Holiday gift season is upon us! Show your love with healthy, homemade treats that you can whip up in your kitchen in an hour or less.
It’s that time of year again when holiday shopping is in full swing and finding the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift is top priority. Whether some of these items have been on the holiday shopping list before or are brand new, here at Be Well, we present you with our roundup of our favorite holiday gifts for the healthy-minded--physically and spiritually.
Since we are big bakers in my family, our friends, family, and neighbors are used to receiving our baked goods for every occasion. My girls brought cookies, cakes, and pastry to every school event. Somewhere along the line, we started cooking up bath concoctions instead of consumable goodies, and everyone loved them. For birthdays, teacher gifts, and parties, our treats were in high demand. But beware: When you start to give your loved ones your homemade products, they get hooked, and it is hard to keep up with the demand. People will expect these homemade products, and they won’t be shy about letting you know this when holidays, birthdays, and special events roll around.
Fully 90 percent of Americans feel stress and anxiety about the holiday season, according to a 2009 survey by Harris Interactive, and the majority of that stress is related to buying gifts.
“We’ve gotten into a toxic situation with holiday gift giving,” says Wanda Urbanska, a North Carolina–based simplicity and sustainability advocate and the author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life (Krause, 2010). “The worst-case scenario is dashing into the mall at the last minute and grabbing stuff, throwing it on the credit card, and not thinking about the financial consequences — or even what the person wants or needs. It’s a financial burden, it’s a time burden, and it’s an environmental burden.”