Coastal Virginia's Local Healthy Gift Guide, Part II
If you still have a few (or maybe more than a few) gifts to get before Christmas, you have just a little bit of time left, but the clock is ticking! Here we continue our local healthy holiday gift guide. Be well, merry and bright!
Local coffee and tea: Coffee gift cards and products are often my go-to gifts for many of the people on my list. Nothing says holiday cheer quite like a warm cup of steamy espresso or chai tea. But wouldn’t it be great to know that the delicious gift you’re giving is healthy and fresh, and is also supporting the growth of your local community?
This year, instead of giving a gift card or holiday gift set from one of the big coffee chains, check out some local options:
1. Cafe Stella, Norfolk: An extensive selection of coffee beans from around the world, roasted in-house, delectable dishes and pastries also prepared fresh; freshly-made juice, local beer and winde also served.
2. CafeMoka, Virginia Beach: Great variety of coffees and teas, frequently updated, multiple brew methods to suit your style—oh, and they encourage you to drink it black! Yay for healthy coffee!
3. Roast Rider Coffee + Tea, Virginia Beach: Advanced filtration system for purified water, ethical fair trade organic coffee, homemade syrups.
Eco-friendly and healthy beauty/household products: Everyone loves getting yummy-smelling candles, bath scrubs and other “treat yourself” type gifts, but oftentimes these products contain harmful chemicals as ingredients, and they are rarely designed with sustainability through reducing waste in mind.
Take a peak around a few local organizations that provide health-conscious, locally sourced products:
1. Eco Trends, Virginia Beach: Organic soy candles and soaps, handmade repurposed artwork, locally made jams, fair trade coffee and chocolates, products such as jewelry and purses that benefit villages in remote regions of the world.
2. Bees Knees Apiary, Chesapeake: Chemical-free, sustainable beekeepers, producing honey, beeswax candles, soap lotions and salves
3. Omniio, Virginia Beach: Chemical-free, fresh, locally-made goat milk soaps, lotions, shampoos, body scrubs and lip balms.
A relaxing, pain-relieving, stress-reducing massage: I don’t know a lot of people who don’tenjoy massages. It’s pretty obvious why; massages have incredible benefits, ranging from pain alleviation and stress to lessening dependence on medications and enhancing immunity.
Coastal Virginia has several great licensed massage therapy centers. Here are just a few:
1. Eminent Health, Virginia Beach: I have to admit I’m partial to this place because the owner is my massage therapist. She’s a Medical Massage Practitioner and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. I’ve been to several massage therapists before, and if you ask me, if you want a serious massage that will truly help relieve pain and encourage overall bodily wellness, this is the place to be. Also offers health coaching.
2. Abundant Life Massage Therapy, Newport News: Certified Massage Therapist, offering deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal and sports massages, as well as reflexology.
3. Golden Touch Massage & Spa, Chesapeake: Certified Massage Therapists, multiple local “Best of” awards, instant gift certificates available on website.