Have I ever told you about Operation Popcorn & PJ’s — the night where my husband and I help our kids get ready for bed as usual, then surprise them at the last minute by piling them into the car with gingerbread cookies to drive around and look at holiday lights?
Most years we plan it for a certain day, then reschedule the mission because another activity takes (WAY) longer than expected, or I forget an ingredient for the cookies, or . . . life.
All that to say, if you planned to have your holiday shopping done by now and life got in the way, I get it. Here are eight last minute gift ideas that are truly thoughtful and don’t scream “I picked this up at the grocery store fifteen minutes ago.”
Or if you prefer – here are some homemade gift ideas that turn out beautifully and don’t require any special skills.
1. Dry Farm Wines Gift Box
Dry Farm Wines offers curated collections of 6 or 12 bottles delivered directly to your recipient’s door. Last year my husband and I gave each other an annual membership as a gift, but you can also buy individual boxes here.
As I mentioned in this post on the benefits of wine, it’s hands down the healthiest collection of wines I’ve ever found. Every wine they make is grown with organic practices and doesn’t contain Mega Purple food coloring or sawdust, which are just some of the 70+ approved additives used in conventional wine. Each bottle is virtually sugar-free, containing less than 1g/L of total sugars (including fructose and glucose).
Something to put under the tree: A cute wine stopper with a card letting them know to expect a special delivery.
2. The Making Herbal Preparations 101 Course from Herbal Academy
Perfect for the curious beginner herbalist, this course covers the four basic categories of herbal preparations, 12 everyday safe herbs to use at home, and 33 DIY herbal recipes from teas and tinctures to salves and oils.
This course will guide your recipient through 7 convenient and compact lessons that are chock-full of hands-on activities, videos, and helpful herbal charts to guide them on their way to making herbal preparations at home.
Something to put under the tree: There are a lot of options here. You could tie a handwritten card with course details to a small hunk of beeswax (often found at health food stores) that your recipient can use to make herbal salves. Another idea would be to tie a fresh sprig of rosemary to the outside of a card with details inside.
3. Kids Cook Real Food eCourse
Your kids learn an essential skill they need in order to eat healthy, and someone makes dinner instead of you. The Kids Cook Real Food Course is taught by my friend Katie, a trained teacher with a passion for making sure our children know how to nourish themselves well before they head off to college.
Something to put under the tree: Cute little aprons or whisks.
4. Kiwi Co Crates
KiwiCo Crates makes creative project crates that are sorted by age. Kids love them, and parents love getting a quiet afternoon when they arrive. Click here to check them out.
Something to put under the tree: A note telling your recipient to expect something fun in the mail. (Kids love mail!)
5. Real Plans Membership
Real Plans is way more than a meal generator or menu planner – it’s like having a personal TIME SAVING kitchen assistant that takes your recipients schedule into account, knows his/her dietary quirks, and even delivers a shopping list to his/her phone so they never forget anything.
To give Real Plans as a gift: At checkout, you can provide a recipient email address and gift message. Also, you can choose the date you’d like the gift sent and you’ll only pay for the first subscription period. After that, if your recipient wants to keep up the planning they can add their own payment method. You’ll be sent a confirmation email once your order is complete.
Something to put under the tree: Some fair trade chocolate and a card.
6. Thrive Market Membership
It’s Whole Foods meets Costco, only your gift recipient doesn’t even have to leave the house. Members save 25-55% on organic groceries, real food, supplements, personal care, beauty products and home goods that are delivered directly to their door.
Something to put under the tree: A sampling of something they sell. Awesome coffee, maybe, or chocolate.
7. Customized Recommendations From Nutrition Genome
Know someone who invested in a 23&Me genetic test but couldn’t figure out what kind of changes to make based on the results? Nutrition Genome provides customized recommendations based on 23&Me data collected before August 2017. They also do cheek swab analysis with an even more thorough report, but the test plus the report is more of an investment.
The report includes:
- A breakdown of strengths and weaknesses
- Personalized DNA-Based Grocery List
- 50+ page evidence-based analysis to customize your diet & lifestyle based on your genetics
- Toxins / food additives to avoid
- Recommended bloodwork
- Cutting edge nutrigenomics research on each gene
To find the 23&Me report, go to NutritionGenome.com, select “Shop” from the menu and scroll down.
Something to put under the tree: An old photo of the recipient that has been turned into a card – most office supply stores or pharmacies can do this for you. Inside the card – a note about how unique they are, and how now they can learn even more.
8. Apothecary At Home Subscription Box
This hands-on approach to herbalism delivers a gift box of herbs, recipes and medicine-making projects, as well as study guides, collectible art prints, seeds and other bonus goodies for your recipients garden and apothecary.
It can be given as a one-time gift or subscription, and each month has a different focus such as Herbal First Aid or Immunity. The boxes are thoughtfully packaged.
Something to put under the tree: Tie a fresh sprig of rosemary to the outside of a card with a note telling your recipient to expect something extra special.