Holiday Gift Guide
Gift giving stresses me out. I do love to GIVE, I just never know what to give! When holidays roll around, I think WAY TOO HARD about whether I’m giving the right gift. Will they like it? Will they just re-gift it? Am I giving just to give “stuff?” If this sounds like you, hopefully this post will help if you are in a pinch or feeling overwhelmed!
Also, while you are away for the holidays, I’ve got you covered with a healthy toolkit for dishes, workouts, and tips to keep you sane! My website also has a variety of 10-20 minute workouts you can do at your in-laws in case you are in need of a quick reboot!
(**Grab this Vegan, Oil-Free, Refined Sugar Free Brownie Recipe at the botttom of this Post!)
DIY Gifts & Great Host Presents
Elderberry Syrup & Gummies: Tis the season for colds and flu, so why not give the gift of this yummy, yet incredibly potent, Vitamin C boost! I’ve included Mama Wellness’s recipe for both syrup and gummies (because ALL kids like to eat gummies – and adults too!) RECIPE HERE! It can easily be batch-made for you and your hosts!
Homemade Granola: Check out my RECIPE HERE This is my favorite thing because YOU can control what goes in it! Plus, it’s easy to make a couple batches, put in a mason jar, top with a bow, and give it as a healthy gift!
‘Truffles’ aka Energy Bites: These are treats that you don’t have to feel bad about. They give you a good dose of healthy fats & antioxidants! I’ve got a couple variations for you to try and batch make for friends & family.
Dark Chocolate Truffles: is my go-to variation all year round!
Peppermint Truffles: Just add in 1 tsp peppermint extract & ¼ cup dark chocolate chips!
Nutella Truffles : Now you’re getting fancy!
Brownie Bites : Where are my brownie fans out there? These taste like the batter! YUM!
Sweet & Savory Nuts : Everyone loves to munch on nuts during the holidays, so why not make your own and give them as gifts or bring to your host! If you check out my holiday survival blog post, nuts are the perfect snack to have at a party – loaded with satiating healthy fats. I love to use PECANS during the Holiday!
Salt Dough Ornaments: this is a great way to use up the flour that sits in your pantry because you don’t use it (okay maybe that’s just me?). This is a fun craft for kids or adults. Need some stocking stuffers for nieces and nephews, cousins, or 3rd cousins? These cost pennies to make but will spend YEARs on someone’s Christmas tree! RECIPE HERE
My Courses at a discount!
Meal Prep Like a Pro Course: YES you can – I get that question all the time, how do you cook whole food meals every week for you and your family. MEAL PREP! And since I love it, I created a 4-week course that puts you through a boot camp if you will and I teach you all I know. I include weekly meal plans, grocery lists, and help you prep right in your kitchen, we do it together! Grab it here and Subscribers save 15% using MEALPREP15 at checkout!
I designed Balanced Core and Pelvic Floor because I know that you don’t have the time to fit hour-long workouts into your busy mom life or have the capacity to digest hours of educational videos.
Balanced Core and Pelvic Floor gives you simple and practical tools you can start using today, like RIGHT NOW!
Learning how to assess your breath, posture, and pelvic floor paired with easy-to-follow exercises will allow you to step back into fitness and movement with ease after having a child. My mission in this course is empower women to feel confident in their bodies (prenatal, postpartum, and every phase in between).
I’m doing a Buy One Gift One this year to the first 10 who grab the course! Otherwise you can still find this amazing course HERE throughout the year!
My Small Business & Local Nashville Favorites
Beautycounter: A couple years ago I stumbled upon this company on a mission to get Safer Beauty products into the hands of everyone. What you don’t know you don’t know, until you do! If you have not yet heard about how far behind the beauty care regulation is in the US it’s eye opening! Just take a look at this quick video. I became an advocate shortly after hearing about this company and fell in love with this company’s mission. I joined the movement first for my kids products and slowly started changing out my own products too. If you don’t know where to start I’d love to help you, ask here!
My 5 favorite products: Sunscreen (how I found the company!), All Bright C Serum, Resurfacing Peel, Makeup in a pinch Flawless in Five and my new FAVORITE skin care regimen just came out this year and it has been LIFE-CHANGING for this no-sleep mama! Check it out here!
**If you’re like me and hate to waste anything these Spatty’s are a great stocking stuffer and gift to yourself so you don’t waste a single drop of your safer beauty! Use code CHELSEAYOUNG to save 20% off your order!
Remedy Bone Broth: One of my all time favorite Bone Broth Companies and Founders! Check out ALL the health benefits HERE and Remedy Ships so if you aren’t local to Nashville you can still GIFT yourself or friends and family this healing gift! Use code ChelseaJYoung for 15% OFF of your first shipment & stock up on warm soups and bone broths this winter!
Gold & Ivy Candles: Safer Candles for you and your family! It’s important we know what we are burning, I had no idea that most candles are filled with paraffin, a petroleum waste which releases a carcinogenic soot as it burns, potentially causing respiratory issues and cancer. These candles are carefully crafted using all-natural ingredients such as soy wax, cotton wicks, and phthalate free oils! My favorite is Grey Flannel but her holiday line is amazing!
Use Code: CHELSEAYOUNG15 for 15% off of your order this holiday and know you are supporting a local Nashville, women owned business!
Favorite Products with discounts for you & gifts for loved ones
Four Sigmatic: Mushroom Coffee . . . yes it’s a thing and it’s amazing! These are the mushroom guys and they are pairing the goodness of coffee, hot cocoa and now matcha with mushrooms! Instead of me telling you ALL the benefits I’ll let you read up on this company HERE! Any product you order use code: Chelseajyoung and get 15% off – or additional 15% off if the items are on sale!
Whoop: I’m not into a screen on my wrist because I’m easily distracted but I needed to start checking in on my rest and recovery to make sure I could perform and teach my classes and Mom every week. The Whoop band gives me ALL the data I need to check in with my fitness performance, sleep performance and recovery! I’d love to offer you a free Month and Whoop Band with my link at checkout. Grab your FREE trial month here!
Joov Red & Near Infrared Light Therapy: If you’ve not heard of the wonderful research and amazing benefits of Red light therapy you can read up here! I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on the Joov Mini and it’s been an amazing product for energy, sleep, skin care and inflammation!
Grab $50 off your first purchase here!
Branch Basics: We workout, we eat whole organic foods, we changed our skin care and then use toxic cleaning products on our countertops, bathrooms and house, sound familiar? Our household cleaners were the last thing I swapped out to help us eliminate our toxic load in our house and it was so simple with Branch Basics Cleaning Solution! You get one kit and then just re-purchase the solution and it lasts me 3 months! I’ve got $10 off your first purchase here
Butcher Box: Don’t have a local farmer near you to purchase high quality meat? This is a great alternative because this B-corp does a great job suppling you with Grass fed, grass finished meats, pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free and it supports farmers with high standards. I love the flexibility of the plans, you can push your shipment and add on to your orders in a pinch. Right now you can grab the latest deal HERE – Free New York Strip Steaks for a Year!
Lala Land Comfy Wear: The bra tops in ALL of my workout videos and the most comfy bra I’ve found for hot yoga, yoga, and I even use them as a swim suit top! You can grab 20% off your first order with code: LaLaLove20
Teeki Leggings: These are the leggings you see in almost all of my workout videos, I love how light they are and made with recycled plastic bottles! They are great for everyday wear, hot yoga, any type of movement! I’ve got 20% off for you year round with code: CHELSEA20 at checkout.
YOUR treat – the MOST AMAZING Oil Free Brownie Recipe – What you’ve been waiting for! – Thanks to Ginger (Living Raw owner for this recipe) using her delicious Chocolate of course to make these ooey gooey treats!
3/4 cup smooth nut butter/ seed butter
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup
3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp coconut flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup Living Raw chocolate cut into chunks
3 tbsp whole nuts or seeds chopped
Directions: Heat oven to 350, line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Whisk nut butter, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla. Add cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking soda and salt whisk to combine making sure there are no lumps of cocoa. In a double boiler melt half of the chocolate chunks and then stir into brownie batter until incorporated. Spread into baking pan and top with nuts and rest of the chocolate. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Once brownies are cooled place in fridge for an hour so you can cut them without crumbling (I’m okay with a crumbly brownie ;))
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season everyone and a very Merry Christmas!