With the holidays around the corner, your annual preparation is likely well on its way. At Kalya, we most definitely believe in spreading those precious intangibles: compassion, love, consciousness and well-being. Take the time to share a special workout with your special someone. Or, enjoy sipping on a rich, mocha smoothie while you plan your winter adventures with friends and family. Or, treat your mind and body to refreshing, rejuvenating yoga and meditation, so that you are fully recharged and present for your Holiday festivities. But, for those moments when you absolutely need the perfect, tangible gift, we’ve got you covered, as well. The Kalya gift guide will help you find a gift to inspire health and well-being, all done with style. Let our Kalya team take you through their selection of gift ideas and stocking stuffers.
1. Montiel Activewear, $38-98 US
Montiel is a Los Angeles-based company that infuses their handmade sportswear with a simple and elegant design. They offer competitively-priced lines of sports bras, camisoles, tops and leggings that will allow you to workout in style and ease. Montiel takes pride in providing excellent customer service and ships worldwide.
2. EQ3 Cafe Take Away Mug, $14.95 CAD
This simple ceramic mug is the perfect gift for anyone with an active lifestyle. The double-layered mug keeps your beverage warm and your hands comfortable, as you trek through the cold winter days ahead, and the soft plastic cover prevents spills, allowing you to sip with ease. And, the best part: it’s sustainable, letting you make disposable cups a thing of mornings past. Available online or in stores.
1. Zone Training Sports Armband, $7.99 CAD
This little accessory will take your training to the next level. It is adjustable for the perfect fit, and weather-proof, so you will have no excuse to skip your workout. There is also a convenient key pocket. Available at Winners.
2. UFITaustralia Training gloves, $9.99 CAD
This training glove is easy to wear and has a cool design. A simple gift for all of the weightlifters in your life. Available at Winners.
1. Studio Bliss Gift Card, $99 CAD
What would a yogi give? The gift of yoga, of course! And, with the Studio Bliss gift card, you can also treat your loved one to massage and infrared sauna. Studio Bliss has offered yoga classes and workshops, as well as spa treatments in the heart of the plateau for over 16 years. Drop by to pick up your gift card and perhaps even take a class with our resident yoga professor, himself, Francois Turgeon. Gift cards available in studio and online.
These little treats are delightful gifts in their own right. Allow yourself full creative licence when concocting these homemade wonders. Your thought and attention will most definitely be welcomed.
1. (The Kara) Peppermint and Coconut Body Scrub
Everyone can use a little extra pampering over the holidays. This festive homemade body scrub will leave your skin exfoliated and moisturized in one simple step. Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E, protein and fatty acids, while peppermint delivers a cooling, calming effect. Whether you give it as a gift or keep it for yourself, it will not go unappreciated.
To make the scrub, mix together ½ cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of brown sugar and ½ teaspoon peppermint essential oil. Store in a mason jar, and use in the shower as a gentle exfoliant.
2. Overnight Oatmeal Jar
Overnight oatmeal is an easy delicious way to start your morning. Prepare our Recipe of the Week and set it out as the perfect way to start a Holiday morning.
3. Homemade Herb-Infused Olive Oils
Infused oils add an extra hint of flavour to your Holiday cooking. Oils can be a sophisticated and tailored addition to your favourite gourmand’s pantry.
To make your own, simply heat your fresh herb of choice (Kalya recommends woody rosemary) over medium heat for 5 minutes. Allow to cool, and then strain into a prepared bottle. For a lovely presentation, choose a tall glass bottle, filled with fresh rosemary sprigs. A homemade oil will last up to a month once refrigerated. For best results, allow the oil to warm to room temperature before use.