Last year I did a gift guide for the first time, and it was so much fun pulling together some of my favorite artisans and practitioners from my community that I've enjoyed over the last year. So much fun that I'm doing it again! If you're not in the Bay Area, you can purchase most of these items online, or look for options in your town - I encourage you to visit brick + mortar stores that aren't chains, check out local pop-ups, maker markets and of course local practitioners like acupuncturists and massage therapists for gift certificates. Tune in to TCMTalk on Thursday, December 1 at 4 pm PST for more from Denise and I, including our fave holiday donation sites, focused especially on orgs that bring alternative healing to those who need it most.
Studies have shown that people who have experiences are happier than those who have things. Check out practitioners in your local community, but if you're in Oakland, a few I recommend are Denise Cicuto L.Ac for acupuncture, Energy Matters Acupuncture + Qi Gong for Qi Gong and meditation classes, Shimmer Esthetics for organic facials, In-Symmetry Spa for massage, Four Elements Fitness for fitness and self-defense classes, and Preserve for fermenting and food skills! All have gift certificates available online or by email. I'm also a big fan of the work of astrologer Chani Nicholas, and she has classes, readings and candles available for the starchild on your gift list!
Body + Home
My partner Jeremy and I both LOVE the soft light of candles and the soft suds of soap made by Summer Sequoia. Made using grass-fed tallow and local ingredients, her products are delightfully different (not vegan friendly!)
Concept 47 is one of my fave places and the first place I send folks looking for unique prezzies, curated by owner and maker Stevonne. I'm in love with their new line of kitty-themed items, including this little pouch for a lucky witch.
I love the Mushroom Farm from Back to the Roots - grow organic shitake mushrooms right in your kitchen. A great gift for gardeners in apartments.
Even though I make my own bitters, I can't resist the delectable concoctions of Many Flowers Medicine, especially Chocolate Cherry Bitters! Available in Oakland at the Oaktown Spice Shop (which is also a fantastic spot for gifts)