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Ideas for Christmas gifts

Claudia Prahtel - 01/11/2023 - 0 comments


Ideas for healthy, meaningful and sustainable gifts

O come all year faithful: The festive season is a time of cheer and contemplation, but is often accompanied by the underlying stress of finding the right gifts. Do you want to show the people in your life how much you appreciate them, but don’t know what to give them? Maybe a material gift isn’t quite the right thing. But what then? We have put together a few of our favourite tips for gifts that are meaningful, sustainable and healthy.

Give a loved one something special this Christmas – a voucher for a stay at on of our Buchinger Wilhelmi clinics.

Our clinic voucher is much more than just a gift card; it is an invitation to treat the body and mind to a complete rest. What makes our clinic vouchers so special?

Flexible value

You decide whether you want to give a certain amount of money or a specific service, such as a 10-day fasting package or a treatment.

Format and material

The voucher is printed on high-grade DIN A4 paper with a luxury finish.

Shipping options

If the person receiving the gift is here, the voucher is handed over in a flowery envelope. If it is ordered by e-mail, it will be sent as a PDF without the envelope.

Validity & booking process

The vouchers are valid for around three years. Once you have chosen a voucher and are satisfied with it, we enter the voucher number, pass it on to check-out, create a payment link and send the voucher as a PDF by e-mail once payment has been received.

Buy a voucher here

All inquiries about clinic vouchers are sent to Estrella Zeeb

Give somebody time-out at home

We have been committed to promoting a healthy body and mind for over 100 years. Since last year, however, that no longer only applies to the services we offer in our clinics, but also at home. Thanks to our Buchinger Wilhelmi Online Shop, we can now make the things we use and recommend in our clinics available to more people. That means they are gifts that our founding father, Dr. Otto Buchinger, would have liked, too! The best thing about them is that they also suit loved ones who really do already have everything they need.

Our skin care products with certified organic ingredients are an ideal gift for people who like natural cosmetics. Those who enjoy cooking healthy and environmentally friendly dishes will love our cookbooks. And for those who want to eat more healthily or fast, our high-quality soups, Fasting Minerals and more will guarantee a balanced diet.

We present our bestselling products in detail below.

The Buchinger Wilhelmi FASTING BOX

Our FASTING BOX gives your loved ones the chance to enjoy a five-day reset that will give them an energy boost, improve their mood and can even counter premature ageing processes.

So if you want to give someone special the chance to treat their body and mind to a reset, the FASTING BOX is a good choice of gift. Especially for those who want to lead a healthier lifestyle but find it difficult to get started, the programme can help change their habits for the better in the long term.

By the way, the FASTING BOX has been developed by our experts and includes not only certified organic ingredients, but also a comprehensive digital support programme with information on fasting, health and nutrition.

New: Daily accompaniment via app
Healthy Winter promotion: Save from 2 boxes

Reset Box

Our Reset Box for a digestive rest at home: Our Reset Box is the ideal gift if you want to give someone that light, healthy feeling you get after fasting at Buchinger Wilhelmi! It has been developed by our former head chef and Senior Culinary Expert Hubert Hohler.

The box contains instructions for a digestive rest day at home and all the ingredients you need for three meals. The tasty and easily digestible dishes provide important nutrients.

Fasting Minerals

Our Fasting Minerals are recommended by our doctors to support the body during fasting. They are available in powder form or as capsules.

Our Fasting Minerals are food supplements that contain minerals and micronutrients.

When we fast, our body does not absorb enough minerals. To ensure a sufficient supply during this time, we recommend taking minerals regularly. Based on our own recipe, our Fasting Minerals provide the body with everything it needs during fasting.

The Fasting Minerals are also included in our FASTING BOX.

Give someone valuable knowledge

During the festive season, when we celebrate love and kindness, books about healthy nutrition and therapeutic fasting are meaningful gifts that will be cherished for a long time. Books are not only troves of knowledge, but can also accompany you on your path to leading a more balanced lifestyle. They convey knowledge and at the same time provide inspiration, making them gifts that can bring about a positive change to your health and lifestyle even after the festive season. In the following we present a selection of books.

The Buchinger Wilhelmi Chronicle
Pioneers of Fasting. Portrait of a Family.

The first authorised chronicle of the Buchinger Wilhelmi family is now available. This informative, yet entertaining account of the family’s history as well as the development of modern therapeutic fasting is told in greater detail and more candidly than ever before.

Cookbook “A pleasure a day””

Give someone Buchinger Wilhelmi recipes to cook at home: An international team of chefs, nutritional scientists and doctors, including our Senior Culinary Expert in Überlingen, Hubert Hohler, and head chef Fernando Sanchez in Marbella, know how eating healthily can improve your health and well-being.

Give time spent together

One of the best things is spending time with a loved one. These are usually the gifts that mean most to us and that we remember the longest. But sometimes, the gift vouchers for wine-tastings, guided tours of town, etc., pile up, and it becomes difficult to find a time to actually redeem them.

To avoid delaying things further, it helps to have a date in mind when you give someone a voucher for a shared activity. The easiest way is by giving them a ticket for a specific event (for a concert or the theatre, for example). But it’s also best to fix a date when you give someone a wellness day in a spa. That way, the person being gifted can look forward to spending time with you without having to organise it themselves.

Donations: Meaningful gifts that help others

Mindless consumption is no longer in keeping with the times, and many people already have everything they really want or need. That’s why an alternative gift can be something that benefits not only the person you are gifting, but also the environment or other people.

Of course, you can always make a donation to a charity in the person’s name. But there are other, more creative options that are more personal. We have put together a selection for you:

  • Oxfam offers the option of donating care packages with food, school books or even livestock to people in need. Depending on the category you choose, you get a card to print out and hand over that contains more information about how the donation will help. Find out more about this campaign here.
  • Learn about sponsoring an animal with the WWF.
  • Planting trees via organisations like treedom can also be a lovely, meaningful gift.

The advantage of many of these projects is that they continue sending you information about the impact of your donation so that you can enjoy reading about its long-term effect.

Sustainable gifts that benefit people and the environment

Anybody looking for an environmentally friendly present is spoilt for choice nowadays. Because many brands – cosmetics products, for example – advertise their products as being sustainable. You should pay attention to the differences between truly environmentally friendly products and companies that are just greenwashing. Serious platforms like Avocadostore in Germany offer fashion and lifestyle products from brands that really are green.

What else can you do to make your gifts more sustainable? Why not do a Secret Santa with family members to save presents and packaging (each family member gets just one gift from another person drawn out of a hat) or give people digital subscriptions for magazines, music or streaming platforms.

If you want Christmas to be completely sustainable, you can also buy living Christmas trees (with roots in a pot), sustainable decorations and gift wraps, as well as digital Christmas cards.

Finally, an important message

When it comes to giving presents, it is not the material value that counts, but the kind thought. After all, receiving a gift has an incredibly strong effect on a person’s physical and mental health: It creates closer bonds and strengthens interpersonal ties because it shows interest, appreciation and gratitude for someone else.