This year, Outside launched a new Health column, Well Spent, where our staffers and writers gush over their favorite wellness products. And gush they did. From a favorite coffee to a cure-all CBD balm, we’ve rounded up the lot to give you an easy gift guide for your wellness-focused loved ones.
Sachi Organics Rejuvenation Pillow ($ 96)
Filled with wool and buckwheat hulls, this pillow helped audience development director Jenny Earnest ease her unexplainable neck pain. It’s fully customizable as well: just remove some of the stuffing to make the pillow softer. Another bonus for hot sleepers: “The buckwheat hulls provide better ventilation than other materials, meaning no head sweats—even in the dead of summer,” she wrote.
Lazarus Naturals CBD Balm ($ 16)
This CBD balm would make a great stocking stuffer for hard-charging athletes. Associate editor Abbie Barronian used it throughout last year’s ski season to quell aches and pains. “For the first time since 2017, I didn’t have to pause my ski season to let the inflammation in my ankles subside. I’m convinced the balm had something to do with it, along with dedicated icing, stretching, mobility work, and ski boots modified to fit my weird feet,” she wrote. The Portland Rose balm is “fragrant without being overbearing,” helping mask the aftermath of epic days on the slopes.
Laird Instafuel Instant Coffee ($ 27 for 16 Ounces)
Reviews editor and self-proclaimed coffee snob Jeremy Rellosa was won over by this instant coffee’s smooth profile, semisweet taste, and nutritional makeup. “With 13 grams of carbohydrates per serving, it keeps me satiated until lunchtime when paired with a light breakfast,” he wrote. It’s perfect for the always-on-the-go athlete.
Howard Leight Women Earplugs ($ 8 for 14)
For fitful sleepers, I recommend these earplugs, which are specifically designed to fit smaller ear canals. With a noise-reduction rating of 30 decibels, I’ve never gone a night without them for more than ten years. “Made with softer materials than other brands, they were actually comfortable, and they rarely fell out, thanks to their compact size,” I wrote in my review.
ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set ($ 24)
After trying chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, and physical therapy to help treat her mild scoliosis, associate managing editor Aleta Burchyski bought this acupressure mat and pillow set on a recommendation from a friend. It has helped her mobility and eased her discomfort, thanks to 7,992 spikes that provide a “sensation best described as fiery, with a smattering of yikes,” soon followed by “a gentle buzzing warmth as blood flow increases,” she wrote.