Gift Guide: Indulge + Restore
LUXURIATE IN HIGH-OCTANE SELF-CARE
We present our gift guide series, each focused on a different area of life to nurture and celebrate— whether it be tending to home, discovering ways to “play dirty,” or focusing on self-exploration. Allow these gifts to shift and unlock something new for the recipients: adventure, joy, empowerment, energy, freedom.
We invite you to come back each week, explore, and find your flavor of love to share.
At the intersection of science and spirit resides the infrared biomat. It uses the power of light, hot stone, PEMF, and negative ion therapies to relax muscles, alleviate stiffness, improve cellular functionality, boost serotonin levels, and accelerate tissue healing. The added measure of pure amethyst gives it a mystical twist, but in fact is a conduit for the infrared and negative ions to deeply penetrate the body. This makes an ideal purchase for anyone who had to skip their international spa retreat this year, or is contemplating moving to Sedona.
Hidden in a hill overlooking Laurel Canyon lives Poppy + Someday’s Kari Jansen. There, she crafts botanical elixirs for the skin and body—our of-the-moment favorite is the cardamom oral pulling oil. The Ayurvedic practice is used to swish out toxins and relieve jaw tension in a more sensorial, holistic method than any mouthwash ever could. Plus, the mix of pink pepper, clove, and cardamom boast germicidal properties and a delightful, zingy flavor.
These opulent, impossibly chic frames will give the wearer 1970s polish—we recommend adding blue light protection capabilities paired with their prescription. Blue light and non-native EMFs can disrupt REM sleep cycle, the mitochondria of your cells, and tax your adrenal glands; these set the stage for healthy eyes, balanced hormones, and sublime confidence through Zoom calls and city streets.
Calling all tea lovers or those who want to make the switch from java. This functional tea set is at the ready no matter the scenario: red rooibos to fight free radicals and flood with skin-nurturing antioxidants; peppermint and meadowsweet to efficiently de-bloat in between meals; and valerian and passionflower to lull off to dreamland.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE TOOLS |
An expert in “physical architecture,” Ricari studios founder Anna Zahn wants you to love your lymphatic system. Known as the interstitial system, the lymph is in charge of eliminating cellular waste and directly affects bloating, skin elasticity, respiratory health, cellular aging, and immunity. Some of our favorite methods to activate lymph include wearing Ricari’s own compression “power suit” to alleviate fluid retention; the De La Heart lymphatic drainage body tool, a wooden “gua sha” paddle that promotes circulation and strengthens white blood cells; or, if in NYC or LA, a (very safe, very luxurious) booked session with Ricari to experience the revolutionary Icoone machine—an absolute saving grace to gift someone, especially if they’re pregnant.
High performance skincare, at home. This first of its kind infrared laser, is 100 times more powerful than LED and targets sagging, reduces acne scars, and improves rosacea and redness. A revolutionary, luxe addition to any skincare aficionados vanity.
The vagus nerve is a power source, as it winds through the body and fosters a critical dialogue between the brain and microbiome. Strengthening this nerve does a number of things, one of which is activate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), the antithesis of the charged-up, fight-or-flight cortisol rush. This essential oil blend, made to rub on the soles of the feet, is composed of juniper, rosemary, chamomile, and lavender. It’s designed to restore the PNS and encourage the body to recharge and self-soothe from depression, anxiety, and even trauma.
Empower someone to have their cake yet feel good too, with a subscription to Sakara’s medical grade supplements, designed to fill in any nutritional gaps. The curated packs include everything you need in a day for optimum health: a plant-based omega-3 supplement, an adaptogenic B-complex, minerals to protect your cellular health, a multivitamin chock full of superfoods like baobab and amla, and our best-selling probiotic.
Bask in much-needed zen energy with a few droplets of Lord Jones’ CBD tinctures. Drop under the tongue, hold for 60 seconds, and swallow to be transported to a more blissful scene with this broad-spectrum formula. Alongside peppermint and lemon oils, this could serve as an excellent alternative to a boozy nightcap.
Talented stylist and creative, Alexis Badiyi, took her sewing skills in a philanthropic direction this summer. She’s been busy making dozens of beautifully patterned masks from deadstock and vintage fabrics. Called Joon, meaning “my dear” in Farsi, her thriving mask-making business supports a different foundation each month through the proceeds. Spark joy and pick from a multitude of prints including gingham, toile, or abstract.
Fermented vegetables are a nutrient-dense, flavorful culinary hack to feed the microbiome and add a yummy, pickled twist to sandwiches, salads or at-home macro bowls. Make this DIY project a chic experience with a glass jar and ceramic stones, and bring someone’s spicy kimchi to life—literally.
For the person who’s committed to inside-out detoxing in 2021. The crème de la crème of air purifiers, these sleek silver cylinders disappear in the background to your interior aesthetic yet make a splash, destroying viruses, pollutants, and chemicals that can pervade (P.S., if you’re interested in learning more about toxic load and the exposome, we recommend this podcast episode by Dr. Mark Hyman).
It’s no secret that we fawn over fungi—just check out the recipes we’ve designed that highlight this immune-boosting superstar. If you want to try your hand at growing your own, check out Small Hold, the organic all-mushroom farm based out of NYC. From hot pink oyster clusters to nutty chestnut shrooms that taste “exquisite raw,” these make amazing gifts for kids with science projects or plant-based homecooks.
In some ancient modalities, the face is a map to the rest of the body. By stimulating different areas of the cheeks, forehead, lips, and ears, you gain access to the kidneys, liver, lungs, and GI tract, promoting homeostasis and circulation. This is reflected outwards with a pink, hydrated, healthy glow and reduction in fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Esthetician Danna Omari designed a weighted pen-like pointer to address these nuanced facial points, massaging them lightly to foster deep healing––perfect for the person deeply attached to their gua sha and looking for the next upgrade.
The face isn’t the only microsystem of the body—there are hundreds of acupressure points that populate the ear; stimulate one, and witness your mind and body adjust. Create a Swarovski crystal constellation with WTHN’s ear seeds for a glamorous, no-needle measure to stimulate your system’s channels and meridians.
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