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Holiday Gifts to Uplift the Spirit

During every holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, our hearts are focused on giving. Whether shopping for or making personal gifts, philanthropic giving, volunteering, or performing simple acts of kindness such as cooking comfort meals for friends and seniors in need, attention and energy are outward bound with little thought for renewing the supply until we crash in a heap, depleted and exhausted.

Chances are very good in the area of gift giving that the people we are focused on finding the perfect gift for are feeling equally depleted by a hectic season and to do list. Keeping this possibility in mind, Natural Awakenings turned to several local retailers that offer energy-boosting and spirit-lifting gifts.

salt cave giftsSalt Cave, Naples

It’s all about Himalayan pink crystal salt at the Salt Cave. From relaxing or energizing aromatherapy bath salts and salt goblets that release all the beneficial minerals, as well as salt lamps and even hand-selected, semi-precious geodes, these types of gifts are capable of lifting the spirit of any recipient. Shoppers stumped about what to choose can always purchase a gift certificate for the antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of Himalayan salt room sessions, known as halotherapy.

A special gift for the home, as a Himalayan salt lamp heats up and begins its hygroscopic cycling of airborne particles, it changes the electrical charge of the molecules that are released. The majority of our homes are filled with positively charged ions, which are emitted primarily by electronic devices. Living in a veritable ocean of invisible electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) of radiation, the constant exposure is known to increase stress levels, cause chronic fatigue and decrease the body’s immune response. Because they emit negative ions into the air, Himalayan salt lamps work to neutralize the effects of EMF. Keep one next to the computer, television and any other frequently used device.

4962 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-403-9170.

spiritual giftsThoughtful Threads, Naples

Whether it’s a soft, organic, cotton outfit, robe, pillow or cozy cotton blanket, Thoughtful Threads provides a sophisticated and comfortable array of the highest-quality organic and sustainable products available. The gift of organic cotton in any form bestows luxurious comfort upon any recipient. It’s also an investment in the environment. A durable and natural fiber that holds up better than any synthetic material, the sleekly soft and smooth feel of cotton is the result of several combined factors, including the type of cotton, weave style and thread count. After the recipient has had a night of delicious sleep on scrumptiously soft cotton sheets and is curled up in a warm, snuggly cotton bathrobe, reading the Sunday newspaper or a good book, with their favorite coffee mug in hand, they’ll likely silently thank the giver.

If the recipient has a more practical and logical side, they’ll appreciate that cotton is a natural product with many advantages, such as its ability to control moisture, insulate and provide comfort. It is also hypoallergenic, weatherproof and is a durable fabric.

2144 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-213-2222.

Path of Being, Fort Myers

Salt scrubs, tools for smudging ceremonies and statuary that represent enlightened beings such as Kwan Yin are just some of the treasures that Path of Being carries. Specifically, during the hectic holiday season, when we fall short of completing tasks on a long shopping list, we can use the compassion of Kwan Yin, who in Asian countries is known for her benevolence, and a heart that reaches out to those in need.

Salt scrubs with the fragrance of citrus or lavender are recognized not only for antioxidant properties and energy-boosting properties, but also for a mental pick-me-up.

Anyone that appreciates the ritual alchemy of a smudging ceremony will be grateful for bundles of sage and tools that clear spaces of negative energy. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic statue giftcomposition of the air and can have a direct effect on reducing the stress response. It can also transform a mundane experience into a mystical one.

15248 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 300. 239-437-5141.

Mystical Moon, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers

Dedicated to offering the highest in conscious living and spiritual items that aid spiritual and personal growth, Mystical Moon specializes in healing services, classes and items such as pyramid candles, aromatic room sprays, special teas that can help individuals on their spiritual journey and other similar items.

The aromatic alchemy of unique pyramid candles infused with essential oils, charms and crystals are also crafted with selenite-infused wax and made with phthalate-free ingredients and a natural hemp wick. They burn for 75-plus hours.

Room sprays made with exotic essential oils such as frankincense, patchouli and rosemary, which are believed to heighten intuition, are also infused with reiki energy and moonstones. Teas made only with biodynamic ingredients can add a deeply satisfying moment to any “me time” experience.

8951 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs. 239-301-0655. 8890 Salrose Ln., Ste. 107, Ft. Myers. 239-939-3339.

Goddess I am, Naples

A conscious living and metaphysical store that offers spiritual tools to uplift and empower, Goddess I Am has collections of physical, intellectual and spiritual metaphysical tools to enrich the journey of life and uplift the individual seeking a path of enlightenment and self-discovery.

The exquisite figurine of Gaia is the classic Earth Mother bringing a new, evolving consciousness of the Earth into a physical form. She is an invitation to every human being to enter consciously into the myth and story of the living Earth as the larger being of which we are all part.

A Pet Blessing Kit acknowledges the many blessings of joy, comfort, unconditional love and meaning that every pet brings into our life.

Infused in beauty products, displayed in homes and yoga studios, and crafted into jewelry because of their healing energy, a boxed variety of beautiful crystals and gemstones in a kaleidoscope of colors will interest the beginner, as well as the advanced meditator or healer.

600 Goodlette Rd., 239-228-6949.

jewelry giftsSilver Eagle Gallery, Naples

At Silver Eagle Gallery, shoppers will find an extensive gem and mineral gallery, as well as a large and impressive collection of Native American art and Native American jewelry for women and men from the American Southwest. The symbolism in the art of Native Americans represents their beliefs, honors their families and brings beauty to the world.

Crystals range from tiny points to 400-pound specimens. Rare minerals, rocks, healing crystals, chakra stones and fossils for meditation, healing and display are well represented.

The timelessness and eye-catching beauty of blue-green turquoise, combined with the fine craftsmanship of Native American jewelers, will impress the shopper considering a single selection among the wide variety of exquisite pendants, bracelets, earrings, belt buckles, necklaces and rings, as well as other items such as dream catchers. The authentic Native American version in the Ojibwa (Chippewa) tribe was used as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares. The legend is that bad dreams got caught in the dream catcher’s web.

850 5th Ave. S., 239-403-3033.

While shopping for others, try a little personal indulgence and buy a “selfie stocking stuffer” as a personal reward for a holiday season well done. Have it gift-wrapped and address it from Santa. For sure, there will be no reason to stand in the exchange line the day after Christmas.

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