The day after Black Friday has now come to be known as “Small Business Saturday.” Small businesses can’t possibly compete with the rock-bottom deals and the crazy hours that the retail chains advertise, so I think it’s a great idea to set aside a day specifically for small businesses. They are the antithesis of Black Friday. At a small business, you get quality customer service and a staff that takes pride in their product or service.
How many times have you asked someone what they want for Christmas and get the response “I can’t think of anything.” Who among us hasn’t said “I don’t know what to buy him. He has everything!”
It’s time to think out of the box! Nothing says I love you like the gift of holistic health! If you or your loved one lives on the Virginia Peninsula or Middle Peninsula, consider an gift or gift card from one these great businesses. Many of them have online stores or offer their services remotely, so they remain an option for out-of-towners as well. Their holistic, healthy products and services also come in handy for your own sanity at the holidays. Treat yourself to some of their services.
Care Keepers, Inc.: This wonderful business provides care and support to caregivers. Much emphasis is put on home health care, but who is helping those who are caring for others? Care Keepers! Do you know someone who is caring for an elderly parent or a sick or injured spouse? Do you know a new mother, a parent with a deployed spouse, or a parent with a special needs child? Do you know a grandparent who is busy raising or taking care of their grandchild? A gift certificate to Care Keepers would be perfect for any of these people. Furthermore, are you, yourself one of these people? If so, let Care Keepers help you through the holidays. They provide meals, do light house or yard work, schedule appointments, run errands, and more. People who are busy taking care of others need help with these tasks more than they need a new sweater. You may be wondering how to get your Christmas shopping done because of your caregiving responsibility. Let Care Keepers do it!
Discover Teas: Forget the coffee! Stop by Discover Teas’ locations in Newport News and Williamsburg and grab a cup of tea while you are on your marathon shopping trip. Sit and relax in their comfy lounge or grab and go! Cross a few people off your shopping list while you are there. You can purchase loose leaf, hand-harvested, all natural teas by the bag as well as tea accessories. Wellness blends and custom blends available which were put together by the herbalist on staff. If you are lucky, he’ll be there when you stop by. He’s a wealth of knowledge! Not in the area? Shop their online store!
Elements Massage and Bodywork: Elements offers customized massage therapy services, organic facials, waxing, and natural nail care. Special care is taken to use the most natural products possible. Who wouldn’t love the gift of a massage or facial for Christmas? Maybe you need a massage after the stress of preparing Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the perfect place to get a mani/pedi for holiday party season or a night out on New Year’s Eve.
Flourishing Foods: Eric Garcia AADP, offers holistic health coaching, cooking lessons, meals, and private dinners. Give the gift of a gourmet dinner to the foodie on your list! One of Chef Garcia’s cooking classes will be the best gift a budding chef could receive. Getting stressed out about all the holiday baking and cooking? Flourishing Foods can help! Health coaching and cooking lessons also available by phone, email, and Skype, so the lucky recipient doesn’t even need to be local! Contact Flourishing Foods at 804.824.1592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
S & S Interconnected Wellness: S & S specializes in energy medicine systems such as Accunect, BodyTalk, and Laughter Yoga. If someone you love is in chronic pain or has a medical condition, probably the only thing they want for Christmas is to be well. A gift of an Accunect or Body Talk session could be a life-changing opportunity. Attend one of their ;aughter yoga classes to relieve holiday stress.
SAGE Holistic Health and Wellness Center, Debbi Dunn CHHC AADP, holistic health consultant, herbalist, chef, reiki, and aroma touch technique massage. SAGE offers various “lifestyle changing programs” to help you eat healthier and make better choices in the grocery store. Debbi creates her own tinctures and herbal teas which she sells through her website. Her teas make a great gift and the tinctures can help get you through all the sicknesses that pop up during the holidays from stress, lack of sleep, and poor eating habits. If you or someone you know is thinking of making a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, a session at SAGE Holistic Health is the perfect gift.
The Natural Health Consultant, Sharon Hrichak, ND, is a Certified Traditional Naturopath and Certified Herbalist. She offers Compass Bio-Survey, detox footbath, light touch therapy, and weight loss coaching. Her services are also perfect for those who are getting nowhere with modern medicine. A detox footbath would be a great way to relieve stress and release all the toxins that build up over the holidays. And, all of us will probably need weight loss coaching by January! She offers her services by phone, too, for your out-of-town loved ones. You can also order herbal remedies for every ailment through her website.
Shop local! Support small business! I personally know these business owners and have used many of their services and products. I can’t say enough about them. I think you’ll be a hit on Christmas if you check them out. And, while you’re at it, partake in some of their products and services yourself. They might just offer you the key to getting through the holidays stress-free.
Check back on Sunday night when I’ll post my suggestions for physical, spiritual, and environmental wellness products for your Cyber Monday shopping list!
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