It’s the most beautiful time of the year… to find the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones that will bring a genuine smile to their faces. Of course no pressure.
Seriously, many of us are torn between wanting to get great gifts for the people in our lives (after all, gift giving is one of the languages of love) and not wanting to buy anything just to wrap something to have.
With that in mind, this year the Primal team put our heads together and created a list of gift ideas that will make it a snap to tick off your holiday bucket list. The ideas below aim to help everyone live their best original life – get outside, eat good food, engage your brain, take care of your body, reduce stress and just generally #LiveAwesome!
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Gifts for the great outdoors
To take with you to the mountains:
Embrace the cold! The right gear makes it easy and fun to stay active outside even during those cold winter months:
Cleats (like these) that strap over shoes or boots make winter hiking and trail running safer Rechargeable hand warmers replace disposable warmers and keep your fingers warm You can never have enough warm socks. Check out Pacas, Darn Tough, and Bombas (a certified B-Corp that donates socks for every pair purchased). A small portable stove like a JetBoil can be carried in a hiking backpack for trailside hot chocolate or a hot meal on a cold trip. It’s also a year-round must-have for backpacking. Maybe add in some Primal or keto-friendly ready meals.
For beach days:
Or pool days or lounging in your backyard…
For each environment:
A light-up leash or collar will protect the pooch on walks when the days are short. Local, state and national park passes support public lands and encourage loved ones to get outdoors. Portable solar chargers are also ideal for travelers
Gifts for gourmets
Replace single-use plastic with reusable grocery bags and make bags (check Etsy for fun options made from upcycled fabrics), stash bags for leftovers, and lunch boxes
Gift memberships to local CSAs or cooperatives Local cheese or wine shops, coffee roasters
Curl up with a good book
Book recommendations from the Primal team:
And don’t forget these:
Heated coffee cup or cup warmer Blue light glasses or yellow-tinted book light for reading in the evening that doesn’t disturb your sleep Audio book membership (Scribed, Audible) for people who like to do handicrafts or do puzzles while reading
Gifts for sporty types
For those who move: massage/self-myofascial release tools (see our recommendations for essential tools here) the dark collagen for strong, healthy joints and connective tissue
experiences and services
Relieve stress with a subscription to a meditation app like Headspace, Calm or InsightTimer, or watch Erwan LeCorre’s BreathHoldWork course as a premium gift New Skills: Cooking Classes, Art Classes, Courses on Udemy or Masterclass Tickets to Concerts , symphony, theater , or a comedy club golf or ski passes Time Saving: cleaning services, food delivery (You can also offer your own time and skills!)
What else is on your gift list? Use the comments to highlight your favorite brands and small businesses worth supporting!
About the author
Lindsay Taylor, Ph.D., is a senior writer and community manager for Primal Nutrition, a certified Primal Health Coach, and co-author of three keto cookbooks.
As a writer for Mark’s Daily Apple and leader of the thriving Keto Reset and Primal Endurance communities, Lindsay’s mission is to help people learn the what, why, and how of health-focused living. Before joining the Primal team, she earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also worked as a researcher and lecturer.
Lindsay lives in Northern California with her husband and two athletic sons. In her free time, she enjoys ultra running, triathlon, camping, and game nights. Follow @theusefuldish on Instagram as Lindsay tries to balance work, family and cardio while maintaining a healthy balance and most importantly, enjoying life.
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