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The Kids’ Gift Guide

Mini Bloom: If you love your Goldfaden MD products, I guarantee that you’ll enjoy Mini Bloom for the kiddos in your life as well… and I’m not just saying that as a founder of both brands! Rooted in nature, formulated to nurture (even for the most sensitive skin), Mini Bloom’s bath, body, and baby care products are wonderful staples in any and every holistic-minded household. After all, we all want the safest and most efficacious products for our little ones!

Yumi: Truth be told, conventional baby food products can be a bit too suspect for my liking, which is why I highly recommended the Clean Label Project certified eats by Yumi. Nutrient-dense whole foods minus the junk? The kiddos in your life will truly eat it up—and their parents will be ever so grateful.

Maison Rue: I didn’t know that kitchenware for kids could be calming—that is, until I discovered the Nordic designs from Maison Rue. Aesthetically pleasing and made from non-toxic materials, the plates, cups, and toys from this brand make for a happy, healthy and functional home.

SunnyLife: If your kids are going to be playing around, they might as well do it in style, which is where the colorful and wonderfully whimsical lucite and timber game sets and puzzles from SunnyLife come in.

Super Smalls: My kids love the fun and playful accessories by Super Smalls, which encourage imagination and creativity.

BURSTkids Sonic Toothbrush: The bright colors and easy-grip handle of this electric toothbrush will make twice-daily brushing a breeze for kiddos and their parents alike. Better yet, Burst simplifies things thanks to their refill plan, with which you’ll get a new brush head replacement every 12 weeks.

The Hosts’ Gift Guide

The Culinistas: Private chefs will come to your kitchen and get to work on weekly meal prep, whip up a feast, and/or work with your dietary restrictions and goals. Need I say more? It’s genius.

Heather Taylor Home: The quaint “cottagecore” handwoven linens from LA–based brand Heather Taylor Home make for a terrific gift for any hostess with the mostest.

Goldfaden MD Let It Glow Candle: If you ask me, candles are always a welcome gift to add warmth and aroma to any home—and I can’t wait to share Goldfaden MD’s own Let It Glow Candle with everyone in my inner circle.

Brightland Olive Oil Duo: I’ve been a fan of Brightland’s since they came out with their EVOOs a few years back. The home chefs in your life will love this set, which includes AWAKE for cooking and ALIVE for salads and baking. Even the packaging is utterly delightful.

The Sill: A green home is a happy home, which is why I highly recommend gifting The Sill’s houseplants, planters, planting supplies, and more.

The Wellness Gift Guide

Ghia: Ghia makes it all too easy to get you in the holiday spirit… minus the alcoholic spirits. The elevated beverage flavors are free of alcohol, caffeine, added sugar, and artificial flavors—and their products are vegan-friendly to boot.

Remedy Place: If your wellness-obsessed loved ones are based in LA, gifting a membership to West Hollywood’s Remedy Place is a no-brainer. Temptation- and toxin-free, this exclusive social wellness club facilitates a deeper connection to oneself as well as their health-minded community.

Goldfaden MD The Body Glow Set: Winter or not, dullness is never in season—and Goldfaden MD’s Body Glow Set will help you combat dry and lackluster skin from the neck down day after day.

Perelel: As a mother of two little ones and an entrepreneur in the mommy and wellness spaces, I’ve done my due diligence on the best products for mamas and kiddos. The prenatals and postnatals from OB/GYN-founded brand Perelel get my full seal of approval, which I don’t dole out easily. I’ll be sure to gift their supplements to the expectant and new mamas in my circle, and I suggest you do the same.

Bandier: For the ladies in your life who love fashion as much as they love fitness, Bandier is always a safe bet. Whether you personalize your wellness gift haul with sneakers, sets, or accessories or opt for a choose-your-own-adventure gift card, you really can’t go wrong by looking to this always-on-trend retailer. Of course, I recommend browsing their sustainability edit!

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The Travelers’ Gift Guide

Girlfriend Collective: I can’t get enough of the athleisure looks from Girlfriend Collective, and I especially love that their clothes are made from recycled materials. They’re great for working out, of course, but also for long days of travel, running errands, and yes—if your clothes need some extra give after big meals during the holiday season!

Noshinku: If you’re constantly sanitizing your hands (at the airport, hopping from one party or excursion to the next, etc.), I highly recommend opting for the gentle, moisturizing sanitizing sprays from Noshinku, which are made from organic and plant-based ingredients.

Private Suite: Air travel is notoriously stressful—especially in the COVID era—which is why gifting a loved one access to the Private Suite at LAX will earn you tons of brownie points.

Lunya Silk Sleep Mask: To ensure my friends and family members get enough shuteye throughout the holiday season and beyond, I plan on gifting them these super luxe (and washable!) silk sleep masks from Lunya. Tip: The silk eye mask doubles as a headband for your nighttime skincare routine, which naturally should include Goldfaden MD products!

​​The Under $100 Gift Guide

Freedom Moses: Yes, I know that winter is upon us, which may mean that sandals and bare feet are out of the question for some… but I’m still recommending the colorful slides from Freedom Moses since they’re offered in fun prints and colorways that the whole family can enjoy.

Goldfaden MD Ultimate Hydration Duo: Well under $100, Goldfaden MD’s Ultimate Hydration Duo—which packs Hands to Heart and Lip Therapy—will keep your hands and pout supremely nourished, no matter how cold it gets or what the elements throw your way.

The Home Chefs’ Gift Guide

Baroncini Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This buttery EVOO straight from Sicily is as tasty as it is shelfie-worthy; I especially appreciate that it’s non-GMO certified and that the brand employs 100 percent sustainable and zero-waste production methods.

The Fullest Warm Feelings™ Jar: I love this warming latte blend of saffron, coconut, and cardamom made by our friends at The Fullest—and I’ll be gifting it in spades so that my loved ones can enjoy their cozy winter nights in through the new year even more.

We believe that radiant, healthy-looking skin starts from the inside out which is why we are so excited to share this mouthwatering recipe from one of our favorite nutritionists, Elissa Goodman. Renowned for her insanely delicious soup cleanses, Goodman is pioneering the landscape of how we view nutrition as a way to heal our bodies and mind.
Find the full recipe below for Goodman’s immune-boosting Kabocha & Ginger Soup with Creamy Coconut––it’s super easy to make! We promise you won’t be disappointed.
To learn more about Elissa Goodman check out her Detoxing Tips on The Daily Scrub.

Kabocha & Ginger Soup with Creamy Coconut 

 Serves 4-6 

Ingredients:

1 kabocha squash, halved with seeds removed
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small fennel bulb, cored and chopped
4 inches fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 bay leaf
2 T. organic coconut oil
40 oz organic vegetable broth
1 tsp. Herbamare seasoning (could also use sea salt)
pinch sea salt
1 cup coconut cream
Juice and zest of 1 small, fresh lemon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Rub olive oil all over the squash, then place face down on the baking sheet and place in the oven.  Cook until tender, approx. 45-50 minutes.  Then remove squash and set aside until cooled.  Once cooled, you can scoop meat into a bowl and set aside.

In soup pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and fennel with the Herbamare seasoning (option to use sea salt). Saute until onions and fennel are softened, then add the garlic and ginger, stir often and cook another 5 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Add the bay leaves, scooped squash, vegetable broth and stir frequently bringing soup to a simmer for approximately 20 minutes.

Carefully transfer soup, in batches, to your blender.  Add coconut cream and blend until smooth.  Transfer soup back to the pot and keep on low.  Add fresh lemon juice and zest, a generous pinch of black pepper and adjust seasonings as desired. Garnish with fresh herbs and a drizzle of coconut cream.