Looking for a last minute gift for your favorite hippy, hipster, or holistic practitioner? Or perhaps neither of the above? Here are some ideas to give the gift of healing without breaking the bank.
In Austin, there are many places where you can find gift cards for holistic services for your loved ones.Why not send them to be needled at a community acupuncture spot such as: Acupuncture Together, South Austin Community Acupuncture, The Neighborhood Acupuncture Project, or Community Acupuncture and Herbs? For one treatment you will pay between $15 and $35. All are part of the Community Acupuncture Network which is a member of People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture which is a cooperative that is dedicated to making acupuncture more accessible to everyone and supports those providing acupuncture to create stable and sustainable businesses and jobs. East Austin Community Acupuncture also offers a sliding scale.
Or maybe you can get a fellow acupuncturist some supplies at the AOMA herbal medicine store . They are also offering gift certificates for herbal medicine and the student and professional clinics.For those of you with a little more to spare and trying to make your loved ones dreams come true enroll them in some classes at the AOMA graduate school of integrative medicine. Don’t fret if you don’t have much to spend, there are free classes provided as well.
Don’t know what to get your favorite herbalist? Why not get a gift card from The Herb Bar. They have a “comprehensive collection of herbs in many forms: dried, tinctures, teas, essential oils, soaps, and incense. There are healing modalities, including Texas flower essences, regionally prepared sunscreens, fine hair and body care products-locally madeas well as from Florida-based Aubrey Organic and the Logona line fom Germany.” You can also buy herbs, balms and tinctures at Texas Medicinals. The herbalist, Ginger Webb, offers an herbal CSA(community supported agriculture) where, once a month, customers receive a handcrafted shipment of herbal medicine. She has an introductory offer of $25/month at all levels of participation.
Nicole Telkes from Wild Spirit Botanicals and the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine custom formulates herbs, tinctures, and remedies to individual needs. According to the apothecary all preparations are personally wildcrafted, pesticide-free garden grown in Texas or obtained from Organically Grown sources. Wild Spirit Botanicals offers “an apothecary stocked with many simple fresh plant tinctures, dry herbs and packaging supplies” and offers discounts to students, clients, and select practitioners. The school also offers single classes and intensives.
Do you know an avid gardener? Why not check out the Natural Gardener store? They have all sorts of organic gardening products, seeds, tools, books, and pottery and ready-made composters. Other local places for plants and starts include Barton Springs Nursery,and Gabriel Valley Farms . Visit the Sustainable Food Center’s website for additional local garden stores.
Get your yogi some yoga classes. Dharma Yoga has special winter rates. At Yoga Vida “first timers” get unlimited class for a month for $40. First time students at Sunstone Yoga have a “10 days for $10” special and there is a “30 days for $30” gift card offered as a December special as well. Black Swan Yoga- a donation-based yoga studio- offers inexpensive workshops.
Keep it Local
Austin is unique because of its ability to sustain local businesses. When shopping for gifts for your loved ones please remember to keep it local. Though there are tons of places to shop online for holistic products, please support the Austin economy and your neighbors who are struggling to provide us with products and services despite Big Business.