2016 Holiday Gift Guide


Christmas is less than two weeks away, but it’s not too late to scoop up something that will bring health and happiness to your loved ones.

This gift guide is a compilation of amazing products that I’ve hand picked for each of the important people in your life. Some things I own and swear by, and some are on my own Christmas wish list (wink, wink, Mom).

And as a big THANK YOU to all of you — my incredible, supportive readers — this year I’m turning this gift guide into a GIVEAWAY! All the details are at the bottom of this post, after the guide.


For your sweat sista…

carbon 38 rally tank

Carbon 38 Rally Tank ($42)

This tank is the “business in the front, party in the back” version of activewear. Perfect for boxing, ballet, or a good flow sesh — comes in white, grey and black.

Use my code WHITNEYENG50 for 25% off your first order from Carbon 38, and if you’re in LA, visit Carbon 38’s new pop-up shop on Robertson.


Sweaty Betty Base Layers ($105)

Why stop at adorable outerwear? This chic London brand will have you looking stylish Après ski with super cute base layers that are just begging to be seen.

PS – Sweaty Betty just opened their third LA store on Melrose in WeHo if you’re in the neighborhood!


STARTplanner Daily Hustle Planner ($60)

This adorable day planner has everything you need to crush 2017. With sections to write your goals and projects, to areas for grocery lists and scheduling pilates, this stylish planner will help you keep track of everything from work to working out.

For your favorite yogi…


Rockell 7/8 Tight from Carbon 38 ($98)

Ombre isn’t just for your hair. These optical illusion leggings are so popular, they’re constantly selling out. Snag a pair for your favorite yoga babe, or enter to win one in the giveaway this week!



Yoga Design Lab Combo Mat ($68)

In the essence of simplicity — because it’s yoga, it should be zen right? — this mat combines the no-slip grip of a yoga towel with the cushion of a yoga mat for a design that is super stylish and functional. This 100% natural tree rubber mat is eco-friendly, biodegradable, recyclable, and washable.


Cuccio Somatology Yoga Mat Sani Spray ($5/$10/$25)

Created by one of the best yogis in the biz — this refreshing yoga mat sanitizer will not only clean up your mat after a seriously sweaty flow sesh, but also up your zen factor by a thousand with its amazing smell. I use it everywhere — on my mat, in my kitchen, on my hands, everywhere. Look for it in this week’s giveaway along with Cuccio Somatology’s Calming Elixir Spray.

For the natural beauty…


SpaRitual Holiday 2016 Rise Collection ($18 each)

Long-lasting, gel-like nail color without any of the common chemicals found in most polishes. SpaRitual’s two-step Gold formula is vegan, eco-friendy, and dries 60% faster than regular polish.

Their new holiday Rise collection includes lovely shades of shimmering champagne, mauve, dusty red, and my personal favorite forest green.


Conscious Coconut Organic Coconut Oil  ($16)

Perfect for holiday travels, this 3.4 ounce tube of organic, cold-pressed, fair-trade, virgin coconut oil will make you forget its frigid outside as you indulge your tired, winter skin in a tropical smelling moisturizer.

And it doesn’t just smell nice — for every tube purchased, Conscious Coconut donates one meal to a child in need through Feeding America.


100% PURE Lipstick Gift Set ($40)

Get mistletoe ready with 100% PURE’s vegan, fruit-pigmented, pomegranate oil lip sticks. Their moisturizing formula is chemical and dye-free, and makes for a kissably soft pout that is durable enough to last an entire evening of holiday parties. My favorite shade is the sultry Aubergine.

For the fashion-forward fit babe…


Best U Studio Ubarre  ($142)

This luxe piece of equipment looks as good in the gym as it does on your coffee table. In 4,8,12, or 16 pounds, this all-in-one toning tool can be used instead of regular weights to strengthen and lengthen every muscle group.

Take 30% off by using the code whitney30.


T3 Whirl Convertible Styling Wand ($185)

For those casually cool beach waves that say, “I just got done surfing,” instead of, “I spent an hour doing my hair.” Pretty much the most important piece of equipment in my bathroom. This styling wand comes with three interchangeable barrels to switch up the size and vibe of your curls. Everyone who has borrowed this thing has ended up buying one for themselves!

For your fit fella…

Lululemon Mens Classic Joggers

lululemon Future Classic Jogger ($108)

Upgrade your man’s basic sweats with these hip, slim-fit joggers. Comfortable enough for lounging, stylish enough for the streets.

PS – If you’re in LA, be sure to check out the new lululemon store on Melrose.


Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Gift Set ($40)

Because guys need to be pampered too — and you know they’re not going to treat themselves! Nubian Heritage’s African Black Soap collection, made with jojoba oil, oats, and vitamin E, smells incredible and will keep your man’s skin soft and smooth. The set comes with body lotion, body wash, bar soap, and natural deodorant.


Sound Piece Mini in Black Marble ($99)

An itty bitty, yet powerful, uber stylish speaker that will allow your man to get his jam on, without compromising the style of your carefully curated living room — or am I the only one whose husband tries to store his clunky orange speakers on the mantle?

For the fit foodie…


Le Creuset Mini Cocoettes (on sale $100)

Adorable little single-serving dutch ovens are perfect for holiday dinner parties. And in case you need menu inspo, the set comes with cookbook including 25 recipes.


The Love & Lemons Cookbook ($20)

A favorite in my kitchen at the moment — this delicious, whole foods cookbook from the incredible Jeanine Donofrio of the blog Love & Lemons categorizes recipes by their main ingredient. My favorite section is carrots 🙂

Stocking stuffers…


S’well Santorini Print Water Bottle ($25-$45)

This hand-painted water bottle was so popular this year that at one point it was sold out – I know, I was one of the unlucky peeps who tried unsuccessfully to purchase it. It’s back in stock now though and makes a perfect stocking stuffer!


Trigger Point Mini 4″ Foam Roller ($25)

If you’re not a regular roller yet, I suggest you get with the program — you may need one of these after the hectic holidays. This mini foam roller gets to those hard to reach spots and is small enough to fit in your carry on.

So now, I guess you’d like to know how to win some of this awesome gear! Here are the GIVEAWAY details:

The giveaway starts today on Instagram. Each day, from now until Sunday, I’ll be giving away an amazing prize from my gift guide.

To enter you must be a To Live & Diet in L.A. email subscriber. Sign up here >>

Once you’ve subscribed to the email list, head over Instagram to enter to win today’s giveaway gift. After 24 hours, I’ll pick winner.

Each day you can enter again to for the opportunity to win another gift — simply follow the instructions on the Instagram picture associated with that day’s gift giveaway.

Good luck, and happy holidays!

Weigh in: What’s on your Christmas wish list?


  1. Amanda Howard says:

    Awesome gift guide Whitney!

  2. Oh my gosh I love all of these! Being from London myself, I can attest to how gorgeous Sweaty Betty apparel is!

  3. Instagram not working. Would love to win any of these gift ideas. Love your site. Great recipes and topics. Hope you are doing well in school.

    • Whitney English says:

      Thanks so much Rita! I’m sorry your Instagram wasn’t working. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the new year!

  4. Wonderful gift guide! I love all of them, especially the Carbon 38 Rally Tank. Looks beautiful, and cheaper than my lulu shirts I buy. Thanks for posting 🙂

  5. I have that hot yoga towel and LOVE IT! Great roundup for gifts to motivate us to be more active!

  6. Love those mini dutch ovens – SO adorable! And I definitely need to add that cookbook to my collection. Great roundup!

    • Whitney English says:

      Thanks Kara! Highly recommend the cookbook – there’s a carrot soup recipe in there that I’m obsessed with!

  7. I love every single thing in this gift guide!!

  8. So intrigued by that curling wand…

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