HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Natural Giving

Presents that promote well-being are more than gifts: They are love made visible.

November/December 2013

 

AquaFarm Fish Tank

The AquaFarm self-cleaning fish tank from Back to the Roots is one of the more innovative and sustainable products we’ve seen. The AquaFarm grows plants and herbs in a garden set atop the tank. The at-home, closed-loop ecosystem was developed using principles of aquaponics in which the fish waste in the water is naturally used to fertilize the plants and herbs. In turn, the system cleans the water for the fish. The AquaFarm combines fin, we mean, fun with a great environmental education for the kids. Visit www.backtotheroots.com.

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Botanic Bath Infusions

Botanic Bath Infusions are three-in-one bath therapies that combine restorative mineral sea salts, therapeutic essential oils and curative herbs and flowers in an all-natural formula that provides an incredibly relaxing bath experience. Free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances or dyes; 100% biodegradable pouches are mess-free. Available in four aromatic blends: Rosé Retreat, Lost in Lavender, Moments in Mint and Pick Me Up. Visit www.puraproducts.com.

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Source of Life
GOLD/SPIRU-TEIN GOLD

Step up to the gold and give the gift of health this holiday season: Source of Life GOLD, the gold standard for whole food-based multivitamin supplementation, and SPIRU-TEIN GOLD, the world's most advanced full-spectrum vegetarian protein shakes. Both formulas feature revolutionary all-natural ingredients with more energizing, antioxidant and anti-aging power than ever before. Source of Life GOLD and SPIRU-TEIN GOLD for an unparalleled burst of life and burst of health! For more information, visit www.naturesplus.com.

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Airwise

You can find relief from debilitating indoor air pollution. Airwise uses advanced purification technology that goes beyond mechanical filtration methods to oxidize odors, settle dust, reduce allergens and destroy viruses, bacteria and mold. Airwise is silent—no noisy fans—and no messy filters to clean or replace. For more information call 800-874-9028 or visit www.waterwise.com/airwise.

 

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Oskar Humidifier

The Oskar humidifier is a fashionable addition to any room and a great companion for people with allergies. Near silent and energy efficient, the Oskar from Stadler Form features an auto-shutoff feature and boasts an oil dispenser to diffuse one’s favorite scent into the air for aromatherapy. With two output levels and dimmable LED night mode, the Oskar is available in berry (pictured), white, black, metal, azurro (blue) and honeycomb (yellow). Visit www.stadlerformusa.com.

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Gourmet Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit

Create your very own aromatic, rich, and flavorful homemade gourmet vanilla extract with the Gourmet Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit. It’s easy to make and a great gift for the baker or foodie. Simply add premium vodka to the kit’s 16 ounce bottle filled with Grade A vanilla beans. Vanilla is widely used for its flavor in baked goods and for its fragrance in soaps, lotions and candles. Its medicinal properties reduce stress and promote calmness. Visit www.GiveSimple.com.

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Serenity 2000

Serenity 2000 magnetic therapy provides unique gifts both pleasing to the eye and beneficial for the body. Designer magnetic jewelry as well as knee, back and wrist supports, plus therapeutic magnets, pads and cushions for every area of the body. Uses the most technologically advanced, powerful magnets—results guaranteed or your money back. 800-461-6398, www.serenity2000.com.

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Yama Cold Brew Coffee System

The Yama cold brew coffee system from Espresso Parts yields a robust and tasty coffee that gives your digestive tract a break because the beverage is low in acid compared with conventionally brewed coffees. Cold-brewed coffee is eco-friendly because it requires no energy source, just cold water. What’s more, the system is a functional work of art. For more, visit www.espressoparts.com or call 800-459-5594.

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VitaClay MultiCooker

The VitaClay Multicooker combines traditional clay pot cooking with computerized electronic rice cooking and programmable slow cooking to create a combination of old and new that makes meals healthy, natural, time-efficient and delicious. No worries about chemical leaching, toxic non-stick coatings or microwaves—the VitaClay pot is made out of pure, organically harvested Zisha clay. Visit www.vitaclaychef.com or call 877-877- 9121.

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Anywhere Fireplace

There have been enough studies about the dangers of wood-burning fireplaces—for your health and that of the environment—to make the Anywhere Fireplace a better option. The bio-ethanol fuel for these portable fireplaces is made specifically to burn clean and green. The distinctive contemporary design lets you create the ambiance of a fireplace in any space, indoor or outdoor. The fireplaces are ventless, requiring no construction, chimney or gas lines. Some models are wall-mounted and others, such as the Lexington Red pictured here, are placed on a floor or any steady surface. Visit www.AnywhereFireplaces.com.

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Wolfgang Supreme Grain Mill

The Wolfgang Supreme Grain Mill from Tribest brings healthy eating to a new level by letting you grind your own fresh flour at home. The Wolfgang is housed in handsome beech wood and has a low 14” profile that lets it fit in small spaces. Powered by an industrial-strength motor, its hard ceramic and corundum millstones can tackle the toughest grains, and it features a 3.5-ounce-per-minute grinding capacity. This highly functional conversation starter can grind gluten-free flours, too. Visit www.tribest.com or call 888-254-7336.

 

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Apex HD+

The Apex HD+ is a full HD video snow goggle with WiFi for live streaming to smartphones and tablets—capturing true POV footage of everything you see. This model features an adjustable camera lens within 30 degrees of tilt for the best camera angle whether you snowboard, ski or ride a snowmobile. The camera can stream live view, let you view photos and videos, and act as a remote control to activate the camera. New features include a streamlined frame and strap compartments for batteries and memory. Visit www.liquidimageco.com.

 

 

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Vitamix TurboBlend VS

The Vitamix TurboBlend VS, popular among raw, vegan and vegetarian consumers, can create smoothies, juices—especially whole-food juices—nut milks and more. When juicing whole foods, the machine allows you to emulsify entire fruits and vegetables, preserving all of the nutrients. You’re also minimizing waste by keeping all the fiber, which provides added nutrition and helps to curb appetite, and you’re using less produce to make a beverage. Visit www.Vitamix.com or call 800-848-2649.

Larenim for Natural Skin Care

Eco-luxury cosmetics maker Larenim Mineral’s Age ReDew Serum is a concentrated emollient and lightweight serum that provides enduring hydration. Galanga leaf extract stimulates a key enzyme in the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin, promoting natural hydration. Consistent use encourages the appearance of a visibly smooth and illuminated complexion. It’s ideal as a primer under mineral foundation and has a natural scent.

Larenim’s Roll Me Away Peel helps revive the appearance of a lackluster complexion. Filled with fruit enzymes, including papaya, naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids extracted from citrus, bilberry, sugar cane and sugar syrup, which gently roll away dry surface skin and reveal a brighter-looking complexion. Suited for all skin types, it’s vegan and fragrance free. Visit www.larenim.com.

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BerryBreeze Cost-Saving Fridge Device

A gift of a BerryBreeze is a gift of savings, both financial and environmental. BerryBreeze delivers activated oxygen, the same gas that protects Earth from the sun's harmful UV rays, to neutralize and sanitize the hundreds of thousands of bad bacteria—as well as mold, fungus and odors—found in the average fridge. The result: fruits, veggies and other foods stay fresh up to three times longer, reducing a needless waste of food and money. BerryBreeze’s makers estimate that the device saves the average family of four up to $2,200 per year by avoiding common food spoilage. Visit www.berrybreeze.com.

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Marbles the Brain Store for Smart Fun

Combining strategy, skill and a little bit of luck, the game Rock Me Archimedes consists of a wooden board that rocks like a teeter totter, a special die and 28 marbles. To win, just be the first player to oh-so-carefully get four marbles to your end of the board without reaching the tipping point, causing it to touch the table. The game is for ages 8 and up. This game of balance and strategy highly engages both the parietal lobe, important for visual perception and decision making, and the frontal lobe, crucial for critical thinking and decision making. Rock Me Archimedes is one of dozens of brain-boosting games, puzzles, books and software offered by Marbles the Brain Store, including the Marbles proprietary product line developed by Marbles: Brain Workshop. To learn about its retail stores and more, visit www.marblesthebrainstore.com.

 

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Furby Boom Promotes Responsibility

The new Furby Boom creature combines physical and digital play for fun entertainment, including the ability to hatch digital Furbling friends. The Furby Boom creature takes kids on a digital adventure via their mobile device as they raise, care for and play games with their playmate. As owners play with and care for their Furby Boom friend they will earn colorful virtual eggs that in time will each hatch and become a Furbling virtual friend. Both owners and Furby Boom can feed, play, and interact with the virtual Furbling creatures who speak both English and Furbish. Most game play incorporates both physical and digital activity such as “Furball,” a soccer-style game. Using the new, free Furby Boom app owners can personalize, interact with, and care for their new furry friend. Furby Boom is available at most major toy retailers and at www.HasbroToyShop.com.

 

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HolograFX Combines
3D Effects and Magic

HolograFX, the latest invention from Plano, Texas-based specialty toy company Goliath Games, lets children to create holographic images—including self-images—with the use of a hologram theater, magician-quality illusions and a downloadable app. With realistic three-dimensional imagery and ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ tricks, HolograFX uses an illusionary technique known as Pepper’s Ghost to deliver Hollywood-quality special effects. Children (and fun-loving adults) can mystify friends and family with these same illusions. Visit www.GoliathGames.US.

 

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Waterpik Showerpik Water Flosser

With the Waterpik Showerpik Water Flosser (WP-480) you can get all the benefits of water flossing while you shower. Waterpik Showerpik provides a combination of water pressure and pulsation to massage and stimulate gums, and remove plaque and bacteria deep between teeth and below the gumline where traditional brushing and flossing can't reach. The Showerpik provides an unlimited source of water, eliminating the need to refill a water reservoir.

The Showerpik easily attaches to the existing shower wall pipe and the stylish 2-way diverter installs with most shower heads. The 2-way diverter allows for shower only or shower plus water flosser use. Visit www.waterpik.com.

 

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Rapid Relief to Block Back Pain

Rapid Relief Electronic Pain Relief Pad is a wireless Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) device that emits controlled micro-electronic currents, called impulses, to help block the nerve pathway from transmitting pain signals from sore and aching muscles. Rapid Relief delivers targeted, effective and safe pain relief for the lower back, arms or legs. It is compact and portable, so you can discreetly treat your pain. To learn more, visit www.RapidReliefPad.com

 

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SmartLab Gifts for Fun Learning

The Squishy Human Body from SmartLab gives kids a fun tour of the human body. This hands-on kit features nine removable squishy organs as well as a dozen representative skeletal, vascular, and muscular systems, letting kids explore the complex inner workings of the human body and literally see how it all works. The kit includes a 12-inch plastic human body model and stand, a body parts “organ-izer,” tweezers, forceps and a book that takes you on the journey of your life.

For more science fun, kids delving into the That’s Gross Science Lab can explore the disgusting side of science while learning about chemical reactions, polymers, diffusion, gas expansion and more. The lab features a motorized toilet bowl mixer with real flushing sounds and a gross-tastic lab book packed with 26 super gross experiments, including "Foaming Flush," “Potty Putty,” and “Stink Bubbles.” Visit www.smartlabtoys.com.

 

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Tangle Proteins Building Set

This building set caught our eye at the International Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York early this year. Proteins are complex and twisty structures, but this kit has all the pieces needed to let your young budding research scientist, and those young at heart, build not one but three different types of proteins. Invented by an organic chemistry professor, this fun and educational kit is for ages 8 and up. Visit www.thinkgeek.com.

 

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IMUSA Bamboo Steamer
for Healthy Cooking

The IMUSA Asian Bamboo Steamer provides for a healthier way to cook. The weaved bottom allows steam to pass through while multiple layers let you separate and cook a variety of foods at the same time. It’s ideal for cooking vegetables, seafood, dim sum and more while retaining great flavor as well as essential vitamins and nutrients. The steamer is available at Macy’s. For more information, visit www.imusausa.com.

 

Ronco Veg-O-Matic is a Classic

The Ronco Veg-O-Matic is a kitchen classic that makes chopping veggies a breeze. With a brand new and improved design, it takes just one stroke to slice and dice. Just place your vegetables on the blades and firmly press down. The affordable Ronco Veg-O-Matic is easy to use and to clean. It includes four cutting blades and two grips. It’s available at www.Amazon.com.

 

 

Art of the Garden’s Sustainable Beauty

Art of the Garden has taken recycling to another level by repurposing and reimagining the cutouts of their signature product, the M Brace, into two new products: the Squiggle Sun hanging wall decoration and the Carrot Squiggle Edger. Both are made from 100% recycled steel, made in the USA. A portion of every sale is donated to school and community gardens. Visit www.artofthegarden.net. Free shipping through December 15th.

 

 

 

VacuPractor for Back Pain Relief

The VacuPractor orthopedic device for the treatment of lower back pain utilizes an outward pull on the lower curvature of the back. The patented design cradles a patient’s body. Among users of the VacuPractor are world-class athletes, firefighters, and healthcare practitioners. The VacuPractor uses suction to pull outwardly on the over-curvature in the lower spine or lordosis. The pressure is based on body weight and gravity; therefore, the pressures work together to stretch tired, strained muscles and let the back relax without medication as it relieves pressure on the disks and nerves. Visit www.vacupractor.com.

 

 

 

 

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