Give the gift of feeling great in 2017. Here are 23 ideas
Give the gift of feeling great this season. Here are a few ideas to help a lucky someone — or yourself — happily and healthfully launch into the New Year. You’ll find hundreds more gift ideas at latimes.com/holidaygiftguide.
At your door
Subscription boxes are the gift that gives month after month. A few we like: Curated beauty picks from Fab Fit Fun (starting at $49.99, fabfitfun.com) and socially conscious finds from Love Goodly ($29.95 and up, lovegoodly.com). And then there’s Loli Beauty’s BIY (blend it yourself) subscription box, which delivers organic and free-trade ingredients from around the globe so you can make your own unique blends. $35 a box and up, lolibeauty.com
Get your pedal on
Two wheels are a calorie-burning (and green) way to hit the beach, do some light commuting or run errands in the neighborhood. Vernon-based Critical Cycles helps you build your own bike online with stylish options. You can put it all together yourself at home if that’s how you roll, or pre-assemby is also offered. Starting at about $199, criticalcycles.com
Cookies with a conscience
A membership to Marina del Rey-based Thrive Market — it’s like a health-fueled Costco, if Costco delivered — is perfect for the healthy foodie on your gift list. (Thrive also gives away one membership to a low-income family for every one that you purchase for $59.95 a year.) Membership gets you deep discounts on a variety of healthy, organic products. Also good for gift giving: its Healthy Holiday DIY Cookie Kit, featuring sprouted wheat flour, organic brown sugar and dark chocolate chips. $24.95, thrivemarket.com
Namaste in style
The Yogitoes Vitality mat towel has little rubber nubs on the back to prevent slips and slides; the Prolite Mat is luxuriously dense. $70, $80 and up. Both from El-Segundo-based manduka.com.
California glamping company Shelter Co. has a new Huckleberry Tent recommended for kids or a couple. $250. shelter-co.com
Health-minded stocking stuffers from Moon Juice wellness apothecary on Melrose Place, such as: a snack bag of hazelnut, mulberry and cacao “crunchers”; tumeric, coconut and lime pepitas; or, for something sweet, chocolate, coconut and honey “buttons.” ($4-$6, moonjuiceshop.com). Add Sakara’s Beauty Water Cocktail Mix Kit for a festive, from-the-inside-out beauty libation. $109, sakara.com
From L.A. designer Monica Wise’s L*Active 2017 “Active-Swim” collection come these swim capri pants and Sierra Tank in antique denim ($119, $129, lspace.com), perfect for the California-girl at heart who hits the beach and hikes on the very same day. (Yes, these are swim capris.) Give a pair of Peace Joy snuggle socks to round out stocking stuffers. $10, lifeisgood.com
The gift of massage doesn’t have to break the bank. Burke Williams opened new outlets in Hollywood and the less expensive Burke Williams Simply Massage in Marina del Rey. You’ll also find affordable luxury at the Now in West Hollywood and Santa Monica. $35 and up. burkewilliamsspa.com, bwsimplymassage.com and thenowmassage.com
The Golden State is a destination for curated adventure and creative, mindfulness and wellness travel, so here are some ideas to get you started. First stop in the self-actualization tour? Esalen Institute in Big Sur, of course. Also consider the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, the Art Seekers programs at Ventana resort in Big Sur and excursions by the Mountain Travel Sobek adventure travel company, including a strenuous 13-day hike along the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park. Prices vary.
For the kid inside
“Magical Jungle: An Inky Expedition and Coloring Book for Adults,” because creativity, play and having fun matters. $16.95, amazon.com