference | $

I stumbled upon this book one day and have still yet to purchase it myself, but loved the wide range of sustainability tips! This would make the perfect gift for someone who wants to make some changes but isn’t sure where to start.

Reusable straws + cutlery | $

I always carry a few of these straws and a travel cutlery set in my bag in case I end up grabbing food or drinks on the go!

Reusable water bottle/tumbler | $$

These are great for hiking, grabbing coffee to-go, or running errands. Plus, we could all use a few extra sips of water throughout the day! My fave brand at the moment is Healthy Human – they’re durable, stylish, and come in a wide variety of styles, designs, and sizes! Save 15% here.

For even more sustainable gift ideas, I highly suggest checking out…

The Wild Minimalist | This site is my go-to stop for all things sustainable. The couple behind the shop has curated the perfect place to find eco-friendly options for everything from cleaning supplies, pet toys, beauty products, to kitchen essentials.

The Little Market | Co-founded by my girl Lauren Conrad, this non-profit online shop (and I think soon-to-be storefront) carries beautiful pieces from women artisans around the world. Their mission is to empower women to “rise above poverty and support their families.”

Every time I browse their site I get lost looking at candles, tote bags, ceramics, blankets, jewelry and so much more!

Ten Thousand Villages | This shop offers similar products with a similar mission to The Little Market. I’ve had my eye on their wicker companion tote and a few of their necklaces for awhile now!

For the foodie

Most of us have a foodie in our lives. You know…that person who is always watching cooking shows, photographing their food, and trying out new, weird ingredients. Here are a few gift ideas to indulge their passion.

Cookbooks | $ – $$

You can’t go wrong with a cookbook. They’re fun, interactive, and will be used for years. Some of my favorites include Thug Kitchen, Salt Fat Acid Heat, and The Flavor Bible.

Cooking lessons | $$$

Sometimes foodies simply love to eat but don’t yet feel comfortable in the kitchen. Gifting someone a cooking lesson is a great way to introduce them to new foods + cooking methods. Maybe they’ll finally learn how to make homemade pasta or a perfect vegetarian dish.

Groupon is a great place to search for affordable cooking lessons and don’t forget I offer interactive, customized cooking lessons both in the Portland, OR area and online!

Thrive Market membership | $$$

A membership to this online marketplace is a must for any foodie! They offer thousands of goods (supplements, wine, pet food, beauty products, food, etc.) at wholesale prices. I have saved hundreds of dollars on my favorite brands by shopping through Thrive.

Plus, with each purchased membership, they donate one to a family in need!

Local food tour | $$$

Another great way for your foodie friend to explore all the delicious eats their city has to offer. Groupon is another great place to search for this type of gift and a simple Google search will bring up plenty of options.

Personal chef package | $$$$

This is the perfect gift for the person who values quality food and is too busy to consistently make their own meals. Personal chefs offer a wide range of services, from individual meal packages to intimate dinner parties.

My personal chef offerings are designed to nourish and satisfy the body with nutritious, whole foods. I work with a wide variety of dietary preferences and customize meals to support hormonal balance, pregnancy, and postpartum recovery.

DIY

Bath salts | $

I love dipping into a hot, relaxing bath after sprinkling in some Epsom salt. I recently developed a calming lavender + rose bath soak that is easy to make for yourself or gift to others.

Recipe (makes enough for 2-4 baths)

Ingredients:

-2 cups Epsom salt

-2 tablespoons carrier oil (I love coconut)

-2 tablespoons dried lavender

-2 tablespoons dried rose buds, crushed

-5 – 10 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

Add all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Elderberry syrup | $

Elderberries are well-known for their antiviral properties and can be taken to prevent illness and reduce severity of symptoms. There are plenty of ready-made brands at the store, but I find it more fun to make a big batch and share it with the ones I love. Find my recipe here.

A few other DIY ideas include homemade granola, candles, terrariums, soaps, journals, and art pieces.

I hope my gift guide has you feeling inspired and ready to take on your holiday shopping!

I’m always looking for new gift ideas as well – what’s your favorite gift to give? Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Jenna Bee

 

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