The countdown is on to one of my favourite holidays of the year – Christmas!
The best part, of course, is getting together with the people I love most, sharing in traditions, enjoying a wonderful meal, and basking in the glow of a brightly decorated Christmas tree.
All that brings back so many memories.
Another favourite holiday activity?
Stuffing Christmas stockings ‘til they stretch at the seams. I usually try to pack stockings with as many fun and heartfelt little items as I can, and my preference leans towards items crafted by local artisans. You can really feel the quality and heart that goes into the creation of artisanal goods compared to mass-produced “stuff.”
Now more than ever, I think it’s critical that we buy local – our neighbours, communities, and environment depend on it.
Are YOU looking for unique and environmentally sustainable stocking stuffers this year?
Then look no further…
Here are my Top 5 sweet stocking stuffer ideas – all made with provisions from the glorious beehive.
5. PVH 100% pure raw honey
Without a doubt our most popular product, and it’s no surprise why. Did you know that raw honey is the only natural, single-ingredient food you can eat, making it one of the most powerful condiments available?
Contrary to most brands you’ll find on crowded supermarket shelves, our raw honey is 100% pure. It comes straight from our beehives, is extracted by our beekeepers, then bottled up on our property and sold directly to you. No processing, and no altering or adultering the way major corporate brands do, by substituting a portion of the raw honey with unhealthy artificial ‘fillers’ like corn syrup, rice syrup, and/or refined sugars (which also happens to be how they cut costs and make it more difficult for independent honey producers to compete with them).
Click HERE to learn more about the 7 health benefits associated with 100% pure raw honey, and check out some of the yummy meals and treats you can easily make with honey. Mmmm, I can already smell those Honey Ginger Cookies and Brownie Truffles baking in the oven… the guests are going to go nuts!
Our raw honey comes in stocking-friendly 500g containers (the more you buy, the more you save), or in a 3 KG “under the tree” size for the gourmet cook, baker, honey aficionado, or friendly neighbourhood bear in your life (just kidding about the latter… DON’T leave honey or ANY food out for the bears or other wildlife)!
Stored properly, pure raw honey never goes bad.
4. Bee pollen – the superfood you never knew you needed
Packed full of nutrients, protein, nutrients, healthy fats and antioxidants, our raw bee pollen is nature’s perfect food – and its best-kept secret!
I often meet people who have never tried bee pollen before, so if you’re one of those folks and are looking to provide a thoughtful gift with lasting health benefits, then why not slide one of our 250 g containers into a loved one’s stocking? You’ve got nothing to lose and your loved ones everything to gain!
My family consumes bee pollen to fight seasonal allergies, stimulate weight loss, boost energy, lower their blood cholesterol levels, and for many other reasons. Learn more about the wonders of bee pollen (and whether it’s right for your family) HERE.
Over the years, consuming bee pollen on a regular basis has kept us from crashing or becoming ill at the start of the holiday break… something we used to struggle with when the kids were younger. Sprinkling bee pollen on top of just about any food for a deliciously sweet note will also give you a nutritional boost. For example, you can sprinkle it into your smoothies, add some to your hot cereal, or enjoy some on a salad. You can also get creative and add some into your granola or stir some into your yogurt.
Once you’ve tried it and experienced its wonders, you won’t want to go without it. As a matter of fact, Santa and his reindeer load up on bee pollen every year as they prep for their round-the-world all-nighter on Christmas Eve!
3. Pure beeswax candles
A holiday favourite, our pure beeswax candles easily fit any stocking size and are sure to enhance the mood at any occasion – whether Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve, spontaneous romantic evenings, or when you want to lift the gloom on those dark winter days.
Beeswax candles are the cleanest burning candles because they don’t require a chemical process to be made. They are simply made with a hundred percent all-natural beeswax from our hives, which makes them environmentally friendly and safe to burn.
Because beeswax requires a higher melting temperature than other waxes, it emits a brighter, warmer, and longer-lasting flame than other types of candles. Beeswax candles have a subtly sweet and pleasant aroma and can eliminate airborne toxins by emitting negative ions which bind with particles in the air and make them fall to the ground. This makes beeswax candles ideal for people who suffer from allergies, asthma or sinus sensitivities.
2. WellBEEing body products
Silky smooth skin, radiant luscious hair, healthy glow… Who doesn’t love to feel fresh and clean?
Feel good about what you are putting on your body with our simple ingredients. Our luxurious WellBEEing body bars, lotions, bubble baths/body washes, and lip balms all come in three varieties: honey oat, black raspberry vanilla, and lavender. We also offer deodorants in citrus vanilla and lavender.
In every one of Paradis Valley Honey’s WellBEEing products, you can feel the history of generations of beekeepers who have passed on their knowledge to make these environmentally sustainable products possible. Why not try it yourself?
Our WellBEEing body products are ideal stocking stuffers. They’re also the perfect choice if you want to build your own personalized gift basket. Make sure you include some of our beeswax candles in your basket so that your loved one can enjoy an epic night of relaxation – reading a book and enjoying a cup of tea with a dash of raw honey while soaking in a honey lavender bubble bath by candlelight.
Trust me, you’ll be scoring big points with your thoughtfulness!
But if you’re going to go to that much trouble, then you may as well consider our top gift idea…
1. PVH Giver’s Gift Box (33% off!) – limited supply
Do you want it all?
Then the Giver’s Gift Box is what you’re looking for!
This large bundle of hive-inspired products is sure to please everyone! Values at $150.00 & priced just right at $99 for this gift-giving season.
Limited quantities available.
- Bee inspired Mug
- Bubble Bath
- Hemp Lotion
- Lip Balm
- Beeswax Candle
- Body Bar
- Raw Honey
- Bee Pollen
- Deck of Cards
Have a hard time deciding?
I don’t blame you!
In that case, the gift of flexibility may be what you’re looking for, and a PVH Gift Card offers just that. They’re available in any amount and can be used to purchase anything in our online store or at the Valley Bee Café.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions – I personally read every email we receive.
Thanks again for supporting local family-run businesses this Christmas, and for making environmentally sustainable gifts a priority. Wishing you and yours peace and many blessings this holiday season!