Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Radiant Person on Your List
by Sarah Ban
It seems like no matter how prepared you think you are, the holidays always sneak up on you. We diligently curated LATHER’s Holiday Gift Guide to keep you on top of your game (while also keeping you sane). From aromatherapy candles and soothing balms to sustainable totes, check out these natural, eco-friendly items that will appeal to the wide range of gift recipients on your list.
With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, remember to take time for yourself and practice some self-love (and encourage your loved ones to do the same)!
These gems were chosen to promote balance, harmony and relaxation into your life. The meditation balm features frankincense, sandalwood, vetiver and cypress essential oils, which have a calming effect on the body and psyche. The frankincense and sandalwood aromatherapy candle contain the same essential oils to invoke a relaxing and soothing atmosphere. You also get a three-month premium membership for the Stop, Breathe & Think app, which gives you access to more than 50 meditations to help you unwind. Finally, the beaded wrap bracelet—with “Be Radiant” sewn in using morse code—serves as a reminder to always save some extra time out of your busy schedule to chill out.
Cranberries, the ultimate holiday sweet treat! Everyone will want to keep the delightfully tangy fruit on their lips all season long.
In this duo, a lip scrub and lip balm give you the softest, most kissable lips ever. Cane sugar in the scrub naturally sloughs away the dry, flaky bits off your lips, while the lip balm contains oils—including cranberry, coconut and argan—rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that nourish and soften. Beeswax and cocoa seed butter work to lock in the moisture for a long-lasting softness that won’t easily dissipate, minimizing the need for continuous reapplication. The all-natural balm is also blissfully free of petrolatum, mineral oil, sulfates, parabens and artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners.
Have a jet-setter on your list? Give them the perfect all-purpose travel kit to help de-stress their skin en route.
The high altitude and recycled cabin air sap the moisture from your skin, leaving you sallow and dry. Before your trip, slather on the Moisture Magnet serum, which contains sodium hyaluronate, a powerful skin plumper that holds in a massive amount of moisture. During the flight, spritz on the ultra-hydrating aloe-infused facial mist whenever your skin starts to feel dehydrated and revitalize your hands with the protective shea butter and olive fatty acid in the hand cream. And don’t forget your lips! Treat them to their own dose of moisture with apricot kernel, sweet almond and avocado oils acting as potent softeners in the balm. As a final touch, the kit comes with soft slipper socks, an eye mask and toiletry kit.
Bath bombs make ideal stocking stuffers… and also happen to be ideal for soothing body and mind.
This is particularly true for the winter pear and lavender bath bombs, which incorporate calming lavender to promote a loosening of tension and winter pear to invigorate and energize. These bath bombs contain Epsom salt (a favorite of sports therapists for alleviating pain) and emollient vegetable oils (coconut, jojoba, kukui nut, soybean, macadamia, sunflower, sesame, and sweet almond) to nourish the skin while combating any soreness in the body.
Although many of us look forward to the holiday season, there’s no denying it can be absolutely exhausting. The Survive & Thrive kit comes to the rescue with its collection of calming products to help you feel your best as you juggle baking, party planning, gift-wrapping and so much more during the winter months.
The R&R begins with the fast-acting Muscle Ease Gel, which, with the help of menthol and camphor, eases minor muscle and joint aches. Next, comes the Clear Head Balancing Balm, a combination of lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus and mandarin essential oils that reduces tension and pressure when rubbed onto the temples, forehead and back of the neck. The Lavender Aromatherapy Candle is included in the kit to produce a sense of calm and clarity, and the Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist serves as a refresher for the skin, acting to soothe and tone.
A perfect gift for the homebody on your list, this soap and candle combo can be used anytime to feel warmth and coziness in one’s own safe haven.
The hand-poured and hand-cut soaps are made with certified organic olive oil chock full of antioxidants and fatty acids to not only hydrate and soften, but also protect. The candles are made from paraffin-free, 100% soy-based wax specially developed to diffuse essential oils in a way that spreads the lemongrass, lavender, mint and vanilla scents all over the home. You couldn’t ask for a better pair.
Give the gift of flawless makeup application with these vegan makeup brushes from EcoTools, all the while knowing you’re doing good by the environment.
Perfect for your vegans and environmentally conscious friends, EcoTools not only uses ultra-soft synthetic bristles, but also utilizes recycled aluminum and bamboo for its handles, making this product a highly eco-friendly (and long-lasting!) gift.
Have a coffee addict on your holiday gift list? Give them a daily morning boost.
We often don’t stop to think about where our caffeine come from, but as conscious consumers, we ought to. The Vega Coffee gift subscription is ideal for anyone who truly loves coffee and cares about how it’s produced. Vega Coffee is harvested in female-run farms in Esteli, Nicaragua, where farmers are paid four times as much as other farmers in the region thanks to Vega’s commitment to fair business practices.
No one can ever have too many tote bags, but they’re especially great for the foodie who loves their farmer’s market hauls.
Rareform takes old vinyl billboards that would otherwise end up in the landfills and gives them a second life as chic and stylish tote bags that are also durable, waterproof, lightweight and vegan. And in addition to totes, the brand creates iPhone cases, duffle bags, wallets, backpacks and laptop sleeves. We love it!
For the outdoorsy person in your life, an eco-friendly towel not only keeps them clean and warm but also helps remind them of their love for the environment.
It’s important to think of ways to use our existing resources rather than constantly mine the earth for new ones. Nomadix has found a way to do just that by recycling plastic bottles to create multi-purpose, sustainable and beautiful towels ideal for yoga, the beach and camping. Eliminating the need for more than one towel, the Nomadix towel is also a great travel companion, whether it be road trips or a weekend by the ocean that calls to you.