Zeel Co-Founder Alison Harmelin shares her top eight brands for this year’s holiday gift shopping. Find the perfect gifts for the health and wellness enthusiast on your list…even if that enthusiast is you.
Milk + Honey
Clean beauty should be at the top of every beauty lover’s list this season (and always, really). The female founded, Austin-based Milk and Honey has plenty to choose from. We live for the Art of the Bath set—it may sound like a cliché, but there’s a reason we continue to turn to a soothing bath for the instant mental and physical calm it brings, and this gift set will elevate an everyday bath into a dreamy and restorative wellness ritual.
EleVen by Venus Williams
Stocking stuffer that literally saves your skin! We take our sunscreen pretty seriously around here, even in the most vitamin D-deficient months of winter. Those UV rays don’t take a break when the temperatures dip, and we know just where to go for truly unrivaled sun serum. Zeel board-member and global icon Venus Williams created the very best one out there: This outstanding formula.
Whether you’ve got a legit case of runners knee or just a little too much time sitting and Zooming, the Hyperice X contrast therapy device is a high-tech knee-saver. This remarkably portable sleeve fits over your knee and delivers both iceless cold and wireless heat in a single, app-connected product. Developed by a former UC Davis soccer player, the Hyperice X brings recovery tech formerly only available in elite locker rooms and clinics right to your home.
By the way, if knees aren’t on your mind right now, head-to-toe pain relief and recovery comes standard with the Hypervolt. And now’s the perfect time to get one (or three), as all Hypervolt models are on sale in the Zeel Store!
United By Blue
Based in my hometown of Philadelphia, this certified B Corp does well by doing good. United by Blue has a gift for everyone on your list (including the family dog), seamlessly blending style and purpose on their mission to clean the planet’s ocean, beaches, rivers, and beyond. This brand inspires us, and their clothing, home goods, candles, and outerwear are more than just a stocking stuffer: for every product purchased, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways.
The gift that keeps on giving. For those of us who still feel the mental and physical benefits of curling up with a good book or magazine, no one does it better than our friends over at The Purist. From insightful and down to earth celebrity interviews to the latest and greatest in health and wellness, I keep this glossy on my cocktail table until it’s time for the next issue to arrive at my doorstep.
If health and wellness from the inside out is one of your—or your gift recipients’—New Year’s resolutions, we have a juicy option for you. Cheribundi tart cherry juice is packed with Phytonutrients like anthocyanins, flavonoids, and antioxidants that protect and strengthen, all the way down to the cellular level. In fact, tart cherries contain the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits and vegetables, contributing to speedier muscle recovery, improved immunity, reduced inflammation, and better sleep. It’s science!
Did someone say sustainable cashmere? You had us at hello. Naadam works directly with Mongolian herders to produce some of the world’s best cashmere—at a price that’s fair to both the herder and the consumer. A high quality cashmere sweater for just $75 dollars? They have it. Plus hundreds of other soft and cozy items for men, women, and children, so you can outfit everyone on your cold-weather gift list, and feel great about it.
Zeel In-Home Massage
Of course, we’d be in remiss if we didn’t include the gift of at-home massage. I challenge you to think of anyone in your life—from the overworked mom to the overachieving athlete (or that superhuman who is somehow both)—who wouldn’t appreciate this super-convenient escape to recover and rejuvenate. Stock up on Zeel massage gifts for everyone whose wellness matters to you.
Alison Harmelin is the mother of three and co-founder of Zeel, along with her husband Samer Hamadeh. Before becoming an “accidental entrepreneur,” Harmelin spent fifteen years in broadcast news as an anchor and reporter, covering such events as the September 11th attacks, the London bombings, and Hurricane Katrina.