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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.


Global Gallery, Columbus

Global Village, Delaware


soHza, Central Ohio


William A. Weidinger, Columbus

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

Canvas Salon, Powell

Love Yourself and Earth Salon and Day Spa, Granville

Replenish: The Spa Co-Op, Columbus

The Natural Nail Spa, Columbus

The Oil Apothecary, Sunbury

Virtue Salon, Clintonville

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.


Edge Green Cleaning, Central Ohio


Fit Food, Central Ohio

Green BEAN Delivery, Central Ohio

True Food Delivery, Central Ohio

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

American Red Cross, Central Ohio

Community Shares of Mid Ohio, Central Ohio

Habitat for Humanity, Central Ohio

Local Matters, Central Ohio

Simply Living, Central Ohio


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.


Columbus Children’s Theatre, Columbus

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell

COSI (Center of Science and Industry), Columbus


Eat Play Love, Lewis Center

Firefly Play Café, Columbus

Piccadilly, Bexley

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

Connect to Calm – Geri Sue Sandor

Limitless Wellbeing – Lisa Farrar

Om2Ohm – Sheri Mollica-Rathburn

New Leaf Healthy Lifestyles- Karen Kiener

Pathways 2 Prevention – Kelli Parrish

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.


Moonlight Market, Columbus

North Market – Holiday Winter Market, Columbus


Celebrate Local, Columbus

Pure Roots, Westerville

Simply Vague, Dublin and Columbus

Wholly Craft, Clintonville

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