{"id":604527526194,"title":"2022 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: Our Top Picks","created_at":"2022-12-20T19:16:51-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"2022 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: Our Top Picks\",\n \"keywords\": \"holiday gift guide\",\n \"description\": \"We recommend unique gifts for health-conscious consumers doing holiday shopping. 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\"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"memberOf\": [\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"U.S. Chamber of Commerce\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.uschamber.com\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Certified B Corp\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.bcorporation.net\/en-us\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Natural Products Association\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.npanational.org\/\"\n }\n ],\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": 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holiday gifts, we wanted to make a roundup post for health-conscious consumers with research-backed, unique, interesting gift options.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe reviewed hundreds of brands and selected the following products for our 2022 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAventon eBikes\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Aventure_Image_Optimized.png?v=1671581625\" alt=\"Aventon eBike image\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eElectronic bikes, or eBikes, are the perfect hybrid between a workout and a leisurely ride. You can choose to pedal exclusively, choose to use the motor exclusively, or use a combination.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29095201\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eClinical Journal of Sport Medicine\u003c\/em\u003e found that \u003cstrong\u003eeBike use caused similar cardiovascular health benefits to regular bike use.\u003c\/strong\u003e People who use eBikes regularly may also experience improved mental and physical health \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/35263497\/\"\u003eaccording to\u003c\/a\u003e research studies.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe recommend Aventon eBikes because they're durable, beautifully designed and a great gift that can improve both mental and physical health. The brand's website is accessible \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/www.avantlink.com\/click.php?tool_type=cl\u0026amp;merchant_id=a41b063c-52a4-4d87-8f09-d6c71998ed15\u0026amp;website_id=df1a674c-6767-4df7-9a77-988a3b87fbe3\u0026amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aventon.com%2F\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePowerBoost Percussion Massager\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Powerboost_Image_Optimized.png?v=1671594527\" alt=\"PowerBoost image\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSharper Image manufactures a percussive massager called the PowerBoost which can help reduce pain and improve recovery in a drug-free manner.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2021 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8345385\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e found that \u003cstrong\u003epercussive massage treatment can improve endurance during strength training.\u003c\/strong\u003e The device can also provide relief for tired and sore muscles.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe PowerBoost is a sleekly-designed tool that's significantly cheaper than many percussive therapy models on the market at only $99.99. The product's official website is accessible \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/powerboost.com\/powerboost-deep-tissue\/\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e Verve Culture Artisan Citrus Juicer\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Verve_Culture_Juicer_Image_Optimized.png?v=1671594787\" alt=\"Verve Culture Artisan Citrus Juicer image\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor those looking for a gift that's great for health and interior design, Verve Culture's citrus juicer is perfect.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt's one of the best-designed kitchenware items we've come across, and \u003cstrong\u003eit can make it more fun and convenient to consume citrus fruits like lemons and limes.\u003c\/strong\u003e Polyphenols from lemons are associated with increased longevity in \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6403313\/\"\u003eanimal studies\u003c\/a\u003e, and many lemon and lime juices at supermarkets have preservatives and come in plastic bottles.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out the Verve Culture juicer \u003ca href=\"%20https:\/\/verveculture.com\/products\/artisan-citrus-juicer-small?variant=16097062715463\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNolah Weighted Bamboo Blanket\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Nolah_Weighted_Bamboo_Blanket_Optimized.png?v=1671595123\" alt=\"Nolah Weighted Bamboo Blanket image\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWeighted blankets are a great gift during the winter months because they can improve sleep quality and are super comfy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32204779\/\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy\u003c\/em\u003e \u003cstrong\u003ereviewed clinical trials on weighted blankets and found that their use significantly reduces anxiety.\u003c\/strong\u003e It's currently unclear on what may be causing this effect, but it suggests that this product can be perfect for consumers who may struggle with both anxiety and sleep issues.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis product is made from bamboo and glass microbeads. It's entirely free of potentially harmful materials like memory foam that may off-gas and are harmful to the environment.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Nolah Weighted Bamboo Blanket is currently half-off and retailing for barely over $100 which is a great price for a weighted blanket. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nolahmattress.com\/products\/nolah-weighted-bamboo-blanket\"\u003eHere's the link\u003c\/a\u003e to the official product page.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNew Zealand Manuka Honey\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/NZ_Manuka_Honey_Image_Optimized.png?v=1671595466\" alt=\"New Zealand Manuka Honey image\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eManuka honey not only tastes great but is one of the most well-studied types of honey for health benefit.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2017 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28901255\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e found that \u003cstrong\u003emanuka honey had anti-cancer effects due to its antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-proliferative capacities.\u003c\/strong\u003e It's significantly healthier in our opinion than commercial honey which is pasteurized and loses much of its health-promoting nutrition.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/newzealandhoneyco.com\/\"\u003eHere's the link\u003c\/a\u003e to the New Zealand Honey website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e Toxyfree Non-Toxic Cosmetics\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Toxyfree_Product_Image_Optimized.png?v=1671596286\" alt=\"Toxyfree product image\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToxyfree is a brand that curates healthy, non-toxic home goods, including cosmetics, kitchenware and much more.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe brand's \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/shoptoxyfree.com\/products\/organic-perfume?_pos=2\u0026amp;_sid=2a2a82651\u0026amp;_ss=r\"\u003eorganic perfume\u003c\/a\u003e is created with entirely plant-based ingredients like organic jojoba oil and organic essential oils. \u003cstrong\u003eThis is a much healthier option than commercial perfumes that contain fragrance\u003c\/strong\u003e, an ingredient shown in \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5093181\/\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/a\u003e to negatively impact human health.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToxyfree also sells a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/shoptoxyfree.com\/products\/handmade-dry-brush?_pos=2\u0026amp;_sid=f3e0bd15d\u0026amp;_ss=r\"\u003eHandmade Dry Brush\u003c\/a\u003e, and this type of item is effective for unclogging pores and exfoliating skin \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/health.clevelandclinic.org\/the-truth-about-dry-brushing-and-what-it-does-for-you\/\"\u003eaccording to\u003c\/a\u003e the Cleveland Clinic. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe brand has a lot of alternatives to commercial products that we consider healthy, non-toxic options so definitely take a look around their site.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFitVine Healthier Wine\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/FitVine_Image_Optimized.png?v=1671596800\" alt=\"FitVine product image\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFitVine's wine is free of added sugar and sulfites, and is priced the same as a wine you'd buy in a grocery store (around $16 per bottle).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSulfites are used to preserve wines, but can cause headache, rashes and other side effects according to a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7288175\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e in the \u003cem\u003eMolecules\u003c\/em\u003e journal. Sulfites have no nutritional benefit so it's logical to avoid them in our opinion.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFitVine is the most affordable sulfite-free wine brand we've come across\u003c\/strong\u003e, and would definitely recommend the brand to consumers who enjoy wine but are trying to make healthier purchase decisions. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.fitvinewine.com\/\"\u003eHere's the link\u003c\/a\u003e to the brand's official website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBathorium Bath Bomb\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Snooze_Bath_Bomb_Image_Optimized.png?v=1671596967\" alt=\"Bathorium Snooze Bath Bomb product image\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMost bath bomb products are full of questionable ingredients like fragrance and artificial colors which are arguably harmful to human health.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBathorium sells a bath bomb called Snooze that's made with entirely non-toxic, skin-enhancing ingredients\u003c\/strong\u003e like magnesium sulfate, grapeseed oil and organic aloe vera.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bathorium.com\/collections\/all-bath-bombs\/products\/snooze-bomb?variant=39856918528056\"\u003eHere's the link\u003c\/a\u003e to the official product listing.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eManta Sleep Mask\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Manta_Sleep_Mask_Optimized.webp?v=1671597261\" alt=\"Manta Sleep Mask product image\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eManta makes the comfiest sleep mask we've ever tried, and it's affordably priced at only $35. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis gift is a great option for people who want to naturally improve sleep quality but may not be able to install blackout blinds in their house, or for travel. It's significantly more effective than the cheap airline-type masks. You can't see any light at all when you wear it. They also come with earplugs.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2021 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33870919\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e found that \u003cstrong\u003eeye mask and ear plug use improved sleep quality\u003c\/strong\u003e in ICU patients. We can't locate any medical studies on healthy patients, but it seems logical that the same effects would hold given that light exposure during sleep negatively impacts sleep quality.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/mantasleep.com\/products\/manta-sleep-mask\"\u003eHere's the official link\u003c\/a\u003e to this product on Manta's site.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNon-Toxic Water Bottle\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Iron_Flask_Image_Optimized.png?v=1671598239\" alt=\"Iron Flask product image\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe recommend reusable water bottles that are free of plastic.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile many brands advertise \"BPA-free\" plastic bottles, the truth is that all plasticizing chemicals (like BPS) can cause neurotoxicity and reproductive toxicity according to \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30772709\/\"\u003emedical studies\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAll parts of Iron Flask's water bottles are made with stainless steel (even the caps) which is why \u003cstrong\u003ewe recommend this brand as a healthier alternative to plastic water bottles (both single-use and reusable).\u003c\/strong\u003e They're also better-designed than most stainless steel bottles.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIron Flask has a wide range of different designs and sizes, but all of them are made using stainless steel. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ironflask.com\/\"\u003eHere's the link\u003c\/a\u003e to the brand's website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eU.S. State Park Annual Pass\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/National_Park_Image_Optimized.webp?v=1671597861\" alt=\"National Park image\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDid you know that you can get an annual pass to visit any U.S. state park for only $80? We had no idea before compiling this gift guide. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are over 2,000 federal recreation sites that this pass grants access to, with the majority of them in western states. Here's a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.recreation.gov\/pass\"\u003emap\u003c\/a\u003e of the state parks.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMedical research \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8125471\/\"\u003eproves\u003c\/a\u003e that \u003cstrong\u003eexposure to nature benefits both physical and mental health\u003c\/strong\u003e, and we recommend getting in a natural environment as much as possible for optimal health.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.recreation.gov\/pass\"\u003eHere's the link\u003c\/a\u003e to the government website where this pass can be purchased.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-12-20T23:59:19-05:00","updated_at":"2023-01-04T19:20:09-05:00","summary_html":"We recommend unique gifts for health-conscious consumers doing holiday shopping. 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2022 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: Our Top Picks

2022 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: Our Top Picks


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Read our Editorial Guidelines to learn more about what makes our site the premier resource for online health information.

It can be challenging to buy good gifts for family and loved ones, and even harder when trying to buy a healthy gift.

With so many brands advertising their products as healthy holiday gifts, we wanted to make a roundup post for health-conscious consumers with research-backed, unique, interesting gift options.

We reviewed hundreds of brands and selected the following products for our 2022 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide.

Aventon eBikes

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Electronic bikes, or eBikes, are the perfect hybrid between a workout and a leisurely ride. You can choose to pedal exclusively, choose to use the motor exclusively, or use a combination.

A clinical trial published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine found that eBike use caused similar cardiovascular health benefits to regular bike use. People who use eBikes regularly may also experience improved mental and physical health according to research studies.

We recommend Aventon eBikes because they're durable, beautifully designed and a great gift that can improve both mental and physical health. The brand's website is accessible at this link.

PowerBoost Percussion Massager

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Sharper Image manufactures a percussive massager called the PowerBoost which can help reduce pain and improve recovery in a drug-free manner.

A 2021 clinical trial found that percussive massage treatment can improve endurance during strength training. The device can also provide relief for tired and sore muscles.

The PowerBoost is a sleekly-designed tool that's significantly cheaper than many percussive therapy models on the market at only $99.99. The product's official website is accessible at this link.

 Verve Culture Artisan Citrus Juicer

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For those looking for a gift that's great for health and interior design, Verve Culture's citrus juicer is perfect.

It's one of the best-designed kitchenware items we've come across, and it can make it more fun and convenient to consume citrus fruits like lemons and limes. Polyphenols from lemons are associated with increased longevity in animal studies, and many lemon and lime juices at supermarkets have preservatives and come in plastic bottles.

Interested consumers can check out the Verve Culture juicer at this link.

Nolah Weighted Bamboo Blanket

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Weighted blankets are a great gift during the winter months because they can improve sleep quality and are super comfy.

A meta-study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy reviewed clinical trials on weighted blankets and found that their use significantly reduces anxiety. It's currently unclear on what may be causing this effect, but it suggests that this product can be perfect for consumers who may struggle with both anxiety and sleep issues.

This product is made from bamboo and glass microbeads. It's entirely free of potentially harmful materials like memory foam that may off-gas and are harmful to the environment.

The Nolah Weighted Bamboo Blanket is currently half-off and retailing for barely over $100 which is a great price for a weighted blanket. Here's the link to the official product page.

New Zealand Manuka Honey

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Manuka honey not only tastes great but is one of the most well-studied types of honey for health benefit.

A 2017 medical review found that manuka honey had anti-cancer effects due to its antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-proliferative capacities. It's significantly healthier in our opinion than commercial honey which is pasteurized and loses much of its health-promoting nutrition.

Here's the link to the New Zealand Honey website.

 Toxyfree Non-Toxic Cosmetics

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Toxyfree is a brand that curates healthy, non-toxic home goods, including cosmetics, kitchenware and much more.

The brand's organic perfume is created with entirely plant-based ingredients like organic jojoba oil and organic essential oils. This is a much healthier option than commercial perfumes that contain fragrance, an ingredient shown in medical research to negatively impact human health.

Toxyfree also sells a Handmade Dry Brush, and this type of item is effective for unclogging pores and exfoliating skin according to the Cleveland Clinic. 

The brand has a lot of alternatives to commercial products that we consider healthy, non-toxic options so definitely take a look around their site.

FitVine Healthier Wine

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FitVine's wine is free of added sugar and sulfites, and is priced the same as a wine you'd buy in a grocery store (around $16 per bottle).

Sulfites are used to preserve wines, but can cause headache, rashes and other side effects according to a medical review in the Molecules journal. Sulfites have no nutritional benefit so it's logical to avoid them in our opinion.

FitVine is the most affordable sulfite-free wine brand we've come across, and would definitely recommend the brand to consumers who enjoy wine but are trying to make healthier purchase decisions. Here's the link to the brand's official website.

Bathorium Bath Bomb

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Most bath bomb products are full of questionable ingredients like fragrance and artificial colors which are arguably harmful to human health.

Bathorium sells a bath bomb called Snooze that's made with entirely non-toxic, skin-enhancing ingredients like magnesium sulfate, grapeseed oil and organic aloe vera.

Here's the link to the official product listing.

Manta Sleep Mask

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Manta makes the comfiest sleep mask we've ever tried, and it's affordably priced at only $35. 

This gift is a great option for people who want to naturally improve sleep quality but may not be able to install blackout blinds in their house, or for travel. It's significantly more effective than the cheap airline-type masks. You can't see any light at all when you wear it. They also come with earplugs.

A 2021 clinical trial found that eye mask and ear plug use improved sleep quality in ICU patients. We can't locate any medical studies on healthy patients, but it seems logical that the same effects would hold given that light exposure during sleep negatively impacts sleep quality.

Here's the official link to this product on Manta's site.

Non-Toxic Water Bottle

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We recommend reusable water bottles that are free of plastic.

While many brands advertise "BPA-free" plastic bottles, the truth is that all plasticizing chemicals (like BPS) can cause neurotoxicity and reproductive toxicity according to medical studies.

All parts of Iron Flask's water bottles are made with stainless steel (even the caps) which is why we recommend this brand as a healthier alternative to plastic water bottles (both single-use and reusable). They're also better-designed than most stainless steel bottles.

Iron Flask has a wide range of different designs and sizes, but all of them are made using stainless steel. Here's the link to the brand's website.

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U.S. State Park Annual Pass

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Did you know that you can get an annual pass to visit any U.S. state park for only $80? We had no idea before compiling this gift guide. 

There are over 2,000 federal recreation sites that this pass grants access to, with the majority of them in western states. Here's a map of the state parks.

Medical research proves that exposure to nature benefits both physical and mental health, and we recommend getting in a natural environment as much as possible for optimal health.

Here's the link to the government website where this pass can be purchased.




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