Are you trying to figure out the perfect gift for this holiday season?
The holiday season is a time of joy and giving, but for those managing histamine and mast cell mediated health issues, it can also be a time of increased stress.
Finding thoughtful gifts that contribute to well-being and create feelings of safety and calm in the body can make holiday gift giving more meaningful. Luckily, we have an abundance of great ideas to choose from.
In this guide we’ve curated a list of holiday gift ideas designed to support those with histamine and mast cell challenges, ranging from affordable stocking stuffers to high-end luxury options.
Loose Leaf Herbal Teas
Create a customized tea blend. Select calming teas like chamomile, ginger or peppermint teas that can be calming to the digestive system and comforting during a flare of symptoms. Try a combination of chamomile, lavender and peppermint, or make the Nettle Tea Blend from page 238 of our cookbook. Loose leaf teas are the best choice since tea bags can contain harmful plastics and toxins that may contribute to a rise in symptoms.
Eye Mask or Pillow to Block Light
For those dealing with histamine sleep disturbances, opt for masks or eye pillows made of natural, hypoallergenic, chemical-free materials like organic cotton or silk. Adjustable straps can ensure a comfortable fit that won’t cause irritation. Some people find relief from masks with heating or cooling features.
Provide gentle pressure to help relax the eyes and forehead with a weighted eye pillow. This is a gift that can easily be handmade. Cut rectangles of organic cotton flannel, stitch three sides, turn inside out, fill with flaxseeds, and sew the final edge shut.
Choose a simple product with little to no additives to hydrate and help reduce dizziness and headaches. Some people don’t tolerate natural flavours, so unflavoured electrolytes may be the best choice. We love LMNT unflavored electrolytes. Use this link with your first purchase to get a bonus Sample Pack!
Make a decadent batch of Albino Turtles from page 249 of our cookbook. These indulgent treats are perfect for the holiday season. They make a great hostess gift, too!
Prepare batches of the dry ingredients for our Ginger Cookies on page 210 of our cookbook and place into mason jars. Everyone loves the convenience of having a prepared baking mix that saves time. Just add the wet ingredients.
You can also make a batch of our Rosemary Shortbread Cookies, from a recipe we shared two years ago on our blog. Grab the recipe here, and make an extra batch for those in your life who have chronic health stuff on the go, even if it's not related to histamine! They are a great anti-inflammatory treat that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Because freezing meals soon after cooking is one of the best ways to reduce histamine in foods, it's good to have containers that make freezing leftovers a breeze. Glass containers work well, stainless steel containers too.
We particularly love Souper Cubes, as they are made of food-grade silicone and allow you to freeze in individual portion sizes. This makes it a breeze to defrost something for lunch or dinner when you're in a time crunch, when you need to take a lunch to work, or on those nights when your energy levels are too low to make something from scratch.
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Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Ensure better sleep with glasses that reduce blue light exposure. Choose glasses that fit comfortably. Ideal for the person that spends time on the computer.
Mindfulness App Subscription
Promote well-being and help manage stress with apps like Insight Timer, Calm, Headspace or NuCalm. Many of these apps have free versions that can be upgraded for additional features and content.
Histamine Haven: The Essential Guide and Cookbook to Histamine and Mast Cell Activation: order it here.
Give the gift of knowledge and deliciousness. (Yes it's a word. We've used a few times now. It's now a word.)
People are telling us Histamine Haven is the must-have book for all the information you need to understand your own body and eat abundantly.
Provide the gift of comfort. Look for natural, hypoallergenic, chemical-free fabrics like organic cotton, bamboo or silk that are less likely to trigger a mast cell reaction. These materials are also breathable, allowing for better airflow and temperature regulation.
Some individuals with mast cell activation may find comfort in a weighted blanket, which can have a calming effect on the nervous system. Ensure the weighted material is enclosed in a hypoallergenic, chemical-free, breathable fabric.
Enhance indoor air quality with a high-quality indoor air purifier. HEPA filters, activated carbon filters and low ozone emissions are considerations when choosing a filter. These can capture allergens, mold spores, and particles that can trigger a reaction. Good options include AirDoctor and BlueAir.
GUPTA Program for Brain Retraining
Target the limbic system to address the brain’s role in histamine and mast cell mediated symptoms.
Invaluable when trauma or mold exposure have been part of someone’s history, or when CFS/ME, fibromyalgia or chemical sensitivities are part of their health profile. Find out more here.
Personalized Health Consultation
Arrange a consultation with a Holistic Nutritional Consultant specializing in histamine and mast cell issues. Personalized advice can be incredibly valuable, helping you build your safe haven to as to reduce what's driving your symptoms. Our maven Luka Symons here at HH HQ sees clients one on one for this very thing. Book in for a free Discovery Call here.
This holiday season, show your loved ones dealing with histamine and mast cell mediated health issues that you care by selecting gifts that prioritize their well-being. From practical stocking stuffers to luxurious gifts, there are numerous thoughtful options to help create a sense of calm and comfort.
The best gifts are the ones that contribute to the health and happiness of the ones we cherish.
If you are reading this and you are someone who struggles with histamine or mast cell mediated health troubles, then make sure to share this blog post with your family and loved ones! We're pretty sure they'll find a few ideas here in this round-up that will resonate with them.