Why give a useless gift just because you don’t have a lot of money to spend? It’s possible to give a very meaningful gift that demonstrates concern and good taste all at the same time. Choose from any of these economic yet thoughtful suggestions.
- Good books. Here are a few “must-reads” that could change a life! Water: For Health, For Healing, For Life by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj; Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau; Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Balch and Balch
- Wool socks and Tiger Balm. Who doesn’t love a good pair of wool socks? They can warm chilly toes, but are also good for treating a sore throat (granny used to apply a heating liniment to the area around the adam’s apple, then pin a wool sock around it). Tiger Balm is great for treating sore muscles, chest colds, and may even offer relief for headaches (massage into temples). Available at health food stores.
- Stainless steel drinking bottle. Know someone who’s still drinking from a plastic bottle? It’s time to get that person a real steel drinking bottle. Stainless steel is considered safer than plastic because it won’t release poisonous gas into the water. Besides, stainless steel is virtually indestructible and is probably more environmentally friendly, too.
- Natural sea salt sampler. Unlike the boring old mined salt (often with aluminum chloride added to prevent caking) that comes only in one color – white – natural sea salt comes in a range of colors and actually has some flavor, too. Natural salts provide trace minerals not available in commercially mined table salt which is stripped of these trace elements. A collection of two or three small bottles (buy coarse and fine-grained salts) in a small, natural wicker basket would make a lovely and inexpensive gift for someone who loves to cook.
- Natural beeswax or soy-based candles. Why burn candles if you’re only adding to indoor air pollution? Most candles are made from paraffin, which is a petrochemical, and artificial fragrances and colors. Give a gift of all-natural candles made from unbleached beeswax or vegetable oils with essential oils for fragrance.
- Natural soap. Handmade soaps, with their subtle colors and natural fragrances, make beautiful gifts. A well-made natural soap is gentler on skin and does not contain the kinds of harmful ingredients and additives that commercial bars do. Look for natural soaps at your local farmer’s market, craft show, or health food store. Don’t hesitate to ask the soap maker what goes into the soap. The basic ingredients for natural soaps are water, vegetable oils, lye (sodium hydroxide) and essential oils. Steer clear of soaps that contain animal fats, synthetic fragrances, and dyes.
- Gift certificate for a single therapy at a health spa. Though a day session at a spa can be quite costly, a drop-in fee for a far infrared sauna treatment, oxygen bar, salt glow, or other individual therapies can be quite affordable. Even a short session can be rejuvenating and can give the immune system a boost.
Choose a health-conscious gift for someone whose health you’re concerned about. And don’t forget to give yourself a health-boosting gift while you’re at it. You can’t afford not to.