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A HEALTHY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Some presents bring the blessing of long-lasting well-being.

by Anna Gamboa Gan

DECEMBER 2011-JANUARY 2012

If you weren’t able to prudently shop all-year round for gifts, consider this your cheat sheet for health-related presents you can give during the holidays. Spanning various ages and budgets, these suggestions range from do-it-yourself projects to items that may require the help of a not-so-secret Santa.


Eco-friendly

Those herbs and plants you keep reading about in our “Buzzwords” section? You can buy some of those at the Manila Seedling Bank, re-pot them, and give them away as gifts. Or if you know a friend who loves using herbs for home remedies or cooking, this is the place to go to for potted herbs to create a fresh supply for the culinary enthusiast. A small handful of tarragon is great as an after-digestive tea when steeped in hot water, or as a component of oven-roasted dishes. Basil will always be a great addition to any tomato-based pasta dish, or a home version of pho or soupy Vietnamese noodles.

For those who want to patronize eco-friendly businesses that give back to the community, try shopping at places like Sesou Nature Source or EchoStore. Both businesses put an emphasis on promoting naturally made items—from bee-derived products created by Ilog Maria Farms, Leyende lotions or perfumes, GIGA soap or balms and Indigo baby-oriented salves and shampoo, these places are often pocket-friendly as well when you buy their locally-made products. EchoStore is the place to go for those healthy dark chocolate bars made of cacao by Theo & Philo, a Davao-run enterprise.


Healthy and wise

If a member of your family is into parenting or self-help books, a gift certificate from their favorite bookshop can nudge them in the right direction. Take advantage of book discounts by watching out for sales or discount coupons offered by bookstores. Interestingly, a food-oriented website, dessertcomesfirst.com, offers a 10 percent discount on selections from Fully Booked, chosen every month by blog author Lori Baltazar—one of which was the self-help title Unlimited by Jillian Michaels, the tough trainer from the U.S. reality show The Biggest Loser.

An alternative to the medical dog tag is custom-made jewelry bearing the wearer’s name, medical condition and doctor’s contact detail. One such example is the made-to-order Servo Mihi tag; inquiries may be directed via email at info@servomihi.com.

For friends who document their steps back into getting fit, a wellness journal by Moleskine, available at National Bookstore, may be just the thing. And if you’re still stumped about a baby shower gift, the line of premier notebooks also have baby journals for parents-to-be.


Where to go:

Manila Seedling Bank
EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
msbfi.com

Sesou Nature Source
Branches at: Trinoma, Glorietta, Market! Market! and Alabang Town Center
sesou.multiply.com

EchoStore
Branches at: The Podium, Serendra and Esteban Abada St. (Loyola Heights, QC)
echostore.ph


For more gift ideas, ranging from bazaar finds to DIY presents, grab a copy of the December-January issue of HealthToday magazine, out now in newsstands and bookstores.



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