Maria’s Five Favorites: Holiday Gifts!


It’s November, which means the countdown to the holidays has officially begun. And despite the shorter days and colder temperatures, these weeks of holiday preparations are a fun time, because giving to others can make everything feel a little warmer and brighter.

I’m already thinking about what I want to give friends and family this year, and I’ve put together a list of my five favorite gifts that are good for you, your family, and the planet…

Enjoy, and happy holiday shopping!

1. Inspire Your Journey Charm Collection


Rodale’s designed the Inspire Your Journey Charm Collection to encourage and bring positivity to the giver and the wearer every day. These pretty little charms make perfect gifts for special people in your life. When you give a charm (or two or three or four!) that reminds you of the receiver, you will be thought of each time the he or she wears it.

2. Birdseed Heart Ornament Set


There’s no better way to entice beautiful wild birds to flock to your backyard than with a wholesome seedcake. This set of three heart-shaped ornaments can be hung outside to nourish your feathered friends throughout the colder months. A great gift for the nature- and bird-lovers in your life.

3. Long-Burning Non-GMO Soy Candle


This elegant soy wax candle is hand-poured into an amber-hued glass container from non-GMO wax, and made with organic essential oils and a cotton wick for a burn time that ranges from 45 hours to 60 hours. A lovely-smelling present for the person who has everything—or simply enjoys a good candle!

4. Reclaimed-Wood Daydreamer Swing


This backyard swing seat is made of old-growth pine that was once a floor joist in a 19th-century home, and makes a great gift for kids or those who are kids at heart.

5. Alpaca Wool Chunky Circle Scarf


This cozy circle scarf is made from supersoft wool sheared from baby alpacas enjoying their free-range life on the farm, colored with ecofriendly dyes, and produced using fair-trade practices. This scarf is the perfect gift for anyone in your life who loves looking good and feeling great, even when it’s freezing outside!

And don’t forget to enter the Rodale’s Holiday Countdown Sweepstakes for your chance to win a $1,500 Rodale’s shopping spree!

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