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Give the Gift of Healthy Living in 2014

GiftGiving_1214_HolidayGiftRedBackgroundWhile opening presents is fun for all ages, giving a well-received gift can be especially gratifying. Whether gifts are handmade or store-bought, the most meaningful ones acknowledge each recipient’s specific needs and interests.

Alternative gift fairs that support local or international charities are a good place to start. Homemade gifts add a personal touch and can be as simple as a framed photograph or special potpourri. Also consider the eco-friendliness of a potential gift item—what it’s made of, where it’s made and how it’s packaged.

While we’re in the mood, why not spread holiday cheer beyond friends and family to everyone? Pay for the next car at a toll booth, leave a potted plant on a coworker’s desk or run an errand for an elderly neighbor.

It’s possible to maintain values of simple living and conscious consumerism throughout the holiday season with a bit of thoughtfulness and inspired creativity. To help givers move through the holiday shopping season with grace and joy, Natural Awakenings has compiled a list of locally available gifts of wellness and sustainability.

Accessories with a Conscience

If jewelry is on a loved one’s wish list, look for pieces that are made of sustainable or recycled materials or that raise funds for a worthy cause.

FAIR TRADE JEWELRY

Global Gallery, Columbus
GGFairTrade.com

Global Village, Delaware
TheGVC.org

JEWELRY WITH A CAUSE

soHza, Central Ohio
soHza.com

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED

William A. Weidinger, Columbus
WilliamWeidinger.com

Presents that Pamper

With busy calendars and long to-do lists, everyone can use a little pampering this time of year.

Balance Beauty Spa, Worthington
BalanceBeautySpa.com

Canvas Salon, Powell
TheCanvasSalon.com

Love Yourself and Earth Salon and Day Spa, Granville
LoveYourselfAndEarthSalon.com

Replenish: The Spa Co-Op, Columbus
ReplenishWith.Us

The Natural Nail Spa, Columbus
TheNaturalNailSpa.com

The Oil Apothecary, Sunbury
TheOilApothecary.com

Virtue Salon, Clintonville
VirtueVeganSalon.com

Help at Home

For homemakers and others swamped by houseguests, having help around the house can ease the stress of the holidays or any other time of the year.

CLEANING

Edge Green Cleaning, Central Ohio
EdgeGreenCleaning.com

MEAL PREPARATION

Fit Food, Central Ohio
FitFoodMeals.com

Green BEAN Delivery, Central Ohio
GreenBeanDelivery.com

True Food Delivery, Central Ohio
VidaFit.com

Charitable Gifts that Keep On Giving

Good things can come in little packages—or no packages at all. Consider charitable donations in honor of those on our gift list.

American Lung Association, Central Ohio
OhioLung.org

American Red Cross, Central Ohio
RedCross.org/oh/columbus

Community Shares of Mid Ohio, Central Ohio
Columbus.GiveCard.net

Habitat for Humanity, Central Ohio
HabitatMidOhio.org

Local Matters, Central Ohio
Local-Matters.org

Simply Living, Central Ohio
SimplyLiving.org

Kids

Avoid the commercialism of big-box store toy aisles by instead visiting a smaller, locally owned retailer in search of eco-friendly and educational gifts for the little ones. Better yet, consider gifting a heartening experience such as a membership to the zoo or weekly music classes.

CLASSES/MEMBERSHIPS

Columbus Children’s Theatre, Columbus
ColumbusChildrensTheatre.org

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell
ColumbusZoo.org

COSI (Center of Science and Industry), Columbus
COSI.org

PLAY PLACES

Eat Play Love, Lewis Center
EatPlayLovePlayCafe.com

Firefly Play Café, Columbus
FireflyPlayCafe.com

Piccadilly, Bexley
PiccadillyDally.com

Personal Development

As we approach a new year, set a resolution to be healthier, happier and have less stress.  The following coaches provide guidance in the areas of fitness, health, nutrition and wellness.

Carrie Saba
CarrieSaba.com

Connect to Calm – Geri Sue Sandor
ConnectToCalm.com

Limitless Wellbeing – Lisa Farrar
LimitlessWellbeing.com

Om2Ohm – Sheri Mollica-Rathburn
Om2Ohm.com

New Leaf Healthy Lifestyles- Karen Kiener
NewLeafHL.com

Pathways 2 Prevention – Kelli Parrish
Pathways2Prevention.com

Shop Local

For lots of local selections, in a single location, check out special holiday shopping fairs, or stores dedicated to all things local and all things Central Ohio.

MARKETS

Moonlight Market, Columbus
MoonlightMarketColumbus.com

North Market – Holiday Winter Market, Columbus
NorthMarket.com

STORES

Celebrate Local, Columbus
CelebrateLocalOhio.com

Pure Roots, Westerville
PureRootsBoutique.com

Simply Vague, Dublin and Columbus
ShopLocalOhio.com

Wholly Craft, Clintonville
WhollyCraft.net

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