gifts beyond the gift card. part 2. a few of my favorite things…


visions of biscuits dance in his head...

visions of biscuits dance in his head…

Let’s say cookbooks aren’t their thing, but you’d still like to give a gift that will inspire your loved ones to continue the path toward their healthiest, most creative, courageous, stylish, best self. Here are a few of my favorites:

Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World”s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. I love Rich Roll”s, down to earth guy”s guy perspective. He”s not over the top about any particular health or philosophical path, he just shares a story anyone – not just uninspired, out of shape, middle aged corporate types –  can relate to.  Buy the book and share a link to his weekly podcasts. They”re free. Even the ones I think I won”t like, I end up loving. Cute t-shirts too. Peace Plants!

finding ultra

Superhero online courses with Andrea Scher. I started with Andrea”s “Treasure Hunt,” photography course, then moved on to Start a Foolish Project and Mondo Beyondo. Her 30-day photo class totally changed the way I look at the world. I don”t look for “photo ops” anymore.  I capture moments. It is one of the best ways of practicing presence. No fancy camera necessary. IPhones are just fine. Although if you have the fancy camera and have no idea how to work it, she can help.  Her other courses creatively get to the heart of what it would take to live your own Superhero Life. Anything Andrea does is professional, inspiring and rich with over the top content.

dvf scarf

The Woman I Wanted To Be. This memoir by Diane von Furstenburg reads like a fairy tale. She is a princess, after all. However, this is a true story with real life sprinkled in. What I love most about DVF is her never-ending ability to see the goodness in people, life and the power girls/women have to create whatever life they would like. If you want to go over the top with this gift, add Journey of a Dress and maybe a scarf (leopard poppy print shown above.)  Or, the iconic wrap dress for the extra lucky 🙂

Money. Tony Robbins hasn”t written a book in 20 years… because he hates writing. I would never have picked this book, even though I”m a fan, without the recommendation and video interview by Marie Forleo. After I watched it, casino online the book immediately made my “to give” and “to read” list. Perfect for anyone, whether they”re just starting out or already have an empire. Or, just share the video link. It”s free and full of tips, money related and beyond.


Fed by Threads. Anything. Seriously. I have shirts, skirts and leggings. I”ve given their onesies as baby gifts, and I would love any one of their scarves or socks. Every purchase buys an emergency meal. Every item is made naturally, in the U.S. Truly a company and people you feel good supporting.

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Ben”s “Be Kind” Bells.  Little boy dies suddenly. Parents cope with grief by making ceramic “Ben”s Bells” and hanging them around town to spread reminders of kindness and gratitude. Crazy amazing. I have two of these hanging outside my front door. They are precious. Any of their handmade gifts or Be Kind apparel are special. Take a moment and read the rest of their story here.

be kind

Grace and Lace. Another crazy amazing story here. I bought these legwarmers at Session Yoga. Stop by the studio or shop online for even more scarves, armwarmers, boot cuffs…. Love. It. All.

Pangea Organics. I haven”t been a stickler for organic body products and cosmetics, but I had a Pangea party this year at my house and fell in love with their lip balm, body oil and scrub. I am a lip balm and body oil fiend. Do I really want to be basically eating something loaded with chemicals everyday, all day? Considering our skin is our largest organ, do I really want to be slathering moisturizer all over my skin that is loaded with chemicals? No. This just makes sense to me. Gift the lip balm and buy a couple for yourself… one for the car, one for the bag.

noted by Marni Zarr. The most precious letterpress paper products.  Marni”s hot pink notebook fits perfectly in my purse and her “I Am a Hot Mess” folders are keeping fashionistas organized from coast to coast.




If you happen to live in Tucson, you can”t go wrong with a facial or massage from Hakem, an yoga or an ayurvedic treatment from Lisa, a pedicure from Greentoes or a Session Yoga gift card for classes and workshops like these!