Creative Wellness Blog

Unique Gifts!

If you’re looking for some unique presents, I’ve got a couple of ideas that might be of help:

Cross Pens. These classic pens are making a comeback with Star Wars and Marvel (Captain America, Avengers!) lines that appeal to Millennials, a line of pens made from actual reclaimed AK-47 rifles, and etched versions of NYC’s Chrysler Building and other famous edifices. (The etched pens run about $470, and in March 2017 Cross will be rolling out a tracking device for the pens.) Engraving is free, and all pens come in a lovely box. (You can also get some colorful Cross pens at Staples for about $20!)

Chaleur Self-Heating Facial Treatment Mask. I’ve tried a lot of beauty products—I mean, A LOT—and I’ve received many complimentary expensive products, but this is one of the best ever and it’s not too expensive ($31 for 4 masks). You add warm tap water to this mask, apply a serum and/or a mask to your skin, and then put the sheet mask on your face for 15-20 minutes. You can’t walk around while the mask is on—because it’s plumped up with water, it will slide off. Still, the downtime is worth it. My skin was glowing for days after I used the mask with the ThermalZyme Heat-Powered Serum Concentrate ($78) and the ThermalZyme Heat-Powered Renewal Mask ($58). (And I’m hardly ever happy with my skin!)

Books to Gift:
Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run
Michael Lewis’ The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds.

Faithful by Alice Hoffman
The Tearling series by Erika Johansen (a Young Adult series of three books adult women will enjoy)
They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine
The Storied Life of AJ Fikrie by Gabrielle Zevin

An easy way to wrap: Wrapeez reusable stretch fabric giftwrap with a bow for boxes and giftcards both large and small.

Note: I received complimentary product from Cross Pens, Chaleur and Wrapeez.

Happy Holidays!

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Nancy Monson is a certified health and creativity coach who supports her clients to discover their healthier selves through personalized eating and exercise habits. She also speaks frequently on creativity, health, and diet topics. In addition, Nancy is a successful freelance writer. Her articles have been published in over 30 national magazines and newsletters, including Family Circle, Glamour, More, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Shape,, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Woman’s Day. Nancy is the author of three consumer books: Creative Wellness, an ebook published in 2012; Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Crafts; and The Smart Guide to Boosting Your Energy, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1999.