By Andrea Tomkins
This might seem like a no-brainer, but one of the best ways to get some great gift ideas is to ask other people what THEY like and use that as a starting point. A personal recommendation goes a long way, so we decided to ask terra20 staffers what they would like to get for Christmas this year. Read on if you’re looking for some gift-giving inspiration!
Chelsea, who is in accounting at terra20 as well as a Wellington store associate, loves Barefoot Venus Mustard Bath. Personally, I was happy to read up on this product because “mustard bath” sounds, er, strange. Clearly, I shouldn’t have been weirded out. “It smells absolutely amazing,” writes Chelsea. “Opens up your lungs and helps relieve any muscle tension. Perfect post workout, after a long day or when you feel a cold coming on.”
Mustard baths are an ancient tradition made new again and devotees swear by this natural bathtime additive. The Venus brand contains mustard seed powder, along with Epsom salts, wintergreen oil and other natural ingredients. It sounds like the perfect remedy for aching muscles and winter sniffles and I hope to find some in my own stocking this year!
Macarena, a cosmetic specialist at the Wellington terra20 store, has Abeego Beeswax Food Wrap on her wish list this year. “It’s perfect for friends looking to go more green, or the most hard core environmentalist in your life,” writes Macarena. “And you can always use more food wrap. It’s toxic chemical free, Canadian made and fully compostable.” Read more about Abeego in this blog post.
Joelle, a Wellington store associate, says Fresh Facial Cleanser by Skin Essence is her favourite product at terra20. “It works amazingly to clear skin from blemishes and leaves your skin feeling so clean (and literally fresh)! It also smells so lovely and woodsy. It’s great that it comes in a glass bottle instead of plastic,” she writes.
Her final word: “Everyone loves to have fresh, clean and clear skin!” (I couldn’t agree more, Joelle. This is the gift that keeps giving!)
Diffusers are certainly going to be one of the hottest gifts under the tree this year, and it’s easy to see why. They’re a stylish and easy way to subtly add essential oils to your living environment.
Kas, the manager of the Pinecrest location, has his eye on the Greenair Obsidian Glass Diffuser.
“This diffuser not only can fill a large room with aroma therapeutic effects of essential oils, but once you turn it on the glass lights up like the night sky,” writes Kas. “The timer feature also allows me to use it more efficiently.”
I call that a win, and if you need essential oil advice, ask one of the terra20 store associates and they’ll point you in the right direction.
Speaking of good smells, I’m a big fan of lovely candles, and a good candle makes a great gift. (Read this post to learn more about what might be lurking in your candles.)
“Who doesn’t love wine and candles,” writes Jess, terra20 inventory manager. Jess has these Paddywax soy candles on her wishlist.
“These candles are great to give as a hostess gift or to your bestie who shares your love of vino. These soy wax candles are hand poured into an upcycled wine bottle, which is a pretty cool waste reducing story. Pair it with a bottle of your favourite wine and you’re good to go,” she writes. (I like the way you think, Jess.)
If you’re still looking for gift ideas, there are some great stocking stuffers listed right here. Happy shopping!