Happy Living’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s Black Friday! I hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving celebration yesterday. Whether you have plans to go shopping or stay in today, this gift guide will help you find ways to spread cheer and wellness, one gift at a time.

Our foundations of health are the inspiration for this list of 41 gift ideas, just like last year’s holiday gift guide. Let us know what you think and if you have any gift ideas that encourage healthy, happy living!

Physical Fitness

Upgrade fitness tracking with a Fitbit Charge. Share an inspiring story of physical fitness with Born to Run. Help your friends and family stay hydrated with S’well Water Bottles.

This 3-in-1 Slow Cooker is an improvement over conventional crock-pots. I love making chili in it because I can braise the beef right in the slow cooker – which makes for a much easier clean up! Give one of these awesome cookbooks: Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker and The Zenbelly Cookbook by Simone Miller.

Share the gift of knowledge with a 23andMe DNA Test – it helps users understand what their DNA says about their health, traits and ancestry. Give Just Be Well, a book from Dr. Tom Sult, our trusted guest-poster and functional medicine doctor. Or help your friends and family slow the flow of chemicals in their home by giving chemical-free products.

Mental Fitness

Have you heard about coloring books for adults? They are said to be a relaxing and meditative activity. The Mindfulness Coloring Book goes perfectly with these Prismacolor Colored Pencils.

If you know someone who loves to go after their dreams, give them a Get To Work Book. It’s a calendar/goal-setting guide that is sure to inspire!

Help the ones you love connect to their inner power with Super Brain by Deepak Chopra & Rudolph E. Tanzi Ph.D. or a monthly subscription to Mental Floss magazine.

Spiritual Fitness

Inspire a peaceful start to 2016 with this collection of Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Transcendence Trio. Speaking of meditation, some people like to sit in a chair or on the floor… for something in the middle try a comfortable Zafu Cushion.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a spiritual novel that has impacted the lives of millions. It could make for the perfect winter read! One Year Wiser by Mike Medaglia is a collection of quotes and illustrations, one for every day of the year.

Financial Fitness

Making a donation in someone else’s name is such a thoughtful gift! We recommend Stop Soldier Suicide, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Donors Choose, or another cause that is close to the heart.

Consider giving peace of mind with a SentrySafe Digital Home Safe or helping protect against identity theft with a membership to Lifelock Security.

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler and Die Broke by Stephen Pollan are two books that will encourage a greater sense of financial fitness.


Spread love from head to toe with cozy hats and comfy socks. Help the ones you love preserve memories in this handmade keepsake box. Warm their heart and keep their home smelling lovely with a special candle.

Give books about relationships and all types of love… a few of my favorites are: My Life in France by Julia Child, Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill.


Luggage makes a great gift for adventures. My Travelpro Luggage has been to over ten countries in the past few years and it still looks brand new!

Pursuing hobbies like cooking, hiking, and sketching can be a form of adventure. Give the gift of an online class through The Great Courses.

Plan an epic adventure like Matt’s trip down the Cataract Canyon and Richard’s cross-country motorcycle ride. Or share a book about one such journey, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.


Encourage personal reflection through journaling. Give a book that has inspired you or try one of these: Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance by Bob P. Buford and Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.

Plan a special outing or just set aside time to connect – sometimes an honest, loving & thoughtful conversation is the best gift of all!

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