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Meghan’s Healthy Living Gift Guide


As you know, I rarely share or promote companies unless I truly love them and since I am not much of a shopper, it’s rare that I discover amazing stuff before anyone else. That being said, I might have a few special trinkets up my sleeve that you may not be familiar with or have yet to discover how awesome they are. This is my Ultimate Healthy Living Gift Guide!

When I shop for myself or presents for others, I always want to feel great about my purchases. I love supporting local or small businesses (I am an Etsy junkie!) and companies with ethical give-back programs. Also, if there’s a crystal on it, I will love it.

Of course, I am also a huge advocate for skipping the holiday shopping altogether and giving other things.

My Favourite UnGift Gift Giving

🥘 Eat In Together: Prepare a beautiful meal to share with the special people in your life.

🧡 Make It Yummy: Prepare a delicious edible gift.

🦄 Get Creative: Use your own unique talent to create something – maybe a poem, a song, a love letter, some natural beauty care products, a painting, or a self-choreographed dance.

💃 Do Something: Give an activity you can do together – a trip to a museum or gallery, a dance class, a dinner at a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, a movie, a couples massage, a holiday!

🤩 Do Unto Others As They Won’t Likely Do For Themselves: Give something they need but would never buy themselves – a high speed blender (here’s the US link to the one I love), a massage, or an extra cozy pair of new slippers (why do we always wear our slippers until they’re barely holding together?!).

Your Time: In this epidemically busy world we now live in, time could be the very best gift of all. Give yourself over to someone you love, someone you haven’t seen in ages, someone you want to get to know more, and be together. Go for a long walk, make dinner together, or for those with children, offer to babysit!! That is the best gift of all.

The Gifts That Give

Gifts that give back are at the top of my Healthy Living Gift Guide and for good reason! I have seven nieces and nephews and I found it challenging watching kids who have everything unwrap a ton of plastic garbage toys that were undoubtedly stashed away in a closet or broken within a month. So I voted to give each child one gift card to get something special, and to make a family donation to a cause that the kids could all choose together.

Given that we live in a very abundant culture, I am a big fan of the gifts that serve a greater purpose and can honour the ones you love by helping those who have less:

All of these organizations are set up to allow you to donate as a gift in honour of someone you love.

Of course, sometimes, we just want to give something tangible and thoughtfully chosen for the people we love. There is a joy to giving presents and it’s good for our health too.

Below is a list of gift ideas that I’d love. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration here for yourself or for a loved one!

Ultimate Healthy Living Gift Guide

Meal Delivery Service

Healthy Living Gift Guide - Roots of Health

Photo: Roots of Health

Meal delivery as a gift is winning all around. When it comes to meal delivery, not only are you gifting someone (or a family) a delicious meal, you are gifting them time away from having to think about it, shop for it, prep it and for the most part, clean up from it. So you are also gifting time.

I can’t speak to where you live, but where I am in Toronto, I love Roots of Health. Josh and I went to nutrition school with Kerri Cooper, the woman behind these amazing weekday meals. She works with mainly local/organic suppliers and everything we’ve ordered has been outstanding.

Another offering in the Toronto area is Living Kitchen Wellness that offers both meal delivery and private chef services. They have an amazing speciality – working with people and families going through cancer treatment. A few of my Academy of Culinary Nutrition Experts are part of their team.

Prices will vary between companies and most will offer a gift voucher option so you can buy a specific denomination or a specific package. All I know is no one has ever said no to home-cooked meals delivered to their door!

The Gift Of Sleep

10 ways to get better sleep

Why our bed tends to be the lowest on the rung of things we make investments on is beyond me. We spend 1/3 of our life in bed. Most beds are loaded with chemicals and most of us aren’t sleeping well. Could the bed make all the difference?

What if instead of buying each other a bunch of little things, you instead invest in the gift of a new bed? Something you will enjoy for optimally eight hours a night for the next 20 years.

I have long been a fan of Dormio for beds, and their sister company Sunshine Mattress Co. They sell organic latex mattresses, foundations and accessories and they’ve done the work for you. There is no mattress company with the standards and knowledge that they have.

Use coupon code MEGHAN10 for 10% off mattresses and accessories at Sunshine Mattress Co. If you’re in the GTA and want to head to Dormio to try a bed in person, drop my name for 5% off.


Living Libations

Living Libations

Did you know that I am a huge fan of essential oils for travel, beauty care products and home cleaning? I have a 4-Perfume Pack from Living Libations and it is the best thing ever. I now keep it in my purse and carry it with me. It’s a sweet way to try out a few different scents, and since natural oils don’t have the toxic pervasiveness of chemical-based perfumes, and because the natural aromas work in harmony, you could even wear one scent during the day and switch it to a different scent in the evening. This company is based in Haliburton, Ontario and carefully sources the purest oils from around the globe.

The perfume pack is just one option to choose from. If we’re talking gifting, the Happy Hair Luxury Kit, or any of the amazing beauty kits they have put together would also be great.

Use coupon code “RenegadeMeghan” for 15% off your order.


Online Fitness: Obé

Obé fitnessAfter the birth of my son, I found it hard to get back into a fitness routine that I could realistically maintain. That is, until I found Obé Fitness. There are very few things I’ve experienced in my life that I would call life-changing, but this habit that is new in my life absolutely has been. These workouts are on-demand, short, full of variety and are utterly FUN. Most important for me, however, is the mental and emotional shift I am feeling. I feel stronger, and more resilient mentally.

This is one of those gifts you may have to be mindful of – you don’t want someone to take it the wrong way ;) But I recommend making it a group thing and gift it to yourself and a friend and make it happen together!

Register over at Obé and use coupon code MEGHAN50 to get 50% off your first month, plus a 7-day free trial.


Good Juju

Good Juju

It takes a lot for me to try new products. I love what I love, and am also extremely mindful of ingredients, smells, and packaging.

When Lisa Karandat reached out to me about her new zero waste beauty care brand, Good Juju, I was open to sample them. But I wasn’t 100% sold because I’ve used the same shampoo and conditioner for ten years.

The products checked all the boxes! They’re made with all organic ingredients, the scents are light, all claims are backed by science, no plastic packaging, and it’s a small (for now!) local company.

The shampoo and conditioner are excellent (we tried both problem scalp and oily hair options), and my son who hates having his hair washed was excited to use them as he could do it himself.

These are one of those gifts that are practical, enjoyable (hello, home spa treat) and unique.

Use coupon code Meghan10 for 10% off your order!


Fluf Bags

Fluf bags

I first discovered Fluf Bags through an Instagram giveaway and instantly loved their products and the value they bring to what they create. I use one of their backpacks as my daily bag for work, and their snack bags are used for my little man’s on-the-go snacks. Their lunch bags and travel cosmetic bags are also great!

What I love most (aside from the style and comfort) is that the cotton is organic and washable, the zippers are good quality and built to last, and they have amazing customer support.


Grain-Free Baking Mixes

holiday gift guide

A healthy living gift guide would not be complete without some sweet treats. If you have a loved one who wants to dip their toes into gluten-free and grain-free baking, but doesn’t know where to start or invest in a bunch of flours they may not use, nutritious baking mixes make a great gift. They’re virtually fool-proof – all you need to do is dump the mix into a bowl, add your liquids and bake.

I personally love the bread mixes by Katinka’s Kitchen and the pancake, waffle and doughnut mix by Paleo Nut. Both of these women are highly talented Culinary Nutrition Experts who started their businesses after finishing the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program.

For more incredible gifts like this, check out 15 Awesome Food Products by Culinary Nutrition Experts.

Blue Blocking Glasses: Swanwick

Blue Light Blockers

As an owner of an online business, it’s nearly impossible for me to avoid being in front of a screen and the exposure to blue light that comes with that.

There is some debate as to the effectiveness of blue light blocking glasses or goggles. Some small studies conclude that wearing blue light blocking glasses helps to filter out blue light, improve sleep quality and quantityimprove moodprevent melatonin suppression, and reduce symptoms like headaches, dry eyes, and eyestrain. Other research reports that there isn’t sufficient evidence that blue light blocking glasses are effective at preventing insomnia or improving eye health.

I have a pair of blue light filtering glasses from Swanwick, but there are a lot of non-prescription and prescription options out there, so in my opinion they would be a good gift for those in your life who spend a lot of time in front of devices.


UnDiet and The UnDiet Cookbook

Healthy Living Gift GuideBut of course I am going to blatantly plug my own books as a most awesome gift in my Healthy Living Gift Guide. These books go great together as a set: my first book, UnDiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health, acts as the lifestyle guide, helping readers in their transition to a more optimal and healthy total lifestyle. The UnDiet Cookbook is where playtime comes in with 130 beautiful gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, gorgeous photos, entertaining and travel tips, a whole chapter of beauty care recipes and of course, practices to help you live a healthy and awesome life. Both are available online from all major book sellers and in most major book stores.


Beekeeper’s Naturals

Beekeeper's Naturals

Those who need some extra immune support during periods of stress (don’t we all?), you’re going to want to be stocked up on my favourite bee medicine – Propolis Throat Spray from Beekeeper’s Naturals. I take this everywhere with me. I love this product and I love the people who make it, but all of their bee products are absolutely amazing.


360 Cookware

360 cookware

To complete this Healthy Living Gift Guide, this stainless steel cookware is absolutely beautiful, long-lasting and has a lifetime warranty. Using toxin-free cookware is important, as what we cook in (especially at high heat) comes in direct contact with our food. I am obsessed with the 360 slow cooker. No more fears about what’s coating those ceramic slow cookers leaching into the food!


Healthy Living Gift Guide

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One response to “Meghan’s Healthy Living Gift Guide”

  1. Kelly Clark says:

    These are awesome gift ideas that keep giving. Thanks for the list. Seeing the unicorn squatty potty commercial reminds me to tell you that your unicorn that says “Flirt with famers” makes me smile every time! Why shouldn’t you have a unicorn dance across your website?! Happy Holidays and congratulations on another amazing year Meghan!

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