Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2023
It’s time to jump in and figure out what you want to get for those that you love this holiday season.
Now, I know it can be tough to try and take care of everyone in your life, and that ultimately, this time of year is ultimately about connecting with your family, friends, and sinking into your inner world (yes, that’s what winter is for!).
But we are often looking for something to put under the tree, or offer on one of the those eight crazy nights.
So I wanted to share with you some of my favorite, healthy, hormone-supporting options for those in your life that need a little boost.
I’m breaking them down into body, mind, emotions, and spirit, so you can easily find what you are looking for.
Here are some great options, many of which have special discounts for the season:
Higher Dose is the maker of my favorite at-home sauna option. If you are like me, I don’t have the space for a large sauna. Luckily, Higher Dose makes the best – and most non-toxic – portable sauna that easily fits in your closet when you aren’t using it, and is super easy to clean.
I purchased mine a few years ago after having bought a zip-up sauna that was supposedly non-toxic, but reeked of plastic fumes when I turned it on. I was so glad to come across Higher Dose’s blanket, which is made with high-grade, non-toxic and water-resistant polyurethane on both the interior and exterior. The product’s non-toxicity has even been confirmed through stringent VOC testing.
Using this blanket is one of my favorite ways to detox throughout the year, but is especially great to use in the winter months.
Get 20% a blanket, or anything else on their site, with code “HDBFCM” at checkout.. They also have bundle specials happening that include their Infrared PEMF Mat (next on my personal list! These are AMAZING to calm inflammation and help you to sleep), and their Red Light Face Mask (a fabulous natural way to support collagen-production in your skin).
AnnMarie is without a doubt my favorite skin care line. They use only organic and wildcrafted ingredients, are MADE SAFE™ certified (meaning they have been certified by independent third-party verification that screens products for toxic chemicals that are known to harm human health and go WAY above and beyond USDA Organic), and most importantly, their products really work. As my mom says, “these are the best smelling products I’ve ever used!” (and she’s used a LOT over the years).
Take advantage of their holiday offer of a Clean Beauty Trial kit for only $19.99, which is 44% off the normal cost. The kit includes Aloe Herb Cleanser, Anti Aging Serum, Anti Aging Oil, and FREE Antioxidant Lip Balm, as well as free shipping and a $10 gift certificate off your next order.
If you missed my Lumen chat, listen to my podcast episode about it to learn a whole lot more. But the basics of why I’ve loved using my Lumen the last couple of months is that it helps you to actually know what’s happening with your metabolism. You get to blow into this device, it measures the CO2 in your breath, and tells you if you are burning fat or carbs.
Possibly my favorite thing about it is that you actually don’t want to always be burning fat! A metabolically flexible body means that you go back and forth between burning fat and carbs depending on the timing and the situation. The app tells you how much of each macro (protein, carbs, and fat) to eat that day based on your reading.
Lumen helps you to understand how to better eat for YOUR own body. And you can get $50 off Lumen when you use code “CHRISTINEG” at checkout.
Ready to actually know when your period is coming, based on your body rather than some computer-generated app? Then it’s time for you to grab my favorite period (and fertility)-tracking tool, Femometer.
I keep this basal thermometer on my bedside table so I can take my temperature as soon as I wake up every morning. Then it automatically connects to the app that tells me when I “truly” ovulate based on my temperature jump (did you know our temps jump after we ovulate because progesterone is a heating hormone?). No more guessing, and a perfect way to track my symptoms, energy levels, moods, and libido.
And it’s a super affordable way to do so, too! Get 10% off with code “TGD” at checkout.
I know it’s not fun to think about, but unfortunately our mattresses are full of chemicals, fire retardants, polyurethane and more. We spend a good chunk of our lives sleeping, so we are breathing in this mix, as well as absorbing these chemicals through our skin.
It’s definitely an investment to get an eco-friendly bed, but if you are due for a new one (we should get a new bed every 8 years or so), consider investing in one made from natural materials. And of course, the best time of the year to find a discount on this type of mattress is NOW.
My favorite non-toxic mattress is Eco Terra Beds: it’s made from natural, non-toxic materials; is polyurethane-free; made in California; and is crafted from certified organic wool and organic cotton. Right now, they are offering $400 off their mattresses as part of their Black Friday sale, so go get ’em!
You need to take “purposeful relaxation” breaks every.single.day.
Most of us know we should meditate, or utilize deep breathing to help our hormones and overall health. Unfortunately, most of us *do not* use these tools daily (or weekly, or monthly…).
This is where Sensate comes in. It helps motivate you to do these things that can be hard to do on your own, because Sensate makes it so pleasant. Even better, it is triggering your Vagus Nerve, which oversees so many aspects of our health from digestion to mental wellness.
This little device vibrates on your heart as you listen to calming music it has been synched to via the Sensate app. I definitely meditate much more deeply using this device, and give my body the daily (somtimes twice!) break it needs.
Learn more about it here, and get $25 off this holiday season with code “CHRISTINEG” at checkout.
Particularly in our 40s, as our progesterone starts to decline, many women start to see their sleep truly suffer. I’ve experienced this myself, and I can tell you how life changing it is when you start to sleep soundly through the night again!
One of the ways I make this happen is by wearing my Swanwick Blue Blockers every night for at least 1-2 hours before I go to bed. They block the blue light that stimulates our “awake” hormone, cortisol. Blocking that blue light also allows our sleep hormone, melatonin, to rise and do its thing.
These glasses are an easy investment that can make a HUGE difference. And they have a Black Friday sale already going on, with 25-50% off all glasses.
“Beautifully written, inspiring, and completely engrossing.” —Kelli Estes, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk and Today We Go Home
I’m so excited and inspired by my good friend, Vashti Kanahele’s new book, Passports and Parasites. She has been on such an incredible journey in her adult life, living in places like Baghdad, Beirut, Phnom Penh, Lagos, and Curacao, all while contending with giving birth to two beautiful babies, and facing chronic illness.
This book is both a great beach or winter-by-the-fire read, and will touch you even more if you’ve dealt with – or are currently facing – autoimmune or other long-term illness. Vashti is one of the kindest, smartest, and interesting people I know, and if you are ready to take a journey, this book will do it. Grab yourself – and everyone you know who loves to travel – a copy!
I try and make healthy eating as easy as possible for my clients. And the reality is, many of my clients are swamped and overwhelmed in their life, working full-time, raising kids, and barely finding any time for themselves, much less grocery shopping every couple of days.
In general, a higher protein, medium fat, with lots of veggies and small amounts of non-glutenous grains, nuts, and legumes is a good diet for a lot of us (especially women over 35). A lot of the delivery plans are higher in carbs, which is why I like Paleo On The Go, because it lands in that higher protein, lower carb arena.
Bonus is if you have an autoimmune disease, since their meals are also AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) compliant. This is HUGE, since AIP can be extra tough to follow on your own, especially considering there are options like empanadas and pizza pockets from Paleo On The Go.
Try it out this season with $45 off any subscription ($15 off 3 consecutive shipments) AND receive a free AIP-Friendly Cookie Mix with coupon code: “BF2022”.
I love their ranch dressing, as well as their ranch dip (see a pattern here?). Plus they have the best mayo, including their Chipotle Lime and Garlic Aioli flavors.
Get yourself a bundle of good stuff for the holiday, and take 10% off at checkout with code “CGARVIN10”.
Here’s the deal – some people can handle coffee better than others in terms of processing it, but some of the aspects of regular coffee negatively impact EVERYONE, including the pesticides, mold, environmental impacts, and workers lack-of-rights.
So if you are going to drink coffee, I suggest doing it the right away. Spirit Animal Coffee is one of my favorites because:
- Their coffees are less acidic and milder, making them kinder to your gut microbiome
- They are certified to be mold-free (read more here)
- They are organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified
- They pay their farmers 300% of what’s prescribed as “fair trade”
Head over to their site and get the Bourbon 2-Pack for half-off for the holidays.
Ready to step off coffee, but still want the ritual of a morning cup and a tiny bit of caffeine? MUD/WTR is a fantastic option for a coffee replacment that contains organic cacao, chai spices, and black tea powder, as well as adaptogenic mushrooms that are going to help your adrenals say “thank you.”
Right now, you can take 50% off sitewide with code “Sunrise”, which includes both their morning ritual starter kit, as well as their creamers and sweeteners.
- Mood Swings
- Brain fog
- Sleep Issues
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Headaches or migraines
- Irregular periods
- Waterfall periods
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Painful breasts
Then we’ve got your back! We’ve created a program for women just like you to help you not only get through Perimenopause, but THRIVE through it. Our next session is happening Feb. 4th-March 8th, 2024.
And for Thanksgiving weekend only, you can get $100 off the cost of the program!! Just use code “NEWYOU” at checkout.
Theey are also women-owned and operated, so they know what it means to help women navigate the changes of midlife with a holistic approach through mind, body, & spirit.
A great place to start is with their perimenopause pack, but if you want to begin with just one product, grab their topical Magnesium product, Radiate Calm.
Get 10% this season with my special code, PERIBOSS, at checkout.
When clients can’t find a good functional doctor to prescribe them biodentical hormones, I always refer them to Defy. That’s because Defy is the leader in BHRT via telehealth, and they are more affordable than many other options, to boot.
They will help you really hone in on optimizing your hormones, thyroid, and much more so that you are living the life you want to lead, not just scrapping by. All the foundations like diet, lifestyle, sleep, and supplements that we teach in Perimenopause Like A Boss are key, but at a certain point, most of us will need hormone therapy.
And you can get 10% off on your first lab order with them with code “CGarvin.” Head over to their website to learn more.
Organizations Worth Donating To This Season
Help feed good, quality food to the people being impacted in the Middle East by giving to the World Central Kitchen.
Doctors Without Borders continues its amazing work around the world to help those in need of medical treatment, particularly in war and environmentally devastated areas. When I worked for a foundation, Doctors Without Borders consistently showed up on the list of best places to donate – your money goes far with them.