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Inspiring Holiday gift ideas from small businesses : 2020 edition

Granted, this year may not be the Holiday season you had in mind but in the spirit of Beautiful Living, I say don’t let current events rain on your parade. So, if you want to join my manifesto, and make the most of the Holiday season no matter what, check out my holiday gift ideas below!


Clean Beauty holiday gift ideas 

Bazar Bio: stylish clean beauty

This clean beauty eshop features my favourite selection of clean beauty brands. Clean beauty has never been so stylish! Iconic brands such as Tata Harper, Ren, the best clean deodorant I have tried, and lots of stunning gift ideas await. Shop bazar-bio.fr.

My top pick:

The Holi Trinity 3-step skincare routine by cult clean beauty brand Agent Nateur. 

100bon: Natural fragrances

I finally found a natural perfume brand! I have tried a couple of their perfumes now and I love them! All of 100Bon perfumes are natural fragrances and rechargeable (environmentally conscious and purse-friendly). You can get all sorts of sizes, including a super practical handbag format which is perfect for when you’re on the go or if you want to try a few different fragrances. They also have soaps and home fragrances. Shop 100Bon.

My top pick:

The Myrrhe & Encens fragrance. If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will! 

Manucurist: non-toxic nail polish

Did you know most nail polishes are full of toxic ingredients? Enter “green” nail polish. Manucurist is a cool Parisian brand that has developed a line of non-toxic nail polish and gel polish! Both are made of up to 84% of natural ingredients and are 9-Free, vegan & cruelty-free. There is a huge selection of colours and you can also save when you get a kit including base, colour and topcoat (and a lamp if you’re going for the gel polish). Shop Manucurist

My top pick:

The three-step kit in Poppy red manucurist.com.

Manucurist nail polish
Photo courtesy of Manucurist.

French Riviera holiday gift ideas 

From wellness to yoga and family photo sessions, here are some of my favourite local French-Riviera businesses that offer amazing gift ideas for the Holiday season. Shop local and support small businesses! 

Riviera Yoga: Yoga classes in Nice port 

Give the gift of Yoga this Holiday Season! Riviera Yoga is located in the bustling port neighbourhood of Nice. The studio has been open since 2014 and offers a wide range of yoga styles including Ashtanga yoga, Yin yoga and the ever-so-popular Vinyasa yoga. English is spoken. https://rivierayoga.fr

My top pick:

An Ashtanga or Yin yoga class with Emilie, the founder.

Yoga teacher Emilie Castellano
Photo by Lora Reehling.

Kala Studio: A wellness boudoir in the heart of the city

Leave all of your stress behind as you open the doors of this wellness sanctuary in the middle of the city. Candles, cosy decor and a zen atmosphere await. Indulge in a massage, a facial or a yoga therapy class by the chimney or, book a naturopathic consultation with Anne-Sophie. Kalastudio.fr 

My top pick:

A relaxing and loving Yoga de la Femme class or any of their special events: self care Sundays, Mum & kids events…

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Photo courtesy of Kala Studio.

Authentic Pilates classes in Beaulieu Sur Mer

Want to experience the authentic Pilates method on the French Riviera? Pilates Level 5 certified instructor Kelly Whitford is your answer! She can help you get a new body (in as little as 30 sessions)! Most importantly whatever your age or gender, you will reap all the benefits Pilates has to offer: a strong core, better posture, no more aches and pains and a long and lean body. Give the gift of health this year, there has never been a better time!

My top pick:

A 1:1 class on a Pilates Reformer machine to reap all the benefits and feel an immediate difference in your body. To book visit Kelly’s website

Kelly Pilates teacher

Anna Leak: Real family photos

What is better than capturing the most special people and moments in your life? Choose a lifestyle photo session with French Riviera family photographer Anna Leak. It is sure to be a gift that is treasured for years to come. Book your session on annaleak.com.

Mother daughter photo
Photo by Anna Leak

Yoga holiday gift ideas

Here is a selection of my favourite yoga brands so you can give yourself or your favourite yogi some lovely yoga gear to practice in, or classes to attend. 

Yoga Searcher: inspiring yoga gear 

This French Yoga brand offers really unique collections and quality. I love their original ecologically designed yoga clothes. Inspired by nature, natural colours, soft fabrics and exclusive patterns are the brand’s signature. Shop Yoga Searcher here.

My top pick:

Their Sat Nam bra to help you live in your truth, (with a matching pair of leggings.)

Ashtanga Yoga Paris: Yoga classes in Paris or online

If you want to practice Ashtanga Yoga in Paris, this is the studio to go to! It is located in the 10th arrondissement in Paris, not far from the Place de la République. I have not had the opportunity to go there myself but I have studied with the studio founders Gerald Disse and Linda Munro, so I can vouch for the quality of their teaching. Support a local business and give the gift of yoga this holiday season. ashtangayogaparis.com

Linda Munro yoga teacher
Photo courtesy of Linda Munro.

My top pick:

A 10 class pass, or if you have a serious Yogi in your life that wants to learn about Yoga, I highly recommend their teacher training.  

So, which holiday gift ideas will you go for?

So there you have it, my gift ideas for the 2020 Holiday season. I will update this post with any new ones that I come across so be sure to check in again!

Let me know in the comments below if you go for any of my suggestions, and be sure to share these holiday gift ideas with a friend. For more yoga and lifestyle content, check out the rest of my blog! You can also connect with me on Instagram.

Be well,

Olivia.

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