This blog post is a very special holiday edition of 5-Bullet Friday, my very own email newsletter! For twice the fun, we have twice the number of bullets.
It features ten things I love, all of which make great holiday gifts. I also reached out to some of my favorite brands to get special deals for subscribers. I use all of these products on a daily or weekly basis. Each sponsored bullet is indicated with a star at the end of it, just like this sentence.* Literally everything in this email is in my home.
As health has remained my number one priority this year, most—if not all—of the items below focus on sleep, nutrition, pain relief, and recovery. All good things stem from good health. As Confucius is credited with saying, “A healthy person wants a thousand things, a sick person only wants one.”
I dislike shopping, but I do love finding the perfect gift. Finding that gift, though, gets harder with time. Those damn adults seem to have everything. So… If you’re having trouble thinking up great options, here are some goodies that deliver.
What is helping me sleep
WAOAW Sleep Mask. This has become my favorite sleep mask. The WAOAW is a contoured mask that removes all pressure from the eyes, and it’s been added to my list of “things I didn’t know I needed.” The design also blocks much more light than conventional masks. Grumpy Tim is good for no one.
Sleep technology I’m using every night
Pod 3 Cover by Eight Sleep. Temperature is one of the main causes of poor sleep, and heat is my nemesis. I’ve suffered for decades, tossing and turning, throwing blankets off, pulling them back on, and repeating ad nauseam. The Pod 3 Cover has been a game changer for the quality of my sleep and the quality of my life. It pairs dynamic cooling and heating with biometric tracking to offer the most advanced (and user-friendly) solution on the market. I’ve been using Eight Sleep for more than two years. Just in time for the holidays, add the Pod 3 Cover to your current mattress and start sleeping as cool as 55°F or as hot as 110°F. It also splits your bed in half, so your partner can choose a totally different temp. The Pod technology adjusts the temperature of each side of the bed based on your sleep stages, biometrics, and bedroom temperature, reacting intelligently to create the optimal sleeping environment. For a limited time, Eight Sleep is offering subscribers of 5-Bullet Friday $450 off(!) of their Sleep Fit Holiday Bundle, which includes my personal favorite, the Pod 3 Cover. Click here to get the exclusive holiday savings until November 30th.*
What I’m using with my dog
Slow-Feed Stainless Steel Bowl. My dear Molly pup has a lot of superpowers, but eating slowly is not one of them. Every two weeks or so, she’ll manically Hoover her food and puke it onto the floor a few minutes later. Not my favorite. This new bowl has totally fixed the problem. No one likes the scarf and barf! For some recent Molly photos that don’t involve barfing, click here and here.
High-quality meat and fish I’m cooking
ButcherBox! ButcherBox is my trusted source for high-quality meats and proteins (outside of venison). They deliver 100% grass-fed, grass-finished beef; free-range organic chicken; humanely raised pork; and wild-caught seafood directly to your doorstep at the frequency you choose. I love cooking with friends and family, and ButcherBox makes it easier to co-create delicious meals, whether a light fish dish or the best ribs you’ve ever had. ButcherBox also cares deeply about animal welfare, supporting the livelihood of farmers and treating ecosystems with respect. They’re B Corp™ certified, which means they prioritize meeting the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. This Black Friday, your search for amazing deals on high-quality protein ends with ButcherBox. ButcherBox is offering you one of their best steak deals: Get two 10 oz rib eyes FREE in every box for a whole year when you join, plus an additional $20 off!*
Wine I’m drinking with family and friends this holiday season
Dry Farm Wines. Wines sold in the US can contain a hefty amount of sugar and up to 76 government-approved wine-making additives. Two of these additives are classified as acute toxins by the National Institute of Health, and 12 are classified as “health hazards.” Modern wine is like modern food; most of it is a processed product. And unfortunately, the government doesn’t require wine companies to disclose any of their ingredients. For that reason, most of the wine in my house over the past two years has been from Dry Farm Wines. In my experience, their wine means more fun with fewer headaches. Dry Farm Wines only curates wines that are organic, practically sugar-free (less than 1g/L), low-alcohol (less than 12.5%), low-sulfite, additive-free, and produced by small family farms. All Dry Farm Wines are laboratory tested for purity standards by a certified, independent enologist, and all of their wines are also backed by a 100% Happiness Promise—they will either replace or refund any wine you do not love. Dry Farm Wines has a special offer just for 5-Bullet Friday subscribers—an extra bottle in your first box for just one extra penny. Check out all the details at DryFarmWines.com/Tim.*
Two tools that have reduced low-back pain and tightness
PSO-RITE for psoas muscle release. Recommended by multiple people in this Twitter thread on self-release. This is the easier to use of these two grouped bullets, but it’s not as surgically precise as the Hip Hook.
Aletha Hip Hook for relief of back and hip pain. This really gets into your psoas and can also tackle the hard-to-reach iliacus quite effectively. Often, what disrupts my sleep is lower-back tightness, so I end up having to flip-flop like a rotisserie chicken from side to side to side to side, which (surprise!) does not improve my sleep quality.
Premium teas I’m enjoying daily
Pique! Pique is one of my go-tos for the best gifts for family and friends. Combining efficacy and quality with purity and taste, their fermented pu’er teas have become an essential part of my daily routine. I drink both their black and green pu’er every morning, and I take packets with me when I travel. Combining both allows me to get the full spectrum of active ingredients in one easy and enjoyable drink. Their teas are more concentrated in polyphenol antioxidants than any other tea—they support focus and mental clarity, healthy digestion, metabolism, hormonal health, and a healthy immune system. Another favorite is their Daily Radiance Liposomal Vitamin C maximized for absorption. It tastes so good, you might choose to take it once or twice a day, as I do. When I combine these teas with Vitamin C, I know I’m really setting myself up well for the colder days ahead. Pique’s products are triple toxin screened and sourced from some of the world’s most biodiverse areas. Their cutting-edge extraction technology maximally preserves antioxidants, so you reap the health benefits with zero prep, brewing, or waiting required. Pique is offering their biggest deal ever—an exclusive 15% discount on my favorites and more with code TIM15—only available until November 25th, 11:59 p.m. PST.*
What I’m using for recovery
Marc Pro | Recovery Tool for Sore Muscles & Pain Relief. Last winter, I injured my shoulder snowboarding, and nothing seemed to stem the pain and inflammation, even after a week of recovery. Kelly Starrett (@thereadystate) of The Ready State recommended the Marc Pro, and it reduced the swelling more than 50% after two two-hour sessions. The transformation was incredible. Of course, your mileage will vary, but I plan on traveling with one such device from now on. Since I can’t help but constantly break myself, I am also watching How to Fix a Pelvic Fault or Tweak for skiing-induced lower-back and SI pain. Maybe I should just grow up, but that sounds incredibly boring. My most recent interview with Kelly can be found here.
Electrolytes I’m using daily
LMNT. I’ve stocked up on boxes and boxes of LMNT, and I usually use 1–2 packs per day to add electrolytes to prevent dehydration symptoms like headaches, muscle cramps, and fatigue. I add electrolytes for many reasons: because I over-hydrate compulsively while stuck at a laptop (which dilutes electrolytes and leads me to feel tired), because I’m on a low-carb diet, because I’ve lost electrolytes through exercise, dry winter climates, etc. It’s simply cheap hydration insurance that tastes great. Each serving of LMNT delivers a meaningful dose of electrolytes without the garbage—no sugar, no artificial ingredients, no coloring, no junk. My favorite flavor is Citrus Salt, which, as a side note, you can use to make a kick-ass, no-sugar margarita. Find your favorite flavor with a free LMNT Sample Pack, included with any purchase for a limited time. And if you don’t love your purchase for any reason, my friends at LMNT offer a no-questions-asked refund policy. This special offer is available here: DrinkLMNT.com/Tim.*
Big relief in a little package
Rubz ball. Meet one of my favorite travel partners, which can be thought of as a golf ball that won’t shoot across the floor when stepped on. Roll this uniquely designed ball under your feet (my go-to area) or over any sore or tired muscle to reduce tension. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket and easy to manipulate.
And there you go! Ten of my favorite things that make great holiday gifts. I love them all and hope you do, too.
Have a wonderful weekend and wonderful holiday season, everyone!
Much love to you and yours,
P.S. For those of you who need a break from the serious, I’m running a meme contest from now until 10 p.m. PST on Sunday. And closely related, my last podcast with Kevin Rose is designed to trigger giggles and belly laughs: “The Big Reveal: The Legend of CØCKPUNCH — Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss on Tim’s New and Extremely Bizarre Art Project.”
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10 Replies to “10 Gifts to Make Your Holidays Extra Fun, Relaxing, and Delicious”
Hi Tim, thank you for all the lovely tips. I check out your email each week for the little quotation 🙂 Missed it this week though, looking forward to double the love next week. Have an awesome day!
I don’t know if you have ever heard of Dr. Rachel Zoffness, she is a Health and Pain Psychologist. I notice you have several tools to relieve pain and help you sleep and her workbook would be an additional tool to add to your toolbox.
I’ll forever be grateful for all the knowledge I’ve gained from your curious and experimental style. Even the products- Athletic Greens are the best. Wanted to return the favor- you should try Barcode (Athletic recovery drink by former Knicks coach, Mubarak Malik).
Hi Tim! Thank you for everything you constantly share. I just want to recommend you the book “Explaining Pain” by David S. Butler & G. Lorimer Moseley [Moderator: link removed.] and the website “Tame the Beast” [Moderator: link removed], you will find very valuable information to understand your persistent pain. It is very important to know all these advances in pain neuroscience to overcome your pain. Hope it helps!
Love you & what you do – your books, & esp the podcast.
But this year’s list seems like one affiliate sponsor shill unfortunately – and way too much made in china gear – aside from the Due North Rubz massage ball, which I will buy a dozen of for friends & family!
Keep up the good work (and see if your team can do more to support made in usa businesses)!
If you’d go to a Feldenkrais practitioner you wouldn’t have lower back issues anymore! Your brain has created the habitual movement patterns that create the discomfort. The Feldenkrais Method works through the motor cortex part of the brain to give you better/easier/more movement choices! Hope you check it out! Feldenkrais.com
Thank you as always Tim for the great recommendations! I enjoy when you put what you’re listening to. Give “A Charlie Brown Christmas NHanced” by the Nate Hance Trio a spin, especially the funk version of Linus and Lucy. I think you’ll dig it!
Why building muscle? Is that really make us stronger? Recently i buy IKEA product. I make it with my 7yo son. Unfortunately he has same strength as me. Actually i hate workout. But if that really make me stronger, i am sold. But still,,, the pain is just too much.
Nice post. Thanks for sharing.
You might prefer the Manta sleep mask. I adore mine. Still has eye cupping technology but totally adjustable and covered in silk. Dreamy.