The Ultimate Happy & Healthy Gift List

Let’s just go ahead and point out the obvious: we’ve all been good this year. Very good. Am I right?

I’ve been keeping this running list for months now, adding to it every time I come across something I think YU would like. I’ve put it through a strainer since I’m sure you are inundated with “Holiday Gift Lists” but let me tell you—these are all goodies that have touched my life, made it better or easier, have helped others, have brought happy tears to my eyes, or have simply introduced something life-changing. I hope you find something special here for those you love (even yourself if need be).

Be sure to check out the No Meat Athlete Bundle Sale going on now until November 29 if you want to give over 21 cookbooks, programs, and other goodies ($1000+ worth of stuff for only $95) to someone you love.

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Bodycare
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REMIX

Can I just say that I want all of these REMIX products because they’re creative, clean, healing, handcrafted, and based in Chinese medicine.

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Formulated by Giselle Wasfie, L.Ac., these 100% natural, essential-oil-based therapies use botanicals, crystal-healing, and the principles of energy medicine to deliver mind-body healing in an effective and individualized way that’s modern and fresh.


S.W. Basics of Brooklyn

5-ingredient-or-less body products from S.W. Basics of Brooklyn has to go on the list too, because there is something about how luxurious and simple these clean products can be. I’m addicted to the Cream in the wintertime and love to gift the Mini Kit to loved ones.

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Responsible Fashion
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Mat & Nat

Beautifully designed handbags, backpacks, yoga totes, even shoes made from vegan leather and recycled materials (linings only made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles).

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Responsible Home Decor
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Studio Herron

Incredible handmade pillows, throws, and wall hangings made by hand in Chicago using sustainably sourced materials.

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DIY
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Package these homemade treats up in a recycled jar with a cute label…

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Orange-Vanilla Epsom Salt Soak

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Chemical-Free Dry Shampoo (for dark and light hair)

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Unique Treats
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Mushroom “Coffee” alternatives like chaga and cordyceps have become such a part of my morning routine this year. They’ve helped me fight back colds during high-stress times, they provide energy, and mental clarity, and they taste delicious and earthy. They are even delicious mixed into a chicory root latte. I bet some folks would be surprised and excited about this unique gift this year.

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Charitable Gifts That Give Back
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West Elm has some pretty lovely gifts that give back. I especially love these recycled cotton aprons they’re offering as a collaboration with FEED. With every adorable apron purchased, FEED donates 14 meals to a family in need in the US.

Feed + West Elm Apron

Definitely check out FEED for more gifts that feed hungry families:

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Great Books I Read This Year
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Cookbooks!
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Cookbooks I don’t have yet, but
really want (and you might too)
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And of course, YumUniverse Pantry to Plate (If you pre-order, it will be like Christmas in May when it arrives!)

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So. Do you have any of these goodies? What do you think of them? What are you gifting this year? Tell us with a comment below.

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  1. Kayla

    Oh, wow Heather this is my favorite gift guide by far! Love your philosophy on gifts that they should make yourself or someone else both happy and healthy.

    The Remix body care looks great I hadn’t heard of that before. I love S.W. basics too their lip balms are awesome. Love that they offer both vegan lip balms and non vegan ones that way everyone can use them! Love those handbags from Mat & Nat. So pretty! Will be getting myself an apron. Love that by purchasing one they give back to family’s in need. Will be checking out the books and cookbooks that you suggested. I need some plant based wisdom in my collection. I will be gifting myself your first cookbook for Christmas! Can’t wait! I have been waiting for so long to order it and to read it. Excited for your new book in May too. 🙂

    Some shops I will be gifting from this Christmas are:

    -Urban Oreganics (loving all their vegan skin and body care)
    -URB Apothecary (best hair serum and hair repair mask ever!)
    -Pure Luxe Apothecary (they’re Neroli Face Mist is my favorite!)
    -Flora Hue (a Canadian shop with some awesome vegan soaps!)
    -Dab Herb Makeup (this the best organic and vegan makeup ever! It is completely plant based. I totally recommend!)

    Thank YU for your continuing inspiration Heather! I have been really enjoying your weekly posts!

    Happy Holidays! 🙂

    -Kayla

    • Oh Kayla, I’m so happy you found a few things you like in this mix—and gifting for yourself? I say “heck yeah” to that. Thanks for sharing these awesome recs… Looks like I may have to do a little gifting for myself, too 😉

      • Kayla

        Hey, Heather! I hope you can find something for yourself from my recs! Yep I love gifting for myself and others this time a year! Happy Holidays! 😀

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