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It’s official: holiday shopping season is upon us! As you run here and there to find gifts for loved ones, don’t forget about your own wish list, too. ’Tis the season to ask for what you really want and need—from others and from yourself. Here are eight fun, practical, and uplifting gifts you may not have thought to ask for but which you should definitely add to your wish list.
Guru Nanda Aromatherapy
The Gift of Relaxation
Aromatherapy is a great way to unwind and ease your busy mind. For some of the highest quality essential oils, try Guru Nanda. Globally farmed and ethically sourced, their wide selection of oils is 100% pure and natural. A few drops of crisp, cleansing Peppermint (Walmart, $5.94) or soothing True Lavender (Walmart, $5.94) in the sleek Honeycomb Diffuser (Walmart, $19.88) are the perfect recipe for relaxation. Blends for calming sleep, immunity, and tranquility also promote wellness and peaceful repose (Walmart, $19.88).
Reasons to smile jar
The Gift of Positivity
What better gift is there than a little inspiration whenever you need it? The Reason to Smile Jar from Kind Notes (Kind Notes $44.95) provides just that with 31 encouraging, mood-boosting messages. Printed on cardstock paper and tucked into decorative envelopes within a beautiful keepsake jar, the messages can be customized or ready-made and will help remind you to look on the positive side of things. Place it on your bedside table and open one a day, or anytime you need a smile.
Janet Evanovich Twisted Twenty Six
The Gift of a Great Escape
Sometimes you have to get away from it all and take a break. Even if an actual trip isn’t feasible, you can still escape the daily grind by losing yourself in a good book. Just in time for the holiday season, bestselling author Janet Evanovich is back with Twisted Twenty-Six, the new installment in her famous Stephanie Plum series. This time, the stakes have never been higher for bounty hunter Stephanie, as it’s her beloved Grandma Mazur who’s in danger. If you’re looking for a read that’s exciting, suspenseful, and full of wit, this book is just the ticket! (Penguin Random House, hardcover: $28.00. Available in other formats at other prices.)
Yearly Digitial Planner
The Gift of Stress-Free Planning
Overscheduling can lead to stress and exhaustion and is especially easy to do around the holidays. Take control of your calendar and plan ahead to avoid the trap of too many commitments. An easy-to-use digital planner (Etsy, $14) will keep you organized while letting you express yourself. Plus, it couldn’t be simpler to update or carry around, as it downloads straight to your iPad via apps like Goodnotes or Notability. Now you’ll be ready to take on anything 2020 throws your way!
Livatone Plus Supplements
The Gift of Good Health
With all the celebratory drinks and indulgent foods, it’s difficult to maintain or work towards your health goals during the holidays. Livatone Plus, a dietary supplement designed to support and strengthen detoxification pathways, can help you not lose ground this holiday season (Liver Doctor, $30.00 for a one-month supply, or $50.00 for two months). Formulated with pure, undiluted extracts of milk thistle—which aids in the production and regeneration of healthy liver cells—Livatone Plus provides a range of benefits, including liver and gallbladder support, elimination of toxins, and improved digestion of fats. Pair it with the Liver Cleansing Diet book ($20.00), an eight-week detoxify eating plan, to kickstart your New Year weight-loss resolutions (free with a one or two-month supply! use code FREEBOOK at checkout).
Troll Dolls and Spirit Riding Free Training Arena
The Gift of Joy and Spending Quality Time with Loved Ones
Want to give a gift the kids will love and will also help you squeeze in more family time? We've got two that will fit the bill. The Trolls Popstar Poppy Singing Doll (Walmart, $30) lets little Trolls fans sing along to “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun.” Join in for double the sing-along fun. The Spirit Riding Free Training Arena (Walmart $25) brings the world of your child’s favorite TV show to life with 42 pieces, including Spirit and friends.
Seeing the joy on their faces when they unwrap these toys will certainly be one of the best gifts—but there’s more! When you buy either of these DreamWorks limited-edition gift sets at Walmart, there’s a bonus present: Season 1 of Spirit Riding Free or Trolls: The Beat Goes On, which you can watch with your family for free on Vudu using a special code found on your receipt.
Volunteering for the Holidays
The Gift of Helping Others
The holidays are all about giving: presents, love, time, energy… Generosity, though, isn’t just a gift to those who receive but to the giver too. This season, try volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about. Such altruistic action is full of benefits: it can boost your mood and self-esteem by providing a sense of purpose, strengthen ties to your community and build new relationships, and, of course, helps those in need. If you’re not sure where to start, check out volunteermatch.org to find non-profits looking for volunteers in your area or Sixty and Me's helpful guide for seniors looking to volunteer. Becoming involved in these worthy causes is sure to be the gift that keeps on giving.