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December 2013/January 2014

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urban essentials W hen "the holidays" come around, what becomes most essential for many of us is coming up with the perfect gift for someone we love, without breaking the bank. Whether that's a homemade dinner or tech gadget, an indulgence or a service, we hope to find something special and unique. Gift certificates are always welcome (for ideas, see pages 34–39). Here are a few more tangible suggestions. The gift of sleep The first medically designed pillow that guarantees pain relief while you sleep is made from breathable, environmentally friendly materials so there is no off-gassing or allergic reaction. The unique design literally cradles your head. In addition to alleviating neck pain, Pillo1 helps to relieve snoring, migraines and insomnia. www.pillo1.com The gift of warmth The Kantha 100 percent-wool scarf, handcrafted by Indian artisans, is soft, light, warm and beautifully embroidered. It can be worn as a scarf or make a striking statement as a shawl or wrap. Mela Artisans endeavors to provide a sustainable global market for artisans while fostering entrepreneurship within communities. www. melaartisans.com The gift of music The gift of time You might wonder why a cooking device is listed as a gift of time. Here's why. The VitaClay Multicooker self-adjusts heat based on the ingredients in the pot, volume and set time, so you can turn it on, head out to the office holiday party and know a great dinner will be waiting at the other end. It's made from organically harvested Zisha clay, so there are no nasty metals, chemical leaching or toxic non-stick coating. www.vitaclaychef.com 14 Taking your music to class, a party or the beach has never been easier or more earth friendly. The Rugged Rukus portable boombox is powered by solar, splashproof, Bluetooth compatible, and can charge your iPhone. Battery life: eight hours. www.EtonCorp.com The gift of relaxation It may be called Bed of Nails, but this contemporary reinvention of the ancient Indian healing tradition fulfills the mission of supporting circulation and decreasing stress without causing damage. Covered with 8,820 plastic nails and accompanied by a 2,000-nail pillow, the mat can also help increase energy levels and lower blood pressure. It's the perfect antidote to afternoon fatigue— particularly satisfying on the scalp—and can be used on any flat surface. www. bedofnails.org wholelifetimesmagazine.com WLT-DEC-JAN-11-24-10pm.indd 14 11/24/13 10:34 PM

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