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Healthy holiday gift ideas under $20
Give the gift of better health this year with these health-inspired gift ideas, all under $20
Lush Best Wishes gift set
The perfect gift for bathing beauties, this set of four Lush bath bombs in sweet scents and festive shapes comes pre-wrapped for your shopping convenience.
$19.95, at Lush stores and lush.ca
Good Food for All
The foodies on your list will adore this new cookbook from Toronto-area nonprofit The Stop Community Food Centre. The more than 80 recipes are focused on eating locally, seasonally and affordably and include picks such as Peach Ice Cream and Spice-Rubbed Chicken/Chive Pesto Pasta Salad.
$19.95, at Toronto-area bookstores and grocery stores and thestop.org
Lotus Aroma natural home fragrance
Avoid unhealthy chemicals by switching to a home fragrance based on essential oils, like this one from Lotus Aroma with just three ingredients: water, alcohol and 100% pure essential oils. It’s available in three scents and packaged in a glass spray bottle.
$16, at pharmacies and natural products stores
Sleep to Be Sexy, Smart and Slim
Have a friend who’s on a quest to live better? Treat them to this guide to sleeping well through all stages of life, whether it’s tricks to beat insomnia or secrets to sleeping better when you have young kids. They’ll also learn how important sleep is to their overall health and well-being and how various lifestyle choices can affect sleep quality.
$18.96, in the Best Health Store
A Mango Tree
Spread the holiday spirit around the world with a Gift of Hope from Plan Canada such as mango trees, which are planted in schoolyards for multiple purposes: fresh, vitamin-rich food; a valuable lesson in growing food; and an incentive for families to send girls to school (as they get to take mangoes home with them).
$12 (or 10 for $100), plancanada.ca
The tea-lovers in your life will adore this owl-shaped ceramic teapot for their home or office. Package it with some gourmet loose tea for the perfect gift.
$18.95, Teatro Verde
Cake Gingerbread Woman Bath & Shower Bubbles
Girls like Cake products for good reason: they smell good and they work well, too. This winter, treat someone to their limited-edition bath & shower bubbles, available in three seasonal scents, including the truly yummy ginger-and-vanilla scented Gingerbread Woman, formulated with shea butter to moisturize dry skin.
$20, at select stores and cakebeauty.com
Caleb the Whale
Young kids will adore this beautifully illustrated story of Caleb the Whale and his ocean friends. You’ll love that 40% of the pre-shipping price goes to a fundraiser of your choice; selections include the Okanagan Science Centre and Vancouver-based Arts Umbrella, which provides arts education to kids aged 2-19, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Colourful luggage tags
Bright luggage tags make standard black suitcases stand out on the conveyor belt, and these ones come with a bonus: all profits raised go toward breakfast programs for Canadian kids who might otherwise go without.
$5, at National Bank locations across Canada (from Nov 30 in Atlantic Canada)
Tap Water Bottle
No, it’s not a bottle of tap water-it’s a reusable glass bottle with style, aimed at cutting back use of disposable plastic water bottles. Created by Toronto entrepreneur Racquel Youtzy, the bottles are available in two sizes; the wording on the side is a hint that maybe tap water just needs better branding to succeed.
$10 for 250 mL and $12 for 500 mL, available at select Toronto retailers and tapwater-bottle.com
WorldSalon holiday trio
Please frequent travellers and minimalists alike with this travel-size trio of product from WorldSalon: 30 mL each of WorldClean (a skin and hair cleanser) and WorldProtect (a hair and skin moisturizer) and 7 g of WorldBelieve, a soothing salve to heal skin inflammation and chapping.
O.P.I. Mini Merries
Brighten fingers, toes and stockings with this set of four miniature O.P.I. holiday shades.
$14.95, at select salons