A selection of naturally thoughtful presents for your loved ones.

November/December 2015

Geno 2.0 Next Generation

DNA Test Kit from National Geographic

The Geno 2.0 Next Generation DNA kit from National Geographic contains everything you need to begin the journey into your past. You can discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed hundreds, even thousands, of years ago, with an unprecedented view of your ancestral journey. In addition, you can learn what percentage of your genome is affiliated with specific regions of the world and find out if you have Neanderthal ancestry. The kit gives you the opportunity to share your story and connect with other Genographic Project participants, helping National Geographic researchers fill gaps in the human story.

The kit includes painless cheek swabs and instructions for submitting your DNA samples (return postage required). National Geographic has designed the Geno Next Generation kit box to serve as a beautiful keepsake to store your results after you access them online. Visit nationalgeographic.com or call 800-437-5521.

 

Oskar Little Humidifier for Small Rooms

Just like the bigger products in this line, Oskar Little is a thrifty consumer with great power. With its two power levels, this evaporative humidifier performs at its best in small rooms up to 322 square feet. The humidifier features an eco-friendly filter made of plant and textile fibers.

With dimmable LEDs, an extremely quiet manner and gentle distribution of essential oils, the Oskar Little makes a particularly healthy bedroom companion. The humidifier automatically switches off when his water tank is empty, but the tank can easily be refilled through the convenient filling opening. It is available in white, black, bronze and lime. Visit stadlerformusa.com.

 

ColorKu Combines Fun,

Brain Enhancement

ColorKu is a version of the popular puzzle Sudoku, but using colors instead of numbers. The game combines fun with brain-enhancing strategic thinking. Each of the 104 included puzzle cards starts with a designated number of “clues” telling which marbles in which color to place where on the board. It’s your task then to fill in the rest of the board with the rest of the marbles in a way that you get one of each color of marble in each of nine rows, each of the nine columns and each of the nine 3 x 3 squares. We tried the game with some math-averse participants who liked the allure of the colors in place of numbers, yet still found ColorKu as challenging as traditional Sudoku. Visit ColorKu.com.

 

Power Pressure Cooker

for Healthy Meals

The Power Pressure Cooker is healthy for you and the environment. Nutrients and flavors are stripped from your food when it sits in boiling water, a problem the electric Power Pressure Cooker helps you avoid since the appliance has a much shorter cooking time. In addition to saving you vitamins and minerals, the Power Pressure Cooker saves energy usage because of the shorter cooking time. You can prepare your entire holiday meal, from your turkey to sides, in the Power Pressure Cooker with a simple one-touch pre-set feature. Visit powerpressurecooker.com.

 

JVC Headphones for Runners

The new JVC HA-ETR40 headphones are ideal for runners. The waterproof and washable headphones feature a soft, rotating rubber hook that holds them securely in place and can be adjusted to get the perfect fit. They come with two sets of earpieces—conventional that seal out ambient noise (in three sizes) and “open type” (also in three sizes) that allow ambient sounds to be heard so runners can hear the sound of approaching vehicles and similar sounds. The headphones are equipped with a two-piece cord; use the short cord if you wear your phone/music player on your arm, and avoid the hassle of excess cord; use the extension if you carry your phone in your hand or pocket. Also featured is a one-button microphone and remote control. Visit jvc.com.


 

Multi Flask Hydration System

Precidio Design has upgraded its Multi Flask one-bottle-six function system to include a mesh bag to keep the Multi Flask neatly in one place.  And with fall here, the updated tea infuser makes it easy to go from house to errands with a hot drink in hand. Multi Flask is a complete hydration system that lets you create healthy, delicious fruit-infused drinks, power shakes and sports drinks, filtered drinks, and all forms of hot and cold beverages in your best flavors—without a cabinet full of bottles.

Multi Flask is equipped with a glass inner for hot beverages; a double-walled, insulated Tritan inner for cool drinks; a fruit infuser; and a novel agitator cap for mixing powder drinks. The one-flask-six-functions system is dishwasher safe, making it easy to create drinks on the fly with minimal clean up. Visit multiflasking.com.

 

 

Kosher Cooking for the

Holidays & Beyond  

Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes (Mesorah) by Leah Shapira and Victoria Dwek is a great companion for any kosher cook—and just in time for Chanukah. The recipes, from kosher cafes, takeouts and restaurants, aren’t always the most healthful as they include a number of pastas, fried dishes and hearty desserts. But more often than not, these recipes will yield dishes that anyone devoted to wellness would be pleased to out on the family table: Grilled Fish Tacos from Fish Plate in Cedarhurst, New York; Mediterranean Sea Bass from Fish Market by Meatos in Tel Aviv, Israel; and Veggie Chili from Milt’s in Chicago, just to name a few. With beautiful photos and recipes that are easily explained, Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes shows that kosher, gourmet food is perfectly compatible for the home chef. Visit artscroll.com.

Kosher food mavens will also want to get their hands on The Modern Kosher Kitchen (Fair Winds) by Ronnie Fein. The food writer puts a contemporary spin on family meals, hor d’oeuvres, budget-friendly dishes and holiday fare. Potato pancakes are a Hanukkah staple and typically involve not much more than shredded potatoes and oil; Fein’s version adds cilantro, ginger and cumin, among other ingredients, making the holiday favorite a flavor festival. There are plenty of vegetarian recipes, including those that incorporate grains, in The Modern Kosher Kitchen, too: Farro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Asparagus, for instance, and Quinoa-Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps with Raisins and Pine Nuts. Visit fairwindpress.com.

 

Gift Card Good for Spa Treatments

Give the gift of wellness this holiday season with the new gift card by Spa Week, Spa & Wellness BLACK. The spa card can be shipped in a gift box in increments of $10-$500.

Among the special perks of this card is access to thousands of spas and hundreds of treatments to choose from. The card provides access to thousands of spa and wellness services, medical grade treatments, holistic services and cosmetic treatments, including massages, facials, yoga, pilates, nutrition classes, acupuncture and more. Spa & Wellness BLACK is taken at over 8,000 participating locations nationwide. For a full list of locations visit spaweek.com.

 

The Book for Giving

100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women (She Writes) by Betsy Teutsch is the gift for those who want to give. The book features 100 no-frills but effective ways to help the impoverished help themselves attain food, shelter and other basic staples. Teutsch, a writer, community organizer and eco-activist, did thorough research for her book, which includes a treasure trove of life-improving resources and opportunities to get involved on many levels. A section on bottle bricks, bricks made from plastic bottles filled with trash or dirt, for example, cites organizations that host volunteer trips to needy communities where you can help build a bottle school or other construction. There are also sections on solar box stoves, drip micro-irrigation, beekeeping and roof improvement. Visit shewritespress.com.

 

Acacia Creations Connects

Artisans with Global Market


Founded in 2007 to connect artisans with the global consumer marketplace, Acacia Creations craftspeople make eco-friendly jewelry, gifts and home accents at a fair trade studio in Nairobi, Kenya, and across East Africa. In 2013, Acacia Creations expanded its fair trade partnerships, working with talented artisans in Thailand, Vietnam, India and the Philippines.

The mission of Acacia Creations is to improve lives in a long-lasting and sustainable way by creating jobs, providing training, and giving back to communities through education and healthcare initiatives.  The Healing Hearts Collection—a necklace from the collection is pictured—provides medical care for children in need. For each piece purchased from the Healing Hearts Collection, the company donates $0.50 for child healthcare in Kenya. Visit acaciacreations.com.

 


Impecca Gear for Holiday

Travel Safety

The holidays are a time to travel, and much of that travel is done by car. Impecca’s Poweritup SafeT-Light 4-in-1 flashlight, device charger, emergency escape tool window hammer, and seatbelt cutter can protect you in a car accident or other catastrophic emergency. SafeT-Light can help you during virtually every dangerous situation. If your vehicle breaks down or you have a flat, the SafeT-light features a powerful 3 level flashlight with 220 Lumens for lighting up to 300ft away with a rechargeable battery for up to 30 hours of light. When you need to call for help, SafeT-light is a USB power charger with 10,400/5,200mAh of power for smartphones, tablets and more.  This device insures that your phone, GPS and other devices will always work when you need them most. Most importantly, if you’re trapped in the car and can’t open the window or the seatbelt won’t budge, the emergency escape tool window hammer and seatbelt cutter may help you get to safety just in the nick of time. And the device is waterproof to 6.5 feet. Visit impecca.com.


 

Enlightenment through Short Stories

Nothing quite contributes to brain health and development like focus, and nothing quite keeps us as focused as reading an engrossing book. 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is sure to entertain you with a trip through American literature. The stories in this wonderful volume were selected by short story writer and master of the form, Lorrie Moore, from more than 2,000 stories published since the series began in 1915. Included are works from William Faulkner, John Cheever, Alice Munro, among others. Visit amazon.com and bookstores.

 

 

Art Prints Spotlight Beauty of Food

Baldor Specialty Foods, a produce purveyor to chefs throughout the Northeast, is releasing a series of prints showcasing some of its most unique ingredients. The collection of professionally shot photographs pays homage to orders placed by Baldor customers on the New York restaurant scene. Baldor’s NYC Chef Series is available in different sizes on the popular e-commerce portal Society6, and can be ordered as high resolution art prints, framed art or canvas art. Their Society6 collection also includes a photo series titled “Fresh + Fancy” as well as holiday-ready gift cards featuring produce snowflakes. Visit baldorfood.com.

 

 

Mint-Infused Bath Gift Set

Help the stressed-out women in your life float into gently scented relaxation with this Mint-Infused Bath Gift Set from Pura Botanica. Each set contains botanic bath salts, Moments in Mint 100% soy candle travel tin and Freshly Minted Lotion to Love plus Body Beautiful Cleanser in travel-friendly sizes. Visit puraproducts.com.

 

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Nature’s Plus Formulations

Give the best gift of health this holiday season with a selection of Nature’s Plus formulations. For wholesome, all-natural plant protein nutrition, mix up a delicious organic Puretrition protein shake! To build strong bones, to fortify your D3 or K2 levels or as the ultimate multivitamin, pick the organic power of Source of Life Garden products! And to get and keep your life into full bloom, choose the rejuvenative power of Ageloss, a full line of tissue-specific formulations that repair, protect and vitalize. Visit naturesplus.com.

 

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Love Bottles

Go green! Love Bottles are deliciously beautiful, environmentally friendly glass vessels with great artwork, designed to keep you healthy and celebrate your unique you. It's a little thing you can do to make a big change for your well-being and your world. Love Bottle is proudly and entirely made in the US, and is BPA-free, reusable, customizable, dishwasher-safe—and very cool! Visit lovebottle.com.

 

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Lumo Lift

Do you know someone who wants to ease back pain and boost energy by improving posture? Lumo Lift is a small wearable device that can attach to a collar, clothing or even a bra strap; set it to vibrate whenever you slouch or opt for the Coaching Sessions feature, which trains you to practice good posture at timed intervals. It even has an activity tracker so you can track steps and calories as well—no need for multiple devices. Stand stronger, sit taller and feel better with Lumo Lift. Visit thegrommet.com.

 

 

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Healing Sounds

Use music to enhance well-being with Healing Sounds for Yoga, Mindfulness and Creativity. This four-CD set is designed to address the three doshas, the primary forces of nature that, according to Ayurvedic medicine, combine to form each person’s unique mind-body constitution. Composed by world music artist Yuval Ron. Visit mettamindfulnessmusic.com.

 

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How To Make A Cowboy Take A Bath

Inspired by the overly complex machines of Rube Goldberg’s classic cartoons, this build-it-yourself kit creates an excessively engineered machine which solves the age old problem of How To Make A Cowboy Take A Bath. After just one hour of assembly—which will seriously work your visual perception and coordination skills—you will have a fully functional chain reaction machine that stretches over three feet and completes six actions. Visit marblesthebrainstore.com.

 

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Multi Flask

Multi Flask is a complete hydration system allows you to create power shakes, filtered drinks and all forms of hot and cold beverages. Equipped with a glass inner liner for hot, a double-walled, insulated Tritan inner liner for cool, a fruit infuser and a novel agitator cap for mixing drink powders, dishwasher-safe Multi Flask is the purest way to drink healthy. A mesh bag keeps the Multi Flask in one place neatly. Visit multiflasking.com.

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ensō Roller

The ensō Roller by EvoFit is the only muscle roller that is completely adjustable, allowing you to reap the many benefits of self-myofascial release customized for your body shape and training needs. Through the use of eight moveable discs, you can create a one-of-a-kind fit to massage broader areas or pinpoint smaller isolated muscles without putting pressure on areas that don’t require it. Visit evofitforlife.com.

 

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Numi Organic Tea

Packaged in a stylish, sustainable bamboo box, the Numi Organic Tea Flight invites tea lovers of all levels to sample the best selection of organic, non-GMO and Fair Trade Certified teas. Each box includes a premium collection of black, green, and herbal teasans, making it a one-box solution for tea drawers and cabinets everywhere. Visit NumiTea.com.

 

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Gunter Wilhelm Kitchenware

Gunter Wilhelm has an impressive line of affordable kitchen tools that will fit all of your epicurean needs. The stick-resistant cookware is made of stainless steel that has been electro-polished to a mirror finish, eliminating surface pores so that food won’t stick. Its high-quality cutlery is made from high-carbon German stainless steel. All of these products come with a lifetime guarantee. Visit gunterwilhelm.com.

 

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Runkeeper

Know a runner in a rut? Runkeeper offers the opportunity to set a pace, time or distance target run to shake up a tired routine. The user can access that day’s run from his or her training plan or from the prescribed workouts feature as part of the Runkeeper Go subscription service, which creates a tailor-made workout schedule based on the user’s individual abilities and goals. Runners can easily access their favorite music through Spotify or their iTunes music collection. Visit runkeeper.com.

 

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Bamboo Bathroom & Vanity Caddy

Forget ugly plastic containers to store all the little stuff! The Bamboo Bathroom & Vanity Caddy from GreatUsefulStuff is a sleek solution to storing small household necessities. This sturdy caddy can hold bathroom necessities, carry your entertaining must-haves or keep all pet supplies tidy. Crafted from 100% eco-friendly bamboo, the front of the caddy is lined with linen and the three outside pockets have chalkboard labels for easy identification. Visit greatusefulstuff.com.

 

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Eco Mat for Kids

Protect your little yogis from hard surfaces with the Eco Mat for Kids. Featuring playful designs and a fun-to-touch texture, these durable, non-slip, waterproof mats are made of a baby-safe material that’s free of toxins, heavy metals and phthalates. Biodegrades in soil after six months. Great for exercise, yoga, playtime and more! Visit merrithew.com.

 

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Pascha Organic Chocolate

Take care of your body with 100% allergen-free PASCHA chocolate. All PASCHA products are free from peanuts, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, rice, sesame and gluten—so those suffering from allergies can enjoy high-quality, mouthwatering treats without the risk of an allergic reaction. Available as bars (including mini-bars) and chips. Visit paschachocolate.com.

 

 

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