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16 Healthy, Eco, And Just Plain Fun Gifts To Buy In The Lehigh Valley This Holiday Season (Shop Local!)


By The Editors of Live Well (Nina, Steph, and Siobhan)

Newsflash: You don't need to buy all of your holiday gifts on Amazon this year! The Lehigh Valley has some killer shopping, especially if your friends and fam (or even you!) are into fitness, health, sustainable living, and self care.

Here, we've curated a list of unique gifts for foodies, yogis, health nuts, athletes, and wellness junkies. And the best part? You can feel good about supporting the little guy and spend zero time waiting for packages to arrive. Now go do some shopping!


1. Barre3 10-Class Packs at 20% off

The three of us at Live Well are totally sold on how well barre3 can train your body, your brain, and your well-being, but if you (or someone you know) need a little more convincing, now’s the perfect time to grab a pack of 10 classes for a super low price (through 12/22)! These sales aren’t often, so if you’re in the mood for a fitness makeover or just need that extra motivation to get back into class, now’s your chance. -SD


2. Keep Cup from Tucker Silk Mill

Kill two birds with one stone: Hit up Tucker Silk Mill, Easton’s new Aussie cafe, and while you’re there, buy your favorite coffee-loving pal one of these expertly designed 8- or 12-ounce Keep Cups ($15 and $18, respectively). Not only are they cute AF with their colorful lids and cork sleeve, but they’re made of glass, so they won’t leach funky toxins into your brew, and so you won’t fill up landfills with disposable paper cups. Bonus: After you buy one, you’ll enjoy a discount on your to-go coffee from Tucker whenever you use it. -SE


3. Coffee from Homestead Coffee Roasters

Give someone some socks, they’ll thank you for a day. Gift someone a bag of incredible, locally-roasted coffee that will give them LIFE every morning, they’ll be thanking you for weeks to come! I’ll be putting bags of Homestead Coffee Roasters coffee (just $12.95 and up) in all my stockings this year. Their Black Eddy’s Darkness is the easiest way to turn your favorite Folger’s drinker into a full-on coffee snob. The Bourbon Barrel Aged is an organic Colombian that tastes like warm vanilla happiness in the morning, and their 2018 Winter Roast is an approachable medium body in a festive tin. Pick up a bag at The Joint or Roasted, both in Bethlehem, or at one of these locations for the best smelling stocking around! -NE


4. Miss Melanie Yoga Classes, Retreats, And Workshops

Melanie Smith is a local fitness and yoga gem. If you haven’t experienced one of her SUP or studio yoga classes, now is the perfect time to gift one to yourself (hey, we won’t judge!) or someone you love. While SUP isn’t happening during the winter, you can always buy a class card now to plan for a fun future outing, or check out one of the upcoming retreats (she's hosting one in the gorgeous mountains of North Carolina this May!) or workshops . Be sure to check out her local yoga studio schedule, too, and grab some gift certificates from those spots while you’re at it. Your mind and body will thank you! -SD


5. “Run” Necklace From House of Metalworks

We’re big fans of House of Metalworks in general for their unique custom jewelry, but we’re especially partial to this simple but beautiful necklace--perfect for your running-obsessed friend who has just completed her first half or full marathon. It’s a double-sided charm and you can pick a distance to engrave on the back. Find it at House of Metalworks in Emmaus or shop online at their Etsy store. -SE


6. Sustainable Holiday-Scented Candles from Hilltop Candle Company

How about a locally-poured candle that won’t give you a headache? That sounds like a doubly good gift to me! Hellertown’s Hilltop Candle Company is pours all-natural soy candles in truly heavenly scents for just $8 to $14—this year’s holiday selections are Mulberry + Mistletoe, Peppermint + Cypress, Pinecones + Amber, and Hot Cocoa. Why buy soy? It burns cleaner, 50% longer, and is a renewable resource compared to paraffin, a petroleum byproduct that produces more soot. Find them in their Etsy shop or at the following locations: Tangent Crafts in Emmaus, Adorned Boutique in Hellertown, Charming Grace Boutique in Hellertown, and Wehrung’s Lumber and Home Center in Ottsville, and the pop up shop at LIT on Sunday 12/17! -NE


7. ND Wheelhouse Class Pack Or Membership

If you’ve been itching to find your new favorite cardio activity (or if you’re already a devoted cycling enthusiast), bring or gift a friend to ND Wheelhouse in Allentown. You can purchase class pack punch cards or spring for a membership if you know of someone who would love to sweat through one of Natalie’s Rip 60 classes on the regular. (Also, if you’re looking to give class packs for a discount, check out the sweet Groupon deal they’ve got going right now!) -SD


8. Khineder Creations Toxin-Free Skincare Products

Umm, first of all, did you even know there was a shop in Emmaus that sells locally made, chemical-free, absolutely amazing skincare products? We just discovered Khineder Creations, and we couldn’t be more pumped about it. Hit up their Emmaus store, or shop online (and get 10% off all orders throughout December), for unique and totally natural goodies that make perfect stocking stuffers like Organic Deodorant ($12) containing anti-microbial tea tree oil, Instant Repair Face Oil ($30) made with  grapeseed and rosehip oils, and lavender and frankincense essential oils, and Body Sculpting Scrub ($18) featuring detoxifying activated charcoal, and lip balms ($6). -SE


9. Lavender Keychains from The Lavender Farmette

Have you heard of The Lavender Farmette? This mother & son owned and operated micro-farm is just outside of Emmaus, but its beautiful, lavender-scented (Naturally! Of course!) treats will transport your lucky gift recipients to a lush lavender field in France. So many gift giving options, including lavender goat’s milk soap, floral water, pillow sachets, hand salves, and candles. But if I have to pick one thing to give from The Lavender Farmette, it would be the lavender keychains. The tiny little pillows are filled with farm-grown lavender that soothe you wherever you go! -NE


10. Healing Hands Massage and Spa Treatments

When the stress of the holidays has finally subsided, that’s when self-care can really start. (Though, if you need a quick stress-busting meditation, check ours out right here.) Healing Hands Massage and Wellness Center in Bethlehem has plenty of services to help cure tight muscles and much more. They allow you to choose your gift certificates (which you can buy online) by amount or services, too, so you can gift toward that 90-minute massage or go all in on a 30-minute organic facial. -SD


11. Pottery, Jewelry, and Wooden Creations from Artists at Heart

Artists at Heart is a cooperative venture of artists and fine crafts people in the Lehigh Valley area, and they’ll be setting up shop at Bethlehem’s Christmas City Village Open-Air Christmas Market through December 23. We’re particularly excited about their stoneware pottery, which you can also buy on their Etsy shop! -SE


12. Healthy Homemade Dog Treats from The Dining Dog

If you don’t have a separate stocking for your pet, are you really a pet owner? Okay, of COURSE you are, and this is the easiest way to win over the dog lover in your life! The Dining Dog is truly a Lehigh Valley gem. They do fresh, daily yogurts and meal packs for pets on any diet imaginable, and their homemade cookies and pup-friendly cakes make for an adorable and Instagram-worthy celebration. Snag their holiday selections--iced so beautifully it’s hard to tell they’re for pets--before they’re gone! -NE


13. Banana Factory Arts Classes

The holidays can bring out the inner craft god/goddess in all of us, so keep that crafty momentum going with a gift of classes from the Banana Factory Arts Center. Even for the art impaired among us (*raises hand*), classes there serve all levels with subjects like photography, glasswork, jewelry, ceramics, drawing, and so much more. Many classes are geared toward kids, teens, and families, and include a variety of price ranges. Give the gift of creative inspiration this year! -SD


14. Aardvark Sports Shop Gift Certificate

I know what you’re thinking--gift certificate on a gift guide?! Hear me out: good running shoes are really, really important for preventing injury. They’re a big ticket item, but when you gift the walker or runner in your life some money toward their next pair of sneakers at Aardvark in Bethlehem, you’re also gifting them the opportunity to get professionally fitted. I can tell you firsthand, it’s an experience like no other. Plus: receive one Aardvark dollar for every $10 you spend--even on gift certificates! -NE


15. Himalayan Salt Lamp from The Loving Piece

How freakin gorgeous are Himalayan salt lamps? They’re perfect for adding a calming pink glow (and a little dose of magic) to any room, and your friend who’s just a little woo woo will certainly appreciate their charm. You could buy one from Amazon, but we suggest hitting up The Loving Piece in Easton instead so you can check them out in person and peruse their collection of other charming goodies, including this Starter Kit Crystal Bag ($22), which makes a great stocking stuffer. -SE


16. Locally Brewed Gifts

If you’ve got a beer-loving friend, the craft beer options in the Valley will have them jollier than Old Saint Nick. Grab a growler and your favorite trusted tap selection from one of the many local options like Funk, Hijinx, Two Rivers, Weyerbacher, Hop Hill, Bonn, Lost Tavern, or Sole. (If Sole is your go-to, snag some of their merch, including their gorgeous glassware, right here.)

If a growler is a little much to commit to (or you need a little more shelf life from your beer), create a custom mixed six pack from some of the best bottled beer distributors in the Valley: Cork & Cage in Allentown (check out their current selection here), Shangy’s in Emmaus, or Tanczos in Bethlehem (selection here). Their selections are bound to please beer newbies and experienced drinkers alike. -SD