OUR 2020 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

holiday gift guide Nov 04, 2020

 

KITCHEN & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

WATER HEATER TEA KETTLE

Heat up your water in style. If you're a tea freak like us (or pour-over coffee fanatic), you need this. It makes heating up water so simple, and it looks chic AF on your countertop. 

TEA BOX

If you're like us, you have WAY TOO MANY teas to choose from, and all those bulky individual tea boxes take up way too much space in our kitchens. This box keeps all your favorite tea packets in an organized and stylish fashion. 

CLEAR TEA CUPS 

THese make you feel boujee when you're drinking tea. It's that simple.

 OUR PLACE "THE ALWAYS" PAN

You guys, this is the mother of all pans. The Always Pan replaces your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. It's also the safest nonstick pan around... it's coated in a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly ceramic non-stick coating. It also doesn't hurt that the pan is drop dead gorg. 

COMPUTER MOUSE

During these COVID times, your work-from-home setup is KEY. We truly feel like we work faster when we use this wireless mouse (also kinda makes us feel like we're back in the office)! 

CHARGER ORGANIZER

How many chargers have you either LOST or found in tangled MESS?! We're over it. This organizer has been our saving grace. It's one of those simple gifts that will change lives. 

FROTHER

For the love of all things froth, this frother will make your coffee or matcha a work of art. When you froth your milk, you immediately feel like you're sitting in your fave cafe. We love to use our favorite Elmhurst dairy-free milks in here for the best froth.  

BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES

This one is major key to have since we're staring at screens all day long. As soon as 6pm hits, we have these glasses on until we go to bed so that we aren't interfering with our melatonin secretion and to get a good nights rest.

INSTANT POT

Instant pot for president! Anyone else?!?! These things are an incredible all-in-one. We use it for slow cooking, rice cooking, soup making, and pressure cooking. It's wild how many times we whip this baby out every week (especially in the winter).  

BERKEY WATER FILTER

Have you ever looked up the water quality in your zip code? If not, you should probably do that right now here and find out what contaminants are in your water source. Things like arsenic, chromium, and nitrate can sneak in at high doses.... all of which are potential causers of cancer. Scary, right? We know. That's we use the Berkey Filter to purify our drinking water. They will purify everything from bacteria, viruses, chlorine, pesticides, herbicides and other harmful toxins without removing the beneficial minerals that our body needs. Pricey, but we can't live without this one!

Their filters are 10% off right now so get it while it's hot!

 

NATURAL BEAUTY & CLEANING PRODUCTS

BEAUTYCOUNTER CHARCOAL MASK

This is for the person who is obsessed with a good face mask. The ingredients kaolin clay mask & activated charcoal purify and absorb excess oil to draw out impurities. ALSO: Boy, oh, boy do we love all their makeup. All made without chemicals or toxic ingredients, just how we like it.  If you're looking to try some makeup, start with the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer! We don't go a day without it. (Also, Alaina is a consultant so her name should pop up in the corner of your screen on beautycounter.com. Let her know if you have any questions!!!)

PRIMALLY PURE STARTER KIT

If you've been following us for a while, you know we are MASSIVE fans of all things Primally Pure because of how flawless & effective their natural beauty products are. If you're looking to help switch their products over to nontoxic, their starter kit is the simplest (& cutest) way to do that. It comes with a deodorant, body butter, 3 chap sticks, and their Everything Spray. Obsessed is an understatement.

Use code BALANCEDBEYARS FOR 10% OFF

ILIA MASCARA

Best nontoxic mascara we've ever had, hands-down. We also really like some of their other makeup as well!

BRANCH BASICS STARTER KITS

We use their starter kits for everything from scrubbing our bathrooms to cleaning our countertops and doing our laundry. Not only are their products powerful & effective, but the best part is that we know they are SAFE for our families.   Their starter kits include a multipurpose cleaner concentrate that will replace ALL of your toxic cleaning supplies in one swoop. How easy is that?!  

Use code BALANCEDBEYARS for 10% off. 

AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSER

Did you know that most candles have more toxins than cigarettes? YUP. We love diffusing Young Living essential oils in our homes to freshen the air, plus cash in on some added health benefits.  Ceramic diffusers are BAE because they are like a piece of decor in your home.

Here's a cheaper option, and here's one that is a little more pricey. 

*Diffuse some Thieves to cleanse the air (it's such a rich, spicy aroma), or use a few drops of Christmas Spirit (can't get enough of this one) for instant Christmas cheer. 

THIEVES HAND PURIFIER

Because we are living in the age of COVID, we are constantly needing to wash our hands and keep them virus-free. Standard hand sanitizers are SO TOUGH on our skin. We love Thieves because it's a natural purifier that uses antimicrobial essential oils like peppermint, rosemary, lemon peel, clove, cinnamon, and eucalyptus to keep hands clean. 

BELLY BALM

This is Alaina's #1 go-to belly balm during pregnancy and postpartum. It smells unbelievable because it contains some of the most soothing essential oils lavender, & geranium. And it contains vitamin E to help keep your skin supple as it grows! Can't recommend this one enough for mamas-to-be. 

DR. TUNG'S TONGUE SCRAPER

Cleaning your tongue is a VITAL part of your hygiene, people! Tong scraping the practice of lightly grazing your tongue with a U-shaped tool or scraper to remove bacteria and clear out the surface of your tongue.  Some of the benefits include a better sense of taste, removes bad breath, boosts immunity, and improved digestion. Cool, right?!  We do this 1-2x a day in addition to brushing our teeth and flossing! 

LOU & GREY PJ SET

We've never had a PJ experience like this before, lol. We are not kidding you when we say that Alaina has been living in these signature soft blend sweats (top & bottom). They are insanely comfortable and provide the perfect amount of warmth. Planning to get them in ALL colors so that we can rotate them!!! :)  

  

ECO-FRIENDLY

YETI TUMBLER 

This thing does everything.  We use it in the summer to keep our water cold for hours & we use it in the winter time to keep our tea/coffee warm for hours. 

STASHER BAGS

Say goodbye to plastic baggies for good. Stashers are SO DURABLE, and they can be used for storing your eats (even in the freezer) or if you're traveling on the go!  If you're a sustainability junkie, stashers are for you. 

GLASS TUPPERWARE

One of the easiest ways to reduce your exposure to plastic! Plus they actually make you want to meal prep because of how nice they are. 

GLASS STRAWS

Oo0o0o, we love these for smoothies or for regular old water drinkin'. We like all reusable straws but....In our opinion, the clear ones because you can see whether or not they need to be cleaned. 

SIMPLE MODERN CLASSIC TUMBLER

We're all about anything that makes it easier for you to drink more h20. These tumblers do that for us and they are sleeeeeeeeek. Plus, we love that they fit in the car cup holders!

REUSABLE MARKET STRING BAG 

Collect your grocery goodies in style. We bring these to our farmer's market runs!

 MESH PRODUCE BAGS

Say goodbye to those plastic bags at the grocery store when you collect your produce! We love the see-through mesh because you can see what you've already grabbed (and you can keep checking off your list with ease!).

 

HEALTH & FITNESS 

WHOOP

Chances are you've heard us talk about how much we love the WHOOP before (you can see two of our posts here & here). It's our ultimate fitness & lifestyle tracker. Safe to safe we're WHOOP junkies.

Sign up through this link and you'll receive a free WHOOP strap and your first month free!!!

LULULEMON SCRUNCHIES

These little cuties help your ponytail pop. Alaina just got a few of these in cute colors for her birthday and she wears them every single day. 

LONG HOPE FITNESS BANDS

These bands are so versatile and they give you so many more exercise options to your home gym. Great replacement for dumbbells if you are resistance training (and they take up NO SPACE).

 ANKLE WEIGHTS

Such an easy way to make your at-home workouts more challenging 

VURORI JOGGERS 

The only joggers that we ever wear. We're not exaggerating. They are like butter!  We love their other clothing items too - make sure you check them out. 

NEW BALANCE LIFESTYLE SNEAKERS

Everyone loves a good activewear lifestyle sneak. Here are our faves 1 , 2, & 3

APPLE EAR PODS

The fact that they are wireless changes the game.  They are amazing for walking and catching up with friends, or multitasking around the house (for my busy moms out there).

NATURAL CYCLES

Wanna know we accurately track our cycles & fertility!? This is it, boo! Natural Cycles is a great alternative for women looking for a natural and effective alternative to hormonal birth control. So each morning, we measure our basal body temperature with their thermometer and then record our temp in their Natural Cycles app (along with any symptoms). The app is so cool because it's powered by an algorithm that is able to identify our daily fertility status based on our basal body temps! As women, there are only certain days of the month we are fertile and can get pregnant and knowing this info can be SO LIBERATING!!!!!!!!! (FYI: Natural Cycle prevents 98% of pregnancies with perfect use & 93% of pregnancies with imperfect use.) 

A lovely lady in your life can use this gift, that's for sure!

Use code BALANCEDBEYARS to get 20% off an annual subscription + free thermometer (worth $14.50)!

ADIDAS ULTRA BOOSTS

The only shoes we'll wear for running.   

HEADSPACE SUBSCRIPTION

2020 has been a real frickin' doozy to say the least. Headspace has been our go-to meditation tool to help us deal with stress, anxiety, and constant stimulation that every day brings. We know that the simple act of meditation can be a little intimidating,.. this app meets you where you're at and makes it SO easy to learn the ins and outs of meditating. They provide certain "packs", or meditation exercises of your choosing, such as Emotional Eating or Sleeping. Alaina uses it for sleeping at least 3x a week. 
 
MASSAGE GUN
Now you don't have to go to the physical therapist for a little body work. This tool is incredible for achy & sore muscles. The massage gun also helps relieve stiffness & can help promote circulation. We have the Hyperice Hypervolt, but click here for a slightly cheaper option.
 

We've been using the same lululemon mats FOR YEARS. The natural rubber base gives you a really nice cushioning and at the same time, your grip NEVER slips. Their mats are antimicrobial, which is a plus so that it prevents mould and mildew build up (and you never get a weird smell!).

PERSONAL TRAINERS

Is your friend or family member looking for some guidance or motivation in their fitness journey? Or do they thrive on an exercise schedule that's preplanned by a professional? That's how we are too!!!! We  wanted to share two of the most knowledgable (and wonderful) women in the fitness space... both of which we've had such exceptional experiences using their workout plans.  High key recommend them!

Anne Craig Fitness (25% off for the first 6-months with code BBGIRLS25)

Madeline Custer (madeline_moves)

 

FOOD

HU CHOCOLATE

The easiest way to win someone's heart? Give the gift of chocolate.... and make it high quality chocolate. Hu has minimal, clean ingredients & it tastes like heaven.

Use code BALANCEDBEYARS15 for 15% off.

PALEO GRIND SEASONINGS

Sometimes it can get REALLY confusing about what individual spices you should combine to create the perfect flavor for your meals. These combos have changed our cooking game! Each one provides a distinct flavor and they truly spice up your dishes. Alaina's personal favorite is Cheechako Tako for healthy taco nights.

ORGANIFI

Oh the joy of superfoods, righttttt? Literally, they give us instant joy. Organifi Green Juice is rich with antioxidants, plants, and herbal extracts. Mark our words right now, this canister is going EVERYWHERE with us during the holidays as we bounce from one family members house to the next. 

Use code BALANCEDBEYARS for 15% off your entire purchase 

BUTERCHERBOX

This is how we buy our quality meat! Butcherbox delivers frozen grass-fed, grass-finished beef, and pasture-raised chicken (along with other meats) straight to your door for less than $6 per meal. Plus NO shipping costs.  Shop with our link above to receive bonuses in your first box!

BEAM CBD DREAM POWDER

Give the gift of calm & restful sleep. Something you need to know: this tastes like HOT CHOCOLATE. Julie swears by this stuff. 

Use code JULIEBEYAR15 for 15% off. 

COFFEE

We have two favorites. The first being Savorista for decaf (and half caf)!!!  Use code BalancedBeyars for 25% off your order.

The second is Purity Coffee because of  it's consciously crafted with our HEALTH in mind.... it's lab tested, USDA Certified organic, and it's high in antioxidants. LFG!!!

THRIVE MARKET

You probably know by now that we're all about utilizing tools that make eating quality food fit seamlessly into our lives. Thrive Market has been one of our go-tos for exactly that. For years now, we've kept our pantries looking DAMN FOYYYYYNE thanks to them, and we've saved a boat load of money in the process...seriously though, our lifetime savings since we've joined is over $3,500 combined!  We put together a blog with our favorite Thrive Market picks. Check that out here

And did you know they have a 'clean wine selection'?!) LOL

[PS. Right now, Thrive Market is generously giving Balanced Beyars fam $20 IN THRIVE CASH when you sign up for a membership!]

EAT GANGSTER COOKIES

We don't even know where to start. These cookies are the loves of our lives. Their cookie mixes are free of grains, dairy, eggs, nuts (AIP compliant). Their aim is to bring FREEDOM & JOY back to those on healing diets. They are a small, woman-owned business and we LOVE them. 

ELIX

Did you know that 90% of women have their lives disrupted by menstrual symptoms every month?! Ugh, you're #CYCLESISTER BFF needs this. Herbs can be an incredibly healing tool in your hormone health toolbox. One of the ways we incorporate herbs into our diet is with Elix.... we use their custom formulas in the 1-2 weeks leading up to our periods, to ensure a symptom-free flow. Elix is kick-ass for so many reasons but here are a few: (1) they believe in a holistic approach to help women have healthier cycles (2) all their herbs organic, ethically sourced, and extracted in a way to yield the most nutrients (3) the herbs are blended in a liquid form which enables maximum absorption of nutrients.

Use code BALANCEDBEYARS for 15% off. 

TRUVANI CHOCOLATE PROTEIN

It's hard to find a protein powder without 100 processed & artificial ingredients. Truvani's protein has such a minimal & CLEAN ingredients list (all plant-based), and it tastes amazing. Plus, the founder of the company is the FOOD BABE (an investigator & activist who keeps the food industry accountable), so you know her products are of the highest quality. Chocolate is our favorite - it has such a rich flavor. Great to put in holiday treats!

GEORGIA GRINDERS

If you're a nut butter fan, you know that there is a 100% difference in taste when you go with a quality jar. Georgia Grinders nut butters are superior.... there's no other way to put it. They have the coolest flavors like pecan butter & hazelnut butter. Plus, they are sourcing the highest quality, non-GMO ingredients.

Use code BALANCEDBEYARS for 20% off.

 

SMALL BUSINESS

FIERCEN DESIGNS

From hand crafter clay jewelry to custom prints, our friend Sam creates truly unique & stunning pieces. She is based in Newport, RI and everything she touches is pure gold.

FEATHER & FINN

Another kick-ass woman owned business. Their candles smell like heaven and are equally as aesthetically pleasing.  Their scents are sourced from oils that do not allow any carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive, organ, or acute toxins. Their wax is USA grown and 100% soy. Their wicks are always lead-free braided cotton. We're behind them 1000%. 

VIV FOR YOUR V

Did you know that women use an average of 10,000 tampons over the course of their lifetime? WOWZA. This is why we're all about earth-friendly period care. Viv For Your V products are biodegradable, plastic-free, toxin-free, and hassle-free because they are delivered to your door. Personal fave is their period cup. Plus, they are a local Boston women-owned business and we think that's pretty rad. 

Use code BALANCEDBEYARS for 10% off your purchase!

ROOTHIE SCRUNCHIES

Do ya'll know Amy Wilichowski? She's a boston-based RD who makes the best food and the cutest scrunchies. What a freakin' combo. She started her own company, Roothie, and she sews homemade scrunchies that are unique, durable, and comfortable. These would be an adorable stocking stuffer!

CERAMICS

We are a sucker for ceramic mugs and bowls!!!!

2232 CERAMICS We can't get enough of this lady's breathtaking designs. Her stuff sells out quickly, so make sure you stay on top of her product launch dates!

GRAYSON WHITE CERAMICS Love supporting NYC woman-owned businesses like this one.  The owner Caroline has created the loveliest ink & creamsicle designs.... she has a restock coming soon!

COOL HUMAN BRACELETS

The days of giving your bestie matching bracelets are back!!!! Personalize your own beaded bracelets and gift them to your BFFL. 

FORTYPINES

Our friend Emily creates the coolest hand painted & stained pinewood pieces. From wall art to charcuterie boards, these gifts will be one of the most unique gifts you can give. Julie has Emily's beautiful art over her bed.

 

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Inside of Power of Periodization, we periodize our workouts and eating habits to align with our hormonal patterns and the 4 distinct phases of our menstrual cycle.

 

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