With COVID-19, R.S.V. and the seasonal flu on the rise and 31 percent of Americans polled by the American Psychiatric Association report feeling even more stressed than they did last year, taking care of our health is more crucial than ever. While rest and nutrition are harder to gift, supplements make for easy and creative stocking stuffers. With the global dietary supplement market valued at 151.9 billion last year, there have never been more to choose from. This gift guide offers some of the most popular and effective to help narrow down your search.
While Vega is known for their meal replacement powders, their newest powder line—Hello Wellness—is not to be overlooked. Each of the three formulas contain 15g of plant-based protein and is catered to a particular need. The ‘You’ve Got Guts’ is a standout for its delicious chocolate cinnamon banana flavor. With the holidays changing up eating routines, it supports digestive health with 2 billion CFUs of probiotics and prebiotic fiber to help feed the beneficial gut bacteria. If your giftee is more in need of a mental boost, the berry-flavored ‘It’s A No Brainer’ provides 32mg of omega-3 DHA while the vanilla cappuccino-flavored ‘Spring In Your Step’ makes for a satiating coffee upgrade with 100mg of caffeine.
While there are countless greens powders on the market, Athletic Greens (commonly referred to as ‘AG1’) is arguably the most popular. One scoop packs in 75 ingredients that have been designed to work together to fill nutrient gaps and support whole-body health. It starts with a foundation of essential vitamins and minerals; supports gut health with pre- and probiotics and digestive enzymes; and boosts the metabolism and reduces stress with adaptogenic herbs and phytonutrients. It also has immune-supporting mushrooms, which is harder to find in greens formulas. With a subtle taste of vanilla and pineapple, and one package containing a months-worth of servings, it’s a stocking stuffer that will set your giftee’s new year off right.
Mushrooms have risen to supplement stardom this year, and for good reason—they’re believed to relieve stress, improve focus and boost immunity. Om specializes in mushroom supplements and their drink mixes are a delicious way to get your daily dose. If your giftee loves matcha, Om’s matcha blend is made with organic, ceremonial grade green tea from Nishio Japan and mixes well to make an energizing hot or iced matcha latte. The convenient stocking-size container also comes in coffee, hot chocolate and caffeine-free blends. Whichever you choose, each serving contains 2,000mg of organic mushrooms.
With COVID-19, the seasonal flu and another virus R.S.V. making the rounds this winter, the immune system can take every boost it can get. This tonic combines two types of echinacea—a herb known to have antiviral properties—with anti-microbial Boldo leaf—commonly used in the rainforest to expel viruses and bacteria—for a tonic that supports the immune system. The sweet and spicy drink is rounded out with ginger, apple cider vinegar, garlic, cayenne and turmeric to help the body fight an infection, and the small tincture makes it the perfect size for a stocking stuffer. If your giftee is into herbal remedies, you’ll want to check out this apothecary’s formulas for energy, beauty, mood, brain health, digestive health and relaxation too.
If your giftee prefers to get their stress relief from cannabis, TribeTokes disposable vape pens are sure to impress. While most vapes include oils and additives that are hard on the lungs, TribeTokes uses plant-based ingredients, no fillers and tests their vapes with an independent third party laboratory for potency, heavy metals, pesticides and toxins. What’s left is just two ingredients: the full spectrum CBD distillate and cannabis terpenes. The disposable vape comes pre-charged so all your giftee has to do is inhale to activate, and the stainless steel core contains a battery that lasts over a year from first use. TribeTokes vapes come in several strains but the Northern Lights is one of their most popular for its calming Indica effect. If edibles is more their style, the CBD gummy bears are also the perfect size for stockings.
If holiday eating can cause your giftee bloating and indigestion, these yummy gummies make the perfect stocking stuffer. They contain turmeric and ginger, two ingredients known to ease cramping, gas and bloating, without any GMOs or unnecessary additives. As a vitamin brand created by women for women, they also sell a variety of supplements for every stage of the birthing process—from fertility to pregnancy; postpartum to nursing—as well as PMS and menopause gummies and teas.
With protein powders typically coming in giant tubs, these convenient travel packs are the perfect stocking stuffer for the giftee who needs a protein boost on the go. Each packet combines 20 grams of protein sourced from peas, mung beans and pumpkin seeds with prebiotic fiber to reduce the bloating you typically get from vegan protein powders. While most vegan protein powders require a blender to mix well, Beam has prioritized taste and texture to create a powder that isn’t chalky and just needs water. Traditional flavors get a glow-up with blueberry muffin and cinnamon cereal.
For the woman who struggles with hormone imbalances, complexion issues and fertility: this is the stocking stuffer for them. Myo-Inositol is combined with ALA to help increase insulin-sensitivity for women with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (one of the most common hormonal disorders among women in the U.S.); DIM supports the healthy production of estrogen while L-Glutathione aids in hydration to brighten the complexion and reduce wrinkles. Of course anyone with a serious metabolic or hormonal disorder should consult their doctor, but with over 16,000 reviews, the formula appears to be effective for many. If your giftee is more into fitness, Alani Nu’s delicious protein bars, fitshakes and energy sticks are the perfect size for stockings too.
With shrooms booming this year, there are now countless mushroom supplements to choose from. But few pack the power of mushrooms into gummy form. Plant People’s delicious raspberry-flavored gummies contain 2500mg of mushrooms like lion’s mane, cordyceps, reishi and turkey tail to boost energy and the immune system, reduce stress and promote healthy digestion. Each recyclable package contains 60 gummies made without corn syrup and artificial dyes.
Gnarly’s collagen is unique for having NSF certification, meaning it’s been tested for over 270 substances that are banned by professional sports leagues. Each serving contains 15g of collagen peptides sourced from grass fed, US domestic cows, with vitamin C to help with absorption. The powder also contains 15g of zinc and 1mg copper, ingredients known to help kickstart collagen production. Whether your giftee is managing a joint-related injury or looking for a little extra recovery after their workouts (they recommend taking collagen 30 to 60 minutes prior to training to initiate collagen synthesis), these convenient travel packets—which mix well in hot in cold water—make it easy to get their collagen boost on the go.
With 10 billion CFUs of probiotics; immunity-boosting ingredients like elderberry, echinacea, zinc and vitamin C; and 500mg of mushrooms, this superfood blend helps defend against the flu this winter. It’s similar to a green’s formula—with its blend of energizing fruits and antioxidants like maca—but with a pink lemonade flavor, it tastes more like an electrolyte drink. The superfood powder also has added vitamins and minerals—like vitamin D, B12 and calcium—to support the whole body, with digestive enzymes to help with the absorption of nutrients. Obvi also makes delicious super fruit gummies, and their collagen protein powder—available in 13 flavors—is their most popular product.
While not exactly a supplement, giving the gift of easy COVID testing is a smart way to help your loved ones stay well this winter season. This rapid antigen test identifies the proteins of COVID-19, called antigens, to determine whether the tester is able to spread the virus to others. Unlike PCR tests which can take up to three days to get results, these rapid tests give results in just ten minutes. Best of all, they’re compact—the perfect size for stockings—and pair with a mobile app for easy use.