Wellness Wednesday: A gift guide

Sarah Gelman on December 18, 2019
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Can we all agree that December and wellness are not best buds? Whether it’s overindulging at holiday parties, viruses running rampant, or the stress of the season, it’s a tough month for us wellness lovers. But it’s also the season of gift giving and resolutions, so I present to you a last-minute gift guide for those wellness-seekers on your list. I love complementing these books with an essential oil or good tea to make a super-special holiday gift.

For the person who wants daily inspiration:

Becoming_journal.jpgBecoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama: Hands down, the most inspiring book I read in 2018 was Michelle Obama’s Becoming. It made me want to become a better mother, a better partner, and a better citizen of the world. So let’s just say if FLOTUS is willing to guide me a bit on becoming more like her, I’m picking up what she’s putting down. This is a beautiful journal for the millions of readers who loved Becoming.

For the time-crunched or the small business owner:

bigDreams.jpgBig Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe: I love this highly designed goal-setting journal and have it on my nightstand right now. This is a great gift for anyone who is trying to manage their time better, start their own business or side hustle, or just set effective goals. It’s the perfect complement to New Year’s resolutions.

For the person who responds to straight talk:

GirlStopApologizing.jpgGirl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis: I will tell anyone who will listen just how fascinating I find Rachel and Dave Hollis, Founder and CEO (respectively) of the Hollis Company. Rachel Hollis will give you the inspirational equivalent of those electric paddles to the heart they use on Grey’s Anatomy. While the book is a great gift to give, consider giving the gift of the audiobook so readers can get the full impact of Hollis’ motivating straight talk. Special Amazon tip: Hollis’ documentary, Made for More, is available through Prime Video, and her Party Girl series (novels) are available through Kindle Unlimited.

For the athlete or animal lover:

RunningWithSherman.jpgRunning with Sherman by Christopher McDougall: This may seem like an odd choice for a wellness gift list, but hear me out. Readers may be familiar with McDougall from his breakout bestseller, Born to Run. In Running with Sherman, McDougall and his family adopt an abused donkey and they not only rehab it back to health, they give him a purpose in life: to run a human/donkey foot race through the hills of Colorado. The story is incredibly heartwarming and just the antidote to the winter blues or holiday stress you may be feeling. And McDougall always makes me want to strap on my beaten-up running shoes and go running… which is saying a lot.

For someone who hates their job:

CrappytoHappy.jpgCrappy to Happy: Love What You Do by Cassandra Dunn: We all have that friend or relative who hates their job, right? Give them a not-so-subtle reminder that 2020 is the year they need to find meaning in their work or move on. This cute gift-y book is a perfect stocking stuffer—yes, it will actually fit inside a stocking—and may just be the kick in the tooshie someone needs to find happiness.

For the Today show lover, or someone who needs a hug:

IReallyNeededThisToday.jpgI Really Needed This Today by Hoda Kotb: Let me tell you a story. Years ago when I lived in New York, I was running in Central Park on a miserably hot, humid day. Toward me ran a woman with a smile so radiant I thought, “Wow, that woman is happy to be alive.” When the woman came closer, I recognized her as Hoda Kotb, who at the time was a Today show correspondent and had just beaten breast cancer. That image has stayed with me, and made me adore Kotb even more. She’s a true ray of sunshine on morning television, and this inspiring book of quotes and her candid thoughts on each one will help get you through the day after the Today show ends.

For the extremely busy woman:

ExtremelyBusy.jpgThe Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care by Suzanne Falter: Let me first start by saying years ago I made a resolution to never tell anyone I was “busy” when they asked how I was. So forgive me this, but I’m gifting this book to myself and calling it an act of radical self-care. If you know someone who struggles to find the energy to wash their face and floss their teeth at the end of the day, let alone use a quartz roller and meditate, this is the book for them. (Take it from someone who knows.) I believe it was Madonna (the singer) who first taught me that you can’t love someone else if you can’t even love yourself. I can’t wait to unwrap this gift I wrapped myself.


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