Not sure what to get your loved one for the holidays? Looking for something a little more personalized? Let your loved ones know you really care by giving them the gift of better health, added relaxation or less pain with these top picks from The Zebra Pit! And don’t forget to watch for holiday sales and discounts outlined below to help you save money this holiday season.
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In past years, I’ve done a spoonie small business list for the holidays. Unfortunately, because of my long covid health problems, I wasn’t able to do the leg work I needed to put one out this year. So instead, I decided to focus on the comfort we can bring to our loved ones with chronic health issues.
All of these products are things I use myself to mitigate the many symptoms I live with from EDS, Fibromyalgia, MCAS, ME/CFS, migraine and others. Of course, you don’t have to be a spoonie to enjoy many of them. Many of the products I review have multiple uses and advantages for everyone, regardless of current health, age or interest.
Many of the things I use are favored by athletes, people trying to lose weight or those who just want to achieve more comfort when travelling, or even maintain healthy stress levels. And buying them for a loved one is a great way to say, I love you and I want you to be in my life for many years to come!
Ashley Black Guru Massage Tools
One such product is the line of myofascial massage products I’ve used to decrease my fibromyalgia body aches and pains, destroy cellulite, and restore proper joint function. Myofascial massage can even help sculpt your physique and fight the signs of aging while supporting healthy collagen production. Combined with proper diet and exercise, these tools can also aid in the loss of weight, improve skin tone and elasticity and help clear up issues like acne and excess scar tissue. It can even help you grow healthy new hair! The images below show just a few of the radical changes people experience with these tools:
Another bonus? Ashley Black is having a Black Friday Sale beginning November 25th with items up to 70% off! The sale includes kits (including an exclusive Black Friday Onyx Collection, Platinum, Facelift, and Back Packs, along with a budget box. You’ll even find deep discounts on individual tools. These fantastic kits and bundles will save you big bucks and get you or your loved one everything needed to get started. Here are a few of my favorites for beginners, which are usually in stock and can save you big whether it’s black Friday or not:
The Quick Start Kit gives you everything you need to get started, including a full size tool to reach the whole body and a smaller hand held tool which includes trigger point tips to work on those hard to budge areas. You also get samples of Ashley Black’s BlasterOil and recovery AfterBlaster cream, all at a significant discount!
Another great kit with deep discounts is The Beginner Kit. It’s probably a better option for those who want to do both body work and head and face work. It’s an exceptionally good option for anyone with headaches or migraines or who wants to reap the anti-aging benefits of practicing FaceBlasting. The Beginner Kit comes with a full size FasciaBlaster, a mini1 with trigger point tip and an original FaceBlaster. You also get samples of Ashley Black’s BlasterOil and recovery AfterBlaster cream, along with her book ‘The Cellulite Myth’ and a Free Companion Guide.
Are neither of these the kits you’re looking for? Kits vary depending on stock and could change at any time, but there are usually a variety of kits available. View current kit availability.
If you prefer, you can also shop by product type. On Black Friday, even if the tools you’re looking for aren’t on sale, you’ll still get 25% off non-sale items:
- Prep Tools work on surface level fascia, fine boned features and improving collagen production, firming, lifting and toning while prepping your body for deeper massage.
- Massage Tools have larger prongs which go deeper to massage muscles and reach deeper layers of fascia.
- Kryo Packs are cleverly designed cold packs made to fit a variety of situations. Kryo Packs are great post-massage tools used to decrease swelling and soreness.
- Accessories and Clothing whether you’re after a yoga fascia ball or just want to celebrate the amazing tools that gave you a fab new body, there are plenty of fun picks for the holidays.
Not sure about the FasciaBlaster’s full potential? My original review might help you decide. If you’re having trouble picking the right tool, here’s my buyer’s guide. Remember, for the deepest discounts, check out the site on November 25th!
The 3 in 1 Massager
Another way I like to do myofascial therapy is through this 3 in 1 massager. It does many of the same things as a FasciaBlaster, but it does have a couple of drawbacks, like you can’t really use it on your head unless you have extremely short hair.
Still, with it’s cavitation (ultrasound) therapy head, EMS (similar to TENS) attachments and built-in infrared light therapy, it offers a reduction in pain, myofascial dysfunction, inflammation and can even help chip away at bone spurs caused by arthritis. It makes putting dislocations back in place a breeze and can aid in healing tendonitis. It can also help with weight loss when incorporated with a healthy diet and exercise. While FasciaBlasting does many of the same things, it’s an easier kind of massage to perform on one’s self. Personally, I think they go great together and usually use both my massager and my FasciaBlasting tools each once a week.
They’re also quite affordable and available on Amazon. Don’t forget to pick up some ultrasound gel or Aloe Gel, which is required for cavitation therapy! I use approximately 1 12 ounce bottle of aloe a month and usually just pick it up from Walmart, who has the cheapest.
Cabeau Neck Pillows and Mask
If you have a loved one with chronic neck pain or who travels a lot, the Evolution S3 Neck Pillow provides big relief and helps keep your spine in alignment, even if you’re sleeping on a plane. It’s made of extra-cushy memory foam with high inner walls that prevents lateral movement, so you won’t have any neck pain or end up sleeping on the person next to you.
The Midnight Magic Sleep Mask is no ordinary mask! It’s elastic-free, made from a plush fiber and has recessed cups over the eyes so it doesn’t smudge your makeup or press on sensitive eyes during a migraine. It’s so light and airy, you can barely tell it’s there! They’d make a great stocking stuffer for your favorite migraineur or frequent traveler and they’re even great for naps!
While you’re there, be sure to check out their Fold ‘n Go blanket or Bamboo Compression Socks, both excellent for travelers. Want to know more about the company and their offerings, take a look at my Cabeau Review.
EmeraldLeaf CBD Oil
If you or your loved one use CBD Oil to manage their health related symptoms or are looking for new ways to mitigate anxiety, pain, inflammation and other issues, you need look no further than EmeraldLeaf. Their organic, full spectrum, strain specific tinctures offers superior symptom relief. They have a tincture for every situation, whether you need to get your rest, be ready to tackle your day or really need a nice balance between the two. What sets this CBD Oil apart? their clever use of terpenes to create the perfect entourage effect. They’re also made with MCT oil, making it easier for the body to utilize.
Even better, you can save $15 a bottle by accessing the links to any of EmeraldLeaf’s products.
Granddaddy Purple offers deep relaxation, great sleep and pain relief, while Jack Herer offers an energizing flare to it’s stress and pain relief. Need more for pain, but still need to be alert? The Sunset Sherbet offers a great middle ground. I use all three, depending on the situation and my own needs, using Grandaddy Purple at night and starting my day off with Jack Herer. To learn more about these products, see my initial review.
Other Health Helpers
Anyone with allergies, MCAS, asthma, people with pets or who are just plain house proud would love to have one of these great air purifiers, both of which I recently reviewed.
OkaySou Air Purifiers
My most recent review showcases Okaysou’s AirMax8L medical grade purifier. This purifier is perfect for people with MCAS, MCS, COPD, asthma, allergy and other respiratory sufferers because it not only traps allergen particles as small as .25 microns, it also captures and breaks down volatile organic compounds.
The Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier
This small room air purifier eliminates allergens and other airborne pollutants with excellent HEPA filter technology at an affordable price. Better yet, it cuts down on the need to dust and keeps the air smelling fresh and clean. No more smelling what you ate for dinner for hours on end. No more dealing with the smell of the cat box if you get a wee bit behind. This purifier will not only improve your health, it will make your home more comfortable and inviting to guests!
Even the LV-H132 filters, which only need to be changed every 6 months on average are priced affordably and are easy to get through an Amazon subscription or regular purchase.
Levoit is a great company and so far I’ve loved everything I’ve chosen to purchase through the brand, like this 10 cup Water Filtration pitcher, which is not only more affordable than many leading brands in the US, but also of superior quality and faster at filtering water. While I haven’t had a chance to fully review this product, I couldn’t be happier with it. It even takes the guess work out by including a count down indicator for filter replacement! Amazingly, you can get 3 replacement filters for the Levoit at the same price some companies charge for a single and you can also subscribe to them on Amazon so you can relax and forget about it.
Masking for Better Health
COVID-19 has created an insane mask market where you can get almost anything you want… if you don’t care about how effective it might be. The fact remains that people with MCAS, asthma, allergies and autoimmune conditions need masks that will truly protect our health from allergens, bacteria and viruses. I’ve tried many masks, but I keep coming back to the best one I’ve found for the money; Vogmask.
Vogmask prevents particles as small as .3 microns and comes in a variety of sizes and includes an excellent nose-clip to ensure a perfect fit. They also come in a variety of prints and patterns to satisfy every fashion conscious spoonie! Best of all, they’re finally getting more masks back in stock in all four sizes. I never leave home without mine.
More Health-Filled Gifting Options
You can find last year’s gifting options, from my picks to some great products from spoonie (chronic illness) owned businesses in last year’s The Spoonie Small Business Holiday Shopping Guide.
Looking for other great products for your loved one who needs to spend significant time in bed? Take a look at this post on ways to make them more comfortable, including a number of useful products to make a bedbound life more comfortable, safer and more convenient for you and your loved one.
This post offers a great variety of useful tools for the home fitness practitioner, from weights, mats and resource books, there’s something to benefit everyone looking to get fit or improve their mobility and stability for a better life after the new year.
Finally, to see all of our reviews on great products for people with chronic illnesses like EDS, Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, long COVID, MCAS, autoimmune disease and many others, follow this link. You just might find the perfect gift!