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    Let alive\’s holiday gift guide simplify your holiday shopping. Our selection of eco-friendly, healthy gifts are available at natural health retailers across Canada.

    ’Tis the season for catching up with friends and spending time with loved ones—not for running around the mall. Thank goodness for alive’s holiday gift guide, featuring meaningful, ecoconscious, and healthy gifts available at Canadian natural health retailers.
    Babies and toddlers
    Get ready for your daily dose of adorable with these gifts, perfect for your little one.

    iPlayiPlay. rainwear
    These lovable rain jackets, umbrellas, and boots are PVC- and lead-free. Their fun colours and designs will have kids hoping for rain. Bring on the puddles!
    iplaybabywear.com
    Beatrix New York backpacksBeatrix New York backpacks
    Kids love these backpacks because they each feature a cute cartoon animal. Moms and dads love them because they\’re free from harmful chemicals such as PVC, lead, and phthalates.
     
    beatrixny.com
    Broody Chick body productsBroody Chick body products
    This skin and body care line is perfect for baby\’s sensitive skin— and for the rest of the family too. Wonderbalm and Every Body Lotion are perfect for protecting skin from harsh winter elements.
    broodychick.com
    Fluf lunch and snack bagsFluf lunch and snack bags
    Kids will be looking forward to lunchtime even more with these graphic lunch and snack bags. Even better, they\’re 100 percent organic cotton and made with low-impact dyes.
    fluf.ca
    Ringley teething toysRingley teething toys
    These precious teething toys are made from machine washable certified organic cotton and untreated, splinter-proof, naturally antibacterial maple wood.
    ringley.ca
    Lulujo faceclothsLulujo facecloths/wipes
    Gentle on baby\’s skin and beautifully packaged, these organic cotton wipes make a great gift. But since they can also double as super soft facecloths, you\’ll want to steal them for yourself!
    lulujo.com

    Tweens and Teens
    These gifts are cool enough that tweens and teens will want to brag about them to their friends.

    North American Hemp CoNorth American Hemp Co. skin and hair care
    These natural, cruelty-free skin and hair products are packed with nutrition for hair and skin, and great for girls and guys alike.
    northamericanhempco.com
    Social Conscience fair trade sports ballsSocial Conscience fair trade sports balls
    Athletic tweens and teens will love that these top quality sports balls also support human rights by paying workers fair wages and guaranteeing no child labour.
    social-conscience.com
    GLOB natural paint kitsGLOB natural paint kits
    GLOB natural paints, paper, and brushes are perfect for young artists. This kit includes six colours made from fruits, veggies, and spices, so they smell delicious!
    globiton.com
    GlassDharmaGlassDharma drinking straws
    These stylish eco-friendly glass drinking straws come in designs made for everything from smoothies to bubble tea, so they\’re even perfect for hanging at the mall.
    glassdharma.com

    Dads
    Is your dad a true outdoorsman? Master of the barbecue? In need of a little TLC?

    Nova Scotia FishermanNova Scotia Fisherman skin care
    This new Canadian skin care line features sea kelp, known for its detoxifying properties. Plus, this eco-minded company has partnered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, making them even more awesome.
    novascotiafisherman.com
    Juniper Ridge smudge sticksJuniper Ridge smudge sticks
     
    These wild-harvested mini smudge sticks are made from the healing plants cedar, sage, and mugwort—each representing a special area of North America.
    juniperridge.com
    Maple Organics body productsMaple Organics body products
    These products for overworked muscles and joints, as well as nourishing skin formulas, will allow athletic Dads to do more of what they love.
    mapleorganics.com
    Herban Cowboy Dusk cologneHerban Cowboy Dusk cologne
    Cologne is a classic gift, but too often they\’re loaded with heavy synthetics and dyes. Not Herban Cowboy\’s—this vegan scent features lemon, lime, bergamot, clary sage, and lavender.
    herbancowboy.com

    Moms
    From gourmet goodies to luxurious skin care products, pamper your mom with these lavish finds.

    Honey candlesHoney candles
    These clean-burning, nontoxic beeswax candles give off a subtle honey scent, so they\’re perfect for entertaining or quiet meditation.
    honeycandles.com
    Sukin hand and nail creamSukin hand and nail cream
    This Australian company has created the perfect remedy for brittle, cracked nails. Packed with vitamin E and aloe, this cream is ideal for an at-home spa evening on a cold winter night.
    sukinorganics.com
    Divine Harvest fruit spreadsDivine Harvest fruit spreads
    Definitely not your average jam—these organic fruit spreads have added chia seeds and oil, making them a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
    divineharvest.ca
    BurtBurt\’s Bees Intense Hydration
    Featuring clary sage, Burt\’s Bees\’ new line is formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while leaving skin soft and supple regardless of the weather.
    burtsbees.ca
    Pure Anada cosmeticsPure Anada cosmetics
    Providing full coverage while still feeling breathable on the skin, this makeup is free from a host of common cosmetic chemicals, including parabens, petrochemicals, and formaldehyde.
    pureanada.ca

    Grandmas and grandpas

    Lesley StoweLesley Stowe\’s Raincoast Crisps
    Lesley Stowe\’s new addition to the family of artisan crisps features gluten-free oat flour, certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America. Try the Original flavour or Rosemary Raisin Pecan.
    lesleystowe.com
    The Ginger People ginger chews and candiesThe Ginger People ginger chews and candies
    The holiday taste of ginger gets kicked up a notch with these spicy and sweet ginger chews and candies. They\’re the perfect size for a great stocking stuffer too!
    gingerpeople.com
    Rocky Mountain Soap Company GardenerRocky Mountain Soap Company Gardener\’s Gift Set
    Does Grandma or Grandpa love tending the garden? The hand butter, nail brush, and soap from this Alberta-based company are perfect for hard-working hands.
    rockymountainsoap.com
    Maison Orphée Organic Gourmet SpritzMaison Orphée Organic Gourmet Spritz
    These gourmet vinegars and lemon, chili, basil, or garlic olive oils in spritz bottles make it easy to add a flavour kick to salads and pasta dishes, or in marinades and cooking.
    maisonorphee.com

    Big ticket item!Urban CultivatorUrban Cultivator
    For those on your list who deserve a splurge, the Urban Cultivator is the way to go! This all-in-one home garden takes the local food movement to a new level, by growing green sprouts, crisp herbs, and fresh veggies all year round. You’ll know your greens are totally pesticide and herbicide free, and since they’re so fresh, they’re packed with twice as many nutrients as storebought greens.
    urbancultivator.net


    Enter to win!
    We’re offering readers the chance to win an amazing selection of items from this year’s gift guide! Four lucky readers will win the Baby and Toddler Gift Basket with products from the baby and toddler section. Another four readers will win the Gift Guide Favourites Basket with selected products from the rest of the guide! Pick up the January 2013 issue of alive and jump into part 1 of our upcoming series, 12 Months of Wellness. There’s no better way to begin your year-long road to wellness than by winning our amazing gift basket featuring products from the gift guide! For more details, and to enter, follow the instructions on alive.com/contest. Contest closes January 18, 2013.
    Tip
    We’ve made our best efforts to ensure that these products can be found at natural health retailers across Canada; however, not every store carries every product, so check with your local store. You can also visit any company’s website to order online or to look up a retailer near you


    Ethical giving
    These outstanding organizations offer gift-giving programs that give back.
    Global Mothers
    Aiming to connect women around the world through the experience of motherhood, Global Mothers’ beautiful products for moms and children are crafted by women in impoverished countries. By purchasing these products, the women receive valuable income.
    global-mothers.comVitamin Angels’ Precious Cargo campaign
    Committed to dispensing life-saving vitamins around the world, Vitamin Angels’ December campaign aims to fund the shipment of vitamins to the recipients who need them so desperately. Individual donations will be matched by corporate sponsors, so donations can go twice as far.
    vitaminangels.orgFree the Children’s Holiday Wishing Well for the World
    Each of these symbolic gifts goes toward breaking the cycle of poverty in developing countries. There are plenty of gifts to choose from—for example, $50 buys a goat to provide nutrition and income for a family, and $100 buys piping for a school water system.
    freethechildren.com

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