Guest writer: Jennifer Cassetta, clinical nutritionist, personal trainer and self-defense expert.
The holidays are upon us and if you’re anything like me, you have not crossed off all the names on your holiday shopping list yet.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for the lady in your life, whether it’s your love, daughter, bestie or office mate, you will find something here for her in every price range that will help keep her strong, safe and sexy. Prices range from a $10 stocking stuffer to $100 for the VIPs on your gift list.
Non-toxic beauty products
The skin is our body’s largest organ and it will absorb anything you rub on it, including all of those nasty chemicals found in most beauty products that can disrupt our natural hormone flow. However, most non-toxic beauty products can cost you a fortune these days. Which is why I absolutely love Trader Joe’s for selling body butters, moisturizers and scrubs with safe ingredients that do not contain dangerous chemicals like parabens and phthalates.
- Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter
If your gift recipient likes the smell of coconuts then she will absolutely love Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter. I use it every single day. Grab one of these for 10 bucks or make a basket of non-toxic beauty products that include this Lavender Salt Scrub and this Lavender Hand & Body Lotion. Bonus: these products are all vegan and cruelty free for the animal lovers in all of us.
$10 or less
- SABRE Lipstick Pepper Spray
This one's a twist: It's not actually a beauty product - even though it looks like one. For the ladies in your life that love makeup and that you want to keep safe, the SABRE lipstick pepper spray poses as a lipstick but has the power to help defend you against would-be attackers.
- Olive oil sets
Anyone who enjoys cooking nutritious and high quality meals will appreciate and enjoy a set of flavored extra virgin olive oils. There has been a lot of scandalous olive oil posers out there that claim to be cold pressed extra virgin olive oils that really mix lower quality, cheaper oils and label them falsely. Don’t be fooled by labels that say “made in Italy”, but really contain olives from other countries that are shipped to Italy and processed in a plant there. Italian EVOO is wonderful but so are Californian made like this set you can get from Williams Sonoma.
- Fitvine wine
For your workout partner who loves hosting parties and drinking wine, this gift is a no-brainer. Fitvine makes wines without additives, chemicals or pesticides. FitVine wine also has no residual sugar resulting in less calories and carbs without lowering the alcohol so it is nutritionist approved for people on a fitness mission. And did I mention their motto, “We crush grapes, you crush life”? I’m loving this company and so will your favorite hostess.
$15.99 per bottle
- The Hipster by Nathan
For the runners on your list, this hipster belt sleekly and efficiently holds your phone, keys, currency and I.D. Always bring some form of identification with you when you leave your home for a run, hike or workout. Hopefully, you won’t need it but you should have it in case of an emergency.
- Passport holder
For the avid traveler in your life, she can always use a fun new passport holder. One that inspires her to dream about, plan, and book her next travel adventure. I love this one from Anthropologie.
- Happiness planner
For your goal-oriented, ambitious girlfriends that are on a mission in life, this happiness planner comes in different varieties and colors. You can choose the 100 day or the 52 week version. What I like best about it is you can start it on any day of the year.
$28 to $38
- Cute kitchen towels
For the vegan or vegetarian in your life, these kitchen towels are adorable. You buy a set of 3 with the following funny song lyrics:
Every Day I'm Brusselin'
Let the Beet Drop
Your plant-based friends will get the humor!
$30 for a set of 3
- Mantra bracelets
These mantra bracelets are the perfect gift for your Secret Santa, yogi friend or overall positive person. Make up your own inspirational quote or go with something classic. A mantra is something you repeat to yourself over and over so it sinks into your subconscious until you actually believe it. So aim high! They come in your choice of silver, gold or rose gold.
$49 and up
An active woman of any age probably has a drawer full of leggings, but you can never go wrong with a pair of athleisure leggings that double from fitness gear to brunch-ing gear. I love the Tux Metro Legging from Athleta, that are great for day or night.
- New Balance Fresh Foam Zante
Most women would not turn down a new, fashionable pair of kicks. I love the rose gold accent, but other colors are available. They are great for everyday getting around, commuter shoes or light workouts.