Shopping with a Scientist:
Wellness Gifts for Friends
Gerda Endemann, our senior director of science and research, has a BS in nutrition from UC Berkeley, a PhD in nutritional biochemistry from MIT, and a passion for cherry-picking from our wellness shop. We asked her to share her favorite gifts for friends.
Retail therapy goes two ways: Buying something nice for yourself is pleasurable, but giving gifts to others might be even more rewarding. Imagine the package arriving at their door. Their smile the moment before they open the box. Will it be something useful? Ridiculous but awesome? Sensual? Uplifting? Your choice. Make their day.
Drop The Naked Stone on their doorstep. It’s a moisturizer and a massage stone. The unscented bar—made of cocoa butter, almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and nothing else—melts when smoothed on warm skin. This is one of my all-time favorites for myself and others.
Sure, your friends own water bottles. But do they have a beautiful slim glass bottle with a silicone sleeve, a handle, and a bamboo cap?
The perfect gift is both luxurious and useful: Coco Rose Body Polish cleans, moisturizes, and smells heavenly. The exfoliating sugar crystals feel like a spa treatment and rinse away leaving just enough coconut oil and shea butter for satiny-smooth skin. This is one of those products I keep ordering for myself and for friends.
We all know that person who gets cranky and down if they don’t get enough time outside in the sun. It’s not an all-expenses-paid beach vacation, but it is a gift of full-spectrum light. Brightness and color can be adjusted on the Verilux Happylight to support healthy sleep patterns and mood.
A fun way to bring joy to one person or an entire family, Optimism on Deck cards are pretty and uplifting. Created by Deepika Chopra—the “optimism doctor” who has a doctorate in clinical health psychology—the cards are designed to increase happiness with holistic and science-based prompts and with colorful art.
PINK AND PRETTY
For anyone on your list: a fluffy, pale-pink, light yet rich moisture cream that smooths, hydrates, and nourishes. Extracts and oils from high-altitude herbs and flowers, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and ceramides are whipped into a genius formulation. I’m collecting the pretty boxes to repurpose as wallpaper.
Vitamins may seem like an unusual present, but isn’t health the best gift? I send vitamin D to my sons, nephews, and even my ex—because I know they’re not spending much time outside. It takes a fair bit of sun exposure to power the skin’s vitamin D production: less time with pale skin, and more time with darkly pigmented skin. For anyone whose respiratory, immune, and bone health you care about.*
Your best friend will smile when they unwrap this beautiful vibrator coated with a unique gel that mimics human touch. It fits perfectly in the palm and on the vulva and clitoris. Maybe you’ll want to order two.
WORK IT OUT
Even someone who seemingly has “everything” will appreciate these unique home workout props. The mini infinity roller feels heavenly on the wrist and forearm—I keep mine on my desk to use during Zoom meetings when my camera’s off. Lauren Roxburgh’s videos show how to use the kit to refresh a tight body.
Interruptions from charming children? Or the opposite: alone with no stimulation? I’m somewhere in between—let’s just say that my fiancé occasionally disrupts my focus. If you know anyone working from home, they’ll thank you for this café au lait–flavored nutraceutical chew. The combination of caffeine (not too much) and theanine in the perfect ratio is better for focus and attention than either alone.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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